Daughter of Godcast 108

Monday at 5:35 pm EST, I’m on the red oak floor of the library, backed up against a rolled futon. The tasty afternoon sun slices across the keys of the laptop, flooding my left eye with light. I can still see enough to type. Just outside the lake is surging and vocal. Perhaps the last warm day of summer, an easy day for swimming and dreaming. One cricket continues to saw away, could be the last cricket of summer. Season Three Summer Vacation is almost over, an episode left, perhaps two.

I’m going into that lake soon, the inspiration for this episode, Daughter of Godcast Episode 108, Water. Each swim a surprise, another waking. Emerging from a night of sleep or a quick nap, that’s one waking. Swimming is waking from waking. A coming into consciousness even when our eyes are already open.

Water symbolizes the tao, the flow of fullness we can tap into at any time. Getting into water reminds me of myself, what I mostly am atom-wise but also imaginatively.

What’s been striking about making Season Three summer vacation is my talking about nothing at all really. No movie making history, no production reportage. Every week, whatever bobs to the surface, free. With the sun flickering through willow branches, cricket chirps and the lake talking, this could be considered a perfect summer moment. More eternal unfolding on planet Earth, friendly and so fine. I have nothing to say. Which could be the perfect podcast.

Speaking of nothing, how about cultural transformation? Is the United States of America ready? Can we unplug the Empire from the cozy cockpit of the Death Star? The 60s, Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock… now what? The dude in the white house isn’t an anomaly, he is the perfect president for our times. A living mirror, reflecting what was so adroitly avoided seeing for decades. America the constipated. America the impotent. America the chickenshit. He could wake us from the nightmare of convenience. Maybe. America’s greatest president ever, just in the nick of time.

I’m more of an Earth man than an American man. From space, there are no borders and we’re all in this together, bits of the divine. But I didn’t incarnate in Antartica or Argentina, I chose to make my mortal debut in New York state and eventually settle in Michigan. And because I am an American and a big fan of free speech, AND a white heterosexual male, I can say whatever shit I want about America with zero repercussions. That’s freedom! I also have a sacred obligation to talk shit about America on behalf of all those who my tax dollars have traumatized and terminated.

The big bad corporations aren’t bleaching the coral reefs, the mean old military industrial complex isn’t bombing babies, nope. If you’re an American like me, then we’re the culprits. The multi-nationals and the weapons dealers are just trying to keep us Americans supplied with plush toilet paper and cheap plane tickets. We demand a lifestyle that the rest of the planet pays for – oceans, forests, animals, people. If everyone on Earth lived like Americans, we’d need five more planets. That’s why Donald Trump is showing up in our experience, he’s our wake up call. Is he enough, or do we need to have things get even worse?

Back in 1984, Ronald Reagan was an awesome inspiration, but I had my decisive breakthrough with George W Bush, way back in 2003. Clinton and Obama were also helpful. A bevy of clacking man puppets. Crystal clarity, thanks to them.

As I learned about the authentic America, I railed and chafed, not knowing what to do. The goal was to feel better, but initially I thought action was what mattered. I carried out experiments and these helped. Eventually, I found practices that reflected my yearning for joy, for ahimsa. At first glance I might seem like most other Americans, but I live a lifestyle that’s radically, deliberately… gentler. My ambition is to eventually share the excitement and connection I’ve discovered, perhaps a gaggle of podcast seasons from now. Sufficient for this episode to report that there is a way to live lightly on the Earth, feel balanced and blessed and still be based in the United States of America.

Cultural transformation is not a top down phenomena. Donald Trump can only inspire but he is after all, just a guy in a big orange clown costume. A culture is what WE are, you and I, every danged day. Civil policy may or may not reflect what we want collectively, the only change I can count on is the change I choose for myself. Be the change you want to be in the world. Ghandi may not have said this exactly, but then there wasn’t Twitter back in 1948. I’ve noticed that whatever I choose to focus on, I experience. Can this scale up to an entire nation?

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.

Shakespeare, Hamlet First Folio 1623

Sure. Why not? Je pense, donc je suis. I dream, therefor I am. Not Descartes exactly. Je rêve à ce sujet je suis.

