How You Can Help The Homeless with a Horror Film

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THE FORGOTTEN FILM PRODUCTION PROJECT

I invite you all to listen to this recent radio interview on Heart Ministry Radio with my clients Elijah Richardson and Leroy Bryant to learn how you can help the homeless with a horror film.

 

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Short Summary

Elijah and Leroy are Directors, Producers and Writers for films; they have also completed rewrites for Emmy and Peabody award-winning Producer Lee Levinson; have co-written a screenplay for hire, “Dream Real the Movie” adapted from a Barnes & Noble bestsellers list autobiography “Dream Real” for NAP SPORTS, LLC; co-written a produced short titled “Prodigal, The Movie”; most recently, they have co-produced and co-directed “Creature In The Woods”, our original featured found-footage horror script and in February 2017 signed a worldwide distribution contract with Summer Hill Films/Tom Cat Films; both are recipients of: The Hollywood Film Institute (Independent Filmmaker Certificate) – 2011 and The Hollywood Film Institute (Producer’s Diploma) – 2011

What We Need & What You Get

One-hundred homeless veterans and homeless will be employed as actors and/or day workers (Even hired into other production positions based on skill level); will be provided with 2 meals per day during the shoot schedule; coordinate and provide shelter for homeless individuals of the 100 not currently living in a shelter; provide transportation to and from the shooting sites.

The production budget for the film project is $867K, to cover Homeless/Veteran Cast ($100/day), directors, travel/living, main cast, production staff, art, set construction, wardrobe, make-up, sound, transportation, editing, music, publicity/photography, insurance, reception and more.

The funds will be transferred into the Night of the Vegan homeless economic stimulus account until funding is raised to produce the film.

Contributors will have a positive affect on the lives of 100 homeless individuals, helping them to re-establish themselves back into society; Be part of a blueprint developing a successful economic stimulus plan for the homeless.

Elijah and Leroy produced, directed and wrote their Independent feature film titled “Wild Man of the Woods” (US) “Creature in the Woods” (INTL) which will be distributed by Summer Hill Films (April 17, 2018) (checkout horrorpedia.com). Both have worked some twenty-five plus years in the service field. Combining their creative abilities and desire to change the lives of the homeless will make this project successful.

Risks & Challenges

Let’s be real…of course this project will be challenging. Homeless individuals might not want to speak with us. Many will have mental issues that are a common condition among their population. There will be those with anger and aggressive behaviors. Other conditions such as poverty, unemployment, shortage of affordable housing are other causes of homelessness. In addition, family breakdown, sexual assault and social isolation have resulted in being homeless.

Elijah and Leroy also work for a hospital for some combined eleven years and in their role, spending 1000’s of hours of contact with the homeless. They have spoken with 100’s of homeless individuals about their current situation.

They are driven on encouraging the homeless to want to change themselves.

Elijah and Leroy plead contributors to get the word out and make some noise about the homeless and homeless veterans economic stimulus project campaign even if you are unable to contribute financially. Together you can make a difference by not be like everyone else.

*Twenty percent of domestic box office net will go to the homeless veterans and homeless participants to be divided equally.

You can help support their humanitarian project for homeless veterans and homeless families that are truly in need.  Please visit Indiegogo and/or Fundly for details of this economic stimulus project.

 

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Even $1.00 can go a long way to employing 100 homeless veterans and homeless. Please donate and share and make The Forgotten Film Productions project a huge success and a model for unity around the world. 

Thank you.

 

Leroy E. Bryant II

Leroy, born and raised in Wilmington, attended and graduated from Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington. He later attended Delaware Technical and Community College graduating with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He is fluent in Italian.

LEROY Leroy co-founded, co-owned and operated Allegra Desserts S.A.S. from 1999 until 2007 when he sold his shares in the company to pursue a career in film. The company operated as Divina Desserts USA in the United States. He was the Director of U.S. Operations and head of the company’s research and development for the Italian-based company. Leroy was responsible for day-to-day operations of the company’s largest market, the United States (and Canada until 2002). The company produced artisan classic Italian desserts, which it exported to seven different countries from Italy. In just two years, in 2001, Leroy’s vision and leadership catapulted Divina/Allegra Desserts to succeed as the second largest dessert manufacturer in Southern Italy.

Elijah C. Richardson, Jr

Elijah grew up and was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating from St. Joseph’s H.S., Elijah attended West Virginia University to pursue a career in education. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, minor in Sports Management. In 1992 he relocated to Wilmington, Delaware. He spent over fifteen years as a director for the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club. At both organizations, Elijah provided programs and services to thousands of children. He provided leadership roles to establish activities and services to prepare youth for success.

