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Friday, April 29, 2011

Time To Put Harper Over The Boards

We're 3 days out from the election, 3 days until we Canadians get to have our say... and it looks like the NDP may -- may -- have just pushed themselves up near the front of the line.

Wow.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that.

Certainly, I like the fact that we could (possibly) end up with a Prime Minister who's neither Harper nor Ignatieff... but at the same time, I'm concerned with the fact that we're already neck-deep in deficit and could vote in someone who's platform calls for a lot of new spending.

It's a tough thing -- and yet I know it's something that Harper's counting on. He wants us to be afraid of change.

To fear the unknown -- better the Devil you know, and all that, right?

As you know, he's long been playing the Fear card; hell, he's been riding that one-legged horse into the ground from day one.

All he has is that ol' uncertainty -- the fear of what will happen if he's not at the helm.

But at the same time, I have to ask this question:

If, for any reason, the entire system will fall apart without you at the reins, then what the hell kind of leader are you?

A good leader makes sure that no matter what happens, the system continues on.

A great leader ensures that the system thrives without them, for the good of the people.

Now, yes, I know I heard a few of you roll your eyes there -- is this guy naive or what? -- but... shouldn't that be true? Shouldn't we expect that from the highest office of our Government? (well, the one that we have any say in)

And if it's not, shouldn't we demand better?

Speaking as someone who ran their own small business, the worst kind of employee you can hire is someone who takes the job and nestles in like a tick -- one that is belligerent, that fights the sharing of information, that makes themselves 'irreplaceable'... to your company's own detriment.

That's who we have running the show right now: a tick.

We have a man who, for almost the entirety of his run, has existed behind closed doors; who rules our government with an iron fist, to the point where he even makes the few scientists we have left report to him before being allowed to speak publicly!

And only now, only once his situation is threatened, only then does he appear and start being 'chatty Cathy' with the locals. Now he's wearing hard hats and smiling for cameras and trying to make everyone forget how bad he's cocked things up for us.

Folks, the guy got our country bitch-slapped on an International level; embarrassed us on the world stage. (UN Security Council, anyone?).

He single-handedly changed the way the rest of the world perceives our country by making sure that Canada was the primary blocking force against major WORLD Climate Change legislation. Back in 2007. And then in 2010 when they killed the Accountability Act.

Here's a bit of light reading for you:
Canada's image lies in tatters. It is now to climate what Japan is to whaling.

Think about that for a moment and then ask yourself:

Does this man deserve to lead?

Does he deserve to speak on your behalf on a world stage?

Does he deserve the right to re-shape our country in his image?

No.

So, this Monday, fight back. Go to the polls and kick his lily-livered ass to the curb.

And if you think that your vote doesn't count; that you're in a riding that's doomed to lose anyway, then allow me to put forward a couple of options that might just change your mind:

ProjectDemocracy.ca - Find out the facts about your riding, who's running, who stands the best chance of winning, if you live in a swing or battleground riding. Find out how to best utilize your vote.

Votepair.ca - Swap out your vote for someone else in a riding where the vote might actually matter. You never know... might be just the thing that makes the difference. Remember: It only takes +1 vote to win.

Good luck folks, let's lace up and make'em count.

Cheers!
Brandon

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Was Going To Post Something Else

Instead I want to share what I learned today thanks to the Internet:

Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two


Understanding The Fight To Understand Dark Matter

Dark Matters from PHD Comics on Vimeo.



I know there's that old chestnut out there about how there's no way to make money off of web content.

And maybe that's true.

But some people certainly seem to have it figured out.

You see, it's interesting, niche stuff like the above videos, ones that take concepts that most of us think we'd never, ever understand -- that are still are incredibly interesting -- and makes them digestible in 5-10 mins or less for the average viewer... There's real value in that.

I know because I've now given both of these projects a small cash donation. It's brilliant stuff and I want to see more.

Also, if you're like me and you're into this kind of niche 'edutainment' (ugh, loaded word) stuff, make sure to check out RSA Animations on the web, another organization I fully, fully support in their efforts.

Enjoy, and Cheers!
Brandon

Monday, April 25, 2011

Earn My Vote

May 2nd is the big day.

That's when the big guns come out swinging and you get to guide the punches.

That's when each and every vote cast becomes a tiny little swerve in the arc of your haymaker.

My fellow Canadians, if you've ever wanted to knock Stephen Harper on his ass (or, you know, out of office...) this is your proverbial 'shot'.

