Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rediscovering Jonas.

The main character in any story must be someone the audience feels some emotional connection with, someone the audience loves or loves to hate. Jonas, for example, is a sweet innocent childlike man from Cincinnati who is thrust into extreme turmoil, and we see all of his emotions and feelings unfold as the movie progresses.

What a lot of people don't know is that I've had the idea for this picture in my head for almost 3 and 1/2 years. I was laughing about it earlier, when I told someone that the security team originally came to be, after finding an ad in the back of a city paper. It was also set in a world, where major cities like New York and LA, places that would seem like prime targets for monster invasions, already had established sentai squads. But one thing that never changed from draft to draft, was the underlining theme of being way past your time to move out of your parents house, and finding direction. I'm not going to come out and say that I've been dealt a bad deck of cards in my day, but in my profession, which is graphic design, it's pretty seriously cut throat.

So after we had a really good time making Bizarre Love Triangle, and met a lot of cool people at MAGFest, I figured the time was right to tackle the task that was way past due. During this time, I wasn't exactly working in the "field". I was doing some screen printing and gallery shows, and kept a steady paycheck rearranging stuff at grocery stores, also known as "visual merchandising". At this time, I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to stay in Cincinnati. My philosophy was always, I can be the big fish in a small pond. I had oppertunity after oppertunity to, as The Pet Shop Boys say "Go West" and try to work as a designer in Portland, where everything was sorta layed out for me, but something was just not right. I can't explain it.

I'm being kicked out off the computer, but I'll get to the point later...