Category Archives: Things that bug me

It’s about the story

How many more movies can we see that look more like video games (shit… do they still call them VIDEO games?) that are visual heavy with little or no story?

There used to be a saying in Hollywood. It was a good one. A true one. 

“You can’t polish a turd.”

Simple. But true. 

If there was no followable story and you didn’t care about the people living or dying in it, no matter how many car chases and plane crashes and tight clothing and great fights and big breasts and six-PAC abs on the mLe lead there were…

The movie would suck. 

What’s more… the movie would fail at the box office. 

The viewing public wouldn’t stand (or buy) for it. 

You could not, under ANY circumstances, polish a turd. 

All you would wind up with was a very shiny… turd. 

Heaven’s Gate,


Howard the Duck

And, to some… Dick Tracy. 

Then something happened. 

Personally I think it was the first Batman movie. 

The Hollywood machine looked a screenplay with. Thin storyline that was trying so hard to be something more than it’s source material but obviously not…

And the machine had already committed so much money to this “event” that it could not possibly afford to lose money…

That it pulled out all the stops, spent more money on publicity and Prints (P&A) than it did on the movie itself. 

It took advantage of every possible fan of the source material and made sure that the money could be made back in the first weekend (which I believe started on Thursday). 

And it worked!

I applaud the concept and the balls it took to do that. 

It was amazing!

It made money that no one ever dreamed possible. 

What’s my point?

The point is that it worked so well that the machine threw out the adage. It was no longer “Impossible to polish a turd.”

There was a stratigy in place that would assure that people went, in droves, to see movies that the machine knew was under par and likely to fail. 

Then it started relying on the new strategy rather than the story, performances, direction. 

It seems that nowadays we are more surprised when a “Blockbuster” movie is any good at all. 

We hear things like “I know this movie is going to suck but I’ll go see it anyway.”

Story was and is still KING. 

Want a great story that will challenge your thinking, boundaries and definitions of status quo?

Want to see movies that cost more than their advertising because dreamers seldom think about anything after the production is finished and the editor has moved on?

Watch Independant films. 

I have some at 

But don’t just watch mine. Watch as many as you can. 

You will be watching people’s dreams realized. Their lifetime goals achieved… on film. 

And who knows… the experience may keep you from complacency… from “settling” from polishing your own turd to the delight of those who don’t believe you have it in youbto dream and dream big. 

Let’s face it… we deserve to dream. To reach. To stretch. 

Here’s to you! Don’t settle. Watch Independant!


Sufficient to the day…

I am loving the temperature of our country right now. Actually delighted that someone has finally called the American Press on their shoddy practices of creating news for the sake of ratings.

Seriously… politics aside… anyone who has ever had a great, honest relationship knows that a real working, loving relationship begins when people are honest with each other. That means telling it like it is… and not fabricating things in order to create (and then repair) chaos.

“Find someone who will call you on your shit.”

No drama. You ever spend any time with someone who created drama in order to have something to fix?

I’ll bet you have. I know I have.

But then again… everybody needs a hobby… right?

In any event I believe we are entering into a time when the press and the White House will actually work in tandem with one another.

Not late today or even next week. But in the next few years.

And I think that is a god thing. A VERY good thing.

We do have to go through the quagmire of crap-slinging in order to get there however.

Call them growing pains.

800,000 new jobs… Isis is running into the cracks like cockroaches because the US turned the lights on… teens in the workplace… industry back into the US that hasn’t been here in decades…

The list goes on and on.

What I am sure of after all of this is this:

The news is not the news. The news has a responsibility to report, not create, the news.

Lastly… We are not required to agree with the president or the laws of the land. We are required to follow those laws and either support the current administration or take action against it in the voting booth at the end of his term.

Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof. Don’t create turmoil and chaos. Manage the mess that exists the best you can and flourish in spite of and because of it.

Now go to THE JOHN SCHNEIDER STUDIO STORE and pull something off the shelf!




It’s hard to express disappointment in someone you love. 

Apparently… less difficult for some than others. 

I went on record months ago saying that I don’t believe anyone deserves a free ride. 

People who quit don’t get severance pay. 

People who quit… quit. 

As the more noble are want to say “Be well. Go with God.”

Every story has at least two sides. Likely five or six actually. 

Take time to hear them, discover and uncover them all before jumping to conclusions and taking the easy way out. 

Hate is the easy out. 

Don’t be romanced by her energy or impresses with her bravado. 

The sign on the door to hatred reads “Be very careful all Yee who enTer here.”

