Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dear Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I think you are an amazing actor with an incredibly bright future. Would like to write something for you; soon. Yes, this was blog post worthy. Keep up the good work.

News, news, news - after Nov. 1st folks! Something amazing...


Thursday, October 1, 2009

21 Questions with writer/director John Darko

Interview is conducted by Marc Martinez a current student @ Mt. San Antonio College. Marc is a writer who has taken an interest in the entertainment industry. Enjoy.

1. First things first, you’re in the movie business, what turned you on to the industry?

Well the industry itself is an ongoing battle; you can be making a feature film one day and be writing in solitude the next. It's a give and take, which I constantly fight with. Now, what got me into the art of filmmaking is a different story. Six years ago when I completed my first script 'Damaged People' I immediately felt a satisfaction, I was unknowingly documenting my life story. Of course to a certain degree but nevertheless I felt redeemed. Having gone through a string of bad relationships at the time; screenwriting was my only way to cope. I was hooked since then.

2. As a child was there anyone you looked up to that helped influence you to do what you do?

Yes it was the TV set in every room and the countless times I've rented movies. My parents have definitely contributed to the positive effect of my upbringing but I would say it was more of a trivial notion that got me into creative arts.

3. When you start on any project, what’s the thought process? Is there some sort of routine you go through or is it all second thought?

When I'm on set things seem to flow in a spontaneous action. This is because I trust the people I work with, so there's many times where I can change a scene based on suggestion. I believe it's the collaborative effort of many that makes a film dynamic. Writing is another process completely; one where I hide in a cave, only surfacing when something is finished. Everything I do is based on some form of spontaneity; it keeps me on my toes; as it should.

4. Do you consider what you do as art? If so, why?

Well it's not like I'm selling cars now, is it? Not that there's anything wrong with that but I create, form and mold...just as a painter or say an architect would. At the end of the day art imitates life, I'm just trying to make things more interesting.

5. You just finished work on a upcoming movie called “5 Ways to Split Apart the Day”, what did you do for that film and what was it like to work on it?

I co-wrote the screenplay, produced and soon-to-be directing the project. It's been a strenuous up-hill battle but worth every minute. Ask me this question again when the film is completed.

6. Have there been any days where you just felt like quitting this profession and trying out something else?

All the time but you can't have the sweet without the sour. Well actually you can, but it's always better when you overcome a set back. They say; our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

7. I’ve seen that you’re a writer, producer, director, editor, graphic designer and cinematographer. What motivates you into taking on so many different aspects of the industry?

Trying a bunch of things previous to finally hitting something successfully. When I decided to become a filmmaker, it came as a no-brainer. Film can focus on every element imaginable, down to poster design to cinematography and finally post-production; where an eye for color or an ear for music and score can contribute greatly to the story. It's a multi-faceted art form and when it's done well, you won't be able to see the many layers of creativity. You see a good movie.

8. Is there anything about being such a diverse professional that the public might not understand?

Absolutely, but I hope people will connect to the material I create rather than the person I am behind the camera. This is reserved for the people who are genuinely trying to make a connection. All are welcomed to inquire though, be my guest.

9. Would you consider any of these aspects of the industry art forms?

In one way or another it is all art.

10. With the amount of work and skill it takes to be in any part of the film industry, is it all worth it to you?

Every second counts and I am grateful for all of it. I'm doing what I want to do; I'm proud and content with the progression. The hard work is nothing compared to the positive outlook you get when you wake up in the morning. I'm excited to work, that in itself is enough.

11. Just to mix it up a bit, what are you thoughts on the entertainment industry as a whole and their place in the world of art?

Depending on your definition of art, anything can be a candidate, right? Personally there are aspects of the entertainment industry that I don't agree with like reality television - but it entertains me, so I can't really complain. I guess my gripe; if any, would be with the way society is connecting to the shallow type of programming available. Art? Maybe...but there's definitely a fine line to the obscure and we're ALL guilty. Good times.

12. Radio, what’s your take on the current state of it?

How are we going to communicate when Zombies take over the world? The revolution will not be televised, so save those old radios. Until the day we have cars that can drive themselves and a TV set in every vehicle, radio will survive.