ELIJAH Through his planning, implementing, mentoring, developing and evaluating the overall organization’s programs, services and activities, he ensured that they met stated objectives for children, parental needs, and interests.

Elijah and business partner Leroy , have also been writing screenplays for several years. In 2005, as a screenwriting team, they completed their first original screenplay, “The Second Coming,” after originally collaborating on a comic book project. The screenplay earned them a quarter-finalist placing in the Writer’s on the Storm screenwriting competition in

Los Angeles that same year. Fueled from the result of the contest, they both attended the Writer’s Expo in 2005, 2006 and 2010 to network and sharpen their skills.

Celebrate Father’s Day With A Wooden Watch Giveaway from Konifer

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a Wooden Watch Giveaway from Konifer

Are you ready to treat dad to a great Father’s Day?   Are you taking him to a fancy restaurant out on the town or just a backyard barbecue?

What kind of dad do you have?  Is he modern and techie so you are buying him yet another gadget or gizmo?

Or perhaps your dad is old skool who would prefer something simpler and easy to use like a wooden watch?

 

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If so, I have a great Giveaway that will fit the bill, a Mens Wooden Watch from Konifer .  However, because I waited until the last minute and I know you want it before dad’s day, you’ll  need to hurry and enter for a chance to win in this Rafflecopter today.

Sweepstakes ends on Wednesday and is OPEN TO USA RESIDENTS ONLY.

 

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This Navigator Ruby Wooden Watch is a $180.00 value and is a stylish watch with a red and black two-toned Navigator Ruby timepiece. This distinctive wooden watch boasts of the sleek and stylish look you need while maintaining the athletic features you want. 100% hand-crafted from black ebony and sandalwood, the deep rich brown and brilliant ruby-red woods compliment each other.

The face of the watch is accented with metallic accents, and displays the time and date. A sporty compass dial offers an athletic accent. A non-toxic satin oil finish helps to protect the ecologically friendly, renewable and hypoallergenic woods. This wooden watch is made for sport but distinguished enough for professional wear.

  • Natural wood is hypoallergenic, making this watch an excellent choice for sensitive skin
  • Fully adjustable band is 8 ¾”, or 222mm long
  • Watch face is 2”, or 50mm, and width is 1”, or 24mm
  • Weighs a light, approximate 45 grams
  • Designed in Canada

Size:

Length of strap: 8 3¾″ (222mm) adjustable to the size of your wrist
Dial diameter: 2″ (50mm)
Width of strap: 1″ (24mm)

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Let’s Chat > Is your dad modern or old skool traditional?

 

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Keeping Crumbs Out of Your Keyboard – Staying Healthy Working From Home

Wow, this is now the 3rd month since I started working from home and building my business, ABlake Enterprises but I can honestly admit I don’t miss working in Corporate America at all.

 

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I do, however, sometimes miss walking the floor talking to peers and co-workers, however, now that I don’t have to pack or purchase lunch, I do have to be careful as to not snack too often leaving crumbs in my keyboard!

 

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Working from home can also present other challenges, especially when it comes to your health. Not only from the snacks in the kitchen but the lack of social stimulation and the temptation to work in an ergonomically unsound position can all sabotage an otherwise home worker’s best health intentions.

Set up Separate Office Space

Use a space in your home that’s designated solely for work. Do not work in your bedroom as the only activities in there should be sleep and sex. Bringing in your laptop and smartphone can interfere with your ability to relax later on.  Fortunately for me, I have a separate office, but even if you live in a tiny studio apartment, set up a desk and chair to separate the professional from the personal space.

Choose a good chair

Invest in a comfortable, ergonomically sound chair that will keep you properly aligned throughout the day.  Sitting has become the new smoking so make sure to get up and moving during the day no matter the type of chair you are using.  Invest in a standing desk which will also give your back a break and reduce your overall long-term mortality risk.

 

Get up every hour and get out at least once a day.

It can be easy to get stuck in your seat, especially since you feel comfortable in your space. Set a timer or ask Alexa to remind you to get up and stretch once every hour, and make sure to get outside, even just to walk around the block and get some sunshine and fresh air.

 

Set a schedule and stick to it.

It can be tempting to wake up late or work at odd hours, but you will benefit your mental health and the quality of your work by setting a schedule as if you were going into the office.

