REVERENCE CHRONICLES 2001
Chronicles: The lost blog entries
I was looking
for files on my computer tonight for the new issue of Frontier Pop
about the future of Tampa indie film, and I stumbled upon 60 pages
of blog posts that I made in late 2001. Late 2001 was a critical
part of my life, and a lot of what happened there defined the rest
of the decade, and resonates on everything that I do, today. It
should be noted that I will be publishing other posts like this
on Frontier Pop in the future.
Many of these blog posts also chronicle my first attempt at making
an independent film, a feature film called Reverence, well before
digital production technology was quite there. Today, nine years
later, it’s finally here, but back then, it was way too expensive
(for example, a digital camcorder good enough to make short films
is now under $300.00, and I am looking at a camera right now for
$160.00 which can do the job. Granted, these are DVD resolution
single CCD cameras which write onto 8 to 16 Gig memory cards, but
they can roughly do what an $4,500.00 XL-1 could do back then; the
only advantage the XL-1 really has being a 3 CCD camera, with the
CCD’s allowing better color performance. Another example would
be computers and storage. Today, a $600.00 laptop can outperform
just about anything available back then. Back then, a Terabyte of
hard drive storage cost about $19,000.00, and this was one of the
things that killed my film. Today, a Terabyte costs less than $100.00!
This is truly the time for anyone with the talent and the determination
to get into filmmaking, as it can be done cheap. I am now getting
around to doing this myself, and it’s going to fulfil a goal
that I began working for 20 years ago, as well as become a primary
factor of my future. The wait is almost over, and I can’t
At any rate, the following blog posts are educational, especially
for Tampa indie film. I do have some personal things in the posts,
but I don’t mind. It’s totally me, off the cuff, and
C. A. Passinault
very happy about the direction that the script of “Reverence”
is going. We’re close to deciding the roles of the characters,
Yesterday we had a great shoot; a combination head shot and a portfolio
session for one of my staffers. Clocking in at over 18 hours, with
over 300 frames shot at 3 locations and in the studio, it was very
inspirational. She turned out to be an impressive model, and came
up with some great ideas for some of the compositions (see images
below). We were talking (her about taking different types of head
shots, and me from the view point of a casting director on the pitfalls
of head shots), and she helped me come up with a great idea for
head shot packages. I’ll have to run it by Mike; it’s
brilliant, and actors would really benefit from it. As an FYI, there
is a big difference between head shot photography and modeling portfolio
photography. A head shot needs to be an accurate representation
of what you look like to aid a casting staff in auditions. A model’s
composite card, and their portfolio, serves to demonstrate the model’s
range of possible looks for the client, and seldom is an accurate
representation of what they truly look like. A big difference. At
any rate, never let anyone say that you can’t learn new things,
and be inspired to create new things, by working with a client.
The Aurora PhotoArts microportfolio technology, and this new head
shot idea, came about from experience in the past two weeks.
During the change outs between sets, I managed to have enough down
time to listen to music and go over archived pictures from the last
five years. Don’t ask me to give a number of how many shoots
that Aurora PhotoArts has done, because I honestly don’t know.
There were a lot of pictures, and the shoots seem to go back forever.
There was a dramatic change in the style of the images after Diana
Furka became involved with our work, and we began to turn out some
of our best work. We couldn’t have done it without her. She’s
a very gifted artist, and an
Moving onto a related subject, we have the big photography projects.
There’s Lowie’s Calendar project, which she is doing
an excellent job with, and the three year, 48 session RTR 60 Project.
I dug out some old prints from a shoot that Diana and I did with
a model named Stephanie, and the look that underscores RTR 60 was
right there; a retro neo 60's look with modish clothing and saturated
colors. It’s enough to inspire some really unique creativity.
So, the auditions go on. In reference to the film auditions, I would
like to tell all of you actors something. It’s a story that
you may be able to relate to.
I am one of you. I was (am... I’ll explain shortly) an actor,
too, and it’s in my blood. There’s an old story that’s
been in my family for years, and that story goes that there was
a certain great Grandfather on my mothers side who was a very intriguing
personality many years ago. His name was John Barrymore.
Looking at my family, I tend to believe it. A love for the arts,
and entertainment, is rich among them. My mother was a talented
actress. My brother used to love art, until he got into racing cars.
In a way, we were an entertainment orientated family.
I’ve taken that niche to a certain level, though. For me,
it is a passion of indescribable proportions. It is my life. Before
I even knew what I wanted to do with my life, I was performing.
I really got serious about my career, and entertainment, in the
early 1990's. A Fraternity President in college, nothing was more
gratifying than planning parties that no other Fraternity could
approach in sophistication and entertainment value. Later, it became
plays and DJ’ing events. I used to write my own scripts, and
loved to do voice over work and voice acting in theme music mixes
called “Cassette Program Releases”, or CPR’s.
There were over 32 of them made, and each one was 90 minutes in
length. As for writing, I’ve done that since my elementary
school days in the 1970's.
I realized, however, that talent alone wasn’t going to cut
it. So, I made sacrifices with my financial and personal aspirations
and worked hard to turn talent into skills that would fortify my
career. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, it didn’t
always come easy for me. It wasn’t always fun to do, either.
Late 1994. It was a Saturday night in a television studio near downtown
Tampa. I was working with mass communications interns through the
University of Tampa, and it was my first night on camera doing live
television. People, you don’t know pressure until you get
your camera technique mixed up your first time on it. When the Director
called for me to pan to the host, and I went to one of the guests
instead, the profanity that pierced my headset only made it worse.
Fortunately, the Floor Director, a professional actress who was
also a certified camera person, came to my rescue. “Haven’t
you ever heard about a reaction shot?” She shot back. The
profanity stopped. I relaxed, and after a post show pep talk from
her, she offered to coach me in the craft. After a few more shows,
my skill grew into a degree of ease, and I became a Floor Director,
I had fun, too. There was this certification test with 3/4 inch
Sony based editing. I managed to find some rather dull video of
the station engineers working and goofing off, and mixed it into
a music video with a 2 Unlimited dance mix soundtrack that I pre-recorded
in my home studio near Carollwood. I passes at the top.
I wish that I could tell you that I have had to audition for roles
that I was offered. That was rarely the case, and I consider myself
either very lucky, or very good with people such as Casting Directors.
I was doing television commercials and Indy film work before I knew
what a head shot was. As a matter of fact, I never did get head
shots done. That’s an exception, though, and not a rule. I
do practice what I preach, though, and do have plans to obtain them
through one of my Photographers who works for Aurora PhotoArts.
Yes, I am paying full price, too, if only to show respect for what
we’ve built, what we do, and to help maintain the equipment.
Equipment and supplies, as well as a professional photographer’s
time, doesn’t come cheap. There’s overhead there.
I remember a Scala/ key/ graphics design course that I took in early
1995. The instructor was a local television producer, and although
I did well in the class, the lessons changed from rotating a logo
across a computer monitor to a lengthy discussion on the joys of
H.R. Puff n’ Stuff. After a few songs of “Sigmund the
Sea Monster”, I was never short on television work to do,
and never had to go to auditions. I did, however, get griped at
about never having head shots.
Once, during a reading of some original work by some local writers
with a theater group, I did get some unwanted attention. They didn’t
know that I did a lot of voice acting, and a few directors that
were present offered me leads in plays. I declined, though, as I
didn’t have the time, and hated to memorize lines. I acted
on occasion, but as a writer myself, had more of an inclination
to be on the creative end.
So, fellow actors, I’ve been there. I respect everyone’s
dedication to their craft and their passion for what they do. If
you don’t get the part that you’re after, it is not
personal, nor does it have to be a barometer on your abilities.
It may mean that you simply did not fit the roles that were available.
There will be more projects.
There was a time, in 1995, when I was working around USF trying
to get my Fraternity, Alpha Beta Delta, established there. I answered
a casting call that was right for me, voice acting for a Japanese
Anime’ that was being produced in Tampa and Jacksonville.
I didn’t get the part, but I made some great friends with
some great people. They taught me a lot. The ironic part of that
adventure? They were supporting themselves with work as a commercial
photography company. Professional lives have cycles too, I suppose.
Some things don’t change.
October 20, 2001
been a really busy week. We’ve solved the CD burner problem,
had a backup computer repaired, and am still prepping press releases.
It looks like I’m going to have these hand delivered to my
friends in the media, but people should see a lot of us on news
talk programs and articles in the next few weeks as a result. It
looks like people are finally getting tired of watching the daily
terrorist news, and the time is right for a little PR. Did you know
that I was going to send out the first batch of press releases on
Monday, September 10? That would have been a waste of postage.....
On the 9th of September, the day before I planned on mailing over
20 Press releases, I had a big shoot in Clearwater with two of my
best models. Before the shoot, I sat down and coached them on how
tricky press conferences could be, as we expected to be on TV Interviews
by the middle of September. We didn’t know what was coming
two days later. It’s a different world now, but where there’s
a will, there’s a way. This is going to get interesting. I’d
say what I am thinking about the American reaction to this, but
I’d prefer to keep those thoughts private. Freedom of speech
will get you in trouble these days. When in a sea of lemmings stampeding
toward the coast, stay quiet, and discretely work your way off to
the side. If you go directly against the flow, you will surely be
crushed by the masses.
My thoughts on this that I will share: We all die eventually, anyway.
I’m not letting a bunch of terrorists change my lifestyle.
If I die with Anthrax, or by some other act, so be it. At least
I die true to myself, happy and content with having lived my life
advancing art and entertainment. I’m an artist, so I can naturally
distance myself from this madness. Every day will be one of creation
and expression for me, and when it’s over, I welcome it. I
am mortal, I will pass, but nothing can destroy the ideas in my
work, and the beauty of the art that my associates and I create.
It lives forever. As it was once said; ideas are a virus. They replicate,
and spread, well beyond the scope previously imagined. Those ideas
take on a life, an existence, of their own. They transcend mortality.
They inspire true passion.
America once realized this. We’ve forgotten. That’s
why everyone is in a panic. Come on, did the Kamikaze pilots of
the Japanese fleet cause our Navy to panic and give up? What is
it that has changed? This is just history repeating itself, another
cycle of life. It’s nothing new.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself. A cliché is infused
with new life. Pity.
We’ll adjust. We’ll adapt. I just pray that it’s
soon. We can’t change what happened, we can only deal with
it. We just need more than fabricated courage. We need to really
believe in what we’re doing.
I’m not seeing that at all. As an old Public Enemy song once
went; “Don’t believe the hype” (Then Snap countered
with “This one’s real so believe the hype, don’t
believe the hype is a sequel”..... Eh. I guess you have to
be a DJ to understand).
Oh, here’s one from the Bible: “Without a vision, a
people shall surely perish.” We had a vision back in WWII,
and that’s why our country is as great as it is today. Well,
the inheritance is almost gone. Do we have a vision as a country
today? Look around you, and look how people are behaving, and decide
for yourself. Open your eyes, deal with it, and move on.
Is it living life to merely exist, or is it life to grow and live?
That’s it for that subject.
I promised a few days ago that I’d give some more info on
Net Worth. Let me start with this: In some ways, the way that some
Americans have abused our constitutional rights is far more terrible
than September 11. What is worse: To kill the mind, spirit, and
potential of a young person while screaming “freedom of speech”,
or to cause mass murder, infringing upon the rights of others to
Think about it.
I went on the Net tonight, and did a bit of research. My old friend,
a source of a few minor security leaks, the girl who sold herself
out, has adapted to being exploited. I have never felt so much shame
in all of my life. I’m really ashamed of having known her,
as she is obviously a broken remnant of what she was when we were
close friends. Even so, I am still her friend. I have to put judgements
aside, and accept her for who she is. It is a tragedy, though, and
I was powerless to stop her from making her mistakes.
I’m not surprised. Her life has degraded as much as I believed
When I visited her in that voyeur house, it was not unlike visiting
a zone of despair. The couch smelled of urine (one of the girls
fell asleep on it one night, drunk, and didn’t bother to stagger
to the restroom. Suffice it to say, the couch and I were no longer
on good terms after I found out.), some of the girls performed raunchy
acts in front of web cams to customers that seemed to have forgotten
about school shortly after head start, and others seemed to be not
unlike a wild animal in a Zoo. These observations weren’t
judgements on my part, but rather sincere, unbiased observation.
I spent most of my time away from the chaos in the quietness of
her room, trying to forget about the five different camera lenses
drinking in every cold corner. We had some good talks in there.
Our friendship almost returned to normal. The cameras constantly
observed, though, to God only knows how many of what kind of people.
Consider the target market.
There was good with the bad, however. It gave me the research, and
the insight, to create a movie that may impart some genuine value
to the impressionable people watching. It’s my hope that it
will inspire some confused, but talented, girl to take a chance
and do more with her life.
In the end, her experience proved my words of advice against moving
there in the first place right. Sometimes, I hate being right. It
was her mistake.
I suppose that it is her right to make mistakes, though. Decisions
have their consequences, though, and hers have caused a true friendship
to die along with her individuality. I don’t know her anymore.
I feel sorrow for potential lost, and a life surrendered without
You see, some of these ethical dilemmas will be addressed in the
independent film “Net Worth”. It will be a powerful
drama that, while entertaining and informing, will actually make
the audience stop and evaluate their values afterwards. Would you
want your daughter, or sister, to be exploited by others under the
guise of free speech?
That is why I will welcome whatever is to come. This life is full
of great beauty, but I’ve found that human beings, because
of their very nature, can be very ugly creatures. Pity.
In a way, I already had my September 11 long ago. It was the day
my good friend moved into a house of exploitation. I dedicate “Net
Worth” to the memory of who she was.
Take the good with the bad, though. It’s up to each and every
one of us to decide who we are, discover the real us, and stay true
to it. It’s not how much money you make, it’s not who
gets ahead of who, it’s how you live your life.
At the end of your life, how you’ve conducted yourself will
be all that matters.
Well, with that said, I need to turn in. I have a party to do next
weekend, need to meet up with Marlon this afternoon, have tech support
coming out, and plan to meet Melissa in Ybor late tonight (V.I.P.
Club list, baby!). I really miss her, as I haven’t been hanging
with her since April. Sometimes, friendship is forever.
For now, I’ll await the answers to my sad questions in my
dreams. It’s funny, though. I sleep very well when I do. I
suppose you really are what you do, and I’m very happy with
who I am in this God-awful world. No one can ever take that away.
Good night, and have a great weekend, everyone!
October 22, 2001
I’m glad that the weekend is over. It had its moments, though.
We were without Internet access for 24 hours while we upgraded computers,
and I made a very interesting trip into Ybor to deliver a picture
and meet Melissa at a night club that she works at. The night club
was an experience. I was more observing than participating, but
it was an assault on the senses that was really entertaining. The
only thing that perturbed me was reeking of cigarette smoke on the
way home. If anyone ever see’s me in public, please keep the
smokes away from me. I seldom like to go out in public, as I’m
usually up to my ears in production work holed up in a sterile environment.
I tried out the new broadband stuff tonight (hey, I know it’s
for business, but one of the perks of owing entertainment companies
is having access to all of the cool toys anytime I’m in the
mood. Once, I went hiking with an exclusive Digital camera rig.
I got some great pics!). Fun, blazing fast stuff. With the broadband,
new hardware, and the LAN setup, we now have four times the production
capacity and ten times the studio power. I’m loving this!
In regards to DSL, I downloaded some MPEG film clips from some indie
film companies; a few made me wish that I hadn’t wasted the
45 second download time. Heh heh. Hey, if you’re going to
make a “B” movie, at least make it funny, ok? Count
us out in that department.
I’m going to be busy until Tuesday. I have some shoots to
line up, some boring banking stuff to do, and the press releases
need a polish. I need to check out the Clearwater location for the
next R2 audition this week and schedule it, too. Reminder: Our E-mail
address will be changing soon (the one that isn’t Hotmail,
for those in the loop.).
Before I turn in and catch up on sleep, my DSL surfing revealed
a few entertainment resource web sites that are charging people
for our audition information that was stolen off of other web sites.
