There are many philosophical implications to an art film. "The Bus" A Film Made in Greece, is no exception. Here are some common questions and answers that may be helpful to think over when analyzing this short film.  

Q. Why is Daniel included in the cast when he does not appear to appear in the film?  
A. Very good question, but things are not always as they seem. Daniel actually does appear in the film. You can just barely glimpse him ducking in the bottom left corner as I swept from right to left in shooting the passing bus. Ask yourself what it means in terms of reality if a person is sitting beneath a camera, but not included in the shot. Does this have implications for appearances of things as they are made to look or actually are? Does this make Daniel unimportant in the film and therefore, should he not be listed in the credits?

Q. What does the Greek Bus symbolize?  
A. Some speculate that it symbolizes the technological man-enforced business of life corrupting nature and moving swiftly. It imposes itself upon beauty and significance. It interrupts the short beauty of life causing everything to end in blackness with dark serious and dramatic music. Other great intellectuals propose that it may symbolize a bus.

Q. Why does Clarke disappear in the second shot of the film?  
A. This is a very good question. I would encourage you to answer this question for yourself, as the actual answer of Clarke leaving to eat some apple pie instead of waiting for a bus to pass by, is somewhat lame.  

Q. What is art?  
A. Whatever I say it is, Gosh! Were you even watching?  

Q. Why is that the definition of Art that I uphold?  
A. Because it would take more work to actually examine the philosophical question. Move on, or read Aristotle people.

Thank you and I hope this cleared up any questions you might have had. (Feel free to ask more if the urge takes you.) Please comment, as it would make me happy. :)  

~John Paul

Website Updates! 03/03/2009

Added a Music and Rated Movies section to the site.  Let me know what you think by commenting.

~John Paul

YAY! 03/02/2009

The Computer is back up and running! YAY!  So that's good.

I edited and filmed a video for Kayleen, which can be found here:

Also I'm considering trying to work up a short film (or several) for this film festival.  XD

That's all for now.

~John Paul


The Mac crashed... so video editing is at a standstill right now.  The rockwall climbing video will hopefully be made and entered into the Academy Awards contest at wayland if I can get it shot and edited this week, (seems unlikely...) but if I can't hopefully I can still shoot it at some point.

~John Paul

Man Greeting 02/09/2009

There was a change in plan on which films to make next and I ended up getting everything together for a film entitled, "Man Greeting" this last Saturday.  So that will be coming out soon. :)

The previous blog still applies.

~John Paul


Right now I have several new films in the works. (And by in the works, I mean on paper.) Here's some inside information on two of them.

Short film: The one that will hopefully be released soon (so far it's just a basic script) is about a guy who is afraid of heights, and has to climb a rockwall to prove that he's a man. (Or at least, that's what his friends are saying.)

Less-short film: (20-30 minutes?) The longer film that I'm working on is also still in script form, but is being more and more developed everyday. (Or at least on the days that I have time to think about it. :P) I still haven't decided what I'm going to call it, but I'm leaning towards, "I think, therefore, I am." It works off the premise of Descartes' argument that asks how we, as ourselves, know that we exist. Descarte comes up with a pretty solid proof, however, he does not address how we know that others around us exist. This film will deal with just that. It will be about an ordinary man whose life will be turned upside down in an instant, causing him to doubt everything that he believed in.

So there are some previews. :) ~John Paul

News 01/27/2009

Well, I'm working on making this website for my movies, though it's turning out to be a little harder than I would have liked.  (The website for making the website has been messing up.)  Oh well though.  

That's the latest news right now.

~John Paul