This is your chance to say how you want your country to look for the next 4 years (realistically: 2, if we get another Minority).

Personally, I want to hear the candidates talk about building the next generation of Jobs. We're no longer a manufacturing country. Not anymore. We can secure our future, and our growing need for energy, by supporting brilliant ideas like building a wind farm up in the Canadian Shield.

I want to hear the candidates talk about what families are supposed to do once all of said promised handouts run out. $1000 here, $1500 there... great, thanks. That'll get a vote or two... but what about 3-4 years down the line? I'm glad that you're going to take away the 2-week limit for EI to get started... but how about some jobs?

I want to hear how the hell they hope to realistically maintain a free and open internet in the shadow of a country that's openly working to crush theirs. Almost all of our internet traffic runs through US servers -- how do you plan on protecting Canadians from the prying eyes and interests of American companies? Or from Harper's Agenda of 'We Will Spy On The Internet'.

I want to hear how our leaders, once in office, will begin the much-needed process of electoral reform. I'm sorry but our first-past-the-post system is such a BS way to run a country and, worse, we all know it. We need Proportional Representation and we need it now. To many voices are left stifled -- 60+% of Canadians who fall on the 'Liberal' end of the spectrum find their country being run by the 30-ish% who vote in a united way (aka gaming the system). Either the other Liberal parties merge, creating a 2-party system (vote Left or Right) or suffer through continued Conservative minority governments. Or *GASP* change the system so that it actually reflects the will of the true majority of Canadians. (and Conservatives, you know that if things were reversed and the country was hiding a Conservative bent, stifled by the Liberals, you'd be all over this like white on rice).

Listen, I get that the stuff I'm on about is all sorts of un-sexy. I get that when the race tightens up everyone grabs at the low-hanging fruit -- your party needs votes and you need them fast; especially when trying to supplant a ziggurat like 'The Harper Government'.

But it's easy to say 'we'll make things easier for you' and hand out some money... and Tax Credits.

Ahh yes, tax credits. You realize we still pay for those, right? That they're coming out of Canadian Taxpayer's pockets.


There are real issues going on in this country, ones that are being glossed over or painted with broad strokes that need to be answered with clarity before I can vote for any of you with a clear conscience.

That said, I still plan to vote.

So, here's the deal: I'm going to put my vote up and out there for grabs.

The first leader of the big 4 political parties, Ignatieff, Layton, May... and yes, even Harper, (sorry, I don't have the option to vote Bloc) to make contact with me at the email address linked to my account -- who answers, publicly, 3 questions of my choosing (with acceptable, non-political BS answers), will get my vote.

NOTE: What is a 'political BS answer'? Anything that smacks of 'yeah, we're working on that'. Anything that's a brush off, or a dodge. The questions will be simple, and should be easy enough to answer.

If you're up for this, shoot me an email with the subject heading 'I Want To Earn Your Vote' and we can go from there.

Honestly, I'm a touch intrigued to see if anyone will show.

But its out there... and there are seven days left before the big show.

Who's willing to earn my vote?

Cheers,
Brandon

Monday, April 18, 2011

Revenge Of The Thick Black Line

A couple years back I took a bit of time and did a series of posts analyzing a set of minutes from an In Camera session of the 2009 License Renewal Hearings.

You can check out all 3 parts here, here and here. I read the whole thing, front to back. I wanted to know what was said when the folks who control most of the media in my country thought that no one could hear them.

What I discovered was an interesting, almost casual tone to the proceedings -- facts and figures played fast and loose, softball questions answered off the cuff with little to no actual data on hand (but they can have their people send it over).

Even when the 'gloves came off' and the 'hard questions' were being asked, I never got the sense that there was any weight behind it. Heck, I could practically envision this all happening in the back room of a nice bar; a bunch of folks chatting, and sometimes getting shirty, about why we can't possibly have more Canadian content on our TV screens.

It's good to see that some things never change.

If you're up for some enlightening reading about the current CRTC process -- the License Renewal Process -- I'd like to point you toward a couple of Mr. Henshaw's posts here and here.

What I find most frustrating about this process, about the CRTC sitting there asking the tough questions, is that, again, there's never any weight behind what's being asked for. Essentially, exchanges end up boiling down into this sort of pattern:

CRTC: Why can't you do this?
BROADCASTER: Because we can't.
CRTC: But why--
BROADCASTER: We can't.
CRTC: Okay.

