Last December my wife and I attended a performance of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” the Broadway musical which inspired the well-known film of the same name from the 1950’s starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kay. The show itself was enjoyable and the title song of course is a classic, but one thing I noticed was almost every character in the show was either in show business, used to be, or wanted to be. I can remember a particular song performed by an adorable ten-year old girl as she sings her heart out about wanting to be a star and that got me thinking about things we like and things we love when it comes to our lot in life.
Love it or hate it, celebrity culture loves to celebrate itself and often, many of us are willing participants and supporters. Entertainers really are our modern-day Olympian gods, status deserved or not. I say all this because I’ve felt the same thing growing up sometimes. I’m sure a bunch of us have watched the Oscars and dreamed of being up there on the acceptance stage ourselves or had some ambition to make it in show business. As they say though, what we love to do does not always pay the bills and my father had a really great piece of advice that I treasure to this day. “You don’t have to love what you do for a living, but you should at least like it.” That’s a mantra I’ve always tried to live by because let’s face it, we all need a day job and odds are it’s not in Hollywood or Broadway.
Okay, I’ve stood on my soap box enough for one day and it’s time to put it away. The reason I wrote all this is because I once entertained the idea of being a filmmaker in my younger years. So much so that a few buddies and I created a couple amateur films and I mean amateur since we just had a camera and laptop for editing. My friend, Andrew, tended to be the best actor so he always had the starring role whilst I would usually put the story together and did the directing and camerawork. Of course, time passed, we grew up, and our filmmaker ambitions were relegated to the dustbin of history, but we still have the movies we made and they’re like a time capsule from our younger days. I posted the following one to Google Video several years back and decided to now post it here for your enjoyment instead of letting it languish in obscurity.
In the end, I’ve still got a day job, but writing is my nighttime one and it’s very enjoyable because it depends on only me, myself and I without all the external challenges that come with making a film. As Phil Hartman famously said while impersonating Frank Sinatra, “when you’re a one-man band nobody gets hurt.”
Anything with a ninja in it has to automatically be cool, right? Well, not always, but we couldn’t help ourselves with making this one.