An Opinion Editorial By Matt Croyle
So, there’s this saying about knowing the sour before you can appreciate the sweet. I’m not good at paraphrasing, but I’m sure you get the point. After looking at my friends’ Facebook posts on a daily basis, and seeing how miserable most of my younger friends are, I’ve decided to take a bit of my knowledge of the female sex and break things down for them. This editorial could very easily switch genders, and if you feel the need to want to share any bit of it I encourage you to take as much liberty in that department as possible. I’m a straight guy, so this is about girls for me.
I could call this a breakdown, but it’s more designed to be a set of examples of who girls are before they mature enough to actually become women — which in my experience is somewhere around the age of twenty-five. The following examples are not the complex, amazing women that most girls develop into. These examples are the girls you will likely run across while searching for those truly wonderful women out there. And they are out there, but I’m confident you won’t find them nearly as easily as you’ll find these girls. Read on.
These are examples of the girls that I’ve come across in my life, who are considered “red flags” — not because they won’t eventually mature, but because they’re probably not someone who you’ll find meaningful coexistence with before they do.
THE SLUTTY PARTY GIRL
We all know the girl that likes to get her drink on a little too much. She’s the one at the party who is always a little too wild, a little too flirty, and a little too ready to take off her pants. Bottom line on this girl is that drugs and alcohol, more often than not, seem to just go hand-in-hand with sex. Sure she’s a blast to drink with, but she’s always looking for the most fun time she can have — and that’s usually the guy with the biggest sausage or the most money (because she’ll need more alcohol or drugs later) — so, you best be packing a fire hose down there, and have a wallet full of mommy and daddy’s credit cards, or she’s going home with someone else. This girl knows no emotional attachment because she’s constantly hammered. Feelings are drowned by liquid horniness.
THE DADDY’S GIRL
There are always those girls you come across that will constantly compare their current boyfriends with their past boyfriends. Guys having to live up to other guys’ experiences are doomed from the start. Well, The Daddy’s Girl is kind of like that except you have to live up to unattainable expectations that have been planted into her head by her father. Creepy. If a girl is constantly, subconsciously comparing your success — or lack thereof — to her father’s, turn around and run away. Run fast, because this will be something she will do for the rest of the time you are together. It’s not fair to you, and it’s definitely not fair for her to do that to herself.
THE NO SENSE OF SELF GIRL
This is the girl who defines who she is, as an existing human being, by whether or not she’s in a relationship. The “single” status defines her being every waking moment. She obsesses about it, she complains about it, and she longs so much to be in a relationship that she doesn’t even know who she is without one. She needs someone ELSE to define HER. I’m sorry, but if you don’t know who you are, or can’t be happy with yourself being alone, there’s something going wrong up in that noggin. Find a hobby.
THE OVERLY-ATTACHED GIRLFRIEND
Okay. I’m sure you’ve seen her on YouTube, but people like this exist in real-life. She’s super-clingy, and shares the whole “defining who she is” thing with the No Sense of Self Girl. Here’s one that won’t let you out of her sight. Not because she’s psycho, but because she’s REALLY psycho. If you’re lucky enough to find time to be by yourself (to read, work on returning emails, check out some awesome porn sites) it won’t be for very long. This girl has built-in sonar when it comes to finding you, and wonders why she isn’t included in your every waking moment of existence. If you have any sense of individual freedom, this is not who you want to be with. If you’re looking for someone to be up your ass twenty-four seven, she’s your soul-mate .
THE OVERLY-EMOTIONAL TRAIN WRECK
This girl is pretty self-explanatory. She’s the girl constantly in question of whether you actually want to be with her, getting either really sad or really pissed-off if she doesn’t know. You will constantly have to tend to her emotions and reassure her that you want her, or that you’re happy, or that you remember where you were the first time you kissed her. Remember that women are emotional beings, but this girl can’t keep her emotions in check at all — at all. If you make her too upset, she may burn your clothes or break windows in your house. Probably best to steer clear of this one altogether.
THE MANIPULATIVE HOT GIRL
The femme fatale of all girls. She knows how hot she is, and will use it to every advantage she possibly can. Sex is a powerful thing, and if you’re willing to put up with someone taking your pants in the relationship (literally) for a little bit of action (when she feels like it) then she’s your girl. However, you must remember that she will only put up with you as long as she’s getting what she wants. She can get it anywhere else, and she will — along with more pants. Nobody needs a mind-screw like that.
What to do?
The thing about all of these women is that they all exist (in one form or another) in combinations. Some will have aspects of a few of these women, and some may have aspects of all of them. The point is to find one that has the least amount of these qualities. These qualities will kill a man’s soul — not to mention any sense of self-respect.
