"CITY OF SIN" TO "METROPOLIS"
Some people have asked me why I made this branding change.
I know for a fact that I’m toast if I don’t evolve as a filmmaker in this new world. It’s as clear as black and white to me. I have a long term plan to create the one universe for all my films.
They will be various lengths, many genres, and lots of new experimental work. My goal is to also have a highly prolific output. I’ll basically make films, and then place them in this one hub. Which I also have plans to evolve in other ways.
I called this hub “CITY OF SIN” a while back. I can make all sorts of genres, but all the stories have to be set in cities. Major cities around the world. I have reasons for this. Most of my story ideas are urban gritty stories. This also lets me connect with supporters, potential collaborators. See a bit of the world.
Anyway, a couple of my followers asked why I changed my CITY OF SIN name to “METROPOLIS” To be honest, when I first came up with CITY OF SIN, it’s because I planned to kick start this in Las Vegas. As soon as you say “SIN CITY” or “CITY OF SIN”. You think Vegas.
I knew I wanted to change it, but I wasn’t sure what I would change it too. I wasn’t too concerned about that, because it’s not like I have been building this big brand name. I’m just a dude shooting some flicks at this time. I have only shot a couple of flicks under this banner, and the films still have their own individual titles. It’s early days. But I knew I wasn’t going to keep it.
A lot of my stories are gritty genre films, so this potential branded platform seems right for this brand name. However, you lead an audience down a garden path before they have even seen your work with that name. I also get religious extremists following me who think I’m going to be doing “Preachy” moral films. Or, the opposite, I’m going to be doing a lot “Slick Erotic Fiction porn”
To put it simple, I don’t want to be branded and put into any box that I am the dude that just makes gritty dark flicks. I have done three features, and they are all very different. With a name like CITY OF SIN, and a very dark Gotham like city picture on the front website page, that’s exactly what I am doing. I don’t want that.
I’m also attracting sponsors and they like the new title and vision for it. Do I really give a fuck what they think? Truthfully? No! I could get sponsors that are in line with the dark ethos. Plenty of potential brands, small businesses online. From booze, to kinky clothes sites.
Anybody that knows me knows I don’t give a fuck what anybody thinks. I have no desire to play the game you have to play to get in the industry, festivals, or all of that. That also extends to potential sponsors. I do my own thing regardless.
However, it’s very dumb to brand myself with this very dark gritty image at the front door of my website. Changing it to the story world of “Metropolis” (Stories) Gives me so much more scope. I can have some lighthearted flicks in there, but I can still also have the very same gritty dark films like before. None of my plans for the films are changing. “CRIME LORD” is still going to be as brutal and bloody as hell under this banner.
I also plan to have a media area on the site. Like “Metropolis TV” Where I get interviews and stories of all sorts of offbeat oddballs you get in cities. Sticking to “CITY OF SIN TV” restricts me. Sounds like a porn TV show. Again, dumb, when I don’t need to be restricted like this.
It’s so important to get branding right at the very start. I’m at the start of a really prolific phase now, so I had to sort this out. New opportunities, doors, and ideas have also came flying in because of this simple change. More interactive ideas have also came alive because of this change.
I have a simple story world branding, but all the films I plan for it, and other media ideas, will just be as daring and fresh as I had planned before.
Anyway, no big deal. I just wanted to clear this up for friends, and people that have been supporting me with my work over the last few years. I’m working on the sponsors at this minute for CRIME LORD, and a lot of other new fresh films and ideas I have not talked about yet.
Thanks for following me and reading this. I appreciate all the support and interest.