That’s Episode 108, Water. Daughter of Godcast, Season Three Summer Vacation. One practice that sets me apart from most Americans is my weekly podcasts. As a listener/watcher, you belong to a teensy tiny subset of humans on Earth, the first to hear about the coming culture. You’re on the leading edge and not because I am so amazing, tho I am. Because you’re taking the time to be reminded how amazing YOU are, every week. I am just a guy wearing a genius creator sex god costume, a cat loving, water worshiping, polyamorous, wilds expanding yada yada whatever, meanwhile YOUR metaphysical closet is overflowing with the best disguises ever. You get to choose. Whoever you decide to be today, hello!

Daughter of Godcast 092

Daughter of Godcast, Season Two Crowd Creation and we’re back with Episode 092 After At Last. In 090, we announced an inside peek at the production process, and posted 090, Welcome Aboard, the musical introduction to the Daughter of God. This was a sequence of strictly live action scenes, shot in Canada back in April of 2006, the before. Flash forward 12 years and one month to the planned post apocalyptic VFX transformation. However, due to some workflow snags and urgent family matters, the After wasn’t ready by Episode 091, so we posted a making of time-lapse of the production process instead!

Now for 092, After At Last, the VFX is far enough along to get some  feedback from y’all.

First tho, let’s see what the incomparable Seamus and Jil had to say about our making of sequence.

091 After, Almost is not a scene from the Daughter of God, but a peek into the process of adding Visual Effects. A scene behind the scenes, if you will. Even if you won’t.

The feedback question is, would you enjoy seeing more of the movie making process, more behind the scenes scenes?

Jil via Vimeo

Yes.

Seamus via dog.movie

As long as it doesn’t cut too much into production time, I’d love to see more behind the scenes footage. The bullets along the path are an interesting addition, and I’m curious to find out the reasoning for the decision. You’re probably on another list now, depending on how you got them.

I replied

Good point about cutting into production time, I’m experimenting with an easy documentation method that not only won’t distract, but might even enhance the process. [snip]

With luck I’ll get this scene pretty much ready in the next couple of days. Becoming evident that revamping my workflow re organization would feel great.

Then we’ll revisit the why of the shells, might be more evident in context with the rest of the new elements.

Not being ready with the VFX version was a fortunate stumble. There are no accidents. I just happened to record my fiddling around in the studio while setting up the brass ammo shells, so I had a little something to share for 091, in lieu of an After. This felt like a punt, maybe even cheating but actually the universe was orchestrating the next breakthrough.

I’ve been getting back into watching After Effects tutorials on YouTube. Slightly sidetracked the other night when I found a keynote and interview with Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot. He was talking about how he started posting free After Effects tutorials to drive his own learning process. Eureka!

Behind the scenes scenes are like tutorials, and I definitely still have a lot to learn. Shared learning as the driving force behind production. The quest for excellence, complete with fortunate mistakes, trial and error, virtuosic stumbles…

Another factor in expediting future VFX is implementing more efficient organization. I’ll need a couple of weeks to fully revamp the project archives.

Finally, the VFX is likely going to get more complicated. If 2-3 weeks are needed to do the next before and after, there can be making of videos along the way.

On Friday I showed Welcome Aboard at Studio Anatomy’s Basement Art Show, curated by Nick Walsh. Severalpeeps from the long dormant Michigan Movie Makers were also screening, and we each got to do a bit of Q and A. Quite fun.

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Trevor was there and IMed a couple days later, complimenting the theme song, Another Fucked Up Day in Paradise. He’s also a real musician, like Frank who opined positively in 091. This is kind of unexpected, I like the song too but I don’t really know what I’m doing musically. To have accomplished players and singers offering encouragement, wow.

092 After, At Last

You might have to squint a little to see past the rubber bands and super glue, but at the risk of repeating myself, these scenes are works in progress. Under the toad’s warts, a princess.

The Universe Next Door is pushing past the veil of mere actuality, as tentacles of living backstory insinuate themselves into every crevice and corner. Alternatives from the multi-verse are flickering into our experience. Reality is a dream we dare not wake from.

