My Top 5 Samurai Film: • Crouching Tiger

My Top 5 Samurai Film:
• Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – Ang Lee
• Yojimbo (1961) – Akira Kurosawa
• Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 – Quentin Tarantino (cheating, I know)
• Ninja Scroll (1993) – Yoshiaki Kawajiri
• Seven Samurai (1954) – Akira Kurosawa

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My Top 10 Hand-Drawn Animated Films. • P

My Top 10 Hand-Drawn Animated Films.

• Princess Mononoke
• Iron Giant
• Pinnochio
• Ghost in the Shell
• Akira
• Alladin
• Alice in Wonderland
• Spirited Away
• Grave of the Fireflies
• The Lion King

#princessmononoke #miyazaki #bradbird #irongiant #pinnochio #ghostintheshell #akira #alladin #aliceinwonderland #spiritedaway #graveofthefireflies #lionking #thelionking #theirongiant #animation #animator #handdrawn #indie #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmmaker #makemovies #makingfilms #makingmovies #makefilms #anime #animefilms #director #artprint #western #samurai #ronin #characterdesign #storyboard #art #artwork #kickstarter #animes #art
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Official 27×41 Orient City poster. #kick

Official 27×41 Orient City poster. #kickstarter #rewards #reward #onesheet #poster #movieposter #handdrawn #animation #animator #handdrawn #indie #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmmaker #makemovies #makingfilms #makingmovies #makefilms #anime #animefilms #director #animator #artprint #western #samurai #samuraiwestern #ronin #theprincess #asiancinema #hongkongmovies #westernfilms #westerns #westernmovies #art #artwork #kickstarter #crowdfunding #supportcrowdfunding
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Samurai. One bad dude. #orientcity #kick

Samurai. One bad dude. #orientcity #kickstarter #reward #rewards #artprint #anime #animation #western #samurai #samuraiwestern #animation #handdrawn #indie #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmmaker #anime #animefilms #director #western #samurai #samuraiwestern #ronin #theprincess #characterdesign #storyboard #art #artwork http://qr.net/bG8cy http://ow.ly/i/j8a6w

Kick back with an Orient City T-shirt. #

Kick back with an Orient City T-shirt. #orientcity #kickstarter #tshirt #rewards #reward #western #samurai #animation #handdrawn #indie #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmmaker #anime #animefilms #director #animator #western #samurai #samuraiwestern #ronin #theprincess #characterdesign #storyboard #art #artwork #kickstarter http://qr.net/bG8cy http://ow.ly/i/j89Qs

Still from the opening shot of the hand-

Still from the opening shot of the hand-drawn animated film ORIENT CITY. #orientcity #animation #handdrawn #indie #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmmaker #anime #animefilms #director #animator #western #samurai #samuraiwestern #ronin #theprincess #characterdesign #storyboard #art #artwork #kickstarter http://qr.net/bG8cy http://ow.ly/i/j7CXJ

Let Post Begin

I’ve been in LA for over two months and it’s about time I head back to NY. I miss my family and I need to spend some quality time with my brand new nephew. However, I will be out here another two weeks overseeing the edit and post. I found out that a storm is coming through the east coast that is supposed to dump snow everywhere. We are almost in April. That’s absurd. So… Maybe I shouldn’t be in such a rush to get back there.

I also found out that I will be the Godfather to my nephew. Pretty exciting stuff. Can’t wait to take him to a cage and work on some lax skills. And then the mats to teach him to fight. He needs to be well rounded, ya know?

Help New Yorkers Cure Paralysis

Please help pressure Governor Cuomo in funding the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP). As someone with a friend who is paralyzed, there are some amazing advances being made – and until you’re faced with such an ordeal you have no idea how limited the resources are for this type of research in America.  New York, particularly Bloomberg, was making a massive push to bring New York to the forefront of medical/tech research.  That effort is still ongoing and I believe we were neck-in-neck with Boston in second.

