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Seriously Folks… Go to the NEW SITE – WWW.MRFRIGHTS.COM

April 20, 2014

Seriously. Go there. I need to move the traffic here to over there. Please! Thanks!

– Mr. Frights

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Mr. Fright’s Scary Stuff – The blog has evolved!

July 12, 2013

Okay, to all my followers please hear this. Long story short, I put WordPress on my actual website and so my blog is now over there. The address: http://www.mrfrights.com/.
So if you’re still interested in all things Frights, you should head over there and jump into the spooky bog with me.

The Long Story:

A while back I had a laptop crash event and lost pretty much everything from my website including the sacred template that allowed me to simultaneously update the entire site at one time. Having lost this template I am unable to access my website and make any changes or updates at all.

The solution was brought to me by a friend who said that HTML is passe and I should install WordPress on my site so it’s easier to control and update at will. I’m already familiar with it and there are a lot more cool things you can do in this form of WP. I was like ‘okay, I’ll give it a shot’. So I did and I found an insanely cool template for my WP site, changed some stuff around, migrated a few things (which I’m still working on), and then voila!

Now I have my website all updated and stuff, looks kinda modern, but still super cool! I am constantly adding new material and features and would LOVE to have you guys over for a visit.

So, I hope you find your way to the new spot at Mr. Frights’ Scary Stuff: The Big Blog of Doom and Things on my actual home website. www.MRFRIGHTS.com/

Thanks!

Mr. F.

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Mr. Frights’ Websites are Merging!!

June 27, 2013

It’s a long story that starts with an attempt to take the internet by storm through extending myself throughout social media, blogs, websites, forums, and so on – and ends with the crash of my laptop. Once rebuilt the key components to my website had been erased with no backup I could recapture.

I didn’t want just a plain blog as I do pay good money for my website to begin with, but after several years running on this template I just wasn’t in the mood to rebuild into another antiquated design, regardless of how attractive it was to me. Having a blog on a separate space online and having to get a new website together just didn’t make sense. So I took the advise of one of my pals and decided to use one of the cooler features of my web service.

Now with WordPress installed in my website, I’m rebuilding things. Slowly. But I’m also adding new things. So if you’re interested in following Mr. Frights and his friends’ adventures, then you’ll want to skip this pile and cruise on over to this web address:

http://mrfrights.com/wp/

From now on any updates that occur for Mr. Frights will take place there. This old blog will probably stay here, unattended, so no need to keep visiting. I’d love to welcome you all to the new Mr. Frights’ Scary Stuff website all rolled into one big pile of fun!

And don’t forget, while I do inhabit Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. I’m mostly on Facebook, so please feel free to JOIN US there.

https://www.facebook.com/frights

Thanks a billion for your support and I hope you’ll look forward to new things coming from Mr. Frights and the get Frights crew!

– Mr. Frights

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What is Pinterest?

September 14, 2012

Mr. Frights

I have been using Pinterest for months now. I keep telling people about it and I keep seeing other people telling their friends about it, but I keep seeing these friends say things like “I don’t get it” or “I’m confused” and so on. I thought that since it’s been so helpful to me, that I would do a write up on the site, what it is, and why you should check it out at least. I’m going to try to stay in the confines of my own area of specialization, but it’s great for a lot of things, having something for everyone.

 

WHAT IS PINTEREST?

Pinterest, simply put, is social online bookmarking. It’s a website where you can bookmark things around the web for yourself like you would in your own browser, and share them with others. So, say you go to Martha Stewart Online and you find something there that you want to make or something you want to come back to like a recipe. Normally you would go to your “Bookmarks” button in your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Firefox) and you’d add a bookmark. Well, it’s the same thing! But on a website where others can check out your bookmarks or “pins”.

 

PINTEREST BOARDS & PINS

They call your bookmarks “pins” because it’s like a big cork board that you push pin things. You can re-pin things from people you follow. Pinterest also provides a toolbar button that you can click and drag from their page and place the button on your bookmark tool bar. This button lets you pin things from websites.

For example: If you go to the Martha Stewart Halloween page and you find a craft you like that you want to pin, then you just go to that page, click on the “PIN IT” button in your bookmark toolbar and suddenly a bunch of photos from the website pop up. You move your cursor over the image you want to pin and click the “PIN IT” button that comes up.

You can add a description with it (which I recommend) and then you can choose which board you want to pin it to of your own. I for one have a bunch of Martha’s Halloween tips in my Halloween Tips board.

You organize your pins in what they call “BOARDS”. You can make different boards for different themes. For example, I made a bunch of Halloween boards, but I wanted to separate them by Tips, Treats, and so on. So if you go to my page on Pinterest you find a bunch of different boards, and if you click on one of those boards it takes you to my pins. On these boards the pins are photos from the website you bookmarked. When you pin something, you usually use the photo that interests you most.

