Showing Tag: "act" (Show all posts)

HEY THERE, HADEN!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, In : Evaluation 

THERE are mangoes and there are mangoes. Then there are Haden mangoes. Rich, juicy, piney, lushious, sap-dripping, brilliant orange Haden mangoes. Not totally alone in quality, there are also ‘Ah Ping’, ‘Fairchild’, ‘Gouveia’, ‘Harders’, ‘Keitt’, ‘Momi K’, ‘Pope’, and ‘Rapoza’ varieties that are almost equal, of the over 60 varieties that grow in Hawaii. The key word here is “almost.” But give me a Mangifera indica Haden mango anytime.


I’ve noted over th...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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, ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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,...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

SINGING THE PRAISES OF THINGS ELECTRIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, In : Evaluation 

FIRST, let’s establish that I’m not blind lover of things electronic or digital, including AIs. I personally think that like nuclear power plants, we’ve a lot to learn about the downsides and side effects of these commonly extolled human endeavors. Still, I admit to a particular and equally peculiar character propensity I call “Toad’s Wild Ride.” I am attracted to anything and everything new, shiny and, alas, that includes things electronic and digital, including AIs like ChatGPT,...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

THE NEED FOR GREED

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, March 10, 2023, In : books 

OVER the years, I've come to know various governments like people, some friendly, some not so; some balanced, some not so; some greedy; some not so. Reflecting on our United States of America, I would have to characterize us as prickly, individualistic, not so balanced, and, with money seeming to be the new god and business the new religion, greedy without limit. But it's more than just that. It's easy to say that money and business under our capitalistic (ever increasing profit) approach res...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

ACTOR FACELIFT

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 5, 2023, In : Acting 

IT’S my pleasure to announce that I’ve finally accumulated the third SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Union Talent Voucher required to graduate from non-union to union actor. Qualifying to join SAG/AFTRA is an important stepping stone in the life of an actor, whether one chooses to exercise the right or not. For me, it represents yet another step in my acting career.


What it’s supposed to represent is recognized acting experience a...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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.


I’...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

TO THE “HOLIDAYS”

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, December 11, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

IMAGINE lifting a curvaceous flute filled with the finest bubbly (either champagne or fruit juice depending on your wont and disposition), before a blazing, crackling fire (in a fireplace, please), intimately toasting your BBF or BGF (you decide). That’s what I think of initially, easily forgetting the stress of all the preparation that would have to go into making just such an imaginary scenario into reality. Forget the tree, the trimming, the holiday cards (or, these days, emails), the sh...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

FORGET THANKSGIVING IF YOU’RE A TURKEY

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, In : holidays 

IF not, then it’s definitely past time to prepare. I went to the grocery yesterday, and was struck by the presence of actual food lines, not for feee food, simply to get inside the store and have a few seconds to grab what I could of what’s left. Interestingly, the one thing there was plenty of was turkeys. Raw, pre-cooked, stuffed, half and even TV dinnered. Lots of turkey(s). Everything else seemed in limited supply. What’s going on? Is the turkey abundance in response to the Presiden...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 20, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

WITH all the new discoveries being made as astronomers and cosmologists work together in conjunction with the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes, we keep creeping closer, day by day to answering the supreme questions surrounding what our universe is all about, and what came before it. Personally, I love astronomy, and like Gregory Ranlin in William Maltese’s books/screenplays FLICKER 1 — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0984555242 — and FLICKER 2 — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693875 ...


Continue reading ...
 

ON BEING THANKFUL

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, November 19, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m pressed to remember all the things for which I should be thankful. And there are many.


First, I am alive. While perhaps insignificant in a planetary or galactic sense, it’s quite something for which to be thankful in a personal sense. I’ve often wondered what not being alive would be like, and at least in one key sense, I suspect it would mean no more sensory delights or adventures. Then again, if passing is really just that, perhaps there ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

MOVIE AWARDS AND ALL THAT JAZZ

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, In : Acting 

LET'S GET RIGHT TO THE HEART of today's post: 

First, I'm heading off tomorrow to the Chicago International Indie Film Festival -- https://chicagoiiff.org -- along with co-star Eriko Okada (who played "Susan") and Setsuko Tsuchiya (who played "Edna") in the K. Simmons Production of STATIC (2021) (aka "The STATIC Movie") -- https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie. Together with the the director, Kenny Simmons, Executive Producer Lisa Simmons and screenwriter Richard Rose and his wife Kay,...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

MINIONS

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 25, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

AUTHORS like me, Daniel Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine), used to call them our “readers” in a respectful voice. ACTORS like me, Daniel S. Janik, used to call them our “fans,” treating every fan like royalty with appreciation. POLITICIANS, BUSINESSPERSONS, ADVERTISERS and INFLUENCERS typically call them or at least regard them as minions, with a decidedly derogatory tone, and, unfortunately, that attitude is spreading from business to everything business touches these days. In ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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, ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