13. Have any top five favorite artists?

Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Salvador Dali, Hayao Miyazaki and "Emo" Kermit the Frog.

14. What are some of the worst experiences you’ve ever had on a film?

Not getting enough sleep prior to call time. Being tired when you have to work a twelve-hour day sucks! Also when people bring their unexpected attitudes to set, and going over budget and cutting scenes to allot for time can suck as well. So get your sleep, screen your crew, shoot on time and drink plenty of water. Sunscreen is also a pretty good idea.

15. What are your thoughts on the current state of the film industry?

I think we're doing well, especially in the light of our current economy. Investors are more cautious on what they spend but that doesn't really affect the viewers all that much. Take a film like 'The Dark Knight' which had the biggest opening in movie history, TDK was released when the proverbial shit hit the fan, everyone was expecting the numbers to be mediocre at best, but look what happened...TDK made financial history in a shit storm. Regardless of what's going on in our economy, people will go to the movies! Where else can you escape into a foreign land with singing Penguins and dancing high-school kids? Everyone has his or her escape and film has been the ideal medium for it.

16. What about art? Is it safe or doomed?

Safe, unless our Government pulls a Fahrenheit 451 on us, props to Ray Bradbury for that one.

17. Have any particular favorite projects you’ve worked on?

I'm fond of it all. No lie.

18. Any upcoming projects?

Actually yes; I'm writing and producing a few other films, as well as directing a documentary and a TV show. There is a comedy/zombie/horror film I'm working on this very moment that is exciting to say the least. It is based on an existing franchise, but I have to be discreet on the title. Don't want to shoot myself in the foot. Nevertheless the fan-boy community will be very happy when they hear the news. The show in which I'm series director is called 'Push' and is centered around the days in the life of an amateur skateboarder. It premieres in a few weeks so I'm very happy about that as well. 2010 is shaping up to be a promising year, for sure.

19. What is your dream project?

To work with any of the top five people I had just mentioned and hopefully one day I can successfully replicate the 'Back to the future' delorean and transform it into a functional time machine!

20. Do you think the Internet will end up making Radio and Television obsolete?

Heck no. Youtube is great and all but you can't ditch the experience of watching something on your amazing plasma, more so with film - there's an experience you get when going to the movies. You can't get that from the Internet.

21. Any final words?

Live long and prosper, oh and follow me on twitter isn't that what everyone says nowadays? Have faith in yourselves. I'm out. -JD

John Darko

Executive Producer, Co-Writer and Director of "5 Ways to Split Apart the Day"

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    Monday, August 24, 2009

    PSA: Screw the Economy!

    Good morning friends, as I write this I am caught in between rest and some sort of massive attack. As you may or may not know, I have been busy with my debut film "5 Ways to Split Apart the Day" you can easily find a back story regarding my exploits into the film industry, just click on anything you see here, I'm hoping you'll find easy navigation seeing that everything I post on this site is more than fitting.

    Without question; our journey has just begun. Considering the current phase of the economy, ventures seeking opportunity have been without financial reward and it is more than an understandable premise when everyone is in a state of panic.

    I suggest: no matter what the world chooses to do or not do, you should always follow your ambitions.
    Regardless of what logic might recommend to you, I say ditch the notion and stick with your gut. Actions based on what your heart tells you to do will always fetch an appropriate response; sooner or later. You can quote me on that!

    I can say this because I am in motion and have been for a long time now. Even though I'm still struggling with the day-to-day grind, I am happy and proud of myself for not giving up.

    Rewards can be measured in so many ways. Since the conception of this project, I have met some of the most talented, desired, kind and genuine people one can only hope to meet. I imagine that this is what God had intended for me and I appreciate it wholeheartedly.

    We are now approaching our final phase in financing. Hopefully, I will get to update you daily with as much content as possible. I'll have a "behind the scenes" video posted in a few days, just trying to get through some of this business stuff first. Don't want to break anything prematurely but there are some other projects in development; all worth mentioning. Thank you and have a good day. I am off to work!

