Daughter of Godcast 081

Won’t you be my neighbor? My collaborator, creative consultant? When you donate your brain to art, you get to have it back afterwards – better, stronger, faster. Test drive the hive mind with Crowd Creation, Daughter of Godcast Season Two. This is episode 081, Drawer and I am one version of Dan Kelly, Shri Fugi Spilt, skidding into the super conscious from Northern Michigan, where we’re still enjoying a gorgeous, cold winter. On the road ahead, a dense drift of fresh snow, whisping white in the wind. Let’s hit the gas and slam on through, blinding ourselves with beauty.

Feedback Creaky

A woman peers out from a door ajar. A prolonged creak as she slowly opens the door, revealing an enigmatic figure, half smiling. She seems to recognize him, calling him by name.

The feedback question – What emotions does the woman experience as she opens the door?

Funtastic feedback from our core and a recent arrival.
Pam weighed in with a vintage reference from the 80’s, referring to the dude in the hallway, Uncle Joe as Freddy Krueger, the dream serial killer from Nightmare on Elm Street. I was 21 back in 1984 and too busy raising my own sweet hell myself to bother with Freddy or the Nightmare franchise. Until checking Wikipedia today, had only a vague notion of what the story was about. Here’s a movie poster, note in the upper right there’s a fedora silhouette.
The cover for the score is strikingly similar to how Uncle Joe appears through the doorway in “Creaky” Oops.
Creaky’s strong association and even homage to Nightmare on Elm Street is totally unintentional. We’ll have to consider whether this helps or hinders our movie.
For Pam, the woman’s emotional journey starts off rough. “At first she seems a bit nonplussed, taken aback, as she scans her visitor from toe to top.” (snip) Recognition and realization cross her face as she slowly accepts him and her smile turns into one of welcome.
Then Pam offers a fascinating perspective.
“To me it looks like she has made up her mind to greet him warmly, but I am not convinced.”
I encouraged Pam to explain.
” ‘I am not convinced’, meaning that she is not authentically feeling warm towards him? What is she really feeling about him, do you think?”
 
Pam responded.
“I think she is feigning her welcome, (snip). I don’t know why she’s not so happy to see him, maybe just surprised or taken aback, but then she decides there’s no reason not to acknowledge him. For me, if he’s been brought back from the dead or dying, I might have some hesitancy about my feelings. It seems creepy, somehow.
I love how Pam steps into the shoes of the woman, wearing her. Pam IS the woman in the doorway, an ideal perspective for offering robust feedback.
Timothy threw his fedora into the ring with a bit of sarcasm that I didn’t immediately catch, but after a bit of prodding, all was revealed.

Timothy via Facebook, Best door opening sound effects ever!”

Me I agree totally… but how does it make you feel?!”
 
It was sort of like pulling off a band aid. Maybe she was afraid of what she was going to see, but just whip it open, (she’s) only making it worse.” (snip) I do think the door sound was a little over the top though, in the back of my mind I was picturing you farting into a microphone.”

I resisted the temptation to look up the world record for longest fart in the Guiness Book.  Door creak as fart was also corroborated by Seamus, which may say more about Timothy and Seamus than about this sound effect. And perceiving the door creak as a super long fart might be a happy accident, Seamus called it a “comedic moment”.

Tim likened her door opening to “pulling a band aid off”, he wanted her to  just yank the door open and get it over with.  Which implies the woman has a wound, the guy in the hall is somehow involved with her wound, and now she’s gotta do self care. Tim’s experience is packed with inferences, which demonstrates a connection to the woman, she’s not doing what Tim would do and so he’s feeling annoyed. Tearing off bandages is probably not standard first aid practice, so Tim’s really talking about how he would open the door, which is wonderful.

This feedback process is so amazing. I think I’ve just learned something new about the woman from Tim.  I wrote her lines, I directed the actor. There shouldn’t be anything I don’t know about this woman. Yet, Tim’s band aid metaphor is rich with insight. Wounds and self care, wow. Thanks Tim and welcome to the Crowd Creation!

Seamus via dog.movie offered a wide spectrum of emotional experience…

“She looks like she experiences hesitation, then mildly alarmed puzzlement, then bemused acceptance.”

…and then dropped a wild card.

“It looks like she was expecting him to show up, but didn’t know when.”