A LITTLE MORE STATIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, In : Acting 

HAVEN’T seen the movie STATIC (2021)? There will be an international reshowing of the movie STATIC (2021) on 25 Sept 2022 at 7 PM Hawaii Standard Time on KHON2, KHII and Hawaii CW. Starring Daniel S. Janik as Will Gardner, Jeri Lynn Endo as Ginny Gardner, eriko Okada as Susan Blakely, Benjamin Wilkison as Donald Blakley Shane Chisum as Mike, and Setsuko Tsuchiya as Edna with Yuriko Asakawa and Helen R. Davis. Based off the teleplay “Static” written by Richard Rose. Produced, Directed an...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

FOR WANT OF A PENNY…

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 4, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

OVER the years, I’ve seen the best of ideas succeed and fail, and what I’ve learned is not only is the devil in the details, but the greatest successes doesn’t necessary follow the money.


The “devil in the details” is often more about one’s dedication and devotion to a particular effort. It’s dedication, devotion and focus that often elevates a minor project to a major success.


“Not necessarily following the money,” is another way of thinking and working “out-of-the-box....


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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, ...


Continue reading ...
 

PICKIN’ UP PAW-PAWS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 28, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

WHILE most would, like one version goes, “put em’ in your pockets,” for whatever paw-paws are saved — I mean, really, maybe it’s just a children’s song — until I came across Bill Beatty and Jan Runyan’s “WV Nature” website, believe it or not, about Paw-Paws — https://wvbirder.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/pickin-up-pawpaws-put-em-in-my-pocket-by-jan-runyan/. Total coincidence, serendipity, simultaneity! One of those rare “ah-ha” moments when something hardly worth noticin...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

363-1/4 UN-BIRTHDAYS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, In : holidays 

DURING these difficult times of unprecedented change, it’s easy to fall into a kind of blank-like despair. What’s important is to remember that life is the journey, and at least to some extent, we make our journey. One thing of which I like to remind myself during times like these, is that while I may have only one birthday a year to celebrate, I have 363-1/4 Un-Birthdays, all of which deserve celebrating, if only because I’m alive for another day.


But how to celebrate an Un-Birthday? ...


Continue reading ...
 

A LIFE WITH CLARITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 14, 2022, In : Acting 

I DID IT! Having suffered with astigmatism for most of my life, last week I visited my eye doctor to see if I would benefit from lens replacement. Nope. But I could replace my glasses with contacts, which would greatly benefit my acting career. The “problem” is that there is no contact lens the would fully correct both eyes. The “solution” (ingenious really) was to have one eye corrected for near vision and the other for far vision. That is, one eye to read cue cards and the other to ...


Continue reading ...
 

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),...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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, ...


Continue reading ...
 

HOLD – FRAME – POSTURE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, In : dance 

AFTER 20 years of dancing, it all up to hold, frame and posture. I know how to dance. I have gotten to the point where I can experience the sheer joy of moving with my partner through time and space. I’ve done performances and competition as I know my strengths and weaknesses. Now it’s all about replacing tine details with ones that better project our dancing so I can share my joy with onlookers.


I say “my,” but, of course, if it weren’t for my partner in International-style Ballro...


Continue reading ...
 

VENI, VIDI…I WENT BACK TO BED

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, In : books 

SO much hype these days about new opportunities to “make money fast” — I call persons who heed and act on this type of call “Fast Eddies” — when, in fact, the only institution that really “makes money” is a mint, and nowadays, only representations of money, being illusions representing the great illusion, money. It isn’t altogether inappropriate to try to “make money,” though counterfeiting is indeed a federal crime — a no-no in the all to human game of money, which, w...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE WEAPONS OF WAR?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

GIVE a person a pen and a new author emerges. But give a person a gun or a nation the weapons of war, and what does one do with it? Safekeep it. Then, after a time, practice with it. Once trained, deploy it. When the opportunity presents, use it. One of the most dangerous aspects of weaponizing is the compelling pull to use it for what it was created. To kill. Whether an animal, human, or simply by virtue of purchasing such a weapon and its required means of killing (e.g. expendable bullets, ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

WHO IS THAT MASKED MAN?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 10, 2022, In : dance 

ADMITTEDLY, The Lone Ranger was one of my chiildhood favorite early morning television shows, and THE LONE RANGER with Johnny Depp will remain one of my adulthood favorites for all time. But, hey, I’m talking the lone masked man these days. Oddly, most of my acquaintances are either (1) sans mask, distancing and cares; or (2) either huffing and puffing with long COVID or even departed. Odder still the yet again polarization with few folk like myself, Daniel S. Janik, in the middle, distanci...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

TOMATOES, TOMAHTOES

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022,

WHAT’S the difference between Chow Mein and Chop Suey? Gotcha there, didn’t I? So, in my world:


According to TheSpruceEats, Chow Mein, (in Mandarin “ch’ao mien” which means “stir-fried noodles”) is the more authentic of the two, having originated in Northern China. If it doesn’t contain something stir-fried along with boiled noodles, it’s not Chow Mein — https://www.thespruceeats.com/chop-suey-and-chow-mein-4077054. “Chow mein is an established recipe where noodles are ...


