What is Shadow-Bone Productions you may ask?
Well let me tell you the story of how it began. I graduated high school in 2007. Five months before that I had been accepted to a Michigan based film school. I had always loved video. Whether it was watching movies or picking up my moms old Sony 8mm camera to film silly things like my younger self showing all my dinosaur toys. It was magic to me. So when the summer of 2007 came to an end I packed up my things and moved across the state into my own apartment on the outskirts of Detroit. I was so excited to start film school and in turn a start my new life.
About halfway through the program I started to think about what I wanted to do when I graduated. What were my plans? The first thing I thought I needed to do was have a production company. I already did actually. My high school friends and I started one to release our Jack-Ass rip off videos under. Though I thought what we did in the past didn’t really mesh with what I planned to do in the future so I renamed the company to Shadow-Bone Productions and decided that it would become a legit film production company starting with my thesis film and then moving on to independent films that I would write and produce. I figured it would all work out and I would be one of those stories of a film school nobody whose first film would catapult him into Hollywood. I miss being a naive 18 year old sometimes.
I began filming my thesis film. It was an amazing feeling. I was on set with a real crew directing a movie. We wrapped day one. That’s when things started to go bad. Next thing I know I get an email from the President of my film school telling me they need the camera I was using back early because someone else booked it. Um. Okay. I booked it too I thought but guess not. I was told not to worry and that I could use one of their other cameras. Which I found out amounted to a consumer handy cam you could buy at best buy for $200. Great so now everything is going to look like amateur crap. If that wasn’t annoying enough my main actor then lets me know that he wont be available to film for a few months. Okay. Can anything else go wrong for me now? Oh whats that? My crew can’t wait around they have other projects they need to work on for their thesis films. So crappy camera, no crew and no actors. Basically no movie, fuck you Patrick.
With little to no options left I did the only thing I could think of. I grabbed the crappy best buy camera and drove two hours back to my home town to meet up with some of my friends in hopes of trying to figure out how to make this film work so I could at least graduate.
I had a few scenes shot and edited and that was it. I knew I couldn’t finish what I had started and there was no way to start over on the same script. So we came up with the idea to make it like an anthology. A film about our ideas for what the film should be. It was stupid but it was something. So we wrote a few more random scenes that had nothing to do with each other and that was that. Filmed it and slapped it onto a DVD. I was discouraged to say the least and was defiantly not proud of the final product. I just wanted to graduate and be done with it.
So I drove back to Detroit and I turned in the DVD and proceeded to immediately pack up all my stuff and move back to my home town. I didn’t even go to the graduation ceremony. They mailed me my certificate later on. The whole experience was a waste of time and money in the end. My illusions of being a famous Hollywood director started to die that day. I don’t even have a copy of the movie other than the scenes from the original script. Film school is a scam kids. It’s only good for networking and that’s it. Which I didn’t even really do. Just skip it if you already know what you are doing that or read a book and save yourself some money.
After that I can condense a lot of years into a few sentences to save us all some eye strain. I proceeded to waste time working shitty retail jobs, dating damaged and unfaithful girls, trying to start up media projects that never really went anywhere due to my laziness or uncommitted friends. Which all led me to now. I have spent a lot of time thinking over those years. Thinking about the past, thinking about the future, thinking about who I am and what I am good at. Thinking about what I want to do in life and what I don’t. Battling depression, doubts, and the ever present laziness. Just trying to figure it all out and find my path.
I still don’t really have an answer. I have learned a lot about who I am and what I don’t want though. I have always found myself able to convey my feelings better in writing. I like writing projects and ideas down. Maybe I should be a writer? I suck at grammar and spelling, but maybe I could write about things online anyways. I own a website so why not? Fuck it.
So here I am. Shadow-Bone Productions is still a media company. I don’t think I will ever not love making videos and what not but I am going to try to make my main focus writing for now. Write about things I like. Video games, movies, technology, my life. Whatever rant I feel like in the moment. Maybe it will go somewhere, maybe it wont. We will see I guess.
Thanks for reading at least and I hope you come back to read some more!