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Walking the Plank

In Communication, Griot, Movies, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

WalkThePlank

Arrrgh! I’m being blessed to walk the plank 
and I have Derek Neighbors and Rich Frazier to thank.

Yes, I’m a pirate but I don’t wear a patch,
for reel creative vision isn’t something I lack.

A chance to collab and give back – thus I’m building a scene
of talented crew members, none above the age of teens.

I’m feeling like Janelle Monae‘, I’m on a futuristic thing.
I’m looking for the next Spike Lee, John Singleton and Steven King.

I’m looking for the next Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey too.
I’m looking for those future creative minds; does one belong to you?

I needed a place to house future talent in
that’s when GangPlank stepped up and called me ‘friend.’

Therein is collaborative work space shared by many minds;
Collab not compete – what a productive environment find.

The awesome studio that has been given to me to use
cost me nothing in paper – so how could I refuse?

So I put on my pirate wardrobe and joined others at the plank.
My heart is grateful – to my mission I’m faithful & I have Rich & Derek to thank.

The Law Of Attraction

Who knew, that when I offered my help to this seasons Youth Advisory Council that I’d be paired up with one  of Chandlers hottest fundraisers whilst we interviewed incoming members? During a brief intermission in our interviewing process I mentioned to Rich Frazier that I wanted to bring back those awe inspiring ABC After School Specials of yesterday (1972-1997) but produce them with a full teen production crew. I figured I was just airing out my thoughts, my wishful thinking, however, by the end of our interviewing session Rich reached into his pocket and pulled out a card and handed it to me, asking, “Qui, do you ever need a producer for any of  your Qui Films projects?” A producer? Who doesn’t need a producer? I can’t tell you how long Rich stood there with his card in his hand waiting for my response, because I was in my mind pondering, ‘Does he really mean a producer? Does he know the hard work that film producers do? Is he pulling my leg?’. None of that actually came out of my mouth, but then suddenly as if a switch inside of me overrode my internal pondering, I turned to Rich and said in my (honest to God) Scooby Do voice, “Well yes I do.” Rich’s facial expressions did not respond to the voice I answered him in, he just smiled and continued to extend his hand to me with his business card. I snatched it from his fingers – quick – and put it in my wallet, saying nothing more. As we exited the interviewing room, Rich said to me, “Qui we should get together and grab a cup coffee or something.” I, (still stunned a bit), replied “Absolutely Rich and we shall.”

connecting people and professionsI emailed him a coffee date inquiry that same night and he responded within 8 hours with a date. We met. We sipped the bean (for an hour and a half) and by the end of our sip Rich contacted 3 of his associates that he thought could be of help to me in establishing my dream.  4 hours later Derek Neighbors  emailed me and offered studio space inside of their downtown GANGPLANK building. I’m still stunned.

What is GangPlank? Wow! It’s an awesome concept for the creative types, like myself. They introduce their mission as:
“Creating quality jobs and opportunity by focusing on people. GangPlank provides the physical infrastructure for those entering the new economy. We are a space for innovative ideas to spawn from new collaborations, existing businesses to grow and established companies to support future entrepreneurs. We have more than 25 mentors specializing in operations, finance, legal and design/marketing volunteering their time to move these companies forward and increase the retention rate of smart minds in Arizona. By providing mentoring, educational opportunities and connecting people, GangPlank supports those considering starting companies, as well as those already in business, to be more successful.”

And so, in my effort to help YAC, Rich ended up helping me.
I told him, I’d charge the kids nothing – and he found me a studio for FREE.

You get what you give – be it add or subtraction.
I’m always giving my best – The Law Of Attraction.

There’s no other way in the world I could have come across such a blessing.
I’m Qui
Thanking God for providing for me – with absolutely no corporate stressing.

And now I’m a creative pirate of sorts – and I have the Law of Attraction to thank.
I’m also grateful to Rich Frazier, Derek Neighbors and those creative collabors at the plank.

Arrrrgh! Walk it with me
as we make REEL teen history.

5-4-3-2-1
It’s time for ACTION that equals reel fun.

About The Film Producer

In Book, Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Teen PRODUCERs

The producer is the business head of the film, the person who assembles all the pieces of the jigsaw, be they the script, actors, cash, director… And a good producer is also a creative person who may not know how to ‘do it,’ but knows what needs to be done.