Continue reading ...
 

TO DREAM, PERCHANCE TO DANCE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, In : dance 

YESTERDAY, I received some exciting good news! I’m posting today as Daniel S. Janik, the actor, rather than my usual Raymond Gaynor, author, though we’re one and the same. I’m looking forward to appearing in the upcoming K. Simmons Production, six-part, made-for-television series FINDING KATE. I’ll be appearing in Episode One as myself with a possible short speaking role in a later episode. But what’s particularly exciting for me is that Setsuko Tsuchiya, my performance and competit...


Continue reading ...
 

THE “GHOST” IN THE GHOST

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, June 4, 2022, In : books 

IN my Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859, now available in printed, digital and “free” audiobook format, I describe an encounter between the male and female protagonists in which one, while going to work, sends a “proxy self” to the other who has just awakened back at their domicile. Eh? What’s a “proxy self” you ask? Think of sending a loved one a greeting card, greeting message by phone, or text...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

IT’S THOR’S DAY, BY GOLLY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 19, 2022,

IT’S said “In the Nordic countries, the Sun (Sunday) and the Moon (Monday) also became the first two days of the week, and the Roman gods became four of the Nordic gods with similarities: Mars became Tyr (Tuesday), Mercury became Odin (Wednesday), Jupiter became Thor (Thursday) and Venus became Frigg (Friday). — https://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/en/professions/education/viking-age-people/the-names-of-the-weekdays. Okay, but Thor’s day has always been my favorite!


Not that I’m a Tho...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S A MINUTE, ANYWAY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 16, 2022, In : books 

IF you said or thought 60 seconds, you’re right. As least according to the ancient Babylonians who used a sexagesimal (counting in 60s) system for mathematics and astronomy derived from the even more ancient Sumerians who were using it as early as 3500 BC (https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-1487,00.html).


But, of course, that’s only when measuring time on Earth at an average distance of 94 million miles from the greatest time distorter in our nearby space neighborh...


Continue reading ...
 

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) —...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

STATIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 28, 2022, In : Acting 

TRUE, there’s more and more static appearing in every facet of life, be it relationships, culture, politics, finances and consumer information – you name it. But there’s also some good news about some of that static: namely the K. Simmons Production STATIC movie that premiered in 2021. A family friendly, science fiction/drama, Susan’s struggle to find balance in her life as she deals with her practical husband Donald and her father Will who’s showing symptoms of early onset Alzheime...


Continue reading ...
 

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....


Continue reading ...
 

IT’S THE FOURTH OF JULY — ISN’T IT?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, In : dance 

IT all started with lunch. One of my personal favorite lunch recipes is Japanese-Alaskan Potato Salad. Whoa, there! I can hear you saying, so here it is, basically: Yukon potatoes (boiled with skin on), cucumbers (very thinly sliced, the juice squeezed out), mayo (we use veggie mayo for a more adult taste), carrot (again, very thin sliced), white onion broccoli and/or celery (again very thinly sliced), a sprinkling of roasted sesame seeds. The object is to keep it simple. Yum. On the other ha...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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-...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

LAUGHING

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, March 13, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
IN times like these, when people, animals, plants and Mother Earth are falling subject to war as in the Ukraine, I often feel overwhelmed and depressed: overwhelmed by the thought that there are people in this world actually willing to do violence to others; depressed (or, repressed, if you prefer) trying to keep the crushing feeling of disgust and helplessness at being aware of what’s being done to others from destroying the joy we are meant to experience in living. While it may sound anti...

Continue reading ...
 

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 12, 2022, In : dance 

MY dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, and I will be off all day tomorrow dancing in the filming the “Gala Party” dance scene for Kurt Ken Kaminaka’s (KKK) production of “The Perfect Illusion” — https://www.totck.com/tpi-actors-crew. An “all day” shooting, we’re looking forward to doing a lot of wild dancing in what we surmise will be a scene not unlike that of the dance scene in KKK’s production of “Tales of the Circle Keys” — https://youtu.be/aI5e7m3n_Nw?t=38.


Compet...


Continue reading ...
 

RUSSIA, GO HOME

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

LONG-SUFFERING. As if there isn’t enough of that going around as a result of political extremism, COVID, business aggression and organizing crime in the world! How about some long-enjoyment for a change?


Valentine’s Day yesterday helped. It hopefully reminded people that our charge in life is not to decimate the world and all that’s in it, but rather through responsible stewardship to help life thrive, develop and evolve. After all, I don’t believe today’s humanity is the evolution...


Continue reading ...
 

A SLAP HERE, A SLAP THERE IN HONOR OF ST. VALENTINE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 14, 2022, In : holidays 

ACCORDING to the History.com, “the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.


