12/31/2020-UPDATES-2020 Year in Review

(Pic of WWJ (with Grogu / Baby Yoda) taken on 12/26/2020) πŸ™‚

-Man, what a messed up year 2020 has been! Not just for me but for so many people. Of course, in my opinion, no matter what is happening in the world, there will always be those who do well and those who don’t – doesn’t matter who’s in charge or the state of the world. Like so many others, 2020 was not a good year for me on several fronts. While nothing happened that was as bad as the passing of my Dad in late 2019, just the overall number of bad things that did happen…If there’s one word I could use to sum up 2020 for myself, it’s “frustration” for the most part. Having said that, there were some good things so let me recap how things were for me in the year 2020.

-The biggest thing that has impacted myself-and basically the world at large- is Covid-19 (the virus / the pandemic / whatever else you want to call it…). The whole series of events linked to this has changed so many things-a number of them permanently. Just speaking for myself, I had to get used to wearing a mask every time I was outside / at work / in public. I don’t mind per se, but it is like a double-edged sword for me. Yes, it helps to prevent me from getting the virus (just wish the science behind this wasn’t so conflicting…) and, just as important, helps me not spread it to someone else if I get it, but because I have Sarcoidosis (Sarco) in my lings, I suffer from shortness of breath at times-which wearing a mask does not help with. Sarco has also compromised my immune system so I’m more vulnerable to other auto-immune diseases plus other nastiness. Outside of work, bill paying and a few other things, I’m not out much these days. Sometimes I joke that all I need is my bills paid, a place to live, food & water and a Playstation 5 with reliable WI-Fi and I’ll just fade away. It doesn’t help that it seems like the amount of hatred and / whacked out people roaming out in public seems to be on the rise so maybe it’s not a bad idea to be a hermit right? Just a little joke-or is it? πŸ™‚

-2020 saw “frustration” appearing more & more into my life-especially once Covid-19 hit the United States. The lock down caused a lot of challenges and compromises. Things like getting something done at the DMV-which might normally take days-now took weeks or months (even when it finally opened back up). For awhile there were major shortages of a number of foods and supplies. One surprise item that disappeared off shelves for quite awhile was toilet paper of all things. It was really ridiculous and I was lucky in that, a week before the stores were all cleared out, I had re-stocked on toilet paper, disinfectant and rubbing alcohol. Even now it can still be hard to find certain things – and for awhile in November it looked like we were all going thru another major toilet paper shortage. Not to mention all the other things that have been enacted. Some-like six foot distancing, washing hands longer and sneezing into your arm and such-made sense. Others-like plastic “walls” between people working (like the virus can’t go around those walls?) and not being able to be at a bar unless you order food (guess the virus can’t enter your mouth when you have food blocking it right?)- not so much. It’s just been a crazy time for so many people and I don’t believe we’ll ever be able to go back to “normal” (to what it was like before) any time soon, if ever…

There has also been a steep learning curve for me in regards to several areas now that my Dad is no longer here. I miss him so much…I know he did a lot for me and Mom but I didn’t realize that he did so much and just trying to get his estate in order-especially with the constraints I currently have on my time-will take at least another year if not more… Having said that, me, Mom, Scruffy and Five-Paw are doing fine. It’s like I have “kids” now in a number of ways and it’s really a “learn as you go” type thing for me more often than not. This is now, obviously, my main focus for the time being-which is absolutely fine with me. My parents brought me into this world-I wouldn’t exist without them. It’s the very least that I can do. It also makes me appreciate so much what my parents have done and sacrificed for me. Having said that, there are a number of frustrations that come with this new role-and it doesn’t help that one of the “gifts” Sarco gives to its host is that it amplifies emotions-especially the bad ones. For example, I was trying to fix a door lock and, being the “Handy Andy” (as my Dad would call me) that I am with tools, I fucked up the job and the lock was jammed so it wouldn’t unlock. This growing frustration eventually led to me kicking the damn door down (!). “Wayno Smash!” right? πŸ˜€

One thing that happened this year, that was all messed up, was finding out that someone was impersonating me on Instagram. He was using a pic of me and my name in the hopes of trying to solicit money from people. Some people told me that now I was “famous” and, initially, I have to admit I was a little flattered at first cause I thought it was a fan thing. That disappeared quickly once I found out this person was trying to solicit money. It’s a freaky feeling to see a page where someone is posting under your name and picture. I was able to get rid of that fake profile, but I have a bad feeling more will arrive as time goes on. Lovely…