We frown on that. If people are going to pay for information, please
make sure you make up your subscribed content with original content.
We don’t send out free audition information for others to
take it and sell it. It’s free, for God’s sake! I’m
concerned that information from us on “pay” sites that
we don’t submit it to will misrepresent us in the perception
that we endorse the site. If you see any of our notices on a pay
site, it is without our consent or endorsement.
At any rate, a cease and desist would be overreacting. Those sites
are in a legal gray area that we simply frown upon. If anyone wants
to re-post our notice information on bulletin boards or other free
resources, that is perfectly fine. Just don’t charge people
For now, I’m going to pop in a DVD, curl up on the couch,
and go to sleep. “American Beauty” or “Save the
last dance” are the contenders. Well, I’m exhausted,
and I’m out of here.
October 24, 2002; 11:30PM
two months before Christmas. 8 more weeks, and then the barrage
of new years parties. I can’t wait. I’ve just spent
the past three days downloading over two gigs of music; roughly
500 MP-3's. I have a party this Saturday, and more coming up. When
Marlon and I did that Homecoming two weeks and a half ago, I realized
that I didn’t have a clue what a lot of the requests were.
I suppose that it was a long time ago when I started to DJ, so I’m
old school. Melissa and Marlon both told me to update some of my
music, and I’ve done just that. It’s going to get fun
from now on.
We have some CD releases in pre production, as an FYI. We have some
new additions that I’m dying to give a run. I had to go out
and buy a lot of equipment and new software. Because we have DSL,
I had to install new firewall software. We also obtained new anti
virus software, which caught three virus’s among some downloads
(Sneaky.... one was a Trojan Horse designed to open up my system
to the Internet. Even though it wasn’t sent to me, and was
attached to a file, I was not amused. At least it wasn’t Sircam
,though. I’ve had three models that are happy because I had
told them about it after I dodged the bug two months ago. They were
ready for it, and recognized what it was before they thought about
opening it.). It took me a day to close off my ports with the firewall,
and we even had the image files and text files encrypted on the
hard drive. I even placed special file decoys on the drive just
in case. Trust me, a hacker doesn’t want to take them. It
would render their toys useless. There is a reason for all of the
security; years from now, many people will be going “Oh, so
that’s what he was working on, and was rarely out!”.
Anyway, it was a lot of work. We can now burn two CD’s at
once, and can even offer broadband delivery of large files such
Reminder to myself; upgrade my site traffic software and IP index.
As traffic grows, I want a way to track it in less time.
Well, tomorrow I leave to re-enter civilization. I have some important
meeting to conduct in Tampa, and have several clients to call. Hopefully,
I can book three shoots this weekend in addition to the party that
I already have. The studio is back up to spec, and I have two workstations
tweaked to work. Now, if only I could find time to organize the
I’ll get to write some more on Reverence tomorrow night. I
want to have the script done before the next R2 audition next month.
I intend to have the actors perform the campfire scene during the
Well, I have to set a list for my computer to process tonight. Another
600 Meg download...... joy. On second thought, it’s thundering
over the Bay, so I may just shut the studio down tonight. The computers
have been running for three days, and they need a break.
I did another
party last night with Marlon. This one was a middle school in Brandon,
and the group of 400 students was very well behaved. It was good
to get out. This is my life: Days of isolation, and then days of
intense driving, meetings in person, and overwhelming human contact.
I spent 96 hours straight sealed in the studio this week alone.
Upon emerging around hour 96, the weather and climate had noticeably
changed. This, however, is not common, but I had a lot of studio
work to finish. That’s my life; extremes of either one thing
or the other. I’ve never had the luxury of a comfortable median.
It’s kind of funny; my only human contact consisted of two
of my staffers on day one and ten hours of teleconferencing in the
other stretch. I also had an Internet chat with Lowie on day three
(I think). I couldn’t tell you how many people I talked to
yesterday, as it’s a blur. When it comes to teenagers and
parties, though, Marlon has termed me the “Gestapo”.
I’m tough on them. Teenagers today are insane compared to
when I was one in the 80's, but that could be a tainted, biased
observation, as I kept to myself a lot back then. I’ve been
known to be hard on young people, my teenage staff included, at
times. I must say, though, that the teenagers that work for us are
great, and I seldom have issues with any of them. I need to loosen
up with the younger crowd, but there is something that people need
to be aware of: If anyone tries to take advantage of the young people
on my staff, they will see a side of me that is very unpleasant.
I take the welfare of teenagers very seriously, as I remember how
it was for me to be one, not know quite who I was, and get taken
advantage of by people of bad character. I survived, but most don’t.
There is a difference between my companies and other entertainment
companies. The difference is that we actually care about people.
People come first with us, art comes second, and money comes third.
Remember that next time, say, if you’re a photographer and
want to take pictures of a 16 year old in a T-back. I frown on such
activity, as it is not appropriate. Indeed, I often advise models
in their 20's against such shoots. Consider the motive behind the
work: Does it gain attention and earn money at the possible expense
of another? It’s all about professional ethics, standards,
and judgement. Our work speaks for itself. As a businessman, I’m
not out to win popularity contests, but I demand respect. We have
the respect of businesses and people that actually count. I’m
quite sure that people will try to slander us along the way, but
in the end, people really have to consider the source when it comes
to information. Information is a commodity, you see, so don’t
think that we don’t have the full, accurate story (fortified
with facts) on anyone or any company that we get involved with.
You are what you do, and if you’re the real deal, you’ll
find a potent, powerful ally in our companies. As a side note, I
would not condemn a model for doing such a shoot, but I would not
be happy about a possible lapse of judgement on their part. Remember,
ladies, pictures are forever. Think before you do. If you had a
daughter, would you be comfortable with her doing the same type
of work. Probably not. On another note, I’d have a real problem
with a model if they went crazy on their 18th birthday and turned
to something like exotic dancing. I would no longer work with them,
and I’m sure that a lot of photographers would be overjoyed
at the prospect of having a more willing prospect.
The odds say that it could happen, but I’d like to have faith
in my associates and believe that it won’t.
Incidently, the scenario above is purely hypothetical.
Respect, by default, wins repeat clients. The only people who we
alienate are people who have no genuine significance because they
have no vision, ethics, or real professional aspirations.
If anyone wants to compromise and take shortcuts, don’t bother
doing it around me. Here’s another example: We had a porn
actor E-mail us about a part in one of our films. I didn’t
have much of a sense of humor about that, simply because the inquiry
alone meant that they DID NOT PAY ATTENTION AND READ OVER THE SITE
first. After we shot a few E-mails back and forth where he compared
my views to the views of a terrorist (Jeez... how left field was
that comment?), we finally ended the argument. It’s too bad,
as this person had literary talent. In closing, I pointed out that
he could go legitimate. I’m not sure if the advice fell upon
deaf ears (eyes) or not, but no harm was done. We have several films
in the works, and NONE of theme have any scenes that require nudity,
primarily because it is not necessary and would serve to taint the
career of any actress who does the part (ahem...... Kristen).
Don’t hate us because we strive to do the right things in
our projects, and do what is best for our staff. Accept it. I’ll
give you an example: Last January, I ended a friendship with a model
who I’ve been friends with for twelve years because she wanted
to have nude work done, and I told her no. We got in a fight over
it, and I stood my ground. It doesn’t take talent to shoot
a nude girl, and if talent is applied to such a project, it is degraded.
At any rate, that was one of two reasons that I ended it. The other
was that I didn’t want her around teenage models in our employ,
as we are responsible for the environment and influences around
I’m far from perfect, I have flaws, and I’m not a saint.
I am, however, a real person. As someone once told me, “You
have to have guts to make it in this world”.
I would like to think that a strong backbone and a powerful belief
in what you’re doing equate into that formula as well.
Well, enough about my little rant. Some people may not understand
where we are coming from. If they truly had an open mind, and applied
that open mind to our position, it’ll all make sense.
We’ve learned from our mistakes. Why is it that others seldom
In closing, here’s a reminder for people to look beyond their
immediate perceptions. Most won’t, though, and that’s
As a business, we’re counting on being underestimated.
29 October, 2001
The script for Reverence is almost done. I didn’t get to work
on it yesterday, as I had to go with my family and visit my Grandmother
in the hospital. God, I hope that she’ll be ok. Years ago,
when I lived in Tampa, I stayed with her for a while. She hated
my music, my DJ’ing, and my video game collecting, but she
was a good Grandmother. It was a good home while I was in poverty
and had to study production and acting.
Somehow, I need to stop distancing myself from my family, and my
friends for that matter. I’ve never had to deal with losing
someone close through death, but it will happen eventually. That
will be the moment that I’ll regret time not spent with them.
My priorities aren’t perfect, I suppose.
Anyway, the studio is up 200%, and we updated the Aurora PhotoArts
web site this weekend. I had to take our prices down, and focus
more on benefits in our marketing. We had too many hits on that
site last week, and IP traces have revealed that some of them were
other photography companies. People like to shop the competition’s
rates, I suppose. No more pricing information is up there, so everyone
can call if they need to. The rates have been adjusted due to some
new services, and I’m happy to report that we now have capabilities
that few can approach. By the end of next year, the work that Aurora
PhotoArts does will surpass every company in Florida, and may even
gain international respect. RTR 60 and some other clandestine projects
not yet revealed will utilize new technologies that no one else
We’ve been working on the portfolio section of the Aurora
PhotoArts web site, which will showcase the quality and innovation
of our work. It will also double as a catalog for our new Stock
Photography service. We’ve been doing commercial photography
now for a year, and hardly anyone, including those on our staff,
has seen that work. In related news, I’m shopping for a small
laser, and will be ordering an optics kit soon with mirrors, lenses,
and a beam splitter.
I understand how business works. I would like to network with the
good photographers out there, though. Networking with DJ’s
the past two years has been very productive. I just don’t
want to deal with anyone who is into anything shady. The search
goes on. I already have a short list of photographers that we will
not be working with, primarily for artistic differences. The same
goes for models.
Fortunately, the experiences that I’ve had with other photographers
has mostly been positive. Most models have been great to work with,
too. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve been fortunate to
have the best models in the state working in our ranks. I’ve
been proud of all of them, and we’re looking forward to expanding
their skills in other areas utilizing the unique interlocking business
arrangement of the companies of Passinault.Com, the Passinault Entertainment
Group. There isn’t an opportunity like that anywhere else.
Two models on my staff are about to be promoted. Those models are
going to be offered a partnership status and future stock options.
They’ve earned it. I also want to welcome Melissa back. I
can’t wait to get her in front of the camera again. Her, Lowie,
Roxy, and Diana are pure magic during shoots. I have seven models
waiting to work with us now that I’m sure will be just as
great, so again, I can’t wait.
Well, it’s getting late, and today is going to be a long day.
This week will see the mailing of press releases (finally), some
shoots lined up, more work on Reverence, and some more meeting with
local agencies. In closing, the date for the next R2 audition, which
will be held in Clearwater, will be on Sunday, November 25, 2001;
very close to my 32nd birthday. Joy to me. More information will
be E-mailed to actors soon, but please note the date.
the day before Halloween.
Before I get ahead of myself, I have the best treat for all of you
out there today. It’s my soon to be famous Halloween eve story.
Anyway, read the story. Consider what it’s saying for yourself.
If you have the guts, go to the parking garage at the point for
yourselves one night. Walk through the parking garage. Remember
this story, and, don’t forget to run.
Before we present this special story, please note the following:
It’s “R” rated material. This is not appropriate
for kids to read. There is strong language and adult references
in this story. It was necessary for the characters, as well as the
The story is not autobiographical, nor are the characters real.
The characters are not inspired by real people, and, no, I never
behaved like these characters behave.
The story of the garage being haunted, and the back story, IS REAL,
If you believe in that sort of thing. Keep that in mind as you lose
yourself in the point.
This story has some elements in it that are real. There really was
a girl who died in front of her Fiancé in the circular drive.
There are some, too, that swear that the area, primarily the parking
garage, is haunted. I’ve been there late at night before,
and I can swear that there is something creepy in there. I used
to hear weird things there, too.
I hope that you enjoyed the story, which I sat down and wrote from
scratch today. It’s my gift to the visitors of our site. In
closing, please remember that even though I have no plans to publish
this story or turn it into a film, that it is protected material.
It’s copyrighted, and it belongs to us.
1 November 2001
Ola! I take
it that everyone has survived the night of horrors?. I was locked
away in the studio, cleaning and relaxing after a day of faxing
financial stuff to New Jersey. Joy. It was fun, and no, I didn’t
get trick or treaters. I did hear them screaming outside the studio
window, though. Ha ha. No one was home.
It’s going to be a long month. The holiday season has started,
and it ought to be interesting. Speaking of the holidays, I have
two more short stories on the way. There will be one for Thanksgiving,
and will be about family, and then one around Christmas, based on
Dimension Stageforms’ theme event “Noel”. I’m
thinking about a romantic dinner one for Valentine days, etc. It
might be a good tradition, and a creative diversion. The next few
stories will be PG fare, so don’t get used to me writing stuff
like “The Point”. When I wrote it, I went with what
Tomorrow will be a special update. It is an important anniversary,
and I’m going to give you all a scoop on some things that
a lot of my staffers don’t even know.
If you don’t understand our philosophy, and our views, now,
you will tomorrow.
Fix some coffee or tea, though, because it’s going to be like
reading a book. It’s long.
I talked to Melissa, Lowie, and some of the other models on Halloween.
No one read my (sniff) story, but they’ll get around to it
in a day or two. I’m meeting up with Lowie on Friday to check
out the photography studio. It’s going to be busy, with the
calendar, RTR 60, and a photography project with Renegade Films
in November. The next R2 audition will cap it off for the month.
I need to find time to wrap the Reverence script somewhere in there.
Going back to tomorrow’s update, I wanted to remember an old
work horse that was known as Geomedia 2, which was our production
studio from 1995 until 1998. We did some great teleplay projects
with that studio, and toward the end, it even had a primitive Internet
One project that I’m reminded of is 1997's black comedy “Rush
Hour”. I had two actor friends cast for it, and we recorded
a great performance. The actress was Charlotte Durnell, who was
from London, England. She played the newscaster “BMW”.
Our traffic reporter, “Air Dog”, was the brilliant David
Baker, who parodied the voice of radio legend Wolfman Jack. The
script was originally started back in 1995, and was inspired when
a mob of protestors jammed up the traffic at the Intersection of
Dale Mabry and Columbus during a few of my rush hour commutes home
in a car that overheated whenever I ran the air. It was worse than
my stressful day at the bank, as it gets HOT here in Tampa. Grrrrrr.
Anyway, I took a few nights and finished it in 1997, when I was
back in Riverview. Another draft to the end, and it was ready for
production. The night I gave it to Charlotte, she about fell out
of her chair laughing about the weenies in the script (I had an
actor read it during the August 5 R2 audition, and my people were
laughing kind of hard. He had me crying. Great delivery of something
that I was used to hearing via a soft, British female voice. Angel
got on my case about it though, and it was about the weenie part.
You’ll “get it” when you read the script).
The reason that I brought up Rush Hour is, oddly enough, the fact
that the events of September 11 reminded me of it. Rush Hour, you
see, is a parody on urban disasters, both natural and man made.
It is barely politically correct, and almost goes over the edge
in some areas. The content jabs at peaceful assembly, nudists, yuppies,
hot dog vendors, perverts, gays, anorexics, freaks, geeks, panhellenic
fraternal organizations, religious people, diet supplements, radio
personalities, and the media. It even cracks on the television shows
“Cops”, and “Friends”.
You’ll see. Keep an open mind, and you’ll find humor
Soon, we intend to secure ASCAP rights to the music and release
it as a CD. When we recorded it, we were pushing Geomedia 2's analog
based technology as far as it would go. At the time, we were pushing
audio cassette technology to it’s limits. Unfortunately, the
project was a bit to ambitious to complete with that limitation.
The goal was to make it sound like a real time radio broadcast,
and the format was just not up to it.