That’s feels resonant for me, here again, new insight into the woman’s character.  How long she had been waiting – minutes, weeks, years? Perhaps she’s been in a kind of suspended animation, as if aboard a sleep ship sent to colonize a distant star system, the crew revived just before planet fall. Returned to the busy-ness of waking life. Has she been activated after a long dormancy? Coming on-line? Nice one, Seamus!

Joe via Facebook offered this poetic impression about the woman’s experience.

“Serenity then arousal (slightly sexual) and then genuine joy. The door creak made me think of the way when we’re entranced or focused we can utterly disregard something otherwise awkward or annoying. Also made me think of how reality moves so slowly compared to memory or thoughts or dreams.”

and this from James via dog.movie

“She looks calm, mellow, quietly awed, friendly, tender, curious, and spellbound.”

Like Pam, Tim and Seamus, Scott via Vimeo identifies  a harsh initial emotional state for the woman “her face begins in a cautious, barely recognizing gaping stare, then blossoms and grows luminous” (snip).

Both Scott and Pam remarked favorably on the Dead Birds Carry Contagion poster behind Uncle Joe. With all Scott’s erudite commentary, his key contribution this episode was a more meta inquiry.

“you discuss the many ways that comments have helped shape the movie…. might you soon be able to give an example of an instance that feedback (snip) has resulted in you editing a scene differently, adding/subtracting something from a scene [?] (snip) how’s it REALLY effecting change in your process. [?] “

I responded thus…

“You bring up a great point that I’ve been pondering. As you already know, we are inventing this Crowd Creation on the fly, we meaning me and everyone who’s offering feedback. I want feedback that’s pure, uncontaminated by my preconceptions about what the scene is about or even any context of surrounding story. The less I can say about the scene in the way of setup, the better.

Feedback can be emotional responses, associations, triggered memories, guesses about what might be going on and interpretations of what the characters could be experiencing. I especially dig when folks riff on the themes, spin off variations and totally new scenarios, like Allison and Seamus have done for past scenes.

From my perspective, feedback hints at whether the effect of the scene…

a) matches my expectations
b) exceeds my expectations
c) is problematically dissonant from my intentions
d) is catastrophically dissonant from my intentions
e) deliciously subverts my intentions, introducing exciting new possibilities

I haven’t disclosed what I’ve learned from the feedback so far because I haven’t wanted to contaminate feedback from folks that might join us in the future. However, (snip) I’ve got to share the evolution, somehow.

So along with new scenes, I want to start reposting scenes with feedback inspired revisions and request impressions again. Somehow this would include a discussion of changes and the rationale for same.”

The Crowd Creation is shifting. I’ve felt a yearning for more and Scott tuned into this cosmic vibe. More soon.

Drawer

Relations have gone from awkward to incoherent between our the two seemingly mismatched people. Both seem frustrated and slightly on edge, but a drawer of vintage paperbacks points to an epiphany.

Feedback question – Besides the man and woman, what other characters are active in this scene?

That’s our episode, 081 Drawer. Thanks for listening and we look forward to your observations, insights and grousing.

The Daughter of Godcast Crowd Creation is such a  cinematic innovation, we might as well be speaking Francais. Auguste and Louis Lumière, Georges Méliès, and Jean-Luc Godard have nothing on you all! Even though I’ll be in the credits for Daughter of God as writer, director and special effects supervisor, YOU are making this movie. Your feedback yanks my strings, helping me to lollop and cavort like an ecstatic puppet, almost a real boy. Your feedback is my soma, my rocket fuel, my blueprint for awakening the hearts and minds of the sustainable civilization. Just as Harleys are more brand than bike, Daughter of God is way more movement than movie. Art is the answer, ecstatic dance our revolution, to paraphrase that sexy bitch, Emma Goldman. Or Michigan’s own Voltairine de Cleyre, a total babe.

 

 

Daughter of Godcast 080

Wow, 080, Eighty. Eighty episodes of movie making splendor. Did I ever suspect I’d be here with you now. I never, ever did. Does this feel like a delightful sort of surprise to be standing at the cusp of our 80th episode? Heck yeah.

This is the Daughter of Godcast, Episode 080 Creaky. Our ongoing Crowd Creation, where you make the movie. Ok, we make the movie, because I’m the dude slaving over the hot laptop, Fordham tool and spray booth, or sweating in front of the camera and bright lights as I record this very podcast, or imagine myself recording because right now I’m just writing the podcast.

