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As I continue the process of recording and producing my own music videos to promote and showcase the music from my EP, I'm continually sharing the works with friends and family all over the world. From time-to-time, I get connected with someone I haven't talked to for awhile and through the process of catching up, I must share my latest project with them.
A few weeks back I received an email from a friend that had moved to Texas with his wife and child. Justin, who happens to be a talented artist, seemed quite excited about my music and video project. The tables were turned, however, when he sent me a link to a website he's involved in, www.lateeyefilms.com.
There's something magical, something captivating, about seeing someone you know on film. Here was Justin playing the natural role of a polite Canadian that just arrived in Texas, in a captivating homespun flic titled "On The Road Again".
And they've done more than just the one film. There was also "Hummer Lagoon" and the trailer called "Only One Returned, followed today by the posting of an intriguing trailer called "Directing Dangerous Delusions".
It's amazing, with a little technology and a barrel of creativity, how many different ways we can explore our freedom of expression. We're not creating any competition for Hollywood or high-budget videos and movies, but yet there seems to be a growing hunger for this type of raw, unglossed entertainment. I've done a little research on google, and it seems there are hundreds of sites out there that watch for video postings on peoples websites and generate links to them. Over the last few years, the number of emails I get with links to entertaining video clips has steadily increased. Lip sync music video's, political mockumentaries, international jokes, and so on.
By definition, to be a blockbuster movie, we'd have to gross something like 200 million dollars, so I suppose my title is once again slightly misleading. In fact, if anything, we're more likely to end up a few hundred bucks in the hole as we pay for the bandwidth used to display our free video's to our unscheduled audiences. Yet, there's that possibility, that as our skills continue to be honed and our sites become more popular, that one of these days Justin and his crew, or me and my lonely self, will produce something that attracts the attention of some mysterious investor. Perhaps you'll see "Drink" on Much Music or MTV one of these days? Maybe in a year or two we'll see a full length remake of "Hummer Lagoon" playing at the local movie theatre?
I look forward to seeing what Justin and the crew at Late Eye Films put together. Take a look at their work and find out for yourself if you enjoy these homespun flics. Most importantly, Justin, Keep on shooting!