“To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacr...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

APPARENTLY, THE WORLD COULD USE A LITTLE MORE STATIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 30, 2022, In : Acting 

IN this world of desired transparency and constant obfuscation, maybe the world COULD use a little more “STATIC.” The K. Simmons Production of the 2021 movie “STATIC,” in which I play lead character Will Gardner, will be airing on Hawaii’s OLELO Community Television (OLELO53):


Monday, Valentine’s Day 14 February 2022 at 6:30 PM


Tuesday, 15 February 2022 at 2:00 PM


Wednesday, 16 February 2022 at 10:00 PM, and


Sunday, 20 February 2022 at 8:00 AM


Will is a curmudgenous old veter...


Continue reading ...
 

GREAT ILLUSIONS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, January 28, 2022, In : Acting 

LONG ago, I learned there are three great illusory illusions: money, power and fame. To these, I’m happy to add a fourth “real” illusion: “The Perfect Illusion” — https://www.totck.com/the-perfect-illusion — a movie soon to begin filming in which I play the role of the infamous Dr. Stevenson. The “round table” script read is scheduled for early next week, with actual filming by Kurt Ken Kaminaka’s Production Studio beginning soon after. In “The Perfect Illusion,” a sui...


Continue reading ...
 

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 “...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

SO WORLD WAR TWO WASN’T ENOUGH?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 4, 2021, In : books 

THE world having survive two global wars between fascist dictatorships and democracies appears to not have been enough for the losers, rising again from the ashes, this time China, North Korea, Russia, Iran and allies are ready and willing to bet the lives of their people on another attempt at conquering the world. Sigh. Isn’t there enough misery in the world without another war? Or is this simply an ill-fated effect of overpopulation, fueled by individual fear, greed and hatred?


I posted ...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...


Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

SPACE IN FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 18, 2021, In : Acting 

AH, but what KIND of space are we talking here? The cold, dark void beyond Earth? The moments before or in front of the camera? Or just the extreme “hurry up and wait!” that all actors and actresses experience in the filming process? Or, in a different context, everything cut during editing? Or the distance that sometimes wells up between how well one portrayed a character, and watching oneself on the big silver screen? Well, kinda all of them. Except the first. For now, forget the cold, ...


Continue reading ...
 

LIVING, WORKING AND, YES, ACTING IN SPACE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 17, 2021, In : books 

OF all the “promises” of future advances and advantages to commercial spaceflight, one stands out in my mind at point in its development: Filming in space. Call me a liberal, progressive, democratic, science-futurist with a”bleeding heart” for humanity, but I believe the single most significant effect of the commercialization of space was well demonstrated by the recent Russian film crew space flight (https://nypost.com/2021/10/17/russian-team-back-on-earth-after-filming-movie-in-spac...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S IN A TITLE…EVERYTHING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, In : books 

I’M often asked how I as an author (Daniel S. Janik aka Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) and publisher (Savant Books and Publications at https://www.savantbooksandpublications.com) how I come up with titles for books, and if the title is really that important. My opin: It’s second only to a book’s cover image. Think of the cover image as a “first look” at someone you’ve never met before, and the title as that person’s name. First, it has to be memorable. Second, it has to be just un...


Continue reading ...
 

TODAY'S THE DAY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, In : Acting 

Today is the world premiere of “The STATIC Movie” with Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor, author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS) as lead character “Will Gardner.” Watch this outstanding drama with me 


IN HAWAII:


25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Standard Time on KHON2, KHII or Hawaii's CW!


WORLDWIDE:


25 September 2021 at 7 PM HAWAII STANDARD TIME and 26 September 2021 at 7 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME on https://www.khon2.com.


The STATIC Movie Trailer: https://vimeo.com/589494043


#DanielSJanik ...


Continue reading ...
 

THREE DAYS OF STATIC!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 24, 2021, In : Acting 

YEP! You heard right, but it’s all about “The STATIC Movie.” Watch the interview with Director Kenny Simmons and Lead Actor Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor of THE EDGE OF MADNESS fame) on KHON2 (https://www.khon2.com for viewers outside of Hawaii) “Living 808” this morning and evening.


Tomorrow, Saturday 25 Sept 2021, tune in for the Hawaii premiere of the K. Simmons Production of “The STATIC Movie” at 7 PM Hawaii Time on KHON2, KHII or CW (https://www.khon2.com for viewers...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 23, 2021, In : Acting 

WRROWL! Whoot! Whoot! What’s new is that were only a couple of days away from the worldwide premiere of “The STATIC Movie” with Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor, author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS) as lead character “Will Gardner.” Come see me on 25 September 2021 at 7 PM HAWAII STANDARD TIME and 26 September 2021 at 7 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME on https://www.khon2.com.


Privileged to live in paradise? Tune on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII or CW at 7 PM on 25 Sept 2021.


For more information ...


Continue reading ...
 

