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OTOSOTU’s TWO OFFICIAL POSTERS

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 18, 2024, In : books and movies 
EVERY good movie deserves at least two official posters, and I’m pleased to be able to present both official OTOSOTU posters at last. OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) is a sci-fu drama featuring Daniel S. Janik, Sakura Kai, William Maltese and Pam Hoffman, currently in the last stages of post-production with an anticipated 2024 release.

Award-winning actor Daniel S. Janik lead actor in STATIC (2021), plays three roles in OTOSOTU, those of I...
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METAPHYSICS AND OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, In : books and movies 

OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), which introduces a new genre of filmmaking, namely sci-fu or scientific futuring (see https://soif.org.uk/about/jim-dator/ and https://foresightguide.com/dator-four-futures/) rather than science fiction or fantasy, is, however, much more. Its intriguing exploration of the nature of the soul instantly elevates it to a metaphysical exploration as well.


Oxford Languages defines metaphysics as “the branch of ...


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HOW TO GO TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 14, 2024, In : books and movies 

The upcoming JET Progress production of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) is an exploration of the other side of the universe and one particular form it might take. When Commander Michael Mylo (played by Daniel S. Janik), his Astership Twilon and crew abruptly disappear on THIS side of the universe, they find, on the other side, innumerable planets with technologies far beyond anything imaginable on his side. Upon return, he must convince his...


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WELCOME, MAESTRO OLIVER!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 13, 2024, In : books and movies 

THE last of the crew and cast of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), internationally-awarded scoring musician Zachary M. Oliver, has officially agreed to provide the same outstanding score for OTOSOTU as he did for WINNOWING. Kudos, Zach!.


An acknowledged master of musical minimalism, Dr. Zachary M. Oliver PhD is also a distinguished educator and author. He is constantly celebrating music as one of the great achievements of humans, uniting co...


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WINNOWING RECEIVES SECOND LGBTQ AWARD

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, In : books and movies 

The JET Progress production of the film WINNOWING has just received semi-finalist recognition and an award in Iceland’s 2024 YETI FilmFest for Best Queer (LGBTQ) film — https://yetifilmfest.com/2024-semi-finalists. This follows a previous nomination by Brooklyn’s 2024 Nocturna Online Film Festival for Best Queer Film — https://nocturnafilmfest.com/2024-spring-results.


WINNOWING is a human drama about human perseverance in which an actor and actress are asked to do a final audition fo...


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ANOTHER DAY ON THIS SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 8, 2024, In : books and movies 

ALMOST all attention is currently focused on the new JET Progress film, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) as it moves through post-production on its way to the big screen for its anticipated 2024 release. With editing completed, it’s time for adding the musical score, hopefully by award-winning musician Zachary M. Oliver who scored WINNOWING, our most recent release. OTOSOTU has just appeared on IMDb, and work on a second official poster, t...


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SAKURA KAI RECEIVES FIFTH BEST ACTRESS AWARD

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 7, 2024, In : books and movies 

Japanese-born American actress Sakura Kai (aka Setsuko Tsuchiya), co-starring in OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), received her FIFTH “Best Actress” award for her multiple roles as lead actress in the JET Progress production of the film, WINNOWING. She has been awarded “Best Actress” by the Stockholm Short Fest, International Film Festival of Saudi Arabia, Keezhadi International Film Festival, Washington Film Awards and Seattle Filmm...


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OTOSOTU HAS A NEW MOVIE POSTER

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 4, 2024, In : books and movies 

WHAT’S better than one movie poster? Two, especially if the second one is even better! OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) now has two posters, the second replacing the first as the official first poster. Yep, it’s that good, or I should say better. But, hey, I still like the original first as it has my picture on it in my roles as Imperax Commander Michael Mylo AND that of his son, Captain-Major Brit Mylo; Sakura Kai as his wife, Carol Myl...


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DANIEL S. JANIK SPOTTED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, In : books and movies 

ACTOR Daniel S. Janik will play impuned Imperax Commander Michael Mylo, Imperax Captain-Major Brit Mylo and provide the voice of Captain-Major Kyle Westbrook in the upcoming JET Progress production of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”). Michael, the disgraced captain of the Astership Twilon, which abruptly disappeared during the crucial battle of Tylog-Tyle, returns with an intriguing but potentially deadly proposal from the other side of the ...


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SAKURA KAI TO APPEAR IN OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 1, 2024, In : books and movies 

THE international-multi-award-winning actress, Sakura Kai (aka Setsuko Tsuchiya) will play Carol Mylo, wife of traitorous Michael Mylo, mother to Brit Mylo, and Dominie-in-Grey to the Imperax Galactic. Sakura appeared as Edna in the movie STATIC (2021). In WINNOWING she played a complex dual role as Sakura Kai and Aika Abiko, appearing in additional roles as Army Weiss, Chiaki Svengaard, Mam Moog, Dai Johnson, Kiko Wright and Masako Pence. Sakura Kai appears in the television series and movie...


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OTOSOTU HAS A MOVIE POSTER

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 30, 2024, In : books and movies 

OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), a “new genre” Sci-Fu film about what happens to the human soul when Commander Michael Mylo, played by award-winning actor, Daniel S. Janik, accidentally discovers what’s at the other end of our universe. OTOSOTU now has its official first film poster! Co-starring 5-times awarded “best actress” Sakura Kai (aka Setsuko Tsuchiya) and internationally renown author, awarded screenwriter and actor Willia...


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HAPPY BIRTHMONTH!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, March 29, 2024, In : books and movies 
AS my friends know, I’m not one for remembering to celebrate birthdays. Other people’s that is. Instead, I favor a new tradition: Happy Birthmonth or at the least Happy Birthweek. No more of that ever-so-fleeting “Happy Birthday” stuff with any suggestion of Happy Birthhour, Birthminute or Birthsecond either ludicrous or simply insufficient. These times seem made for more, though I put my foot down at Happy Birthyear as that translates into one continuous celebration and endless party...

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WELCOME, WILLIAM MALTESE, TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 28, 2024, In : books and movies 

A few days ago, it was my pleasure to introduce voice actress Pam Hoffman, “The Voice of the Imperax Galactic.” Today, it’s my added pleasure to introduce renown author, screenwriter, actor, producer and director William Maltese. The recipient of four international “best screenwriter” awards for the film WINNOWING, Mr. Maltese is co-producer, co-director and co-cinematographer for the JET Progress production, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Un...


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WHAT ABOUT WINNOWING?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 28, 2024, In : books and movies 

IN my fervor to share the progress of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), I’ve neglected sharing the continued success of JET Progress’ recently released drama, WINNOWING at https://winnowing.yolasite.com or, for the making of the movie check out https://janik.yolasite.com/winnowing.php or, for memorabilia the JET Progress Productions’ Cinematic Memorabilia, Gift and Collectables Shop at https://jet-progress.square.site.


WINNOWING, star...


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INTRODUCING OTOSOTU’S PAM HOFFMAN

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, In : books and movies 

IT’S my pleasure to introduce the first and newest cast member of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), JET Progress’ newest film currently in post-production with a mid to late 2024 anticipated release date. OTOSOTU is a science futuring (Sci-Fu) film about the nature of the human soul. Pam Hoffman will be the official Voice of the Imperax Galactic.


Voice acting isn’t new to Pam, having played the voice of Odee, the BG Oil Drop, and provid...


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OTOSOTU POST-PRODUCTION CONTINUES

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 25, 2024, In : books and movies 

AS you may well already know, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe,” a science futuring film about the human soul) has finished filming and is now in post-production, meaning assembly, editing and polishing, at the moment having just transitioned to editing.


Editing is where the film, now assembled correctly, gets turned into a “real” film. In general, scenes are cropped; sounds are added, mixed and modulated; special effects are added; scene...


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BETWEEN FILMINGS

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, In : books and movies 

EVER wondered what actors/actresses do between films? I’m currently “between” OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe” – https://janik.yolasite.com/otosotu.php), which is now in the second stage of post-production (namely editing) and “the next film.”


So, to keep food on the table and the hearth warm, I’m doing as much background acting as possible. I’m currently working NCIS: Hawaii (S3) while scouring the landscape for modeling and...


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OTOSOTU?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, In : books and movies 

AH, have you heard about OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for the JET Progress movie “On The Other Side Of The Universe”)? OTOSOTU is unusual right from the beginning, being a sci-fu film about the nature of the human soul. Filming finished in late February, and the work is now in post production, with an anticipated release in late 2024. In the prior post, I described some of what goes on during the mysterious “post-production” period.


As of today, the over 600 scenes, filmed...


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OTOSOTU “IN THE CAN”

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, In : books and movies 

WITH over 250 scenes (800 “takes”), OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe,” a science futuring film about the nature of the human soul) now “in the can” (ie, finished and digitally recorded in 4K on the SDXC UHS-1 card from our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 studio camera), we’ve technically finished filming (or production) and are on to post-production.


To most, the typically 12-months of post-production is a mystery. At JET Progress — ht...


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OTOSOTU – 2023, 2024, 2025?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, In : books and movies 

IN my haste to post yesterday about the OTOSOTU “Dragon Egg,” I fueled speculation that the film, a sci-fu (science plausible, rather than fiction or fantasy) work, delving the nature of the human soul, was proceeding so well in post-production that it was possible it might be released in 2023. Sorry, NOT. Admittedly it would add substantially to science fantasy, that is, having a film released before it’s edited, polished and pre-screened. But, no, doesn’t work with sci-fu. What I sh...


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DRAGON EGG

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 4, 2024, In : books and movies 

DRAGON EGG


SORRY to be absent from social media for a while, but here at JET Progress productions – https://jet-progress.yolasite.com – we’ve been extremely busy wrapping up filming (done!) and beginning post-production of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe). Our current task is to transfer over a thousand takes to a single hard drive, rename them in order of movie sequence, and assemble everything into “raw segments.” Raw, many because...


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1/3 PLUS 1/3 EQUALS…?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, February 16, 2024, In : books and movies 

THAT’S where JET Progress is currently in the production (filming) state of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe, a Science Futuring drama about the human soul).


Science Futuring? There lots of science fiction and fantasy out there, so what’s science futuring? First it’s about science, which, by definition, is about anything repeatable. Second it’s about futuring; that is, plausibility, typically, future technologies or situations based on ...


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THE POWER OF A COMMON COLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 29, 2024, In : books and movies 

TODAY was scheduled to be an OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Sew-Toe-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe” - https://otosotu.yolasite.com) filming day in JET Progress’ Studio Two – the “Carol Mylo” scenes. However, last night the principal actress playing Carol, Sakura Kai, came down with a cold, and this morning sounds like a burly security agent, rather than the Dominie-in-Grey for the entire Imperax.


What is a Dominie-in-Grey you ask? Screenwriter William Maltese working with...


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JET PROGRESS’ PROGRESS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 8, 2024, In : books and movies 

JET Progress, an independent film production company in Hawaii, currently offers two multi-award-winning films: CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND, winner of two-Telly awards, The Indian Independent Film Festival, and Saudi Arabia International Film Festival, and WINNOWING, winner of 30+ international film awards and semi-finalist in the Hawaii International and Washington Film Awards — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com. CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND is a documentary on water quality, and WINNOWING is...


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LATEST NEWS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, In : books and movies 

MOVIES are a lot like families: They begin with the birth of something new, require lots of coddling throughout infancy, tolerance during toddlership, and frank but kind, constructive criticism during adolescence. OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for On The Other Side Of The Universe – https://otosotu.yolasite.com) has now reached young adulthood, entering pre-production with intriguing, meaningful and mature character-and-scene concepts. During the December, the JET Progress product...


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A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, December 17, 2023, In : books and movies 

HAVING just recently spent 5 weeks in Japan, I have to mention my delight in discovering hoshigaki. I came across them my first day and almost every day afterwards, tied together in long strings hung from porch roofs throughout the main island, Honshuu. Looking like beaded curtains of brilliant orange, they are the start of dried Japanese persimmons, which herald December and the pending New Year. 


While Christmas is celebrated by many Japanese families, it's New Year celebration that is the...


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A BRIEF TRIP TO JAPAN’S EDO PERIOD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 16, 2023, In : books and movies 

DURING a brief trip to Japan in late November to visit family, actress Sakura Kai (Setsuko Tsuchiya) and I made an even briefer stop at Toei-Kyoto Studios jidaigeki (Japanese period drama) Park and filming lot for a day — https://global.toei-eigamura.com. Needless to say, being actors ourselves, we had a wonderful time transported back to Japan’s Edo period (1600 to 1868 AD) Japan, walking streets we’d seen in various Japanese movies and shows in the taiga (historical) drama genre. Ac...