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A good producer is also an artist. Not a frustrated director, but a kind of business minded reflection of the director. They know what a great movie is and they will strive for it. They will always have the best interests of the movie at heart (and not their ego), they are pragmatic and at best, can work with the director to make the most of this opportunity (opposed to in conflict, and that also means that the conflict doesn’t come from the director too).

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Producing a low budget film is a thankless task. You have no money. You have no real creative control. You’re inexperienced, so you make lots of mistakes that eat into your non-existent budget. Most cast and crew distrust you at best, and at worst, downright hate you! And to add insult to injury, no matter how hard you work on the film, not matter how much of your creative influence is embodied in the film, no matter whether you mortgaged your grandmother to pay for it, the director will get ALL the glory. Get used to it. No-one knows or cares who the producer is and people perceive the director as the entire creator of the work. If you want to drown your sorrows there too, having had the same treatment. The director is god, everyone else made coffee (except the camera person and actors). At least that’s the way 99% of the world will view it.

So why do it? It’s a good question. The truth is, I’m not sure. Yes, a low budget film can be a stepping stone to bigger and better things, but more often than not, it isn’t quite that. The experience can be invaluable, but so can the life of changing experience you would no doubt get from a car wreck. I guess it comes down to this. You just really want to do it and the challenge alone is sufficient fuel for the journey and the respect and acknowledgment of your very close peers who know ‘the truth’ will give you the measure of glory that you will be ‘cheated out of.’ And without doubt, there is a heady sense of achievement from attending the premiere for you movie, or the opening night of your theatrical release, or by renting it from your local video shop, and by finally ringing round all your friends to tell them that your movie is on TV next week.

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The producer is the most powerful person in the film crew. They are the business and management head of the production. Whatever the problem, the buck will stop with the producer. ULtimately, they are the people who have the power to sign cheques, and hire or fire. But there’s so much more to it, most of which is downright unpleasant, except for the pathologically optimistic career motivated ‘I want to be a producer’ types. Fundamentally, producing can be often about as far away from filmmaking as you could possibly get whilst remaining theoretically within a film crew. You never get to hang out where the action is at, or ever get near to a camera or actors. The producer’s primary tool is a telephone, not a camera.

Put together a business plan outlining your overall strategy, timescales, cashflow, statistics, targets, short and long term goals, plot synopsis, storyboards, casting ideas, etc.  This will help when you speak to bank managers, accountants and investors.  It will also force you to consider the long term issues faced by you and your business.

Put together a business plan outlining your overall strategy, timescales, cashflow, statistics, targets, short and long term goals, plot synopsis, storyboards, casting ideas, etc. This will help when you speak to bank managers, accountants and investors. It will also force you to consider the long term issues faced by you and your business.

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Let’s just assume for the purpose of this chapter that there is a film making that is producer and director, and together they are the writers. The director is perhaps the more talented writer, the producer being good at creative broad strokes and criticism. Nonetheless, together they are considerably stronger together than they would be alone )a fact that can often be forgotten). When it all goes horribly wrong and someone has to do the dirty work, probably YOU…YOU will feel like quitting because YOU feel you are doing much more than your partner(s). Will you be better off alone? No, you won’t I fear. Stick it out. Keep the peace. Build bridges.

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So much of producing is just good old common sense. Look at the script. How are you going to do it? Can you do it? Make calls and see if what appears to be impossible is actually possible. Ask other film makers about their problems. Ask professionals for advice and help. If you make the right approach (polite and flattering) you will almost always get good free advice.

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Money. You never have enough of it. Not even on big budget movies. Having said that, working with a normal budget would afford the producer the luxury of being able to buy themselves out of most problems. On a low budget, you do not have the luxury, so must avoid costly mistakes wherever possible. This id obviously a bit of a problem because you are inexperienced and will therefore make simple mistakes. Add to that the fact that what you are doing in the first place, working outside of the system and in an unorthodox manner, is a direct invitation to unforeseen problems. Still, you have to get through it. Just think ahead. Always consider ‘what will happen if…’

The primary tool of the producer is the telephone. It's amazing just what you can get for free if you make the right approach. Always be courteous, professional, cheeky and respectful, and follow up any help with at the very least a thank you letter.

The primary tool of the producer is the telephone. It’s amazing just what you can get for free if you make the right approach. Always be courteous, professional, cheeky and respectful, and follow up any help with at the very least a thank you letter.

