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INFINITE TOMORROW – LUCAS KITCHEN |063

by Tommy G. Kendrick

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LUCAS KITCHEN – A CREATIVE MIND – NOTES

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On this page you’ll find the host’s notes taken as he listened back to the recorded interview with Lucas Kitchen.

TIME STAMPS

Lucas Portrait200xAt various headings and in the interior of some comments you may find some ‘time stamps’ designated [21:29] for example.

That is the approximate location within the recording that the comments noted occur. Hopefully that will make it easier for you to skip to areas that you might find most interesting.

If you’d like the notes in their entirety, look for the ‘Read Full Transcript’ notice at the bottom of the page and click the arrow.

Please let me know if adding the time codes is of any help or value to you!

LESSONS FROM DAD

[4:15]

Dad had a lesson he taught us – never go anywhere without a sketchbook
We always had something to draw with or something to write with
There were definitely times when we’d stop the van and pull over to sketch a scene or something

MUSIC THEN WRITING

[5:37]

Writing came along later, I think for a very specific reason. Being a pretty poor speller and confused about punctuation as a young kid, I thought I couldn’t write.
I thought that technical skill that I lacked would keep me from writing. So for years I shied away from letting people see my written work because I was afraid I was
doing it wrong.

I wish someone would’ve sat me down and said ‘hey, you’re a good storyteller, you havve some weaknesses, it would be great if you worked on those because you really
could do something with this. [6:14]

lucas books

LUCAS KITCHEN – VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ROCKS

[7:50]

I’m a big believer in high school level vocational programs. I first picked up a camera in a high school media class. I got acquainted with a lot of the basics of video production there, using a camera, storyboarding, etc.

LUCAS KITCHEN – KID’S CAMPS TO START

[8:28]

First professional

projects were kid’s summer camps. Someone asked me to shoot video at a summer camp. He called around and booked 10 camps to video that
summer and a freelance videography career was born. That phase of the career lasted 7 years.

LUCAS KITCHEN – THE DREAM

[9:28]

Work on freelance videography projects to fund the kind of film projects I really wanted to be doing. The benefits were that I had the equipment and the skill to put together shot film projects and even some feature length documentary projects. The freelance work was fueled by the education and confidence gained originally via the high school vocational video classes

LUCAS KITCHEN – WHY STAY IN A SMALL MARKET

[12:00]

I wondered if Lucas had ever considered giving up a rather enjoyable small town lifestyle for life in a bigger market. My question, which I failed to follow up on
properly was really about being able to work with more accomplished people than one might find in a smaller market.

Lucas’ talks about the reality that in larger markets there is a lot more competition from talented people. In his East Texas location, there is a lot of work and less
competition

LUCAS KITCHEN – OTHER THOUGHTS ON STAYING PUT

once you get to the level you thought you wanted to be to…a lot of times it’s not nearly as satisfying as you thought it would be [11:40]
The peaceful lifestyle would be very hard to give up. When I was in L.A. or in even more distant locations like India, shooting, I realized I’d really rather be at home. I like east Texas.

LUCAS KITCHEN – STORYTELLING

[12:40]

Writing a story is just magical
From the first time I bought a camera to do commercials, I dreamed about making feature length narrative movies

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LESSONS FROM DAD [4:15]

Dad had a lesson he taught us - never go anywhere without a sketchbook

We always had something to draw with or something to write with

There were definitely times when we'd stop the van and pull over to sketch a scene or someething

MUSIC THEN WRITING [5:37]

Writing came along later, I think for a very specific reason. Being a pretty poor speller and confused about punctuation as a young kid, I thought I couldn't write. I

thought that technical skill that I lacked would keep me from writing. So for years I shied away from letting people see my written work because I was afraid I was

doing it wrong.

I wish someone would've sat me down and said 'hey, you're a good storyteller, you havve some weaknesses, it would be great if you worked on those because you really

could do something with this. [6:14]

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ROCKS [7:50]

I'm a big believer in high school level vocational programs

I first picked up a camera in a high school media class. I got acquainted with a lot of the basics of video production there, using a camera, storyboarding, etc.

KID'S CAMPS TO START [8:28]

First professional projects were kid's summer camps. Someone asked me to shoot video at a summer camp. He called around and booked 10 camps to video that

summer and a freelance videography career was born. That phase of the career lasted 7 years.

THE DREAM [9:28]

Work on freelance videography projects to fund the kind of film projects I really wanted to be doing

The benefits were that I had the equipment and the skill to put together shot film projects and even some feature length documentary projects

The freelance work was fuled by the education and confidence gained orginally via the high school vocational video classes

WHY STAY IN A SMALL MARKET [12:00]

I wondered if Lucas had ever considered giving up a rather enjoyable small town lifestyle for life in a bigger market. My question, which I failed to follow up on

properly was really about being able to work with more accomplished people than one might find in a smaller market.

Lucas' talks about the reality that in larger markets there is a lot more competition from talented people. In his East Texas location, there is a lot of work and less

competition

OTHER THOUGHTS ON STAYING PUT

once you get to the level you tought you wanted to be to...a lot of times it's not nearly as satisfying as you tought it would be [11:40]

The peaceful lifestyle would be very hard to give up

When I was in L.A. or in even more distant locations like India, shooting, I realized I'd really rather be at home. I like east Texas.