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MYSTERIOUS, REPEATING FAST RADIO BURSTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 15, 2023, In : books and movies 

CNN reporter Ashley Strickland recently published an article entitled “Mysterious, fast radio bursts in space keep getting stranger (https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/14/world/repeating-fast-radio-burst-quirk-scn/index.html#).


Fast radio bursts (FRBs) — “bright, millisecond-long flashes of radio waves in space” — in their own right, are, in my opinion, quite mysterious enough. Known since 2007, FRBs seem to be “coming from distant points across the universe.” According to Strickland,...


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HALF WAY TO THE HOLIDAYS AND THEY’VE HARDLY BEGUN!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 14, 2023, In : books and movies 
USUALLY, starting just after Thanksgiving, I feel an inner pull that the end-of-year holidays are upon us. Maybe it’s the lengthening night darkness, though living in Hawaii it’s certainly less noticeable than Northern continental USA. Maybe the chillier weather, though, again, chillier is certainly relative, here in Hawaii meaning a drop from 90’s to low 70’s F. Maybe it’s the invasion of the evergreens into the hearts of so many homes, and, while pine trees and wreaths do suddenly...

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NO LIMO

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, December 11, 2023, In : books and movies 

READERS sometimes email me at drjanik@gmail.com asking me if, with my wife and I being actors, we regularly take a limo to go somewhere. Well, yes, it’s true Sakura Kai (aka Setsuko Tsuchiya – https://setsukotsuchiya.com) and I, Daniel S. Janik (https://janik.yolasite.com/actor.php) are actors as well as authors, but, ummm, sad to burst the limo bubble, but we walk together to work whenever possible, which is most of the time.


First, weight and body tone always come before luxury. The ca...


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WELCOME CHAD STUART TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, In : books and movies 

TRY this brain-twister: OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE – https://otosotu.yolasite.com) – is welcoming an eleventh character, Chad Stuart. Chad, played by award-winning actor, screenwriter and author William Maltese, is a contemporary screenwriter, actually THE hypothetical screenwriter of this Sci-Fu, action-adventure-drama as it unfolds on this and the other side of the universe. Not twisty enough? Well then, William Maltese, who plays Chad ...


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ONE OF THE BIGGER CHALLENGES IN FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, In : books and movies 

DANIEL S. JANIK here, director and lead actor of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” which is the acronym for ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE). I was recently asked what I thought would be the biggest challenge in filming OTOSOTU. Remember that OTOSOTU is a production of JET Progress, a small, independent production company in Hawaii — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com.


Well, the final scene will be one in which Michael Mylo will appear inside a spaceship with Brit Mylo, both roles w...


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JET PROGRESS PREPARES FOR THIRD MOVIE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, In : books and movies 

WITH the screenplay by WILLIAM MALTESE finally approved, JET Progress studios has begun preparing for production with the development of a second studio to film off-world scenes, and a new boom-based sound system for better clarity and noise suppression. Script read-throughs are anticipated to begin within the next 10 days.


“OTOSOTU presents several new challenges to us at JET Progress,” says Daniel S. Janik, director and lead actor. “We’re a micro-budget, small film production compa...


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WILLIAM MALTESE JOINS CAST OF OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 27, 2023, In : books and movies 

YOU heard right! International-award winning author and screenwriter, WILLIAM MALTESE will appear in the JET Progress production of OTOSOTU (“Oh-Toe-So-Two” for ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE, a Sci-Fu film about the soul – https://otosotu.yolasite.com. And what you ask is Sci-Fu? Sci-Fu (scientific futuring) is a step beyond traditional science fiction and fantasy, involving totally plausible future scientific technologies of the future.


William Maltese provided the screenplay for ...


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A REAL HOLIDAY GIFT FOR UNDER $25?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, November 25, 2023, In : books and movies 

YEP! One needn’t look any farther than this High Definition DVD or better yet, a loaded Blu-Ray, of the classic film WINNOWING, winner of 30+ international awards. https://winnowing.yolasite.com. At under $US 25, with no country code, and no gratuitous violence, A “real” holiday gift! Starring Sakura Kai (Setsuko Tsuchiya) and co-starring Daniel S. Janik, this film about persistence is unusual from the start in that Sakura and I play not one, but two different roles and read six differe...


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WILL ARRIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE AND BEGIN FILMING IN JANUARY 2024

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, November 24, 2023, In : books and movies 

YES, you heard right. Now that the SAG/AFTRA strike is, well, almost officially over, meaning that I’m still awaiting the results of the ratification vote by my fellow actors and actresses, JET Progress has contracted with SAG to produce OTOSOTU (“Oh-Toe-So-Two” – ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE), with filming scheduled to begin on 1 January 2024. In the meantime, preparations have already begun with the focus on addressing several technical issues associated with an “in space” ...


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VIEW “WINNOWING” WITH ENGLISH CAPTIONS

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, November 18, 2023, In : books and movies 

IT is my pleasure to announce that the JET Progress production of the movie WINNOWING with BURNT-IN ENGLISH SUBTITLES, starring Sakura Kai (aka Setsuko Tsuchiya) and Daniel S. Janik, is now available for free to the first 1000 viewers at https://youtu.be/YmRwN4yz760. This is in addition to the version with no or optional computer-generated subtitles. Burnt-in or “open” subtitles, unlike computer-generated ones, are perfect and allow for a significantly more enjoyable viewing.


WINNOWING, ...


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AND INTRODUCING THE CO-STAR OF OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, October 21, 2023, In : books and movies 

TWO posts ago, JET Progress introduced Daniel S. Janik, the star of it’s third film, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two,” an acronym for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), a Sci-Fu* mystery-drama about the human soul. In it, Janik, a veteran of WINNOWING (2023), THE PERFECT ILLUSION (2022), THE MALTESE COLLECTION (2022) and STATIC (2021), will play Imperax Commander Michael Mylo. *Science (meaning “repeatable phenomena”) and futuring (meaning “plausible in the future to the...


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THE SOUND(S) OF MAGIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 20, 2023, In : books and movies 

BEING both a movie actor and director, as well as a movie affectionado, I'm well aware of the part that a good soundtrack plays in any and every movie, right down to the ability of "the right" music being able to, almost on its own, invoke viewer emotional attachment and garner views/sales. But I've often wondered exactly how much music also masks the acting and story. So, when world class author and scriptwriter, William Maltese, sent me a script for WINNOWING, I determined to make it an exp...


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INTRODUCING THE STAR OF OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 9, 2023, In : books and movies 

JET Progress, a Hawaii-based independent film production company, recently announced it’s second film, OTOSOTU (“On The Other Side Of The Universe”) — https://otosotu.yolasite.com — a sci-fu (science futuring) film about spirituality and the soul. Principal characters include Commander Michael Mylo, Captain-Major Brit Mylo and Carol Mylo, wife of Commander Michael Mylo, and Dominie in Grey of the known universe. The male lead will play both Commander Michael, Brit and the voice of B...


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WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 6, 2023, In : books and movies 

YES! I do, like most, have moments of spare time that glare into my eyes, taunting me to do something — anything! — rather than loll away my time here in Hawaii (aka “paradise”), stretched out on a hammock between two palm trees, Mai Tai in hand, languidly watching the tropical sunset.


Yes, well, having experienced just such a month ago in response to the beginning of the SAG/AFTRA strike (which, BTW, has yet to resolve), I decided if I can’t act, perhaps I can at least model. So, ...


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STATIC NOW ON AMAZON PRIME

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 2, 2023, In : books and movies 
I’M pleased to announce that the award-winning K. Simmons Production of the STATIC movie (2021) has just appeared on Amazon Prime, next to the Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of THE PERFECT ILLUSION! I play the lead role of Will Gardner in STATIC, and a supporting role as Dr. Stephenson in THE PERFECT ILLUSION. I can personally recommend both.

STATIC is a touching film about a curmudgeonous veteran who must face the greatest challenge of his life: Alzheimer’s Disease, over which he eventually...

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WINNOWING RECEIVES 30 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 2, 2023, In : books and movies 

THAT’S right! As of today, the JET Progress production of the film WINNOWING has accumulated 30 international film awards including Best Concept, Best International Short Film, Best Experimental Short Film, Best Writer, Best Producer(s), Best Director, Best Sound Design, Best Original Score, Best Editor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Debut Filmmaker, winning four festivals! Now an internationally acclaimed movie, WINNOWING, is available on DVD, BluRay and fee-per-view streami...


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IF YOU THINK POLITICS IS A HORROR SHOW…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, In : books and movies 

CONSIDER producer/director Elias Perez’s 2-Liters Shady Films production, MOCOS in which Setsuko Tsuchiya (aka Sakura Kai) and I play supporting roles in our first real horror film. MOCOS, currently in post-production, is about an extra-terrestrial “COVID”-like plague, that sweeps across the world like a sirocco carrying everyone in its tsunami wake. As you might expect, the “meaning” of the disease is interpreted by different people in different ways, from a blessing in disguise to...


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WINNOWING MOVIE NOW VIEWABLE ON BIG SCREEN TV

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, August 28, 2023, In : books and movies 

WHY watch the multi-award-winning JET Progress production of the movie WINNOWING on a phone or computer when you can watch on your big screen TV? If your TV has YouTube (not necessarily YouTube Channel, just YouTube.com) search for “Winnowing Tsuchiya” or “Winnowing Janik” and you can watch the Standard Definition (SD) version of the movie for free in all its big screen glory. Get ready to enter a movie “time capsule” and return to the 1940’s B&W noir, or if you’d prefer a HD ...


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WINNOWING – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 22, 2023, In : books and movies 

IT’S my pleasure as director of the JET Production of WINNOWING -- https://winnowing.yolasite.com -- to announce the creation of a director’s cut. This novel “soft” neo-noir film features Setsuko Tsuchiya in her debut lead actress role with actor-companion Daniel S. Janik, together playing eight roles each from a screenplay by the incomparable author/screenwriter William Maltese. Incorporating storylines from six Maltese books, WINNOWING brings diversity to a new level and, I believe,...


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THE LATEST REGARDING WINNOWING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 21, 2023, In : books and movies 

AS films progress through the usual year or so of post-production, the work involved in editing, scoring, captioning, creating distribution formats (like DVDs, BluRays and streaming) and making plans for the “official” release, is often so intense, this period often becomes one of relative public silence. Not so with WINNNOWING. I regularly post about the film’s progress on my personal blog, WordPress, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram accounts, summarized at https://janik.yolasite.com/w...


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WINNOWING CONTINUES TO GROW LIKE CALVIN!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, In : books and movies 

FIRST, let me explain that living in Hawaii, we’re always alert to tropical hurricanes, like Calvin, that like to visit our islands this time of year through Christmas. Calvin is about halfway here and so far has been growing in intensity achieving Category Two status yesterday.


WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — on the other hand is a JET Progress film production, currently in post-production. What they have in common is that as WINNOWING progresses through the film festival...


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THE SAG-AFTRA ACTORS’ STRIKE

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 14, 2023, In : books and movies 

MY opinions expressed are typically those of but one of 336 million individual Americans spanning an increasingly disparate spectrum of opinions. But being a SAG actor, the SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike, in fact, affects me not only as an inveterate film enthusiast, but also as an actor AND filmmaker.


As an actor — https://janik.yolasite.com/actor.php — it means a cessation of work in a field of endeavor not only my livelihood but my passion. Acting opportunities are rarely tightly consecut...


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THE WINNOWING STORIES

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, July 3, 2023, In : books and movies 

WINNOWING, a JET Progress production based on the screenplay of the same name by William Maltese, is a vignette of short scripts from previously published William Maltese books, which two actors must persevere reading as part of a final audition for a “Really Big Film.” A mystery-drama, the six scripts include:


House of the Brave Bulls” in which prize bulls raised and trained for the bullfights in Madrid suddenly go missing.

Assignment: Grey Area” in which a private investigato...


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MUSIC FOR POST-MODERN “SOFT” NEO-NOIR FILMS

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 25, 2023, In : books and movies 

I recently posted regarding the film WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — which I’m debut-directing, and which I’m hoping will become a classic in what I’m calling the post-modern “Soft” Neo-Noir movie genre. Never heard of it? That’s likely because it’s, I believe, unique to contemporary motion pictures.


One of the great challenges to creating a new film genre is the musical accompaniment. The big question at JET Progress — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com — r...


