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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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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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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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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 Indie’s Social Marketing Toolkit

If you’re considering going indie, you’re going to need to have a social media strategy. I’m going to assume if you’ve gone far enough to think about releasing your content through Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords, Lulu, whatever, you want to try to earn a little money from it. That’s good, you should and remember there’s no […]

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The Multitasking Fallacy

Writing is a process. We spend hours, months, days or sometimes years working on our art. It takes effort, it takes energy, and above all, it takes time. It’s not easy, it’s work. Many find it difficult to start, but this post is for those of you who start but lose your way. There are […]

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My Writing Toolset

I read a post on another writing blog a while back about how “friends don’t let friends use Word.” When I read that I cringed and felt like someone was drowning a kitten somewhere. I’m going to admit the poster made some interesting points. However, I respectfully disagree. Back in How Much Software I talked […]

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In the Dark is Out Of the Dark

I’m proud to announce the official public release of my animated short, In the Dark. The story follows three coeds spending a night in a haunted house, crossing paths with a masked killer. Can they escape or will there be three more bodies in the morning? This was my first animation, and it’s been very […]

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When CrowdFunding Fails

You’re a small time indie with limited resources. Through hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance, you’ve managed to squirrel some money away. However, you’re still short of where you want to be. What do you do? If you’re like many of us, at some point you’re probably going to turn to crowdfunding. This can be great […]

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