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The BizzyBodies Make the YouTube SemiFinals!

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 14:11:21 PDT

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Not that I have abandoned my commitment to bringing hope and renewal to the planet by making movies that put the audience to sleep. But there comes a time in every filmmaker's life when they must entertain...or sign up for beauty school. And so I have come up with yet another genre: Old People Movies.


The BizzyBodies are two would-be sleuths, played by Sherry Weston and me. Our goal is to become the oldest stars on YouTube, and, if we get the votes in the YouTube Creator Institute Contest, I guess we will be.


Should you desire to vote (and you see this by April 8 2011), go to http://youtube.com/creatorinstitute

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Mediocrity Off Limits for Oprah?

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:24:11 PDT

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Our offer to host a TV show on how to "Unleash Your Mediocrity Now!" was not accepted by OWN Network Host Your OWN Show contest administrators, who did not allow this video to be entered on their site for public voting. We are convinced that OWN owner Oprah Winfrey would not have made this decision had she been given the chance to personally view the heartwarming pitch.

Fortunately, YouTube's standards are not set so high.
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Can it be?

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:27:04 PDT

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How to Make a Movie That Puts the Audience to Sleep: A Home Study Course is in the Top Ten Amazon Shorts again...in its category...which I think is books on how to make movies that put the audience to sleep.(image)




Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:56:22 PST

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New Year bed by Owais Khan. Blanket by Danilevice Filip-E. Pedicure by Stephanie Berghaeuser.(image)






Francis Ford Coppola: Asleep at the Movies?

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:00:56 PDT

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“Cinema is losing the public’s interest,” said Francis Ford Coppola, in what may be the first proclamation by a fabled filmmaker that the public longs for movies it can sleep through. "We used to think of six, seven big film companies. Every one of them is under great stress now...The cinema as we know it is falling apart.”

At the Beirut Film Festival to show his new film Tetro, Coppola was later overheard exclaiming loudly that he'd rather sleep through a slow-moving movie than watch another Star Wars clone, but the exact wording of his film sleepy testimonial could not be verified by press time.

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A Masterwork: The Making Of

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 09:44:00 PDT

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A behind the scenes photo of the Master working on his next Masterwork, shot entirely on location at his spacious new home in San Quentin, CA.

Roman's bullhorn by Stephan Wagner.
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His Movies Don't Put You to Sleep

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 21:08:15 PDT

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Of course everybody in Hollywood wants Polanski to go free. He's an artiste and we eagerly await his next masterwork. Conversely, a director who makes movies that put the audience to sleep doesn't have to commit rape rape to be sent back to prison. Just one-word rape, sans italics, is enough to lock them up, even if they fled the country so long ago that the victim's no longer a child, so what's the big deal?

If your movies put people to sleep, pay those parking tickets or they'll come back to haunt you when a festival in a small foreign country finally agrees to show your work (for a fee).
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Our Jen Produced a Movie!

Sun, 26 Apr 2009 20:49:32 PDT

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If you've slept through WebcamMurder.com (but were awake for a little while) you remember Jenna Edwards as Jen, the Internet lifecaster who organized the other webcammers in hopes of raising their ratings against competitors Google and Yahoo and the Weather Channel. In real life, Jen has been using those skills to produce April Showers, the new movie about the Columbine killings that's been getting lots of attention from audiences, reviewers and even the news.

Next to Jen in the photo above is Andrew Robinson, the movie's writer and director, who was a student at Columbine at the time of the shooting. The movie opened last night and DVDs can be pre-ordered on the April Showers website. You can find out why Jen and Andrew are glad they were turned down by Sundance and how they learned to distribute a movie on their own in Episode 12 of the April Showers podcast at the website and on iTunes. They also reveal their next project.

Congratulations, Jenna!

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Will Twitter Help Movies Put You to Sleep?

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 18:40:42 PDT

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What stuck with me from a teleseminar by marketer Dave Lakhani was finding out that tweets by moviegoers as they're still in the theater watching are starting to make or break the opening weekend box office. Twitterers with a massive following (@aplusk, 1,105,893/me, 50) could kill potential blockbusters with a word or two...say, "boring" and/or "puts me to sleep."