Until Geomedia 3. Innovations made with computer based technology
in the past four years, and a technology curve forced by our photography,
Internet, and film requirements, have enabled us to complete this
project. It will see life as a pair of 70 minute CD’s, and
will be a total of almost two and a half hours. The beauty of it
is that the recordings that we did kick butt, and were of excellent
quality. We can use them. After digitizing the voice tapes, the
program can be done 100% digitally, with a ten fold quality increase
over the original specifications. We have the technology. We can
make it better. Crisper. Smoother (no more timing servo controlled
pause buttons for this DJ!). More believable (homage to “The
six million dollar man”).
If I find the original master, which fell apart due to line noise
at the 40% complete mark, I’ll rip it into a MP3 file and
post it for download. It’ll be a small download, honest! It’ll
only be 40 Megs...... (this DSL has spoiled and corrupted me in
the past two weeks, I’m sure of it. My hard drive and CD burner
swear their revenge).
We have more CD’s in the works, too. The new “Party
Zone X”, the “Club Zero” Trilogy, “Futura
3", Futura RMX”, “Love Lost”, Generation
2: Union”, “Waveform RMX”, and “Daytona”
are but a few. I’ll tell more about them in the future.
We have fun working in the studios. We had a blast on Rush Hour.
While Charlotte and David didn’t record together, working
on separate days, we had fun taking video game breaks and scarfing
down lots of Pizza. These are traditions which are here today, too.
One model, who used to stay the weekends, used to sing, as we were
set up for that.
I hope that the fun never leaves. I’ve added a few pics especially
for that little recollection.
Well, I have to go take a shower and sleep now. Come back tomorrow,
and spend a few days reading what’s to come.
Be good, everyone. Eyes will be opened in tomorrow’s update.
after the disaster
of the beginning
the tenth anniversary of a pivotal incident. This was an event that
was destroyed by rioters, marked the end of my fraternity and early
DJ days, and was the start of a difficult transition period to what
was to come. While not a fraternity event, the party was supposed
to unveil new fraternity developed entertainment technology.
November 2, 1991, the ancient predecessor of Passinault.Com was
Party Systems Incorporated, or PSI. Back then, everything centered
around DJ’ing, dance and hip hop music, and throwing the best
parties. Aurora PhotoArts was still three years off, not even remotely
near planning, and independent film making was a wishful dream.
I was 21 years old, about to turn 22, and my fraternity and sorority
had been disbanded and banned from three college campus’ just
twelve weeks before. We were rebels who possessed some very innovative
I had been DJ’ing for just over a year, and had been throwing
parties for three. Known as “DJ Wiz Kid” because I looked
to be around 17, I had produced 20 cassette program release mix
tapes full of hip hop, pop, top 40, and dance music since I started.
Most of those were of a controversial, and at times an obscene nature.
Some of the titles of the tapes were words that the networks still
Around this time, my best friend and I got involved with the wrong
girl. Her name was Samantha, and, yes, she is the reason that I’m
as strict as I am today. I was about to learn a harsh lesson in
The party was called “Sex on the Beach”, although there
was no sex, and there was barely a beach. We named it after the
drink. In those days, alcohol consumption was a mandatory part of
any party, as the venues that we got together in were too small
to dance that much in.
Here is a brief synopsis of the painful lesson that I learned.
Life has rules and boundaries for a reason. They are the basis of
society. Those that have no respect for them and disregard the rules
eventually pay a price.
Love triangles suck.
People of bad character can not be trusted.
If you are different, insecure people are afraid of you.
Some people will play like they believe in your dream to get what
they can out of it. When times get hard, they leave.
Samantha was, and still is, a bitch.
A free play is an oxymoron. There’s no such thing as “free”
(especially after September 11 of this year).
Don’t fall in love with a promiscuous girl.
Morals and ethics define the person that you are.
Easy girls do not make the best friends.
Alcohol + minors + moronic people = big trouble
Budget cuts to security staff because the guests are mainly “trusted”
friends are a prelude to disaster.
People don’t care about what they don’t understand.
People who take short cuts are not worth the investment (I was reminded
of this in 2000 with the lovely Kristen, who was a model. Now, she
is nothing. She’s naked on the Internet all day. What a waste.
Take an unstable person, put them in a situation where they have
to face up to their responsibilities, and crazy things happen. Nothing
is worse than a person who actually has talent, beauty, personality,
and brains flush her life down the toilet. It still makes me sick
18 months later.)
Samantha burned everyone she knew, including her family and daughter
(Is it obvious that I have no respect for this person? Did I say
person? I meant to say noun, which could be a person, place, or
THING. If a human being conducts themselves as an animal, are they
human anymore? Hmmmmm... food for thought.)
I did learn ethics the hard way. I paid a price. Let me explain
myself, so all the people out there who don’t understand my
stand as a professional can finally comprehend it. Mad at me because
of my views and principles? Get over it. I’ve earned the right
to have them. You have the right to have different views, but time
will exact a price for your views, actions, and lack of ethics.
Don’t think for a minute that I’m proud of things that
I did in my reckless, rebellious frame of mind a decade ago. I am
not. Knowing that I learned some valuable lessons from it, and that
I have a second chance to do things right, balance out historical
facts that normally would a source of deep shame and regret.
I never meant to, but things that I did indirectly hurt a lot of
people. I will never let that happen again.
I never believed in censorship. I still don’t. I’ve
lived, and learned, a lot over the years, though. I can recognize,
and act on, the difference between censorship of controversial expression
and exploitation. People that scream that I “have to have
an open mind” obviously have no clue, nor back bone. They’ll
say anything to justify waiving professional ethics and cutting
their own throat to get ahead.
In my hard learned experience, people who have no principles can
not be trusted. I am not a fool, therefor those people have no business
being around me.
If you want to make a difference in this world, and are a true artist,
figure out who you are. Refine who you are. Don’t get involved
with negative people. Get a backbone, define a code of ethics, and
stick to them!
As for myself, I have earned the right to my opinions. Those opinions
are based on a foundation of education and principles. I know who
I am, and nothing short of death can take that away.
Actually, let me amend that. Death doesn’t even limit a creative
person who knows who they are. Their art will exist, and inspire,
until the end of time. The art will last, because it was created
from a strong, solid foundation.
Ok, I’m off my pedestal now. If you don’t agree with
me, please respect my position on entertainment ethics. You can
get mad if you’d like, but please go to your nearest mirror
and look in it for a while before you commit yourself to that course
of action. Anger can erode from within. I know, because it almost
destroyed who I was. Are you at the mirror yet? Look beyond the
physical. Look in those eyes. What do you see? Do you like what
you see? Do you respect what that person stands for? Is beauty on
the outside, or inside as well? What is the definition of shallow?
Things to consider.
If you look in my eyes, you’ll see someone real, someone genuine.
I know it, and that’s all that matters.
At any rate, here is a brief story about that day. It’s all
true, it really happened, and I am not portrayed in the best of
light. Allow me to introduce you to one of my demons from the past.
My past is a part of who I am. I am strong because of my pain. I
have no regrets. I have resolution.
I may not
be updating for a few days. My Grandmother is in bad shape in the
hospital, and I spent time their tonight. I hope that she makes
it. I’m meeting with some models in Clearwater tomorrow to
catch up on some projects, have to work on some scripts, and have
some serious problems to resolve.
November 4, 2001
of Frontier 4 gets more interesting from then on. Melissa does go
to that sorority party with Trinity in the next few pages, and the
sorority, as if most couldn’t guess, is the Alpha Omega Delta.
Why do we feature the same sorority in Reverence and Frontier 4?
Simple answer. It’s because I really own the Alpha Omega Delta’s
in real life. The organization is on ice, but the rights to it belong
to me. In the next few years, when we have the capital to invest
in it, the sorority will be reborn, as will the fraternity. I spent
six months studying parliamentary law, and the bylaws and rush black
book have been done for years.
There will be some terrorist activity in the story of Frontier 4.
It was put into the story in the early 1990's, and something really
expensive gets destroyed. As a note, the World Trade Center exists
in the year 2020 in Frontier 4. The reason for this will be explained
in the novel.
There is a reason that Frontier 4 contains several scenes set in
airport, and another tidbit on some of the work that I used to do.
In the late 1980's, I had a career in counter terrorism, and for
a while trained those screeners that the media has been whining
about lately. Don’t believe all that you hear. Airport security
has always been very tight, and very professional. I used to work
with people from Germany and other European countries, and those
people were very good. There was one incident in 1989 where we stopped
a woman trying to get a 9 MM hand gun onto an airplane. I received
a commendation from the FAA (feel free to check with them. I’m
sure it’s still on file somewhere). They used to send us to
these classes on bomb making, weapons, and other tools of the trade.
We were well trained, and knew what to look for.
If airport security had been as bad as people claim, there would
have been a bad terrorist incident years ago. What we have today
is just another example of Americans over reacting. People need
to start thinking and use common sense. You only hear about the
one test item that eludes security now days, and the thousands that
are caught are never mentioned. The media has ethics? Yeah, right.
Most people think that airport security is ineffective, when the
truth is that it’s always been very effective. I can vouch
for them, because I’ve been there. I’m just sick of
hearing the manufactured facts on the news every day. Those news
people should actually spend a few days working airport security
before they report on it. Check the statistics. It has always been
safe to fly, and contrary to what people are thinking, you can still
check your mail without gloves and a mask, too.
The public panic, much like the present recession, start in the
minds of the public, and were self fulfilling prophesies. As a result,
we’re all paying for the hysteria. 20 whacked out people brought
a nation of millions to its knees. Pathetic. Are we supposed to
be the most powerful nation in the world, or what? Let’s start
thinking about it. How patriotic were we before September 11? How
many people had American flags on their cars before then? Why do
we continue to buy gas guzzlers like SUV’s when our dependence
on middle eastern oil is a big issue? Israel, and even England,
have been dealing with terrorism for along time. Do you see any
of their people whining, wrecking their economy, and running around
with plastic flags of their country? What’s up with all of
these tacky companies profiting off of all of this, too? I suppose
that that’s American, too, and it’s alright to do so.
As for me, it’s wrong to turn a tragedy into a marketing tool.
That is exactly the reason that you won’t find an American
flag and some tacky message on the Passinault.Com site. It would
not be ethical to do so, and just because everyone else is doing
it does not make it right.Corporate America kills me. We have so
many double standards, and since we really don’t know who
we are anymore as a people, we have a mess.
We need to deal with it, move on, and don’t worry about it
anymore. The terrorists, you see, have won. They have accomplished
everything that they set out to do. Our nation isn’t what
it was back in the 1940's, when we had to have a backbone because
we had to survive. We had nothing to lose. Subsequently, we developed
new technology such as the atomic bomb. We lost who we were since
then, and have been enjoying a free ride on the accomplishments
of our Grandfathers for way too long. It’s time to wake up.
It’s time to live life without fear and mass hysteria limiting
I’m sorry, but I have a mind of my own. I’ll think for
myself, thank you very much. It’s what being an American is
all about isn’t it? Hate me for my opinion. I don’t
care. Label me as un-American. It’s your right. As an American,
I have the right to free speech. I’ll probably get some sort
of back lash for my views. So be it. You’re more than welcome
to picket my tombstone in 50 years, too. I’m just sick of
all of this foolishness. A few precautions and some common sense
go a long way.
I’m not downplaying the terrorist acts, though. Please realize
that. What happened was truly horrible, and the victims deserve
our respect. I’ve dealt with it, though, and it’s time
to move on. I’m about to lose my Grandmother, and to me, that
hits a lot closer to home. Why doesn’t the media start running
stories on Heart care? Why don’t Americans rally for health
care improvements? More people die from our incompetent medical
system than in any terrorist act that has ever happened.
A writer writes what they know, and it is true that the more life
experience that you’ve had, the more you have to draw from.
I have had a lot of jobs, and a lot of good training, in a many
types of careers in the years before I found myself. I’m not
going to go into other training that I’ve had, but let’s
just say that it enhances our capabilities in this crazy entertainment
business. Let’s just say that I’m well rounded, to the
extent that we’ve developed security systems that are better
than what you can find on the market.
November 7, 2001
day, another dollar not made.
I did get a lot done today, though. The studio is a mess, and I’ve
been cleaning, listening to some classical music, and trying to
Work on Reverence is progressing. I’ve completed the story
arc and are interweaving the individual character arcs. We’ve
figured out some of the character roles, too. The script should
be done in another week. As I told Jane the other night, the last
third of the movie will be a drama about the repercussions of the
initiation deaths. Some of those characters are going to be traumatized.
We’re not leaving this ending up in the air, and since there
isn’t going to be a Reverence 2, we’re tying this up
nice and neat.
We all know a bit about film#2, which will be Invisible Ink, The
film will start production as soon as Reverence goes into post production.
Our third film will be Net Worth, our little drama about exploitation.
My views are, dare I say, not popular. Too bad. For the record,
I am not on, nor do I have any business doing, a morality crusade.
I’m not exactly a saint, and I’m not religious. We do
feel strongly about entertainment ethics, though, and that’s
one reason that we don’t do work that can be used to defame
the participants with, such as nude photography. I have a problem
professionally with such work because it can hurt the model, as
well as our reputation. If it’s truly artistic, fine, but
most is not, and I really don’t think that the risk is worth
it. I am, however, commissioned to do a Maxim style shoot with a
22 year old model shortly, which will be provocative, but not require
any nudity. The model and I see eye to eye in what we have planned.
As the results will show, this will demonstrate a tasteful, artistic
We’ve been discussing the calendar project lately, too, and
one of our pundits questioned the marketability of a calendar in
which the models aren’t nude or portrayed in a risque fashion.
There were some good points made. After careful thought, I think
that it really depends upon your target market. Since that isn’t
our target market, the people who would buy trashy calendars, it
shouldn’t be a concern. Our calendars will be done in good
taste, tact, and with artistic merit. The art direction and the
quality of the model photography are selling points, and we’ll
go with it.
Net Worth will have a serious story line. I’m even going to
throw in a little suicide in the plot. I’m not going to use
it to promote our views on entertainment ethics, though. We’ll
put the facts in there and let the audience decide for themselves.
One other thing. Even though Net Worth is about exploitation, there
will be no nudity. I’d rather we concentrate on the characterization,
Well, we know our position on nudity. Fine. What about other forms
of controversial expression that is used under the banner of art?
What of them? What of violence and profanity?
Those of you that have read my little Halloween story, “The
Point”, may have been scratching their heads over this. The
characters have some real flaws, and profanity is used a lot. Well,
I can say that the profanity was integral to the characters. Even
though I don’t talk that way, I do, as a writer, know how
to craft believable characters. Some of those characters are even
of the type that I’d never have anything in common with.
Violence? Well, if it is integral to the story, it’s ok. I
have this story that’s been on the back burner for years now,
a piece called “Brandon Gangs”. The story, which evolved
from my first novel, 1984's “Adventures of the Riverview Gang”
(Yes, it is a silly title. Yes, the story was goofy, too. Who cares,
it was fun, and I was only 13 when I wrote it.), is quite extreme.
There are extreme acts of violence, excessive profanity, drug abuse,
major crime, and even a date rape. There’s even a scene where
this female gang member uses a walkman cord as a garrote, and strangles
a man in an alley. I’m still weighing out the artistic merit
debate, so it may never be made.
I still think about the photographer in South Florida. This guy
does nudes that really are artistic, and are in good taste. Most
of the time, the pictures are either altered in Photoshop to the
point where you can’t tell who the models are, or are composed
in a way that you can’t tell. Those are nudes that are art,
and, my friends, that kind of work is very rare. What of models
who pose for art classes? Since that cannot be used to defame or
exploit them, that’s fine, too. As long as it is art. As it
says on our web site; does the artistic merit outweigh the controversy?
Nothing, as they say, is ever black and white. I search the Internet
a lot, cross referencing information. Once, I found a site with
Teenage girls in Bikini’s that could be seen as ok ( I was
not using the words “Teenage bikini”, either, so get
that out of your head. My criteria was more along the lines of “tampa
model”, as I recall). The pictures were tasteful, and quite
innocent. However, the manner in which they were presented was exploitive,
which made it wrong. Pulling up the source code and reading the
site meta tags was a deeper revelation. The key words were vulgar
and demeaning ones, designed to have the site come up as a search
engine result for terms more pornographic in nature. I suppose that’s
one way that people find to get around the child pornography laws.