Yes, sure there are a lot more words, sometimes folks zig where they should've zagged, but this seems like a common theme no matter how many different arguments I read.

That said, and to his credit, the new Vice-Chairman of Broadcasting on the Commission, Tom Pentefountas, seems to be holding folks' feet to the fire a tad longer than most -- and does seem to actually care about what we are (or are not) making in this country... but again... where's the sting?

No one's going to get spanked for bad behaviour... and, worse off, they know it.

Everyone knows it.

And it's sad because we Canadians have this fantastic tool that should be doing amazing things for us. The CRTC, in theory (and, uh, mandate... but whatever), is supposed to exist to protect Canadian consumer's interests from Corporate overreach (et al).

They're supposed to be in the ring swinging for the little guy.

And it's a shame that those ideals so often seem to get... waylaid... when put up against competing interests (with far larger stakes in the game).

Maybe it's just me but it often seems like the only weapon our CRTC has in its arsenal is public outrage; that the best they can hope to do is ask the questions that'll catch some exec sticking their foot in their mouth on the public record... and then hope that we'll care enough to get pissed off enough that they can go and do something about it.

(That said, I also think that the commission is a little too friendly with the people they're supposed to be regulating... but, you know, that's just my opinion...)

Listen, I don't always agree with the CRTC -- I don't always like their decisions, especially when it comes to Broadcasting in Canada (and what acceptable levels of Can Con are) -- but I also think they don't have enough tools to do their job properly.

Where are the punitive fines? Where is the stripping of protections? Where is the aura of fear that's going to ensure that folks play by the rules (if they want to play in our sandbox -- aka Canada)?

Hell, where is the punishment of any kind?

CRTC, you are our regulators. Discuss, if you must, fine.

But Regulate.

To tell them how it's going to be. Period. End of story.

And if you don't have the tools to do that properly -- tell us. Say, publicly, that we're not arming you properly... tell us what you need... and then we can fight to give it to you.

'Cause it's easy to call someone out for doing a shitty job if they're trying to lay tile with a shovel or peel potatoes with a pickaxe.

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt there.

So tell us what you need -- tell us what's missing.

And let us empower you to kick some ass on our behalf.

Cheers,
Brandon

PS: Since you're all about handing out the In Camera sessions, CRTC, how about handing some around to some other organizations with some skin in the game? Maybe ACTRA or the WGC's got something they'd like to get off their chest without fear of reprisal from the Broadcaster overlords. Just sayin'.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hot Damn, That Went Well!

Hey folks!

Sorry about the non-Friday update... between work and life and digesting my notes from the Lift Out Loud session I haven't had a whole lot of time to sit down and actually do some writing.

First off, I want to thank Lift Out Loud for selecting my script to be read -- the fact that my little darlin' made it to the top of the heap is a nice source of pride, for sure.

I also want to thank Mr. Chris Sheasgreen, this guy not only moderates like a pro, but he's been a positive and supportive force throughout this whole process. Thank you so much, Chris! I really appreciate it.

Finally, I want to thank all the great actors who came out and read their parts with such gusto. It's one thing to hear those voices reverberating around in my skull, it's a whole other thing to hear them voiced out loud.

A special shout out to Jackie English, who managed to find these great actors and Nicole Stamp who narrated like a pro. Both of these ladies were were kind enough to stick around, long after others had left, to continue the discussion of the show and offer their own (fantastic) sets of notes. Thank you very much!

So, how'd it go? The reading itself practically flew by -- honestly, I was so into it that I actually forgot to take notes most of the time. What was truly interesting, however, was how well that ended up working out. You see, the best notes -- the real, game-changing, hard-hitting-in-a-good-way notes came after the reading.

And holy hot damn were there some great notes.

What followed the reading can only be described as '4 hours of passionate discussion and deconstruction' of my script. What worked, what didn't, what could be tightened for effect, what could be tossed altogether.

To think that my little script inspired so much interest and positive thoughts... I'm beyond delighted.

Hands down, across the board, everyone loved my world and my characters -- some of their actions needed to be better justified, some stories better explained, the vision tightened -- but the consensus was that this thing has got some serious potential.

I'm not only on the right path, I'm mere steps away from the escalator.

I stumbled home from the reading around 12:30am and I've been lost in thought since. Trying to figure out which notes to take, how to best hone and clarify my vision for this show. I can't say that I'm there yet, Mr. Sheasgreen recommended that I take a week just to let it all settle, to digest -- and I understand what he means now. It's like the silt has been dredged up in my mind, so many amazing ideas all fighting and flipping around in my mind's eye; hundreds of fragments all flickering and glimmering for attention at once.