It will be the producer’s job to keep a tight grip on the financial reins. Wherever possible, you should seek to avoid payment of anything (bills, etc.) until after the shoot. Whatever your budget, I would lie about it and claim it is less. Everyone involved will base their calculations on your budget- what they think they or their equipment is worth, or how much budget their department should have. Understand that you will run out of money and that no all debts will stop you dead in your tracks. It’s not a popular thing to say, but if push comes to shove, you want to be paying the people who stand in the way of completing your film and pay in second position the people who are just complaining that they have not been paid but can’t do anything about it. This is financial crisis management. It will happen. Please don’t send me angry e-mails about this. I am not suggesting it as a cunning way to do crafty business, it is an observation of what will probably happen and the best way to deal with it for all concerned.

[Ref. source: The Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint by Chris Jones]

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So just the other day, I quoted the great Jack Stack
who pointed out that business has an ‘honesty lack.’

Now I’m not saying that the truth should be hemmed,
but according to Chris Jones – it’s appropriate in film.

Especially when your budget is concerned,
tell the truth to vendors and feel the burn.

So whatever your budget is, you always want to project less,
because a film production task is always quite the test.

Money. What money? You’ll run out quick and easy.
Keep relationships smooth – your attitude “breezy.”

It’s not impossible to be honest and make a great piece,
I’m Qui
and I just wanted to exhale this guerilla release.

Are you ready to produce a film? Be sure to have lots of fun.
Just follow the cinematic steps: 5-4-3-2-1.
ACTION!

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The Future looks like…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on September 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

A VH1 PLUS MUSIC video line-up
is how my morning yawn was cut:

And just like I hoped, the sun came up most beautifully
encouraging me to paint my own day more hue’fully.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys lost yesterday
I’m no sore loser – I’m still up to play.

And so today…

I find myself busy doing script work. I have so many open ended scripts – good stock, sure, but I would feel much better, (I think), if I could close most of them up. I kind of fancy open-ended scripts. It’s a great place to tack down an idea without having to commit to the end… just yet. Often times while a script is in marinate, life steps forth with the perfect situation to write about, that I never would have thought to create in a million years. Only the future could have produced some of the fantastic endings that I have been able to construct in script. I like the future and always look forward to it.

I look to our children. They are our future. How are we shaping our future? What are we putting into the soil of the budding plants? Will our future blossom or shrivel up like a raisin in the sun? A raisin in the sun? Pardon me, I couldn’t resist the dramatic flair, but it’s the perfect segway to tilt the conversation towards something dear to my heart that I miss and would love to revive: AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALS.

After School SpecialsDo you remember them? They were after school shows, (no longer than 60 minutes in broadcast) that would present adolescent situations and teach us how to approach and handle them positively. I found them to be very necessary then and am happy to look back over my life and confirm that the after school anthology absolutely helped me through incident after incident, assuring me that I wasn’t weird but indeed life was. The shows imparted wisdom. Great scripts, great casting and great timing, but most of all, the shows imparted wisdom.

This is where I am in my script writing today. I’m masterfully shaping tomorrow. Many of you know I am largely vested in teen casting and that most of my work stars my own offspring. Besides being affordable labor she has awesome story ideas and has taken to scene framing and shooting. I’m quite excited about her growth and interest in film studies. She dropped her  photography course to do film studies. WooHoo! Qui Films has a budding ARTSY flower and we’re glad about it. Perhaps this is why I am so interested in bringing back those after school specials… I know someone special who could benefit from them.

The Future looks like whatever we show them.

Princeton Study_excerpt

[Ref Source: Princeton.edu/futureofchildren]

My teen daughter wakes up to VH1 music videos and goes to bed to reality shows. This is her first year dating, so CATFISH is her favorite show. She vows not to fall into that fishing hole, (dating by social media). Catfish isn’t an after school special, but it is serving its purpose.

The Future looks like whatever we show them and I’d like to keep the music videos, simply because music is a serious form of art expression, (as is video production), and I’d like to add to that: after school specials.

What do you think?

We need more go getters and less discouraged (involuntary) moochers,
I’m Qui
Imparting knowledge and wisdom via scripts to energize our futures.

Independent vs. Studio – “Don’t Be Tricked”

In Book, Communication, Movies, Networking, News, Technology on July 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

Before embarking on your filmmaking journey, ask yourself, “Am I a producer-filmmaker or am I a producer-dealmaker?” There’s a difference.

The Producer-dealmaker is exotic.  He puts together mega-million-dollar deals, hires people with large salaries, and makes big-budget studio features.  On the other hand, the producer-filmmaker gets a script , moves the decimal point two spaces to the left on a studio budget, purchases some unexposed film stock, gets some friends, and makes a low-budget film.