1:1 ODDS OF WINNING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 20, 2021, In : Acting 

IN the words of Edna, played by Setsuko Tsuchiya, award-winning Savant author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247231) in The STATIC Movie, “I won, I won, I won!” Everyone who has ever heard the saying, “Don’t blame the player, blame the game!” wins watching the international premiere of the K. Simmons Production of “The STATIC Movie” on 25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii time and 26 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time live-streamed on...


Continue reading ...
 

THE MAN IN THE WHITE PANAMA HAT – IV

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, In : Acting 

YESTERDAY’S television interview is now completed, and, like the premiere of “The STATIC Movie” (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) in which I play lead character, Will Gardner,” scheduled for airing, the former on 24 Sept 2021 at 8 AM and 8 PM on KHON2’s “Living 808” and the latter, the movie, on 25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM on KHON2, KHII and Hawaii CW. The movie will also premiere internationally on 25/26 Sept at 7 PM Hawaii Time on https://www.khon2.com.


Similarly, the article ...


Continue reading ...
 

THE MAN IN THE WHITE PANAMA HAT

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 13, 2021, In : Acting 

IF that title makes you think of Ian Fleming, James Bond, Richard Rose or A. G. Hayes, you’re right one, though my now particular choice begins with friends and authors A. G. Hayes or Richard Rose.


A. G. Hayes is the multi-award-winning author of the seven-book Koski & Falk Special Agent and the three-book Kate Keenan Special Assignment series by Savant Books and Publications:

WHO’S KILLING ALL THE LAWYERS? (Savant 2011) – Lawyers are being murdered by LASER-driven arrows. The FBI beli...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S IN A BOOK OR A MOVIE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 10, 2021, In : Acting 

SEVERAL days ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by multi-award-winning author and screenwriter, Mr. Richard Rose of THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES (Savant 2013), THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017), COMIC CRUSADERS (Aignos 2019) and RETRIBUTION (Savant, in preparation) fame — https://richardroseauthor.com/blog/f/an-interview-with-static-star-dan-janic.


Actually Dick and I go quite aways back, having acted as his Savant/Aignos editor for THE GUMSHOE: Chicago, 1947. Private investigator “Matt”...


Continue reading ...
 

AND MORE ADO ABOUT SOMETHING [IMPORTANT]

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 9, 2021, In : Acting 

AS an author and, more recently, publisher of Savant Books and Publications/Aignos Publishing fame (https://www.savantbooksandpublications.com), it’s been my pleasure to introduce to the literary world over 140 compelling books by 60 outstanding authors and poets.


Several years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Kendrick Simmons of K. Simmons Productions, a “Hawaii-wood” based producer of cinematic works (https://kspllc.media). What resulted was Savant/Aignos and K. Simmons Pro...


Continue reading ...
 

AND YET MORE ADO

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, In : Acting 

Author and Actor, Daniel S. Janik of Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (a pen name) fame – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859, waiting expectantly for the international debut of “The STATIC Movie” on 25 September 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Time on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW, as well as https://www.khon2.com.


I play lead character Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie). Will is a curm...


Continue reading ...
 

A LITTLE MORE ADO BY DANIEL S. JANIK

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 6, 2021, In : Acting 

Daniel S. Janik of Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (a pen name) fame – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859, currently working on the sequel, “Prophecy,” while waiting for the international debut of “The STATIC Movie” on 25 September 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Time on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW, as well as https://www.khon2.com.


As many of you know, I’m also an actor playing lead character Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of The S...


Continue reading ...
 

20 DAYS TO AUTHOR DANIEL S. JANIK’S ACTING DEBUT IN THE STATIC MOVIE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 5, 2021, In : Acting 

AUTHOR Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) of Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor fame – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. As many of you know, I’m also an actor, and will be debuting internationally as lead character Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) on Saturday, 25 September 2021 at 7 PM on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW as well as http://www.khon2.com.


Will Gar...


Continue reading ...
 

WRITING AND ACTING AUTHENTICALLY

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, September 4, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

NOW there’s a topic worthy of a post, don’t you think? Almost every author and reader would agree that authenticity is more than admirable, it’s essential to a great story and read. Easily said and even easier with which to agree, but what does “authentic” actually mean? Isn’t anything written by the indicated author “authentic” by definition?


My experience is that in life, authenticity is rarely if ever entirely clear. In contemporary-speak for example, authenticity can simp...


Continue reading ...
 

HEATING UP

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

WHETHER you’re interest is in books or movies, things this week are starting to heat up!


As Raymond Gaynor, multi-award-winning author, I’m pleased to announce that the prequel to my co-authored book, QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with A. G. Hayes, FINDING KATE, has been purchased by K. Simmons Productions for cinematic treatment. It now has two Executive Producers, namely me (aka Daniel S. Janik) and Helen R. Davis, and a casting call is now out for Kate Keenan (https://thefindingkatemovi...


Continue reading ...
 