I’m not saying who these people are, because the site has
been set up for another reason, too: Litigation baiting. These people
have some nasty legal premise on the site, and are geared to take
advantage of the millennium copyright act. It seems that the site
is there to bait young men, and they make money by suing these young
men. That, my friends, is insane. Profiting from lawsuits because
someone downloaded one picture is major over reacting, and abuse
of a law designed to protect the rights of intellectual property
on the Internet. After reading their site, I wanted to clear my
browser cache, and maybe burn my computer, just in case.
Sometimes, the context is the deciding factor. As a professional,
I have a problem with that.
Perhaps the crusade should be termed “professional respect”
and “common sense in entertainment practice”.
Woah, another can of worms!
I hope that this puts the great debate to rest. I’d really
like to be able to sit down an concentrate on creating works of
art, now, instead of defending our views from disgruntled photographers
and the like. No, we aren’t going to burn books in the future,
or condone it. We do not support censorship in any form. Some of
our art will be controversial, have no doubts about that, but we
will not exploit people creating that art. I suppose that our “extreme”
views were the first controversial work on record. I’m just
tired of defending what we’re doing when it’s the right
thing. This has been going on for almost two years, and it is unproductive.
My guess is that society is just screwed up. Ten years ago, our
views would have been applauded by the vocal majority. Now, we hear
complaints from the vocal minority.
The general public seems to be tolerant of the infringements upon
the rights of others because they want to avoid any confrontation.
The bottom line: I have not defamed nor have I slandered anyone
during a “crusade”. I have some observations of certain
individuals and companies that are backed with facts, but those
are merely that. They are observations.
You are what you do. Maybe I should curl up in a corner somewhere
and not make any waves. Maybe I should keep my opinions to myself.
Maybe I should be more tolerant on the way things “are”.
Maybe I should be another face in the crowd, with no individuality,
purpose, or independent thought. Excuse me for a moment while I
quit laughing. We’re here for a reason. We’re here to
set standards, and to make a difference. You don’t make a
difference while compromising and blending in. That is why we only
work with the best. It seems that our “extreme” views
have been effective in weeding out the people who don’t belong.
Perhaps it was a calculated filter. Well, whatever the alternate
motivations, it worked. The quality of my staff is a testament to
That’s the last that I’m saying on the subject, unless
In reference to letting people know about details of the past, I
have a good reason. Facts can be twisted if not presented in an
unbiased way. I’d rather that they hear the story from us,
than misconstrued from people that have been fired long ago. It’s
going to come out once we become well known, and I’d rather
that no one makes it an issue when it is not. Besides, this is why
we have an anecdote section, anyway.
I talked to the owner of an entertainment company tonight that we
are going to be working with. I’ve been impressed with them
so far. It’s nice to know that there are ethical companies
out there, and I’m with them on the general idea of forming
an entertainment alliance here in Florida.
It will be nice to see how this works out.
Well, I have to go. Seems that I need to get to bed early tonight.
I have a busy day tomorrow, and need to finalize details of some
shoots this weekend. We’re using RTR 60 stuff for the first
time, including some cool fractal based technology. RTR 60 should
have its first shoot in early December, as we’re building
some new lighting equipment, and it won’t be ready until then.
Until the next update, take care!
November 7, 2001
Actually, it’s Wednesday, and once again, I’m working
away. Snagged a little Beethoven and Mozart off of the net. It’s
good stuff, and great to run while I’m working in the studio.
As a DJ, I could never justify investing in it, but personally,
I love it. While I’m at it, I need to get some more art of
noise and Bjork, too.
The lights for RTR 60 will be ready in a few weeks, and I’m
hoping to start the shoots in the new studio in early December.
RTR 60 requires some advanced lighting, and I need a pair of chimeras,
some rear fills, cookies, and maybe even a spot. I think that we’ve
found our principle model, a seasoned professional named Ayme, and
we have ten more lined up for the first sessions. I think we’ll
go for a 67' look for the first shoot.
The Geomedia 3 annex workstation is ready. It took me a few days
to configure, as there was a USB conflict with the CF card reader
and the CDR burner. I solved it by not connecting both at once.
Simple. It was designed for support of RTR 60 and the calendar project,
and will see first use this weekend during an editorial session
for a film that Renegade Films is doing. Finally, a company after
our own heart. I’ve met with their people, and they’ve
impressed me. I’ve talked with Rick Danford at length, too,
and we see eye to eye, so I’m looking forward to working with
them. The shoot is Saturday, and I have some new ideas to try out.
We’ve been experimenting with new technology lately, and some
of those will enhance the photography of Aurora PhotoArts. Some
of the best pictures that we’ve ever taken will be in the
next 14 days, and I’m not talking about RTR 60, either, which
will set new standards, too. I commissioned to use the workstation
and our digital rig with one of our best models, 22 year old Melissa.
She and I discussed some really cool ideas yesterday, and some of
those ideas are really good. I can say that I’ve never done
them before. Melissa and I may be working on a Club Fashion session
series, too. Stay tuned.
Lowie’s calendar project is still a work in progress, too.
We expect to shoot those sessions in series with RTR 60, although
the editorial styles are different, and may rarely cross.
Work on Reverence is progressing. I’ve completed the story
arc and am interweaving the individual character arcs. We’ve
figured out some of the character roles, too. The script should
be done in another week. As I told Jane the other night, the last
third of the movie will be a drama about the repercussions of the
initiation deaths. Some of those characters are going to be traumatized.
We’re not leaving this ending up in the air, and since there
isn’t going to be a Reverence 2, we’re tying this up
nice and neat.
You’ve probably read on the Reverence web site elsewhere within
Passinault.Com about its relation to Frontier 4. Yes, the Dr. Chris
Parker of Frontier 4 and the Chris Parker in Reverence are the same
character. There are even things in Reverence that set up the character
for Frontier 4. By tying up Reverence, it will give the Alpha Omega
Delta sorority girls in Frontier 4 a nice little legend to tell
among themselves. Another crossing tidbit: Waveform is initially
set in the world of Frontier 4, which is the year 2020, and Washout
is a Doctor. In Reverence, Washout is mentioned as being a friend
of Tobey’s. Anyway, most of Waveform will be told in a flashback,
and will be set in Reverences time, which is 1995.
With Frontier 4, history deviates around the year 1998, and an incident
that enables the world and technology of 2020 to exist happens.
Think of the forest service setting fires to burn off the overgrowth
in forests and promote new growth. That’s the only analogy
clue that I’m giving. To find out, you’ll have to read
the book. Here’s something interesting about Frontier 4, but
may never be explored (there’s no reason to have anything
set in NYC, and I may never mention it in the book), but in 2020,
in that world, the Trade Center towers are still standing. How is
that possible? The incident of 1998 makes the terrorist incident
of 2001 impossible. You’ll see.
You can read a sample of Frontier 4 below. Just don’t tell
anyone that I showed you. Frontier 4 has been a work in progress
since 1989. As I explained to someone last night, it took me years
to create the world that it exists in. I am a detail monger. I’m
not going to make something up and use it if it couldn’t work,
or there isn’t a scientific basis for it. Even the events
of “The Point” could be explained as a figment of the
protagonist’s warped imagination. The story was about perceptions,
with a bit of psychology thrown in. I left it up to the audience
to determine what was real. Reverence is like that, too.
Frontier 4 is so detailed, and so well researched, that I’ve
had engineers from aerospace companies reference the samples from
the Internet, and one Physicist told me to publish a paper on the
time travel technology, too, as it was plausible.
Maybe I will. Who knows? I’d rather use the material as a
foundation for a killer story.
Don’t ask me how I understand such advanced science. I just
do. I’m a writer with a serious technical background, and
a good balance of right and left brains. I would have been a scientist,
but I got really bored. I’m more creative.
I’ve been getting good feedback on my special Halloween story,
“The Point”, although some have asked if the profanity
was necessary. Well, it was. I had to stay true to the characters.
I may expand on the story sometime in the future, but I still have
no plans to market it or turn it into a film. You can read the story
below. There will be a Thanksgiving and a Christmas story coming
up that will be family friendly. Whatever works.
Hey, here’s something that’s cool! Three years ago,
I actually had free time on my hands, and I used to hack Playstation
and Nintendo 64 games. I used Gamesharks to cheat, and then saved
my creations to memory cards. This came in handy when we started
to use video games in events, and I needed games set up with all
items and courses unlocked. Some times, I’d spend days customizing
Anyway, I have these devices called Dex Drives, and they allowed
you to transfer game save files to and from memory cards and your
computer. By default, that meant that you could download game saves
from the Internet, as well as upload. I was looking on the net today,
and guess what I found? My game save files on thousands of web sites
all over the world, primarily the Playstation games Road Rash and
Rage Racer. If you get them off of a web site anywhere, there is
a 99.999% chance that they’re mine. Some of these sites tried
to put their credits on them, but they weren’t able to change
the configuration. It’s my work, but I really don’t
care. It’s just cool. Reminds me of a line that I heard from
“Talk Radio”: Deleting anything off the Internet is
like removing pee from a swimming pool.
Once something is on the net, I guess it takes on a life of its
own. The dominance of my dex files proves another thing, too. People
would rather take and re post than make something of their own.
Perhaps the same goes for pictures, eh?
The games are more than cracked files, though. I put some cool customized
features that no one can remove. With Rage Racer, for example, I
have a customized car that I made for a friends party back in 1997
called the “Team Mary Kay” racer. It is black and pink,
with a Mary Kay logo painted on it. I guess that gamers liked it,
because it’s a posted feature of every file that I could find.
Too funny. Yes, I have a sense of humor.
Go to Google, type in “rage racer dex drive”, or “road
rash dex drive”, and see for yourself.
Probably the coolest thing that I’ve done with the devices
would be downloading 100% complete games of the Nintendo 64 game
“Perfect Dark”, and using all of the unlocked features
to make up my own levels. Four of those levels are classics. They
are “Lair Zero”, “Predator”, “Chaos”,
and “O.J. Simps”. I took a card to my friend’s
video game store at the mall once, transferred “Lair Zero”
to the store copy of the game, and left. When I returned, there
was a line of people all the way out the door into the main hall
waiting to play it. I guess all that time spent polishing it paid
off. Those guys were going crazy over it. Some time soon, I may
explain how the level was built, and how it was balanced out. I
love games, and can’t wait to start making them.
Well, it’s time to go to the store and buy lots of water,
talk to this model, and pick up my pizza. I’m hungry for some
reason .Perhaps its because I sometimes forget to eat.
Ciao for now!
I have some things on my mind at the moment. Besides the issues
with my Grandmother and family crisis, I realized something today.
I realized that I no longer look forward to getting E-mail.
The past week, I’ve been getting complaints on some of our
standards and philosophies. I had two photographers, obviously fans
of nude work, voice their issues. We even had a E-fight with a porn
“actor” who wanted to audition. We don’t do that
kind of work, and I had thought that I made the reasons for it perfectly
clear. I’m tired of getting bashed by people who are in professional
anarchy, and use the first amendment to defend their lack of ethics
while attacking companies that are determined to do the right thing.
Here’s a CLUE: I work with kids. We are family orientated.
Exploitation is not art. When I dedicated my life to the future
of art and entertainment, I did not say “Gee, think of all
the money that I can make at the expense of others”. End of
I have come to a realization, though. I will exercise more tact
in the future when posting our mission statement. I no longer seeing
the point of casting pearls before the swine of the industry.
I say get over it. I no longer want to hear it. You do your thing,
and we’ll do ours.
Yesterday, we were insulted by a company in San Francisco for the
design of our web site.
Ahem. Number one, this site is designed for the middle market, which
includes people using old computers and web TV. The design is clean,
balanced, and is packed with tier three information that has been
cleared for the general public. I’ve already instructed a
team to design the next site, and we’re buying a server next
year. The fancy bells and whistles are coming, but I like the site,
and so does everyone else.
Did I tell you all about the cease and desist sent by an L.A. company
a few weeks back? That’s fine, but the problem was that it
was about our intellectual property! We have copyrights, a signed
release on file, etc. From now on, If I get any more E-mails sent
certified with an electronic receipt in a legal format, they get
sent straight to our attorney. I’ll let them deal with it.
Then there are the security violations that are racking up. Why
is it that the hacking attempts that our firewall has been logging
have IP’s that lead back to Los Angeles? My advice: quit while
you’re ahead. I’ve already notified your ISP’s,
and they aren’t too happy about it. An IP spoofer won’t
work, either. There are ways around that.
The final note on security: All confidential information and trade
secrets have been removed from our computers, and are being archived
in a physical vault. Work that is in progress is encrypted, and
we have decoys in place that you don’t want. Trust me. For
those of you that wonder why some of our work requires a signed
NDA, this is one of the reasons.
We’ve been getting some odd phone calls, too, and in the end,
we had to edit some of the information on our site, which included
the removal of 40% of the information in this anecdote section.
With this said, our complaint department is now closed. If anyone
has any legal issues, our attorney will be handling those in the
future. I need to spend more time creating, and not put up with
all of this crap.
At any rate, to all of you out there that want to audition: Please,
please, please physically mail us your head shots or comp cards,
a cover letter, and a resume. Our E-mail is overloaded at the moment,
and we’re trying to answer everyone as quickly as possible.
I have three people working on it, and we’re barely making
a dent. I’m cleaning up those accounts tonight, and some of
those large E-mails may be lost in the process. Sorry.
In other news, we now have long distance. Hmmmmmmm. Maybe I shouldn’t
have said that. At any rate, we can call people out of the area
in emergencies now. Before, we had long distance calling blocked
here in the studio.
Well, I’m on the phone with Melissa now, and I’m calling
Diana in Orlando tonight.
get to take the digital rig out into the world and experiment. There
are some aperture settings that I need to get down, and I have over
60 settings to balance out with the manual mode of the 990. I’ve
only used the manual mode once, and that was the “Reverence”
editorial in the graveyard back in March with Lowie, Striker, and
Nick. Let’s see what 115MM of precision optics can do. I’m
hoping to push it to the point where I can get a decent depth of
field worthy of my big camera, the 35MM with the 200MM telephoto.
I can’t wait until the new lights for RTR 60 come in and we
get our S1 Pro digital SLR. My 990 kicks, though, and I’ve
been very happy with it. My year of research paid off. The only
thing that I could whine about is the fact that I can’t see
the LCD screen in bright sunlight, and since it’s not an SLR,
the optical viewfinder isn’t true for compositions. It’s
my fault, though, as a sunshade isn’t hard to rig. I haven’t
made one yet. I get to work with another digital rig tomorrow, as
Rick has a 3.3 Megapixel camera as well. With the 990 today, I’ll
be downloading the flash cards into the annex workstation in preparation
for tomorrow’s shoot. I then need to use the USB burner to
test archiving, and try some more with the new fractal based software.
That software really works well. I’ve been surprised. If you
would have told me a year ago that you could take a 5 X 7 print
file and enlarge it to a wall size poster, or even a bill board
starting with a poster size source file, I would have laughed. It
works, and I’m not laughing. I’m speechless. Incredible
stuff. Designed for commercial photography work, adapted for editorial.
What is it...... 5 models/ actors to shoot? I’ll know more
when I get to the location in Clearwater, I suppose. Tomorrow I’m
going to have at least 300 to 400 pictures, since the annex will
be there on the set for archiving them. I have a lot to do today
to prepare, though.
You know, I really don’t know where I’m going. I’ll
probably go over to Lowie’s early to figure that out. Maybe
I can fix her computer while I’m there, I’ll have the
USB burner with me, and it’s perfect for making room on her
hard drive. That machine annoys me, as it’s a pain to use.
God, wait until you see the pictures that RTR 60 are going to yield.
If you’ve like our work so far, the next generation will be
jaw dropping. Tomorrow is a dress rehearsal, minus the custom lighting.
I hope that the stylist takes their time.