The question is: how will this immediacy affect the film sleepy genre as it gains a foothold in the entertainment industry? People who love the movie will be out like a light and in no condition to tweet. People who, for whatever reason, remain awake will text, "I am still awake," which, during the transition period, may be thought to be a good thing and widen the audience by default.

How this will play out as Twitter's popularity spreads remains to be seen. As the inventor of the genre, I am hopeful if wary that the 140 character limit will render reviews of my movies vague enough to entice viewers to take a chance on this latest upgrade to the 100+-year-old medium.(image)



Do You Have to Be Real to Be Famous?

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:58:31 PDT

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This clipart speaks her mind in Film Sleepy's entry for If.net's contest to win 15 seconds of fame. She asks the question everybody's wants to know but is afraid to ask, as we head into the age of robotics: "Do you have to be real to be famous?"

You can catch her whole 15 second speech on her entry page.

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Movies to sleep through tweet too

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 19:23:05 PDT

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Did I tell you you can reach me at http://twitter.com/Sondra? I know this post is short, but I’m practicing writing in 140 character bursts.(image)



Stunning Review - Is an Oscar Next?

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 22:38:08 PDT

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The Amazon.com video on demand rental version of WebcamMurder.com has received its first review since my own rave was removed by Amazon as spam--and this one is just as enthusiastic:

"I fell asleep watching the trailer!" opined intelligent customer Joanystar of Studio City, California. While she came to Amazon thinking that movies ought not to put audience to sleep, "NOW I see the greatness of the film sleepy genre."

Read this inspirational analysis for yourself at www.➡.ws/
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Secrets of Slipping the Audience to Sleep

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:11:57 PDT

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I've written a top secret article on how to Turn Your Weaknesses into Your Strengths that tips off ANYONE who wishes they could get into the business of putting audiences to sleep on just how to do it. I've been keeping the URL a secret till now so I could control the market, but then I thought, readers of this blog deserve to take over the motion picture industry, too--or any field they wish to be in.

If you want to read it, you'd better hurry, 'cause it'll only be up for a reeeeeallly limited time at
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Actual Belated Napping Day Video!

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 13:36:33 PDT

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Not only are National Napping Day and Square Root Day long over, but so, now, is Pi Day. Even so, we've turned our original clipart Happy Belated National Napping Day photo into actual video. Feel free to nap along.(image)



What are you doing for National Napping Day?

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 21:33:22 PDT

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Yes, National Napping Day is a real holiday, the first Monday after Daylight Savings Time begins, and Daylight Savers party hardy...by catching some zzzzz's.

It's a big day here at Film Sleepy, too, a day when we don't feel it's even a little too promotional to remind people that the easiest way to get back that hour we just lost is to curl up with a movie that puts the audience to sleep.
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Sublime Crime 12th Top Video in Film Noir Genre

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:59:42 PST

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Sublime Crime: A Subliminal Mystery just became available as a downloadable Video on Demand at Amazon this week, and this morning it was already number 12 on their list of top movies in the film noir genre.

Of course, it's a different kind of film noir than Hitchcock's Vertigo, which is still number one. Vertigo is the gritty kind. Sublime Crime is the kind where the screen is black most of the time because its the first subliminal mystery in history.

Right now, it's number 14...and still noted as "Popular in this category."
Does make one think, though, that Hollywood's stranglehold on the public is coming to an end and sleeping through movies is taking its rightful place at the forefront of 21st century entertainment.(image)



More on Elwood

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 20:20:58 PST

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I was touched to receive this message from cast member Elwood Carlisle's niece Marion about my post upon learning that he died.

Sondra,

As Uncle Elwood's niece, I thank you for the tribute to him. He found his passion in acting and loved it. He loved all of you that he met too. We, his family, are so grateful to all of you that loved him. You made him a very happy man and he had joy in his soul.

