Saturday, April 11, 2009

Troma - Day 2

Another day at Tromaville is in the can and I really feel like i'm starting to get into the Troma groove, so to speak. It's only been two days but it's starting to feel like i'm a real part of the team as opposed to just a lowely dude who cleans the shitter. Granted, I still am a lowely dude who cleans the shithouse, but I can tell this internship is going to provide a lot more hands on work than merely that. Here's a little bit about how my day went this past Wednesday .....

Another new intern started working earlier this week and he's gonna be there every Wednesday, which is awesome that i'll have a fellow intern to hang with. He's a really cool and nice guy, like all the guys at Troma, and i'm glad to have someone on my same level around. We started off the day with the worst part of the day, cleaning the bathroom and mopping the floors. We shared duties (no pun intended) on that one and whiped it out pretty quickly. Being that i'm not very domesticated, this was actually the first time i've ever mopped any floor but it went pretty well. As for the shitter, thankfully the other dude (i'm not good with names) took care of that situation, god bless him. I suppose i'll be on that duty next week. I didn't get off scott free though as I did head outside to hand pick up all the wet and stinky cigarettes in the flower pot outside, which I volunteered to do. Last week I heard Miohael Herz, co founder of Troma, talking about how he wanted those butts cleaned out, so I asked him if he'd like me to go do that, which surely scored me some points. At the very least it scored me a few black and smelly finger tips ....

After that, we headed downstairs to grab a film print of Surf Nazi's Must Die and compile a list of all of the classic westerns that Troma owns. Troma owns a second company (again, not good with names) that releases a ton of old classic films, like those of Bela Lugosi and some John Wayne westerns and what not. After that, we packaged up some orders and typed up shipping labels (via typewriter). The other intern started on this task and I came in and finished it when he was sent into Manhattan on a side job. I've never typed up labels before and I didn't receive any guidance in that department, so I kinda fucked it up. What you're supposed to do is slip the DVD (or whatever was ordered) into the packing envelope along with the order form, type up a shipping label and slap it in the center, fill out a delivery confirmation and stick that on there, and then NOT SEAL THE ENVELOPE. From there, Maris Herz, wife of Michael, needs to check the order form that you slipped in there and bill credit cards and what not. Well of course, never being told about this, I sealed shut the three envelopes that I packaged. Who would think to do it any other way? Thankfully Evan, the guy who hired me, came over and quickly fixed my problem and totally understood that by all means I shouldn't have had any idea how to do it properly, and all was well once again at Tromaville. Regardless, fucking up is never fun! I've learned to not stress about stuff like that too much though because for one, it's no big deal, and for two, fucking up is all a part of the learning process. There will be lots of fuck ups in the future, i'm sure!

Most of my day was spent on the computer, sending out e-mails to horror blogs and websites promoting their upcoming new release of Combat Shock on 2 disc DVD (check out the post below this one for the info and the awesome trailer!). I've never seen Combat Shock but i'm incredibly excited about this release. The trailer looks kickass, the cover art is awesome, and I can't wait to get my hands on it (not just saying that!). I sent out about 40 e-mails to various blogs and websites and a bunch were nice enough to post about the news on their sites. So thanks to whoever did that, it's been a big help. If anyone reading this has a horror blog, talk about it on there and include the trailer! Would be much appreciated. Speaking of new Troma releases, I got my hands on a screener copy of The Last Horror Film, which I spent last week promoting. Once I get around to checking that out, i'll post my (biased) thoughts.

Towards the end of the day, the other intern was given the task of watching an indy flick called Thicker Than Water : The Vampire Diaries Part 1, which i've actually heard a ton of good about and have even talked about on here in the past. His job was basically to watch it and then let the guys know if it was any good and if Troma should get the rights to it and release it. I didn't have much to do, so I rolled my chair over to the t.v and watched a bit of it with him. He wasn't really feeling it so he was fast forwarding through most of it and on top of that it was too loud in the offices to really hear much of what was going on, but what I saw didn't impress me. I'd really have to sit down and watch the whole thing to form a real opinion on it though. Based on dude's review, I don't think we'll be seeing this flick owned by Troma anytime soon.

I think the highlight of my day (besides being followed around by a gay mexican at the train station) was when Evan called up Howard Stern's own Richard Christy to tell him about something. Richard Christy is a former (accomplished) metal drummer and a current (accomplished) Stern prank caller/gay stuntman. Perhaps it's kinda sad that my day was made by a call being placed in my midst to a hilbilly who's about to take a load on his back to meet the guy who created Family Guy, but what can I tell ya. I'm all about the cheap thrills and i'm very easily amused.

Another high point of the day was when Evan was checking out some of the links I sent him of people talking about Combat Shock, thanks to the e-mails I had been sending out during the day. I made a post about it on here (again, see below) while I was at work and I slipped that link to him after I did it. He pulled it up and said "Does anyone read these horror blogs? Like Freddy In Space?" To which I of course defended, "That's my blog! And yes, people read it!" I proceeded to go on a minute long tirade of my blogging accomplishments and ended it with a nice punctual "What the fuck do you know!" which was agreed upon and laughed about for several minutes. This is what i'm talking about when I say I feel like i'm a part of the team. In only two days, i'm already getting along with these guys like they're old pals and the lack of comfort is no longer really there. It's essentially hanging out with like minded individuals for the day and that's exactly what I was hoping it'd be like. There's no denying that us horror fans share a special bond with one another.

All in all, another fine day at Troma. This is definetly the first "job" i've ever had where I really can't complain in any way about it. I get to go in one day a week and help out for a few hours and then I get to contribute the rest of the week from home, at my own leisure. It's the perfect set up for me! I actually feel like i've accomplished a lot for them and i'm proud of what i've contributed thus far. It looks like this will be a very fulfilling and valuable character building experience when all is said and done. Not to mention a good creative outlet, which i've desperately been in need of.

5 comments:

dragonmanes said...

Most excellent, between cleaning the cigarette butts and promoting Freddy in Space it sounds like you will have your hands in just about everything! If only there was a better way to gauge how far reaching these blogs really were, maybe take count of people's number of page views from today and then get the numbers in a month from now after everyone has made their Troma posts to give them an idea of how many people are reading the blogs in the average month?

Gwen said...

What can I say but keep up the good work! Really, I'm happy things are working out for you.

Your days at Troma posts are goods reads, btw!

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thebonebreaker said...

Johnny,

Glad to hear that things are progressing smoothly!

As for Thicker than Water - you need to ask to take that disc home, and watch it without any background disturbances - you may change your mind.

Johnny said...

I agree. The way I watched it did it no justice at all.