Avoid working on weekends if you can, and keep an eye on how much time you’re spending on work every day.  Make sure to stick to those hours, initially, I had to remind myself to stop after 6 pm, otherwise, I would be “in the office” until 8 or later which is not healthy nor does it make hubby happy.

Schedule workouts.

When you create your schedule, use the flexibility to your advantage. Schedule your workouts as you do meetings, pencil them in before you begin working, during lunch or after hours.  I find rising early and getting them out of the way works best for me.

Create a soothing environment.

Working from home means you have more control over your surroundings, so make your work area soothing to keep your stress level under control. If you love scented candles, place them around your room. If a beautiful view helps you stay calm, set up your desk in front of a window or within eyesight of artwork you enjoy.

Get showered and dressed as if you’re going to the office.

Instead of staying in your pajamas all day put on an outfit something you’d likely wear to the office.   However, for me, I always wore dresses and skirts to the office so I had to purchase a few pairs of capris and jeans.  Save a few cents by checking out your local Goodwill or Thrift Shop.

Get a virtual office or work at a local coffee shop.

It’s important to have some social connection, even in the absence of coworkers. Maintaining healthy social connections improves your overall well-being and helps you stay motivated.

As a member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce I rent virtual office space for $50/month so when I need to meet clients I go there, or to a local coffee or pizza shop.  Most restaurant owners provide free Wi-Fi services so take advantage and head over to one a few times during the week.

 

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Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and meals.

With the kitchen only a few feet away, it’s easy to wander over there especially if it’s packed with treats, so keep temptation low by keeping fresh fruits and vegetables on hand and keep the candy and junk food out of sight.

Let’s Chat > How do you stay healthy working from home?

Are you ready to Build Your Brand with a Blog?

Hey guys, it’s summer break but you can sign up now for my Building Your Own Blog Workshops at DelTech in Stanton and Dover which will begin in September.  However, if you can’t wait for the classes to begin, this checklist will give you a head start until workshops resume in the fall.

1. CHOOSE A BLOGGING PLATFORM

There are several options available, but WordPress and Blogger are great places to start for beginner bloggers.

2. NAME YOUR BLOG

Choose a name that reflects the essence of you or your blog. Take your time time to  think this step through. After all, your blog is your brand and you want to have a name that is reflective of it.

3. RESERVE/PURCHASE YOUR DOMAIN NAME

There are many reasons why you need your own domain name. So head over to GoDaddy.com or WordPress.com which are just two of the many sites that will walk you through the process.

 

4. DETERMINE YOUR BLOG DESIGN

This is key since your blog design can either attract people or turn them away. Think of it like browsing for a magazine or book, most people are drawn more towards those with eye appealing designs, which holds true for blogs.

Blogger & WordPress both offer free themes that you can build upon, and there are lots of free site design options that you can find via Google.

If you want a customized look for your blog to help it stand out, hiring a blog designer is always an option. Make sure you agree on what’s included in your design package upfront, and what type of design support will be available to you once your blog is up and running.

Check sites such as Fiverr to save on the cost, but make sure you read the reviews of the web designers.

 

 

5. WRITE, RINSE, REPEAT!

Once you get readers to your site, you want to engage them & bring them back day after day. The best ways to do this?

  • Have a great ABOUT page.   This is the page that explains why you started blogging, introduce yourself, your family or anyone/anything else that you’ll be blogging about.
  • Make sure your CONTACT page is up-to-date. Include your email address, as well as any other social media accounts that you’d like to connect with people on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
  • Content is King but let your Customers Wear the Crown. Readers won’t want to hang around on your blog if there isn’t much to read, so have several posts in draft and ready for when your site goes live and make it compelling enough that they want to share with their circle.
  • Set a blogging schedule to ensure that you’re keeping fresh posts coming. Whether you blog once a week or once a day, you should set that expectation for your readers from the beginning.
  • Don’t forget the pictures! Too much text doesn’t get read, always use images, as we humans have the attention span that less than a Goldfish and you want to capture them in the first 7 seconds.

 

 

If you are ready to start a blog, send an email to info@ablakeenterprises.com to take advantage of the $150 Summer Special or head over to my website to learn more.

Save Time & Schedule Your Posts with Hootsuite or Buffer

 

As a small business owner who works with other small business owners I know one of the most important commodities we have is time.  Time is precious and it’s something that we can ill afford to waste.

Therefore, when it comes to social media posting and engaging with our audiences, it’s best to schedule it and not just post all willy nilly throughout the day hoping to connect, which can be like spitting into the wind.

