Friday, June 27, 2014

Lock & Key — Second Short



I decided to put my second short film, "Lock & Key," on Vimeo tonight. After watching it for the first time in about a year, I understand why it's struggled on the festival circuit—it doesn't have much of a soul. While the narrative structure is organic, the characters feel shallow and conventional. I tried to tone myself down, thinking it'd be beneficial, but the end result is underwhelming. Live and learn.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Storms

A supercell moves over rural terrain on I-80 near Sidney, Nebraska on 5.9.2014.

Storm chasing was something that I missed dearly. Considering I have my life in order these days, I've been able to do it again. It's been a pretty bad year for photogenic skies, but I was able to get a few nice storms and a tornado near Denver, CO over the last few weeks.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SORDID REUNIONS — First Short Film



I wrote “Sordid Reunions” over a four-day period in November of 2011, and shot it the following summer in Royal Oak. After many years of writing and a failed attempt at getting something produced in 2009, I finally got something done.

See, I knew that if I didn't dive into production head-first, I'd put everything off for another year, and the prospects of having another failed attempt on my record proved too much for me. The casting process was a bit slow. Some actors expressed concern over the sexual content, and an amateur cinematographer actually backed out upon reading the script (because G-rated pixie fests inspired by 80's family sitcoms shot on the 5D are the only way to further a career, don'cha know?). Others wanted sums of money more appropriate for a $500,000 feature. Eventually, I found what I was looking for in Carter and Laura; eagerness, talent, and a deep understanding of what we had to work with. Ashley became attached to the project through Laura, and had me laughing quite a bit during rehearsals. I knew they were the right choices.

In the end, I wore every hat aside from boom operator (my fiance helped out a bit with that) and camera operator (most of the time, at least); a job I handed off to my cousin. There was no real budget (aside from the minimal pay given to the actors), and while that unsavory fact is made clear to viewers at times, I can't help but feel pleased by its existence. It meant the end of a long period of stagnancy in my life, and it turned out pretty decent. It was sent off to about a dozen festivals, and it was accepted by Bare Bones Int'l and Myrtle Beach Int'l, which is pretty good given the fact that this was my first film (and it also has a significant running time).