STORYTELLING [12:40]

writing a story is just magical

From the first time I bought a camera to do commercials, I dreamed about making feature length narrative movies

DISTRIBUTION MODEL CHANGES [14:13]

We talk about how the business of making and distributing creative content has changed dramatically in recent years. With the maturing online platforms such as

YouTube, it's not an absolute requirement to get a theatrical release for your project.

The same kinds of changes are happening for #actors as well, as more and more roles are being cast from self-taped auditions sent to regional production centers, in

Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, New Mexico, etc. [14:52]

IDEA EUPHORIA [17:30]

Lucas talks about having ideas for what he calls extravagant movies wth enormous budgets. After a time of shooting film work he realized that these ideas were

unrealistic

FIRST FEATURE BOMBS [17:57]

The first narative feature we did was a total bomb! We totally rushed the writing phase. We were like oh people will just love it and we'll just skimp on the script.

[We had the attitude of] We'll make it where we're loose or whatever. We made it and it was the worst move ever."

It looked good, good cinematography, but they made terrible mistakes with the story.

The experience made him realize how much work it was to do narrative features and how expensive they are to produce...the expense was a real deal breaker...he began to

ask himself what am I going to do with all these great story ideas that are too expensive to make as movies?

WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL MY STORY IDEAS [18:37]

Lucas related that he realized he would not be able to make movies that were so expensive to shoot but he had all these fantastic story ideas. What could he do with

them?

He decided that even though he knew his technical writing skills would need an editor and proofreaders, he would start writing these ideas as books instead of movies.

I started wrting and I just had a blast. It was like I could build a set in thirty seconds. I could cast the story in another fifteen seconds. And I could be shooting

a minute later. I mean, that's what it felt like. The tool for storytelling was just so much more readily available.[19:27]

That was sort of intoxicating. It was such a magical thing. So what got me into writing was wanting to do movies. As soon as I kind of discovered that, the big

narrative movie dream was basically replaced. [20:09]

I'd love to see my stories made into movies, but this is the medium for me, I think.

AUDIOBOOKS [21:13]

In my mind the audiobook is just the most fantastic thing I've ever experienced.

I love audio. When I write something I'm interested to see it become an audiobook fairly quickly.[21:29]

There are some in my audience that don't necessarily read, they listen.

PICKING A NARRATOR[22:00]

I asked Lucas how it was as the author to hear his characters speaking out of someone else's mouth.

He said in essence that he has learned through trial and error that is was worth it to connect with professionals, with people who have some experience - narrators who

have some craft. ( My term not his.)

You can get blinded by Mr. Big Voice. What Lucas says he has learned is that getting an actor who understands how to tell a story with his/her voice is much more

important that just finding someone who has a 'big' voice. [22:28]

INFINITE TOMORROW - WHAT'S THE STORY [23:22]

It's set on a planet called Newearth, a planet that comes after our earth and it opens in a sort of gardened setting where 12 young boys are being taught by a

character called an Elvangeline. It's sort of a 'boy goes on a journey' story. The protagonist [Abriel] is given a task to complete. Anyone who is familiar with ths

style of story understands that the lesson is in the journey not in the completion of the task.

It's largely what I [the author] would call a millieu story. It's largely about the world he's living in. This NEWEARTH. More books may come from this same setting,

possibly a trilogy. [24:20]

FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION or SCIENCE FANTASY [24:53]

I'm very interested in technology and where it is going in the future. How we as humans interact with technology. I'm enamored of the idea that science fiction and

fantasy are not really all that different. An author that Kitchen likes once said 'the only dfference between science fiction and fantasy is that one has rivets and

one has trees.'

In a lot of my stories, the fantasy elements are woven into the scifi elements [25:58]

WHO IS THE AUDIENCE [27:10]

I don't really know who it's for until it's finished. [With this book]I'm sort of targeting fantasy lovers who are young at heart, that love a journey sort of story. I

read Narnia and The Hobit every couple of years and those are children's books. I feel like a young teen could enjoy it and an older reader will get more from it. I've

been saying it's probably best for age 13 and up.

A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY [28:31]

The story has at its core a spiritual journey or quest that is undertaken by Abriel, the protagonist. Lucas talked a bit about the spiritual aspect of this story. He

spoke about how fiction is often effectively used as a means to tell a story with spiritual or social significance. He also alluded to influential people throughout

history from Jesus to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ghandi and how they were great storytellers.

ABOUT FICTION [29:11]

I think whenever we have a lesson or moral we really want people to understand, I think there's no better vehicle than fiction, just because it [the lesson] sort of

creeps up on you, you realize it at some point but you're still enjoying the story

Web Site [30:03]

Lucas describes the type of works that can be found there: fiction of all kinds, web comics and

wearefiction.org

JOIN ME ON BLAB [32:10]

I'm going to try something a bit different for me this coming Saturday 1/30/2016 as jump into live streaming on the BLAB.im platform

Blab is a relatively new platform that combines some of best traits of Google Handouts and Hangouts On Air with a real time chat feature where audience members can

easily make comments or ask questions in real time. It looks like a very promising platform for an interview show like Actors Talk Podcast. It is live, so whatever

happens, happens. Join me if you'd like as I interview fellow podcaster, videorgapher Doc Kennedy.

That's a wrap for Episode 63.

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