Film History

12 Films That Have Stayed With Me

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On Facebook we tend to get tagged in different things. Luckily I have my settings set to not automatically post something if I’m tagged in it. It saves me the trouble of having to clear out my own page’s wall of free Oakley sunglasses, earn thousands of dollars shopping, or the never ending crowdfunding posts from actors and filmmakers I don’t even know. On occasion some cool posts from friends come along as in this case. My friend Bob got tagged in a post to list the “12 films that stayed with you” which he in turn tagged me to do one as well. Any film list is always a joy and a hardship. Hardship because I tend to put way too much thought into it. One of the rules is not to put too much thought into it which I disobeyed immediately. When I say disobeyed I’m not being […]

Filmmaking

No Witnesses Trailer

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The trailer for my new short film No Witnesses is online. I am looking into festival submission options. I haven’t looked in awhile so I am happily surprised by the amount of festivals out there. I’ll post more information on the film soon. In the meantime, here’s the trailer!  

Filmmaking

Rest In Peace Wes Craven And Thank You

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Very sad news this evening as we’ve learned of the passing of film director Wes Craven. The creator of such horror classics as The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Shocker, and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Yes, he created the iconic Freddy Krueger. When I was a kid and my love of film, and of the horror genre, was growing faster than I was height-wise I was surrounded by the films of George A. Romero, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven. I remember seeing Swamp Thing with friends and we were so amazed by it that it is all we could talk about at school Monday morning. I took notice of the director and was both intrigued and fascinated by his then new film A Nightmare On Elm Street. The commercials alone scared me. I saw it right when it came out on video and my […]

Films

The Green Inferno And Movies And Friends Meant A Great Weekend

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So I had a weekend that turned into the possibility of fun to one of the best all year. I spent Saturday with friends watching a bunch of movies. I haven’t been seeing as many (new) movies as I’d like so I tend to catch up on these hang out days. We saw Mission Impossible Rogue Nation which I thought was great. Considering it’s the fifth in the series it’s still fresh and exciting. I think the decision to use different directors and letting them bring their own uniqueness for each one has made a big difference. Up next was the highly underrated Sinister 2. I’m not sure what people are expecting from the film but I thought it was good for a sequel. Then Hitman Agent 47 which was a fun action film. As you can tell I rarely dislike a film. I pretty much like everything. Finally, at […]

Conventions

Birthday And Update

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I know I haven’t been updating too much lately but because there have been a lot of things going on I haven’t had much time. I will be doing more blog posts and also more videos on everything. I will list a couple key things for now. First, I just had another birthday. So there was that. As I mentioned before I did get a new camera, the Sony FS7 4K camera. As always is the case with a new camera there is a learning curve but since I’m coming from a Sony camera to another it isn’t that big. However, the recording format is new for me so there is some learning there. Mainly how to shoot in it correctly and how to work with it in post production. I’ll be getting into that more soon. I have to say it is definitely the best camera I have ever […]

Film History

Happy 40th Anniversary Jaws

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Hard to believe it but we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS. A film that not only terrified and thrilled me but fascinated and inspired me as well. I saw it for the first time when I was a kid on VHS. Even as a kid there was something about the film that drew you into it. I don’t mean just the naked girl who gets killed in the very beginning either.¬† The build into the story and the sense of how much this shark tears apart this community and the leading up to the, in some ways, modern Moby Dick sea hunt. JAWS shows the master work of a young director who showed that he was a talent to go in line with the greats before him. A lot has been written about the way the film works because how rarely we see the shark since […]

Films

Battle Royale Poster

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As some of you know one of my hobbies is collecting movie posters. Specifically for movies that have special meaning for me. One of my latest additions is a very cool one. I love the Japanese film BATTLE ROYALE released in 2000 but not released in the U.S. until 2011 on video. I first saw it in 2003 or 2004 thanks to a UK DVD release which was playable on Region 1 players. I had heard of the film since its release so the desire to see it was pretty high and the film did not disappoint. Memorabilia for it is a little hard to come by since it never was released in the U.S.A. theatrically outside of some film festival showings. So the only thing, in relation to film posters, are foreign releases including a cool U.K. quad poster and naturally from its Japanese release which is where I […]