“Please allow me to introduce myself, I am a man of wealth and taste.”

Okay, I’m not wealthy.

And that is why I am starting FrogFish with my soon-to-be wife, Laura Fisher. You see, I am tired of waiting on other people to make the movies, cartoons, TV shows, comic books, novels, games, and apps and…media in general…that I want. But I’m not a rich man (closer to poor) and I live in the middle of Indiana (i.e. no connections to Hollywood), so my options are limited.

That’s why, in 2006 I began a degree in Creative Writing (particular interest in Screenwriting) so that I could create the foundation for all those media products – story.

Only one problem.

I’m not a writer (but you’re blogging, shut up inner-critic).

My “I’m an author on the back of a book cover” pose.

I CAN write. That was the whole purpose for my education, to prove to myself that I had a talent for story and I could write if needed. A small award and respect of my peers proved that I can and I did. But my real passion is the whole collaborative process behind creating media. Like most writers I want to direct. And like most directors I want to produce.

But again…I’m not wealthy.

So what to do?

Go back to school!

I am entering a new degree program called: Media Arts & Science. I call it the “Independent Filmmakers Program.”  Here’s why:

  • Courses in Multimedia Authoring tools (Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, Java Script) that allow you to make, what every independent filmmaker needs, a website.
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Storyboarding
  • 2D & 3D Animation
  • Digital Video Production
  • Digital Sound
  • Lighting and Field Produciton
  • Digital Effects
  • Technology and the Law

And several other courses that will a) allow me to develop my skills in a teaching environment and b) be most cost effective (i.e. cheaper to use school equipment than DIY “trial and error” methods). In fact, this blog, this very post, is one of my assignments! Yeah, it’s an introductory course. So why not make an introduction, right?

What can you expect over the next few months from me, Laura and FrogFish? Did you notice the FrogFish DOT-COM part of this blog? Did you look for FrogFish.com? It’s not out there, is it (if it is, then it’s not me and it looks like someone just registered the domain)? So the first thing to expect is a website. When can you expect the website? I’d say about the same time I finish the classes in Multimedia Authoring Tools – the ones that teach me how to create a website. That should be sometime around the end of this  year, start of next year.

What are we to do until then, you ask?

I guess I’m going to have to start blogging on the regular now. I’ve got some things I’d like to talk about; my evolving education for starts, I would assume something to do with media (hint: a lot to do with media), the other half of FrogFish – Olaf the Terrible, horror (I love scary things), Indiana, politics…oh, yeah I should warn you – I’m strong-willed and opinionated so if you follow this blog and take offense to my views then comment and we can waste a good chunk of the day discussing why you’re wrong 😉

So, did I introduce myself to you? Let me know what you want to know by leaving a comment down below.

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7 thoughts on ““Please allow me to introduce myself, I am a man of wealth and taste.”

  1. Shawna Key says:

    My Brother, Merl…Blogging….Chaos!!! I’m so proud!!! lol

  2. Ryan Rankin says:

    Hi!, Congrats. Have fun.

  3. I’m personally a fan of the author and the content. But I’m probably biased. FrogFish.com hosting the exploits of Frog Experiments and Asterias Media….the future is green & red…with zombies.

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