Friday, 9 October 2020

Thanks for the props, Canadian Dad Influencers!



Imagine my surprise when I was notified that Pop Culture and me were named as top Canadian Dad Influencers by Casey Palmer in his recent post. Aw, go on!


I won't look too closely into how influential I really am - I can barely get my kids to pick their laundry up off the bedroom floor but it's always nice to be noticed. Flattery is very misunderstood.

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So, thanks for that, Casey. Gave me a lift to see that this morning. Glad to know someone is reading the blog and enjoying it.






Thursday, 6 August 2020

Here's hoping that Netflix calls

Like every other screenwriter or other creative in Canada, I've pitched something to Netflix for their open call: a half hour comedy, Unqualified Success, about a barista appointed to becoming a Justice of the Peace (inspired by my time working in the Provincial Court system) and this one, Split Second, an animated comedy about a 'bad' kid who while undergoing a scientific procedure to remove all his 'badness' ends up getting an evil double instead. Odds of a call are approximately 2/1,000,000 but a guy can dream.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Check out my true crime episode "Go Forth and Murder", part of the Investigation Discovery series "If I Should Die"

IF I SHOULD DIE | Season 1 Episode 6 | Go Forth and Murder ...

This true crime series is all about crimes being solved using the victim's own words from "beyond the grave" i.e. diaries, blogs and letters.

Here's the trailer.

The show is now available on iTunes as well.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Sherlock@Home Web-series Trailer Now Live


Stay at Home Dad Detective Solves Neighborhood Mysteries
SHERLOCK@HOME: GOOD COP/DAD COP

While we're still waiting on a release date for our fun series about a stay-at-home dad detective, the broadcaster has made available this trailer. Have a look, laugh and look forward to more:

https://vimeo.com/389766535

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

La Junta - Our sketch comedy TV/web- series about a hapless parent council is now airing



Based on our original show, 'Parental Advisory', this sketch comedy series is a Spanish language version airing only in Colombia but some sketches will be available worldwide on Facebook and Instagram. Produced by LuloFilms and Canal Capital. 

Monday, 28 October 2019

CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN

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As your children grow into young adults there are numerous adjustments you must make as a parent. Difficult choices. Harsh self-realizations. Profound failures. 

One oft-overlooked developmental stage is when your kids start swiping your clothes to wear. 

Below, I outline the 5 stages you will go through:


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DENIAL

Hmm. Where are  those new shorts I bought? They were here in my drawer. Still with the tags on. No. He couldn’t. He wouldn’t dare take something I haven't even worn yet. (*dissolve into bitter laughter at self-deception)

I manfully stride into his room where he is lounging on bed wearing the shorts. I stare at him balefully. He looks up, innocent, wounded, misunderstood:

What? I didn’t have any shorts I could wear.

I look at the heaps of dirty and clean laundry mounded on his floor, crawling out of his stuffed, half-closed drawers.


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ANGER

Remove them. Now. Carefully.

I go on a bit of a rant about not going into my stuff and taking it without asking first. This is ultimately more of an exercise in talking to myself as he rolls his eyes exaggeratedly, slowly gets up, carefully starts to remove the shorts. He stops, gestures for me to give him privacy. I leave and when I return I find the shorts in my room. On the floor.


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This reminds me of my usual piece of advice to expectant fathers. They climb remote mountains to find me on my precipice, “Tell me oh wise (or, at least, wizened) one. What can I expect when I become a new father?” I tell them: Two Things. 1) Nothing you own is yours anymore. 2) Everything you own will be broken. I recommend they put their favourite things into storage for twenty years.


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BARGAINING

This is not the first or last time this casual theft has happened. I regularly go prospecting in my son’s room to find items of mine. I know the insistence on not ‘borrowing’ my stuff will fall on deaf ears so I move to the next stage: bargaining.

I bring home a new shirt. My son’s eyes slide over from his device to gaze at it.

Nice shirt.
Thanks.
A really nice shirt.
Thanks. Wait. No. No! I get to wear it three times before you even can think of wearing it.
OK. Sure.


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DEPRESSION

The next stage is perhaps the most difficult. When you see your teen in your clothes and you realize, heart-broken, that they look way better than you in them. Sigh. What? You thought I was going to say something touching about how they’re so big now etc.? No. Just extreme bitterness that even the best, coolest, most up to date clothes can’t make you look 18. Or 25. Or even… never-mind.


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ACCEPTANCE

Ultimately, you move to the next stage. Acceptance. No matter how much they trash you for your jokes, being out of touch, lameness etc., if they are borrowing your clothes they are trying ‘you’ on and modelling themselves on you, which is pretty great. 

So next time you find your Tribe Called Quest vinyl or old football jacket or au courant shirt in their room, realize that on some level this is the ultimate compliment. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.

But if you really like it – lock it up.

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Cartoon Male Characterization



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Interesting Hollywood Reporter article on how current animated films are taking on traditional "toxic-masculinity" roles in such films as Into The Spiderverse, Ralph Breaks the Internet and the Lego Movie 2. I quibble with some of what the writer talks about and in fact, I'd argue that she misses the point about what these traditional stories are attempting to explore. In many ways these movies are just  old wine in new bottles and are doing so in a pretty obvious 'of the moment' virtue-signalling way but it's a good starting point for discussions about what makes a 'good man'.

Of course, these (and most) films (animated or not, for kids or not) still feature a male as the chief protagonist having to learn/accomplish something. That to me is more of a bigger issue - not having a diversity of characters at the centre of stories. If that doesn't change, the stories themselves can't change much.

I plan to write more about this some day but at the moment I have to sign off - my cupcakes need to come out of the oven.