Hello again. Here is Corbin's latest post:
"Woke up with a fresh perspective this morning after a good night's sleep. (Forgot to mention I was in Vancouver last night shooting an episode of Psych - busy couple of days... Glades on Thursday, Psych on Friday, home today then off with my wife and son for a short holiday.)
But I woke up with the a soft morning light both in my room and soul. That notion of "Cooper's Troopers" came to mind. On one hand it was a fun "mention" here - though a bit silly and obvious - but so many responded so positively I was thinking of what to do with it, or what it really means in the first place.
The shallow version is this (meaning that I haven't dug too deep yet) :
My mom stood for a great many things, never taking sides, but always there for all, One. She lived and breathed God's love for each of us and continues to do so. She wasn't "religious" per se, she just was. Is. Love. For all. Compassion, equality, human dignity, and the insistence that each of us discover ourselves, our passions, our person and live it fully. Then, with those principles in place, we must give of ourselves, volunteer, be generous and charitable. That is what it takes to be human. That is love. Serve all under One. Those are her orders to us and the message we must take into our world; our families, our neighbors, our community, our children... especially our children. They are, to be very cliche, our future. That isn't just a "saying," it's science, a fact. We will be gone and they remain. Whatever values we instill in them will be our legacy. I would love for Coopers Troopers to be a force in ensuring THAT... that our children know these human values. They will face obstacles we can't even fathom, natural and man made. They will have to walk the heap of refuse we are laying at their feet. In order to survive they will have to recycle it, turn it back into something useful and meaningful. Without these simple principles of what my mom taught me... us... of what it means to be human and strong in purpose, all will be lost. We are at a critical time in our greater journey. We must act now.
I would like to think that Cooper's Troopers might carry that message into the world.
So I got to thinking... "how?" How do we do that? We can simply sit here and talk one another on a daily basis, maybe others will come, maybe we'll mention our dialogue to those outside the sphere we travel here... or
Again, at the risk of sounding self promoting... this is what I've been trying to do in my films, almost unknowingly, secretly influenced by the quiet whispers in my ear from my mom... all along. They are the values in the movies already made. Even the mother son relationship as a starting point lives in each story. One of the greatest ways to quickly and efficiently "get any word out," is through movies... and television. That got me to thinking, why me? Why have I, out of hundreds of thousands who want to have a career in film or television, or stage, why have I been chosen to have this success? Suddenly it's clear... so we can do this. Even my mom's passing comes at a near perfect and critical time in my own evolution in those regards... For five years I've "practiced" this new craft, writing and directing films, honing them and my ability to tell stories. I've done all this while being blessed with the job of Psych to make sure my family is being taken care of... now Psych is coming to an end and I believe I'm ready... to bust out, to tell the stories to an even larger audience... stories that embrace and bring to light all the things we are talking about here! That is my mission, it's always been the mission of Home Theater Films.... only now it's all in focus, top to bottom. But here's the thing...
These aren't blockbusters... they can hardly survive next to the powerhouse of the summer blockbuster... These stories, often small and quiet in nature and their resolve have trouble breaking through the noise. What they need is a small army of people who believe like I do, like we do, making sure they find a curious mind and willing ear to watch and listen. We must open new doors, especially with our children and serve them some of this "flavor" alongside the video games and the rest. This is the stuff of goodness, of humanity. These are the quiet tools that will ensure their future and the future of their children.
... Perhaps Cooper Troopers can help with that? I'll be brutally honest, it's been extremely hard making small movies that reach a narrow audience... but I persist because I know the truth of the mission, and the importance. To know there exists a tide of power helping push these films and their greater purpose toward greater shores... would mean the world to me.
I went to sleep last night, in a darker place, and surrounded my self with a mother's love. I woke this morning with the light and engaged in a brief conversation with her as many of you had suggested I do... just speak out, she will listen and answer back. She did. And all of the above what I came up with.
My concern; how to keep it separate, and keep pure what we do here, our dialogue on general matters, reflections and the greater conversation.
I'm writing this at about 36,000 feet so forgive me if it's alla bit lofty!