Funny story, you see. Tyler and I made plans to shoot a movie called The Legend of Grassman, on our own dime and with our own equipment, crew, actors, and food. This movie would be shot over the course of 7days plus a couple of weekends for some indoor scenes. Then, this masterpiece would go through several months of post-production and be ready for the festival circuit in 2010.

Being the eager beaver that I am, I decided to make a “teaser” poster. On it, in the largest font on the sheet, is says “2010” quite clearly. I know it says this because I wrote it, and because people constantly ask me “Where the hell is your movie?”

Well, here we are. It’s been a year and a half and a total of 26+ days of shooting and a few dollars more than planned. We have nearly completed the film. Tyler has made several rough cuts, and it gets more fleshed out with each. There are a handful of scenes to shoot with the three key cast members, and some looping (although not as much as anticipated). And we are still scouting for a composer. But, it’s so close, it hurts.

What’s the hold up? Honestly, you name it, it’s happened. From weather and scheduling issues, to personal and career concerns. 2010 was The Year of What Now?!?!

But, have no fear. The film is not at risk. It is surrounded by a team of dedicated folks who are determined to make this the greatest bigfoot movie ever shot on a Panasonic Lumix GH-1. We are working hard to finish up the last bits and pieces and will be presenting it to you this new year.

Also, in the new year, you can look forward to a new website dedicated to the movie, which sneak peaks, stills, trailers, downloads, and more. And as an expansion to the Production Blog, Tyler and I, as well as many of the people involved with the making of this film, will be doing several podcasts and/or video podcasts where we with talk in detail about the process of getting this film made.

So, stay with us. 2011 is going to be The Year of The Grassman! Which is way better than The Year of What Now or The Year of Shitfuckhelldamn…

Watch in HD on YouTube! Follow the film on the production blog grassmanmovie.wordpress.com. It’s the reason we’re not at Sundance right now. Well, that and the fact that no one invited us…

Monkey Ltd has announced a new initiative at all of it’s world wide facility to be more environmentally forward thinking. The new effort, called “Go Green Yourself” is a multi-tiered approached to filmmaking in a eco-conscious way.

“Basically, we are not going to be shooting our film for the next few months,” announced Tyler Meyer, Vice-President of Relations with Mother Nature. When asked how the company came up with such a novel approach to conserving resources, he replied “It [Mother Earth] got cold.”

Director of Carbonite Emmissions, Dennis Meyer had more to add on this point.  “We’re making a movie called The Legend of Grassman. We kinda need grass and other green stuff. So, we’re gonna wait ’til it comes back.”

The announcement comes just in time for the meeting of the G-77  for the climate summit in Copenhagen. Although major players have yet to comment, sources close to the internet suspect that people are quietly abuzz about the lead Monkey Ltd has taken in corporate responsibility.

As for what more the world can expect from these innovators of entertainment and eco-stuffs, the Meyer’s had only this to say: “Go green yourself!”

Go green yourself!

Go green yourself!

Director Tyler Meyer doin' it up 70s style.

Director Tyler Meyer doin' it up 70s style.

Ready for action!!!

Ready for action!!!

That’s right! We’re still filming our feature The Legend of Grassman. Follow us on Twitter, or on our Production Blog and get more sneak peeks and insight into the tomfoolery that is micro-budget, guerilla, indie filmmaking at its finest.

DO IT!

Principal photography for The Legend of Grassman begins Sept 19 (tomorrow… well, technically today).  Follow MonkeyLtd on Twitter for live updates all during the shoot.  Do it!

The journey begins! Follow our crazy asses!

The journey begins! Follow our crazy asses!

Time for a serious posting.  I had an interesting conversation with Tyler the other day.  It was shortly after I had spent the better part of an hour working on a new posting entitled “It’s called social media, and that is why we fail” which never got posted. It never got posted because Tyler hated it.

We began to argue about the posting, which delved into the current state of the internet and the use of it for promotion of what we do. And how I felt that we were not performing online as we should because it had become a social environment, and we suck at social stuff.  Well, I do anyway.

Tyler said that it sounded 1) like we were whining, 2) that we were trying to compare ourselves to shit like Chocolate Rain or Fred, 3) that we were failing to recognize the accomplishments we had made to this point, and 4) my point was bullshit.  With regards to the 3rd item, I may have understated facts about things to make my point.  Fine.  But, I did not feel as though it was whining.

Until I read it over again.

The point I thought I was making was somehow lost in the mess of words and clever turns-of-phrase. And, Tyler was right: the point was bullshit, anyways.  It would be fine, Tyler said, if we are trying to become “internet celebrities.”  But we are not.

We are filmmakers.

And it is the film we are working on that is important. Not how many hits our blogs or site get. Not whether or not anyone comments on our YouTube videos. Not the number of “friends” or “followers” we have on MySpace or Twitter. Not whether or not we do a podcast.

All of that stuff may, at some point, prove valuable. But it should not be the focus by any stretch. It should not consume effort or energy away from our film. The film is the thing.   I seemed  to have lost sight of that to some extent.

I attribute it to what I call post-writer malaise: the time immediately following the completion of a writing project where I feel creatively lost. The script is complete, and even though I know I must begin producer duties, the writer in me is going “okay, now what?”  I drift along, aimless, looking for anything to work on.  It can go on for weeks or months. Or years.

In this case, I began to work on the blogging and the twittering, to study the social media sea of madness and attempt to make sense of it, to make it work for us. It became my focus, somewhere to direct my creativity.  And, eventually, my frustration.

So, now, after getting Tyler’s feedback, I have come back down to earth. There is a film to be made. We are 97 days from shooting it and it must be the place where every bit of our effort is directed. Because, if we fuck it up, then no amount of blogs, twits, or podcasts will help us sell it.

As Tyler put it “If we make a great film, people will find us. Let the work speak for itself.”

Duh.  He’s right.  I hate when he’s right…