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WHAT WOULD LIFE BE LIKE IF IT WAS CLOSED CAPTIONED?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 23, 2023, In : books and movies 

CALL me weird, but working on adding captions to the JET Progress production of WINNOWING -- https://winnowing.yolasite.com, currently in post-production with an anticipated late 2023/early2024 release, a mental picture actually did pop into my mind of living one's life with closed captions floating just above or below each person's image. Shades of Jim Carrey in THE TRUMAN SHOW! 


Actually, working on captioning for WINNOWING has been another education: First, I've often wondered watching mo...


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JET PROGRESS TAKES ON WATER

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, In : books and movies 

IF you’re thinking nautically, nope. If you’re thinking the two-Telly-award winning short movie, CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND, however, you’re spot on — https://www.prlog.org/12970291-jet-progress-announces-the-worldwide-re-release-of-the-film-clean-water-common-ground.html. It is with the greatest of pleasure that I announce the resurrurection, re-mastering and re-issuance of one of a classic film that travelled the entire world in 1999-2000, this time in 16:9 HD, ready for yet another...


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THE BOOKS THAT MAKE WINNOWING

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 18, 2023, In : books and movies 

WINNOWING is a JET Progress production about an actress – Sakura Kai played by Setsuko Tsuchiya – and actor – Richard Andrews played by Daniel S. Janik – persevering together through a final audition for a part in an undisclosed “really big film,” currently in post-production with an anticipated release in later 2023 or early 2024. Based on a screenplay by pre-eminent author and screenwriter William Maltese, WINNOWING requires reading excerpts from six published Maltese works, inc...


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THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR DOING IT ALL YOURSELF

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, June 17, 2023, In : books and movies 

WHAT, I’m not so sure though. Just kidding. I can say from personal experience that doing anything all yourself is more challenging, constructive and instructive. For example, I’ve recently taken up acting, and having starred in STATIC — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie — supported by an outstandingly professional team of cast and crew, movie making seemed amazingly easy. That’s what you get when working with a great team.


More recently, I decided to try my hand at movi...


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THE THIRD LIFE OF “CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND”

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, In : books and movies 

MANY readers are aware of my premier debut as co-producer, director and co-star of the upcoming film WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — scheduled for release in late 2023/early 2024. Not so many know about my 1999 Two-Telly-Award-Winning film that I executive produced, CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND — https://clean-water-common-ground.yolasite.com.


CWCG, a cinematic short that seems even more relevant today than during its inception, is a documentary about water and the environme...


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CINEMATIC NOIR AND “SOFT” NEO-NOIR

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, June 12, 2023, In : books and movies 

OKAY, let’s start at the beginning. “Noir” (masculine) or “Noire” (feminine) simply means “black.” According to a popular online thesaurus, it can be used in a variety of shades of meaning such as dark, absence of light or illumination, obscure, cynical, fatalistic, edgy, bleak, to which I would add in contemporary terms minimalistic. According to Filmlifestyle.com, “During the 40s and 50s, film noir was at its height. The world had just come out of a brutal war and there was ...


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JET PROGRESS RELEASES "WINNOWING" TRAILER

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 11, 2023, In : books and movies 

I'M pleased to announce the official trailer for the JET Progress production of the film WINNOWING:


https://youtu.be/fzrMFnQgmNU


That's all for now and is quite enough, don't you think?


#DanielSJanik #SetsukoTsuchiya #movie #film #Winnowing #actor #actress #audition #perseverence #trailer


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OFFICIAL WINNOWING FILM POSTERS AND TRAILER RELEASED

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 9, 2023, In : books and movies 

JET Progress, an independent Hawaii film production company, is pleased to announce the release of two official movie posters and an official trailer for its upcoming film WINNOWING, currently in post-production with an anticipated “late 2023/early 2024” film release date.


The JET Progress production of the movie drama, WINNOWING is a film about human perseverance, following two actors through a difficult final audition for roles in an unnamed “Really Big Film.” 


MANY ARE CALLED; FE...


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CHANGING THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, In : books and movies 

WE’VE long known that much of human behavior comes from the old adage, “Monkey see, monkey do,” but if this is true then the entertainment industry has done little to curb the escalating impulsivity and violence being experienced today. And yet, it affect billions of viewers and readers worldwide. In the past, as the owner of Savant Books and Publications, I vowed to produce books that uplifted the human condition without gratuitous sex or violence. That policy made Savant the powerhous...


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CONTROLLING RISK IN AN INCREASINGLY RISKY WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, In : books and movies 

IT’S all about the difference between “investment” and “gambling,” the contemporary world constantly and increasingly blurring the line. By my definition, an investment guarantees the principal, what’s variable is the return on investment (ROI). Gambling risks everything, including principal and return on principal [ROP(E) meaning accept a large and long enough gamble and you’ll likely hang yourself these days].


In fact, as owner of JET Progress, a movie production company, and f...


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BREAD AND CIRCUSES

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 4, 2023, In : books and movies 

BEING an actor, author and the owner of JET Progress studios, I’m often challenged to define what constitutes entertainment in the contemporary world. It sounds like truism, but, in fact, defining entertainment, especially “healthy” entertainment is neither intuitive nor obvious as is often offered. Entertainment for one can be the abject opposite for another.


Thinking of mass entertainment, I catch myself falling on the Roman sword, so to speak: the “political” entertainment conce...


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GRATUITOUS SEX, VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, June 3, 2023, In : books and movies 

WHEN acclaimed author William Maltese approached me regarding “Winnowing,” a screenplay he’d written specifically for Sakura Kai (aka actress/author Setsuko Tsuchiya) and myself, Daniel S. Janik (aka actor/author Raymond Gaynor), I was immediately sold on it. Not only was it a dramatic work with clever plot and plenty of challenging subplots, it was a work that relied principally on human drama, rather than gratuitous sex, violence and special effects! It’s rare these days, in my expe...


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SETERDAY

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 2, 2023, In : books and movies 

GOT your attention? And, no, it’s not a misspelling. By the Julian calendar it’s Friday, but, given my and my partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya’s actor work schedules, today is our day off this week, and it’s a promised day dedicated to Setsuko, aka Sakura Kai in the upcoming JET Progress production of WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com or for more behind-the-scenes gems https://janik.yolasite.com/winnowing.php.


WINNOWING, from the screenplay of the same name by renown author/actor W...


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AND WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SAKURA KAI?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, In : books and movies 

WELL, first off again, who’s Sakura Kai? Sakura Kai is a character in the JET Progress production of WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com, a new film, currently in post-production, scheduled for release in early 2024. Sakura Kai is an actor auditioning for “The Really Big One,” a movie that will singlehandedly make her career. But this is no typical audition. Sakura Kai must read, live, not one, but six audition scripts alongside movie character Robert Andrews. Only by reading a...


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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS RICHARD ANDREWS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, In : books and movies 

WELL, first off, who’s Richard Andrews? Richard Andrews is a character in the JET Progress production of WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com, a new film, currently in post-production, scheduled for release in early 2024. Richard Andrews is an actor auditioning for “The Really Big One,” a movie that will singlehandedly make his career. But this is no typical audition. Richard must read, live, no one, but six audition scripts with actress Sakura Kai. Only by reading and acting to...


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MOVIE DIRECTOR CAUGHT CHEATING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 29, 2023, In : books and movies 

CHEATING can have different meanings in different contexts. Cheating at cards, on taxes or on a partner isn’t what I’m addressing here. I’m writing about the technique of “cheating” in film-making.


The JET Progress production of WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — was filmed almost entirely in a small indoor studio, the only backdrop being a black curtain (representing a curtained-in area inside an urban studio close to a major airport conveniently designed and located f...


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PERSEVERANCE AND HOPE UNDERSCORED IN EMERGING MOVIE, WINNOWING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, In : books and movies 

The JET Progress production of the movie WINNOWING, about human perseverance, hope and accomplishment has just exited filming and entered post-production with an anticipated early 2024 release.


Filming for WINNOWING, a film by independent film production company JET Progress — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com — located in rapidly growing “Hawaii-wood” (Hawaii, USA ), has recently entered post-production with an anticipated early 2024 release. Based on internationally acclaimed autho...


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MOVIE SEEKING PRODUCT PLACEMENTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 24, 2023, In : books and movies 

JET Progress is currently seeking product placements for its film short, WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — now in post production in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. A film about human perseverance and hope, WINNOWING features actor Daniel S. Janik and actress Setsuko Tsuchiya of STATIC — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie — fame in a film about two actors, stretching their acting abilities to persevere through multiple live, screening auditions for possible lead roles in a...


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THE MOVIE WINNOWING NOW LISTED ON IMDb

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 21, 2023, In : books and movies 

IT’S always a moment for celebration when a film reaches the point where it is ready to be listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) — IMDb is an online database of information related to films, television series, podcasts, home videos, video games, and streaming content online, including cast, production crew and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia, ratings, and fan and critical reviews. [Sounds of Celebration in Background!] I’m pleased to announce that the JET Progress pr...


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PLAYING THE PART

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 20, 2023, In : books and movies 

WHEN JET Progress agreed to produce William Maltese's screenplay, WINNOWING, I was pleased to be offered not one, but TWO Lead roles, those of Jeff Candleston, Draqual Media's Casting Director, and Richard Andrews, auditioning actor. I'd never played two roles, much less two lead roles, in a movie. Still, one of my personal favorite actors, Peter Sellers, was known for such, so I immediately felt a sense of excitement in the challenge, and, now that WINNOWING is almost finished filming, accom...


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WINNOWING, THE FILM

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, In : books and movies 

JET Progress is pleased to announce the immanent transition of the film WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — from production into post-production. This short, dramatic mystery about two actors stretching their acting abilities to persevere through multiple, live screening auditions for possible lead roles in an otherwise undisclosed “Really Big Film,” stars Daniel S. Janik and Setsuko Tsuchiya, each playing two different characters.


The Ultimate Audition: Two Actors; One Drea...


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WINNOWING MOVIE TO COMPLETE FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 16, 2023, In : books and movies 

THE over 240 indoor scenes in the drama-mystery film WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — by JET Progress — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com — were completed yesterday, and the filming of the remaining 10 outdoor scenes are scheduled for next weekend, meaning production is nearly ended. Based on the screenplay of the same name by eminent author/playwright William Maltese, WINNOWING is a film about two actors stretching their acting abilities to persevere through multiple live...


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JET PROGRESS ISSUES “WINNOWING” PRESS RELEASE

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 14, 2023, In : books and movies 

PROGRESS on the filming of the JET Progress production of the film WINNOWING continues this weekend with the concurrent release of an official press release — https://www.prlog.org/12960168 — and the release of the first official poster — https://i.postimg.cc/T1z7BbvJ/Poster1.png.


Filming of the remainder of the indoor studio scenes is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 14 April 2023, with a backup day on Sunday, 15 April 2023 if necessary. After completion of the indoor studio scenes, f...


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ANOTHER WEEKEND OF FILMS AND FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 7, 2023, In : books and movies 

ASSUMING you had the opportunity of reading the previous post (if you haven’t now would be a good time to do so), you’ll already know that actor/author Daniel S. Janik (https://janik.yolasite.com) and actress/author Setsuko Tsuchiya (https://setsukotsuchiya.com) are busy, busy, busy this weekend, all involving filming. But first, regarding authoring, I’m continuing to work towards completion of the sequel, PROPHECY, to my Amazon-genre-bestseller book, THE EDGE OF MADNESS — https://www...


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MAKE REALITY GREAT AGAIN!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, In : books and movies 

THE catchphrase in the movie, THE PERFECT ILLUSION, that just yesterday was released on Amazon Prime — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BYSR2TBB — and in which both Daniel S. Janik and Setsuko Tsuchiya appear, Daniel as a featured party-goer, political agitator and the ethically challenged Dr. Stephenson, Setsuko as a background gala dancer and party goer. A suicidal man finds a new reason to live after he stumbles upon a curio shop that transports him into the future. Soon he finds himself ri...


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WINNOWING ENTERS FOURTH DAY OF FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 3, 2023, In : books and movies 

FOR those following the filming of the JET Progress — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com — production of the film WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — co-produced by Daniel S. Janik, Setsuko Tsuchiya and William Maltese, and directed by Daniel S. Janik, this fourth day of filming will focus on characters Richard Andrews (played by Daniel S. Janik) and Sakura Kai (played by Setsuko Tsuchiya, of STATIC — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie — fame. In WINNOWING, Richa...


