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.

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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…

Chat transcript from Day 144 (Today, April 14, 2009) since our decision to make a feature…

(10:26:59 AM) Tyler: Had I dream I was shooting On Golden Pond on video, guerrilla style.
(10:27:29 AM) Dennis:
(10:27:36 AM) Dennis: That’s kinda messed up.
(10:28:05 AM) Tyler: The weirdest part was when Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda were sitting out on the deck.  And she said she was going skinny dipping.  Then she opened her robe, revealing boobage.
(10:28:52 AM) Tyler: To which Henry said, “I don’t usually go for skinny dipping…  but there’s something about the way the light is hitting my daughter…”
(10:29:27 AM) Tyler: We then had a few more scenes to shoot.
(10:30:16 AM) Tyler: Apparently, one of them involved Henry Fonda shooting at me and Dabney Coleman with some kind of bean bag rifle.
(10:30:32 AM) Tyler: Although he started doing that when I wasn’t shooting,
(10:30:49 AM) Tyler: sending me and Dabney rolling down a hill, scampering to get away.
(10:31:15 AM) Tyler: May have been shouting at us, to.  Possibly about staying away from his daughter.
(10:32:07 AM) Tyler: The dream ended when I realized the bean bag impacts actually felt pretty good on my lower back, cause I had some back pain.
(10:32:32 AM) Tyler: So I laid there and tried to get hit in the right place.
(10:33:36 AM) Dennis: You ain’t right.
(10:34:05 AM) Tyler: How creepy is Henry Fonda, though?
(10:34:17 AM) Tyler: And an asshole, too.
(10:34:28 AM) Dennis: Pretty creepy. But he did help your back.
(10:34:53 AM) Tyler: True.  Not on purpose.  Dabney was screaming at me to get away.
(10:35:13 AM) Tyler: He’s a good guy to get into a scrap with.

Many people do not discuss the toll that working on a film takes on a person.  Coppola showed in quite nicely in Hearts of Darkness.  However, I am a bit worried that if Tyler is this crazy now… he may eat his own foot during an attempt to kidnap Dabney Coleman, shouting, “The Old Poop will never get us, will he Dabney! Me and you, Dabney! Me and you! Want a taste of my foot?”

Monkey Ltd’s first animated, and first HD short, is now available for the world to see!  Written, directed, voiced, and animated by Tyler Meyer.  So, you know it is the shit!  Too hardcore for SXSW! Check it! 

NOTE:  Monkey Ltd will soon be entering the snack foods business.  Look for Snackios™ soon at a grocer near you, next to right next to Meaty Meat, the treat for your mouth™.

Let me take a second to demonstrate what exactly I, Dennis, have to work with here as we attempt to make movies, nay, entertainment history together. You may email your condolences to info@monkeyltd.com.

Tyler and I have recently been checking out Facebook lately. It has changed a bit since I last attempted to figure it out.  It now includes cool functionality where you can link your Facebook to your other social networking accounts at sites like Flickr, last.FM, Picasa, and YouTube.

We use YouTube.  Cool.

So, we both linked our Facebooks to the MonkeyLtdFilms YouTube account.  Sweet! Now our video updates will post on Facebook automatically.  We are on our way to making it big now!

Not so fast…

See, we forgot one thing: Tyler is a jackass.  Since I have the same YouTube account linking on my Facebook, and since I have no actual control over said account, he thought he would do jokes.

He begin clicking on and making favorites of man-ass videos on YouTube.  And by “man-ass” I mean videos of dudes shaking their asses and other parts in the camera for other men to enjoy.  Then, my Facebook would be updated with things like “Dennis has picked Spandex Male Package Floppy Dance as a Favorite video on YouTube.”  Funny, right?

Not so fast…

In the process, Tyler somehow hosed the link with Facebook (which may not allow man-ass vids) and none of the updates were posting.  Not knowing what was going on, I removed the broken YouTube link and linked to my own YouTube account, which has all the Monkey Ltd films as favorites.

And now, according to YouTube, Tyler is gay and LOVES the man-ass vids.  Loves them so much, it keeps recommending them to him.

New vids, old vids, butt vids, wang vids.

No matter how many other types of videos he clicks on, YouTube presents him with a virtual Mantopia of dude-flicks for him to enjoy in the privacy of his office.

Now, you may laugh.

On the plus side, Naked Towel Dance should get another boost from this.