This weekend, I’m also going to schedule in the exact times
and the directions to the next R2 audition. I have Melissa coming
over for beer, pizza, and a long review of the previous audition
footage Monday evening. I need to get her up to speed, and I really
need her beer out of the fridge. I don’t drink, but I hear
that it’s good stuff. I’ll stick to caffeine and water,
and hope that Laura come for her wine coolers one day soon, too.
The beer and the coolers have been in there for over six months.
My parents would be proud.
Well, everyone have a good weekend. I’ll update again in a
few days, when I get the time. It’s time to get a shower,
get dressed, load up the 990, exit the studio, and head into Brandon
now. Maybe I can get Krista to swing over here tonight to help me
work out the settings..... I’ll find out. I’ve got a
matte here already set up for it.
going to be quick today, because I have to pack up equipment, eat,
and drive over to Lowie’s to get ready to go to the shoot.
Besides fighting with Windows (God, I’m about to drop a lot
of money on some Macs.... I’m tired of programs crashing for
no reason when I’m in the middle of something. My CD-Rom just
crashed, of all things..... ), I’ve been preparing for some
of the projects. We just signed thirty new models, and I’m
about to sign on forty actors. The models are ones that we haven’t
shot before, and with the new stuff coming in, it’s going
to be a whole new era of photography. Just preparing for RTR 60
has given us a lot to chew on. Sometimes to have to push ahead and
work really hard to progress, and we’re doing that.
I met this aspiring model yesterday in Brandon. Wow. Talk about
inspiration. I told her to get me in touch with her parents, and
we’ll see how this works out. I have a good feeling about
a lot of these shoots coming up, though. New faces.
Today’s shoot is going to be big, and I’ll try to post
some of those shots tonight. I’ll talk to the client about
Here’s something that’s been on my mind: agencies. Most
have treated us well. Some... well, the jury is still out. We have
it set up so bookers don’t have to do anything but refer us
talent, we’ll do the rest, and the agency gets put in the
loop automatically. If I were an agency, I wouldn’t mind that.
Well, the bookers and I get along. To the agency owner that showed
a new face my E-mail updates..... That’s a big no no. Those
are confidential, and from now on, I’ll leave it up to the
talent to deal with you. If you’re going to leave respect,
common courtesy, and confidentially at the door, I will no longer
deal with you. I don’t want to, nor do I have to. We have
plenty of models and actors to deal with on our own, thank you very
much. Some people just don’t get it.
A little common courtesy and respect go a long way with me, and
some will find that ten, twenty, thirty years down the road, that
I’ll remember. Dinosaurs used to be the only game on the planet.
They were big, fierce creatures that ruled without opposition. They
were complacent, however, and they did not evolve. One day, the
environment changed, and, well...... you get the picture.
Models ask me all the time which agencies are good. I have a list
of four or five that other models tell me are good, and that have
earned my respect. I refer than in an unbiased fashion; one of them
is one that told my photography company no thanks, but yet they
have an outstanding professional reputation that I respect. I’d
gladly refer them.
At the moment, Alexa in Tampa is tops in my book. Their people have
been straight up with me, and they do good work. So, you see, there
are a lot of agencies that we’ve had good experiences with.
For every five, though, there is always one that drops the ball.
Remember: The agency works FOR the talent. If you’re a model
or an actor who either can’t get representation, or can’t
settle on any agencies, don’t let that stop you. Just go out
there and DO IT. I have a friend who is really big on the independent
scene right now as a model. She had problems with agencies at the
start of her career. She took things into her own hands, and made
things happen anyway. She became very successful without initial
representation, and now the agencies call her! She’s one of
two models that has taught me about the industry, and advises me
on things that are over my head when I need it.
The business environment is different today. It’s all about
networking, professional courtesy, and self promotion. Businesses
(agencies) can no longer afford to be monopolistic, and dropping
the ball tends to hurt feet. Indeed, some in this business are about
as sharp as that proverbial ball.
Roll, roll away from me. I work with the best. I work with professionals.
That’s why I’m all for self promotion and independence.
That’s why we created Tampa Bay Independent Model, which is
at www.independentmodeling.com. It is our answer to a question that
models ask me all the time.
Other web based resources that I recommend include Florida-models.com,
Florida-actors.com, and Floridastage.com. These are all top notch
sources of information that can put your career in your hands. Learn
all you can, and make it happen. It’s really up to you.
Well, I have to get ready for the shoot. I’m keyed up, because
some magazines are interested, from what I’ve been told. It’s
going to be an awesome session!
November 11, 2001
shoot went well.
It’s been a weekend of computer problems, which we’ll
get adjusted during next weekends staff meeting. The annex workstation
crashed hours before loadout during routine testing, and I couldn’t
bring it. It needs an OS transplant, as Windows 98 just isn’t
cutting it. I though that I had fixed the USB conflict, but I started
thinking “What if we can’t get images onto the computer,
or if we can’t archive onto CD?” It would have been
a disaster if we had all those pictures, and couldn’t get
them off of the machine to use. As it was, the card reader was causing
fatal errors, so we couldn’t even dump the cards onto the
machine. So, we had to depend on the 990 and its 80 Megs of CF cards.
After picking up Lowie, She and I went to an office in downtown
Clearwater. It’s weird how I know the area there now. Anyway,
the shoot was for Renegade Films. They are doing a film called “The
Pledge”, and it was a press editorial for their site and some
magazine work. We met the other actresses, and I was happy to see
that they were all quite photogenic. They were all worthy models
for this project. The shoot was going to be a challenge, though.
We needed some outdoor shots, and we barely had an hour of sunlight
left. Additionally, I didn’t know all of the models. Other
than two of my own, who are as close as family, there were three
others that I didn’t know. So, I knew that I’d have
to break the ice and get the communication going. Good communication,
as we all know, is essential between the photographer and the model.
Without it, a shoot may not turn out well.
That didn’t turn out to be a problem. The models were all
great to work with. I was also really pleased with Renegade Films.
Working with them was an inspiring experience. What I really liked
about this shoot was the technical challenge that it was. Technically,
it was a tough session, and I like it that way.
The first leg of the shoot was on the roof of a parking garage.
It was the same roof where Lowie and I shot model Jessica Leigh
on back in March. We knew how the lighting was up there; the mirrored
windows of a Bank of America building to the east reflected the
western sun, creating a lighting scenario that is really unique.
There isn’t an outdoor location quite like it anywhere else,
and we were counting on that to stretch the waning sunlight. The
timing was critical, though, because half of the roof became eclipsed
from direct sunlight from the buildings on the waterfront, and we
only had the ambient light from those windows near the end. There
was also a twenty minute window just before the eclipse where the
sun directly reflected from those wonderful windows, blinding certain
angles. We had obtained some really awesome photographs of Jessica
there once, though, and we bet that we could do it again.
By the time we got organized, and the communication was flowing,
the lighting proved to be tricky. Very tricky. We weren’t
shooting the same angles as with the last shoot, and in some of
the compositions I had to deal with backlit models or soft, low
light. The lighting was so critical that I realized that the mere
press of the shutter button could have blurred the shot and destroyed
detail, as the computer on the camera would have to keep the shutter
open longer to compensate for the low light and expose the frame
correctly. In some cases, it did just that.
Some of you may be thinking that I should have used the flash. That
is more of a problem than a solution, though. The computer thought
the same thing, too, and kept firing the flash and draining my batteries.
Those shots came out bad as a result. Flash photography is only
useful if the flash is off axis, in other words, a slave flash connected
by a cable to the camera, offset at a 45 degree angle, and held
by another person at a calculated distance. With an on camera flash,
not only do you have problems with things such as “red eye”
because of the axis with the subject’s retinas, but that distance
that you need for the right reflection from the subject limits the
composition of the shot. Too close, and the return is too strong,
over exposing the frame and blowing out the shot. Too far, and you’ll
get what I was getting when the computer decided to activate the
flash. First of all, the computer goes “well, I have a flash
going, so I can afford to speed up the shutter because now I’ll
have enough light.” Well, what most don’t know, but
will quickly find out, is that flashes are useless beyond 15 feet.
At that range, you’ll get strong returns from reflective objects,
such as eyes, and the lack of exposure will underexpose the frame,
creating a harsh contrast. Now, there IS a trick that press photographers
use with camera flashes, which I can’t use because I don’t
have a modular flash on my camera. What they do is position the
flash upwards and use a white card at an angle to bounce the light
onto the subject. This diffuses that light, which is far better.
Well, I’m not going to ramble on about the technical aspects
of photography. Let’s just say that the lighting yesterday
was a bit crazy, and to compensate, my composition options were
dictated by the necessity of using a solid object to brace the camera
on, which is the reason that we had to micro manage the arrangements
of the model’s posturing.
It came out good, though. We were all happy. Those girls were all
great to work with, and Rick and his team were outstanding. It reminded
me of the independent film projects that I used to do with Jim Moss
all those years back. I miss those days.
Well, I have to finish up on post production now, and drive to Tampa
to deliver the pictures. Before I do, let me show you all some highlights
of the shoot. If you want to check out Renegade Films, their site
is at www.renegadefilms.net.
After the shoot last night, I got back here and went to work. There
are six pictures that I worked on in particular, and I used our
new fractal technology to enlarge them to poster size. The technology
really works. But, that’s another story. I do know that RTR
60 is going to require those new lights that we’ve developed.
November 12, 2001
will be quick, as I returned from Tampa a few hours ago, and JUST
NOW got this stupid $@#$@#$!@$ computer system to work. Mr. Mike,
you’re needed....... The backup system is useless without
a dial up account, too.
The computer is working perfectly now, but it may not stay that
I dropped off the CD of the shoot with Rick Danford, and then drove
around until I found myself at Rachels. I got to proof some of Rachel’s
writing. She’s a great writer. Her friend Brook stopped by,
and the flirting with Brook made the trip well worth it. Brook is
cool, and I hope to see more of her. I can’t help but wonder
where Allissa was, though. Rave girl was gone all weekend, from
what I understand. I’m usually too busy to let myself kick
back and have fun, so tonight was a welcome diversion.
It’s going to be an interesting week. I have to finish the
Reverence script this week (computer willing), settle some financial
stuff, schedule in some portfolio shoots, and prepare for our senior
staff meeting on Sunday. Melissa is supposed to come over today,
which I’m looking forward to. We have a lot of catching up
to do, and she has some video tape to review.
It’s been a really tough weekend with all of this computer
crap. First, the Annex system crashes hours before an important
shoot, and then, after I finish up with processing the shoot work,
and I’m doing nothing significant with the big computer, my
hard drive goes into warp and stays there, locking up my desktop.
I managed to get it working long enough to finish the order, burn
some CD’s, and update the site with pictures and text, but
it acts up again while I’m putting the client CD through routine
Q/A. I troubleshooted, and noticed that explorer.exe was snagging
large amounts of memory as it locked up, spiking at 163 MEGS off
and on during the 20 minutes that it took to crash, which took my
desktop interface offline. I only have 192 MEGS of memory for my
photography work, so you can see why this tied up the system. Crazy
stuff. I figured that my hard drive was too full, and too fragmented,
which it was, and that explorer.exe was using my memory for scratch
space that would normally be on the hard drive. So, I freed several
GIGS of space in SAFE MODE, and set the screensaver to 999 minutes
so I could defrag. I managed to test the client CD in safe mode
before I started, too. The defrag was done by 10:30 PM, when I got
home, and I thought it would have fixed it. After 175,000 files,
14 GIGS, and almost six hours, my worries had to be over. It had
to be fixed. NOOOOOOOOOOO! It WASN’T! Same thing. Three reboots,
a half hour apiece. Each time, the desktop crashed. Finally, I used
a system restore feature that Windows 2000 has from the F8 menu,
and after a 20 minute boot, it worked again. I dare not turn this
machine off before Sunday. Mike will be here then (I hope.)
Here is a list of things that I want for Christmas:
1.) More “adventure” like tonight.
2.) A stable O.S.
3.) World peace.
4.) Melissa’s shoot.
5.) A DP and an XL1
6.) Equipment that works when it’s supposed to, not only when
I’m playing around with it.
7.) My new lights for RTR 60.
8.) A computer that works.
9.) Reliable equipment that doesn’t slow me down.
10.) More relaxation. Much more. 1+4 should do it nicely. I miss
some things, and yearn for more with others.
11.) More sleep. Much more. I’m falling asleep now.
turning in now. Tomorrow should prove interesting. As an FYI, because
of these computer issues in the studio, E-mail and updates may be
slow, so please be patient with us. If all else fails, we’ll
CPR both computers next weekend.
Thank you all. Good night. I need the sleep.
I will be
inaccessible for routine business the remainder of the week. I have
some client obligations to fulfill, am spending some time with Melissa
on Friday, and have a staff meeting here at the studio on Sunday,
but that’s it. Everything else has been rescheduled for sometime
next week. Due to the thanksgiving holiday, and a family crisis,
the next R2 may be delayed until the second week of December.
I had a death in the family this morning. My Grandmother passed
I want to thank everyone who has expressed concern the past two
weeks while she was in the hospital. It was appreciated. While I
did not get the chance to tell her goodbye before she passed away
this morning, I did get to spend time with her last week. She knew
that I loved her, as well as the rest of my family.
I am not sure when the funeral will be, but my critical schedule
may change to accommodate those plans. Thank you.
C. A. Passinault
17 November 2001
that my Grandmother is still alive, which is not what was reported
on Wednesday morning. Wednesday, however, was a nightmare, and was
easily the worst day of my life.
It is no less horrible, even now, however, as she has suffered brain
damage that has killed the person that she was. I spent most of
Wednesday at the hospital, and had to reschedule an appointment
with a modeling client. Watching my Grandmother suffer in a vegetative
state proved to be too much to bear.
I haven’t done much since then, but things are getting better.
I went to sleep when I got back to the studio late Wednesday afternoon,
and didn’t wake until the next afternoon on Thursday. Melissa
called me several times, as did a lot of others, which did help.
Friday, which was yesterday, Melissa came over and got me to leave
the studio with her. She said that I needed to cheer up. Who was
I to deny that? She was right.
Parts of last night are a blur, but I was in good hands. Since I
haven’t really drank in six years, I’m what my fraternity
brothers would have termed a “lightweight”, and no,
I did not get falling down drunk, nor am I going to turn into an
alcoholic. It was merely a nice night out bonding with my friend.
She must have driven me home safely, because I woke up this morning,
and feel much
I’d have a picture of her just before we left last night,
but I’m having different computer problems now that have rendered
my compact flash card reader inoperable. Thus, I can’t get
them onto the machine. When I fix it, which may be sometime today,
I’ll put it up. My printer drivers are offline, too, which
I believe that I have fixed. As for me, I believe that Mike should
refresh my entire O.S., and that will fix everything. When my computer
has mapped my USB card reader as “Drive G”, I’ve
I want to thank everyone who has sent condolences, as it was appreciated.
This has been a traumatic experience, and is more so because of
a lack of closure. I hate to see anyone in pain and suffering, especially
when it is a relative that I’m particulary close to. I lived
with her for two years in the early 90's, when I studied television
production in Tampa and assembled the first Geomedia Studio. I have
to meet a model client this evening, but may visit her in the hospital
Melissa and I spent a few hours here going over some things before
going out on our adventure. We ate pizza (well, she did; I had a
big lunch), reviewed the video tape from the past two auditions,
and I showed her what else we’ve been up to. She was the first
to find out about a certain big arts grant that may be on the way;
it seems that certain people are extremely impressed with our technology
and our work. I’m not really concerned about production money
at this point. I have full confidence in the quality of our work,
and that money will come. Let this be an example: There is a lot
more going on behind the scenes that most will ever know about.
It’s just too bad that I’m not allowed to lift the curtain
entirely. For security reasons, no one person has the entire scope
of our work. Each person has one piece of a very large puzzle, and
it’s very unlikely that anyone will be able to figure out
which person has information that is compatible with who knows what
kind of information with who knows who. I’d say that six of
our people are privy to critical keys of large amounts of information,
and they aren’t going anywhere. They are full business partners,
and they have earned my trust. For most, it’s need to know
only. We also have encryption technology like “Pandora”,
which has the leverage of legal deterrence.