 

HOW TO USE PINTEREST

When you click on a pin, one of the photos you see in the boards, it should take you to the website that the photo belongs to. This is the bookmarking part. Sometimes this won’t work because it’s just a picture that was pinned (so you end up just going to that picture) and not a website. Also, sometimes you end up at the wrong place because someone pinned the front page of a blog instead of the actual blog post they were trying to pin. And of course, as with anything, since you have the ability to edit your pins, some people have changed a picture’s link to point to an inappropriate website or something that doesn’t match what the picture is.

You use PINTEREST to keep track of things you like. I’ve seen people have board for their favorite sports teams, Health & Beauty tips, cooking, decorating, music, videos, anything you are interested in. You can use Pinterest to plan events by making boards dedicated to a theme (i.e. Vampire Party). You can use Pinterest to get the word out about your blog. I post a new blog, I make sure I put photos into the post, then I PIN IT and use one of the photos to catch peoples interest (get it yet? Pin + Interest = Pinterest). This type of thing brings people to my blog. I can also use it to help promote other people by pinning their blogs or websites.

You can also “LIKE” a pin. Pinterest keeps track of your “Likes” and so you can go to your likes and look back on what you liked. This is good for people who don’t want to add a pin for something but want to still keep that pin on hand. For example… I might “LIKE” a cleaning tip, but because my pins are all about Halloween or Horror I don’t want to add something to the mix that is not part of that theme. I instead can “like” the pin and then go back to my likes to find it later.

 

OTHER STUFF

Pinterest also has some other cool features, so be sure if you sign up, go to ABOUT then go to the PIN IT button link and you’ll be taken to the GOODIES section. On the left side of the page you’ll see a bunch of things about Pinterest. One of those things will tell you a lot of what I just told you. They include tutorials and other things. On the Goodies page you’ll find ways to get other people to follow your boards, mobile apps, and other things to help make your Pinterest experience better for you.

One of the great things about Pinterest is that you can FOLLOW ALL to follow someone’s boards. BUT you can also UNFOLLOW specific boards. So if someone I follow is pinning a bunch of things I’m not interested in (i.e. a bunch of Sports team pictures) I can just go to that board and click the “unfollow” button. Alternatively, if you come across someone and look at their boards first, you can follow singular boards that interest you instead of clicking the “follow all” button.

 

THE DOWN SIDE

As with all things the site has some down sides to it. Like I said above, sometimes the pictures were pinned wrong. If you run into this, there IS a solution!! Open up a new window and go to Google, then go to their Image Search. Make sure you can see both windows so you can grab the picture you’re looking at and drag it to the Google search. Google will bring up websites where that image is located. You can usually find the original blog or website and then fix the link on the pin by clicking “Edit”.

The other thing I mentioned is that some pins might take you to an erroneous link, sometimes an inappropriate one. The best way to avoid this is just to check your pins before you re-pin someone elses’ stuff. If you run into this, just do the Google Image search thing, edit the pin so that it points to something else. Hopefully the real website where you want to go.

Another sticking point is that PINTEREST doesn’t have a privacy setting for making your pins or boards private to only you or only certain people. This shouldn’t be an issue, but if you’re concerned about that kind of thing for some reason, then keep it in mind when you’re pinning things. Someday this functionality might be available, so don’t let it stop you from enjoying Pinterest in the meantime.

I hope this helps you discover Pinterest and how it can help you with your personal interests as well as your social interests or even professional interests. If you have questions, I’m happy to help. You can also find a lot of help on the website itself just by checking out their ABOUT section. Now that they’ve opened it up to everyone, you don’t need an invitation anymore. So why not sign up and go try it out?! And be sure to follow me and my boards when you get there!!

 

– Happy Horrible Pinning

Mr. Frights

http://pinterest.com/mrfrights/

 

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Why I Don’t Support Crowd Funding

April 26, 2012

I know it might seem like a buzz kill or a let down to some, but the truth is I just don’t support crowd funding. Things like KickStarter or IndieGoGo were a novel idea and I as a filmmaker got super excited about it. The thing is, as with all great ideas, at some point they get abused. With great ideas involving money, it happens even more & usually quicker. Some people might not understand why I don’t support these things, so I thought I’d explain a little.

First and foremost, crowd funding means that fans are funding their own entertainment. Yes they get something in return for their money, but then when to go to see the movie they have to pay again in some cases. They also have no guarantee that what they are funding is going to be a good investment. While there’s always risk in investment, you still want it to pay off. The idea that every crowd funded project is going to be as good as the people behind it think it will be is ridiculous. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met in my time as a filmmaker that come talking about how wonderful their movie is going to be and then I see it and it’s anything but.

Another reason is that pretty much anyone can get in on crowd funding. You might know some of the people asking for your financial support, but then you might not. Aside from looking these people up on Google there’s really no way to see who all involved are and what they bring to the project. I know all to well that even experienced people can bring unwanted drama to a project and worst case, cause it to fail. Why am I going to put my money into something that can be such a risk? I don’t know if any of these people are in fact experienced at all and the filmmakers could just be some monkeys with a camera.

