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‘Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes’

 This is an interesting marriage…. the music of Juno Reactor and cuts from the German film ‘Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes’ AKA ‘Aguirre: The Wrath of God’ starring Klaus Kinski. Klaus was notorious for having a short temper, and the director is said to have goaded him during the weeks of filming in the jungle. Klaus was so angry at one time he shot a gun into a tent where some of the crew were playing cards, he shot the finger off of one of the grips. During the raft sequence the raft with the cameras got swept downstream away from the other rafts and nearly went over  a waterfall… and I suppose Klaus was steaming the whole time. But the surly, bitter-faced Kinski was a professional, and he pushed himself to complete the project, and his dour mood certainly brings  a sense of hopeless frustration, and a melancholy loneliness to the film.

Part one

Part Two

MindScans premier reminder

Some of my neighbors didn’t know that MindScans is going to premier soon… they wanted to see me on the ‘big screen’, and I’m a bit shy about speaking of this in real up-front. But they said they thought it’d be fun to have a bunch of folks from the canyon show up. I can barely get myself to go to a place with a lot of people… I’ve only been to a movie theater a dozen times in the last 25 years. Honestly, I’ve been vacillating on going to the premier of my own movie! Luckily and quite happily it is a totally well-made film… big Hollywood style, but done by some small-town folks for less than $2,000. We all get a share in the profits…. I think it’s a very good way for a studio to make a good film without taking millions to produce it. But since it’s a tiny studio, and this is their first production, it’s gonna be a long slow haul to big sales. So the help of everyone is requested, so we can spread the word, and get folks in other movie chains to consider taking our film on in their line-up.

 Tickets are On Sale Now  at the MindScans site


Feb. 25th and Feb. 28th, Galaxy Theatres, Atascadero, CA

Or order by phone 1-800-838-3006 (US, Canada, Puerto Rico) 24/7
For bulk ticket sales (and save on service charges) email tickets@alliancedigitalentertainment.com

MindScans News

MindScans News


Current news:
MindScans will be in theaters, and tickets are now on sale for the special pre-release screenings.

1. Tickets are on sale now for the Galaxy Theatres Atascadero screenings on Feb. 25th 6pm and Feb 28th 7pm with a Meet & Greet following in The Galaxy VIP Lounge.

2. The first show is already half sold out. (We still have 5 weeks before the show, so there may not be any tickets left if you wait until the day of the show.)

3. Advanced ticket sales are only available through http://mindscans.com/buy.htm You will not be able to buy advanced tickets through the Galaxy web portal.

4. Tickets are $10 if you buy them ahead of time and $12 at the door (if any are still available).

5. Unfortunately, we don’t own a theater, and are now in a business arrangement with The Galaxy. We couldn’t figure out a fair way to determine who should get free tickets and who shouldn’t (we have over 100 cast and crew involved with the production not counting those who helped out with locations, props, and the million other things that go into making a movie), so it seemed to make sense to have everyone just buy their own tickets.

6. 10 or more tickets (in any combination of show) qualify for bulk ticket sales (without the added service charge). Contact tickets@alliancedigitalentertainment.com to order.

7. MindScans is NOT RATED and is not suitable for children under 12.

8. The Meet & Greet will be held in the Galaxy VIP Lounge after the show. The VIP Lounge is located at the theater and entry requires a ticket (your MindScans ticket will gain you entry). Entry to the Lounge area is restricted to 21 and over, but everyone can see the movie and the Q&A before the Meet & Greet.

9. Stories in the local papers, radio and TV will begin on 1/31/13 (Tribune, SLO Journal, Santa Maria Times, New Times, Avila Community News, KVEC, etc.) we expect the remaining tickets to go sooner rather than later.

Lessons from the Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was made into a movie in 1939… but it was written decades earlier.

Like any long-lived work of fiction, it has depth….

There are life-lessons in this story that are relevant to every culture in any time of human history.

The business/life blog called www.findyourpeak.com blogged about some of the lessons in The wizard of Oz….

Here’s some snippets I found particularly likeable….



“The Tin Man didn’t have a heart, but he still had the capacity to care.  I am sure you have heard that it is better to give than to receive, but you also should know that if you want success, the best way to get it is to help someone else be successful.  If you focus on providing value first, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.”