The feedback question – What do you now know about the characters based on their (new) environment?

Remember friends, all you need to offer feedback is a passion for movies, a fascination with expression, art, feelings and ideas. All you need is love!

Thus concludes another riveting episode of the Daughter of Godcast, Episode 092 After, At Last of Season Two Crowd Creation – where you make the movie… better! With your opinions, impressions and associations. This may or may not be the future of film making, a foray into collaborating with the audience from the get go. Spoilers galore. Can a movie still be fun even if you know what’s going to happen? Humans love pretending we don’t know the future, surprises are us. That’s what we designed this universe to be, a springing, an icy gush, a warm rain… of the unexpected. Who’s hiding around the corner? Boo! We know how this ends, every one dies. Eventually. That’s the happy ending. Because after the roller coaster, there’s the log flume, the ferris wheel. After the human game, there’s the polar bear game, the star game, the sequoia game. Whatever ride you want to ride, whatever expansion pack you want to try. Desire incarnate. An eternity of reveling, of games, of surprises. Welcome!

Daughter of Godcast 091

The Daughter of Godcast, 091 After, almost. The planet keeps rolling, the fusion reactor at the center of our solar system keeps blazing away, we keep narrowly missing comets and asteroids, love keeps getting made so babies keep getting born, old ones keep croaking off and this podcast keeps episoding. A short episode this week to be sure,  a quickie, a modest reminder of what’s worthy and wonderful.

Let’s check out the feedback for 090, Welcome Aboard.

Welcome Aboard introduces the main characters of DOG, Christina, Gerry and the Big Boat. The theme song Another Fucked Up Day in Paradise gives a bit of exposition about the DOG universe. Choose one of these two feedback questions. What stands out for you? What relationships are hinted at?

Seamus via dog.movie.

“So far, it looks like both of them live on the boat. That implies that they likely know each other fairly well.” [snip]

I replied

Since they both live on the boat, it’s a reasonable assumption that they know each other well. This made me aware that I’ll have to insert additional business, because they may not, (know each other well).

Seamus again

[snip] “I’m intrigued by the sound of shattering glass, and a bit surprised that Christina didn’t investigate further. Perhaps it’s a common occurrence that she’s grown accustomed to.”

and Dan again

[snip] “Maybe breaking glass IS a common occurrence. Maybe Christina’s just minding her own business. How gregarious would the crew of a post apocalyptic tramp ice breaker be? How many other people live on this big boat and how did they come to be there? These are questions I often ponder as I drift off at night.”

The intro and theme song are intended to set the stage, and Seamus’s impressions hint at how to set the stage more adroitly.

Frank via Facebook

“Nice music! Post Apocalyptic Swing!”

And coming from Frank, that means a lot. He’s an accomplished musician, electronics whiz and Tesla channeler, (Nikola not Elon) so Frank’s got bulletproof polymathic cred. Thanks, Frank. That’s Frank on pedal steel.

Just enough feedback to keep our heads above water. Thank heaven for Seamus. And Welcome Aboard Frank, you’re on the BIg Board of the Best Beloveds.

Crashing and burning is a huge boon, the adventure of being alive requires huge problematic disasters. On the Daughter of Godcast, failure is a superpower. Because we often don’t know what we want until we’re really clear about what we don’t want.

090 Welcome Aboard, presented the unVFXed introduction and theme song sequence, the before. 091 was supposed to illustrate the VFX transformation, the After. The title of this episode 091 After, Almost should be a clue. We’re not quite ready with the after.

You know what’s wonderful about this? A straight before and after skips the slogging in the trenches and that’s where all the fun is, for dog’s sake.

For 091 After Almost were visiting the shack, where much of the magic happens. Watch me making some of the elements for the after. The feedback question is, would you enjoy seeing more of the movie making process, more behind the scenes scenes?