THE STATIC MOVIE GOES INTERNATIONAL

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 27, 2021, In : Acting 

The K. Simmons Production of The STATIC Movie, in which I play “Will Gardner,” a curmongenous veteran facing the greatest challenge of his life, Alzheimer’s disease, airing 25 Sept 2021 on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW will now go NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, via streaming during premiere day from https://www.khon2.com


For more on the film, follow https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie


For Behind-the-Scenes footage on its filming as well as posters, trailer and special actor intervi...


Continue reading ...
 

SO WHAT COMES AFTER BOOKS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, August 5, 2021, In : Acting 

OVER my 40+ years authoring, I’ve often pondered on what, if anything, comes after books. With bookstores declining and the remainder slanting to “used” (in the auto industry “previously owned”) books; publishing and publicity in COVID disarray; the rise of “anyone can be an author” self-publishing; and the much-tooted decline in readers (thought I wonder if “readership” might not be the better word), what comes after the printed, digital and audio book?


This question was r...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT'S A LITTLE AD-LIBBING BETWEEN FRIENDS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, In : Acting 

OKAY, so this last weekend, 31 July to 1 August 2021 was our last on-location film shooting. So, as they say, "It's a WRAP!" Check out the unofficial photo/video montage at https://youtu.be/ZUpRpzOAKDw or all eleven at https://janik.yolasite.com/actor.php.


With the filming for The STATIC Movie Honolulu now complete, the project moves from production to post-production, with editing, scoring, special effects, closed captioning and opening and closing credits to be added. With less than 54 day...


Continue reading ...
 

SHOOT THE CAST!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 25, 2021, In : Acting 

TODAY is the outdoor on-location filming for the K. Simmons Productions’ The STATIC Movie Honolulu (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) at Lunalilo [Rest] Home. An anticipated nine hours with the possibility of even more depending on the weather, which currently looks like it’s planning to cooperate. Nonetheless, eighty-six degrees in the hot Hawaiian sun with only a smidgeon of trade wind. I’ll be bringing hat, sunglasses, umbrella (for sun not for rain) and hand-fan. For me, playin...


Continue reading ...
 

BETTER THAN SEX

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 23, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

IT’S true! There are rare “Ah-ha!” in-your-face-and-body, totally mind-blowing, moments of ecstasy in life that result from a concerted combination of prolonged devotion, discipline and action. I know it, because I’ve experience such a moment. The first happened one day during my 20 years of competitive-style dancing at a lesson. I was dancing with my coach, and suddenly, I wasn’t in the studio anymore. I was flying along effortlessly in a state of pure bliss. And yes, it was better...


Continue reading ...
 

INTIMACY

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, In : books 

HUMANS are social animals. We thrive on physical contact and savor intimacy. It’s what makes the human world go ’round, and books as well as movies play a big part in satisfying our human need for intimacy. Books have to totally engage the reader’s mind to be “successful,” acting like a basket within which readers place their own experiences that fit into the literary basket’s unique shape. It’s up to the reader which “monkey see, monkey do” neurons are activated. It’s a d...


Continue reading ...
 

BANG! BANG! SHOT EM’ DEAD!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, July 12, 2021, In : books 

AFTER the last post, I thought it time to update those following The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) on 10 July 2021’s outdoor on-location shoot in Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Here’s the unofficial set photographer’s photographic/video montage:


https://youtu.be/mSe79VkNe6M


This was our “trick” shoot, focusing on one scene with two special incidents: a skateboarder “hit” causing me to drop my cane, and my losing my hat when I bend down to pick it up. ...


Continue reading ...
 

AND ANOTHER SHOOTING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 9, 2021, In : books 

IN these days of repetitious mass shootings, lackluster gun control and unbridled impulsiveness, I find it consoling that the cast and crew of The STATIC Movie Honolulu are about to experience another planned weekend shoot, this time on location in the streets of Chinatown. It’s the third of basically five location filming, the final two being outdoors with me, Will Gardner, pounding on what I think is the door to my house but is actually a neighbor’s (think Alzheimer’s Disease), and a ...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S A LITTLE ANGST AMONG FRIENDS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 8, 2021, In : books 

I don’t know if you have those once-in-a-while angst days like I am having today. It’s not so much a “bad” day as it is that everything seems to have a hidden meaning, and they keep popping up everywhere. A teeshirt phrase, a sign on the side of a passing bus, the here-to-fore “new” meaning hidden in the title of an old book. But it’s not really about all those potential “ah-ha” moments and whether I’m willing and ready to “see” them. It’s not really about my angst. ...


Continue reading ...
 

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, In : books 

AS the author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — TEOM — I’m often asked what PRIMARY genre this Amazon Genre BESTSELLER should best be listed as. What should be an easy question is, if not complex, at least deserving of a post. I list it on social media as a work of Sci-Fu (Science-based Futuring) rather than Sci-Fi (science fiction) or Sci-Fan (science fantasy). TEOM is based on current technologies and social concepts which are simply projected into the future. S...


Continue reading ...
 