I'm trying to keep myself distracted (not too hard, thankfully, due to my son's 3am wakeup calls) until my mind settles, until I can focus in on what's still floating long after everything else has dropped off the map, but the excitement keeps me coming back. I want to write all this stuff down, but I know that that way lies chaos.

I can get... tangential... when left to my own devices. When I have nothing but time and free reign to go where I wish, I tend to get lost in the worlds I create; exploring dirty avenues and motivations of secondary characters or interpersonal relationships that may not even exist yet. It's a fantastic ability when I need it, but can be a pain in the ass when I need to sit down and focus.

What can I say? I'm a dreamer.

I'm incredibly psyched for what comes next though -- if my script, in its current form, brought out all these amazing thoughts and feelings from strangers, I can't wait to see what my next draft will do once I incorporate the best of these notes.

Anyways, for now, I'm letting it all retreat to the back of my mind, letting things fall where they may. But soon... yes, soon...

This is going to be awesome.

Cheers,
Brandon

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tonight's The Night!

Well folks, if you ever wanted to be in a room with me and hear my writing read aloud in front of an audience (hi mom!) tonight's the night!

Lift Out Loud has put together what promises to be a fantastic reading of my spec TV pilot 'Pipeline'. It's a one-hour Drama that, hopefully, one day you'll get to see on your TV screens.

As an added, extra, awesome bonus, the moderator tonight is Chris Sheasgreen (of Less Than Kind fame).

I was lucky enough to meet him on Monday night, at the WGC awards -- where he won an award for his script "Coming Home" -- and found him to be an absolutely top-notch guy.

So come one, come all, come on out to XPACE (58 Ossington Ave) at 7:30pm and enjoy the night with me.

$5 at the door, includes a pizza dinner... mmm piiiiiizza!


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Can't wait to see you there!

Cheers,
Brandon

Monday, April 11, 2011

My TSC 2011 Review

Why does the Toronto Screenwriter's Conference work?

The easy answer is 'Access' -- there a great number of writers here in Canada (myself included) who are willing to pay $300+ to be in a room with people like Sheldon Bull (Coach, Newhart, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch) and Leonard Dick (Lost, House, The Good Wife).

But any conference could put you in a room with industry insiders.

There's something that makes the TSC different.

There's something deeper, something that the TSC has managed to pull off -- for two years in a row now -- that's really made it stand out for me.

Made me glad I spent the money and took the time.

You see, it's one thing to be in a room with these people, to hear them talk to you about their successes (and failures); but there's something in the way that the folks at Meridian have pulled this off -- something in the way they've brought these fantastic speakers on board -- where these people hit the 'stage'... and the walls just come down.

For an hour and a half Sheldon Bull is there and it's like he's talking to us, not as students or 'clients'... but as peers.

Yesterday, I was sitting in a room with Franklin Leonard (Development Exec for Will Smith and creator of the Black List) and... I don't know... to have him tell us how much he respects writers -- to learn that the man reads between 500-700 scripts a year... and feels bad 'cause he can't get through more; to hear him say 'I want to work with writers to bring out the best script possible' and then, of all things, to feel like I understand him...

In the end I didn't see some 'Development Exec', I saw this guy who was trying to do a freaking impossible job, in an insane situation... but still had a real desire to help us writers (which, yes, realistically, helps him too... but still.).

I got to learn, from him -- in an open and (mostly) unguarded way -- how we can help ourselves flourish inside the Writer/Development Exec relationship.

And it was profound.

It was -- and I think this is what truly sells the TSC for me -- a new perspective.

One of many.

This year, I got to sit in a room with Kevin Shortt (LOST - The Video Game, FAR CRY 2, JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR: The Game), a working video game writer for Ubisoft as he explained to us just how different writing for video games is from TV and Film. How so many of the tools we rely on simply don't work (or don't work the same) inside an interactive environment.

I got to see how a video game's story is put together. (As an avid Gamer, this was very cool).

At this year's TSC, I gained insight in ways and from places that I never would've expected.

You see, I'm a TV writer, I wouldn't have thought that sitting in a room with Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat, The Water Horse, The Shipping News), listening to him talk about adapting books for film, would've been relevant to me. And yet there, in that room, I found so much for me to take away. I got to listen to an Oscar-nominated writer talk openly about his process, about how he tackles Act Two problems and his own fight to put words to page. He talked about his struggle through the lean years and how he kept his spirits high.