This book (From Reel to Deal) focuses on the producer-filmmaker approach used by people like John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, and Robert Rodriguez, who’ve launched amazing careers. But first I’ll address the producer-dealmaker approach, if only to acquaint you with the seduction of the big-dollar studio deals that almost always lead to a dead-end.

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vs.

Studio Production_Caveat
The producer-dealmaker approach has glamour, is expensive to play and is fraught with dangling golden carrots. And, 999 times out of 1000, the beginner who pursues these carrots gets tied up in a costly web of prepayments, pay-or-play checks, and attorney fees that he can’t afford, and gets detoured from the goal of making his first film.

A classic dealmaking “golden carrot” is:  You’ve pitched your project to either a foreign sales company or theatrical distributor for funding, and they state, “We’re in for half the budget.” They’re lying. If a company ever gives you “50 percent of the budget” line when pitching, respond, “Wonderful!” Let’s cut the budget in half and start shooting tomorrow.”  Now, watch how they wiggle.  What they’re really saying is, if you can raise the first half (used for the physical production), then their contract (non cash) will finance the marketing and promotion (after they see the finished project), guaranteeing them first position on recouping funds, and the ability to cancel the deal if the film funds, and the ability to cancel the deal if the film you make doesn’t meet their standards.

Another “golden carrot” is, “We’re in if you can get a name attached.” Sounds simple. All you have to do is get an actor with a credit or two to give you a “letter of intent” showing interest and you’ll secure financing. The point, however, is that anyone can get a letter from an actor declaring that he/she is interested. Every actor is interested in every single part as long as he/she gets paid. So what? That letter, which is not contract is absolute garbage in Hollywood.

What you want is a “firm commitment,” a contract from an actor that states he/she will set aside X number of days, 4 to 12 months from now, to be in your film and will work nowhere else in the world during those days for which he is to be paid Y salary. The salary will be large, and the actor, through his agent, wants a 30-50 percent deposit of it up front. If you want to shop an actor’s name, you have to pay for that privilege. Otherwise, you’re pissing in the wind; no distributor or foreign buyer, will give a hoot about your “interested stars.” They want guarantees (aka firm commitments). And guarantees cost money.

To get this guarantee in writing is called a “pay-to-play” agreement…

First make a film, then make a deal.

The problem with filmmakers who never make a film, is they spend their entire lives trying to make a deal. Hollywood doesn’t finance first-timer nobodies. Here’s the bottom line.

Want $20,000,000? Make a $2,000,000 feature.
Want $2,000,000? Make a $200,000 feature.
Want $200,000? Make a $20,000 feature.
Want $20,000? Make a $2,000 Web feature.

This is how Hollywood works. It’s not complicated.

So where are you going to start? At the most, only 1 percent of the people reading this book are rich enough to gamble $200,000-$500,000 to shoot their first (35mm three-week shoot) feature. The other 99 percent probably had a hard time parting with the money to buy this book. Then you’ll be shooting a $20,000-$50,000 feature for the Web.

Therefore, start from the bottom. Be a producer-filmmaker. Prove your talents. Forget about being a producer-dealmaker. Stop chasing the deal — just make the film, and if the film you made is great, you’ll make a deal. But your first film must be great. Good is not good enough. Only great will launch your career. And since you won’t have money for name actors, exotic locations, stunts, and special effects, you will find yourself being totally story dependent. Thus, to succeed as a producer-filmmaker you will, on your first film, be totally script dependent and must prepare by first reading at least 20-30 screenplays of successful movies that you’ve seen. Don’t read these 20-30 scripts and you are guaranteed to fail.


[Reference Source: Reel To Deal by: Dov S-S Simens]

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Reel Monday

In Communication, Movies, Self Improvement, Technology on June 10, 2013 at 9:22 am
15-year old actress QuoQui C'mon

15-year old actress Dequota Wilson stars in WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS

So I spent the last weekend filming outdoor location scenes
then dove straight into editing – that Final Cut thing.

The shots I had in mind were reeled in with ease
The weather was seering – and yielded no breeze.

Arizona is boasting triple digit degrees.

The project is a teen film; pitching a humanity connect.
Via life, our teens are learning priceless wisdom and respect.

I wrote a script of points and checks to help jog the mind
of the importance of lifes journey; a purposeful find.

It’s a narrative piece; conscience streams and I am ready.
I got the idea from Mr. Fab 5 Freddy.

He’s a documentary man; he introduced us to hip hop.
He’s a man of constant creativity. The vein never stops.

