MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). I've written two spec commercials. Maybe I shoot both, one, or none! But I'll be producing both!

2). I've realized that in an industry filled with people who are fake, being real is a badge I wear proudly.

3). I'm looking for more directors to add to SUPERBEAR ENTERTAINMENT.

4). There is a possible MISPHITS series in the works. :-)

5). I'm gearing up for a short film shooting from December 10 - 11.

THE PRODUCER IS THE CEO

Let's emphasize the executive part. An executive, executes, right? It was Thomas Edison who said, "Vision without execution is hallucination." Mr. Edison was a bright man. (no pun intended.) The producer looks (or should look) at every film as a separate company; a new "start-up" if you will. And he/she should, because, in most cases, that's exactly what the process is like; building a start-up.

The producer can come up with the idea or option/acquire the material; the foundation. The producer then hires the key "employees" to help execute his/her vision. The writer (if the material is based on but not limited to; an idea or adaptation), director, DP, talent, etc.

After the producer let his/her "employees" do their job and get the film in the can, the producer still has a lot of work to do. The producer has to "sell" the product/service (the picture) to customers (the audience) through marketing. Here's an obvious statement; marketing can make or break a film. Remember, the producer is not just selling a film, he/she is "selling" a company. Is it a bust or a multi-billion dollar company? Your next CEO position depends on it.

RETURN EMAILS

After constantly watching my emails to you go unanswered it gives me enormous pleasure in telling you, (insert douchebag name here), to go FUCK YOURSELF!!!!!

Answer your fucking emails, kid. Promptly!

Don't let this happen to you again!

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). SUPERBEAR ENTERTAINMENT has uploaded its first commercial.

2). PrimWatee is shooting some additional footage for a documentary that I'm producing.

3). I'm been writing a bunch of spec commercials for SUPERBEAR ENTERTAINMENT. Copywriting is pretty awesome.

4). I'm also going to be working on "How To Break Up With Your Girlfriend" as the still photographer.

5). Misphits Comic Strip #2 - Santa Claus is now live!!!!!

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). The first New York Film Meet-up was super awesome. I've met some very awesome people.

2). MISPHITS comic strip #1 is now up. Check out Robb Comics.

3). My film, KAVIKA is getting closer to pre-production.

4). ROBB TV (robbtv.com) line-up is completed....for the time being.

5). I'm attached as a producer on a documentary by my super awesome friend, Primwatee.

THINKING OUT LOUD!

Materialistic bullshit aside; my word and my balls are the only thing I truly own. Figuratively and literally speaking. And I don't "break" them for no one. Cue Mr. Montana!

I believe in loyalty. Thus the reason why I shout; FUCK FAKE FRIENDS! I'm anti-social by choice. I keep a very tight circle (dirty thoughts) of "associates." To use the term "friends" would imply that I'm friendly with them. Most people despise my honesty. But then again, I despise most people so we're even. (score one for Romane.) I always find it fascinating that some of the same people who wanted nothing to do with me before, but suddenly, as my status starts to escalate upwards, they're the first to give me kudos and congratulations. With that, I officially say: FUCK YOUR CONGRATZ. KEEP THEM!

What did I say about that honesty of mine? I'm a nurse's aide son. I'm too "middle class" to bullshit anyone. That's why, for better or worse, I'm 100% real. I love it that way. It's not easy to find people who are the same, but rare occurrences should be cherished if not relished. It's truly worth it.

And moving onwards. But first, a look back. I still remember the feeling when I checked my grades and noticed that my World Literature professor had given me an F, which stood for; fuck your graduation Romane. Sayonara graduation. Another semester. Another delay in my life's plan. I'm not a huge fan of forgiving people, so there is a zero percent chance of me forgiving what he had done. And for some reason I carry this immense hatred for the college itself. Fuck BMCC.

How the hell did I go from Tony Montana, to fake friends, to college grades? I guess I'm just thinking out loud.

