Friday, October 27, 2017

No TRICKS... just a HALLOWEEN TREAT awaits...

A Halloween Surprise for your Friday!!!

πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸ•ΈπŸ˜ˆπŸ•·πŸ‘€
After you watch, be sure to check out (and like): What's The Alternative? Productions on Facebook so you don't miss the premiere of E M O T I V E N T I😡N

COMING SOON

Thursday, October 19, 2017

E M O T I V E N T I😡N (Just a Tease πŸ‘€)

A Film by Paul Howard

E M O T I V E N T I😡N

Starring Karis Campbell, Tonya Harris, Paul Howard, Katie Keene, Adam Rotenberg, Peter Szeliga and Charlotte Bayne

Produced by Ettore Giovanni Zuccarelli

Shot by Marc Wiercioch
Hair & Makeup by Mana Afshar

Edited by Gareth Fient
Music by Erick Schroder

Directed & Written by Paul Howard

Coming Soon!

Be sure to FOLLOW the What's The Alternative? Productions Facebook Fan Page HERE!! The short film will exclusively premiere there!!!

E M O T I V E N T I😡N 
T E A S E R πŸ‘€T R A I L E R:

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Timely. Although I wish it wasn't so...

We've been hard at work on our latest episode of Ann Asks, for a few weeks now.  Unfortunately, the timing of its release couldn't be better considering the subject matter and what just happened in Las Vegas.
Although I wish that wasn't true.

I'm very proud of Q & Ann: Guns, Fingerprint Technology & NRA and am glad to add our voice to the current conversation.

Please watch and share.

Paul



Thursday, September 28, 2017

30 years ago today....

It’s amazing to think that it was 30 years ago, TODAY, that Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered its very first episode on Fox (September 28th, 1989).

7 seasons and 176 episodes later (I’m not embarrassed to say that I watched all 176 episodes live, when they first aired) the show remains a true gem!  A Saturday night escape that I looked forward to every single week it aired and often ran around the house in utter excitement “overload” when an episode had completed (and don’t even get me started on those cliff hangers! Ahhh!).

While shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Mr Ed, Moonlighting, He-Man, OZ, and Ducktales were, for different reasons, all deeply important to me, STTNG easily takes the prize and remains the most profoundly influential television show of my life and my career.

I have always been drawn to Gene Roddenberry’s positive and inclusive vision of our future.  The idea that we could evolve beyond our differences to accept one another was (and still is) something I believe in.  A future where different people (and aliens) worked in unison and without prejudice or hate to explore and evolve!  I also loved that these characters were in the pursuit of knowledge, not for power or wealth or God, but for the sake of knowledge itself!

To this day, I still so vividly remember the final scene, of the final episode of the series and tear up when I think about it.  I have not watched the episode in probably 20 years but I remember the bridge crew laughing and playing poker, after they had solved the week’s emergency/mystery/challenge.  
There is suddenly an alert from the door, interrupting them.  Riker yells “enter” and the doors open revealing Captain Picard.  Picard has never joined his crew for these off duty moments.  For context, this is the point I began to cry, because I knew what was happening…  Picard enters and asks if he might join them.  He sits down, and is offered the cards by Data so he can deal.  There is a moment, camera stays on Picard as he looks around the table, at each person, his friends, his family really, and he says simply “I should have done this a long time ago.”  
The card game starts and we as fans were given the most beautiful and eloquent end to a show, ever, in my opinion.  A show that over its seven years taught humility, understanding, hope, and that humans, when they work together, can solve any problem.  
A show that even in it’s final moments had another lesson to teach, that family is who we choose and that it’s never too late to change your life.

If any of this sounds silly to you, I say to you honestly, I feel sorry for you! 
To not feel, what I have felt.  The utter joy!  The complete happiness!  To have allowed my imagination to dream of something different and new.  To pretend!  To have been so deeply touched by actors and writers and directors who created a world I so happily believed in and cherished, is something that I am not only thankful for, but something that has influenced me on all sorts of levels, personally and professional.  I can’t image my life without it….If you don’t know this feeling, you’re missing out.