I am like a radio, ready to receive and broadcast a purposeful joint.
And whenever I talk to Fab 5 Freddy, his responses are always on point.

My beloved Reel Monday will yield me more of the same.
My career is really too much fun; a creative & skillful game.

Real talk.

Script brief: Life is full of wisdom. Learn it and earn your respect.
Folks – thats the idea I’m reeling to render at the next film festival connect.

Our children are our future and I am a nourisher of,
I’m Qui
Happy Monday to thee. Wish me and the crew some positive love.

Work and Play.
A Reel Monday

5-4-3-2-1 ACTION!
Drop in on QUI FILMS

Eating stale popcorn in the dark

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking on March 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

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I’ve been frequenting Harkins Theaters, United Artists, and Cinemark quite often as of late. In the matter of a month, I’ve seen IDENTITY THEFT (3 times), THE CALL, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and OZ the GREAT and POWERFUL. Some were fresher than others, though the popcorns staleness extended  beyond my medium sized bag in OZ.

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I first met the two Sandy’s at Harkins Theater in Chandler, Arizona. I was so enamored with the chemitstry, that I flew 1500 miles south and decided to see it again at United Artist 8 in Fort Worth, TX (on the service road of I-30). UA has the stalest popcorn by far, but I did enjoy their $5.00 matinee price and the great company it afforded me. Since it was my second time seeing IDENTITY THEFT, I paid the way for one of my teen casted actresses and a fairly attractive female film producer.

But I didn’t stop there, a few days later, I sponsored another actor’s film fare at The Movie Tavern in Arlington, TX (on the service road of I-20). TMT has much more to offer than stale popcorn, so I forfeited the idea of popped kernels and made a b-line for the bar. The bartender is heavy on the sprits during the matinee slots and the fun of watching IDENTITY THEFT was all the more comically spent. Laughter rang as Melissa McCarthy sang (in the car with Jason Bateman). Gotta love a Sociopath.

Cinemark Theater in Keller, TX (on the service road of N. Hwy 35) facilitated my 3D view of OZ The GREAT and POWERFUL. You can find my brief review here: There’s no place like home.

Sunday was the perfect time to take THE CALL that would lead me to The Rave Theater (in Northeast Mall, Fort Worth) and Halle Berry in an epic girl power flick. HollywoodLife.com reviews and responds to THE CALL saying:

Here’s the story, in a nutshell: Jordan Turner (Halle) is a 9-1-1 operator who talks a teenager named Leah Templeton (Abigail) through a harrowing nightmare, in which she must escape and take down serial killer Michael Foster (Michael Eklund.) And that doesn’t even begin to describe the 96 minutes of insanity you’re in for when you go see The Call.

Friday night is as good a night to visit Harkins Theater (in Chandler, AZ) again, for a little bit of stale popcorn, Rolo’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups while watching OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, starring Gerard Butler (Leonidas from 300). Save the work of me retelling the tale (including spoilers), I think I will let MovieFone divvy this bromance review: 10 Things You Should Know about Olympus Has Fallen.

Why is it even though I’ve eaten well prior to the theater, I always seem to buy
a big bag of stale popcorn to go with the film in my eye?

There’s no nutritional value and it’s rarely ever fresh.
When calorie counting is a must, this move can be a mess.

Movie theaters know what they are doing, fanning the smells of fresh popped corn,
And while you may easily stomach the show, your tummy will churn in alarm.

But you’d have it no other way. Popcorn is synonymous with your favorite box office star.
I’m Qui
And movie-theater-visiting is what fancys me while Eating stale popcorn in the dark.

The sky wouldn’t fall

In Communication, Networking, News on March 15, 2013 at 8:07 am

HennyPennyStill I was freaking out that I had promised to walk away from my weekly blog updates. I just feel lousy when I do. It’s as if the sky would fall in if I didn’t update the site with new stories every other day or two.

No, I don’t think that my griot spin on world news is what the masses “need” to stay alive, but it is my direct connection to my global fam, creative writing associates and social media savvy friends. The only problem with living online daily is that it tends to become addictive. Suddenly instead of writing to share a joke or an interesting bit of news that you’ve found, you resort to relentlessly searching for news updates as if your life (or paycheck) depends on it – when in reality you know, “it ain’t that serious boo“.

