Down to my last $1,000.00

I have exactly $976.00 to date. This is not including the change I throw in my desk drawer. But today, I’m venturing to start a new journey as looking for a job that will allow me to pursue my creative nature will be nothing but a deter ant.

Starting with $100.00, I plan on documenting my start on earning a living buying and selling things. I spent the entire morning looking on a auction website for things to buy. But unfortunately, the profit margins with shipping and auction prices wouldn’t allow much profit. In addition, I’m very green to this business.

I attempted 10 years ago to buy computers at an auction. I got stuck with a bunch of useless merchandise that I couldn’t sell. My first attempt at buying at auctions,  I bought a monitor for $40.o0 thinking it was an entire computer.

In 2006, I bought 800 candle holders. The shipping cost, due to the weight, was almost $300.00. These experiences lead me to just give up the idea of trying to make a living buying and selling things.

Now, almost 20 years later, I find myself once again giving it another shot. I’m with out a car, so I have another handicap that restricts my options, as transporting is a huge cost, especially if I have to rent a van. And, I’m much to old to be carrying and lifting things.

I know nothing about trying to sell things on Ebay or Amazon. As matter of fact, I sold a movie on Amazon 4 years ago, and still don’t know how to collect my $3.00.

But with all that said, I know that the answers to these problems can’t be solved without trying to come up with the solution. No one is going to come knocking on my door handing me the answers to solve my financial problems.


Understanding Lighting Concepts

One of the concepts I’m having trouble with is understanding lighting. Meaning, how light works with film and photography. I’m currently enrolled in a lighting class and I’m totally confused with concepts. So, what I thought I would do is put together my own research in order to help others that might be having similar issues with learning.

This may take several weeks as well as be out of order. But I promise to organize it as I continue.

Color Temperature 


Questions for Creating Character Backstory

One of the most frustrating processes I’m finding as a film student is how writing instructors assume you know what to do? In one of my recent classes, I was asked to create a character bio, which included creating a backstory. There wasn’t any chapter in the two books that I was required to purchase for the class. I was given my assignment back, as well as chance to do it over. “How was I suppose to know what I didn’t know?”

I was given a link to Julie Gray’s article, “Is Backstory Important?”

I thought to myself, “Why did I purchase two books on writing a short film?”

After thinking about it for that evening, I quickly realized that there are several things about the process of writing that haven’t been published. So, I decided to create a blog resource for how to create a character backstory.

The questions I’m creating are taken from several websites. These questions were created from Laura Cross’s article, “How To Create Your Main Character’s Backstory.”

While doing this, keep in mind what Guy Gallo says in his book “ScreenWriter’s Compass- Character As True North” about backstory.

Backstory is that part of your understanding of a character’s past that actually shows up in the present tense of the screenplay. 

  1. What is your character’s age?
  2. Is your character a male or female?
  3. What is your character’s name?
  4. Where was your character birthplace?
  5. What does your character do for a living?
  6. Does your character have any religious affiliations?
  7. Describe your character’s physical appearances.
  8. What is your character’s attitude towards the opposite sex?
  9. Does your character go to school?
    1. High School?
      1. Graduated?
      2. Dropped out?
        1. What grade did they drop out at?
    2. College?
      1. Bachelor Degree?
      2. Masters Degree?
      3. Doctorate


Diary of Eric P. Martin – 1-23-2013

Today marks the day that I journey to being an artist. Yesterday, my career (if you want to call it that) ended as a cab driver. The cab company I leased my cab from said I couldn’t lease until I had a working telephone number. Well, the income that I was making from driving a cab has been insufficient to pay my cellphone bill. So, I made a decision to journey onto a new direction, making a living online.


Chicago Cabbie Confessions 10-11-2012

My first day back cab driving was enough to make anyone not drive a cab.

My new cab company had yet to put me in their system when I arrived at the garage. The meter to the cab I was assigned didn’t connect with the Gandalf machine. I wasted an hour of my 12 hour lease time before I got out of the garage.

Two hours into driving, the gandolf machine quits receiving data and I was suspended from taking fares. I had to return to the garage. It turns out that the dispatch had suspended me because someone didn’t put me in the system yet.

Back on the streets, everything was working fine until my meter started blinking zeros across the screen. I once again had to return to the garage. It was now 1:00 am in the morning.

I was now given a new cab to drive after spending $5.00 in gas in the last cab. This cab’s gas needle was on empty. I put another $5.00 in the tank.

I picked up a ride and drove only to find out this cab didn’t have a credit card machine in the back. I was unsure how to work this new system as what I did try didn’t work. I got $3.00 for a $7.00 ride.

My last fare, was around 3:00. I picked up the customer around Fullerton and Clark.
The fare was $14.05. He had no wallet, no id, and no money to pay for his fare. He called his girlfriend and I called the police. His girlfriend’s credit card declined. While the police were present, they found $15.00 to give me along with a “Fuck You”