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FILMING WEEKEND

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 2, 2023, In : books and movies 

HAVING last week finished filming 1/8 of the JET Progress Production of WINNOWING -- https://winnowing.yolasite.com, this weekend was scheduled to complete another 1/8. HOWEVER, actors Daniel S. Janik and Setsuko Tsuchiya, playing Richard Andrews and Sakura Kai, were on a roll, and so far, today, ended up finishing 2/8 more with tomorrow, Sunday, heralding another 2/8. Should we continue tomorrow as today, we’re anticipating completing 5/8 of the film this weekend!


5/8 may not sound like a...


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WHEN DOES A YEAR BEGIN?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, March 24, 2023, In : books and movies 

OFFICIALLY, in the West, the new year begins on 1 January. Always does. Always has, at least as long as I can remember. True, there’s their lunar new year typically somewhat later, but still according in the middle of winter, which, to me, doesn’t seem like a great time to start a new year. So, for the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to “tune in” to the actual seasons and see if there might not be a more sensually sensible time for a new year to begin.


Anti it’s the first ...


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ON THIS PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, March 12, 2023, In : books and movies 

AS many of you reading this know, Raymond Gaynor is the pen name of actor Daniel S. Janik. It all depends on which muse grabs my shoulder and holds onto it most tightly for the moment. In terms of acting, I’ve been doing less background acting these days, my acting interests focusing on the immanent release of THE PERFECT ILLUSION — https://janik.yolasite.com/theperfectillusion.php — and moving from pre-production to filming of WINNOWING — https://janik.yolasite.com/winnowing.php.


Th...


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SOME SOUND ADVICE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 6, 2023, In : books and movies 

WITH the JET Progress production of WINNOWING well into pre-production, having addressed blocking, shortlisting, studio, camera and sound, the last remaining issue has been that of insulating the film set from noise. It would be easy to fall into the tourist idea that Hawaii, being a true paradise, must be so quiet as to enhance the sound of the trades in the coconut trees. Not so, even in Waikiki. One of the challenges to filming outdoors or indoors on Oahu is the high levels of light and so...


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ILLUSION

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 4, 2023, In : books and movies 

WE’RE talking THE PERFECT ILLUSION, a soon-to-be-released film by Kurt Ken Kaminaka about a suicidal man who finds a new reason to live after he stumbles upon a curio shop that transports him into the future. Soon he finds himself risking his own life trying to save the woman of his dreams, but struggles as reality may not be as it appears.


Personally, I’m a big fan of illusion (prestidigitaion or entertainment “magic”) where, like THE PERFECT ILLUSION, there is a distinct pledge, tu...


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WINNOWING — THE MOVIE

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 25, 2023, In : books and movies 

HAVING had my moment on the big screen as lead actor in the multi-award-winning movie STATIC, I was gifted by author, screenwriter, author-and-actor colleague and friend, William Maltese, with an intriguing movie script, WINNOWING, written specifically for myself, Daniel S. Janik, and actress and life partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Thank you, William! In it Setsuko and I play not one but TWO lead roles in this story about an actor and actress auditioning for the “big” one, before two, hardene...


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SUBSCRIPTIONS ET AL

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, In : books and movies 

SUBSCRIPTIONS are clearly the way the business of humanities is going. I say business, because thus far business has penetrated almost every aspect of our lives. I recall watching business invade medicine when I was in practice, attempting to turn my love of helping others to love of money. Later, I watched the same happen in education, culminating in the private “for profit” colleges and universities, where the love of truth, knowledge and wisdom languished secondary to love of money. I ...


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HOW IMPORTANT ARE MOVIES?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, In : books and movies 

IN my Amazon genre bestselling book, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — I lay the foundations for my “Philosophia Psychís Empeiría” which I expand in the upcoming sequel PROPHECY, which is nearing completion. In essence, the “soul” is the sum total of one’s life experiences, and acts as the “guide” to the next universe. Not simply another world in space/time, but an entirely different universe of worlds, each accord...


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WINNOWING (THE MOVIE) AND AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM MALTESE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, In : books and movies 

SEVERAL months ago, consummate author and screenwriter William Maltese offered author/actor Daniel S. Janik and author/actress Setsuko Tsuchiya a written-exclusively-for-them screenplay about auditioning for the “Big One.” To quote the Bard, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely Players…” What could be more central to contemporary life than the constant auditioning/interviewing/screening to which we are endlessly subject? WINNOWING — https://janik.yolasite.c...


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RAYMOND GAYNOR'S THE EDGE OF MADNESS TO BECOME MULTI-MEDIA HIT

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, In : books and movies 

I was so pleased to hear that KS Media Group Inc has purchased THE EDGE OF MADNESS for manga, animation and/or cinematic treatment. Despite my reservations regarding incorporation of some of the elements (the characters, for example, are largely unclothed in the work), I was assured that pre-production plans were already underway. 


Already an Audible audiobook read by the incomparable Peter Pollock


An Excited Raymond Gaynor

Author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor

Co-au...


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FROM THE EDGE OF MADNESS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, In : books and movies 

It is my pleasure to present the long awaited sequel to my and William Maltese's naughty pop sexual-political-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009), entitled THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020). NewAmerica, a shadow of its former United States of America, is now leaner and meaner. Once again commanding wealth and power thanks to a series of sociopolitical advances and technical innovations like Eugitors, ShimmerSuits, ContraSpray, T-rips, CandyShades and CandyCable, NewAmerica a challen...


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A WILD LITERARY RIDE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 8, 2023, In : books and movies 

THE EDGE OF MADNESS — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — is an exploration of a possible (nay, freakishly probable) future, where every hedonistic pleasure is available to anyone…if they can but afford it. Every person works in order to purchase the newest technology that promises to provide the next ultimate pleasure. But as in Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell’s 1984, citizens are under constant surveillance by emotionless observers called “The Enforcers” who show up any...


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AND FILMING RESUMES…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 5, 2023, In : books and movies 

Received notice yesterday that my part in the filming of the K. Simmons Production of the 6-part, made-for-television series FINDING KATE — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate — will begin tomorrow WITH A FUNERAL. Go Figure! I’ll be playing myself as the star who played Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of the multi-award-winning movie, STATIC — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie. Based on the multi-award-winning book — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247215 —...


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I’M TIRED OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THAT GO AWRY

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 1, 2023, In : books and movies 

AND I’m even more tired of people asking me what this year’s New Year’s resolutions are. This year, I’m resolved to not make any New Year’s resolutions. Well, except for the one I just made. But you get my drift, and I suspect you get your drift, too. While the idea of bettering oneself through New Year’s resolutions is commendable, not being able to stick to most of them is downright depressing, and there’s enough going on in the world that’s depressing already. If I could, I...


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WHERE IN THE MULTIVERSE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, In : books and movies 

CAN I got to see all the Daniel S. Janik films like STATIC (2021) — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie; THE MALTESE COLLECTION — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/maltese-collection; and THE PERFECT ILLUSION — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18690318/ — that are supposed to be available in 2023? And what about viewing those Daniel S. Janik films that are still in preproduction or production like FINDING KATE — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate; MOCOS — https://www.instagra...


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A BOOK/FILM IN THE MAKING?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, December 26, 2022, In : books and movies 

I sincerely hope I’m wrong, but the 2022 news seemed eerily like the that preceding December 1941 when Hitler declared war on the United States of America. These days, Putin seems to be mimicking Hitler’s playbook of aggression, double-speak and terror. I’m currently reminded of Conservative politician Arthur Neville Chamberlain’s foreign policy of “appeasement,” and the “Munich Agreement,” signed by Hitler, which Chamberlain naively assumed would avert a world war, which it d...


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LATER ON, I’LL CONSPIRE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, December 25, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS I sit, by the fire…and work on the sequel to THE EDGE OF MADNESS by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — aptly named PROPHECY and rapidly approaching the finish line during these sometimes madcap, sometimes boring holidays. What could be better than a good new book to while away 2023? Prophecy has the same characters as in THE EDGE OF MADNESS plus one who stirs the pot in a most unusual way. If THE EDGE OF MADNESS is all about the beginnings of life, PROPHECY is ab...


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HEALTH, WEALTH OR HAPPINESS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 23, 2022, In : books and movies 

WHICH one would YOU choose if you could be granted only one?


Health would promise a longer, quality life, which, if you live in the USA, could be a boon. If you live elsewhere that might or might not be a boon. Still, if one has health, wealth and happiness can, if desired, follow.


Wealth wold promise a more varied life, though, without health it might be either tempered, or very short. Then there’s the issue of whether wealth (or it’s one step up cousin, power) ever really brings happi...


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WILL MOVIE/TV VIOLENCE BECOME EVEN MORE VIOLENT IN 2023?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

WHAT exactly is it with “entertainment” and gratuitous violence? While it may be partially or even mostly the case that viewers today want and are willing to pay for more violence and more “authenticity” surrounding violence. as an author and actor, I believe it’s not as simple an equation as that. As evidence, I present a recent BBC article entitled, “1923 and the violent TV universe that has electrified the US” — https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20221213-1923-and-the-rise...


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WITH A “WEY, HEY, BLOW THE MAN DOWN…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, December 19, 2022, In : books and movies 

HAVING left San Francisco for the paradisiacal climes of the Hawaiian Islands, I suddenly find myself hunkering down today and supposedly tomorrow for a tropical storm alert replete with 60 mph wind gusts, intermittent 45 degree pelting rain, thunder, lightening and hail. Yes, hail! Can you believe it? Well don’t. It may be coming our way, but it hasn’t arrived en mass, yet. The operative word being “yet.” In the meantime I busier than I’ve ever been with acting and authoring.


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TODAY TODAY

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 17, 2022, In : books and movies 

LIVING in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, is like living in a suspended, sunny California day forever. At least until tomorrow, when the weatherfolk are predicting a strong bout of cold, thunderstorms, lightening, thunder, torrential rain and even icy hail, the latter God(dess) forbid. I’m trying to imagine icy roads in Honolulu, if only from momentarily road-coating hail. Actually, I can’t imagine it. The nearest thing is snow on the top of the world’s tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, or the unusual...


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AND EVEN MORE ABOUT SHARING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 16, 2022, In : books and movies 

THINKING about a really heartfelt holiday gift? Consider purchasing a HD DVD copy of the multi-award-winning movie, the K. Simmons Production of STATIC (2021) — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie. An irascible veteran who, having successfully conquered everything life’s thrown him, suddenly faces a new challenge that he can’t win: Alzheimer’s Disease. Yet, through the intervention of a radio that plays only static, and with the loving and sagacious advice from his long depar...


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SHARING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

I wonder what that singular word invokes for you? For me, it means sharing the spotlight with others, including my sister’s cat, “Bugs,” who just recently became a celebrity showcasing a new kind of cat food dish that she apparently endorses whole heartedly. Okay, okay. I always make it a point to share the spotlight with my dance partner and actress, Setsuko Tsuchiya, who, BTW should be back on the set with me, filming a featured “honor dance” for FINDING KATE. In the first of an a...


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CHRISTMAS CLUMSY

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, December 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

INVARIABLY, when the Holidays approach, I become clumsy. Why, I’ve no idea, but it’s like a holiday ritual; something, I can count on, like taxes in January, but much more pleasant. Not that I resent paying my fair share to keep the USA, well, American, and my neighborhood worth living. No, I don’t resent taxes or the Holiday clumsies (by March and tax payment, I’m no longer clumsy). They’re just little hooks upon which I can hang my Christmas and New Year’s feelings on, while I g...


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GOOD GNUS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

CLEVER, huh? In this world of increasing extinctions, “Any gnus is good gnus.” And with that little play on words, I am pleased to bring you some really, really good news: THE MALTESE COLLECTION — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/maltese-collection — just advanced in the Washington DC International Film Festival from “selected” to “bimonthly awarded” and is further advanced in the final run for two major 2023 awards — https://filmfreeway.com/WashingtonDCInternationalcinemafestiva...


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THE AGES OF HAIR

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 1, 2022, In : books and movies 

SHOULDN’T that read, “The ages of man?” Nope. Several weeks ago, I was given the opportunity of appearing on a TV series as a photo double of a major actor. After accepting, having never done such before, I traveled to the set to find that the fellow I was photo-doubling for had VERY short, salt-and-pepper hair and no mustache. Awe! After receiving my military style hair cut, having what little hair was left spray painted, and my beloved mustache shaved completely off, I left makeup in ...