URBAN OUTFITTERS INTERVIEW PROCESS

I have to admit, it's an humiliating process. The interviewer rounds up a bunch of kids, four to seven per group, who are usually desperate for a job, and ask them the most generic and sometime ridiculous questions while they sit back and play Darwin. Here are some examples: 1). Why do you want to work for Urban Outfitters? Wow! So original. How should I answer this ass kissing question so I get hired? 2). Which celebrity is your fashion role model? What if I have my own style, do I fail on the "uniqueness" front by not copying a celebrity's style? 3). How often do you shop online? Ok! This is now officially a survey, not a job interview.

Most of the interviewees seem so desperate that I get the feeling they're willing to wash the interviewer's (usually the store manager) car for a week just to get hired.

The irony is; while the interviewer asks us to name sources where we get our latest fashion news, because being a "hipster" is the key to getting hired there, the popular fashion blogs we list are completely unknown or oblivious to the interviewer. So much for keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

It's mostly a survey (free, I might add) to see how they can make their business more "hip" and "fresh".

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). I'm working with PrimWatee Groover on a short film tentatively titled The Purple Chamber.

2). I've realized that most independent filmmakers are completely oblivious to the media and marketing.

3). The Urban Blvd (TUB) has officially fulfilled its agreement with Alex Golshani. Glad for that to be over and done with! Onwards!!!!!

4). I'm still kinda shaken up that FilmDistrict is closing its New York office. The conversation I had with the Berneys that Friday night in the elevator is something I'll always remember. They're awesome!

5). Jennifer Hwang (FilmDistrict's Marketing chief) is a dream to work for (or with).

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). I've completed 8 "episodes" for MISPHITS.

2). I'm contemplating going back to college. I don't know why. I still loathe the idea.

3). I'm awaiting the first draft for "A Love Story" from Nick.

4). I'm negotiating with a Brazilian company to bring some of their snacks to the United States through ROBB FOOD AND BEVERAGE CORPORATION.

5). I've completed my filmmaker's press book.

AMAZON.COM SUCKS AT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!

You are now connected to Wafaa from Amazon.com.



Me:Where the hell is my order?



Wafaa:Hello. My name is Wafaa and I would be glad to assist you with regards to tracking your order.



Me:I check the fedex website and no update has been made since the 12th. You guys ALWAYS do this to me!!!!!!!!!!



Wafaa:I do apologize that you are experiencing problems with your order. Give me a moment, while I look into this for you.



Thank you for your patience.



Me:?

Did you fall asleep or something?

Adding insult to injury.



Wafaa:From what I see on the account there are 2 shipments for this order. An email was sent on Sept 8th to inform you that part of your order was shipped for the following items: 30 Tie Organizer as well as the Pringles Potato Chips.

And according to the tracking information those items are currently in on your way to you. The items are currently at Smartpost Kansas City



Me:Did you read a single thing I wrote?



Wafaa:Yes I have.



Me:Don't you see that my order is late?



Wafaa:Yes, I do see that the order is late and I am looking into this for you.



Me:What are you "looking into"? You have been of NO help to me.



Wafaa:I'm sorry your order didn't arrive when you expected it.



Me:What kind of answer is that? What are you going to do to reprimand me?

You're also incredibly slow!



Wafaa:With regards to your order for Crunch 'm Munch toffee popcorn, its regarded as a special order. The reasoning behind this is that not many customers orders that particular item. In turn amazon needs to source the product from the manufacturer. An email will be sent to with regards to when the order will be shipped out.



Me:Hey GENIUS! I'm talking about the current shipped order that is late!

Are you serious right now????????



Wafaa:I'm sorry for your frustration with your late shipment and I’m going to do everything I can to help.



Me:What are you DOING?????

WOWWWW!



Wafaa:I'm sorry to hear you haven't received your items yet. In my experience, late packages arrive soon after the estimated delivery date.

I'll follow up with you to see if you've received the package after Sep 19, 2011. If you haven't received your package at that time, I’ll make sure to get a replacement or refund for you.



Me:THIS IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT!!!!!!!