Truly tho, with all my hustle and bustle, this is rapidly becoming your movie. All the esoteric production gear that I brandish with varying degrees of competence would be gathering dust, without you. You’re perceptions bring every scene into sharp focus, you tell me which icons to click, which rust pigments to smear, which Roli keys to stroke. Everything is becoming clear because of you.

After 80 episodes, our mission is crystal. To make the best dang Daughter of God possible, and are we ever.

Enough bluster, to the great work!

Nuts and Bolts

Alright, I have to admit. Looks like our Facebook boost didn’t hurt. We’ve had about 50% more listens to the podcast over the last week and post reach on Facebook has doubled. Someone even loved Rabbit and Dog on Ello. What did hurt was my over 24 hours of lateness last week in getting the new scene and podcast posted. I really enjoy putting the podcast on time. That’s looking more like Wednesday after 10 am, EST.

Feedback

Rabbit and Dog

An awkward moment between two quirky people, having their first private conversation. We’ve seen these two before in Do It Again, so we know they’ll eventually come together. There doesn’t seem much rapport in this initial exchange, however.

Questions – In DOG time, how quickly can they go from this moment to jumping into bed – minutes, hours, days, weeks? What conflicts have to be overcome?

All the feedback for Rabbit and Dog is compiled on the comments for episode 079.

Anonymous via email  “I would think that they might go their separate ways – the dead animal and lack of mutual intensity suggest that to me.” Having seen Do It Again, however, Anon knows where this is going, and thought the two quirky people would hop into bed within minutes. After an email volley, Anon’s rationale was revealed – because at the end of “Do It Again”, she (dog) isn’t sure what his (rabbit) name is. Brilliant deduction by Anon. I’m not saying Anon is right, (wink, wink) but kudos for keen observation, and extra blessings.

Pam on Facebook pulled her signature pool shark move and ran the table, plunking cognitive balls into all the right pockets. Her impressions of the scene couldn’t have been more encouraging.

Kirk via dog.movie opined that getting the two quirky people into bed might take awhile.
“The dialogue was intriguing, and made me want to know more of what that whole exchange was all about. This addition to the content stream makes me ever more curious about the plot and how it all is tied together.”

He wanted to know if Rabbit and Dog has anything to do with the origin of the Daughter of God, “Or perhaps i have misinterpreted the whole thing?”

Then Kirk offered this…

“I would of liked to participate in the project sooner, but I wanted to try and get up to speed with some of what’s going on in these scenes but I’m having trouble finding general information. I’ve been too busy to keep up with the podcasts and was hoping to read into on here. Can i get a link if there is one? Also, is there a trailer, or story summary, or character descriptions some where on the interwebs or available upon request? I’d like to give more feedback but i find it difficult to elaborate on things without more of context of what’s happening overall…”

In all the flurry of releasing scenes and podcasts the last 10 weeks, I neglected to create an easily accessible guide that explains the Crowd Creation. Let’s handle that right now.

Crowd Creation

Welcome to Crowd Creation, where you make the movie.

Daughter of God is a post apocalyptic romantic comedy currently test screening across the world wide web. Every week, a short scene is released and you are invited to give feedback specifically, what emotions come up while you watch? You can choose to answer specific questions posed by the director or just free wheel, posting your comments and opinions on your favorite social media platform or directly at www.dog.movie.

What you don’t need

You don’t need any special knowledge or expertise to participate, just a love for movies. You don’t have to know anyone in the cast or crew of Daughter of God, or be dating the nephew of Francis Ford Copolla. We love fresh insights from total strangers, curious and perceptive. You definitely don’t need to be a filmmaker, actor, writer or even any sort of artist to give the right answer. Every answer is right, because you are sharing your unique human experience. Or your unique sentient experience, if you’re not human.

Sharing

Each scene is offered as a stand alone moment. The context within the entire movie doesn’t matter, just what’s happening on screen. Not knowing how the pieces fit together may seem odd at first, but just relax and have fun.

The feelings that a scene brings up for you, what you are reminded of and/or what connections you make reveals whether that scene is working as intended or whether tweaking is needed. Sharing your experience can change everything, that’s how you make the movie!

Not only does feedback make DOG’s scenes more compelling, your feedback brings blessings. Learn more at dog.movie/bless.

Episodes of the Daughter of Godcast podcast document the feedback process creating a reference archive for enhancing the scenes. If your week gets busy, skip the podcast entirely and just opine on the current scene. 5-10 minutes a week is all you need to join this unprecedented cinematic adventure! Friend us on your favorite social media platform OR sign up for the DOG email list.