For people who do know what they are doing and have a great screenplay, this idea of crowd funding is terrific. They get support, they build awareness of their project, they move forward with putting something outstanding together. The thing is they are never guaranteed that they get the money that everyone promises. They put so much time into trying to get financial support from fans and such that they could have just as well gotten their money by saving it up themselves or getting a loan or getting their cast and crew to chip in.

All of these things I just mentioned are ideas I have seen put into use and are somewhat effective (especially just saving your money up). I personally have used tax return money to bulk up what I needed to get funding for the projects I made. Using this method you’re pretty much guaranteed the funds and you’re directly in control of the project because it’s your money.

You also build an appreciation for how long it took and how much work you had to put in to get the money. On top of this, you learn what you need to spend money on that you might not have anticipated, such as DVD materials, marketing costs, promo costs, cost of materials, or the cost of using a company to put the final product together. It’s more likely you’ll be budget conscious and do better with what you got because it’s YOUR money.

The other thing that bugs me about this is that is cheapens the titles of credits that are being sold. The credits in a movie mean something. There are actual people behind those titles who do a lot of work. More than you’d think. Crowd funding at certain levels is essentially selling credits. Giving people credit for simply handing over cash makes those titles worthless. The only credit I’d be comfortable selling off is Executive Producer because they are usually the ones who fund a movie.

Say someone puts a project up on KickStarter, they make their goal there but for some reason they feel that they need to run the same campaign again over on IndieGoGo. That is an abuse of the system. Even if they are splitting the real goal between two spots, it’s pushing the limits of good taste. I’ve seen filmmakers who posted their full goal, it was well known, they made it, and turned around to post the same goal on another site. Filmmakers can easily take advantage of people this way, but also, they push out the chance of another good project having a chance at funding by doing this kind of thing.

Besides, how do I know where my money is being spent at all? Is it being spent wisely or for something that’s going to just be a waste? What about having it spent on things that have little or nothing to do with the movie at all? Do I get my money back when the movie turns out to be crud? Nope.

The only saving grace of this idea is that (as far as I know) if you don’t make your project goal, then you don’t get the money – this in turn makes it so that fans willing to part with their earnings get to choose their poison so to speak. It’s totally up to them to choose who they trust and what they want to see produced. From this point of view, they have no one to blame (or pat on the back depending on things going right) but themselves.

I have seen a project or two here and there that totally deserves to be funded and I can see why they’d need the extra support. I’ve backed maybe three of these project by promoting them and that’s over the past three years. That should give you an idea of how much I support these projects since there are hundreds of them out there at any one time. Of the ones I’ve supported, two of them actually made their goal.

Ultimately it doesn’t really matter to me what YOU do, I’m only concerned about what I do and I choose to not support 99% of crowd funded projects. I’m not out to offend anyone, I’m not out to shoot people down or hurt them in any way. But I’m not going to hand over money or try to get other people to hand over money through promoting your crowd funding campaign when there’s nothing that stands out to me saying you deserve that money to just be handed over to you. Why would I want to buy your DVD before I know if it’s any good? Why would I want a hat or t-shirt for a project that’s not surely off the ground?

My advice, take the time you need to save up your money. It might take you a lot longer, but there are benefits to going this rout. You are the one in control of everything. You actually can pay your cast and crew if you account for that cost. This will make you look really good. You can get what equipment you want. You can get what props, locations, and other expendable things that you want without worry of interference from “the money”. You don’t have to worry about running a campaign or making other people, the fans, take the risks. You stand on your own.

Get an account at a bank, put back some money based on what you can afford to save up at what ever time frame you can afford, don’t ever touch the account until you reach your goal. If your job isn’t doing it for you, try selling your knowledge to people or come up with other projects that give people something they want that’s worth the money. If you can do artwork, sell that. If you can design and make your own clothes or dolls or whatever, do that. But asking others to fund your project, in my opinion it’s just tacky.

I am all about promoting people’s finished projects. I am happy to pass on information to others that doesn’t ridiculously put them at risk. If you want to do crowd funding, I don’t look down on you at all. It’s between you and whomever is involved. I’m not here to judge, but I’m not interested in funding or supporting these types of things.

 

– Mr. Frights

http://about.me/mrfrights

 

 

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Insane Ian – “We’re All Gonna Die”

April 13, 2012

Insane Ian – “We’re All Gonna Die” (feat. Devo Spice, Kiki Canon and Schaffer the Darklord) – YouTube.

I’ve posted this before. Gotta love some Insane Ian. This is one of my favorite horror songs!

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Jason Voorhees Family Guy

April 13, 2012

A couple clips from Family Guy featuring Jason Voorhees…

Jason Voorhees Family Guy – YouTube.

FOX Broadcasting Company – Family Guy TV Show – Family Guy TV Series – Family Guy Episode Guide – Fun House.

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