We’re Back!

Hello interwebs! Welcome to the first article Thought Plane Media has posted in quite some time. Based on the website archives it seems our last one was– hold on one second while I check– December 3rd, 2017. Ouch… It seems we’ve neglected our website for quite some time. Well that’s about to change!

Starting from today, TPM will aim to post weekly articles on a variety of topics: updates on our film schedules, analysis of our films and series, behind the scenes stories and photos, etc. For anyone new to our brand or anyone who hasn’t seen our videos before, we hope this series of articles will appeal to you too (once in a while, at least), because we will also be posting how-to articles for Indie filmmakers, and the occasional film/ TV review or pop culture-based essay, etc. Basically, this will be a site for lovers of entertainment (particularly our entertainment but still). We’re starting out at one article a week for now, cause we’re busy folks and this isn’t a full-time job, but let’s see where it goes.

Today I want to provide an update on what the heck we’ve been up to these past 3 years. The short answer: tonnes, but also very little. Let me explain… Taking a look at our YouTube channel, we’ve only put out 6 videos: Seagull Man vs Silver Toe, 3 movie reviews, Two Hosers: Three Days in New York, and Why So Curious?.

The first of these barely counts as fresh content to me because we’d filmed that video a few years previous in Grade 12 as a Promposal. We just never actually posted it anywhere before we put it on YouTube. That film review series is, frankly, embarrassing to me and I consider it somewhat of a creative and critical failure… While I was starting to get the hang of a decent presentation style, I didn’t take much joy in it (neither did anyone else, judging by the view count) and I didn’t see enough movies back then to get a variety of content anyway. I am, however, extremely proud of the Two Hosers documentary and will probably do a separate article on that in the future. And then there was Why So Curious?. This one was a little experimental for us. Hard to explain if you haven’t seen it…

But that’s just the stuff we have to show since 2017. What else have we done? From 2017-2019 we filmed two more installments of Planet of the Beavers (which have been in post-production hell for over two years now). Why haven’t we gotten around to releasing those? Well, to be perfectly frank, the PoB series has lost a bit of its desirability for us over the years. While we’re still committed to releasing what we’ve finished and completing the story eventually, TPM has decided to shelve those projects for now and attempt newer and bolder creative endeavours. PoB taught us everything we know about being filmmakers, and now we want to use those skills to make a greater variety of content. PoB is still near and dear to our hearts but, truth be told, we never planned on continuing the story past high school (4 years ago now) and the plot kinda got away from us. We ended up in a space where that was all we were doing and after a while it stopped being fun. With the amount left to do, the project seemed daunting. So, like I said, we’ll get back to it (and hopefully release the parts we’ve finished) but that story is on indefinite hiatus for the time being.

Meanwhile, TPM has been developing dozens of new ideas which we hope will come to fruition soon. Justin, Matteo and I are in the process of writing multiple short films and features which we hope to start as soon as possible (sci-fi, romance, musical, comedy, horror, experimental and still more). But such things take a while to develop, which is why we’re excited to produce more skits and sketches and other content for our YouTube channel (probably no more movie reviews though– sorry)! I doubt even the shorter material will release any sooner than a few months hence, but we definitely want to do more than 6 videos every 3 years…

Now for my favourite piece of news: I’m happy to announce we are developing a new Thriller film with a tentative release for Halloween 2020! Here’s a brief synopsis for Retribution Isle (NOTE: avoid this if you want to go in 100% blind): Three close friends take a weekend trip to an isolated and possibly haunted island. Whatever horrors may inhabit the forests of this getaway, the friends bring their own demons to the isle, creating a tense and paranoid atmosphere. The bonds of friendship are tested, as are the limits of the human survival instinct, in a battle against fear itself.
Retribution Isle goes into production next weekend!

Thank you for reading the first article in our new series! The format for these things is still flexible since its so new. Who knows what this is gonna shape into these coming weeks? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below: what kinds of things would you like to read articles about from us? What is your favourite TPM video or series? Got questions you’d like answered? Let us know!

Till next time,

Joe Morin

By Joseph Morin

Joe's passion for film and entertainment began at 7 years old when his younger brother demanded to watch Duel of the Fates every day for weeks (on DVD). Joe admired the sequence so much, he decided to dedicate his life to film-making and storytelling. He has a degree in Cinema and Media Studies from York University. Joe loves DC superheroes (especially Superman), the first six Star Wars movies, and arguing about media with anyone who will listen.

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