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Fan Films February 28, 2013

I’ve been trying to write this blog for the better part of an hour about fan films and pontificating on how they are good, can be bad and what we can learn about them, blah, blah. And then I thought to myself, “Nobody cares. Just show them the damn videos.” You know what? I’m right. So let me just present them to you.   Up first, is a Star Wars fan film giving us a first person light saber fight…

Putting out…your work that is. February 27, 2013

You woke up at 3am, fumbled for the notebook on your nightstand, scrawled out the genius idea that your half asleep self couldn’t contain until morning and then blacked back out. The next morning you get a cup of coffee in you and you scroll through the chicken scratch bullett points on the pages in the notebook. You skim past earlier ramblings of semi-coherence–Jesus is a dinosaur fighter, driving ranges should serve burritos, single male’s DIY guide to cougar hunting–and…

Film Studio To Open In San Diego February 21, 2013

Yesterday it was reported that a new film studio was opening up here in San Diego and that they planned on putting at least ten features into production. If true, this is AWESOME news. There is plenty of talented crew that would love the work that this would bring to their lives and I couldn’t be happier…if this pans out.   And there it is; that big IF. Why am I so skeptical? For starters, all those talented crew members…

Be the Guy You’d Want to Hire. February 20, 2013

In the world of freelancing there’s a few really important, really simple things to keep track of: Be on time. Make sure you charged your batteries and brought enough cards: SD, P2, CF XDCam or tape if you still think it’s 2008. Treat everyone on and around the job with the same respect you’d like in return–always. The first 2 are just straight up fire-me-now-if-I-blow-this obvious, but should always be reiterated. Nothing happens on a shoot without the first two…

Working on Spec February 13, 2013

If you work in the creative arts or are looking for a career in the creative arts, here’s a little secret: You aren’t always going to get paid for what you want to do, what you love to do, or what you do best.   Did I burst your bubble? Good.   Now, clean up the pieces around you and I’ll tell you another secret: Working on Spec. Working on Spec means you work on something, speculating that in the…

Time To Screw it Up. February 11, 2013

Seriously, if you’re working in film or video or really any sort of craft that requires a ton of experience, it’s time to start embracing mistakes. One of the best pieces of advice I got in film school was from Alex Lindsay (the founder of the incredible PixelCorp Inc. in San Francisco) when he told our production class, “you’re going to make at least 10,000 mistakes before you’re good, so you better get starting fucking things up now.” I’ve heard…

Screenwriting and SMB Videos February 6, 2013

There are many things I love about the tv/film/video creative process. One of the most difficult and rewarding parts of it is when I write a screenplay. I’ve completed two feature scripts and am working on a third right now (well, not RIGHT now…otherwise there would be no blog).  It’s long, arduous, frustrating and TOTALLY worth it when you type: FADE OUT.   One of my favorite books on screenwriting is Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434. His book is like sitting…

And Sometimes Why (just go make something) February 5, 2013

I’ll be the first to admit that I spend way too much time caught up in tech and trends. I recently had to simply shut down my RSS reader because of the 1000+ articles a day that were coming in from TechCrunch, Wired and the countless blogs and streams that I subscribe to for film and video. It’s truly overwhelming to try to follow it all–just trying to keep up with the 18,000 cameras that Sony released over the last…

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