For the rest, that’s what NDA’s are for. Hee hee. I
deal from a position of strength, and like a good game of poker,
the best cards are always kept close to the vest. I have all the
cards, make no mistake about that. It will be clearer soon.
Well, I’m going to get some work done today. We have a staff
meeting tomorrow, which will focus on the development of Reverence,
our other films, and the next R2 audition. We have some of the finest
actors in Florida being considered for our film roles. I’m
happy, and Melissa was, too, when I explained to her our choices,
and why our audition process is so rigorous. Producing films would
be a poor investment if the actors aren’t any good. We will
take our time with our selection, because we have to. I believe
that our people are our best investment.
Life, for most of us, goes on. I’m going to make this one
count for something. It’s all about the future of art and
entertainment, and as Melissa reminded me last night, we’re
ready to make it happen.
was cool. I had dinner with a model named Sandy. I had my fill of
Calamari, talked about modeling, scheduled a shoot for tomorrow
morning, and even got to sketch on the paper tablecloth with crayons.
I couldn’t resist. Drawing on the tablecloth is a tradition
at that nice restaurant in Brandon. They are very good to me, and
I entertain clients there as a
I’ll have pictures of her on the site sometime Monday evening.
She’s going to be a great model; I’m sure of it. Besides
being very beautiful, she’s intelligent, witty, and has a
great personality. Exactly the type of model that I like to work
with. You’ll see.
In a few hours, I may have some pictures of that meteor shower.
I’m toying with the idea of taking the 990 to the middle of
nowhere with a tripod, run it in gray with the LCD off, and use
the timer combined with a long exposure setting to get the shots.
The timer will keep the camera movement, such as when you push the
shutter button, to a bare minimum. It’s not precise, but it
should allow me to get some good shots. The night sky should prove
to be a challenge to shoot, and will be quite different from shooting
Then again, I might fall asleep. Who knows? I’m tired, and
my bed is calling me. If there is going to be a lot of humidity
outside, I can’t justify the use of expensive hardware that
should be used on models.
I’ll check the weather on TBO, and then reference some astronomy
photography sites to benchmark their techniques.
There will be more to follow. I just found out that some of my friends
are going to surprise me for my Birthday. Speaking of being ancient,
I told Sandy that when I was born, the photography industry consisted
of Brownies and odd format cameras. In other words, it was primitive.
I told her that it didn’t even exist in that time, and it
was good for a laugh, but the truth is that when I was born, in
1969, the modeling industry, and photography, were in the final
act of a golden age. Anyway, I have some pictures of my parents
getting married a year before I was born to prove it. Last year,
I scanned in a bunch of my baby pictures to correct them with my
studio equipment. Talk about a weird experience. I had to scan in
re crops, and it was like taking pictures of me as a baby (when
you scan in high resolutions, you can re compose the shot by cropping
and adjusting it in photoshop. It’s almost like doing a shoot,
but in the computer instead. A lot of practice with this has made
me a better photographer, because I pretend that I’m on the
workstation adjusting the image that I’m about to shoot, and
that attention to detail helps to fine tune the images as I’m
Well, I’m going to debate running out in the middle of an
isolated place that could have doubled for the location of the movie
“deliverance” at 3 AM. The people are dead on, too.
Fun. I doubt that they would understand the technology that I’d
be using, but who can say? Then again, art always comes first for
me. I might just risk it.
been a long morning. I traveled to the USF area to meet the model,
and she never showed up. So, I’m here, waiting for her to
call. I hope that she overslept, but as mid day is here, it’s
becoming more and more unlikely. I hope that she’s ok. We
have five hours of light left. If we can’t make that, then
I’ll have to swing Melissa in here and rig the hot studio
lights for interior work. I just got off the phone with Melissa,
and it’s a possibility. I hate studio photography, and would
rather do location work. That will soon change, though, and I’ll
explain below. If I don’t hear from her by 2 PM, I’ll
cancel today’s session and go into Brandon to do errands.
Melissa is calling me later, so I’ll fill her in then.
The other night (morning?), I never did get to see the meteor shower.
Clouds came in, and humidity was up to 89%. It was even higher last
night. I walked down to the river around midnight to think, and
the air was so full of precipitation, you could hear it dropping
off the leaves. Weird stuff. It saturated like rain, but it wasn’t
raining, and the stars were out in amazing numbers. It was chilly,
damp, but beautiful, too.
Going back to studio photography, the Geomedia 3 studio is designed
to do it, but I don’t like the cramped set. It’s very
hard to work in here with the lights that I have and the limited
arrangement. Location work possesses more possibilities. This is
the reason that we launched RTR 60 and obtained the new studio in
Clearwater. The new lighting, new set concepts, and the art direction
make it exciting.
As of today, I am authorizing the use of our holography technology
for support of RTR 60. We’re not going to be using lasers
with the models, per se, but there are some techniques and support
protocols that can be adapted. I’m buying a laser, lenses,
mirrors, and a beam splitter anyway, and we’ve developed ways
of isolating the source pump laser and the subject from the slightest
vibration using passive techniques. Holograms are very vibration
sensitive, which is the reason that you can’t use a live subject
very effectively with standard lasers. We’re working on a
diffused, strobe laser which may prove effective with holographing
live models in the next few years, but I want to make sure that
it is going to be safe. Some of the techniques used in holography
will enhance the performance of RTR 60, and, no, we’re not
using lasers in those shoots anytime soon.
Well, I have to work on something while I figure out this shoot
situation. It’s been a fun day so far.
been a great day today. While I’m still waiting for yesterday’s
model to call about the no show (it’s not gonna happen. I
find it a bit amusing at this point. Oh well.....), I did some banking
today, and selected a nice, comfortable budget that should carry
us until next summer. We’re in good shape even if we did no
business, but I’m not accepting that. We’re putting
together a band of modeling scouts for an important mission, and
that is to drive sales of Aurora PhotoArts portfolio sessions. The
present economy can be worked around, and we’re going to do
it with some very aggressive incentives. Our mission is to provide
the model and the actor with the portfolio tools that they need
to get jobs, and with Tampa Bay Independent Model we can teach them
the power of self promotion. I, for one, am very proud of the level
of quality that our services are at. Want to know a secret? I get
my braces off on December 11, and when that is done, I get to have
new head shots done. As an actor, which company am I using? Well,
I’ve shopped them all, and there are only four or five local
photographers that I could consider for the job. In the end, though,
I’m going through my own company, Aurora PhotoArts, for the
session, and am paying one of my teams the full rate. For me, as
an actor as well as a photographer, it’s the best thing going
on. Even if it weren’t my company, and I was not a photographer,
it would be my number one choice. I wouldn’t have it any other
Business should improve once we start dealing with the press. There
will be more on that in the future.
Today I received a composite card from a model that we are considering
for the principle model of RTR 60. She didn’t have a head
shot, but she wants to audition for a film role in an upcoming audition.
I must say that the photographer who took the head shot for the
comp did an excellent job, but I realized that it would be more
of effective head shot if it were scanned in re cropped. I cropped
out 20% of the bottom to bring the focus to the face of the model.
So, I broke out the new tools and did an experiment. Here’s
the breakdown. All you photographers out there will understand the
technical stuff here, but even if you’re not, or you do not,
I’ll try to explain it is simple terms.
The composite was one of those laser types which are generally of
good quality on medium stock. Of course, upon close examination,
there are fine lines, or artifacting, in the print. Photographers
call this a moire, and to the layman, it is most often seen as the
patterns of dots that make up photographs in a newspaper. Now, this
proved to be a problem, especially considering that I had to make
a black and white 8 X 10 glossy from this composite card. Not exactly
the best source.
So, I scanned it in at three times the print resolution (900 DPI.
For us, print resolution is 300 DPI, although most magazines print
at 266 DPI. As a comparison, web optimized images are at 72 DPI,
which is the resolution of the computer monitor.) , so the pattern
would be less apparent upon reduction. Even at 900 DPI, though,
the image was well below the 8 X 10 requirement, and enlarging it
normally would mean degradation of the image quality, as will as
amplifying the artifacting. So, I used RTR 60's fractal based software
to encode the file, sized it at 8 X 10 while reducing it to 300
DPI, and then used Photoshop’s unsharp mask to reduce the
moire further. As a final touch, I converted the color image to
a black and white with a gradient map (The picture above was altered
with another gradient setting , cropped, and sharpened.). When I
printed out the finished print, I was pleasantly surprised with
how good it looked. Not a bad job, considering the source material
that I had to work with. Anyway, I’d love to show you all
the before and after, but I’ll need to get the model’s
permission first. After all, the image isn’t mine.
Speaking of RTR 60, we now have the money to finish the new lighting,
and we’ll probably button that up this weekend. I intend to
have the RTR 60 photography sessions begin in December, and the
models are eager to start. We’re going to be using new lighting
equipment, such as new types of soft boxes, spots with cookies,
and flexible modular lighting. Lighting is one of the keys to this
project, people. It won’t be uncommon for a model to be lit
just off frame by a light source which, to them, is in their face.
The sets for the first few shoots will be compact, too.
Art direction is very important to this project, and will be a guiding
rule, much more dominate than in a portfolio session.
Anyway, last night I stayed up all night and celebrated the end
of a good day with a marathon session of the game “San Francisco
Rush”. It’s old, but it was a blast. I turned in after
I talked to Marlon for a while on the phone, and had a 45 minute
teleconference with Melissa, too. It was a good ending to an awkward
We’ve been making a lot of progress with our films, but something
else that is shaping up nicely are the theme parties of Dimension
Stageforms. I’ve been working a lot on them with Marlon, and
will be returning to hard core DJ’ing shortly. That, and acting,
which is the reason that I’m getting head shots done in December.
21 November, 2001
It’s Thanksgiving eve, and just more than a month before what
I always try to make my favorite time of the year. It doesn’t
always work. I spent the day doing a lot of banking, paying off
loans, and negotiating lines of credit. The people at the banks
were surprised by what I knew about banking. I explained to them
that I trained most of the management staff at the bank that I recently
left. I’ll take my degree in finance from the school of hard
work, thank you very much. I am so burnt out on finance that I can
say that I will no longer work at one. Then again, if they can top
my previous salary, and I have a bit of free time, maybe.
I really wanted to put up a Thanksgiving story today, but the subject
matter hits so close to home that I couldn’t. If I do a Christmas
story, it’ll incorporate elements of the Thanksgiving story
that I couldn’t bear to write. Promise. Cross my heart, and
hope to cry. Heh heh. With my Grandmother in who knows what shape,
I still am a bit rattled. I’ll be ok. So will my family. I
just wonder.... will she ever be? It feels like she already died,
yet we are denied closure. As for myself, I would rather dies than
have brain damage that destroyed who I am. In many ways, it is worse
than dying. It is very tragic. This is going to change how I live
my life. Fortunately, it will be for the better. I have learned
The way I feel about my staff and associates transcends mere words.
To attempt to describe those feelings in this manner would not be
effective. It just wouldn’t. To me, they are all family. Melissa,
Rox, Lowie, Marlon, Mike and his wife, Cynthia, Autumn..... I could
go on. I am speechless by all the kind words, encouragement, and
condolences that have been extended to me by the entertainment and
arts community during these dark times in my personal life. Thank
you all for really caring. Kitty, Manny, Jane, Kevin, and to dozens
more; it meant a lot.
Things will get better. I’m sure of it.
I watched the DVD of “Crazy Beautiful” tonight just
before Melissa called. That movie is really good. I did remind me
a bit of the one with my cousin and Chris O’Donnell. You know
the one, it was “Mad Love”. Hmmmmm. Why does the girl
character always have to be the mental one? Why can’t we have
some crazy guy and a bookish, uptight, anal retentive girl with
a wall for once? Let’s make her average looking. Despite the
similarities, I love both movies, although the Kirsten Dunst one
does edge out the older film. I would have like to see more of the
plane flying and the photography in Crazy Beautiful, though. The
way the trailer was, I thought the boyfriend was already a student
pilot with his own plane. The photography and the plane served little
more purpose than glorified props, and could have defined the characters
a bit more. I also winced when they were making out in the dark
room...... don’t they know what those chemicals do to human
Great movie, though. It made my all time top 20. I wonder how good
Plant of the Apes and Legally Blonde are? Maybe I should curl up
with the new Spy Hunter instead. Maybe I should rent them all and
I talked to Melissa for close to an hour tonight. Great conversation.
Great girl. She asked about Monday’s model. I told her that
I didn’t care. Things happen. We have three shoots booked
next week alone, and I snagged another 64 Meg compact flash card
tonight at Best Buy. More pictures on location. I may just pick
up another this weekend. I talked to Delina and another model today,
too. Those, however, are other stories. The world goes on. The conversation
with Melissa makes me smile, though. She found out that next week
is my birthday. She told me that I was in trouble.
Trouble that I’m looking forward to, I can assure you. She
is planning something.
Well, it’s getting hot in the studio, the Mozart is thumping,
and I really need to jump in the shower and go to bed. Tomorrow
is family day. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for my health, my friends, my associates, my family,
and the good food that I’ve learned how to cook. I made some
chicken last night, with blue cheese dressing, which was just......
well, that’s enough. I’m raiding leftovers later.
I’m thankful for life itself. I had forgotten how good it
can be. It happens to us all. When I was a child, we didn’t
have much money, and I found things to do that made me happy. Raising
plants and animals ( a lot of birds. I raised a meadow lark once
from a baby. I also used my commercial incubator to rescue a clutch
of burrowing owl eggs when the parents were killed. Most of them
hatched, and when I took the chicks to Busch Gardens, the zoo staff
had to figure out how to raise them. Over half of them survived
to adulthood, which is great, since they are endangered.), making
role playing games with graph paper and paper cut outs, and writing
in scribbles in old notebooks with a pen. I miss those days.
On behalf of myself, and my staff, I want to wish you all a happy
Thanksgiving. Remember to be thankful for your lives, and what you
have. Cherish things while you have them.
From now on, I will.
It was a
good Thanksgiving. I spent time with my family, and since my birthday
is a few days away, a friend helped me obtain the treasure pictured
above (a 20 gallon high aquarium!). It’s my new baby, and
it’s missing the stock right now, bit only because I have
to adjust the PH of the water and aerate the chlorine out of it
first. It’s about 70% ready, and needs a hood.
I’m really anal about the quality of the fish, simply because
if I wasn’t it would be an insult to the level of work that
I did when I was a child. I never step backwards. When I gave up
plants, pets, and tropical fish when I was 12, I was doing advanced
work with genetically engineering my stock. So, it may take me a
few days to negotiate the breeder stock that I need to work with.
It’s a hobby that I want to get back into, and like most hobbies,
I get serious about the detail that goes into it. Fortunately, I
retain all of the knowledge that I learned in the past. The tank
above didn’t come from a pet store, it came from a local art
gallery that dealt in designer tanks. With the stock, I’ll
skip the pet stores and go straight to some professional breeders
that I know. Time will tell if I can restore the strains of fish
that I once bred.
Since this bit of decor deals with water, I set it up in a corner
of my bed room. I can’t risk a spill anywhere near the equipment
in the studio, and it’s risk enough with my new carpet. Another
reason that it will only be as full as it needs to be. I’m
backlighting the display, and will put cover material in the bottom
for the babies to hide from the parents. For the surface, I’m
thinking about floating some water hyacinth, an aquatic plant common
here in Florida. Well, maybe some duckweed. Roots floating beneath
the surface may give it a nice environment.
For fish, the main stock would be purebred show guppies. I’d
like to add a clown loach, some neon tetra’s (I’m not
raising those.... I’ve never had much luck with egg layers),
and some none aggressive community fish. A few platy’s would
be cool, too.
Since water conducts and refracts light (think liquid fiber optics),
I have some ideas for the lights. I may even add a little more water.
The pouring water may need to be reduced my raising the water level
if I can’t get to sleep at night.
Melissa was confused earlier when I told her that I wanted an aquarium.
I explained to her that I like fish, and, realistically, they are
the only pets that I can conceivably keep because of my career.