Save Time and Schedule Your Posts with Hootsuite or Buffer

There are several tools that help with social media scheduling, and I have used several, including Hootsuite and Buffer.    Personally I prefer Buffer, however, I wanted to include both so that you can make a choice as to which work best for you.

 

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HootSuite is a social media management tool that allows users to schedule and post updates to any page or profile for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, WordPress, and other platforms from one place—the HootSuite dashboard. When you sign up you are given a dashboard with tabs to organize all your the social media profiles that you’ve connected to HootSuite.

 

Users can upload and analyze marketing campaigns across all social profiles without needing to sign in to each social network individually. For premium accounts, users get advanced features that provide statistics and analytics, audience engagement, team collaboration, and security.

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Although HootSuite is mainly considered a business tool, a lot of individuals use it for personal purposes too. If you spend a lot of time on social media and have a lot of profiles to take care of, streamlining all of those profiles into one simple system can help you save a lot of time.

 

For example, if you’re posting the same thing across five profiles, you can post it once through HootSuite and select the profiles where you want it published, and it will publish it on all five profiles at once.  The scheduling feature is great because it allows you to spread your posts throughout the day or week so you can set it and forget it!

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With a free account, you can manage up to three social profiles with HootSuite but if you upgrade, you can manage many more.   Hootsuite allows you to send private messages out to targeted audience groups on selected social profiles straight through the HootSuite dashboard.

 

If you work with a team, you can create an “organization” to improve communication and collaboration across everyone’s HootSuite account.  HootSuite has a dedicated section for creating analytical reports and click summaries. It works with both Google Analytics as well as Facebook Insights.

 

Buffer is also a simple web application that allows you to schedule social media posts across a variety of popular social networks. I find it less confusing and more user friendly to schedule posts across several platforms.

Buffer is super easy to use, which is one of the reasons why it’s so popular. When you connect a social network to Buffer, you can start composing new posts to add to your post queue.  The post queue is where all your scheduled posts sit as they wait to be posted. Posting times are set up by default in your settings tab, which for some strange reason for me is always Santiago, so make sure to put in your closest city.

Every time you add a new post to your queue it will be scheduled to automatically post to your account but you have the option to share the post now or to set it to a specific scheduled date and time for each new post that you compose.

 

buffer-app-logoThe post composer is media friendly so you can add url links, photos, GIFs and videos to your posts through Buffer.  You can customize your schedule so that queued posts are published any day and any time you want from now to far into the future.

 

Once a post has been published through Buffer, you can switch over to the Posts tab to see engagement stats such as clicks, likes, replies, comments, shares and more which is another great feature to keep you from spitting into the wind.

 

Instead of selecting and setting a specific time for a post to go out every single time you want to schedule one, you can just write a new post, add it to your queue and forget it! You also have total control over your scheduled times so your queued posts always post whenever you want them to post.

 

 

Buffer can be used with  Facebook (profiles, pages and groups), Twitter, LinkedIn (profiles and pages), Google+ (profiles and pages) and Instagram. Pinterest is a sixth social network you can use with Buffer only if you decide to upgrade.

 

A free plan lets you connect up to three social network accounts and gives you unlimited scheduling with up to 10 posts per account stored in your queue at a time.

 

You’ll also get access to post analytics so that you can see how many clicks and other interactions you got on your posts. This will help you determine which posts perform well and which times of the day have the highest engagement rates.

Tips for Building Your Buffer Post Schedule

If you’re going to use Buffer, it’s important to have a good idea about when your fans and followers are the most active and the most likely to see your posts. Then you can build your schedule around those peak times of the day or week to maximize your social presence.  

With all the changes to the algorithms and privacy settings, it’s best to use your Insights on Facebook or your Google Analytics to help you schedule the best times to post when your audience is most active.

 

Buffer has a mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices so you can easily add content from a mobile web browser or app to your Buffer queue. Just toggle the tab in your mobile browser or app that lets you access other sharing apps you have installed. The Buffer app should appear next to your other popular sharing apps.

Buffer has been integrated with several popular apps and services so that you can add posts to your queue directly from those apps and services. From IFTTT and WordPress, to Pocket and Instapaper, you might be able to take advantage of Buffer integration with at least one tool that you already use!

Upgrade Options for Both

 

For businesses, brands and individuals who need to schedule more than the basic plans upgrade options are available on both.

 

Let’s Chat > Do you schedule your posts or just spit into the wind hoping for the best.

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