Looking back

No, not a late New Year’s retrospective, although I never really had the time for that particular form of navel-gazing this year. Just a few observations.

First RIP to “the world’s strongest man” Joe Rollino. Besides the extended family relationship between stuntmen, stage combatants, and carnival performers, this is noteworthy for another reason: his health and longevity. These days we often associate high-performing athletes with behaviors and training that leave them broken at a relatively young age. Steroid use, repeated head impact injuries, joint injuries and bone stress… so many martial artists and professional athletes end up hardly able to walk at an age their office-based peers hoping to retire to a life of tennis and golfing. This guy shows a vitality we’d expect perhaps from Taiji or Chigung masters, but not from extreme athletes or today’s powerlifters. If any of you reading this can still bend quarters in your teeth at your 103rd birthday party, let’s hope I’m still there too and can buy you a drink.

Yesterday marked the domestic DVD release of CA$H, formerly known as Bullets, Blood & a Fistful of CA$H

Although filmed mostly back in 2004 or so, this remains the biggest gun wrangling I have ever taken on- and may well hold that status forever. It was an insanely ambitious project for the budget and cast and crew involved, shot on 16mm film so we had to do several re-shoots when film came back unusable. A number of pickup shots were filmed a year after the main shoot, with me having done another entire feature film in the interim (Dorkness Rising).

While cleaning up the house (we’re ostensibly getting it ready to sell, but are way behind schedule) I came across dozens of old scripts and worksheets, including from both Dorkness and CA$H, with my contracts from both of them showing the percentage of deferred pay I’m due. As I think everyone knows in the industry, deferred pay might as well be imaginary karma points, for all the likelihood you’ll ever be able to get any of that money in hand. At least with Dorkness I got DVD copies for free… but CA$H has opened doors to other things. In many ways, it was a good experience to do, and an even better one to have done and now be done with. That kind of ambitious feature film really shouldn’t be undertaken by those working full time day jobs and with families!

Lunch break’s about over, so the planned review of 1612 for later.


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