VIOLENCE AND SEX

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, In : books 

EVERY author has to, at some time, master writing about violence and sex, two archetypal experiences intrinsic to and representative of human life at any age and time. By this I truly mean “writing about” rather than writing explicit gratuitous violence or sex. It’s the difference between the emotional experience of a soldier being wounded, and a detailed account of every gory detail as the bullet rips through his or her body. The same with sex.


I can vividly recall an email from my fi...


Continue reading ...
 

PROFESSIONALISM

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 27, 2021, In : books 

I’M not infrequently asked what makes one a “professional” author, dancer or, more recently actor/actress. Actually, the answer is quite easy, but it has several different yet intertwined aspects:


First, there’s the business of whatever it is one is doing. A professional is someone who accepts money or other financial remuneration for what they’re doing. It’s not about how much. It can be $0.01 or the equivalent in barter or trade. The moment one accepts money or other remunerati...


Continue reading ...
 

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WRITING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

HEY! I’m talking “real” writing, which means recording whatever interests the writer in any written, enduring format. It’s the first step towards authoring, which means writing for a target audience rather than oneself. I’ve been a writer, author and poet for over four decades, and it’s only recently, when I was given the opportunity of being the lead actor in The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) that I began to realize just how privileged I am to be part of th...


Continue reading ...
 

ACTING AND REACTING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, In : books 

Okay, for those of you following me as Will Gardner in the upcoming K. Simmons Productions’ “The STATIC Movie” here are a few unofficial photo/video montages (shared with K. Simmons Productions’ permission):


16 May 2021 Rehearsal on Set

https://youtu.be/0QLLDy6LYDo


16 May 2021 Interviewing Lead Actor "Will" (Daniel S. Janik) on Set

https://youtu.be/u2GT4nvkEmo


31 May 2021 First On-Location Filming at Murphy's Bar and Grill

https://youtu.be/xUsfXZuy3Jw


4 June 2021 First Reading of ...


Continue reading ...
 

BLOCKING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, In : books 

AND I don’t mean the football type. I’m an author. It’s in my blood. I’ve had over 60 fiction and non-fiction articles and books published and enjoyed winning the usual accolades, positive reviews, contests and festivals. This year, I was offered the opportunity of trying something different but, I was to find, deeply touching on authoring: the lead role of “Will Gardner” in The STATIC Movie by K. Simmons Productions – https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie. Co-written by my frie...


Continue reading ...
 

LINES, LINES, LINES

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, June 14, 2021, In : books 

AND I don’t mean those growing consumer lines at stores for food or goods, or the long waits on the phone for customer service. I mean those lines and lines and lines of character “Will” dialog in the movie script for The STATIC Movie – https://kspllc.media -the next filming being set of for this coming Sunday at the multi-million dollar house location. I love acting as much as I do authoring (maybe a bit more when I get to do the dance choreography and get to perform it like in The S...


Continue reading ...
 

HEART ATTACK, CHEEK-DANCING AND A BEDROOM SCENE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 13, 2021, In : books 

IT’S been a couple days since I mentioned acting as well as authoring, so here goes: I’m playing “Will” in The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie), where we’re currently working at the second on location site, a multi-million dollar house in the foothills of the Hawaiian Koolau mountains, the first on location site filming having been completed. At this new location, I have a heart attack, dance cheek-to-cheek with my long departed wife and it all happens in Will’...


Continue reading ...
 

GONE WITH THE WIND, BACK WITH THE STORM

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, In : books 

HAVING been gone for some on location shooting, I’m pleased to be back, returning to a mountainous authoring, dancing, acting and photography backlog. Whew!


First, I’m pleased to see that my newest work, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor has just come out in audiobook format – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096H5QMHP – and that it remains an Amazon Genre Bestseller!!! If you’re an audiobook reader, you’re in luck, as it’s read superbly by the consummate voice acto...


Continue reading ...
 

MUCH ADO ABOUT [VIRTUALLY] NOTHING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 4, 2021, In : books 
Today is a “down with everything virtual” day, as nothing digital seems to want to work. I’m an “old salt:” I try to live my life in the real rather than the virtual world that so many live almost totally in these days. And, hey, I can’t blame them. It’s just that all this virtual stuff being created as an alternative reality, isn’t “my generation.” I still find digital cameras, iphones and PCs a mystery. Oh, I use them, but where I used to be able to do a valve job on my ...

Continue reading ...
 

...AND SURVIVING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, In : books 

So Sunday, this author became an actor as well an author, having been shot 100 times on-location in the filming of the K. Simmons Productions' (https://kspllc.media) The STATIC Movie. Went splendidly, though my voice was tired and I was very thirsty that night. With 5 shots left to go at this location, we’ll be back on location this coming Sunday  6 June 2021 to shoot the last scenes, mostly technically difficult ones, like me tossing back a shot of whiskey recorded from above!


Interested?...


Continue reading ...
 