    - 5 Ways Team
    John Darko

    Un Certain Regard:
    April Wade, Dennis Benson, Derrick Oliver, David M. Brewer, Rich Araujo, Ana Menendez, Mervin Luwee, Brian Altounian, Jeremy Ian Thomas, Jamie Bialkower, Ernie Panza, Theo Caesar, Brian Larrabee, Anthony Cincotta, 5 Ways Actors, staff and crew.

    Don't forget, we have a twitter...

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 is NOW live!

    Hey everyone!

    Just wanted to let you know that our official website is now live! You can find us at in regards to content; you'll be able to download our latest press kit and watch the 10 minute promo. You'll also find links to our active blog site and twitter.

    Take in mind, this is just a small preview of what's to come within the next few months. We intend to be very inclusive when it comes to the production of this project. So expect some behind the scene videos, notes/letters from the staff, pics, rants, news and practically anything else we can fit onto a web page.

    Again, this is just a tiny peek into our world. Amazing things are coming!

    Stay Tuned!!!


    Monday, August 3, 2009

    "5 Ways" is in the news (CBS, NY)

    QUICK UPDATE: Our film has been mentioned recently on CBS NY (HOOPS TO HOLLYWOOD) segment. Check it out...

    Sunday, July 19, 2009

    Dead of Night at Comic Con "09"

    Hey everyone,

    Back with a quick update. A good friend of mine - Brian Altounian is the CFO of Platinum Studios and co-producer on a little film called "Dead of Night" starring Brandon Routh.

    The film is based upon the adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

    Awesome comic and without a doubt this is going to be an awesome movie!

    If you are planning a trip to the con this year, make sure to stop by their booth and say hello. I believe there will be a panel Q&A with the stars of the film as well as a preview.


    Just making sure we take care of my people...

    Below is the latest press statement regarding the project:


    Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Platinum Studios and Omnilab Media Group bring a Sneak Peek of “Dead of Night” to the San Diego International Comic-Con

    Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem and director Kevin Munroe to participate

    LOS ANGELES, CA – July 16, 2009 – Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Platinum Studios Inc. (OTCBB: PDOS) and Omnilab Media Group have announced that they will bring a sneak peek of their new action thriller comedy, “Dead of Night” to San Diego Comic Con International on Thursday, July 23 at 10:00am during the “Masters of the Web” Panel. This panel combines the most popular genre and movie websites to discuss how new media have affected movie making, what it takes to run a popular site, and much more in a panel discussion and Q&A session.

    “Dead of Night” stars Brandon Routh (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Superman Returns”), Sam Huntington (“Fanboys” and “Superman Returns”) and Anita Briem (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) will participate in a discussion on the making of “Dead of Night” and present an exclusive sneak peek of their new film “Dead of Night”, based on the Dylan Dog comic books.

    “Dead of Night” director Kevin Munroe (“TMNT”) will moderate this third annual panel with participants that include Robert Sanchez (, Ryan Rotten (, Mike Sampson (, Jeremy Smith (, Brad Miska(, Drew McWeeny (, Devin Faraci (, Paul Christensen (, Wilson Morales ( Black Voices), Vic Holtreman ( and George Roush (

    The panel takes place in Room 32AB on Thursday, July 23rd at 10am.

    An autograph signing session for “DEAD OF NIGHT” will follow the panel at 12Noon and will include Routh, Huntington, Briem and Munroe in the San Diego Comic Con International Autograph Alley where an exclusive “DEAD OF NIGHT” poster will be given away.

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Follow "John Darko" and "5 Ways" on Twitter!

    Just in case you weren't already following us on Twitter; here's a mini update strictly dedicated to the progression of our tweets.

    Click on the logo below for updates, news and behind the scenes access as we move forward with the production of "5 Ways to Split Apart the Day".

    twitter, hollyweird, john darko, 5 ways
    Thanks and stay tuned!

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    5 Ways to Split Apart the Day Promo and other Goodies!

    Hey Everyone!