Do us all a favor… don’t enter. 

Still “Making my way the only way I know how!”

img_1219At John Schneider Studios we make movies, do theater, music… we think outside of the box and tell stories in the most interesting ways possible.

Poignant. Exciting. Creepy. Inspiring. Thought provoking. Visceral. Independent.

What we don’t do is hold our breath until we turn blue. We don’t lie down in the isle at the local supermarket until mommy buys us an ice cream. We don’t threaten to take our toys from the collective sandbox and stop playing because we didn’t get our way.

Those are things spoiled children do.

Those are things that people with a highly exaggerated view of their purpose and value in the public conversation do.

We don’t do that at JSS.

We know we’re not going to change the world. We may just change someones perspective with a word… an image… a sentiment… a song.

We are tellers of stories. Nothing more… noting less.

And we are embarrassed by our counterparts who make idle threats they have no intention of carrying out.

Maybe that’s because they secretly suspect that if they actually did leave the sandbox… it would likely be a better sandbox for their absence.

Looks like I am still “Fighting the system” and “Making my way the only way I know how.”

Funny, huh?

I consider the freedom to tell stories and make entertainment a privilege. An honor. I would very much like your support of what we make here in rural Louisiana in a studio dedicated to making people laugh, think, squirm, feel and cry.

I promise I will never embarrass you by threatening to take my toys and leave because I didn’t get my way.

We’ve all seen enough of that here lately.

I support our president just as I supported the presidents before him and just as I will support the presidents to come while I am here on this earth telling stories.

For those of you fed up with those of them making empty threats because they love the sound of their own complaining, consider going the independent film/entertainment route.

Here’s a link you may enjoy:

Now let’s stop buying ice cream for the spoiled children and insist they begin acting like adults. No one is entitled to anything, anywhere at any time. We have to work for it just like our parents and theirs did.

Thank you for giving me a place to vent.


John Schneider

Tolerant my ass

It occurred to me that since there are so relatively few “celebrities” in the world that we are, in fact, a minority. 

It also occurred to me that, thankfully, there are many minorities speaking out against the senseless violence and pandemonium being spread at the hands of those who were professing their peace, tolerant nature just prior to my presedent’s election. 

It’s a shame that people only say things because they never expect that they will have to apologize or act in them. 

It’s a shame when people are so certain of the outcome of an election that they will say anything to get in the spotlight. 

It’s a shame when people want something for nothing. They feel entitled. As if they somehow earned something they never actually worked for. 

It’s a shame when people who preach tolerance one day exemplify it with violence the next. 

It’s a shame….

I have experienced some of this and it’s always left a bad taste in my mouth that I have to consider in the few hours a month that I am not actually working toward a goal. 

People can be that way. 

But I digress…

The election turned the lights on and now the little critters are scrambling. Trying to save face without having to actually do or say anything. 

Doesn’t work that way. 

Not so easy mister, miss and Mrs “celebrity.”

Let’s man/woman up here boys and girls…

You promised to “Leave the country if that son of a bitch, that racist hate monger, dictator homophobe (non of which is remotely true by the way) asshole got elected.”

My President Elect didn’t actually say any of those things. It was “reported” that he did but we all know how much truth is in reporting when a specific agenda is being forced down our throats. 

Well, my celebrated friends… He did get elected. He won both through the electoral college and the popular vote. 

He won as soon as people who work all day got off work and got their tired bodies to their polling places. 

He won. Hands down. Fair and square. 

And now he’s preparing a monumental task with great assistance. 

“We” are going to make America Great Again. 


And yet… “You” are still here.

You who accuse The President Elect of making “empty promises” are still here. 

If you didn’t take the first plane, boat or any other means of travel out of the country because you suddenly heard what he was actual saying about taxes, GLBT or any other platform he has thought through in an effort to help the country that he loves and is willing to get paid $1.00 a year to serve…


All is forgiven. 

But earn your right to stick around. 

Work for it. 

Suck it up B, W, B, S, LGG and all those others who know exactly who you are (let’s face it… We all know exactly who you are). 

And apologize. 

Or be a man/woman of your word and leave. 


What little credibility you have left is at stake. 

The ball is in your court. Read my previous blog. It’s okay to have a change of heart. To hear an “Unexpected perspective” that changes something in your soul. 

Happens all the time.

Your candidate didn’t win. Simple. 

Now do as you said and go elsewhere or say you are sorry, mistaken or misinformed and stick around. 

As far as this minority can see it’s the only way to save face.