FULL MOON RISING, ECLIPSED!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, In : books 

ONE thing authoring THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859) has taught me is a new respect for astronomy, a hobby I’ve always been interested in, ignited further by the recent acquisition of a Skywatcher Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. There aren’t many nights in the Bay Area perfect for viewing planets, but tomorrow is a sure winner, with Venus exceptionally bright and a full moon eclipsed. Didn’t know about it? In any field of interest...


Continue reading ...
 

THE WORD

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 23, 2021, In : books 
As an actor in the up and coming made-for-television film, the “Static” movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie), I’ve recently become more aware that it’s all about “the scene,” something upon which the entire cast, crew and staff are tightly focused, working together to perfect. Authoring, on the other hand, is all about one lonely person’s word-craft, something that can only be learned in the Hard Knocks College of Out-There-Before-the-Public Writing and Authoring.

Words ...

Continue reading ...
 

TRIPPING THE “RIGHT” FANTASTIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, In : books 

AS a registered performance and competitive dancer, every day I practice “tripping the light fantastic” to improve and enjoy my skills and keep in shape. It was my “crutch” throughout the 2020 plague year when my living room had to serve as my studio; it was something I could look forward to when, pre-vaccination, all the dance venues closed and even just going for a walk with a mask while carefully distancing from others outside was verboten.


These days, in addition to authoring and...


Continue reading ...
 

AUTHENTICITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021,

THE past few days, I’ve been in conversation with my friend and sometimes co-author, the incomparable William Maltese, over a new phase in my life: Several weeks ago, I auditioned for a part in an upcoming made-for-television movie entitled “Static” (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie), to my surprise, landing the leading role of Will Gardner, a crotchety old man suffering onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s a dramatic piece, originally written by the outstanding Savant screenwrit...


Continue reading ...
 

TO THINK OR TO DO, THAT IS THE QUESTION…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 13, 2021, In : books 

CORRESPONDING today with my dear friend and colleague, the multi-talented, multi-award-winning author, William Maltese, the question arose: Which is better? To think or to do? It all stems from discussing with him my having been asked to audition for a role in an upcoming made-for-television movie, “Static,” written fellow author and screenwriter Richard Rose and purchased for cinematic treatment by K. Simmons Productions (kspllc.media).


You know, “To be, or not to be? That is the ques...


Continue reading ...
 

THE REAL ALIENS I WORRY MOST ABOUT

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, In : books 

I’M not jokingly referring here to political refugees or “resident aliens” with “green cards.” I’m talking about, yes, real aliens from other worlds. Pretty much everyone sci-fi has read or seen author and filmmaker Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” in which a not-from-this-world microbe hitches a ride on a military satellite returning to Earth to wreak havoc on the human race.


Interesting, in light of a 24 November 2000 CNN article by Richard Stenger entitled, “S...


Continue reading ...
 

WHY AUTHORS AUTHOR AND WRITERS WRITE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, In : books 

REFLECTING on my authoring career in during a recent interview, I was once again impressed with the chasm that exists between writing and authoring, one that took me thirty plus years to successfully bridge. And I wasn’t undecided; I knew I wanted to be an author from the start, having written my first novella at sixteen years of age. I sent my 100+ page (25,000+ word) sci-fi manuscript entitled “The Parabolic Curve” to seventy-five publishing houses. It never went to publication, thoug...


Continue reading ...
 

LIVING IN TODAY’S “VIRTUAL” WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, In : books 
THE world of today isn’t the same as the world of the previous quinquennium. When I started authoring there were no artificial satellites in orbit, no streaming movies on demand, no cell phones, not even any word processors. But if I were asked to, in one word, characterize the biggest change during the last five years, it would be “virtual.” Back at the beginning of this five-year period, in the B.T. (before Trump) years, virtual meant that nether world of non-corporeal existence where...

Continue reading ...
 

GOOD NEWS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 11, 2020, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
It's becoming harder these days to find unbiased news. What used to be dry factual reporting seems to have swung to its counterpoint: interpretation and opinion. What's missing, in my opinion, is BALANCE. But by balance I don't mean the "mean." 

Good news reporting involves presenting the facts (to be interpreted in various ways by the viewer/listener) and meaning (as be interpreted in various ways by the preparer/broadcaster). "Weighting" the news based on popularity moves it into the realm o...
Continue reading ...
 

FAKE NEWS AND WHAT IT PORTENDS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 23, 2018, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
"Fake news" isn't new. It's been around for centuries in the form of gossip. But society's never had a platform whereby gossip could be shared on a mass global basis, where its mere repetition and topic popularity could elevate it from believability to assumed truth. Bad news in a rapidly globalizing world, where politics and governments can depend on popular "news" to remain in power. 

The ancient Greeks taught us that there are five appeals that we as humans tend to accept: 1) logos (well-re...
Continue reading ...
 
 

About Me


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.

This blog has been visited:

Tags

Translation for 140 languages by ALS

Make a free website with Yola