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Michael Danton's Avatar
Of Money. Of The Simpsons. And me.
12 Jan 2014 08:29 pm
Posted by: Michael Danton
Ladies and gentlemen, I present a pair of letters for your interest. This correspondence occurred between myself and a prospective voice actor that has not yet participated in my films and shall go unnamed:


It's true that I've done a few paid segments as a narrator, but I love helping out with your type of project. My character demo is sparse, so work like this gives me the material I need to beef it up.

I'd be happy to knock out the line for Falk, but I couldn't seem to find the script on the website. If you send me a link to the line and the character description, I'll record the part and send it to you.
I'm also curious as to whether this project is drawing any advertizing revenue. The reason I ask is because I see potential here, and I wonder if a plan is in place to compensate voice actors when the show goes viral.

(name withheld)

Dear Sir,

If you're looking to get into VA work, then I don't think there's a better, easier or *nicer* way of doing it. Record a few lines at your leisure and boom, you're a credited actor. You get to practice new voices, adopt new characters and plus, it looks really good on a demo-reel and resume. Even if they aren't the lead roles or most prestigious productions, it gets your name out and shows people that you give a damn. Having the right attitude is very important to me as someone who casts my own films on a daily basis.

Now, you mentioned revenue and compensation? I say that I script and cast my own films with a lot of pride as it elevates me above the 99.999% of writers out there that don't. Yet it leaves me shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people that do, and I have to struggle to elevate myself further by creating successful, unique and original features with regularity; That then puts me amongst the elite writers. Now, how much would you say I would be paid as an elite writer? $100k a script? $1000? 100 bucks? A hot nickel? The fact of the matter is, I am not indispensable. You describe our films as having a lot of "potential", the distinct chance of going "viral" etc; this emboldens me as the more people who are exposed to our films the more chance I will be visited by someone who wants a writer (or a studio, in regard to my associate) with those desirable traits. We have even gotten into the practice of freely giving away our work (via "presentation") to ensure they are seen by as many people as possible. Do we get a red cent from that? Nope! Yet it makes perfect business sense to do so, for everyone concerned.

Exempli gratia:

I'm Matt Groening, (creator of The Simpsons) for the purpose, you're... Dan Castellaneta (voice of Homer). Big show right? Now, think about the origin of that show, it started out being first "presented" (just like we're doing) as a short bit on the Tracey Ullman show, which was very popular at the time. Despite the lack of quality, people responded very well to it and the FOX executives (who otherwise wouldn't have seen it) thought to themselves, "shit, we can push that barrow". As it happened, they bought the show and the rest is history. Now assume for a minute ol' Dan's pants made a funny noise when he walked, maybe he lifted his pinkie finger when he nibbled on a twinkie or just maybe he was considerably less interested in acting than he was in nutting out a share of all future earnings of the show in perpetuity.

It would be so easy to just to cast someone else who wasn't nearly as myopic and would grab onto the opportunity like a rope tossed to a drowning man. Who the hell is this Dan Castle-guy anyway? We'll get Phil Hartman to do it instead- requiescat in pace. Now Phil is Homer, and although he didn't negotiate a share; He's Homer, he's indispensable - irreplaceable - valuable.

My point comes down to this: Don't sell a chance at greatness for nickels and dimes; because you won't get either.

One line on page 7 of the recruit script, and then a *faint*. I hope you are at least equal to my director, James "Hartman" Muia- who has already slated himself for the role but would gladly give up the opportunity for the betterment of the project and to help out a budding VA artist... That's the type of guy he is.

Michel Louie.

Now, what do you say, was the porridge too hot? Too cold? Or just right?.... And don't give me any shit about portion sizes Very Happy
Michael Danton's Avatar
15 Mar 2015 09:14 am
Posted by: Michael Danton
Hello everyone!

Yes, It's me again and as per usual it's been a lengthy period of time since our last correspondence. I'd like to keep you all informed of my progress but I'd like to report on facts, things I know to be true. For the longest time I've been in a bit of a quandary in regard to my ongoing productions; not unexpected given the nature of the beast and I write to you again now, not fully confident of the outcome. I can only comment from my perspective and hope this letter will provide a sufficient insight into current events, you deserve no less.

This is a post that follows on, updates and concludes my earlier post entitled "I have an audience of thousands!". It was partly written for the benefit of my actors who have lended their voices to the project.

Firstly, James Muia, AKA: 'Aviticus Dragon' the producer of my previous films, is no longer in the picture. He's hit the bricks and done his dash. To say that I was shocked and disappointed by his sudden announcement would be a terrible understatement as it arrived without warning or apology... and ended with an exclamation mark.

To be candid, Aviticus was an adequate (if unimaginative) director and sadly, he was not technically capable of creating machinima of any complexity. As a result of this, I have half a dozen excellent scripts in a finished or near finished state that have been relegated to the 'too-hard basket'; Unfairly, I believe. My latest script, "VORSTAG" is a four-part comedy that has been largely completed (as continually prompted by Aviticus) and despite it being perhaps my best work, I got the distinct feeling it was on the way to the dreaded 'basket'.

Ordinarily I'd just forget about it until it can be revisited at a later date and perhaps by a different director. This time is very different however as I have selected a vocal cast for the project and received the final takes from most. Believe me, the very last thing I want to do right now is let my actors down with a non-starter, they must get enough of those from other people and I have no intention of joining their ranks! Aviticus probably knew I was going to draw a line in the sand on this matter and decided to save me the effort... It's not all bile though because without his help, such films as 'Dovahkiin Vs the Bunny King' (a favourite of mine) never would have seen light of day.

