The Serious Side of Dumasaphobia

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As a person who works in customer support (tech support to be specific), I know how hard it is to deal with the daily idiots. In so much, that I make fun of them, get irritated with them, and as the years have passed, gotten to the point where they just frustrate me to the point of absolute anger. I don’t want them around me, I’m afraid I’ll be surrounded by them anywhere I go. Truth be told, I can point one out every few minutes. One day joking around with my wife (who shares many of my feelings on the subject), we came up with the term Dumasaphobia. {dŭm’ăs-ə-fō’bē-ə}

Though the more I think of it, the reality of the truth isn’t very far from the satire. There are literally thousands of stupid people on this planet. Do you seek the truth of it? Ironically, the show “Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader” proves part of it. Granted, I’m sure they screen the contestants for their knowledge, or lack there of, to make entertaining television. Though it seems to me, it appeals to a large group that may not be smarter than a fifth grader, and a smaller group that are intelligent just to see how stupid people are. Even with Cheating from the shows’ “students”, there has yet to be a winner of the Grand Prize! (1 Million Dollars) One contestant blew it on the first question! As entertaining as this may be to America, the scariness of the truth is blatantly and painfully obvious…

A couple of weeks ago, this thought hit me. If schools are lowering the Standards of Education to have more students graduate, doesn’t that mean that we intend on having adults who are less capable of competent thought patterns? What if we apply that same philosophy to say…. Nursing. For a long time now, this country has had a hard time getting qualified nurses into positions with hospitals. Or for that fact, let’s lower the standards of education for Doctors. Wouldn’t you feel a bit intimidated to have any medical care from an overpriced, under educated medical person? How about lowering the standards of education for Lawyers? It’s bad enough we have innocent people in jail and criminals walking free. Just how much would the numbers increase in both aspects if we lower education standards for lawyers? Frankly, those thoughts contribute to my lack of a good nights sleep.

This as well as many other statements I will be making in the upcoming informational documentary of Dumasaphobia – the fear of stupid people. Frankly, even though it’s now a satire on all the “phobia’s” and “diseases” we have magically come up with over the past 10 years, I do see it as a legitimate fear, something that should affect people in an adverse way. We as a society have lacked in discipline due to the whole “spanking” thing in the past, and I know from personal experience, as well as watching other families, that “time-outs” never has really worked the way intended. That a lack of fear in reprisal, has contributed to this whole manifestation in idiocy.

I am certainly no genius, and I don’t expect anyone to be one. However, I think everyone should be smarter than a fifth grader…

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Welcome Aboard to Vanessa and Sonny

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Just wanted to give a great big thank you to our 2 latest additions to the TRCTS Cast!

Vanessa Khang who is now our Caller 9!

Sonny Swinhart who is our very convincing Caller 3!

Thanks for doing such great jobs!

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Call Center – The Movie

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In my trips around the internet, I find a lot of things. However, I am very surprised when I started working on the Ten Rules for Calling Tech Support script, that I didn’t run across this site/movie sooner. It’s freakin’ hilarious! For those of you who have ‘talked’ about the outsourced tech support issues over the past 5 or so years, this will make your day.

The movie is simply called Call Center. It’s a great short produced by Amyn Kaderali, Manish Goyal and Sunil Malhotra and done very well. It even received the following awards:

  • BEST COMEDY! – Riverside International Film Festival
  • “A Hilarious Spoof!” – SF Weekly
  • “A Must-See! Fantastic!” – Film Monthly
  • Golden Reel Nominee Best Short Film -VC Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival

It’s even listed in the Internet Movie Database! (hope I can do as good or perhaps even better – time will tell)

Also, keep an eye out for their next flick Kissing Cousins!

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Kathy Pfautsch to play Caller 1 in TRCTS

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Kathy sent in her audition and floored me on how well she nailed the part. Congrats to Kathy 🙂 Also turns out she can sing pretty darn good too!

This means we are all 1 person closer to having the full cast. Keep the auditions coming!

I did make 2 slight changes to the cast.