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THE MALTESE COLLECTION RECEIVES ITS FIRST KUDOS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 28, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M pleased to report that the K. Simmons’ Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/maltese-collection, recently out of post-production, has been selected to appear in the Washington DC International Cinema Festival — https://filmfreeway.com/WashingtonDCInternationalcinemafestival, a bi-monthly film Festival, culminating in a 30 April 2023 Gala Awards Ceremony! Congratulations to world-acclaimed, multi-award-winning author, screenwriter and now lead actor, Mr...


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THE LEGACY OF A. G. HAYES

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 27, 2022, In : books and movies 

ONE of my author-friends, A. G. Hayes, recently passed. It was a sad day for me and his many action/adventure affectionados. A. G. authored tens of books, short stories and screenplays during his lifetime, epitomized by his seven-book Koski and Falk series — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-complete-koski-and-falk-two-volume-set/84 as a seven-book, two-volume printed book, also available from Amazon in printed two volumes as THE COMPLETE KOSKI AND FALK VOL I — htt...


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THE ETERNAL WAIT

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

“HURRY up and wait,” seems to be the new colloquialism of the 2022’s. There’s so much that needs to be done, but seemingly little desire to personally take part. Call it the post-sueism era, where one can find more legal reasons for not doing anything than doing something, no matter how small. Or, call it simple nihilism, where anything good that can be done can also be undone or reoriented to the dark side. Or, being simply overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. Then again, ther...


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I’M BACK, I’M BACK, FOR A VERY IMPORTANT HACK…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 14, 2022, In : books and movies 

While I was away at the Chicago International Indie Film Festival, walking the red carpet as Daniel S. Janik (“Will Gardner” in the STATIC movie — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie) with Eriko Okada (“Susan”) and Setsuko Tsuchiya (“Edna”), along with Executive Producer/Producer/Director/Screenwriter Kenny Simmons and Co-Executive Producer Lisa Simmons and screenwriter Richard Rose and wife Kay, a lot has happened in the world, not the least being the beginning of the ...


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WHAT DOES ONE DO ON A QUIET SUNDAY AFTERNOON?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 14, 2022, In : books and movies 

Actor Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Marine) here, nose to screen, typing at my computer on a fantastic sunny but pleasantly cool day. Posting about what? Film, of course.


Setsuko Tsuchiya and I have been filming scenes for Elias Perez’ 2-Liters Shady Films’ production of MOCOS, our first horror film, an especially notable film in that all is done by the actors and actresses (aliens, too?) use Elias’ script, and send their parts in to him for collating and editing. I w...


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Veni Vidi Vici

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

Actor Daniel S. Janik here (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) Back from Chicago and the Chicago International Indie Film Festival (https://chicagoiiff.org) where, on 5 November 2022, Eriko Okada (“Susan”), Setsuko Tsuchiya (“Edna”) and I (“Will Gardner”) walked the red carpet along with Director Kenny Simmons and co-Executive Producer Lisa Simmons, writer Richard and wife Kay Rose in celebration of the STATIC movie winning the Jury Special Mention Award for Feature Length Fi...


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NOT AT ALL LATE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 31, 2022, In : books and movies 

DESPITE feeling much like the White Rabbit in in Disney’s version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND in so many aspects of my current life, Eriko Okada, Setsuko Tsuchiya and I are all preparing for our visit to the Chicago International Indy Festival (CIIFF) next week to walk the red carpet for STATIC (2021) — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie — which was “selected” as a finalist. Being no stranger to Chi-ChiLand, I look forward to visiting with the writer, Richard Rose, and the prod...


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Home At Last

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 28, 2022, In : books and movies 

SORRY if it’s been awhile since everyone last heard from me, author/actor/dancer Daniel S. Janik, and my author/actress/dancer partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, more properly Dr. Setsuko Tsuchiya PhD, since around 10 October 2022 when she received her, as far as we know, first-in-the-world terminal degree in Ballroom and Latin Dance Performance! Way to go, Setsuko! An instant Amazon genre bestseller when her dissertation entitled “The Power of Partnered Ballroom Dance” edited and published for...


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THE MALTESE COLLECTION NEARS RELEASE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 9, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS two of the Executive Producers of the K. Simmons’ Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION, Setsuko Tsuchiya and I are pleased to hear it is exiting editing and will soon begin screenings. THE MALTESE COLLECTION — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/maltese-collection — is a bio-documentary reprise to multi-award-winning author and screenwriter William Maltese, and his many inspirations, achievements. Pushing the edge in literature and now film, Maltese is a pioneer in his lifelong support of er...


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GOIN’ TO CHICAGO, CHICAGO HERE WE COME…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

SORRY about not posting the past couple of days, but I’ve been overly busy arranging things for a couple upcoming “road trips.” First there’s Japan to get some additional one-on-one dance coaching from Seiji and Hiromi Yuki (Mr. Albert Franz is still our choreographer and primary dance coach) for our “honor dance” at the gala studio party scene in FINDING KATE — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate. Immediately afterwards, we’re off to the Windy City to appear at the Chica...


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GOING TO THE OPERA

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

MOST people who are operatically inclined enjoy the storyline, performance, color, dressing up and an opera brunch afterwards with pastries and coffee. Me, too. Mostly. Tomorrow Setsuko and I go to the opera as background actors for a scene for an upcoming TV series, NCIS: Hawaii Season Two.


All we know is that there will be lots of opera-goer-actors-and-actresses, theater-service-personnel-actors-and-actresses, a bunch of police/FBI/NCIS-actors-and-actresses, and pirates. The later would ha...


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A NEW AUTHORITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S my distinct pleasure to be the first to announce the ascension of a new authority in the world of dance, acting and authoring, Dr. Setsuko Tsuchiya — https://www.setsukotsuchiya.com — having recently reached the end of her multi-year foray into academia with the final acceptance of her dissertation and completion of her PhD in Performing Arts in Ballroom and Latin Dance Performance. As her dance, acting and life partner, I can personally vouch for the difficulties she overcame in h...


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WINNOWING: LOOKING FOR A HOME

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 19, 2022, In : books and movies 

WINNOWING, a 15 to 20-minute screenplay written by world-renown author and playwright, William Maltese — https://www.facebook.com/williammaltese, for me, actor Daniel S. Janik — https://janik.yolasite.com/actor.php — and my partner and actress Setsuko Tsuchiya — https://setsukotsuchiya.com — is (hooray!) currently in planning, thank you, William Maltese! This discrete, four-character screenplay, in my mind, is perfectly designed for actor/studio publicity purposes as an entertainmen...


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DOUBLE WHAMMY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 16, 2022, In : books and movies 

BEING an actor quite busy this time of year, I decided it’s time for the new COVID-19 Omicron/BA.5 immunization, and, hey, why not, also flu. So yesterday I went to the local pharmacy for both. Bang! Bang!


I was, as usual, fine until about 2 hours later, when I spend the evening and night tossing and turning dealing with aches and pains. Ugh. Not bad like the real flu, but enough to recognize it as such. Trading a very mild flu for the big cachunka when it comes around later this year. As ...


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IMPORTANT MOMENTS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

IN both the authoring and acting worlds, there are important moments to anticipate and thoroughly enjoy if and when they happen. For an author, one is the acceptance of a manuscript by a publisher. Another is seeing and feeling the book in hand. Yet another is that first positive review. And don’t forget that first moment of public recognition.


For an actor, the first is getting before the camera and seeing oneself on the screen. Any screen. Another is getting a role, any role, in a film, ...


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COMING-OF-AGE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 11, 2022, In : books and movies 

COMING-OF-AGE is never easy, irrespective of how easily or not it happens. And, the first one, adolescence, is a doozy for everyone. Looking back, I’m impressed with how every approximate decade of my life brought with it another coming-of-age, for me, mostly related to my work, my “job” being to figure out what message my work had for me about…well…me.


My decades were adolescence, college/university life, physician, author, artist, medical computing analyst, corporate official, mi...


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WHAT THE FORK?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 9, 2022, In : books and movies 

WHILE eating brunch today (as actor Daniel S. Janik always concerned about weight, aka sedentary author Daniel Janik/Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine), I found myself pondering the quintessentially classic question: Which is “more betta,” the knife, fork or spoon, which being as my partner is Japanese, immediately expanded to include hashi (chopsticks) and, in deference to America’s love affair with fast foods, fingers?


Given the universality of finger use early in life, it’s environmenta...


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THOUGHT CRIMES

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 8, 2022, In : books and movies 

SHADES of George Orwell and his dystopian futurist novel, 1984, that date having already passed into history, with thoughtcrimes moving from speculative literature to the movies with the adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel, MINORITY REPORT. What’s next? Legislation against the use of discriminatory pronouns in thought or dream?


What this brings up for me is the issue of how much control needs to be exerted to counter extremism and weaponization today? Where is the flaw that so desperate...


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RESURRECTION EARTH AND BEYOND

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

IN or around 1993, as the University of Hawaii Extension Service Water Quality Agent for Northshore Oahu, I served as executive producer for a “wake up” documentary called CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND (National Film Network 1999). Twenty-nine minutes, with a special edition including an additional twenty-minute studio discussion, CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND traveled around the world several times, garnering awards like its two-Telly Awards for best documentary. Although National Film Network...


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AND WHAT DO AIs THINK OF US, I WONDER…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, August 29, 2022, In : books and movies 

AI — Artificial Intelligences — What do they think of us, their makers, I wonder? We think of them often, as God(dess) must have thought often of us as we slowly evolved from unicellular bacteria to the Tower of Babel we are fast approaching today. Are they even aware of us? BI (before the Internet) I think not, but today, I do wonder. While we humans seem to have a hard time mentally encompassing the interconenctive power of the AI internet, my gut says there’s enough interconnected AI...


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COMPUTERS, SEX AND GENDER

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 28, 2022, In : books and movies 

AH, you thought I was about to post on how AIWs (Artificially Intelligent Whatevers) have changed the way we humans think in terms of human sex and gender. Nope. Couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m talking more in terms of determining the sex and gender of your personal AIWs. You know, your trusted computer, cell phone, home alarm system, self-driving program.


It all started the other day when, based on a computer incident, I began to wonder what sex my computer was. Male or female, ...


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IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A GAY AI?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 26, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE! I’ve broken the LGBTQ+ ice with that title and topic, don’t you think? Of course, before that one would have to define a “straight” AI (Artificial Intelligence). Now what would a straight AI be like? I’m going to assume that at some point, we humans will want AIs to not only efficiently do their “jobs,” but also fix themselves, belying the question whether each human that comes into the world has a distinct job, whether our creator(s) continue to secretly assign such, or ...


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COMMERCIALIZING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

As an actor (Daniel S. Janik aka author Daniel S. Janik / Raymond Gaynor / Gary Martine), I’m always scouting for more acting opportunities. I’m currently preparing for my role in the K. Simmons Production of FINDING KATE -- https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate and https://janik.yolasite.com/findingkate.php -- a 6-part series about computer genius, Kate Keenan, who develops a scriptwriting program that everyone wants, that, in the wrong hands could be a threat to national security. Th...


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ON ACTING AND AUTHORING

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, August 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY, I posted on Writing and Authoring. Today I’d like to talk a bit about Acting, a late-in-life career for me. It began with the opportunity of playing the lead role in the K. Simmons Production of STATIC (2021) — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15420946 — and supporting actor roles in the Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of THE PERFECT ILLUSION (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18690318) as well as the upcoming films THE MALTESE COLLECTION (https://ksmediagroupinc.com/maltese-collection),...


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ON WRITING AND AUTHORING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” After 5 decades of writing, or more precisely authoring (meaning writing for a specific readership), I feel as if my life is a perfect testament to that. That veil between what I feel compelled to say and what I actually need to say, grows fainter with each passing year. I’ve been asked several times, “About what do you have so much to say?” — admittedly a paraphrase — bu...


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THE STARS WERE OUT THIS AFTERNOON

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

OKAY, so the stars are out 24/7, they’re just hidden by the sun in the afternoon. Except for OUR star, the sun which is exactly the opposite, which is glory-blazing in the afternoon and hidden at night. At night my fav stars are The Seven Sisters, Cassiopeia (the “W” constellation), and Hanaiakamalama (the Southern Cross), not to forget Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris), the “pole” star of the Northern Hemisphere, or Polaris Australis (Sigma Octantis), the Southern “pole” star.


But, ...


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THE GREATEST OF ILLUSIONS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE posted numerous times about my opinion regarding money and power, both human-created illusions that it’s possible have brought more misery to humanity, the biosphere and planet than any other individual factors, existing as I believe they do, beneath the fabled four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. My point, however is that they are not the only greatest illusions but they are human-made.