So I packed my bags and my filming camera and boarded a red-eye flight to Dallas, TX. For 7-days I wrote nothing. Nada. I didn’t even think about it. And that’s a good thing, because I arrived on a Wednesday morning and discovered a severe tooth pain that led me to have a molar tooth extraction by 9 a.m. Thursday morning, (less than 24-hrs into my visit).

Due to a severe negative reaction I had to the local anesthesia, I ended up  extending my stay in TX by another 2 weeks – which was cool, because I’d written a couple of scenes to a teen script I’d been working on. I  casted it Wednesday evening after church and starting my shooting  schedule by Saturday morning in Arlington, TX. A dream come true. The teen talent pool is thick in Texas, and I had a blast shooting. I worked the heck out of those kids. It was a filmmakers dream come true. 🙂

Yippee! A win. And to think had I not walked away from my daily blogging grind, I’d have never had the time to hammer out the script, cast & shoot. To me — that’s a QUALITY vacation. Good writing. Good casting. Good shooting. I am refreshed.

Today, I return to blogging, only to inform you of my literal come-up. Today is a great day. Happy Friday! WIN with me.

Who knew, The sky wouldn’t fall in on me?
I’m Qui

and I won,
by taking off to have a little fun.
5-4-3-2-1, ACTION!
2014 Film Festivals: Here we come!

Well wouldn’t you know

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

There’s never a dull moment and this weekend proved to be on point.
I stayed REEL busy, because filming footage is my joint.

My guy is an I.T. worker, formerly a robotics engineer in his field.
Last week he put his resignation in, because “the pay” ain’t covering “the bills”.
It seems being an independent contractor is loosing its financial appeal.
So he’s decided to break from his technical scheme & join me in capturing reel.

Scary indeed…the two of us: WE working together in close quarters.
He’s willfully in, and will have to toughen his grin – for I am the roughest of daughters.

He has mentioned a time or two, that my tongue is sharper than swords.
He also said, when it comes to singing praises – no other Griot flows as hard.

I am picky. It is true.
I’m craftily meticulous too.
Co-working with me – the guy from I.T.?
I hope he can make it through.
Ooo!

He will. He will. I don’t bite — unless of course he asks. 🙂
He film schooled w/me a few years back,
so I’m sure he’s up for the skilled tasks.

I’m eager to have an engineer on my team and to have him analytically full time,
but what does that say about our economical state, when I could afford his dime?

His Electrical Engineering degree is now a relic of his prosperous past.
However, an Engineers skill is something QUI FILMS can feel,
thus I anticipate us productively having a blast!

Well wouldn’t you know, life is what you make it. I’ve been enjoying it since the day I was born.
I’m Qui
Encouraging you to do what makes you happy in life – go for it – take the bull by the horns.

Still hung over — From The PROM

In Communication, Griot, Movies on May 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Seguin Prom 2011 Trailer

Last weekend hailed for me: NO BORING BUMMER.
I was front and center filming Seguin Seniors in the HUMMER.

Its was fun – it was live – it was dope.
It was clean – with no alcohol and no kind of smokes.

Just young folks doing it the way WE do;
then QUI FILMS bumb rushed the scene & filmed the view.
Oooo!

I’m hung over from the amount of fun and good vibes taken in,
I’m Qui
Loving the weekend and these new MONDAY begins!
Always STRETCH OUT the WIN!!!!

REFRESHING

In Griot, Music, Networking, News, TV Shows on April 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Quenching Dry'ness

MTV is not the only “G” filming parties — Qui Films is reeling “no forgetters”.
This weekend we filmed Crazy HYPE scenes at a Black Light Quinceanera.

You’ve never been to one before? They’re quite the ‘party hard‘ spark.
TEENS jammin’ – SWAG slammin’ and HIGHLIGHTER writing in the dark.

Graffiti ruled the walls, as did a bus load of dancing flirts.
We didn’t get lost (in the dark), the writing was on their T-shirts:

DaBrat wasn’t at the party, but she kept it ‘rock steady
No doubt we jammed her new joint: “FAB 5 FREDDY”.

Had you heard of it? We’re jamming it right now.
Click HERE (if it doesn’t auto play) – then bump it loud!

Norris J wasn’t at the party, but we still delight in giving him love.
Norris J went to Altanta last week in support of the FOX’s: DOVE.

He showed up and rocked the Pre Party and all in the building had to agree,
By the end of the night – comments did highlight: Norris J is “THE COOLEST” MC.

Oooo Wee!

How REFRESHING was my weekend? My weekend was dope,
I’m Qui
GOOD TIMES always come in three and not one sip of Coke.
QUENCHED!