  1. I decided that I want the tech to be a male role. Reason is, I picture this for the person who tries out, “What would it be like if Randall Graves worked in Tech Support?”. Anyone who can pull this off on camera…. 😈
  2. It would be more convincing if I can get some folks in the background playing other techs. (Extras) No speaking parts, but they can pretend to be helping other callers.

I really want to get some actors to contact me so we can not only decide on the tech, but get a real Trailer for Ten Rules for Calling Tech Support put together. I want to help grow some interest in this flick! Remember, all serious tryouts for the tech (and the extras), must live in or near Williamsburg Virginia!

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Want to be a star?

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If you do, I’ve got something for you! Get yourself a Dumasaphobia T-Shirt, grab your digital camcorder, and record yourself saying “I Suffer from Dumasaphobia” while wearing the shirt of course. Once done, contact me to send me your clip and I’ll put you in our “Cry for Help” “Dumasaphobia is a Disease” commercial!

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Dumasaphobia

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You’ve had to deal with them at your job, co-workers and customers. You’ve had to deal with them on the streets, talking on the cellphone, putting on makeup, cutting you off, or not signaling their intentions. You deal with them at the store, on the phone and just about anywhere you go. You deal with them just about every day. If you work in tech support, they are the only people that call you. Who are they? They’re dumb-asses. Idiot people that shouldn’t be allowed to procreate. But they have, and they are spreading like a virus.

What’s worse, is that they have caused another disease. A phobia. A mental disorder that has no cure. It’s called ‘Dumasaphobia’, the fear of stupid people. There is no cure, but there is hope. Please visit our Online Store and buy Dumasaphobia Gear today! Your purchase will help those in need (and trust me, I’m really needy…). You can also download our Desktops to help raise the awareness of this dreaded disease.

Dumasaphobia and the {dŭm’ăs-ə-fō’bē-ə} spelling are copyright © CastleRain.com (CastleRain Video Productions)

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Cooking with Grease

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As the hot lard hits the hot frying pan, the production of Ten Rules for Calling Tech Support (TRCTS) is moving rather well. I’m very excited to see my plans come together so smoothly. Not too shabby for a first time project.  😉

We’ve got about a 3rd of the cast put together. A huge thanks goes out to the following people for their participation (in no particular order):

  • Kevin Kupla – Who is playing Caller 4
  • Lionel R. Guy – Who is playing Male 1 and the Narrator
  • Edwyn Tiong – Who is playing Male 2
  • Amanda Pascarella – Who is playing Female 2
  • Mr. L. J. DiLux – Who is playing Caller 7

Thank you all for your hard and very impressive work!!

Also, our MySpace Film page is doing pretty good too! We’ve got a good list of friends already!

There’s still a lot left to do and we still need more voice actors as well as the role of the technician is still open. If you live near Williamsburg Virginia, please audition!

I’m also quite anxious to get a real trailer going to get the peoples interest in watching our movie. I’m actually hoping to get it submitted to a few of the film festivals around the country.

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Teaser Trailer for TRCTS

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Just a teaser for the upcoming Ten Rules for Calling Tech Support. As we come together, the voice actors, actor and I, we present to you a ever so small taste of things to come 🙂

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Time to get to work

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Welcome one and all to 2007. Hope everyone had a good holiday. I’m only sorry we didn’t get any snow this year. Today it’s 70+ with rain. Though it’s a perfect CastleRain day!

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get down to some serious movie making. I’ve placed the majority of my script up here to give folks a chance to audition and get in on the fun. I’m looking to have all the voice parts done by Friday, March 2, 2007. This way I can start filming shortly afterwards and have a final finished movie by summer. Granted, it won’t be shown in theaters (at least to my knowledge), but it will be viewable on many sites as well as available for purchase on DVD.

I’ve got a nice new tripod. No thanks to my self-centered step daughter. She isn’t concerned with anyone but herself. I could rant on that for a month straight, but it isn’t worth the effort and I’ve done all I can to remove the negativity from my site. So ’nuff said.

So come on folks, lets make a movie and have some fun! Hey Kevin and Brad, you still in on this?

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