To these two, I am rapidly approaching the point where I will have to add a third: Time. H.G. Wells ...


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FRANKLY SPEAKING,

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 31, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S officially the hurricane season in the Pacific and what’s brewing at this moment is hurricane Frank. Hawaii hurricanes typically begin off Baha California, traveling West-Northwest along with tons of tourists, the hurricane slowly weakening on its way. This year’s hurricane forecast for Hawaii, I’m told, is low both in numbers and intensities, much like income projections for US citizens. Then again, in terms of weather and economics, anything can happen along the way.


If you be...


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CHANGING ROLES

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 29, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS Daniel S. Janik, former owner of Savant Books and Publications, which was sold on 31 December 2021 to KS Media Group Inc — https://ksmediagroupinc.com — I’m now book production manager while the work of melding the two companies proceeds. Kenny Simmons of KS Media Group Inc and K. Simmons Productions, a “Hawaiiwood” film studio, in the meantime with Executive Producer assistance from me, Setsuko Tsuchiya and Savant Director of Publicity and Marketing, Dr. Michael Davis, is produc...


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THE AMAZON GREEN PARROTS OF HAWAII

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, In : books and movies 

THINK Hawaii and what immediately comes to most people’s minds are warm sun, beaches, surfing, tropical drinks, but Amazonian Green Parrots? Rats? Mongooses? Geckoes? Brush-tailed rock-wallabies? Mangoes? Eh? And lets not forget mosquitoes! But, Amazonian Green Parrots???


Less than a decade ago, I noticed a pair of Amazonian Green Parrots fly by my lanai window. Several years later, on a walk I noticed a buch of them feasting on mangoes in a neighborhood mango tree. Today I watched numerou...


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IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO SEE ME?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 21, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE always felt reasonably safe and secure pretty much everywhere I’ve travelled within the USA (avoiding big cities). At least until recently. I’m not feeling so safe and secure these days with the increasingly lax gun laws, especially those that allow carrying a concealed weapon. Having grown up in Alaska when it was still a young, wild territory, I wasn’t unaccustomed to seeing people in town “carryin’,” even having witnessed a shootout once. Strangely, knowing that people w...


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E ALTRO ANCORA…

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 9, 2022, In : books and movies 

LIKE many other Americans, I thought deposing Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election would end the bitter decisiveness erupting in almost every sector of government, business, transportation, environment, medical care, education, even to the point of separating family members and impassively expression frustration through public shootings. Nope. I didn’t realize until recently how close we came to blurring the lines between Administration, Legislation and Courts, paving the...


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A GAIAN HIATUS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, In : books and movies 

IS our world, as James Lovelock’s GAIA — https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/gaia-hypothesis — would have us believe, a living, breathing being? I tend to think so. Lovelock has been “right” so many times, it would be an insult to not take The Gaia Hypothesis for real. If so, surely, Gaia is letting out a long sigh, after so tumultuous a half-year. The Return (or call it the REVENGE) of COVID, Putin’s War, another year of increasing over-population an...


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FLIMFLAMBOYANCY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M going to have fun with this one! Flim-flam is insincere or nonsensical talk. It also is a swindle or con. Boyancy is all about ending up on top with optimism and cheerfulness. If that isn’t an interesting paraducks I don’t know what is. But in my “new” dictionary for our new times, flimflamboyancy is all about surviving this increasingly “fake” world while optimistically and cheerfully retaining hope for something better. 


Is our world increasingly “fake?” I would say yes...


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CELEBRATING THE FOURTH AND FIFTH

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, July 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

TODAY is the fourth of July, the day we celebrate America’s Independence. I like to think of it as the day the nation celebrates my birthday with parties, grills and fireworks, a little myth inculcated by my mother alongside Santa and the Great Pumpkin. Admittedly, letting go of the fourth being a celebration of my coming-into-the-world was the hardest of which to let go. Sigh. Still, when I watch the fireworks tonight, I’ll be happily co-celebrating my own birth.


What most American’s ...


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SCI-FU, ANYONE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 3, 2022, In : books and movies 

IN previous posts, I presented two of three reasons why Setsuko Tsuchiya and I, Daniel S. Janik, were intrigued from the start over Elias Perez’ 2-Liter’s Shady Film Production of MOCOS, the Movie — https://www.auditionsfree.com/2021/actors-and-extras-in-nyc-or-to-film-remotely-for-indie-film/. We both support experimental filmmaking, especially when it leads to a new venue resistant to epidemics and pandemics. I see MOCOS as the forerunner of distance-filmed, interactive, holographic m...


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HORRORS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY I posted about a new film that Setsuko Tsuchiya and I will be appearing in entitled MOCOS. One of three reasons why this debut film by Elias Perez’ 2-Liter’s Shady Films Productions was that it was an experimental film. In this day when businesses are struggling to return to the old days, Perez has taken a new “distance” approach to filming, which I find intriguing. It is innovative filming venues like this one that will, I believe, end up charting the future of the industry...


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MOCOS’ NEW FILMING VENUE

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 1, 2022, In : books and movies 

SETSUKO Tsuchiya and I recently auditioned for a new film, MOCOS (pronounced “locos”) a horror film by Elias Perez’ 2-Liters Shady Films. I was pleased to be selected for the role of Dr. Gregory Grant, MD, a public health specialist, and Setsuko for the role of Ms. Akari Koko-Grant, wife of Dr. Grant and reporter for the Pacific World News.


What initially caught my interest was that this would be an experimental “distance” filming project, whereby each actor/actress would DIY film ...


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IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S hard to comment about about something that appears like “ghost” marketing (marketing an “unavailable” product), though this new approach to seems to be popping up more and more these days. You know the basic story: A product or service fails “due to COVID,” and whether the failing is real or not, public response results in a rush of demand, creating a sales boom, often with the product being offered at higher price. Clever, if, in fact, it’s all true. But whether true or ...


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SPECTACLE AND VIOLENCE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, June 23, 2022, In : books and movies 

BLOODSPORT is the term for events of spectacle involving violence to the point of bloodletting. While violence and bloodletting are probably as old as humanity, they are said to have became a spectacle with the ancient pre-Roman Etruscans in or around 600 BCE — https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi7673 and http://thespectaclesofapuleius.weebly.com/gladiatorial-combats.html#.YrSwcy-B3Fc — and later the Greek Olympics begun in 770 BCE — https://olympics.com/ioc/faq/history-and-or...


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THE META MIGHTA…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, In : books and movies 

META, a reincarnation of Facebook (?), is gaining quite a bit of attention in the news these days, given that I, for one, have little idea of what it’s supposed to be. This despite engineering the first apparent META-VR sexual assault — https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61573661. Not something I personally would be proud of. In fact, it doesn’t make me all that interested in that particular META (multiverse?). There’s far too much assault and battery in the “real” world.


But th...


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WINSOME, LOSESOME

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

EVER wonder what it would be like to always win? It might take a while, but my personal take is that it would quickly become “boring.” It’s always fun to win, but it’s in the losing that one learns and grows. Still, it IS fun to win, especially once in a while.


As an actor and author, I make it a point to celebrate “wins.” Big or small. Wins are like positive signposts along the highway of life. Right now, I’m celebrating a number of things. First, I’m celebrating the Amazon-...


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HELLO, KOSKI AND FALK!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 23, 2022, In : books and movies 

AUTHOR A. G. Hayes’ multi-award-winning seven-book, Koski-and-Falk Secret Agent series is scheduled to come to life on TV and the silver screen beginning with the fourth book, FINDING KATE, currently being filmed at K. Simmons Productions — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate. Karizma Rose, lead actress, has been chosen to portray principal character, Kate Keenan, long-ignored computer genius who has designed a computer program that will put Hollywood and Bollywood out of business ov...


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TISH, TOSH

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, May 21, 2022, In : books and movies 

CONGRATULATIONS, Karizma Rose on being cast as lead actress in the role of Kate Keenan in the upcoming K. Simmons Production of FINDING KATE — https://www.facebook.com/ksimmonsproductionsllc/photos/a.1070928022940680/5520221334677971.


As one of the Executive Producers having read the entire six-part series scripts, I can only say that the role seemed perfectly made for you! “Long-ignored computer genius Kate Keenan has designed a computer program that will put Hollywood and Bollywood out...


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WHO ARE YOU? or ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, In : books and movies 

Many know me as Raymond Gaynor, award-winning co-author with A. G. Hayes, of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530, the sequel to A. G. Hayes’ FINDING KATE (Savant 2016) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247215, purchased by KS Media Group and currently in filming by K. Simmons Productions as a six-part series of the same name — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate.


Many may also know me as Raymond Gaynor, co-author with William Maltese of TOTAL MELTDOW...


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MY FRIEND, A. G. HAYES

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, May 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

ONE of the best rewards I’ve ever received as an author with Savant Books and Publications (now part of KS Media Group Inc) has been the associations I’ve built over the years with other Savant authors, one of whom is A. G. Hayes. A multi-award-winning author of nine Savant publications including the seven-book thriller Koski and Falk Secret Agent series — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Z87Z9K — and three-book Kate Keenan Special Assignment series, CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017) —...


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ACTING IN THE RAINBOW STATE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S been my distinct pleasure to be Daniel S. Janik, actor, with Setsuko Tsuchiya, actress, in “The Rainbow State” of Hawaii. Our acting opportunities have been and remain highly varied. Part of that, I believe, is a consequence of living in Hawaii with its multi-culturality. Being European by descent and my partner Japanese, Hawaii offers us a multitude of cultural experiences both in terms of our professions and our daily life.


For example, we’ve played in Hawaiiwood’s K. Simmon...


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CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

YEP! The Call of the Wild (actually the call of anything and everything outside of home) is weighing increasingly heavy these freakishly undecided days, what with prices rising, a growing war underway, another wave of COVID beginning, and tons of questionable news, advertisements and social posts of dubious truthfulness being slung about. Who to believe? Who to trust? I’ve posted about my own perception regarding diminishing customer service and increasing “Fast Eddie” sales to the poin...


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THE WEIRDING WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, In : books and movies 

RESPONDING to an article in today’s BBC News entitled “Tech Tent: Are we really on the cusp of a VR revolution? — https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct3750, I’d have to say a definite, “Yes,” though not exactly as VR companies and Meta envision. More like envisioned in my Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor. And exactly how is that different, you might well ask?


Well, for starters, I believe that the missing “key” is projected, interacti...


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A LOT OF ADO ABOUT SOMETHING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

PLEASED as punch to hear that William Maltese’s “edge of the seat” romance, DARE TO LOVE IN OZ (Savant 2009) — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/dare-to-love-in-oz/100 or https://www.amazon.com/dp/0984117547 — available in printed, digital and audiobook versions, is now a screenplay, ready for manga, animation and cinematic treatment by KS Media Group. “Romance and adventure collide in Australia’s exotic outback as a deadly storm and a deadly killer wreak hav...


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THE BUSINESSIFICATION OF THE WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE had the unique experience of watching America transform from a nation of creative manufacturers and traders into a nation ruled almost entirely by business — an industry that neither creates nor produces, bent almost wholly on “making money” typically through management. I watched with horror the businessification, sometimes commercialization, of health care, then food production, then technology, then education, then transportation, now politics. What’s left from which to “t...


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FUN

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 30, 2022, In : books and movies 

REALLY — When’s the last time you had some fun. Real fun! Wild, unconstrained, giggly FUN and I don’t mean a day without news spent entirely in Meta’s cyberspace. I mean real, human-to-human fun.


Given the pandemic has challenged us to rise to a new style and level of interaction, and that we’ve completely failed to take advantage of the COVID-shot-across-the-bow to update our future infrastructure (or almost any infrastructure at all), instead returning to the state of things that...


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A HILL OF BEANS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, In : books and movies 

Of course I’m referring here to that classic line in the movie CASABLANCA where Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) says to lover Ilsa (played by Ingrid Bergman), I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” That’s not to lessen the other incredibly timely and unforgettable lines in the movie like “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine...


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ADJUDICATING JUSTICE – II

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS promised, today’s post follows on yesterdays. Talk is cheap as some would point out; action is something else altogether. Still, both come together in Plato’s famous (or infamous) REPUBLIC depending on your point of view. The 10-book “series” is is a Socratic dialogue, on justice, the just city-state, and the just human. According to Wikipedia, Socrates talks with various Athenians and foreigners about the meaning of justice and whether a just man is happier than an unjust one. In ...


