Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
H-Y-P-H-E-N-A-T-E Productions was brought into existence by David
Bartholomew-- writer-producer-director-still photographer-inventor-motivator-stuntman-actor-lighting
technician-certified handwriting consultant-trickster-human being
in progress (you get it, I'm a hyphenate!)-- to encompass all
current and projected endeavors. It is my intention to bring the
same care, quality, concern, and attention to detail to each project
falling under this banner.
A few guiding principles of my life have been, and are:
- If I say I can do it, I can do it.
- Who I am, is the possibility of bringing forth the essence
and passion in people, such that they fully acknowledge it in
- "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is
our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God within us. It's not
just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light
shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others ."
(-- Marianne Williamson)
- The Invitation. by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know
what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you
will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the
adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I
want to know if you have touched the center of your sorrow, if
you have been opened by life's betrayals, or have become shriveled
and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can
sit with pain, mine and your own, without moving to hide it or
fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with JOY, mine
or your own: if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy
fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning
us to be careful, to be realistic, or to remember the limitations
of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself:
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your
own soul. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is
not pretty, everyday, and if you can source your life from its
presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or
mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver
of the full moon, "YES!"
It doesn't interest me who you are, or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with
me and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else
falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,
and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
- Namaste'- Sanskrit for "I acknowledge the light within
What is a "peoplementary"?
"Peoplementaries" are the next logical progression in
a body of work that encompasses one simple philosophy-- get people
talking about that which they are passionate about, watch them
spark to life, and just try not to catch their infectious spirit.
Dull eyes radiate. Wrinkles fade. Voices take-on their youthful
timbre. And having been summoned by the unquenchable thirst for
knowledge, stories begin to first trickle, then cascade off of
increasingly loose, ship-sinking lips.
Alternately, we experience babbling brooks, meandering along;
still waters running deep; the refreshment of a run through a
sprinkler on a summer's day; or the power and chill of a fully-clothed
A reservoir of sentimental tears may well up... quickly transform
itself into waves of torrential laughter... surge past the floodgates
of a toothy grin... and deluge an entire audience. Or a half-full
glass of water may be presented to us, to contemplate or sip from
I coined the term "peoplementary" to describe this type
of long-format, slow-paced program, that allows us entrance into
the lives of the old and young alike-- regular folks who have
amassed countless experiences by which we can learn to appreciate
more our place in the world; who may help us view these troubled
times through the long lens of history; or at least let us feel
that we're not alone in our quandaries.
These are our neighbors. The people who give us lousy directions.
The gents who talk to us in the men's room. The ones we somehow
always find ourselves waving at outside the confines and pressures
of the urban sprawl...
... oft-times quirky, but just the same, the ones we can't get
out of our heads once that last bag has been retrieved off of
the luggage rack of the family station-wagon.
In a time when Manifest Destiny has been relegated to plastering
yellow ribbons on trees, these people are the surviving adventurers
and pioneers. Cowboys. Swashbucklers. Harnessers of the elements.
The "makers" that preceded "movers and shakers".
Living testemonials of can- and derring-do.
While most of those interviewed would fidget under the weight
of being called "exemplary", it's an appropriate moniker.
For they have lived, and continue to live, full lives with little
held in reserve.
I believe, for that reason, we are responsible for documenting
their stories; capturing them before the details become murky
and indistinct; treating ourselves regularly to the true connection
that is possible between individuals not afraid to trust one another;
and in pursuance of this, for continuing to pass-on the oral tradition.
Spirit has eluded too many, for too long. The "peoplementary"
is a place where one can go to re-kindle it, and regain a sense
The Good Mood Guarantee
If you don't...
smile, laugh, giggle, smirk,
sigh, cry, tear or choke up,
yearn for the old days,
think of someone you haven't called in awhile,
recall having your cheeks pinched by Aunt Bessie,
run out and buy a pair of pajamas with footies in them,
start humming "... (the sun'll come out) Tomorrow...",
stick a playing card in the spokes of your bike,
go out and catch fireflies,
step on a crack and break your mother's back,
make some s'mores,
or feel satisfied with these products in any way...
then we'll correct the situation to your liking--
cross our hearts and hope to die!
Behind the Scenes
David Bartholomew brings
his current slate of projects to you via 19 years in the creative entertainment business
that has brought him cross-country, westward from Ohio to Texas,
onto Los Angeles, and most recently to Lawrence, Kansas.
From early success as Writer/Associate Producer of Regional Emmy
and Ace award-winning Columbus Alive at Warner QUBE, David
went on to full-time freelance film, television and commercial work, alternating positions in front of and behind the camera.
David has penned screenplays for The Big Picture:
A Children's Story for Adults, Warts and All, Dreaming
of Tokyo, and Vinegar and Oil; and The Male Bonding
Handbook, and Stare: 30 Days on the Streets of L.A.
for print. The late John Huston, and Harry Dean Stanton are but
two of those who have performed his work.
Based on this extensive background, and forays into stunts and
acting (Hook, True Lies, Robocop II, Always, Rescue 911 and
One Life to Live...), and lighting for film (The Abyss,
The Last Action Hero, Arachnophobia, Alien III...) and commercials,
all efforts were consolidated under the banner of...
A Slice of Life marked the beginning of original television
programming, and was commemorated in fine fashion with Gold Awards
from the Houston International Film Festival for Documentary and
Interview programming; and a Telly Award. The Spirit of
66 followed in fine fashion with a Silver Award for News and
Documentary Directing at Houston the following year. Instructional videos on the Vimala Rodgers Graphotherapy System of handwriting (in which David is also
certified) followed. And a continuing number of "peoplementaries" are poised on the back burner.
Based on this track record, and the continued desire to roam the
roads of America and beyond, David and friends intend to bring to life-- more heart-capturing programming, more images, more words-- to a yearning public
that still craves the stuff of which dreams and memories are made.
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