Obviously, with all that has been said above, my “creative” pursuits have taken a back seat-but not just cause of my new role with family. Covid-19 really did a number on this front for creatives. Movie theaters eventually shut down, restrictions on filming and performing music and more have really hit the fields of acting / music hard. Anyone who has seen my CHRONOLOGY page can see how, in past years, I was involved in a huge number of projects per year. In 2020, I was only involved in one new film (CRYPTIDS) and finished filming on another (TALES OF DRACULA: Dracula Meets The Wolfman)-aka “Tales 2.” I was seriously considering joining SAG-AFTRA at the beginning of the year, but now glad I didn’t cause I would’ve been in a major catch-22. If things get better on several fronts, I will revisit this idea again. In addition, being union might have made me miss the filming I did this year. “Cryptids” is a horror anthology film involving directors Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger. I played the role of “The Man in Black” in a scene with JOE BOB BRIGGS. It was a fun time and a first for me on several levels. Hopefully this will be out some time in 2021.

-The second film I was involved in this year was finishing up on “Tales 2” (sans the ADR I still need to do). I was able to use prescription FX contacts for this one-and it’s a good things cause I really needed this for these scenes. There are some surprises in store for the fans of ToD and hopefully this will also be released sometime in 2021. It was bittersweet to do filming on this on several levels. There has been talk of a “Tales 3” but it depends on how “Tales 2” does so…I’ve already heard some of those details so I hope it goes thru.

-In regards to a number of projects I’ve done that are unreleased, I have no idea on what’s up with them. I’m sure if the people involved wanted me to know and / or be in the loop, they’d contact me-if they wanted to. Having said that, all I’ll say is with some lines of communication, the silence is deafening. To each their own and it is what it is. There have been major changes in a number of areas in my life since late 2019 and this is one of them. I’m not chasing people around over and over like before. If, for example, I’m communicating with someone and they break off contact, and if after one or two messages from me there’s no response, I’ll get the hint and move on. There are still a number of projects that I have no idea what’s going on with. On IMDb it says “Johnny Z” and “Reel Monsters” (aka “In Search Of”) are still in the filming stages so I know that. I have no idea what the status is for the three extra role films I did a few years ago “”Clean,” “The Mental State” and “Sid is Dead” – (although I’ve heard that “Clean” has been released to a degree). “Big Time Adolescence” was released and the scene I was background in got cut out. “Juggernaut” looks like it will finish filming in the first-second quarter of 2021. A “PG-13” version of “Night of Something Strange” was released on You Tube and it’s “different” watching a version of NoSS where the gore / gross scenes are removed. It makes the film shorter at least πŸ™‚ I did get word that “Zillafoot” will be getting an official release on DVD (maybe blu-ray?) possibly in February 2021. That would be sweet. Dr. Mosku was one of my favorite roles to play. Maybe one day I can do that again :- although I don’t think that jacket fits me anymore – a blessing or a curse (HA!) πŸ˜€

There is one thing I would like to mention that I really haven’t anywhere else. With the exception of ASCAP, “WWJ Productions” is basically no more when it comes to me. I am transitioning to a new company for my projects. I’ve already deleted some of those pages and will get to the others thru out 2021. There may be one or two still up so that my posting about “Romeo 3000” will still be up. If you missed it, this is what I posted on multiple platforms back on May 27, 2020

-This is an update that should have been posted at the time it happened, but as I am still being asked for updates and questions about this project, I will correct that delay now…-As of March 16, 2019 WWJ Productions became no longer involved in the completion of the Feature Film β€œRomeo 3000. ” I have no idea of its status. To the cast / crew / supporters of R3000-I thank you for all your efforts and hard work.

-I will be posting / promoting the new company when the time is right and am ready to move forward with it. Speaking of “Romeo 3000,” I just wanted to add that it was supposedly released for streaming via Vimeo on September 3, 2020 but the link doesn’t work (and still doesn’t-I just checked). What a surprise…As I’ve said numerous times, “No matter what you say, you’re actions (or lack of) will always speak louder than your words.”

On the music front, if you remember from 2019, I had joined two different projects-a dance band and a metal band called “Beyond Worlds” (BW). I left the dance band halfway thru the year. The scheduling just for rehearsals, was getting harder and harder for me-especially once Covid-19 hit as well as things starting to ramp up (or so I thought at the time) with BW. It didn’t help that rehearsals, for me, were about an hour’s drive (one way)-but it was still manageable). When some new elements were added to the dance band, that made my decision to leave a reality. It’s too bad cause this would’ve been fun and something new for me (playing funk / dance music on guitar-not to mention singing stuff in those, as well as pop, genres). To be honest, if things were different on a number of things I wouldn’t mind seeing if I was able to give it another go. I do want to thank that band cause, even though we didn’t play out, rehearsing with them did expand my playing and thinking with music. It was fun playing with them and, wouldn’t you know it, I was finally starting to get the proper sounds out of my rig for this kind of music just before I left. Great huh?