The point of “pointing out” these traits is not to rag on women, or degrade them, it’s to be aware that there are things that you should and shouldn’t accept when dealing with the opposite sex — especially in dating/marriage. Relationships are a difficult thing, and finding one can be even harder. The point is: don’t give up, shoot for someone you think is out of your league, and don’t let your past relationships dictate your current ones. Happy hunting.
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(OIL CITY, PA) – Erica L’huillier, Copy Editor of The Derrick and The News Herald, recently sat down with ‘Potential Inertia’ writer/director Matt Croyle to ask him some questions about his upcoming debut feature film. ‘Potential Inertia’, which is being shot in Venango County, is due to be available for the festival circuit this Summer.
EL: Why should people watch your film?
MC: Why? That’s a simple, but really good question that can’t be answered as simply as it’s asked. Well, there are a few reasons. Firstly, I think we have a solid, meaningful story to tell. A lot of my writing deals with loss, and this story is something that everyone can relate to since we all have to deal with it at many different junctions of our lives. I guess we tend to forget, sometimes, that we all share the human condition. Hopefully, this story, this film, can give its audience a sense that they’re all experiencing something together — both in viewing the movie, and outside of it. Secondly, I think people like movies, especially movies that are different from ones they are used to seeing. This isn’t your typical “Hollywood” film. Thirdly, I think people should watch our film because a group of very talented people all came together to make something that we all truly believe in — to tell a story we all believe in. They’ve worked very hard, and I don’t feel that their efforts should go unseen.
EL: What makes it different from what audiences are used to seeing?
MC: It’s different in a lot of ways, but in ways that are not typically noticeable on a first viewing. The obvious difference is that it’s in black and white. Not too many feature films are made in black and white today. This was a conscious choice. People are definitely going to notice that there’s a lot of dialogue, and a lot of times too much camera movement, flashy lens flares, things like that take away or distract the audience from dialogue whether they realize it or not. I think stripping it down, making it black and white, keeping camera movement to a minimum really helps keep the focus on what the characters are saying. I shoot a lot in closeups, as well. It gives the film a more intimate feel. I’m not saying I’ll shoot everything I do like I’m shooting this film, but it works for this particular story. One major difference between ‘Potential Inertia’ and your “typical” Hollywood script is that while it follows a conventional three-act structure, the rising and falling of action just isn’t there. I never wanted it to be. This is a story of loss, so I wanted to come on this journey with Declan as he repeatedly experiences loss in many ways. Luckily there is some comic relief in the film, otherwise someone would probably end up wanting to put a gun in their mouth by the end of it.
EL: If you could start over, would you do anything differently?
MC: That’s a very difficult question to answer. The short answer would be, “Yes.” I’m sure there are plenty of little things that we’re doing that could be streamlined. I’m sure the whole process of pre-production on my next film will be completely different. With this feature we’re kind of winging it with locations as we close in on post. I think there would be some value in having those locations locked, in taking time for rehearsals in those places. The thing with this film is that it feels “real” because it is. I’m pretty much putting my actors in those places for the first time, rolling camera, and letting them go. Each scene feels new to them. And while that’s good for this movie, it may not be good for every movie. This is a very grounded, organic film in many ways. Projects that I’m developing will need to take a different approach because they have a completely different feel to them.
EL: What has been the most challenging part of making ‘Potential Inertia’?
MC: The hardest parts of making this film have been two things: Logistics and Sound. It’s really been a logistical nightmare, and I’ve said that all along. When your actors are not getting paid, have real jobs, and real lives, and they’re trying to come from Jamestown, Pittsburgh, and these places over a hundred miles away – just to shoot for a day – it can get strenuous and time-consuming. That’s the main reason it’s taken us this long to make the film. The upside is that we’re almost finished, and they’ve dedicated themselves to making this movie happen regardless of the time frame. The other real challenge has been sound editing. I did learn lot about it shooting ‘Monster’ but it’s always tough, and so important. I’m doing everything myself, which is important on a first feature, because then I can really feel that the film is mine. Anything anyone loves, I can take credit for. Anything anyone hates, I can take the blame for and try to correct it on my next project. Plus, in doing as much as I can myself, I get a better understanding of the overall process of making a feature. I have a hand in everything, and it prepares me better for whatever projects I will work on in the future.
EL: Why ‘Potential Inertia’? Why this story?
MC: I was at a point in my life where it just seemed right that I make it. Loss is something we all share in, and it’s truly universal. It fascinates me how everyone seems to deal with it differently. The story is very much me, an internal reflection of myself. It just felt right to remind people they’re not always alone when they lose something or someone.
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(OIL CITY, PA) – Today, One Fish Films announced its plans to to shoot its first episodic pilot. The previously untitled project now has a title: “Circle, Michigan”. No immediate details about the plot are available, but it will be written, directed, and star One Fish Films’ Creative Director, Matt Croyle. One Fish films released the title card for the pilot upon the announcement.