That’s 091 After Almost, Daughter of Godcast Crowd Creation where you make the movie, we make the movie. We ARE the movie because heck, these episodes are movies too. A creative opportunity like no other, I’m convinced we’re looking at a bonefide trend, even if Daughter of God is the only collaborative movie making experience on Earth because all trends have to start somewhere, and this one’s starting with us! Maybe Shri Fugi Spilt is taking cinema to the next level, like Eadweard Muybridge laying the foundation for the next big thing. Muybridge also shot his wife’s lover didn’t go to jail. Shri Fugi hasn’t killed anybody yet, and isn’t even married anymore, so with luck, wrapping Daughter of God won’t involve gunplay or murder. Staying out of jail sounds good tho.

 

Daughter of Godcast 090

Welcome Aboard Episode 090, of the Daughter of Godcast, our 9th episode number palindrome, with the next palindrome coming up in 11 weeks. And this week I’ll turn 55, another palindrome. I’ve definitely cleared the half century hurdle and am striding steady and strong. I’ve hardly broken in this incarnation of super fine physicality, human comma male, with the 1111 year warranty.  Every breath is more fun, beautiful and interesting.

…and our movie is getting made with feedback for Scene 089, Check It Out.

Feedback

Christina’s got objections and Uncle Joe’s got solutions. The crux of the quest is revealed and the path is about to light up. The feedback question is, Is Christina putting up token or credible resistance? What does she ultimately want?

Allison, Seamus and Jil responded to the feedback question.

Jil via Vimeo

“Token resistance. She wants to believe that Uncle Joe’s story is true.”

Seamus via dog.movie

“It’s definitely token resistance…for now. She’s somewhat uncertain about the whole situation, but she’s intrigued and wants to know more. She’s open enough to the idea that she’s willing to joke about it.”

Allison via FB

[snip] overall, I didn’t really sense resistance so much as hesitantly going along.

I prompted Allison for her overall impression, and she responded with an auspicious association.

[snip]

I’m reminded of a Wizard of Oz feeling, from the beginning, when Dorothy meets the traveling salesman. She’s not worldly and she too trusting, but she doesn’t quite buy it, either. And her unadulterated persona ends up leaving him feeling guilty about messing with her.

That’s not quite how I remember Dorothy’s interaction with Professor Marvel. His crystal ball session is pretty convincing  to Dorothy and she rushes back home, which is what she wanted to do all along anyway. In this sense, there’s a lovely parallel to Joe and Christina. Jil Allison and Seamus see Christina as going along with Joe’s sales pitch, of wanting what he says to be true. Here’s the Professor Marvel scene from the W of O.

A few words about Professor Marvel. Interesting that he references Egypt at the get go, and then makes two uncanny guesses. Dorothy’s barn has a weather vane of a running horse, and that Aunt Em stands for Emily. Perhaps running horse weather vanes were all the rage in Kansas, but according to thinkbabynames.com back in the 30’s Emma was a more common name than Emily. Maybe Professor Marvel has a little real magic going on. I’d trust Dorothy’s judgement any day.

I really love that Allison made the connection to the Professor Marvel scene. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite films.

The end was confusing for Allison and Tim. Joe whips out a media disk, reflects rainbows into Christina’s face, then inserts the disk into a laptop and the scene ends.

Allison via FB I didn’t get that last part from the guy in “check it out.”

and Tim via FB “Trying to figure out why the play with the reflection on the CD.”

I replied Do you have any ideas Tim?

Tim responded with “Not a clue”

089 Check it Out ends abruptly, and although the meaning of the disk business wasn’t obvious, I am encouraged that both Tim and Allison raised objections, that they noticed a loose end. Because there is subtle significance to the business with the disk, but based on the feedback too subtle. A few of my more paranoid collaborators were awol for this scene, otherwise we might have had more theories.

A few hours after 089 was posted, I was on the phone with Jil talking about Christina and DOG. Jil is very enthusiastic about Christina, her quirky mannerisms and presence. I messaged Jil a synopsis of our conversation and my interpretation.

Dan to Jil via IM

Jil (paraphrase). Christina’s idiosyncratic behaviors and mannerisms are hilarious and intriguing, she is an unpredictable character. Authentic. (Dan notes – I get the sense that Jil recognizes Christina, that Jil might even admire Christina for being unapologetically and even un selfconsciously herself. She is perhaps almost a heroic character, she has not been bent to norms, would not fit in to patterns that have been demonstrated to her.)