Yes, Virginia, this was money well spent.

That said, and, to be fair, it wasn't all wine and roses (literally, no wine or roses).

To the Conference's credit they did give us free coffee/tea/water this year (eliminating the previous year's Tim Horton's/Starbucks budget) but I still have to say that I didn't like that we were pretty much forced out of the building to find our own lunches.

I know that it's a tough thing to pull off (potentially impossible due to the Ted Roger's school rules, etc) but I found it quite a shame that in the one time -- the perfect time really -- for us to do some real networking amongst ourselves we were allowed to break up into our component parts (read: groups of people we already knew) and head off to eat.

I would've loved if we could've had a room full of snacks/sandwiches, etc with some real time to eat and mingle with people instead of the 15 or so minutes between each speaking session. I know that at least 3 separate times (over both days) I ended up having to cut it short and run off because a session was about to start. I think that, given that we had a 'Networking Lounge', we shouldn't have to be put in that position... and that having a common lunch area (with the option to take off somewhere else if you like) is a better option.

Again, I understand this may simply not be possible, but I'll admit that I did find it to be a notable frustration given that so many other parts of the Conference were of such top quality.

** A special note here about the Volunteers -- I certainly hope you guys got something special out of this, because you really knocked it out of the park. Every single volunteer I met knew where I needed to go and was beyond courteous. So, yes, a definite +1 for you there. Also, those Orange shirts? Swanky. My buddies Tochi and Stephanie rocked them something fierce.**

So... what would I like to see next year? What can be done to make the TSC better?

I'd be intrigued by some sort of 'Post-TSC' dinner. An opportunity to sit at a table and break bread with some of the speakers (and a bunch of fellow writers). A chance to eat and chat. Maybe one speaker per table? I don't know. This is potentially a scheduling nightmare, but it'd be a great option for those of us who'd like to ask more questions. (Yes, this would be a separate paid option).

I'd also love some sort of takeaway. I'm not sure what just yet but having spent these past couple days meeting people and taking notes... I'd like something to keep (other than the schedule pamphlet) the conference in mind. A sort of 'cherry on top' thing. Sure, maybe I'm being greedy, but I think there's something to be said with a little parting gift. A real 'thank you for coming' that helps to solidify the great experience had over the last couple of days. As it stands the conference was just... over. And I left. It wasn't bad by any means... but I think, certainly from a marketing standpoint, that it's an opportunity missed.

Anyways, in closing, I quite enjoyed this year's TSC; it delivered on a number of fronts, giving me not only a host of new tips and tricks, but also some perspective on many different facets of the industry I'm trying to break into.

Can't argue with that.

Cheers,
Brandon

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

This Weekend's Toronto Screenwriting Conference

So, I got on the Early Bird train this year for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and I have to say I'm impressed with how it's shaped up.

I attended the inaugural conference last year and, while I'd had a few suggestions after it was all said and done, I genuinely had a great time and I looked forward to this year's announcement.

And so I've been making sure to keep myself in the loop here -- been following the development of this year's show since the first press releases went out; watching to see who'd end up making that chilly weekend trip to Toronto.

Truth be told, it's a pretty packed list.

Yesterday I managed to find a free moment and started looking through the schedule, trying to plan out my coming weekend. I have to say that I'm finding it a bit more of a challenge this time. Last year -- and this is, in no way, a slight on the previous years speakers -- I looked at my schedule and I said, "okay, okay, okay. Done". 5 minutes, tops.

I'm a TV writer, I know what I want and it was simple.

This year, the choices are a bit tougher.

You see, I'm especially intrigued by the presence of Video Game Writer Mr. Kevin Shortt (JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR: THE GAME, FAR CRY 2, and LOST–THE VIDEO GAME).

As a long-time gamer I've always wondered about this sort of thing, about how one goes about writing some of the most epic moments of my childhood (Final Fantasy 3, 7 and ChronoTrigger... seared into my memory) -- and how one might get paid to do such a thing. But it always seemed like such a far away land.

And now I have the option of checking that out.

Not too shabby.

Also of interest for yours truly is a Sunday AM Q&A session with Mr. Leonard Dick. Mr. Dick is currently a Co-Executive Producer and Writer on what I would easily call the best Drama on Network TV: The Good Wife.