Marion

There were other emails about Elwood. From April McKay Dudsic of Flash Forward Institute:

Elwood was a loud, larger than life character that immediately caught your attention and emitted enough sunshine to blind you upon first look. Honestly, I wasn't sure if he was a sane man the first couple minutes after meeting him but after a couple more minutes it became clear he was not only sane but incredibly inspirational... When he was in his late 70's he was swindled out of his retirement money by a young friend. He was beside himself with anger. He bought a gun and intended to use it on this swindler, but on his way to the soon to be murdered man's place he stopped at a church and confessed his upcoming plan to murder the man and then himself. The spiritual advisor managed to keep him talking and call the police. The police took him in for counseling and time to cool off. Basically, he was counseled out of his plan. He was guided to find his passion and create a new future for himself.

That passion was acting. Sandra Lord of the Hollywood Networking Breakfast also wrote about Elwood:

Elwood ventured into the entertainment industry at almost 80 years old to pursue his dream as an actor, and in the span of four or five years went on to become one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. He was cast in hundreds of films and commercials and achieved what many can only dream of – an “in the chair” appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno... Simply put, I adored, admired and respected Elwood Carlisle. He was a delightful “young” man of whom I was extremely fond and whose friendship I truly cherished... He was one of the most genuine people I ever met. He will be SORELY, SORELY missed!

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Sublime Crime Preview

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 19:03:14 PST

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Sublime Crime is just about ready to make its debut as the first entirely subliminal mystery in history.

Here is a scene featuring Sondra, clip art man and a wheel from a clip art ice cream cart photographed by jorem. In the movie, it'll pass by so quickly you won't even know it's there. And will change your life in the process.

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Two Time Winner!!

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:16:00 PST

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Oh, my gosh, Film Sleepy Inc made StartupNation's Top Ten Slacker Friendly businesses for the second year in a row. With our second feature, Sublime Crime: A Subliminal Mystery, on the way, that is quite a breakthrough for movies that put the audience to sleep.

And a sure sign that we will end sleep deprivation in our time.
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Remembering Cast Member Elwood Carlisle

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:35:04 PST

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How sad to learn of the death of Elwood Carlisle, who played a webcam obsessed fan in WebcamMurder.com. Elwood started acting at 74, as he told me in this interview a couple of years ago. He was an amazing person and large enough on screen and in life to deserve the title, "Elwood Carlisle Superstar!," the name of the 2006 movie about his life.
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More Folks Seek Sleep Through Movies

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 23:48:46 PST

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Doryn's Dish posted info about how effective Film Sleepys are with getting viewers to sleep. The blog gives "The Scoop on Anything and Everything Useful," proving once again that WebcamMurder.com is more than just mindless (or any kind, really, of) entertainment.(image)



Vote for Me! And a Feature Film for Free!

Mon, 08 Sep 2008 12:01:01 PDT


Last year, StartupNation named Film Sleepy Inc the Fourth Most Slacker Friendly Business in the whole wide world. This year we're aiming to do better.

After all, we're giving away WebcamMurder.com, the most boring talkie ever made, for free! In one minute doses, so people used to staying awake through movies can slowly accustom themselves to the healthier, more satisfying film sleepy lifestyle.

You can come back here to click on the picture from our upcoming movie, Sublime Crime: A Subliminal Mystery, and vote for Film Sleepy Inc every day.

Then go to YouTube and watch WebcamMurder.com Minute 1 to get started on your free full length movie! A new minute will be added every 24 hours till all 85 minutes and 4 seconds are available to help you catch some serious z's.
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How Will You Vote?

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 14:15:14 PDT

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Of course you vote for a movie in a festival because of its content...but maybe a little because of the filmmaker, too. This video should give you a better idea of why to vote for WebcamMurder.com in the From Here to Awesome Film Festival...based on getting to know more about me.

You can vote
here.
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WebcamMurder.com in Awesome Film Festival

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:53:42 PDT

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Finally! A film festival awesome enough to include movies that put the audience to sleep. The From Here to Awesome festival is online, so give WebcamMurder.com your vote here!(image)