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Being a Good Crew Member

Last weekend I was scouting a location with a couple of other local filmmakers. I’m giving these guys a hand helping to line up the location – most of what I did was show them around and stand on the side while they talked about where their equipment was going to be set up, how […]

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Avoiding the Slog

It was a post by a fellow filmmaker in a group I watch with a cautionary tale: his film took a long time to shoot. When he finally finished, his editor partially finished the project before going dark on him. This is leading to other people possibly dropping out, and putting the project in danger. […]

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Dealing with Elitism

If you’re thinking of leaping into the indie/self publishing world, today’s post is for you. The Huffington Post article Self-Publishing: An Insult to the Written Word came up in a writing group I follow. I’m going to admit reading this article thoroughly pissed me off, and that’s while leaving politics out of the picture. On […]

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No Easy Answers

Another topic I see come up often for new indie writers or filmmakers is marketing. We put lots of work into creating our content: months, sometimes years or longer. Then we release it to the world and expect people to read, enjoy, and of course, pay for it. Unfortunately that last bit doesn’t always happen […]

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You’ve Got Nothing to Lose

Back at the beginning of 2013 when I published THE TRIP, I got in touch with Jose, a really cool guy who runs Final Boss Studio. Jose and a small and talented team are producing a 3-d animated indie zombie movie. After looking at the screen shots and the character designs, I’m really excited about […]

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How Long Will This Take?

I was conversing with another indie lamenting about his sales figures (which aren’t much different from mine – depressingly low). It got me thinking… Back when I was in high school there was a show on really late at night called Dr. Demento. He was a lot like Weird Al Yankovic, hosting a show that […]

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Room on the Boat

When I first started making movies, I felt like I wanted to work with everyone who answered a casting call. Over time I’ve gotten better about this. Don’t get me wrong, telling someone no is still tough, and will always be tough, but in the course of doing this I’ve learned some things about casting. […]

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Striking Out on Your Own – Writing Edition

It’s been a while since my post Striking Out on Your Own – Film Edition. I’ve been meaning to follow this up with a post on the writing side of things, and I’m going to kick off the year by talking about that topic. These two topics are so closely related most of the advice […]

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Presenting The Trip Trailer – Nov 2012

Today you’re getting another out-of-sequence post with some cool stuff. This marks the fourth anniversary of the publication of my zombie novel, THE TRIP. In honor of that milestone I’ve decided to release an early version of the novel trailer to the public, which few people outside the immediate team have seen. As I prepared […]

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The Night Will End

It’s the thick of the holiday season where I live. In the northern hemisphere it’s winter, and the sun has retreated leaving us with shorter days and really long nights. It got me thinking about some times when things didn’t exactly go well, so I figured I’d talk a bit about projects failing. Failure Isn’t […]

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