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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KATE KEENAN?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, In : books and movies 

WITH the K. Simmons Production of FINDING KATE — https://kspllc.media/finding-kate — about to enter production, the question remains, who will play lead actress in the role of Kate Keenan and where in the world is she? Long-ignored computer genius Kate Keenan has designed a computer program that will put Hollywood and Bollywood out of business overnight. Suddenly everyone wants her…and her program. To stay alive, Kate goes into hiding, barely keeping ahead of a lethal hoard of pursuers....


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FINDING FATE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 18, 2022, In : books and movies 

ADMITTEDLY, a play on FINDING KATE, the recently begun filming K. Simmons Production based on the award-winning novel of the same name — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY5WYTE. Written by multi-award-winning author A. G. Hayes, FINDING KATE is the fifth in the popular seven-book “Koski and Falk Secret Agent” and first in the three-book “Kate Keenan Special Assignment” series. In the book, long-ignored computer genius Kate Keenan has designed a computer program that will put Hollywood ...


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FINDING KATE

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 15, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M pleased to announce that production (filming) of the 6-part action/adventure film, “Finding Kate,” has begun — https://kspllc.media/finding-kate or follow me at https://janik.yolasite.com/findingkate.php. Finding Kate is based on the award-winning book by A. G. Hayes of the same name at a celebratory 15% off the Suggested Retail Price (using “ONLINE” discount code at checkout) with free shipping within the USA from Savant Bookstore Honolulu — https://savant-bookstore-honolul...


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THE PERFECT ILLUSION CONTINUES…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

HAVING finished filming my and Setsuko Tsuchiya’s parts in the upcoming movie THE PERFECT ILLUSION, I couldn’t help but add to my author/actor’s website a recently completed special flying scene (in-which-I-am-not-but-truly-wish-I-were) — https://janik.yolasite.com/theperfectillusion.php. Have you ever dreamed as a child of flying through the air like Superman or Supergirl? This scene simply tugged at my inner child’s heart and begged to be shared.


From where does that seemingly pr...


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VIRTUALLY NOTHING TO SAY

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 11, 2022, In : books and movies 

AH, did you catch that? “Virtually” nothing to say. That is, nothing — nada, nope — to say about the virtual world, but a lot to say about the “real” world.


Less than a decade ago, the distinction between real and virtual was quite clear: The real world was where one lived out one’s mortal life, for better or worse, gaining experience over time from face-to-face and sometimes body-to-body social encounters. No more. In many cases, the virtual world is these days more real than ...


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TGIF

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 8, 2022, In : books and movies 

MEANING, “Thank God it’s Friday,” right? Well, it IS Friday, and I for one am plenty thankful for the start of another weekend, BUT, what I meant was “Thank God(dess) it’s functioning,” whether referring to one’s body (and it’s various parts), our home appliances, the internet, our government (though many would question this), the police or the United Nations. With the slow but significant exit of baby-boomers and the rise of Generation Whatever, I’m reminded of WILLIAM MALT...


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MY FRIENDS, WILLIAM MALTESE and A. G. HAYES

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

OVER the four decades I’ve been authoring, I’ve made some exceptional friends who’ve consistently “walked the walk” and” talked the talk” with me. With two, namely William Maltese and A. G. Hayes, I’ve had the pleasure of co-authoring a work.


With over 200+ published works, William Maltese is one the most prolific and followed authors I’ve known. And his accomplishments include not just books, but screenplays, and soon, films as well. I had the pleasure and privilege of co-...


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WHAT’S A LITTLE DYSTOPIA?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M often told that THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor —https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-edge-of-madness/136 — is “classic” dystopia fiction, which due to the pandemic seems in demand at the moment. I’m also often reminded that dystopias, by their nature, are not good for the mind, body or soul. But I’m also reminded that dystopias have a real “positive” purpose in our contemporary world. After all, we’re well past 1984, the year G...


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FILMING OF “FINDING KATE” BEGINS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 1, 2022, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY, the casting call went out — https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7566417556709217 — for the K. Simmons Production of “Finding Kate,” a six-part action-thriller series about “long-ignored computer genius Kate Keenan who has designed a computer program that will put Hollywood and Bollywood out of business overnight. Suddenly everyone wants her…and her program. To stay alive, Kate goes into hiding, barely keeping ahead of a lethal hoard of pursuers" -- https://kspllc.media...


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TOO MUCH OF A NOT-SO-GOOD THING

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 26, 2022, In : books and movies 

AND I’m not talking broccoli here (actually I LOVE broccoli, ha, ha). I’m talking the currently very negative millieu. Between Putin’s War, daily death and misery in the Ukraine, the world preparing for war, the “new politics,” business gone amok, COVID’s possible return, the slow demise of gasoline cars, the quick demise of the global environment — hey, need I go on? I for one, could sure enjoy some positive news. So here’s some positive news:


I’ve finished filming my scen...


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THE AMERICAN PENCHANT FOR BITTER FOOD

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

THIS is a rather complex post compared to most. First, I don’t really think American love bitter food. But I do believe that COVID’s anosmia (loss of smell/taste) and pressure on grocery stores to “sell food” rather than provide outstanding food items; the commercial food industry’s use of pesticides, GMO’s and premature harvesting due to increasing concerns over transportation infrastructure breakdowns; and youth’s acclimatization to all this, that together they present a Perfe...


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THE RETURN OF THE KING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, In : books and movies 

AH! Are you thinking Tolkien? Elvis? Putin? NOPE! I’m thinking Mr. William Maltese, the king of M/M erotica back from his publicity trip to LA-LA Land to promote his newest BlueBoy book, his CC Money Magazine magazine articles, the audiobook version of DARE TO LOVE IN OZ (Savant 2009 — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VVK7LN2), his future contributions to Contessa’s Court, or his new bio-documentary movie “THE MALTESE COLLECTION” (K. Simmons Productions — https://kspllc.media/maltese-...


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THE RETURN OF WILLIAM MALTESE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

MY good friend and author colleague, William Maltese, is returning from a jaunt to LA-LA LAND for what I’m told is a bit of vacation R&R as well as a meeting of the minds for “a MsTigerProduction documentary on the resurrection of an icon life-style and luxury-living LGBT magazine ‘Blueboy’, in a collector’s coffee-table edition this next October. There may just be a new Blueboy Library book, too” — https://www.facebook.com/williammaltese. Welcome back, William, to cloudy, 48-de...


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IT’S HOSPITAL DAY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

HAVING recently finished my and Setsuko Tsuchiya’s parts in the Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of THE PERFECT ILLUSION, and enjoyed our first social party in over two years (okay, it was a movie set, but, hey, it was real FUN to socialize in a bubble), it was time yesterday to visit the hospital, where Ren Gaya is dreaming wildly while in a deep coma. Or was that imagining himself wildly dreaming in a deep coma. Or is he in a coma at all? Don’t ask me, I’m just the doctor.


I play Dr. Ste...


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OH MY GOSH! WE’RE STILL IN KANSAS, TOTO!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 19, 2022, In : books and movies 

NOTHING like filling up the ole’ gas tank to bring one back down to earth! Gas hit $5.60 a gallon at my local station yesterday. Good thing I have one of those small, high-mileage, Japanese hatchbacks. While I finished gassing, washing the windows, checking the oil and water, and then the tire pressures (all perfect, thank you), the fellah next to me kept on filling the tanks of his mega-pickup and shaking his head every time he checked the increasing price. As I climbed into the car, he lo...


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THERE NO PARTY LIKE ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, In : books and movies 

IN this particularly challenging world of seemingly constant war and rumors of war, pandemics coming and going and coming again, financial instability and distrust, there’s simply no party like another day of life. Partying, like “enjoying oneself at a…lively gathering, typically with drinking and music…and entertainment;” definitely NOT “a formally constituted political group, typically operating on a national basis, that contests elections and attempts to form or take part in a ...


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OUR FIRST PARTY IN OVER TWO YEARS

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, In : books and movies 

WHAT’S not to write about it, given such an occasion! Actually it was a “Gala Party” scene in the upcoming Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of “The Perfect Illusion.” And it was, indeed, a Gala Party, replete with aerialist, magician, stilt walker, band and some of the wildest party-goers I’ve ever seen. AND, it’s the first party Setsuko and I have had the pleasure of attending after over two years in deference to COVID. Even if it was a film scene.


There aren’t words for how muc...


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THE MALTESE COLLECTION

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 7, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M pleased to announce that posters have just been issued for the K. Simmons Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION, a film reprise to the extraordinary author, William Maltese, and his many inspirations, achievements, and lifelong support of M/M romance, erotica, LGBTQ authors and readers. They should be appearing on K. Simmons Productions website at https://kspllc.media/maltese-collection. In the meantime, you can view them on my website at https://janik.yolasite.com/actor.php.


Currently in...


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EERIE NEW QUANTUM EFFECT

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS the co-author with A. G. Hayes of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), the fifth in his riveting, multi-award-winning seven-book Koski and Falk Series — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/quantum-death/77 — I’ve always been interested in Quantum effects: duality; uncertainty; superposition; Bose-Einstein states; tunneling; superconductivity; simultaneity; entanglement (called “spooky” action at a distance). To these and others, we now have the Aharonov-Bohm Influence, ...


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GIMME, GIMME, GIMME

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, March 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

A man after midnight…preferably the incomparable WILLIAM MALTESE (enjoy ABBA’s hit song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEjLoHdbVeE while reading this). 


Gimme, gimme, gimme any of his 200+ award-winning novels, be they M/M passion (my favorite THE ARDENNIAN BOY — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0979311039), politico-eros (TOTAL MELTDOWN — https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556), Harlequin Romance (TUSKS — https://www.amazon.com/dp/097931108X), exotic adventure (DARE TO LOVE IN OZ — http...


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THE LAST BOOKSTORE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 21, 2022, In : books and movies 

WELL, as the real “The Last Bookstore” in Los Angeles, California states on its incredible website, “We’re not really the last bookstore – thank goodness – but we are the largest new and used bookstore in California. Plus, we’re the only one that’s 22,000 sq. feet with a record store, comic book store, 5 art studios, an epic yarn shop, a famous book tunnel, a mammoth head, and unexpected nooks of funkiness. Also we are in a hundred-year-old bank building, so we have vaults and...


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AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN AN UNFAIR WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, In : books and movies 

FIRST, it’s important to establish a few assumptions. Number one: The world isn’t necessarily fair. “Shit happens.” Number Two: This is especially the case when money and power are regarded as sin qua non. Thirdly: Humans are all basically the same in terms of impulsivity, intent, actions and responsibility. Finally: All actions are the inevitable result of outside causes-and-effects (“I had no choice”), though in the epitome of this style of thinking — violation, war and “no-...


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WAITING IN LINES

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

Yep! That’s what I’m mostly up to these days. Recently finished filming for the K. Simmons Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION, practicing while waiting for my part in the Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of THE PERFECT ILLUSION, and waiting with bated breath for the screenplays for the K. Simmons Production of both FINDING KATE and FLICKER, both in which I hope to have a major role.


In THE MALTESE COLLECTION — “I can make people feel aroused, by a word. I can make the hairs on their ne...


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FASTER THAN “FAST EDDIES”

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 7, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE is something faster than the irritating “Fast Eddies” — con men, women and children (see yesterday’s post) — playing so prominent a role in contemporary society. Emotions.


Before I go on, I would like to make a critical distinction between emotions and feelings which are too often lumped injudiciously together. By “emotions” I mean the body’s release of circulating chemicals either in a local blood vessel plexus or the general blood stream. Okay, let’s call them what ...


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SO HOW FAST IS FAST?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 6, 2022, In : books and movies 

THIS is a gripe: Whenever I travel the highways nowadays, everyone seems to be speeding except me, creating a definitely dangerous situation. I mean, when the sign says “Speed Limit 55 mph” does that really mean minimum speed? What’s with the need to speed far in excess of the speed limit not just on freeways (hey, is this really Germany and the Autobahn?) but in urban and even suburban areas. Is it really a 3 year olds responsibility to watch out for speeding cars? Or is everyone on sp...


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THE WAIT OF THE WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

OKAY, cheap play on the word “weight,” which everyone seems to want to lose and “wait” which is what most people seem to be doing these days. The Big Question is, “Waiting for what?”


The sense of waiting all one’s life and the Big Question aren’t new. They’ve been haunting people for millennia, causing some of the greatest literary works the world has ever know. Still, there’s something about having to wait for one’s eventual demise that’s…demeaning? Antithetical? I...


