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The real deal about the Tampa indie film industry by Tampa film expert C. A. Passinault


Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 7:55 PM - Tampa Indie Film Log for Filmmaker Chris Passinault

The Tampa Indie Film War - Is It Over?

The current Tampa indie film war, as far as I am concerned, is over. As far as everyone else is concerned, however, it goes onto a new phase.
As a recap, my name is C. A. Passinault, AKA Chris Passinault. I am a professional indie filmmaker who is an entertainment producer. Over the years, I have made most of my money as the top Tampa talent photographer. I've also made a good amount as a DJ, as an event planner, and as an art director (I made good money this year doing web sites and marketing for other businesses through my Tampa advertising agency) . I've spent over ten years becoming professionally certified in over 20 different professions, and I am still learning. I am also sitting on a mountain of excellent ideas, new forms of entertainment that my teams and I have developed, and revolutionary technologies. I am Tampa Bay's best kept secret (although the news media began to notice me last year, and this year has been great for television interviews). I am a professional polymath (renaissance man) who has a high-Mensa level IQ (don't bother checking with Mensa to verify this; I turned down membership with them back in 1990 when I scored the highest IQ in Florida and could not find a reason to become a member and pay them dues... you only have to talk to me to know the IQ thing as a fact) and I've been reading on a college level since I was six. I was a banker for seven years, too. I've also spent the past seven years investing in talent resources and talent contacts, which make me more connected with Florida talent than most modeling and talent agencies. This will be one of the things that will give me an edge in the Tampa indie film market, with an endless supply of top talent working with me on projects. Ironically, I've met a lot of the best models, actors, and talent over the years because they either booked me as a photographer to take their portfolio/ headshot pictures or have worked on one of my many projects. Many of these talent connections remain current to this day, and many of these professionals have become good friends.
Presently, I am the Executive Producer of my Passinault Entertainment Group and Passinault Industries LLC companies. I own close to fifty web sites and a large array of professional assets developed over the years. Many of my web sites enjoy top search engine placement for thousands of hot topics, and are the authorities in their fields (earlier this year, I invested in over twenty new web sites, an all-time record, so expect this trend to expand geometrically in the next year or two).
Ahem..... In 2005, I decided to meet some of the Tampa filmmakers in the self-professed Tampa indie film community to find out what was going on and to network with them. I was disappointed then, and I still am now, especially after learning that there was not, and presently is not, a real Tampa indie film community. In my opinion, there is presently a small Tampa indie film clique which has been masquerading as a Tampa indie film community, and many professionals are seeing them for what they really are now.
At first, I got along well with many of the Tampa filmmakers in the Tampa indie film scene. Well, at least I thought that I did.
In late 2006, I collaborated with most of the Tampa filmmakers and helped them with a short film, The Quiet Place. It was during the production of this film that my eyes were opened to the real deal with Tampa film.
Many of these filmmakers have serious issues and insecurities. I helped out with the Quiet Place by referring them their lead actress (Harmony Oswald, who is a good friend of mine and who I met when she was a client who booked my photography company for her actor headshots) and by doing their photography for them.
From day one, I figured out that I was set up to fail in an attempt to discredit me. I received no cooperation from the director and experienced interference as I did my job as a photographer. There were other issues, too, but despite all of the problems, I did my job well, and turned out photographs which, when compared to the film footage, blew away the film itself (.....Finally, the mystifying lack of lighting in many scenes (including extended scenes in pitch-black darkness I don't think were intentional), mismatched lighting in other scenes (doing no justice to the to-die-for behind-the-scenes photographs taken by Chris Passinault months ago) - Film reviewer Nolan Canova from a film review of the Quiet Place).
With photographs which made the film footage look bad in comparison, their tactics to discredit me changed. I was the victim of slander and rumors. Little did they know that I am a well-known scam fighter, and had the resources to fight back.
In 2007, a series of debates with some of the filmmakers on a Tampa message board got out of hand when I defeated my opponents in every single debate. Not able to win and desperate to sidetrack the debates, they resorted to baseless credibility attacks and rumors again (it was only then did I finally learn of the rumors about me stemming back from the set of the Quiet Place). It was then that I fought back, calling them out and taking them to task over their issues. A war started, and although they tried to spin me as some sort of crazy person with an axe to grind, it didn't work. Support for me grew as I made points that were discovered to be the truth, and their credibility became questionable.
Now, I am not claiming victory here. I've simply stated what I wanted to say and, and have made my points. Simply put, I've been stating the obvious, and now that certain people have been called out and have been forced to make improvements, I am ready to end this war and move on. I don't want people reading my endless rants about people and think that I do have an axe to grind and that I hate certain people, because this is not the case. Continuing on this course of action is no longer cost-effective.
It was never my intention to destroy the careers of anyone or to hurt feelings. It was my intention to help make corrections by addressing issues, and to put certain people in their proper place. Mission accomplished.
I'm now ready to change gears and move on. I am going to address Tampa indie film as a whole and will continue to address the issues which haunt it. At the same time, I am moving on to providing solutions and will voice my opinions on more positive things. I will also throw a few bones out there, making suggestions and publishing a few ideas. When it does not undermine my business models and help competitors, I won't have a problem doing this.
Just don't think that I am going to give away the store. I'm going to give just enough to help professionals in the Tampa indie film scene and to make my detractors stop and think. I have no shortage of great ideas, so this won't be an issue. As time goes on, many of my detractors will come to the conclusion that they were wrong about me and that they listened to the wrong people.
This will be a prelude for what is to come, too, as I make the best professional indie films, run the most advanced and effective Tampa film festivals that the Tampa indie film market has ever seen, and introduce new, revolutionary concepts to indie filmmaking. These steps, however, will be planned, calculated, and tightly controlled, as I intend to be in the position to benefit from these advancements as they happen while undermining the ability of my detractors to plagiarize those ideas for their own gain.
I am on track to dominating the Tampa indie film market, although I do not intend to be the only one to benefit from that progress. The real professionals will benefit, too, as it is my desire to help other professionals as we go about the hard work of creating, and growing, a genuine professional Tampa indie film community.
It can be said that the best way to destroy your enemy is to make them your friend. Although I cannot think of a single detractor who has ever been much of a threat to me, and they have proven to be simply annoyances, that would be nice. It would be nice to one day be friends with some of these people, and put all of this nasty business in the past.
The Tampa indie film war is over. It's time to pick through the rubble and work together to build a professional Tampa indie film community. One day, we will have a Tampa indie film community which demands, and inspires, respect from the Tampa film commission and Tampa film festivals. Tampa filmmakers will no longer be pawns to be used for purposes which are not in the best interest of those filmmakers. One day, Tampa filmmaking will be on the map, and I intend to be one of the leaders that will make that happen.
Expect my first "productive" Tampa Film Blog post in a few days. I am tied up with creating content for Tampa Bay Film's new online film festival web site, the Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival. The site was supposed to launch yesterday, but we are giving it a few more days. It is almost finished.


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