Jil replies

YES! Exactly.
This is also how I would describe you.
She is not the stereotypic image of ‘heroine’. She may be misunderstood as ditzy by some but she most definitely is NOT.

Popping out of the cosmic background radiation, Jordan via FB transmitted a vital perspective.

Is the sound a work in progress? Or is it intentional? It is choppy and hard for me to really focus on the scenes.

Stellar feedback. Jordan’s grousing represents a rift in the fabric of collaborative spacetime. How many other potential DOG devotees are lost because the premise of Crowd Creation has not been clearly explained. I replied to Jordan…

I admit… for most scenes, the sound is mix is usually NOT complete, and definitely not for this scene. I understand this can be distracting. As probably you know, a scene is comprised of many elements – shots, edit, VFX, dialogue, foley… For Daughter of God, the different elements in each scene are in various stages of (in)completion. The sound mix is (traditionally) close to the end of the post production process, after everything else is tight and polished. The theory of this Crowd Creation adventure is that if collaborators can overlook the rough edges, we can get some sense of whether a scene is generally headed in the right direction for story and emotional impact. The opportunity here is not so much watch my cool movie, as it is roll up your sleeves and get into the messy movie making process, create with me. That’s not for everyone, it’s an adjustment for sure!”

This prompted me to revise the scene page at dog.movie, explaining the premise in more detail.

From www.dog.movie/daughter-of-godcast/season-two-crowd-creation/scenes/

Through 2018, we’re posting working versions of scenes from Daughter of God and asking for your opinions. Answer the feedback questions and/or just give your gut impressions.

These scenes are incomplete, ragged edged, works in progress. You’ll hear and see all manner of technical imperfections and glitches. You’re welcome to comment on the really glaring problems, or talk about how the story, action and dialogue moves you.

You don’t have to know anything about the plot, premise or who the characters are. Each scene is intended as a stand alone mini-movie. Sharing your experience helps us to know whether a scene is on the right track and ready for polish.

The Daughter of God invites feedback from everyone who loves movies, the science fiction genre, art and story telling regardless of gender, nationality, sexual preference or whether you’ve ever had a delicious pancake dinner with Shri Fugi Spilt. To get involved with the project, you only need to have feelings and be willing to share them.

Then there’s the blessings and getting on the list of best beloveds.

Your feedback is making this movie!

While I was under the hood, I also rearranged the content silo for the podcasts so that everything was easier to find. The bounce rate for dog.movie has been high and this was a first step toward remediating that. I also expanded my chops with Beaver Builder and am now poised to begin a comprehensive renovation of dog.movie that might jump dazzle up a few notches, make DOG look more like a REAL movie.

Thanks Jordan, that was really helpful feedback, lots of birds fed with one seed. The biggest bird – test screening implies rough edges, and somehow that’s not only not annoying to future collaborators, but the best part. The premise!

Were going to do a little something new, yay! Episode 090 and 091 will feature a before and after of the same scene. First the raw live action footage, then the VFX enhancement. This is going to be tricky for us all, because we’re going to peer behind the wizard’s curtain and glimpse the control panel. I want to keep you all fresh and innocent, but I think this is relevant to our process and the premise of Crowd Creation. So here goes.

Welcome Aboard introduces the main characters of DOG, Christina, Gerry and the Big Boat. The theme song Another Fucked Up Day in Paradise gives a bit of exposition about the DOG universe. Choose one of these two feedback questions. What stands out for you? What relationships are hinted at?

I trust we won’t have too many complaints about the sound in this Welcome Aboard, because it’s mostly me playing and singing with some virtuosic mixing and instrumental boosting from the celebrated Gabonese rapper, Ndong Essinga. Maybe Jordan will reemerge from dark matter and shine with more feedback in 091, he loves to be sung to!