I celebrate this milestone and say simply, thank you!  To Roddenberry and everyone who helped make this show the amazing inspiration it was, and still is!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The end of an era.... (for now)

My yearly Holiday Card tradition was born out of a deep desire to entertain. At the time I needed, and so I created for myself, an outlet that would allow me to create and to express myself artistically while also hopefully adding a little magic to the holiday season.
Over the years I have (mostly) enjoyed the process of coming up with something new each year, producing it, and then, just in time for the holidays, releasing the final image, images, and/or video.
From a Nutcracker come to life, to a 1950’s comic book inspired spaceman, to Jack Frost, to a Blue Christmas Elvis Presley I have loved each and every year. 
Each year has felt appropriate for that particular year, and represented where I was creatively and personally. Sometimes, I was even able to also create films that connected to the images, like the year my holiday card was a World War 2 propaganda poster, which connected to my holiday short, Everything Twas or the year I did the ghost of Jacob Marley which thematically connected to the period short film, Christmas Visitations.
While deeply fulfilling, these projects were often also exhausting, stressful, and financially quite challenging. The challenge was always worth it “in the end” and the creative and artistic payoff was what had me coming back bigger and better the following year!
I have been fortunate to work, over the years, with some truly stunningly talented and amazing artists on these projects! They helped my imagination truly come to life in ways I couldn’t imagine! Even more impressively, many times these working artists donated (or highly discounted) their time and talents!! Some of them even came back to help with multiple years!
I have tagged many of these amazing individuals here on this post, as a way to once again sincerely thank them, but also in the hopes that those reading this post will click and further investigate these talented artists and learn more about them and their own work!
It was not an easy decision, and I have to be honest, it took me awhile to really commit to it, but I have decided that I will not be doing a Holiday Card this year. 
As I mentioned earlier, I really started this tradition as a creative outlet because I wanted more in my life, as an artist at the time. I’m happy to report, that is not currently the case. Not only am I continuing to create short format films, promos, and music videos but I am ramping up to do even more with our latest series, Ann Asks and my comedic series “LA be like…”. My suspicion and hope is that the 2018 mid term elections will bring additional work and creativity and maybe even some more Paulitics! 
In addition to all of this I have officially begun work on writing a feature length script!! My first!
I know in my heart, that all of you will understand and respect this decision, and that you will support me, but I still felt it necessary to officially inform everyone and give my reasons. Many, many people over the years have expressed their excitement in seeing what I come up with for the year. I really do hate to disappoint so I hope this will help to defuse a bit of the disappointment.
The good news? You never know what the future brings, and I make no promises the Holiday Card tradition will not return!
Plus, as previously mentioned, all the previous years and years of images, films, behind the scenes, and alternative shots are preserved and available for you to see at anytime. I specifically recommend you check out my “Paulidays” playlist on YouTube if you are feeling festive! I also truly hope you will investigate the many talented artists who have worked with me over the years. In addition I have started you off with some embedded videos below.
Thank you for understanding and thank you for sharing in my dreams and imagination over these many years. I have loved creating and bringing some magic to your holidays!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Wrinkled People, Wrinkled Food"

It is with GREAT PRIDE that I share with you, the latest episode from my new series, Ann Asks...

Ann Asks: Episode 2 “Wrinkled Food, Wrinkled People”

Directed by Paul Howard
Starring Ann Benson
Shot by Marc Wiercioch & Troy Carlton
Edited by Gareth Fient
Special thanks to Ian BugattiRobert Egger, Mahira Sobral & Ettore Giovanni Zuccarelli

Very Special thanks to The LA Kitchen and all of it’s amazing staff & volunteers!

To find out more or to volunteer go to http://www.lakitchen.org/
Shot on location at The L.A. Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA


Paul

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

So close I can taste it!

Episode 2 of Ann Asks, featuring The LA Kitchen is coming VERY soon.
It’s so close now, I can taste it!! 
See what I did there? ;)

If you haven’t seen Ep 1 yet, please head to www.AnnAsks.tv NOW and watch!  After, don’t forget to LIKE, COMMENT, and of course, SHARE with your friends and family!
Help us get more and more eyes on it and hopefully inspire more and more people in their lives!!

Thank you for your support and being a part of this new community!!

Paul



Friday, July 28, 2017

LA Daters Be Like...

TGIF!

As a little Friday surprise before the weekend...I have premiered my latest in the LA BE LIKE series... I hope you enjoy!

Remember to share, like, and comment!

Paul

LA Daters Be Like...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ann Asks

I'm very excited to share the pilot episode of a new series I created with the lovely, the amazing, the witty, the smart, the talented, mother to Robby Benson (the original Beast), friend of Betty White, and completely Off Her Rocker... the amazing... 
Ann Benson


Please enjoy, Ann Asks.

