Jan 10 2010

“After this, we’re doing films.”

Category: Family,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 10:05 am

This is a touching blog entry from Tito Jackson’s son, Taj, a sweet and talented Jackson nephew who loved and admired his Uncle Michael very much:

Taj And Michael Jackson

"I miss and love him so much and will work hard to make him proud and continue his legacy." - Taj Jackson

“After this, we’re doing films.”

Those were the final words my uncle Michael would ever say to me.

It was at the end of our family day at a Beverly Hills Indian restaurant. While I was saying my goodbyes to the rest of my family, I went up to my uncle and hugged him. I told him that I loved him and that I was proud of him and proud to be his nephew. I also said I would see him soon because I was planning to go to the UK to see his shows. He responded by saying that he loved me more. He then paused, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “after this, we’re doing films.”

That was our master game plan. You see, my uncle had another huge passion besides music… that was film directing. We would always talk about making films together, me and him, we were going to be a 1-2 Jackson power combo.

That’s what I loved about my uncle. You truly believed like you could do anything when you were with him. He made you feel like that. He was so inspirational.

Since he’s been gone, a huge hole exists for me. One that can never be filled. An emotional, spiritual, and mental hole. The only thing that helps, is knowing that I am doing exactly what he would want me to do. Doing what he taught me to do…. and that’s film. And that’s why Code Z is so important to me. It’s about a promise. A promise to direct films. A simple promise that I made to my uncle, who was and always will be the greatest.

I know someone could say that Code Z is just a zombie series. But it’s much more than that too. It’s the official start to my film career… when I finally stopped talking about it and started doing it.

I really want to thank all of you for helping me keep that promise.

Taj

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at Code-Z, Taj’s Zombie Series of films, check it out HERE:

http://www.codeztheseries.com/

“What you don’t know about me is how much I love film and art and I want to direct so badly, I could scream. I want to show the world through the eyes of a child because I understand them so much. Their pain and their joy and their laughter and what hurts them. …And I see the world through their eyes and I want to portray that on film. That’s my real passion. I love it. It’s too much.” -Michael Jackson

6 Responses to ““After this, we’re doing films.””

  1. Gina says:

    I love how his short films complement the songs. Together, they form a 4D whole. Michael would have made a fine career for himself in films. His imagination was boundless, so was his energy and work ethic. And his daughter said he was also going to get a degree in art history, another field that fascinated him and that he was passionate about.

  2. Seven says:

    His films MADE the music video what they are today. People think that when MTV came on the air, that is when the concept of the ‘music video’ came about. But that’s not true. When MTV started, I remember a bunch of disconnected images with the music – no storyline, nothing. (yep. I’m OLD)

    Then, it wasn’t until MTV finally started playing Michael’s performances (Thriller, Billie Jean) that the music video actually came into truly being a meaningful artform. And it was Michael Jackson that lead the way into making it what it is today.

    His short films are amazing. I LOVE Ghosts. I’m SO disappointed that we won’t get to see what may have come from Michael in the way of film. I know whatever he produced would have been STUNNING – and with him AND Taj – wow! You know whatever they did together would be fabulous!

    Taj….I’m interested to see what he does. It’s SO heartbreaking that he won’t get to make films with his uncle – but I bet he’ll do Michael proud. He seems like such a sweetie and talent just runs in that family.

    From an Ebony/Jet interview in December 2007:

    Q: Speaking of showmanship: MTV, they didn’t play Black folks. How hard was that for you?

    A: They said they don’t play [Black artists]. It broke my heart, but at the same time it lit something. I was saying to myself, ‘I have to do something where they… I just refuse to be ignored.’ So yeah, “Billie Jean,” they said, ‘We won’t play it.’

    But when they played it, it set the all-time record. Then they were asking me for EVERYTHING we had. They were knocking our door down. Then Prince came, it opened the door for Prince and all the other Black artists. It was 24-hour heavy metal, just a potpourri of crazy images…They came to me so many times in the past and said, ‘Michael, if it wasn’t for you, there would be no MTV.’ They told me that, over and over, personally. I guess they didn’t hear it at the time…but I’m sure they didn’t mean any pure malice [laughter].

    Q: That really gave birth to the modern video age…

    A: I used to look at MTV. My brother [Jackie], I’ll never forget, he’d say, ‘Michael, you gotta see this channel. Oh, my God, it’s the best idea. They show music 24 hours a day… 24 Hours A Day!’ So I said, ‘Let me see this.’ And I’m watching it, I’m seeing all this stuff going on and saying ‘If only they could give this stuff some more entertainment value, more story, a little more dance, I’m sure people would love it more.’ So I said, when I do something, it’s gotta have a story––an opening, a middle and a closing––so you could follow a linear thread; there’s got to be a thread through it. So while you are watching the entertainment value of it, you’re wondering what is going to happen. So that’s when I started to experiment with Thriller, The Way You Make Me Feel and Bad and Smooth Criminal and directing and writing.

  3. Gina says:

    I love Ghost, too. It’s amazing. Especially when you get to the last part, where you see them putting the fat man makeup on Michael. He had a vision that the rest of the entertainment industry STILL hasn’t caught up to. Maybe his passion for art had something to do with how he presented his concepts. He said, “I can’t wait to get my hands on Threatened!” He must have had definite plans for most of the songs on the last album–the one they sabotaged. But you can’t keep a good man down. He said, at that time, that he was only beginning. I guess, more than anything, he was a great interpreter, no matter what the medium. And even though he chose to be born into a musical family, none of them , not one, can do what he did. He was a blazing star who’s never going to stop shining bright.

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  5. Lisa MJJ1111 says:

    I love Ghost too, and Smooth Criminal! Seven your thoughts on this is the same as mine. Michael was GENIUS, with a Capital G! I love the quote above..Everytime I read about his love for film and that he was always looking for scripts, OMG! I just want to scream! Iam a script writer, and I wrote a script about my life as a street kid in Seattle WA..If I would have known that Michael was looking for scipt, I would have contacted him when i arrived here in LA in 2007! I ask God, why did i not know, and why did i not see all the signs He gave? I am so heart broken because Michael is no longer with us..and even more so because God gave me signs to met him,yet, i don’t see! And i know He would have helped with my script. Then on August 29, 2010, my Script got picked up! Yes,on Michael’s birthday( one of my many Michael Moments)..and the woman who picked it up happened to love Michael as much as i do and she met him, several times..So even after death, Michael is helping me, and I am sure many more around the world..I love him so much and miss him so much..I am dedicating my movie, which we will begin filming hopefully in a year, to the children who lost their lives living on the streets and to Michael Jackson, my greatest love and inspiration..

  6. lina says:

    I can see that he likes film so much, from his music videos. Its so obvious. Most of his music vidoes have stories, begining until the end. Michael is the best Genius in music because he can do EVERYTHING. GREAT Singer, GREAT Dancer, GREAT song writer, GREAT fashionist, GREAT music videos that he calls short films(ofc it is) and a GREAT Humanitarian!! I never seen an artist that could do everything! And he’s more than a musical genius! He knows about everything. From about animals, to HIStory of the world and so many world secrets! Knows about everything! I wonder of how a great film maker would be!!

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