Creaky

A woman peers out from a door ajar. A prolonged creak as she slowly opens the door, revealing an enigmatic figure, half smiling. She seems to recognize him, calling him by name.

The feedback question – What emotions does the woman experience as she opens the door?

Late tho this last week’s episode was, we still had phenomenal feedback, from a couple of blessed veterans and the esteemed not so newbie, Kirk. Huge appreciation for everyone who’s making this movie. If you are intrigued by Crowd Creation and have been thinking about offering feedback, come on out of the closet and let your freak flag fly. She is coming!  There’s no such thing as coincidence, you’re here by special arrangement of the cosmos, wielding the power of pretending.

That’s a wrap. Episode 080 of the Daughter of Godcast is done, so many sweet numbers yet to come. You’re in the loop, whether your encrypted or in the clear, a great swirl of consciousness are we, here to make a movie, for fun, for awakening, for art. Why not have, be and do everything you’ve ever dreamed of, why not become the most epic YOU ever? Somehow, that’s happening, I could claim this movie is the ticket, a golden ticket to your very own bliss and maybe I wouldn’t be lying. We think we need someone else’s permission to be happy, to feel good. Well, I’m going to give you that permission right now, for no other reason than you’re watching my lips move, you’re hearing my voice, or reading this transcription. By the power invested in me as doula for the Daughter of God, you get to feel happy and experience your unique bliss from now on. Let no one convince you otherwise. You’re the one making this movie.

 

 

 

Daughter of Godcast 079

Daughter of Godcast, Crowd Creation Episode 079 Rabbit and Dog. 2018 is the Chinese year of the DOG, has been for about 2 weeks now, and this episode’s scene is a little homage to the Chinese New Year and also the year of our DOG, Daughter of God, hurray! We’re changing things up this episode, a new wild ride, high winds, glare ice, hang on!

Nuts and Bolts

Live

Last week I experimented with Facebook live. I ran in the forest and launched the Sprinter ice boat for the first and likely the last time this winter season. Two days of adventure, first to my feed of 700 friends and then to Daughter of God’s feed of 80 or so followers.

The Facebook live videos got more likes and comments than everything I’ve done on social media to date. I’m sure the novelty of ice boating was compelling, all that speed and danger. Also, according to Jil, my improv performances were also a delight, way better than my reading of scripted podcasts.

I like improvisation and would love to shift the Crowd Creation from a scripted to spontaneous format. The process of scripting is valuable tho,  writing helps me to reflect on the feedback for the scenes and sketch a plan for what happens next. Also, writing helps me control the length of the episodes which keeps the editorial manageable.

Perhaps after my usual writing stint, I could outline the main ideas and then instead of reading the transcript, just riff away on the outline. I’d could even set a timer for 10 minutes and let the orgone energy flow, hitting as many ideas as possible within that time and then calling that good, no editing. I’d get the benefit of writing and you’d have a more zesty podcast experience.

Inorganic

For the first time ever, I boosted a Facebook post. I paid 10 bucks to put Best Scenario Yet in front of 1000s of strangers. The results are pretty confusing, but certainly some folks saw the scene that otherwise wouldn’t have.

Boosting was kind of fun, but I’m pretty much groping in the dark at this point. I’d prefer to invite my audience organically, if that’s the path of least resistance and maximum joy. Whatever works. Every journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, and we can start walking on a moonless night, as long as we’re feeling good.

Most Plays

Vimeo

29 Do It Again
23 Canyon Princess
21 Smart Money

Facebook

216 Open Season
209 Best Scenario Yet (even after a couple days of boost)
149 Canyon Princess

Redemption

Jesus saves souls, and redeems them for valuable prizes!

Before we get to feedback, an announcement.

Really excited to have such a solid contingent of dedicated contributors offering feedback. They have not only my appreciation, but blessings from the Daughter of God. As my friend Lauren di Scipio used to say, that and $8 will get you over the GWB. She would have been spot on last month, but starting in March, DOG blessings can be redeemed for fabulous products and experiences, unprecedented in the history of independent movie swag.  If you’ve been giving feedback on scenes and sharing posts, check out blessings at dog.movie and your get yourself some redemption!

Feedback

Two mismatched hands clasp across a stainless steel surgical table, one young and smallish, the other large, dry and discolored by ill health. Over the sounds of a busy hospital ambience, an unconventional farewell speech. The rasping voice asserts that his death is an illusion, a trick he is playing on everyone else, except her.