-With Beyond Worlds, I’m not sure what’s going on but I have the same outlook with music as with films-if people want me to know what’s going on and / or need me, they can contact me. It’s not hard πŸ™‚ (that’s what she said-HA!) πŸ˜€ I’m only like this with both areas after I do some initial contact by the way. I just don’t keep asking over and over. With BW, we’d gone into Silver City Studios and recorded the bass, drums and rhythm guitar for four cover tunes – “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC), “I’ll Be Alright Without You” (Journey), “Screaming in the Night” (Krokus) and “Two Tickets to Paradise” (Eddie Money). Then there was a parting between management and our singer, which led to management separating from the band altogether. Then I was told only one of those covers would be recorded to completion-the Krokus song. Last I heard were some demos with some further steps done on the song but that was months ago. I guess things are on standby till further notice. The guys were all easy to work with and I had fun. Time will tell if this continues or not…

I did get to play a tribute show to the members of Four Large Men who are no longer with us (Jerry Yerman, Rich Richmond & Kevin Meacham) on 2/29/2020. That was a bittersweet show on several levels. One interesting note for me is how Sarco now plays into the role of me as live performer with music. I did OK but I now know I have to take several precautions due to Sarco-as I have to do with all areas of my life. The video above is from that show and, on my YouTube page, are the other four clips from that show.

And just to let you all know, CAROLINE BLUE is still alive and kicking (per se) and I’m still working to get not only the new website up, but also releasing new music / music videos. “My Fingers” was finally finished this year so now onto the other songs. I know I’ve said all this for years, but I do get closer every year… Keep an eye out for Da Blue πŸ™‚

One other thing to mention. The number of not only celebrity deaths but those who are closer to us increases as we progress thru this thing called Life. It’s all part of the game, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to play. Some passings I post about (Kenny Rogers, Eddie Van Halen, more…) and some I don’t. Unfortunately, as time goes on, this will increase and hit harder – especially those we know in “real life.”. One of the closest people in my life just recently went thru surgery that, if didn’t work or went wrong, could’ve ended her life. The doctor did great and she’s in recovery by the way. Still… It really does make one ponder about things-more and more as time goes on in my opinion. I don’t do this yet, but I can see myself possibly making “thinking” posts here about various things as time goes on. The ideology of “Memento Mori” is becoming more and more focused for me. The coin you see above is actually something I have and carry with me from time to time…

-There have been other things that have happened, but as you may know (or not) that, while I have a very public side of me, I also have a very private side (at least till “Wayne – The Book” is released right? (HA!) πŸ™‚ ). This has definitely been quite a “frustrating” year and, overall, I’m glad that it’s ending. I still miss my Dad everyday and getting to his one year anniversary of his passing with my sanity intact was quite the surprise. I’m doing the best I can to remove stressors from my life when I can. It’s as with this motto I do my best to live up to – “Take things One Step at a Time, One Day at a Time.” Hang in there everyone and look forward to seeing you all for another “Year in Review” next year.

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12/30/2020-REVIEWS-Happywax TV reviews “Night of Something Strange”

-Here’s a review from several months ago of NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE by Happywax TV. It’s always great to see another positive review on NoSS-even after all this time. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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12/15/2020-ACTING-Update on “Zillafoot”

-This is a film I was in along with Cassandra Hayes, Jeff Kirkendall , and others. Nice to see that it’s getting an official release – I played the role of Dr. Mosku in this. It’s actually one of my favorite roles because not only was I playing out of my “type” but this was all done in “English Dub” ( Think of the dialogue in all those old Saturday generic kung-fu movies) so that added to all the fun πŸ™‚ The following is a message from Ron Bonk from SRS CINEMA LLC…

Hello all, would you like to be part of a kaiju movie?!First, check out this amazing art! Years ago, we produced “Zilla Foot” which some of you may have caught on our Vimeo channel. It’s just under 1 hour and with its quick ending, basically unfinished. Plans were to shoot a wraparound, something akin to the Americanized version of “Godzilla vs King King”, however those plans have never materialized… until now. We are currently working on a new cut of the movie plus added footage to pad it out, with a brand new release starting in Feb 2021, and you can be a part of that!We’re looking for volunteers interested in shooting short segments to be inserted into the feature – some are basic ideas (such as podcast, phone recordings, etc), some are a little more involved (maybe some costumes, set decoration, but still not too complicated). We presents ideas/suggestions, and if we’re in agreement, you write what you want, shoot it how you want, etc. The requirements would be 2k or higher footage, with solid sound, delivered via digital download. Interested? Drop me an email to discuss. Spots are limited. Thanks!