“Don’t let fear stand in the way of your success.  Realize right now that you are going to fail, probably many times throughout your life, but those failures should not dissuade you from trying again.  In words borrowed from another great film, Rocky Balboa, “It ain’t about how hard you are hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward!”  The Lion was scared, but he didn’t let that hold him back, and neither should you.”


“The Scarecrow is my favorite character, and arguably the most complex.  Throughout the movie he not only shows his intelligence even though he lacks a brain, but he also shows his leadership.  At the end, The Wizard gives him a degree, but it comes only after he has done plenty of great thinking.  Don’t be stalled by your lack of credentials.  Yes, education is important, and I wouldn’t suggest anyone not pursue higher education if possible, but it is not mandatory in order to succeed.  You don’t have to look far to find the Michael Dell’s and Bill Gates of the world that succeeded on their own merits rather than on credentials.  Get out there, be persistent, don’t be afraid to fail, and go after your dreams!”


“Our main character is just a little girl, but she learns something that many business people have not yet realized.  You have to surround yourself with good people, and you can’t do everything on your own….. The Wizard provides challenges along the way to reveal the strengths that everyone already had but were not aware they possessed.  You need to build a team around you that can help you along your road to success no matter the color of bricks.  You never want to be the smartest person in the room, find people that are experts in their field, and focus on what you do best!”


“The Wizard is a very interesting character in that he held dominion over Oz for essentially no reason at all.  Unlike the other characters that had their ability within them but did not realize it, The Wizard had no ability yet he ruled on the fact that he presented himself in such a way that everyone thought he was great and powerful.”


In general humans are what we call a ‘social animal’…… like canines and equines we tend to want to band together for mutual benefit. This is true whether it is a business, commune, family or society, we are greater together than the sum of our parts. What one person cannot do well another might be able to do easily and with greater efficiency….. and we all have some talent and love for something that makes us excell in that endeavor. Find YOUR talent, pursue your dreams and engage yourself with your life. When you provide talent and skill to the process, you benefit others also.


‘Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.’  ~Aristotle

“Your Talent Is God’s Gift To You….Using Your Talent Is Your Gift To God” ~Anon

Passion and creativity walk hand in hand, and where these two are given full rein, excellence is their child ~John Dicus

Bad Things and True Blood


Bad Things and True Blood

   We’ve been fans of the HBO show True Blood since its first episode three seasons ago.
   It’s a captivating show that keeps getting more and more bizarre… yet even though it gets deeper into myths… the old suspension of disbelief kicks in every episode…and the first season we were transported to a modern world with Vampires newly come ‘out of the casket’, a lady who hears people’s inner thoughts, and a Shape-shifter….  the second season introduced us to packs of Werewolves, and a several millennia-old Maenad.  This  season more Shape-shifters, a Shaman, a Witch and even Fairies joined the cast.

   The show True Blood also has a very interesting and captivating intro.
I love the song ‘Bad Things’ sung by Jace Everett 
And the swiftly-moving images bring little snapshots to life



‘Bad Things’
Jace Everett 


When you came in the air went out.
And every shadow filled up with doubt.
I don’t know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.

I’m the kind to sit up in his room.
Heart sick an’ eyes filled up with blue.
I don’t know what you’ve done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.

When you came in the air went out.
And all those shadows there filled up with doubt.
I don’t know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.

I don’t know what you’ve done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.

Cactus Plantation Panorama

Rivenrock Panorama

Rivenrock Panorama


 I took a panorama photo of the cactus plantation.
The perspective and aspect are skewed….
But it makes for an interesting photo.

Couple Needed for Santa Barbara Film

   Some folks I know at Magic Casting are looking for a couple for a horror film. They put out a casting alert, and are looking for folks who fit the looks and would like to speak to them about being in the film. If you’d like to submit yourself, you can write to Chrystine at Magic Casting in Buellton California. magictalent805@gmail.com


If you’re a fan of the “Horror Film” genre….this project is for you!
It will be filming April 17-18, 24-25, and a possible additional weekend.
Rehearsals will be scheduled Sat. afternoons stating Mar. 13th depending on
availability of actors and those will be paid.
All is Santa Barbara location.
Compensation is $500. + 1% net to actors.

YOUNG MOM & DAD (25-35YRS) Caucasian as daughter has been cast and she has
fair complexion.

Please let me know if this is YOU, also feel free to forward to acting
friends, etc.