Filming will take place this Winter, in Venango County, in western Pennsylvania. All media inquiries are to contact One Fish Films at: 814.319.5581 – or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(OIL CITY, PA) Author and Hustler Magazine Cover Model/Centerfold, Victoria James, has joined the cast of the low-budget, crowd-funded, independent drama “Potential Inertia”. She is featured in a cameo role written specifically into the script for her by writer/director Matt Croyle.
“She is someone who really has everything together,” stated Croyle. “She came up to Pennsylvania because she really wanted to be a part of our project. She is intelligent, focused, was very professional, and I’m very happy to have her on board with our film.”
She is currently pursuing her graduate degree, and resides in South Florida.
James is featured as the cover model and centerfold for the March 2014 issue of Hustler Magazine.
The film is being promoted for the 2014-2015 festival circuit.
Visit Victoria online at: www.missvictoriajames.com
More information about the film can be found at:
I’ve toyed with the idea of revisiting my web series ‘Monster‘. We’re all constantly, regardless of whether we want to admit it or not, looking inward to figure out exactly who we are – some more than others. ‘Monster’ enabled me to travel to Los Angeles in early 2012, was fun to shoot, and was such a productive and freeing way to let me share my feelings with everyone who watched. It was a very positive project for me in many ways.
As an ever-evolving person, change in my life is inevitable. The loss of my father really made me want to say something about it. ‘Monster’ seemed the most viable path to saying what I need to say – not only to myself, but to everyone else. An Epilogue episode was planned last month. I was reluctant to write, because I didn’t know exactly what, or how, to talk about what has happened to these faux-fictional characters in the past year. But, the other night, in a writing frenzy, I finished up a fifteen-page script that I hope says something to people. It felt good to write it.
We will launch the epilogue episode of ‘Monster’ this weekend. It’s entitled ‘Until I Can’t Breathe’. I hope you all enjoy it.
The episode will launch on the official ‘Monster’ Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/monsterseries
Please give the page a “like”, and thanks again for the continued support.
This is a side by side comparison of scene 26 from the upcoming feature film, POTENTIAL INERTIA, and the original draft of the script.
“It’s an interesting process when you’re both writing and directing a film. You come to realize that you could be an immense prick, and make the actors say the lines exactly as written (which in some cases wouldn’t make you a prick), or you could let your actors feel the lines out the way they want to – give them a little space to work,” said writer / director Matt Croyle.
He added, “This is a look at a rough cut of scene twenty-six along side the actual script. It’s kind of fun to watch.”
POTENTIAL INERTIA is scheduled to be released in early 2014, and is finishing up principal photography.
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Some people think it’s a game, making movies. Hollywood studios make it a game – a numbers game, a money game, a popularity contest. Sometimes the independent filmmakers, the folks making flicks outside of studios, make it a game too. Which, in itself, is all “fine and dandy” to protect your product, create suspense. I get it. Don’t give your flick away before your flick is ready. However, I’ve been getting a lot of flak recently from some folks – in the industry and not – about how I’m handling my picture (my first feature film) before it’s even completed.
I’ll get questions like: “Why are you releasing so many stills?” “Why do you have so many teasers out?” “Why is there a trailer before the film is finished?”
My answer? Because I can. And, not simply because I can, but because I want to. I want to engage with my audience, those people who are helping me make this picture through funding, being on set, spreading the word – those people should share in what the picture is becoming, and they should be able to see what it is becoming. I think the more open we are about our process, the more people will be willing to open their hearts and wallets to our film – if not now, then in the long run. Nobody likes a “snooty” filmmaker, and there are plenty of them out there to go around. I’m enjoying letting people learn the process of making a feature along with me, and if that inspires and/or helps someone make their first film then that’s just awesome. That’s icing on the proverbial cake. (I’m not sure if I just used the word ‘proverbial’ correctly, but I don’t care.)
It’s a lot easier to be open as an independent filmmaker than if I was to be, say, under a studio contract. That’s a total different ballgame. Sure, the money would be awesome, but it doesn’t let me engage an audience the way I would like to, with the content I would like to.
I been asked, “What do you think other independent filmmakers think about how you’re going about this?” I haven’t really been able to answer that question until now. My answer is: “I don’t care.” I’m sure some of them think it’s annoying, or that I’m “giving too much away”, or that I’m being too self-righteous; patting myself on the back. Sure, part of this flick is about me. It’s been mine since the get-go, but it’s ultimately everyone else’s when it’s done – and that’s what’s important.
So, I’m going to continue to do my best to be open with everyone as we push toward completion, and I hope everyone stays interested. Major thanks to those who have showed us support so far. We’re getting there, and we’re right there with you.
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