The feedback question – Is the person with the rasping voice worthy of trust? What other impressions do you get?

All the feedback is available in the comments of Episode 078, Best Scenario Yet.

James opined that Raspy Voice sounded like a gangster,  but since Small Hand seemed to be in his inner circle, there was likely trust between them.

Seamus didn’t think Raspy Voice worthy of our trust, because he’s either lying to the child or planning some mischief. “Whether that’s for noble or nefarious purposes remains to be seen.”

Pam offered some exciting depth to the trust question.

 “This near-dead person, whether I find him trustworthy or not, is trusted by the person who comes in to hold his hand. They are close; grandfather-grandchild? They share that kind of generation-skipping secret, anyway.”

[snip]

“Anyway, that kind of trust seems present here. And I want to know how this relationship will advance the plot, what their secret is, what the younger (I imagine) member of the duo will be called upon to witness/declare/accomplish/attempt/conceal after the older one has dropped his body….Tantalizing!”

Pam backs up James and Seamus’s view, while implying that whatever Raspy is up to, small hands is a co-conspirator. And that she will likely go through some transformation in the process. Awesome.

I may be reading into Scott’s musings, but his feedback revealed for me a key dynamic – we are invested in the implied trust between Raspy and Small Hand, because we don’t want Small Hand to be betrayed. How fascinating that something as simple as hand size can instantiate a narrative and a conflict, perhaps I’m the only one getting this, but that’s ok, because now that I am, the scene can be tilted a little more in that direction.

The trust question was action packed! I was also delighted and suprised by the references to temperature. Pam guessed the location was perhaps a hospital or cryo-facility – cryo (cold) for slowing or stopping metabolism for suspended animation. Constance was waiting to hear Raspy Voice “counting down how many ice cream sandwiches are left in the body freezer.” I’m not sure what she means by this, but she’s clearly experiencing a chilly vibe, Raspy Voice is going to be frozen.

This is reminds me of Philip K Dick’s novel Ubik, in which most of the characters are dead but continue to have mental function after their bodies are placed in cold storage. Since a Pam and Constance went there spontaneously, I am tempted to run with that.

Speaking of PKD, Scott demonstrated his dedication to the cause by googling the PKD title on screen, Lies, Inc. and promptly fell into a rabbit hole. Bravo Scott!

Judith had a unique perspective about Raspy’s death, to whit…

of course ‘he’ isn’t going to die! aliens are immortal or at least very long living. clues: type O blood. and the palm is obviously of an alien – weird pattern

She is an astute observer, points for being the only one to mention of Raspy’s ID bracelet, listing O type blood. So maybe she’s right, maybe he’s an alien.  I’m not so sure myself now.

All of that was a blast to read and think about, the possibilities for this scene have expanded significantly. Have I mentioned I am really loving the feedback process? Well I am. Huge kudos to my stalwart contributors! If you’re watching these scenes and lurking in the shadows, come on out and have your say. You’re hand will be lovingly held as we gently tug you into the limelight.

Rabbit and Dog

An awkward moment between two quirky people, having their first private conversation. We’ve seen these two before in Do It Again, so we know they’ll eventually come together. There doesn’t seem much rapport in this initial exchange however.

Questions – In DOG time, how quickly can they go from this moment to jumping into bed – minutes, hours, days, weeks? What conflicts have to be overcome?

Ready to play our feedback game again? Later this week I’ll be emailing a tally of blessings to everyone via email. If you’re not already on the DOG email list, please go to dog.movie and subscribe, then make sure we’re not getting tossed into spam.

As a trusted co-conspirator within Daughter of Godcast’s notorious inner circle, prepare to have your blessings counted. This has been and continues to be for a few fleeting seconds Crowd Creation episode 079 Rabbit and Dog, released in the Chinese year of the DOG, 2018 and not coincidentally, the year of our DOG, Daughter of God. She is coming, and you are blessed by her, for no other reason than you exist, you are alive on Planet Earth most likely, unless you’re an alien with weird palm line patterns. Don’t ask me to elaborate, I’m just your not so humble host, proudly palm illiterate. Alien or not the Daughter of God blesses all, and those who are helping her to manifest, to come into our mortal mileau, by dint of the sanctified practices outlined on dog.movie/bless, they shall be well swagged. That means you!