That’s a wrap on 090 Welcome Aboard, the 90th episode of the Daughter of Godcast, Crowd Creation. Cut me some slack for continually reveling at the episode count. I’m blown away that I’ve been podcasting for 90 weeks, most of my monogamous relationships don’t last this long! I guess this is what happens when we decide to really live, when we let the movie make us. You don’t need a movie, just climb bareback onto your wild passion, throw open the gate and ride no matter what. I’m still deciding to really live, every day, with every breath. For me, this project is really a profound illustration of how to manifest. Deploy, pay attention, revise, redeploy, pay attention… and for every galloping, teeth rattling step, trust your feelings, let go Luke, trust the force!

 

 

 

 

Daughter of Godcast 055

 

A podcast about movie making and the science fiction featurette, Daughter of God, with Director Shri Fugi Spilt, (Dan Kelly). Daughter of Godcast, Episode 055, Transparency. You helped make that movie.

Oh another gorgeous day on our planet Dirt, there’s a fusion reactor blaring in the sky, and this is Episode 055, Transparency. A short and sweet episode!

A podcast about movie making and the science fiction featurette, Daughter of God, with Director Shri Fugi Spilt, (Dan Kelly). Daughter of Godcast, Episode 055, Transparency. You helped make that movie.

I’m feeling pretty excited. We’re coming to the end of the historical podcast, a minor slew of episodes from now and we’ll be caught up and in the present. 2016 is the year we started the gentle release and weekly podcasting about the making of the Daughter of God. In 3-4 months we’ll start by screening snippets, then great chunks and eventually the entire project, tweaking and polishing along the way.

I don’t know if this has ever been done before.

I’m talking about our transparency with the production process and the upcoming screen tests, involving the audience in the completion of a project. We are bringing this movie to the world together. This could sound gimmicky, so let me clarify what I mean and then answer any objections I imagine you might raise.

A good movie can be watched over and over. Certainly watching that first time is special, but knowing a movie is worth coming back to, worth sharing with friends, that’s a blast. Great movies keep giving, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dr Strangelove and Room with a View.

If this is still 2017, then you haven’t seen DOG yet, because screening won’t start until 2018.  By the time DOG is on Netflix, you’ll already know lots about the movie from listening to this podcast, have experienced huge swatches of content and hopefully, influenced the final version. Watching the ultimate cut for the first time will feel like a worthy rewatch, with hyper drive engaged.

As we begin screening, I’ll be asking for feedback. Your ideas and opinions will significantly influence the completion  of DOG. This is a natural extension of the conventional cinematic test screening process, mentioned in episodes 025, 028 and 030.

When a movie is almost done, the producers rent a theater and invite an audience to come and watch. Afterwards, the audience is asked to fill out questionnaires and then a producer will ask the audience questions about their experience, whether the story made sense, etc. This feedback is often taken into account to revise the movie. Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner was tested in multiple versions around the US and then infamously sliced and diced based on the results.

DOG is testing way earlier than most other movies. Why? Because we can! Check out this crazy internet! We’ve got 10s of thousands of brilliant people available to help, why not ask?

Back when I was developing software in the 90s, human computer interaction was key, and whole conferences were dedicated to finding out what worked for users and what didn’t. The best way to know is to test, test, test. Ask people to talk about their experience as they used the software.

So is this a big deal? Kind of. For the sake of argument, let’s assume DOG doesn’t suck, is in fact pretty watchable. Achieves cult status with the truly groovy artists, lovers and dreamers on this planet.

That’s what I’m aspiring to BTW, I only want to be famous among cool people. I am not interested in having paparazzi hiding behind my compost bins. I want to be on the radar of decisively imaginative and passionate beings, riled up to collaborate on exquisite outcomes. My standards for groupies is super high too!

So let’s pretend you’ve seen DOG and it’s pretty fun. I know, all you’ve got to go on is my gassing on in this podcast, some poetry, a little singing, a few production stills and sporadic interviews with producers. She IS coming. If I can avoid being run over by a street car or flattened by asteroid fragments in the next year you’ll be seeing this movie. Today’s thought experiment is this – you’ve already seen DOG and indeed, it’s boffo. Worth the wait. Because you were involved as the screening started, your feedback was amazing, helpful, relevant.

So there’s this pretty sweet movie,  a virtuosic bit of cinema. You got in on the ground floor, so you’ve got bragging rights. Yep, I helped make that movie. So sweet movie, bragging rights… But wait, that’s not all!