In a second piece of news, I have subsequently contacted an exceptionally talented Machinima director by the name of Kyriakos Karatarakis (of V-Life Movies) and although it was not his first choice, he is sympathetic to our mutual position and has decided to help us produce 'Vorstag'- at least the very first episode to see how his audience responds to it. You may see his most recent production at the following address, be sure to leave a like and more importantly, offer some encouragement in bringing 'Vorstag' to life. Kyriakos is a Greek national and English is not his first language, as a result, I think he's taking a lot of this purely on faith so I think he needs all the support we can give him!

Finally. The current cast for part 1 is slated as follows:


It's been tough and slow-going process getting everything together and I still feel mired within it. Kyriakos is finishing his latest film at the moment and I hope like hell I'll be able to get a finished script and final takes together for him. I think the most stress inducing circumstance is the one you have little control over. It's bothersome, demotivating and your efforts may not be rewarded, but we must all push on!

This post was long overdue and one less thing to think about. Hurrah! That's the way you do it, pick at the edges and pretty soon the mountain is a molehill, just don't be intimidated to start.

Start now.

On second thought...

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The end is nigh.
27 Sep 2014 12:05 pm
Posted by: ToxicKlay
Fourth Perspective's rights to its domain name end October 14, 2014. I can't imagine M has much of a reason to continue hosting the website, so consider this a farewell.

It was the first place I went to write short stories and helped me out in innumerable ways over the span of its existence. May FP ride triumphantly into the internet's everlasting sunset.
Michael Danton's Avatar
I Have an Audience of Thousands!
22 Jun 2013 06:09 pm
Posted by: Michael Danton
It's true, I really do.

If you're one of the loyal and beloved individuals that have been dropping by occasionally to see if there are any new developments; you may have noticed that the news posts have become something of an aspirational diary. Would one then interpret the distinct lack of dynamism on my part as a suggestion that I have lost my direction, motivation or initiative perhaps?

The answer is no. I'd rather be silent than wrong. I'd rather have real news instead of a blog, fact instead of mere speculation!

The truth of the matter is that this site has always been a high priority for me and I simply wasn't ready to elaborate on my course of action. I'm reluctant to state things I would do, try or consider in the past because I've made some pretty lofty statements in my previous discourse and admittedly I wasn't always right. I don't want to be 'that guy' who makes bold statements but delivers little in kind. I want to make good on my promises, I want to follow through. The only reason I mentioned it to Krazy Kracker in private is because he asked, to Lazypint, he asked; and now? Well, isn't it obvious. Now through the efforts I described to them, and to you in my previous post, I now have options.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. The reason I'm writing to you today is to announce that one of my comedy scripts has been adopted by an exceptionally talented director and subsequently he has created a film from it. Of course I'm as proud as punch to have my first script produced in machinima: "The 10 Worst Pickup Lines in Skyrim".

This was a custom piece I wrote specifically for the fellow. Although it has only been released for a few days, his regular audience has thoroughly embraced the idea and there are signs that a whole new demographic is starting to sit up and take notice. Given the early success of the project he has so kindly offered to produce three more spec scripts that I had previously written and endorsed.

This is true, this is news, this is fact. But what does it have to do with the future of FP? Ask me and I shall speculate. Just not here.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Danton.
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Call me 'Boxer'
22 Jun 2013 06:24 am
Posted by: Michael Danton

I originally wrote this letter to KrazyKracker, curious about the future of FP. It encapsulated the situation rather nicely so I decided to re-post it here.

As you know, the site is lying fallow and there haven't been any updates in a long-long while. The front page is there for news, but sadly there really hasn't been any... I seriously investigated a number of angles to get the show on the road, but there two main obstacles that have consistently held me back: Finding someone who is capable working their coding magic on it and the distinct lack of an exit strategy. Even if I had the greatest website in the known universe, who would know about it? It seems like I'm putting the cart before the horse.

One thing has become irritatingly clear to me, I need a damn horse! And I've no choice but to elect myself for that role; therefore I've decided to go right back to my roots as a speculative screenwriter. Not in a passive sense as I was before, as FP was intended be; but rather in a more targeted sense. With the advent of YouTube and incredible advances in technology, individuals are now able to produce marvelous features. It's those people that I'm now trying to appeal to with my writing. It's a hard, slow and tiring process and although I've been at it for over a month, I think the rewards of just being produced will make everything worthwhile. That way, I can speak to prospective directors in the future and I'll actually have something to show for myself instead of countless unrealized worlds on reams of nicely formatted paper.

I've spoken with dozens of people on the subject and only a few are receptive to the idea. Only a few of the few are willing to entertain my involvement (and rightly so I might add). Currently I'm working on a script for one fellow, and there are a few other interested parties floating around; but a good job with the current project will help cement future ventures as I mentioned before. Ultimately after I've proven my value, I'd like to become known as a specialist screenwriter, and not someone who has to spruik for work but rather is sought out. After that, I'd like to take a greater role in the production of my scripts and eventually become something of an "auteur", with ever increasing exposure and renown. All the while, such notoriety will be funneled and directed toward the population and redevelopment of FP, closer to our heart's desire.

Napoleon is always right.
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