Almost three years ago I was roped into playing Santa for the youth in our church. One of my daughters had just given birth to my first grandchild, Hazel. So my wife and my children ganged up on me and told me how wonderful it would be for her to have your grandfather in her first Santa picture. Despite what you may or may not have heard, I am a big sappy dope, when it comes to little ones. So I went willingly into that Red and White abyss.
Fast forward two and a half years and my other daughter is having a baby and is insisting that I do the same for my new granddaughter Poppy… so it BEGINS!
But wait… I am really expert at Photoshop and I told my daughter that I would gladly photoshop my new granddaughter in one of the Santa pics that I took…. that didn’t go over well… AT ALLL!
Then she went over my head and got the wife involved. Although I have purchased my own suit yet, I suspect it won’t be long until I have my very own Santa Suit. So I think I will have to dress up as the Coca-Cola Santa for every one of my grandchildren, the thing is, I have six children, the number of grandchildren could get quite large.
It wouldn’t be so bad if I could dress up like the Santa from Rise of the Guardians. He’s Russian, he’s covered in tats and has two huge machete sword things strapped to his back.
Now that Santa is awesome!
I spent four years of my life working on the film Finding Hope Now. Not only did I Produce, Production Design, and Edit the film, I also, they the help of my oldest daughter, design all of the print. A couple years after we finished the film, the first distributor that the Executive Producer went with said that the poster we made was not good and they were going to redesign it. This is what we started with, which I thought was pretty good.
They changed the cover using the distributor’s people and what they ended up with was horrible. It was so bad that the limited WalMart run that we had was ended when their buyer saw the cover (their design not mine) and said that it wasn’t professional so they chucked our film in the $5 bin.
Another year or more passed and I got a message from the director saying that the film was finally going to be available to rent or buy online, but…. the decided to change the name of the film to Streets of Hope… and they’re still using the crappy cover that they originally thought was better than the one Rachel and I created.
To quote Roy from The IT Crowd, “People! What a bunch of (insert profanity here)!”
Here’s the newly, Walmart didn’t want it, cover with the updated film title. I don’t know how it affects the opening film credits, I am afraid to rent it and look.