Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, April 4, 2021, or: Status Update on Our New Popcorn Sky Project

We reached the $500-mark yesterday.

Hey, Dear Reader! It’s early afternoon on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, and it’s a crisp cool day here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 45% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 2 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 74˚F (23˚C). Today’s forecast calls for a high of 77˚F (25˚C) and mostly sunny skies. Tonight, skies will be mostly clear. The low will be 50˚F (10˚C).

This is, more or less, how the neighborhood looks today. (Photo by the author)

It’s been a quiet day here in my nook of Florida. I woke up after 8 AM – a rare event for me, since I’m usually up at the crack of dawn – and had breakfast by 10:30 AM. I’m not sure at what time I went to bed, though[1]. I watched some of the extra features on my new 4K UHD Blu-ray set of Black Hawk Down (a three-disc set that includes the 4K and 1080p Blu-ray discs with two cuts of Ridley Scott’s 2001 war film Black Hawk Down – the R-rated theatrical version and the slightly longer Extended Edition – along with a bonus features Blu-ray disc), but I don’t remember when I called it a night and collapsed on my futon.

This is what the campaign looks like as of this writing.

So, what’s new on this Easter Sunday? Well, we are slightly over the $500-mark in the Popcorn Sky GoFundMe campaign for what my friends Juan and Adria call my next movie. Actually, it’s our next movie; I’m the screenwriter and associate producer, true, but I’m not the director. And since the public usually thinks that the director is the auteur of any given film, it’s going to be A Film by Juan Carlos Hernandez in the credits (and in the viewer’s mind).  I’m realistic; this is going to be a group effort. If we were building a skyscraper or a house, I’m the architect who does the blueprints; Adria supervises and coordinates the actual work, and Juan is the guy who directs the actual construction.

As of this afternoon, Popcorn Sky’s next film by Alex Diaz-Granados has received 11 donations, for a grand total of $525 (out of the estimated $50,000 projected budget). And although we still have a way to go before we can start filming, the funds that we have on hand now are just enough for the writing of the script to begin.

My first draft’s Establishing Shot.

So, Dear Reader, I see that we’re making progress with the project, although we are still going to need more contributions before we can hire a cast, see about buying some music for the soundtrack, and figure out where we can plan on filming the movie.

Other than that, there’s not much going on in my life on this cool spring Sunday. I’m going to take it easy for the rest of the day and save my energies for tomorrow. My plan is to work on my script during the workweek, then rest on weekends (unless, of course, I have a hankering to add an idea or two that might cross my mind on a Saturday or a Sunday).

Anyway, that’s all the news that’s fit to print today, so I’ll humbly take my leave of you, Dear Reader. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things!

P.S. If you want to donate to our GoFundMe, you can do so here: https://gofund.me/86634e1b.


[1] The headache that I am nursing right now tells me I must have gone to bed late.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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