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11/17/2020-PETS-Happy Birthday Five-Paw!

It’s been a year today since we brought Five-Paw into our family and, since we do not know the actual date, we decided that this was now his birthday πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‚πŸ± He’s basically 11 years old now and spending a lot of his time chillaxin. Happy Birthday Five-Paw! (Pic from 10/18)

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11/6/2020-THINKING-One Year Has Passed…

-It’s been one year now since you left on November 6, 2019. It’s hard for me to comprehend this day even ever coming to pass…It’s an old saying, but it seems like it was only yesterday while at the same time feeling like it was a lifetime ago-and in some ways, it IS like a lifetime went by because, in my opinion, when the death of someone you loved so much happens, you go thru changes. While there are parts of your past life that stay with you (and always will), there are now sections that are just…gone…and / or transformed… One enters a new stage, whether you want to or not. In some ways I feel like I was fortunate to stay in the “gear” that I was in for so long. Now, the person I was even two years ago, let alone five or more years, feels like a stranger to me in so many ways…

-It’s hard for me to put into words how I actually feel cause I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. I guess the closest I can get is to say that there’s this emptiness inside of me now. I mean, I kind of had that within me for decades. Some people may know that I go to battle with depression from time to time – and sometimes those wars become rather intense, but this is different. Most of my depressions stem from things that have happened in the past (like relationships) and / or frustrations that I’m currently going thru, but all that pales in comparison to this. I’m sure there’s a lot of factors adding up to how I currently feel. Obviously the main one is the loss of you Dad, but there are other contributing factors. With the benefit of 2020 hindsight, for example, I know that my life, overall, has (more often than not) been on a decline since 2013. I have had to deal with a lot of issues, like most people, but I wasn’t able to recover from some major ones before the next “wave” hit and, as a result due to those “waves” hitting again and again, the “good ship WWJ” is taking on more and more water due to all the holes in its hull. I’ve been able to patch up some of them, but so far it’s all baby steps. Sometimes I take a step forward, but end up taking one or more steps back. Some of these “holes’ I feel I’ll never be able to patch up. Aging isn’t helping and my Sarcoidosis (Sarco) really made its presence known this year. I definitely had to change a number of things in my life just to make it thru the day, whether I wanted to or not. I have to make sure Mom and the cats are taken care of. It’s funny-it’s like I now have an “instant family” which I’m still learning how to deal with on a daily basis. So much has changed…

-I think there are some things that have happened in this past year that you would’ve been proud of me doing Dad, while simultaneously being frustrated at the number of things I should’ve resolved by now. Unfortunately, between advancing age, Sarco, my “wonderful” work schedule and some choices that I’ve had to make – I’m currently bogged down to a large degree in several areas. I AM working my way out of the quagmire, albeit one tenacious baby step at a time. The pace just adds to my frustrations, but even just one foot forward at a time helps. The “hurry up and wait” credo from acting has helped me here more often than not. Peace of mind has also become a priority and helps in holding back the waves of overwhelm at times…

-Mom is doing OK. The good days outweigh the bad-which has reversed from the beginning of the year more or less. Having said that, there are times when it’s just like when you were here- and even, at times, surges even worse for a time. You know the situation… Things have come a long way, but still have even further to go. We didn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas last year but this time we will, albeit to a much, much lesser degree. She misses you so much-as do I. Scruffy is still being a little brat at times, but is still overall a lovable chubster. I’m sure he misses you deeply-as do we all. I wish you would’ve been here when we brought in Five-Paw; I think you would’ve gotten along great with him-as well as be happy that Mom finally has her own “cat. ” Having said that, she still tries to boss both cats around at times. You know how things were and still are…

-It’s funny, when your birthday arrived I was planning on writing here but decided to wait till the anniversary of your passing. Having said that, it still took me weeks to finally have the time to finish and post this (11/26/20-Thanksgiving-to be exact). I don’t really have any days off, per se, and have pretty much been going non-stop with very little “true” rest since you passed to make sure that Mom and the cats are taken care of. I know that, even with all you were going thru in the hospital, your thoughts were on me and Mom doing well and being able to get thru things right to the end. Now, that torch has been passed on to me… Some days I feel like I’m doing OK. Other days I struggle and still other days I feel like I’m on the verge of imploding…