If I didn’t have to record in the studio, I would have invested
in an African Gray or a Cockatoo. I used to raise exotic birds,
too, bit haven’t had one for fifteen years. I did have to
deal with a Cockatoo last year when I was staying at a Producer’s
house in Tampa for a weekend last year. The girl that I was dating
couldn’t get the big bird back in its cage. Expensive, beautiful
Well, I’m going to work on some scripts this weekend, and
try not to think of my birthday. It’s going to be busy next
week, that’s for sure.
been peeved lately with the stereotyping that’s been going
on with girls not liking video games, and video gamers crying about
what they would do if they could find girls that would play them.
I don’t know what world you guys live in, but the stereotypes
I know girls who love games as much, if not more, than I do. I know
girls who dedicate their entire Sunday’s to football. I know
girls who slam beers and play a mean game of pool. Because of my
career, do you want to know what else these girls are into?
They’re all models.
I had dinner with a model last weekend, and all that she talked
about was playing Mike Tyson’s Punch Out and Zelda (that’s
the second one in less than a month who loves Punch Out. What’s
up with that?). After the video game talk, we talked about drinking,
dessert, and modeling portfolios. Toward the end, she swung it back
to video games.
The love of games has nothing to do with gender. It has to do with
the interests of the individual. I don’t like sports or beer,
and I have a close model friend who does. Aren’t all guys
supposed to like sports and beer? She and I went out a few days
ago, and she bought me ice houses at a club to help me forget about
a recent family tragedy. Before leaving, she had to visit the ladies
room, which was right next to the club’s arcade. Guess what
I did while I waited? In retrospect, I wish she had watched me attempt
to play San Francisco Rush with all of those beers in me. It would
have demonstrated the futility of drinking and driving, and may
have prevented the DUI arrest that she experienced the night before
Thanksgiving (which reminds me, my gal pal, I have that attorney
referral that you asked for). That night, however, she was my designated
driver, and I had lost the game by the time she had emerged from
the rest room.
You have to account that most of the models that I work with are
between the ages of 17 to 23, and when they were younger, around
8 or 9, they were playing Nintendo. Perhaps the non gaming girls
are over 30? My experiences indicate that most girls love them.
In fairness, there were two that didn’t like them. One was
a 24 year old model from Orlando which I was hanging with last year.
Well, she kind of liked Tomb Raider, for the simple reason that
she is a dead ringer for Lara Croft. She looked so much like her,
she even edged out the models that Eidos has been using. I’ve
sent a picture to prove my point. Anyway, she stayed the weekends
often to work on projects with me, and while she was putting on
makeup in the studio restroom, I kicked back to a few games of Mario
Kart 64. The character that I play is Toad, simply because he’s
such an obvious little fag that he’s pretty funny, and my
gamer friends hate him (it?) so. Anyway, I kept getting timed shrooms,
and had the volume up. After a few minutes of constant “here-here-here-here-here-here
we goooooooo!” and “yah ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya hoooooo!”
she walked down the hallway and yelled at me.
“That’s so annoying!”.
I turned down the volume. She had spoken, and who was I to argue?
I’d calm her down later, anyway, with dinner. I always did.
I watched her walk back to the rest room, and mused that if she
had a soft British accent like the character that she fancied herself
to play, Lara Croft, she could yell at me all that she wanted.
There was a swimsuit model that I used to work with, who, at 16,
liked games, but she was seldom in the mood to play them. She was
actually a bit testy at times, and the other models didn’t
like her. Wether she and I got along depended on the mood that she
was in on any given day. One day that I recall is the day that she
got lost following simple directions to the studio, and I had to
drive a half hour away to get her and another model for a shoot.
I was so mad when we got back that I just had to play Ridge Racer
5 on the Playstation 2 to calm down. When I do a shoot, it helps
if I’m not uptight.
She bitched me out. “I drove an hour to get here, and you
want to play games?!?” I told her to be quiet and go put on
her make up. I motioned at the SLR camera on the table in front
of me, and the rolls of film. I was ready. I was waiting on her,
and we were already two hours behind schedule because of her inability
to follow directions. So, I continued playing, and she got really
pissed when the other model joined me. It made an interesting shoot,
though. After we got started, we were fighting all during the session.
We’d argue, I’d tell her to pose for a shot, she’d
smile, and it worked. She did get back at me on the way back, though.
She was driving, she kept making wrong turns on purpose because
she knew that I had a prom shoot later on, and she almost made me
Brat. Looking back, it was kind of funny. I wasn’t laughing
then, though. Her mother told me one night that she didn’t
have patience. I told her that she tried mine. She was a great model,
though, and had a good head on her shoulders. I can’t wait
until she goes of to college. It will do her some good.
The last time that we worked together, we got along great. She really
does like games, though, as she asked me to help her install MAME
on her computer.
Back to my model friend who’s into the beer and sports. A
few months ago, I was in her apartment waiting on her to get ready
for a dinner meeting at a Japanese restaurant with four other models
(we are doing a calendar), and I played a game of Galaga via MAME
on her computer. She came out of her bedroom, and told me to turn
it down. I did, but not before I serenaded her with the music and
sounds of Frogger.
As a capper to this letter about gender stereotyping, there are
GUYS out there who don’t know anything about games. The last
audition that I had, one of the actors asked me what the game “Tempest
2000" was. I was seated in the middle of an audition board
table full of models and actors on my staff, and Lowie, one of my
best models, rolled her eyes and shook her head.
“Oh no..... Why did you have to ask him that? Here we go!”
Lowie knew that my answer was going to be at least ten minutes long.
I explained to the innocent, unscathed actor about the gamer deity
who is Jeff Minter, and the intricacies of the game. He got the
part, but I’m going to let those actors know something before
we film the fraternity house scene in the film where they are playing
the game. They are all going to play the game and get good at it
as a requirement for the parts. There will be no fake video gaming
in my films.
A love of video games is something that you must feel. It can’t
be faked. I’m sure that after spending time with Tempest 2000,
they will all love it.
Lowie herself is mixed about video games. She got mad at me when
I got her boyfriend into playing MAME on her computer, but yet went
out and bought a PS 2 so she could play Grand Turismo 3. Then again,
that could be because she loves to race cars. Great kid, though.
Perhaps I’ve shed some light on gender having no bearing on
a passion for video games. I suspect that gamers who bitch about
“girls not liking games” had dates that lost interest
in them long before gaming was brought up. Can you say “scapegoat”?
I dated a model once who’s idea of foreplay was a quick game
of Outrun on the Saturn. She once got me to stay the night because
she whined that her Playstation was broken, and she wanted me to
fix it so she could play Tekken. She was the one who removed the
“P” in “Playstation” for me. As an FYI,
I don’t date any models under the age of 20. I really don’t
like dating them at all, as it can hurt a professional relationship.
Sometimes, though, things happen.
Come to think of it, there might be a good reason why I’ve
found so many beautiful girls who dig games. Could it be that I
don’t use them as a crutch and force it on them? Could it
be that I’m into a lot of other things? Could it be that I
listen to them, and respect the other things that they’re
into? I love games, and they are a part of my life, but I also love
art, beauty, and women, too.
I went out and put together an expensive aquarium this weekend,
simply because it’s beautiful, has nothing to do with my career,
and isn’t a game. Some thing to round me out a bit more, and
girls will love it, too. I put it in my bed room. Poor fish........
When I have a date over, I can tell you that video games aren’t
at the top of my agenda. Sometimes, the girls check out my collection
and want to play a game that they miss, or like, but often we have
other types of games to play.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In future letters, I’ll have some more cool gaming anecdotes,
and I’ll even fill you in to a rave that we’re doing
in three months. We’re using a pair of large LCD video projectors
and two I-linked Playstation 2's for a video game tournament of
the type that we’ve been doing for several years now at our
theme events; both screens should take up a whole wall. I may even
have some pictures of two models getting into games as part of our
club series fashion series that one of my models is working on now.
we did a shoot around the Courtney Campbell Causeway, and afterwards,
I had to go to downtown Clearwater to discuss some things and check
out the new studio. It was a long day.
Joy Nash, an actress that was just selected to play the role of
Amy Hendrix in Reverence, obtained the first of a series of free
portfolio shoots. The shoots are for the official Reverence web
site, and their own use. The shoots will be theme based, and centered
on the character role that the actor will be playing. I’ve
authorized the TFP resources of Aurora PhotoArts to be used for
the support of Dream Nine Studios productions, and every actor cast
in every film will receive free services valued at several hundred
dollars. The shoots will be a production requirement. Since those
services are widely considered as being among the best in the state,
you can see that it is a special bonus, and our way of acknowledging
their talent as the best in the industry.
On the other hand, I could go into another little bonus, too. It
seems that we have a company called Dimension Stageforms. For those
that have been to those parties and events, the cast wrap parties
will be well worth attending.
Joy and I worked for several hours yesterday, and we obtained some
really good pictures toward the end. During the session, we had
a great deal of time to talk. I found her to be very sharp, and
very talented. Her observations on the industry are close to my
own. She also had some great anecdotes of her own.
Actor Kevin Hentkowski, who has been cast as Paul Thomas in Reverence,
will be getting his session this weekend. Actresses Roxanne Kowalska,
Lowie, and Autumn Bange, who are incidently Passinault.Com staffers,
will be getting character themed shoots shortly. Actors selected,
even our own staffers, have to audition like everyone else, and
we do not play favorites. Roxanne, for example, is a great actress
with a lot of experience, and she auditioned at least six times
in one day to win the role of Amanda. Lowie has been close to the
project from the beginning, helped with initial casting and readings,
and has even contributed to the script. She is a top notch actress
as well as a model with a professional level of experience. Autumn,
our senior actress, is the most talented stage performer that I’ve
ever seen. She’s very, very gifted, and was more than qualified
for the role of Paula, a short lived character in the first scene
of the film. If they weren’t the best, they wouldn’t
be on our staff.
In other news, we revealed the characters of next year’s feature
“Net Worth” on Tuesday. I’m very excited about
this project, as I feel that it needs to be made. My views on voyeur
type web sites, reality TV, and the adult entertainment industry
in general are, what some people may say, harsh. They have no genuine
value, and are not valid forms of entertainment. I’ve always
been particularly annoyed with young people, especially girls, getting
tangled up and messed up with crappy companies and people seeking
to exploit them. Net Worth is going to cut through the hype and
the spin, drop the B.S., and shed some objective light on businesses
that should be outlawed because of the harm that they do. We’re
going to do it without a shred of nudity, too. The story of Net
Worth is done, and it’s very powerful even at this early stage.
After Net Worth, we’ll work on Rachel Eaglin’s masterpiece,
which I’ve read, and it is an impressive piece of work. We’ll
also get into some comedy with the feature Waveform, and the musical
REM; all scheduled for 2003. The lead role for REM has already been
cast, and it will be written with actress Joy Nash in mind to play
that role. As if you couldn’t have guessed, I have a lot of
faith in the potential of this actress.
For those of you that are reading this who are actors, and have
auditioned, please note the following:
If you have not been notified of anything, or have not been cast,
there are a number of variables that you need to consider. First
off, you may have been selected for a role, but we haven’t
been able to talk to you about it yet. Actors announced have already
been briefed in detail about thier roles. Not getting a role is
in no way a reflection of your level of talent. You may be the best
actor in the world, but if you don’t fit the character roles,
that is a deciding factor.
If you do not get a role, and are indexed as an eligible actor for
our projects, you will be the first one considered for future roles
before we audition the part. R2 auditions are designed to build
a database of talent.
There have been questions about how this movie is going to be done,
too. Without revealing trade secrets, or showing our hand, I’m
going to enlighten everyone with the production philosophies of
Dream Nine Studios. These philosophies are shared by all of the
companies of Passinault.Com, the Passinault Entertainment Group,
With our films, the script is the most important element. We will
not rush our scripts, and are responsible for the character development
and story arc. We will not rush out as many films as possible, and
will take our time to do it right. Our films will use few extras
if we can manage it, and the actors that play our roles will be
the best that we can possibly find. We believe that an actor with
limited range will hurt the production process, and detract from
the quality of the film. Speaking of quality, we will not emphasize
special effects, or gore, unless it is necessary for the integrity
of the script. We will not exploit our actors, and our films will
not require nude work. So far, with the first ten films in treatment,
there is no nudity. We will not cater to a production mindset of
“If it sells, do it”, as it will limit the creative
potential of our work. Our first duty is to the artistic value of
the film, roles that will never defame actors playing them, and
films that do not rely on marketing or collaborative gimmicks to
obtain sales. We will not rely on well known names, as we do not
believe in the Hollywood cliché of the “movie star”.
Actors will be known for their skill, and in our films will receive
equal billing. We believe in films as a collaborative effort. The
Passinault.Com, and the Dream Nine Studios brand, will be known
for quality and integrity. Those alone will have the weight to satisfy
the marketing types.
I sincerely believe that actors need to weigh out every role that
they accept. Bad movies, and bad writing in scripts, can hurt your
career. Our work stands out as a high point in the industry as a
whole, and will be the foundation of the next entertainment industry.
When our first films emerge, people will see our point. Those films
will take the world not because they were done with low budgets,
but simply because they won’t look low budget. They will all
have maximum entertainment value.
Update for Saturday, December 1, 2001
audition is scheduled for Sunday, December 16, 2001, but may change
depending upon what I find out on Monday. There is a very narrow
window of opportunity with this schedule, and due to the holidays,
if we can’t make that, the first weeks of January will be
our next window. We have a place in Clearwater for the auditions
available, but Melissa told me that she wants to audition lots of
prospects for the Passinault Dance Team during this audition, and
we need the studio in Valrico in order to do those. She’s
done a good job handling the inquiries, and I have a feeling that
by this time next year, the professional dancer will be as associated
with our name as the model currently is.
For more information on that, feel free to contact our principle
Choreographer, Melissa Smith, at email@example.com
With Reverence, I’m still polishing the script. It’s
a two hour film, and I really want the actors to be proud to work
on it. The genre is “horror”, but I don’t see
it like that. True to form, I’ve written it as very, very
psychological. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud. I’ve had plenty
of room to put a lot of definition and depth to all of the characters,
and am working on back stories for each of them for the Reverence
web site. Speaking of character depth, did anyone see the character
bios for Net Worth yet? Over twenty actors have swamped us with
inquiries since the Internet post on Tuesday, and they all said
that they liked the story, and said it was worthwhile. The story
premise is leaked a bit by the character bios.
Speaking of inquiries, please, DO NOT send attachments over 100K
with your E-mails. We’ve deleted several E-mails without a
second glance because they had huge file attachments. If you wish
to send us small pictures, like the size on a web page, that’s
fine. If you want to send us a link to your web site so we can check
you out, that’s much better. If you wish to audition, though,
please mail us a head shot, résumé, and a cover letter
to our physical address. That will enable us to schedule you in.
So, there you have it. Although Reverence is a horror movie, I don’t
consider it to be technically, because it is an Intelligent horror
movie; a movie of psychological drama for the thinking person. It
is worth doing.
Reverence will film in late March, and should be done by the Summer.
If we don’t find a good DP by then, I’ll take the XL-1
and shoot the film from my shoulder. Simple is better, and for location
work, we’ll shoot at day using a professional grade movie
camera and an overhead boom mike. For interior work, the main adjustments
will be in using diffused lighting and adjusting the boom for sound.
Interestingly enough, the stock footage will be in color, but when
we are editing, we’ll change it to a 15 Zone black and white
format, and will change the outdoor location scenes from day to
night in software. After the ADR and Foley work is done, and the
movie is edited, our resident composer will score the piece. Her’s
another tidbit regarding the camera work: We are using two distinct
styles for the movie. The interior shots will look very different
from the graveyard work. As you all know, half of a movie is sound,
and our capabilities in that area alone can not be underestimated.
We’ve been doing voice over, recording, and foley work for
over eleven years.
The Reverence DVD will include several hours of extra’s, including
a directors and cast commentary. Every one of our films will have
commentary and anecdotes, and will be presented in a wide screen
format on DVD. Aurora PhotoArts will help with marketing tie ins
by producing Sidekick (TM) posters and calendars for each project.