I have already written a letter, you can change the name and date and shoot it off – I know there are a lot of people that would be truly grateful to you. Below is the template for the letter I wrote if you are so inclined to help out. It takes all of five minutes to copy, paste and change some information. Thanks all.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I am writing you today to request your consideration of including $8.5 million in your 2014 Executive Budget to fully fund the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP). As you may know, the SCIRP supports New York researchers, hospitals and academic center in their quest to find cures for spinal cord injury. It helps to leverage federal and private sector funds, while at the same time providing well paying, high-tech jobs to New Yorkers. It’s funding will no doubt attract scientists and doctors to our great state.

According to state law, the SCIRP is funded through a surcharge on moving violation traffic tickets.  The law states that these funds are to be used to fully fund the SCIRP at $8.5 million annually. Unfortunately, SCIRP funds were eliminated in 2010 and used to fill state budget gaps. This cut has resulted in terminations and disruptions in research programs. Since then, advocates such as myself have been successful in getting a partial restoration of $2 million in 2013.

Since 1998, SCIRP has provided over $71 million of much needed dollars in research dollars to advance treatments for spinal cord injury. Under your leadership, our state is in better fiscal health and can afford to fully fund this modest program. Let’s not leave it to other states to be at the forefront of this research. New York has been inching closer and closer to Northern California as the place to be for medical research – help us take the lead with this program that provides real benefits to real individuals.

Thank your for your consideration and I will be following up with your staff soon.

Best,

Ryan Colucci

#5 in your programs. #1 in your hearts.

As the weather has turned, so have things in my life.

Recently, I have a close friend who found himself on the wrong side of the law. He is now looking at ten years or more for his actions. Left behind is a bag of shit that he left other people to carry. He was greedy and selfish and the people who are paying the price are the people who actually cared about this kid. I feel bad that he is about to lose a major chunk of his life and stare at four walls all day – but we all make choices in life.

On Christmas Eve, a friend of mine and college lacrosse teammate passed away.  This is a 36 year old who recently got married and by all definitions was in great health. He went home for the holidays in MA, took a nap and never woke up. And no one knew until this week – but his wife is twelve weeks pregnant. Today was the funeral and the whole thing felt surreal. Like it wasn’t really happening. That there was no way my friend was inside that casket. I don’t know what the point of this post is.  Just that I had to face some hard truths today. Truths about my worries and fears. Financial concerns and producing/writing a hit film/book. They always seem so trivial when put into perspective. My heart ached for his family and his wife… and his unborn child. I felt utterly useless and like I was a tourist at this funeral. I would go home. I would move on with life. And this is something they will have to deal with everyday. And in nine months a baby will be born without a father. And their struggle could just be beginning.

He wore #5.  But right now he is #1 in my heart, along with his family and all my other friends touched by this tragedy.

Day 6 of ‘R.E.M.’ Kickstarter

Today marks the sixth day of the Kickstarter campaign for my graphic novel R.E.M.   I woke up today and we were sitting at $4,957.

I have to say, I’m completely overwhelmed with the support the book has received from the Kickstarter community.  We currently have 144 backers, and I’d say roughly 85% of them are Kickstarter driven.  Only three of my family members have pledged so far (you bastards), and a handful of my friends.  That is something you hope for, but don’t really expect.  There’s a reason it is the brand that is synonymous with crowdfunding, and that is because they have built an amazing community within their electronic walls.  I guess, to some extent, I am part of that and didn’t even realize it.  I’ve backed over a dozen projects – and trust me, if I had the money I would back so many more. There is some crazy and cool stuff being done on there every day.  It’s a place I go to and marvel at people’s creativity – but, unlike most of the time, these creatives are coupled with ambition.  I work in a creative field, and most of the people I meet that I consider creative think the world owes them something.  It’s draining, and somewhat sad.  Kickstarter is the opposite of that.  And I have grown to love it.