-I have to say that I’m glad you didn’t have to go thru all the Covid-19, masks, social distancing, lock downs and political stuff in 2020. I’m sure all of that would’ve been quite stressful for you. Having said that, I still wish you were here. I wish things were different, but they’re not and never will be. I don’t know if I’ll be doing an entry like this in the following years-I’m still being quite protective of you and Mom as much as I can and I’m still not 100% sure I should be writing this-much less posting it online. So many things are changing… I don’t even know if the world as we now know it will be even here a year from now. There’s just so much hatred, disinformation, tension and division in the world right now. All I do know is that I will keep trying to make life good for Mom and the cats-as well as doing my best to living up to your standards. One step at a time. One day at a time. I miss you so much Dad. I wish I could talk to you and get your input on so many things. Perhaps one day…

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11/5/2020 – INTERVIEWS – Last Day of Filming on “Tales of Dracula: Dracula Meets The Wolfman”

Here’s a little interview I did with Mark Dickinson from The Horror Of It All while on my last day of filming on Tales of Dracula: Dracula Meets The Wolfman. Mark also got interviews with Joe DeMuro, Ron Chamberlain and more…Also, after the interview is a slideshow of some behind the scene pics as well as a mini-teaser for Tales 2…Thanks Mark! \m/

Running Time – 6:05 minutes

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11/01/2020-ACTING-Last Day Filming (10/24/20) on “Tales of Dracula: Dracula Meets The Wolfman”

-It’s a little over a week ago, but I finally made the time to do my recap on my last day filming on TALES OF DRACULA: Dracula Meets The Wolfman” from 10/24/2020. It’s been about a year since we last filmed. Obviously delays occurred mainly due to Covid-19, but we finally got this all done.

-I got up quite early for this and headed out towards the Binghamton area in the early morning. It had been raining before and, since one of the main scenes involved being outside in a graveyard, I was really hoping the rain would hold out till we got done filming. Imagine my surprise when I arrived to find out that the graveyard was all inside of a building to simulate being outside. No rain to worry about. That was awesome and made things much less stressful. The only thing was the building was near a highway so most if not all the dialog said this day has to be redone via ADR. Unlike a lot of actors in the CNY area, I love doing ADR and look forward to doing it. So while this was my “last day” filming, it’s not my final day with the film.

-The first step after arrival was getting into costume. For some reason, I didn’t think there was a pair of pants there for me so I brought my own. Can you imagine me as Dracula with no pants? Isn’t that Von Helsing’s (Mickey Ray) job? (HA!) πŸ™‚ Following that was getting made up by acclaimed horror make-up artist Ron Chamberlain. It seemed to go a little faster than before but, as he himself told me, he has put on Dracula make-up on me so much he could do it in his sleep. One nice addition I brought were almost-prescription strength FX contacts. No more being led around the sets by others for me πŸ™‚ They fit very well and caused no problems. It was then time to meet new cast members as well as talking with past members, catching up on various things. So much can happen in a year’s time. I was also taking some pics of the set-which looked great. I actually didn’t take as many pics as many would expect. Maybe I’m just getting old…

-Then came time for filming, which for the most part went smoothly. I didn’t change my lines too much and the ones I did didn’t mess with scripty too much (HA!) There was a fight scene which I can’t describe but I can say too awhile cause while there was a framework, it took time to flesh it out so to speak. As per normal for me on set, I did get slight injured-a scrape on my right hand-as well as me almost going thru the wall at the top of the stairs cause I forgot it wasn’t a real wall. I also did a stunt that some of the people involved weren’t prepared for my intensity but what happens on set stays on set right? πŸ™‚ Also, FYI-when it comes to the Dracula cape, there’s usually two (one that is normal and the other with wooden poles on the end so as to help when Dracula “spreads his wings” so to speak. Unfortunately, all we had was the one with the poles and during on take of the fight one of those poles jammed into my shoulder. OUCH! :O It was just a “flesh wound” and just walked it off πŸ™‚

-From leaving my home to getting back there lasted 19-20 hours total (!). It’s all worth it though and I really miss it since this year I’ve hardly done any acting-mainly due to Covid-19 as well as personal issues. It was great working with everyone and I think people will enjoy this film even more than the first. Director Joe DeMuro has said that this is the last “Tales of Dracula” film to be made. He has also mentioned that there might be a “Tales of Dracula 3.” I hope there is and that I still can bring it on set to be a part of it.

Below is a link to the pics from last weekend. After that is a link to the pics from the 2019 shoot. Enjoy

WWJ ACTING PAGE on FACEBOOK – 2020 SHOOT FOR TALES 2

WWJ ACTING PAGE on FACEBOOK – 2019 SHOOT FOR TALES 2

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