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THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION IS ALLUSION

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, February 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

YEP! If you’re literarily inclined, it’s definitely so! Writers (people who record things for themselves) and authors (errant writers who write professionally for a target audience) both know the Big Three C’s: Clear, Complete and Concise. Clarity is a given and always takes first billing. Completeness is next, and, while one of the Big Three C’s deserves second-most attention, is more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule (the whole mystery genre is based on almost but not quite c...


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THE SOUND OF AUTHORING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE are so many aspects of authoring versus writing that it can feel like a unscalable chasm separates the two. And yet…one thing that they have in common is the sometimes exciting, sometimes inspiring, sometimes relaxing, but always appreciated edge-of-consciousness sounds of moving creative new ideas from within, to resilient but editable, enduring publicly shareable stories as books, ebooks, audiobooks, screenplay-novels, screenplays, manga, animations, television programs and/or motio...


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WARDLE DANCING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS you probably know, I’m an inveterate social, performance and competition dancer in the International-style ballroom and Latin American alongside my lifelong dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya — https://youtu.be/ync4vCUxEoc. But also being a former U.S. NAS/NRC Senior water reclamation research scientist assigned to NASA-Johnson Space Center and later NASA-Ames Research Center, I’m particularly enticed whenever I find an example of the marriage of the humanities and sciences, especially ...


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ADD A LITTLE WILLIAM TO YOUR LIFE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 31, 2022, In : books and movies 

READING an online CNN article today entitled, “Burnt out and frustrated, Covid-weary Americans try to accept uncertainty as their new normal” (https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/31/us/covid-19-life-disruption-california-texas-kentucky/index.html) and pondered for a moment just how difficult humans, including Americans, find uncertainty. I have a suspicion that it has something to do with our inevitable mortality. Uncertainty dredges up the “Am I really mortal, and, if so, when am I scheduled t...


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MONEY, POWER OR SELF-ACTUALIZATION?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

PEOPLE are often generous in advice as to how to “get the most out of life,” humans being mortal and life being finite. But what is it that one should “get the most of” while alive? People who’ve lived in poverty would likely tend to say, “Money!” People whose lives have been determined by overwhelming events, like war survivors, would likely tend to say, “Power!” People who’ve lived their lives and never respected themselves or felt self-satisfaction, would likely say “...


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FINDING DR. STEVENSON

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

I was recently contracted with Kurt Ken Kaminaka’s independent film studio for the role of Dr. Stevenson in the upcoming film, “The Perfect Illusion” — https://www.totck.com/the-perfect-illusion –. Interestingly, the audition required me to guess how Dr. Stevenson should sound and look while reading the audition script. All I knew for certain was that he is a physician in Hawaii who is credible enough to be tending a comatose patient, has a malpractice case lingering somewhere in hi...


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WHAT TO CALL THE NEW SAVANT “AUTHOR”?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, January 21, 2022, In : books and movies 

SAVANT Books and Publications, a traditional “no-cost-to-author” full-service book publisher, was recently purchased by K. Simmons Productions, a Hawaii-wood based manga, animation and film production company. With the purchase, writers whose manuscripts are accepted for publication are now afforded the opportunity of seeing their work in printed, electronic and audiobook as well as manga, animation, television and cinematic formats. So what should such an author be called, the panoply of...


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WHAT’S A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE seem to me to be two fundamental currencies in human life: (1) love (think co-operation); and (2) money/power (think competition). These two currencies “empower” or “power” our lives respectively. They are often embedded within contemporary female/maternal (creation/agrarian/nurturing) and male/paternal (destroying/hunting/survival-of-the-fittest) archetypes, and played out together in literature and cinema, with one or the other eventually “winning.” In fact, neither alone ...


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BOOKS: A LONG AND WINDING ROAD?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

HAVING been a traditional book publisher for almost 15 years, I’m often asked about the future of books. Are books, like vinyl records destined to be come collectable antiques, or are they momentarily paused awaiting resurrection as national infrastructures like the energy, electricity, transportation, business, shipping, the internet, each succumb to increasing criminal attack. My opin, unfortunately, is neither black nor white, nor that simple.


I’ve been acutely aware the past ten year...


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LOOKING FURTHER UP

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 10, 2022, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY I posted about my passion for authoring and space; today I want to post about my passion for acting (Daniel S. Janik aka Raymond Gaynor of THE EDGE OF MADNESS — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859) and a new film I’ll be in, Artzone Tours production of “The Perfect Illusion.” I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be acting as the not quite so inscrutable, proper Dr.Stevenson, private physician to one of the central characters. Being a retired physician, the role wasn’t a ...


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LOOKING UP

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 10, 2022, In : books and movies 

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of watching a Netflix film about William Shatner aka Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, actually going briefly into space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin capsule. What struck me was the hindsight he shared with so many former astronauts, about his reaction to seeing the Earth as the fragile “blue marble” it is, traveling at breakneck speed through the dark cosmos. The response is typically so deeply emotional, it makes me think of a new form of spi...


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IN THE GNUS

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 6, 2022, In : books and movies 

I was asked the other day what “sign of the times” I believe is the most significant one so far in this decade. After pondering the usual unusuals, I have to say that it’s what’s happening “in the gnus” (ha, ha) or more correctly how we get the news. But first, a bit more levity: (1) “No gnus is good gnus” (I’ve already labeled that “fake gnus”); (2) “Read only what’s gnus-worthy” (hey, they don’t call them wildebeests for nothing); (3) “any day a call may come...


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WHAT? ME WORRY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

FORGET Generation Z; Generation Alpha (folks born 2012 through 2025) is already stepping up to the plate to experience, enjoy and govern our world. Well, at least, some will enjoy it. Others will struggle and many will opt out either by choice or circumstance. The world is, like Douglas Adams once wrote of Earth in THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, “mostly safe,” and, while not particularly descriptive, it’s descriptive enough to say along with Alfred E. “Mad” Neuman, “What, me...


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SHIVER ME TIMBERS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 23, 2021, In : books and movies 

I’VE often wondered about the phrase “Shiver me timbers,” having heard it uttered numerous times times by the archetypal pirate, Long John Silver, in Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND. I’m won’t to believe it an actual nautical expression from the days of large wooden sailing ships, when it was an expression of shock and awe, as when the rib-timbers of a ship shivered from pounding during rough seas or during war when the ship was it by a cannonball.


I have to admit, the m...


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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR A. G. HAYES

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY, Kenny Simmons of K. Simmons Productions and I interviewed multi-award-winning author A. G. Hayes in anticipation of the newest K. Simmons Productions film, “Finding Kate,” based on the A. G. Hayes’ book of the same name, currently in pre-production. So, how are you A. G. Hayes? The answer: Greatly anticipating “Finding Kate” (https://kspllc.media/finding-kate). Anticipated to be the first in an 11 movie series in the “Koski and Falk” movie franchise, long-ignored comp...


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THE FUTURE OF BOOKS AND FILMS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, In : books and movies 

2021 saw continued pressure on publishers of books, and began a whole new era of similar pressure on filmmakers, and it all began with “self-publishing.” That’s not to blame, but simply a strong opinion, leading to an “ethos” of vanity self-publishing be it books or movies. I have always thought of COVID-19 in all it’s various iterations a “shot across the bow” of both. That is, with the loss of many support businesses, the “inflation” of prices coincident with a general d...


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MY FAVORITE MOVIE (OTHER THAN “STATIC”)

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, December 19, 2021, In : books and movies 

HAVING been asked countless times what my favorite movie is (other than “Static” — https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie — in which I was lead actor under the name of “Daniel S. Janik”), I feel it time to stick my new “celebrity” neck out and say conclusively, that, yes, I DO have a favorite movie, and, yes, I am willing to share the name of it publicly. Having said all that you’re probably wondering, why doesn’t he just SAY its name?


It’s all about qualifications. As I...


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OH! NO-MY-CHRON!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, In : books and movies 

WHAT was the COVID-count on 15 December 2021 here on Oahu? 278 as I recall, only to see it rising exponentially to over 700 yesterday. Today’s a “holiday” so COVID isn’t reported, or, for that matter, allowed to rise by decree. Yeah, right! So here we go again, chasing after another pandemic that we should have been preparing for instead of celebrating. What does it take to realize that yesterday’s “crowd sales,” especially when involving crowding people together, won’t work, ...


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MY NEXT STARRING ROLE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, In : books and movies 
CALL me incredibly talented or lucky, you pick, to have landed a co-starring role in the K. Simmons Production of THE WILLIAM MALTESE COLLECTION — https://kspllc.media/maltese-collection — beside the star about whom this bio-documentary is about, the incomparable author and now actor, Mr. William Maltese. Finished my shoot about a week ago, and heard yesterday that William finished his a couple days ago, that means the film is on its way to wrapping and post-production, hopefully to be re...

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IT USTA BE…#3

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 11, 2021, In : books and movies 

COMFORTING to know that people looked after you, having your best interests rather than theirs at heart. Usta, and, still is true but rarely on occasion rather than something you could count on. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Human interactions especially where money are concerned, these days seem to more reflect the “Pirates of the Caribbean” than Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz:” “Take everything; give nothing back,” “I’m dishonest, and a dishonest ...


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IS A PICTURE REALLY WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, In : books and movies 

THIS is a question all actor-authors like myself must eventually ask. I’m told the “right” answer is actors should go for the picture; authors the words. And while that’s probably true in general, I personally think it has everything to do with perspective.


As the multi-award-winning author of the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — and its decidedly naughty LGBTQ+ prequel TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wild...


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AH, IMMORTALITY AT LAST!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, In : books and movies 

CALL me old fashioned, but as an author and actor, it’s when the printed book and DVD come out that I “feel” immortal. And yesterday, the “Static (2021)” movie DVD and the Static Sound Track CD were finally released (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie). For an actor, it’s like an author when the printed book is finally released. And, yes, there’s a sense of immortality that comes with it.


Several have asked what I’m doing right now, which is to appear as an interviewee in ...


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ZOOMING FORWARD

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 29, 2021, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY, I mentioned my second acting gig, appearing via Zoom interview in the upcoming K. Simmons Productions’ “The William Maltese Collection,” bio-documentary about prolific LGBTQ+ erotica author and decade-long friend, William Maltese. It was a familiar encounter, having Executive Produced the two-telly-award winning documentary, “Clean Water, Common Ground (1999).” I think I can say that “The William Maltese Collection” will be a stellar work about a stellar author around...


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TOTALLY NON-PLUSSED

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 28, 2021, In : books and movies 

TODAY was another extraordinary filming day which actually began the day before when Director/Cinematographer Dallen Taylor of Dallen Taylor Productions — http://dallentaylor.com — called and asked to film my part in the K. Simmons/Zombie Frog Production of “The William Maltese Collection” — https://kspllc.media/maltese-collection. This particular part is one which I’ve been looking forward to from the project’s go-get, the incomparable William Maltese being an esteemed literary...


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STILL COMING…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, In : books and movies 

RECEIVED the proof copies of the DVD for “Static (2021)” and it’s GREAT right down to the BTS (behind the scenes) and Meet the Cast and Crew extras. A few more tweeks to the cover and it will be ready for release. Should receive the second proof in another 5 days or so, hopefully “perfect as is.”


AND in the meantime, don’t forget the author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is still ON with SIX Gran...


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WHAT DO ACTORS DO BETWEEN FILMS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 25, 2021, In : books and movies 

THE obvious answer is read scripts sent by one’s agent to ascertain what role will be next. My own less obvious answer is return to authoring. Having finished the second book THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859), the sequel to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556), I’ve been turning my creative juices towards finishing “Prophecy,” the prospective third book...


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COLLECTING THE WILLIAM MALTESE COLLECTION

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 25, 2021, In : books and movies 
MANY know Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) as an author and actor, but few know my acting/dancing partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya and I as Executive Producers, but we are. It all started in 2007 with “Clean Water, Common Ground” (1999) which won two Telly awards — https://www.tellyawards.com/?s=Clean+water%2C+common+ground&filter=allfor best documentary — for nature/wildlife and documentary. Initially picked up by the National Film Network and more recently by Savant...

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HERE’S LOOKIN’ AT “STATIC,” KID!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, In : books and movies 

SINCE my acting debut in the K. Simmons Production of “Static” (2021), and before accepting a role in K. Simmons Productions’ upcoming full-length action adventure movie, “Finding Kate,” I’ve been quite busy promoting my Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (aka actor Daniel S. Janik) now available in printed, eBook and audiobook formats at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. Including my new promotional giveaway contest:


FIVE GRAND PRIZE...


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Author/Actor Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) A retired physician turned author, actor, dancer, educator, naturalist, former publisher, Daniel S. "Dan" Janik has plenty to say.

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