Rockwell Retro-Encabulator


Rockwell Retro-Encabulator

   I love tech-speak… so this is a very informative video…..
   From a mechanical standpoint, I especially appreciate  the maleable logarythymic casing.  But electrical folks would probably enjoy the modial interaction of magneto-reluctance and capacitive-interactants. All-in-all it seems a pretty sweet way to power a panametric fan.  Available soon wherever Rockwell Automation Products are sold.


Casting for feature film

   I am registered with Magic Casting  in Buellton California for notification of film work in the area that they are contracted to provide  casting services for. They are nice people… and they sent me a casting notice and let me know I could pass it on to others. They are needing some background actors…. so if anyone would like to be in a feature film filming in the Santa Barbara County area, you can follow the links and register yourself as someone who is interested.

   Working background is a good way to have a ‘first-hand’ look at how films are made.


 As you know, we are working on a Feature Film, Son of an Afghan Farmer.
There is approx 6 weeks of shooting and we will be using many extras. Below
is the need for the first week of filming. Please forward to anyone who
lives in North SB County who you think fits. Also, we will have Santa
Barbara scenes using “college students” as well as “business people” and
“average people” in late Jan. and early Feb. You may email to let me know
your availability or use our website form.

This is a feature film shooting scenes in Cuyama Jan. 12-16th. These scenes
are creating Afghan farm fields and we need extras.

Talent needed are:
1. “Middle Eastern looking” farm hands, beards are most desirable but not
absolutely necessary; ethnicity could be hispanic or other.
2. “Middle Eastern looking” Thugs, w/ suits, dress clothes; prefer middle
eastern but could be other ethnicity that appears ME.
This is a wonderful production crew that will treat all talent well. Filming
will continue throughout SB County for the month if you don’t fit these
current roles, you may still contact us.

MAGIC CASTING-Website is www.magiccasting.mysite.com, please click on
“Afghan Farmer” tab and you can fill out an availability form. There is no
registration fee for this, and no commissions are taken by Magic Casting
from talent.

Looking for Santa Barbara area actors

I got an e-mail from some folks I know….
They are looking for Santa Barbara area actors to use for a Christian-based short film


Small start up Christian Film Company is looking for actors of all ages for
30 minute modern day Good Samaritan Film. Shot on Pro Hi- Def Cameras and
35mm prime lenses. A great project if your trying to build up your reel and
be a part of a Film with a great Message! Please send experience and head
shots to Isaac at info@meeksmediahd.com and Sandon at
sandon@pacificcamps.com and we will let you know if we would like you to
come in for a reading.

List of Parts looking to Cast
AMY KINDLE, a cheerful 6-year-old.
BRITNEY SKAGG Amy’s fellow school-mate also 6 years old
Three Jr. High girls
The (Lead Role) Good Samaritan DURRELL, a 20-year-old who’s punked out with
spiked hair, piercings, tattoos, studded shirt, black pants and boots,
RAMZI, (Durrell’s brother) Editor for Rolling Stone a clean-cut man in his
mid 20’s,
Female News Reporter between the ages of 20-30 years old
Prisoner #1 A Hispanic man in his late 30s about 5 10” Two hundred pounds
with a thick mustache
Prisoner #2 A white male with a completely shaved head 5 11” 260 lbs.
A Middle Eastern man dressed in a ghutra headband
HITAB COMAN (Adivs Son), a 5-year-old Middle Eastern boy,
ADIV COMAN, (Supporting Role) The in his mid 30’s, who’s Middle Eastern and
wearing a kummah headdress,
DAANIA COMAN (Adivs Wife) ,in her early 30’s, wearing an abaya dress and a
hijab headcovering,
Older Businessman in his 50’s,
Homeless man pan-handling
Store clerk working behind mini mart counter
A large man dressed in western wear,
Durrell, Ramzi Mom in her mid 40s
Fire Chief between the ages 30-55
DR. BATES, Supporting Role a gray haired gentleman with glasses between that
ages of 45-65
DR. Bates Chauffeur A scholarly looking man in a suit and tie between the
ages of 35-50
COLLEGE KID #1 Male between the ages of 17-24
COLLEGE KID #2 Male between the ages of 17-24
COLLEGE KID #3 Female between the ages of 17-24
COLLEGE KID #4 Female between the ages of 17-24
Nurse Between the ages of 25-55
AMY’S MOM a Woman between the ages of 35-45