Paul


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LeveLs Premieres Online (for a limited time only)


I'm very excited to officially share another short film we've created!!!
As you can imagine, a lot of people put a lot of time and effort and passion into even a short film!
PLEASE take a few minutes to watch, then if you enjoyed (which you will) PLEASE like, comment, and SHARE!!
Special thanks to Director Gareth Fient Producer Ettore Giovanni Zuccarelli (EZ-Productions) Actor Karis Campbell DP Marc Wiercioch Composer Erick Schroder MUA Lulu Bernal Animator Justin Marchert PA Ian Bugatti
Now, please enjoy, LeveLs:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday, Indeed!

I'm excited to share that last night I officially released, Volume 3 in my Cabinet of Horrors series... 

Rex Wrecking Tillersaurus
I hope you enjoy the latest volume and if you do... I hope you consider LIKING and SHARING the episode!

Have an amazing weekend!


Paul


Friday, April 7, 2017

Volume 3 STOMPS in!


Im excited to share that last night I officially released, Volume 3 in my Cabinet of Horrors series... 

Rex Wrecking Tillersaurus
I hope you enjoy the latest volume and if you do... I hope you consider LIKING and SHARING the episode!

Have an amazing weekend!


Paul




Saturday, April 1, 2017

An April Fool's Day Surprise!

No joking, no fooling... just an April Fool's Day surprise... the official premiere of the BRAND NEW short film, Buckle Up, Buckaroo!

Please enjoy!!


Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog...  



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy National CHIP and DIP Day!!

That's right...today, March 23rd, 2017 is National Chip and Dip Day and I honestly cannot think of a better way to celebrate the day, then by watching the dark comedy short film, sauce: to make agreeable or less harsh!!!

Grab some chips, get your favorite dips and sauce and have a truly Chiptastic and Sauctacular Day!!
  
Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog... 



Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's a rat race...

The trouble with the rat-race… even if you win, you’re still a rat.

I'm excited to share with you that VOLUME 2 in my web series, Donald’s Cabinet of Horrors, officially premiered yesterday!

Please check it out below and please be sure to LIKE and SHARE!  This helps me get my films more exposure!!

Thank you!


Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog... 





Saturday, February 25, 2017

Volume 1 THE BANNON

It's official!  You can't run!  There is NOWHERE to hide..... 
my new Paulitical series has premiered!
See Donald's Cabinet of Horrors Volume 1 The Bannon RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE






THE BANNON

I'm so excited to share that later today (Saturday, February 25th), the first Volume in a brand new web-series, who's title is being revealed here first and exclusively, will premiere!!


My brand new Paulitical web-series is titled, Donald's Cabinet of Horrors!!!

If you haven't already, SUBSCRIBE NOW to my YouTube Channel so you are notified as soon as the new film goes live and all future volumes!!!

Subscribe to my YouTube here!

Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog...


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Official Trailer for the Award Winning, Super Short film 7 released!

I'm excited to share with you all our OFFICIAL TRAILER for the Super Short Film, 7!
7 continues to engage the festival circuit where it will hopefully be excepted into some more festivals and maybe win a few more awards, before it will finally be available exclusively online.
Stay tuned!!
In the meantime, see the trailer below and then be sure to Follow the What's The Alternative? Productions Facebook fanpage and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel
I'll be sure to keep you posted on any current acceptances, where the film will next be showing, and any new awards!

Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog...


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#love

Love is a complicated thing.

It can be intricate but also simple.

Love is available to all, but sometimes tardy or completely absent.

Love can appear for all types and it can come in all forms….

Sometimes love is awkward and hurts…



Sometimes love is obsessive and dangerous…



Love can be timeless and pure and never ending too.



Other times love is easy and just slips right in…



But love is available to all… even those that are strange, awkward, kooky, weird, unique, special…
love does not judge.



Wishing you a day filled with Real Love, Romantic Love, Love of Friendship, Passionate Love, Timeless Love, Free Love, Selfless Love, Funny Love, Pure Love….But most importantly... Self Love

Remember always that you are complete just as you are. Anyone who comes into your life just compliments you. They do not complete you.
You are whole.

Wishing you a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day today.

Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog...






Thursday, January 19, 2017

And you thought only people could be deplorable....

I'm pleased to share a brand new Paulitical video, just in time for President Neglect's Infuriation Day, er, I mean Inauguration Day and my very first video of 2017!

Enjoy and please remember to share!!


Paul

GetPaulHoward.com
or
For More Blog...