Ever Feel Like the Whole World is Against You?

SAP & PONCE vs THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD

photo by Eric Curtis http://www.ericcurtisphoto.com

SAP & Ponce here…

We have been laying low the past month or so.  Tons of reasons for this… between the day in/day out of just trying to pay the bills, some wacky idiot-helmed internet attacks, and the harsh reminder that YES, there’s no shortage of scumbags and douche-nozzles out there who will take advantage of anyone, including a sweetheart of a guy with Down Syndrome (and his retarded brother), when it comes to ego and the almighty dollar.

Everybody in this life goes through their own fair share of BS that drains them, drags them down, and, sometimes, crushes their spirits.  So how do we get through it all without sucking on the business end of a double barrel like the late, no more BS to deal with, Kurt Cobain did?

The trick to finding the upside, at least for us, is to make art out of it.

A lot of people try and positive-phrase things away… “It’s always darkest before the dawn…” “Anything in life worth experiencing is worth fighting for…” “If you love something, set it free, blah blah blah…”  These are easily learned and regurgitated sayings that keep people ignoring instead of actually examining their situations.

You know the phrase, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Well, when life gives us lemons, we make something like this…

When Life Gives You Lemons

Sayings are black and white, life isn’t.  If you’re being tortured and you’r happy they chose the petite spiked dildo to use on your ass today instead of the usual jumbo size, a “look on the bright side” doesn’t really pan out as nicely in reality as it sounds like it does in word form.

There’s always an X-factor, an unforseen hiccup in everything we experience.  Some are so small they don’t even register, others can’t be ignored.  Having to crush the 9pound lemon-baby you just birthed to make lemonade is what keeps things in perspective for us.

We know we are not “PC”.  We cringe at the thought of sugarcoating things for the audience in an attempt to please everyone.  It will never happen.  No matter what you do, there’s always somebody out there who will hate everything you do.  And that is a reality that needs to be accepted.  Any attempt to win over that small percentage of haters is wasted energy.

We know that is a big reason the Networks and Studios are scared to give us a greenlight on the projects that we want to make.  They don’t want to give people reality.  They want to give them the pure, non dildo torture, brightside of things that they feel will translate into box office dollars or Nielsen ratings.  Sadly, this is what keeps people from growing and, sadly, keeps the quality of TV shows and Movies on a steady downward spiral towards mediocrity and forgettable garbage.

We aim a little higher.  We try a little harder.  We think people need to see a little reality in their entertainment*.  When you point out the ridiculousness, darkness, and harshness of things in this world, and somehow still manage to make it FUNNY… people not only relate to it, they relate to the rest of the world a little better because of it.

reality in their entertainment*
Note: We do not include “Reality TV Shows”.  If anything, the reality TV of today are some of the furthest things from reality and another reason our society tends to get dumber before they get smarter.

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Side Effects on YouTube

UPDATE: I have had a lot of comments and emails asking about where we shot and other production questions.  I will create a Production category on our new Private site for anyone who wants to join and post inside info and tech stuff there.  Private site is coming soon!


SAP here…

So, I’ve avoided putting this good ol’ short on YouTube for years… why? Because I didn’t want to break it up into 2 parts.

That said, I broke it up into 2 parts.

This is the first short film I ever did, back in 2002.  I started writing it so I could put my friend Doug Jones in something where he was an actual human and not covered in tons of latex and what not.  Ended up writing this tale.  Here’s a review from filmthreat.com:

SIDE EFFECTS
by Bob Westal
(2002-02-19)
2002, Un-rated, 18 minutes, Winchester Entertainment, LLC

Writer/director/star Scott Allen Perry’s extraordinary short probably won’t make you cry, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the most haunting love story you’re likely to see anytime soon. Told with precision, sensitivity and skill, this is a funny, nightmarish tragicomedy with echoes of George Orwell and Roman Polanski.We’ve all heard about human guinea pigs; the sort of folk who rent out their bodies to make a little spare cash…

click here to read the entire review

A nice shout out for a lot of effort gone in the right direction.  This is also the first time I put Ponce in anything, and he has gone nuts trying to act more and more and will most likely never stop.  Great performances by everyone across the board and great camera work by my DP and favorite bald man, David Loeb.

Enjoy!

Side Effects Synopsis:

A shy guy becomes a human guinea pig in an experimental drug test and meets the girl of his dreams. But the drug that brings them together may be the very thing that keeps them apart.

Written & Directed by SAP

CAST
Scott Allen Perry
Kathryn Gordon
Doug Jones
Josh “the Ponceman” Perry
Dan MacLeith