Daughter of God also comes complete with detailed documentation about how this movie came to be, e.g. this podcast which BTW, encodes guidelines for achieving any creative outcome. Because the making of this movie made me, and that’s why we do anything, to become more than who we started off as, before we made the movie, painted the painting, wrote the book, raised the kid. Our stories of moring.

The podcast episodes could become the basis for a feature documentary, to be released concurrently with DOG. An easily digestible version of the podcast, but re-purposed as a movie with all the best stuff distilled down to a supercharged draught of hell yeah, a recipe for how excellence manifests. Not encoded, but right out there in full view.

I’d love help with this too. You who are the most dedicated Daughter of Godcast podcast watchers and listeners. Tell me which podcast moments and stories are your favorites… and why? What did you like best, help me turn 40 hours of jabbering into a burst of luminous pink revelation. I am asking informally today… re-listen to your favorite episodes and send me your notes.

So there could be two movies, Daughter of God and the making of Daughter of God, derived from this podcast which we’ve been deep into for more than a year. Then there’s bragging rights, because you were savvy enough to be on the cutting edge, you helped make the first open source cult featurette.

But wait, there’s still more! We’re getting ready to open the deep development archive to the public, 25ok words of extra content and backstory plus conjecture, blaspheming, inspiration and tuning into the cosmic hum and buzz. Just gotta change a few proper names to protect the hardly innocent.

Two movies, bragging rights for being so freaking vivid, and a giant archive of Creative Commons content, ripe for fan derivatives.,

Why? Because Daughter of God is informed by an open source aesthetic. I’ve mentioned open source in Episodes 016, 018, 032, 037 and in the dog.movie FAQ but never gone into detail about my interpretation. Open source writ large means revealing the choices for a vibrant existence and enabling easy access. I’d like to share my knowledge and tools as others have shared with me. I’m into a sustainable and just human presence on our lovely planet, I think autonomous (voluntary) sharing is a good way to start.

I want Daughter of God to be enjoyed by lots of people repeatedly. That’s my short version of success. If all this watching and rewatching comes from people paying for Netflix or Amazon, that’s fine. Financial profit isn’t the priority tho, I am tickled by the possibility of reputation replacing money eventually. What a freaking utopian.

Two movies, bragging rights, massive Creative Commons archive, and facilitating the dawn of thrivival culture. That’s what you got going on.

Did I mention that I don’t know what I’m doing? That’s a feature, not a bug! Consumer culture is a big boring drag and I just can’t sanction participation. There’s hints and clues about alternatives, as I discussed in episode 054. Why not choose bliss and passion, by borrowing worthy ideas where we find them and making up the rest? That’s what the gentle release is all about, trying new things, inventing the future with you.

I’ve got a friend who recently returned from recording sound for movies in LA. He reports that the work is fun, but getting paid is a huge hassle, discouraging. A story about the movie capital from boots on the ground – a glut of hard working creatives being taken advantage by shyster production companies. Another story you’ve heard me tell before is that Hollywood keeps making the same movie over and over.

Let’s invent another way.

Alex Ferrari’s Indy Film Hustle Podcast has fantastic clues about what’s emerging for independent movie distribution, props to him and his guests. There is good news for renegades and mavericks, a clear path for not only movie makers, but maybe for indy artists generally and even for enlivened beings globally. Then again, I see groupies behind every compost bin.

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By listening to this podcast, you’ve been involved in a transparent, slightly obsessive and likely unprecedented process, the gentle release of an open source, autonomous, Creative Commons featurette, the first by Shri Fugi Spilt aka Dan Kelly. You’ve listened, maybe you’ve watched too, you’ve raised funds, you’ve acquired swag. The adventure is amping up.

BTW, if you’d LOVE to be more intimately involved, offer feedback and evangelize your fellow mutants, AND you haven’t yet gotten on the emailing list, please do – right now. Short of sharing a dish of pancakes at Artist house, that’s the most direct connection you can have to me and DOG. Go to DOG.MOVIE and click on Get Email Updates.