    This is Dennis (John's assistant). I just wanted to give you all a heads up on what John and I have been up to as well as the rest of our team. We just recently wrapped a one day shoot for the trailer/promo "5 Ways to Split Apart the Day" written, directed, and edited by the lovely John Darko himself. We've been working hard the past couple of weeks and our prospects are looking great! Hopefully we will get the funding to make this film.

    Keep your fingers crossed for us! :)

    Here's the Trailer:

    Here's a few poster concepts and production photos:

    View more here


    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    "Beautiful" Selected For Shanghai - Jump Street Films

    Just re-posting for a friend... Congrats Jamie!!!


    Jump Street Films and Kojo Pictures today announced that Dean O’Flaherty’s debut feature BEAUTIFUL has been invited to screen at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival, to run June 13-21.

    This comes off the back of a successful international premiere last month at the Newport Beach International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

    Sales agent Maximum Films has just sold the film to France and all French-speaking European territories, to add to further recent sales to Japan (where it is scheduled for release in August), Poland, Middle East, Russia, Mexico and HBO Eastern Europe.

    Searing and luscious, BEAUTIFUL tells the story of Daniel, a shy and introverted 14 year old boy residing in Sunshine Hills, a suburb living in the grip of fear following the rumoured abductions of three teenage girls. Daniel’s two main obsessions are photography and Suzy, a 17 year old Lolita, a dangerous combination of youth and sexuality. Using his crush to her advantage, Suzy asks Daniel that in exchange for her friendship he must bring her secrets and photographs of the neighbours and houses that surround them. Thus begins a journey into the underbelly of suburbia, taking them on the trail of a could be killer – and what starts out as an innocent summer holiday becomes anything but, leading them from childhood fantasy and into the harsh reality of the real world… one of savagery and murder.

    Upon its Australian release earlier this year, many reviewers compared O’Flaherty’s filmmaking style to that of independent American master David Lynch. A visually stunning hybrid of genres that controversially goes behind closed doors to show what really may be going on in our neighbours’ homes, it’s a bold debut for the Melbourne-based writer/director who previously distributed and sold films as diverse as “Irreversible”, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, “2:37”, “Noise” and “Bobby”.

    Featuring an original score by Paul Mac, BEAUTIFUL stars Peta Wilson, Deborra-lee Furness, Tahyna Tozzi, Asher Keddie and Sebastian Gregory.

    Friday, June 12, 2009

    Blessed Beyond Measure

    Welcome everyone to another chapter in the saga of my semi-interesting life. I cannot stress this enough, but, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking it out with me as I continuously dip in and out of a literary absence.

    As odd as it may seem; Life and Times in Hollyweird has seemingly weaved its way into the mass paraphrasing queries of "would-be" screenwriters from all across the globe. Google has been kind to us.

    So, straight-away to the good news, if I may...

    Life has been interesting to say the least. Within the last year, I've gone through a series of extreme highs and unfortunate lows.

    I've gotten sick - recovered - relapsed - recovered and to my dismay; found a job - climbed the proverbial ladder - kicked down doors - found new opportunities relating to my experience as a dinky screenwriter - exploited my talent - and now waiting for the "big break".

    I'll be discreet, but only for the sake of the almighty "don't jinx yourself" theory. Not a believer? Google it...and while your at it, Google "keyboard cat" you will not be disappointed, I promise.

    Great things are coming. Please continue to support those who are in pursuit of a dream. I'm a fan of positive reinforcement and as cliche as it may can really do anything as long as you set your mind to it. Keep faith my friends!
    Thank you to all the people that have helped made my life easier to understand. I don't even know if that made any sense...

    Dave Brewer, Mervin Ho, Dennis Benson, Derrick Oliver, Jeremy Ian Thomas, Rich Araujo & The whole Edifix Team, April Wade, Louie, Joey, Josh and Family, Tim Lee, Vince Trujillo, Jason, Anthony Cincotta, Mom & Dad...the list goes on.

    Stay tuned folks. This is about to get interesting.

    A quick favor...
    Watch these movies:
    April Showers & Junction (produced by my super friend: The fantastical April Wade)

    John Darko