I've been a fan of this show since it first debuted and have, on more than one occasion, followed the end of an episode with a long, slow clap. Brilliant characters, fantastic stories and pacing unlike anything else on TV. I don't know how they manage to pull this show together in the way that they do...

But now I've got my chance to ask.

Overall, I have to say that I'm quite happy with the final selection -- especially since Mr. Sheldon Bull, by far one of the best speakers of last years show, is making a return. (Seriously, you should see this man in action. Brilliant.) He had some fantastic insights last year and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us this time around.

The Toronto Screenwriting Conference is this weekend (April 9th and 10th) and, as far as I can see, there's still tickets to spare. If you get a chance, grab one and come on out with me.

Cheers!
Brandon

Monday, April 04, 2011

Bare Knuckle Politics

I want to see spittle form at the corners of your mouth.

An eye twitch.

Maybe a clenched fist.

I'm in the tiny minority of Canadians who want their politicians to actually be passionate about the words they're preaching.

Yes, I'm a rare bird.

I understand that.

I also understand that that's just the way Canadian politics is.

Understated. Demure. Professional.

Politicians don't go around getting shirty with one other -- unless its behind the closed doors of CPAC ('cause you know nobody's watching... right?) -- and certainly not out on the election trail with precious votes hanging in the balance.

I don't know why it's so important to me... why I'm so desperate to see a real leader out on the field.

Maybe it's a side effect of being inundated by the endless drama of American Politics. (Thank you Canadian Broadcast Media!)

Maybe I've just seen one too many 'Change' posters to take Ignatieff's "Party of Fear/Party Of Hope" argument seriously.

Or maybe... maybe I'm sick and tired of having no choice but to select between these milquetoast 'leaders' that are constantly being put in front of me.

Forced to watch helplessly as, one after another, the next 'whatshisname' ('cause it's never a woman?!) shuffle onto the stage and mumble something about Change, or Anti-Americanism or Tax Cuts.

One after another I see them come and go, watching as my fellow Canadians sigh and roll in their beds; throwing up their half-conscious middle fingers at a system they should -- taking measure of the rest of the world's attitude -- be chomping at the bit to be a part of.

So here's my platform:

If you vote me to be your next Prime Minister, I will change the vote in a simple but profound way. On each and every ballot, from now on, until the end of... time (?) you will have the following choice:

NONE OF THE ABOVE.

I think I'd probably end up being another 3 Month Prime Minister (Je suis désolé mais my French just isn't what it used to be...) but I hope that I'd do my bit to get folks off their asses and participating in the system.

'Cause, really, what good is a system that you -- as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen -- have no say in tearing down? If you can't have a say in sending everyone back off the ice, if you can't kick the kids off your lawn... then why the hell even bother getting involved?

Canadian Politics needs fresh blood. And I don't mean more 'yes Mr. Speaker, no Mr. Speaker'. I mean a good ol' fashioned broken nose.

Canadian Politics needs to be jersey'd, shoved up against the boards and fed rib-shots until it cries out and drops to the ice.

'Cause, frankly, none of the party leaders that I've seen (and I've been doing my best to watch their 'campaigns' unfold) deserve my vote. None of them have shown an ounce of passion or heart -- for my country or the 'issues' they claim to care about.

So... screw you. Shit or get off the pot.

Get out of the way for those that do care, who believe what their selling.

Hell, even if I didn't agree with them at least I could respect that.

And if worst comes to worst, write my name in... maybe I can get you the option before I'm swept out of office in a scandal.

Cheers,
Brandon

P.S: Yes, I know that you don't actually get to vote for 'Prime Minister' (HA!) but hey, maybe you can vote for me to be a small local MPP who, after years of swimming the right political streams, shaking the right political hands, etc. gets close enough to the nomination to get nominated as the leader of a specific political party which then, might, possibly be elected in the Federal election, putting me into the Prime Minister's seat until the party I represent decides they've had enough of me and selects someone else to be Prime Minister.

(Though with my views of Canadian politics being what they are, I'd probably spend a quiet, sobering term as a backbencher -- spending long, painful weekends locked in the office with the party Whip -- before being slaughtered in the next election by someone with far more money/contacts/etc.)

But hey... one can dream. Right?

Friday, April 01, 2011

Come One, Come All

Hey folks!


So, it's official! Wednesday, April 13th, you can pop on by and hear a reading of my TV spec pilot 'Pipeline'. It'll set you back $5 but you also get a pizza dinner... so, yeah, pretty cool.

Come check it out!

Cheers!
Brandon