Going back to Net Worth, and bringing up Invisible Ink, did you
know that there are stage versions of both that will be done by
Dimension Stageforms? Invisible Ink for the stage won’t be
that much different, but the stage version of Net Worth (BLUE) will
be a dark comedy, while the film version of Net Worth (RED) is a
Both versions of each will be worth seeing.
of movies worth seeing, a few of you know that I’m an avid
movie collector. Blame it on Kristen, a model that I used to work
with. She got me into seriously collecting them, and we used to
play “video store”. She’d come over and swap movies.
Although her collection was larger, primarily because she used to
work in a video store, I did have a lot of movies that she didn’t.
Anyway, here are my picks for best and worst movies, as well as
a few more.
I still remember the first time that I saw this. I’ve never
been so absorbed in a movie, and the detail is amazing. The characters
are lacking, but it’s a masterpiece.
This film almost topped Titanic. There are some details, like the
characters and the camera work, that outdo the latter.
3. THE MATRIX
The more that I see this, the more that I like it. Some complain
about a certain actor, but this film is awesome. The DVD is tight.
WITH THE WIND
My grandmother introduced me to this one. Even today, it is an incredible
movie. I seldom watch it, though, because it is too long. People
are whining about mine being two hours? Try this!
TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Very under rated, and very good. The fantasy elements work, and
I like the characters. Reminded me of the anime Ninja Scroll.
Speaking of Anime, this four part, three hour feature is a work
of art. Watch it, and wonder why American Sci Fi can’t be
Wow. This is another one that sucked me in. Sometimes, I think that
is should be number 3. Watch “The Messenger: the legend of
Joan of Arc” after watching this for a real trip, as both
films portray different governments very differently.
Great flick, but it couldn’t hold Melissa’s interest.
I loved it, though, as it was a great piece of work.
I really like the romantic scenes where the characters compose bits
of the play. I’m not an expert with the classics, and I finally
found out what Romeo and Juliet was about when I saw this.
10. ON HER
MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
The best of the Bond films, this one is as old as I am. Diana Rigg
helped this a lot, and the Avenger girl finally played a dramatic
This reminds me a lot about myself. Very good movie.
Has a lot of fantasy elements in it, but I could relate to it.
I can’t knock this one as hard as I’d like, simply because
it’s so bad that it’s actually funny. This was a fraternity
tradition, much like watching Weird Science was. You have to see
the Taco restaurant scene to believe it. It’s worth buying
strictly for the laugh value, and is priceless if you don’t
watch it sober.
2. DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR
When a friend recommended this waste of plastic, I wanted to sharpen
the edges of the disc and throw it at them. This film is dumb, it
sucks, its characters don’t exist, and the story is whacked.
I listened to the directors commentary to see if the people responsible
were on crack, and after listening for a bit, I suspect that they
are. One of them was making overtly sexist remarks toward Kristi
Swanson, and that poor actress had to do a career killing role.
The attempts at humor fell flat, too. One thing that really pissed
me off about this travesty was that it inspired a girl in a fast
food drive thru to re create the “and then” scene when
my friends and I were trying to order food. Having that happen in
real life inspires my hatred of this piece, a movie which starts
out with a cool intro, and then nosedives on afterburner as soon
as the “story” starts.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS. BURN IT.
3. THE AVENGERS
The series in the 60's was incredibly cool. This put me to sleep,
and is in my collection because (A) it was given to me, and (B)
it really helps when I can’t sleep. The soundtrack is worth
buying, though, and it does have a few cool scenes bobbing in the
FIGHTER THE MOVIE
As an arcade kid, and a video game collector, this movie insulted
me. Thank God the movie theater that I saw it in served beer. It
helped. So did the eye candy which the actresses that portrayed
Cammy and Chun Li provide. As a joke, I made my dad watch this.
He has never forgiven me.
5. I SPIT
ON YOUR GRAVE
This started out good. It looked like it would be a good low budget
movie, and it was, until the raping started. Revulsion is the name
of this game, and like the horrors of leaving Las Vegas, I had to
turn it off.
Billy Madison sucks just as bad, too. The reason that I hate this
one is because a lot of actors in Florida seem to have parts in
it, and I had to be subjected to it over, and over, and over again
as I checked the references on résumés. It redefines
the term “Chinese Water Torture”, and for me, it replaces
it. There was one actress in particular who had a one liner that
was so bad that I wouldn’t let her audition on principle.
I know acting, and she needs to stick with modeling. Speaking of
acting, when will the world realize that Adam Sandler plays the
SAME CHARACTER in every single film that he does? The only thing
that changes is the name of his “character”. The guy
has no range, which makes him a bad actor. There is an exception
to this, though. The film “The wedding singer” was actually
good. What was the deal there?
7. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
This was a hit? This was so bad, I actually cheered for the demise
of the “characters”. Turning it into a comedy made it
work for me. P.T. Barnum was laughing in his grave when the American
public bought into the hype.
LOCAL FILMS THAT I’VE SEEN
Heh heh. This covers a lot. I’m not even going to touch the
crappy commercials in the Tampa Bay market, such as the white trash
laughing plywood guys (I would never go to their store and buy anything
on principle. We have enough pollution on TV without hearing “HAW
HAW HAW HAW HAAAAAAW” every #$#@@#% few minutes on a Saturday
afternoon). Anyway, I’ve seen local independent films that
can’t approach the quality standards of a porn movie. The
acting, sound, music, and lack of plot are THAT BAD! If our films
were like that, I’d fire myself.
Fun, but flawed (I like them, and watch them often)
Great to run in the background when I’m doing something tedious,
or am bored. “I am the law!”. Too funny.
Actually, I really like this a lot. The critics didn’t like
it, but I do. There. It’s a good movie in my book. The time
travel story won me over.
“Kneel before ZOD!” Enough said. Very entertaining.
I may buy the DVD.
Lot’s of action, great camera work, and eye candy. It has
I love this movie. So do a majority of the models that work out
of here during projects. Not really flawed, and very fun. One of
LUCAS IN LOVE
Now, THIS is how an independent film needs to be done. The only
flaw is that it’s too short. More!
The jury is still out
1. THE WIZARD
I never did get this one. Someone told me that it has a premise
comparable to REM, though, so I may have to watch it again. I’ll
give it a chance.
I’ll have to watch it again. Soon.
Sunday, December 2, 2001
actor selected for Reverence received their free portfolio shoot
today. Kevin Hentkowski, who has been cast as Fraternity member
Paul Thomas, did great in a character themed session. The session
was at lettuce lake park in North Tampa, and the weather was great.
I’m a bit tired, so I’ll leave off with these pictures.
It’s time to eat, rest, and get ready for another week.
Monday, 3 December 2001
decided to post a fiscal and a production update tonight. I have
very good news.
I’ve been discussing the economy with my financial contacts
as of late. Economic indicators point to a rebound that will be
in full swing by Spring 2002. Incidently, that’s when Reverence
will be filmed.
The movie industry here in Florida is experiencing a recession of
its own. Actors, and some of my contacts, have told me about projects
that have been canceled or suspended. The slowdown has affected
production supply houses as well, and the lack of demand has created
a surplus in supply.
While some see a problem here, it is good news for us. Competition
is limited, equipment is discounted, and our companies are designed
to operate with an overhead which is roughly 80% less than a conventional
entertainment company. We had economic fluctuations in mind when
the companies of Passinault.Com, the Passinault Entertainment Group
were first created back in October of 1990. This lean operational
attitude has survived to the present date; we have a production
facility that has the total overhead of the base rent for a modest
apartment. This facility, Geomedia 3, has production and support
technology that no one else has. It even has a security system that
was custom designed for it, which is called ISIS. ISIS was named
for the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Goddess of protection. Experience
with counter terrorism training, artificial life research, and security
system design theory led to its development, and there is nothing
else like it. We own several thousand copyrights, a way of encrypting
scripts called Pandora, and a foundation that took ten years to
create. The end result is a group of companies that can do things
that most can’t even consider, at a fraction of the cost.
Most have probably noticed that the companies of the Passinault
Entertainment Group are designed to work together. This was intentional.
Most production companies have to sub contract out work that they
can’t do in house. Those services aren’t cheap, and
are the reason that productions, such as movies, are expensive.
That high overhead is the reason that a lot of companies won’t
survive. For us, we don’t have to sub out contracts. We have
the ability of doing everything in house, and that will enable us
to realize producing quality motion pictures below ten thousand
dollars. We’ve ran the numbers, and it is going to work.
There are several rules in business. The only rule that we ignored
was “start small, and work yourself big”. We took our
time, paid our dues, and laid a complex foundation. It was the only
way that we could achieve our goals, and it is starting to pay off.
The price was time. Here’s the score; so far, we have one
of the best photography companies in Florida. We have an event planning
company that has done some of the most innovative events possible.
Our people, whether actors, models, dancers, or DJ’s, are
also among the best. One rule that we have paid attention to is
to “surround yourself with people better than yourself”.
I am what many consider to be an entertainment prodigy, but I can
tell you that I have limitations. That’s why we have people
with better individual skills than I possess. We have the tools
that we need. We are ready to make history.
Pre production for Reverence is down to odds and ends. In theory,
we could shoot in January. We are going to start rehearsals in January,
though, and since we treat films a lot like stage plays with the
rehearsals, the actors will have up to three months to learn their
roles. Simply put, we are not going to rush any thing that we do.
That careful production pacing, and lack of haste, will reflect
in the quality of the final product. We will take extreme pride
in our work.
If we were going to create films like everyone else was doing, and
do it the same way, these projects would not be worth doing. When
investors see what we can do, what happens next will stun the industry.
I, for one, am happy that ten years of sacrifice and hard work are
going to enable us to finally achieve our original vision. I spent
seven of those years suffering at a bank, trapped in a job that
was slowly killing me while spending every other spare moment conducting
research, inventing new production technology, and sinking all of
my financial resources into a dream that I believed in. That dream
became the collective dream of a large group of some amazing people.
One by one, each of our goals were exceeded, and now the final dream
will change everything.
I’m proud of the technology, security, and the people resources
that we have. I’m proud of what we are going to accomplish.
The future of entertainment is closer than you might think. Welcome
to the next entertainment industry.
Let’s do it. Let’s make history.
Most of our senior staff has been busy the past month finalizing
preparation of several projects for a few of our companies. Here’s
what you can expect for January, 2002:
will be completely cast in an audition for early January. We have
spent two auditions casting Reverence, and the third will wrap that.
This next audition will also cast the film “Invisible Ink”,
and start the audition process for the film “Net Worth”.
Melissa Smith, our choreographer, will be auditioning dancers for
the Passinault dance team, too.
for Reverence will be given to the cast, and each script will be
encrypted with our exclusive Pandora technology. Currently, the
script for Reverence is in the process of being scrutinized by our
writing team, and is being evaluated for character development,
plot, and the overall story arc. So far, it’s getting “A”
reviews. We’re going for that little extra, though. Expect
the script for Reverence to be superior to anything that you’ve
worked with before. Our writers are quite possibly the best, and
several of them have degrees in literature. The backbone of our
work will be in the quality of the writing. The film will be feature
length, at two hours, and filming is scheduled for April. Our finances
have been secured, and everything is almost ready.
RTR 60 will
launch with some of the best photography sessions and models that
Aurora PhotoArts has ever worked with. The standards are high for
our retro sixties series, and the rest of the equipment that we
need will be procured this week. We already have twelve models signed
for the first sessions. We are going to invite some local photographers
to participate with these shoots, but so far, we’ve only found
two who we’d like to work with. These photographers are ethical,
professional, and they do outstanding work.
calendar project will benefit from the RTR 60 technology. Expect
the series of sessions for the calendar to wrap in March. Speaking
of Lowie, there will be a special event by Dimension Stageforms
sometime in March, too.
know that people have been enjoying our anecdote section in the
Passinault.Com web site, our management staff decided to delete
it this week. There are some security concerns that we’re
it for now. I have a shoot to do today in Clearwater. Everyone have
a great week!
C. A. Passinault
December 13, 2001
projects to proceed in January 2002
three projects in production, and we are still seeking models for
all of them.
Due to wrap
in March for a 2003 fall calendar, our principle model, Lowie, is
directing. In January and February, we intend to conduct as many
as ten photography sessions to complete this endeavor. One reason
that we intend to get this one out of the way is the imminent production
of Dream Nine Studios’ feature film, “Reverence”.
New photography technology is expected to make this project special.
According to Lowie, we still need at least six models. Project manifest
is as follows:
(1) Female; 5'7-6', early 20's dark hair, exotic eyes. (2) Male;
No height requirements, 20's 1 dark blond & 1 dark possible
Italian or Latin / good body.
(1) Male; 5'9-6', early mid 20's Blonde hair. (1) Female; 5'7-5'11,
early 20's Blonde or brunette /no preference Good Smile.
(1) Female; No height requirements, Teens Blonde straight hair.
(3) Females; 5'5 -5'11, teens all different looks/2 brunettes, maybe
a red head Good Smiles. (4) Male; 5'7-6'3, teens or early 20's All
different Looks Good hair
(1) No height Preference, 20's Good legs June- OPEN CASTING- 3 Ideas
(5) Males; 5'7-6', teens Surfer types, tan w/good bodies, Able to
shoot with board shorts, can lift a surf board. (1) Female; 5'7-5'11,
Teen Look Dark hair, tan Good body, tone middle, able to wear short
shorts, Good balance!!
(3) Females; No height requirements, Teens!! (2) Males; No Height
requirements, Teens!! September
(1) Female; No height requirement, 20's Dark long hair.
(1) Female; No height requirement, No age Light skin, short hair.
(1) Female; No height requirements, 30's. (1) Male; No height requirements,
30's. (1) Child; Male boy.
One of our most ambitious projects, which is detailed below, is
ongoing until the year 2004. It was announced in October, and is
set to begin in January, 2002.
With the RTR in the series an abbreviation for “Retro”,
we will be combining extremely advanced photography technology that
no one else has with a 60's fashion spin. We already have over fifteen
models signed for the project, but are always looking for new faces
to fill upcoming shoots. With four years allotted for the project,
RTR 60 is expected to span 48 sessions and will utilize 70 models.
Principle director for these sessions is photographer and executive
producer C. A. Passinault
project on our agenda is a new Club Fashion Series in development,
featuring night life fashions with the club dancer in mind. The
club stands for the PG-13 club fare, and there will be no nudity
or modeling done in poor taste, which is a given with all of our
projects. Model and choreographer Melissa Smith will be directing.
in any of these projects, feel free to mail a composite card or
series of recent pictures to our mailing address, which is PO Box
1224, Riverview, Fl 33568-1224. Please include a cover letter and
a résumé . In regards to the attention field, consider
Calendar project- ATT: Lowie
RTR 60- ATT: C. A. Passinault
Club Series- ATT: Melissa Smith
producing these projects is Passinault.Com company Aurora PhotoArts.
Aurora PhotoArts is a photography company that prides itself in
the creation of the best marketing tools for the independent model.
Currently, the company is working with Tampa Bay Independent Model,
found at www.independentmodeling.com, to teach self promotion to
models. Tampa Bay Independent Model is a free service, and features
articles, resources, legal forms, and advice from a panel of working,
successful models. In regards to Aurora PhotoArts, future services
include commercial photography and advanced holography. Aurora PhotoArts
is one of the best photography services companies in the state of
We are accepting
E-mails for these projects at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you
want to send us pictures, we prefer that you do it by including
a link to your web site or online portfolio, but if you must attach
image files, please keep them under 200K in size or zip them up.
Due to the volume of submissions, responses may be delayed, but
we will file and review all information submitted.
There is pay, but it is royalty based upon sales volume. With the
Calendar, it is based upon the software and paper calendar SKU’s,
and with the other projects, the SKU’s of products and stock
images derived from those sessions. As a bonus, all photographs
can be used to fill your portfolio, and featured on composite, or
zed, cards. Images derived from product SKU’s provide excellent
tear sheets, as well.