I am officially one week away from starting production on my second feature ‘Dark Light’. An action thriller. It has taken over a year to get to this point and I am really excited and nervous. I originally wanted to make a much simpler film than my first film ‘Distortion’. However, I wanted to do something in a different genre. ‘Distortion’ is a horror film. ‘Dark Light’ is an action film. My two favorite genre’s as a filmmaker. I love all kinds of movies but the two that I say I’d want to make as a director would be ones within those genres. I wouldn’t mind getting pigeonholed there. Very quickly this film turned into a much bigger film than I had originally anticipated. As much as at times I do regret that I am also fueled by the challenge. Filmmaking is not easy. And if it is then you’re […]
This past weekend, at my favorite theatre The Music Box, I got to meet two very cool people. The first was Harry Shearer who was showing his new documentary on Katrina ‘The Big Uneasy‘. He did a Q&A and also did an intro to ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. I must confess I had never seen it before. I know. Shame on me. But what better way to see a film for the first time than on the big screen? So I feel it is ok. Harry Shearer doing his Q&A for his film ‘The Big Uneasy’. The following night I got to meet the one and only John Waters. He is part of a new book “The Film That Changed My Life” which interviews 30 different directors and what film was the one that changed their life. For John Waters it was ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ so they showed that […]
This past Tuesday I was lucky enough to make it out to the signing at FYE of the independent film ‘III Slices Of Life‘ which has just come out on DVD. Local Chicago filmmaker Anthony Sumner made a great film with very little money in the tradition of one of my favorite films ‘Creepshow’. Several cast members were there too including my friend Deneen Melody who is one of the leads. She had a cameo in my film ‘Distortion’ and is in my new film ‘Dark Light’. So go pick up your copy today! More info at http://slicesoflifemovie.com/
The amazing people at Criterion have been releasing videos they call the “Three Reasons” series which gives three reasons why a particular film they have released is worth checking out. They are a lot of fun and their latest one is for what is arguably one of the best films ever made, Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai‘. The video on the Criterion website.
I get asked a lot what I think the hardest part making a movie is especially in the one man way that I do. The answer is almost always – locations. Finding the right location is what I think the hardest thing to do. So many factors go into play there. There is the obvious creative decision to find a place that is what’s either in the script or at least works for the scene(s) you need to shoot. But then there is the technical parts to it as well. Is there power? Is there enough power? Is there enough room for everything you’re bringing into the location as far as people, lights, camera, gear, food, etc.? Is there a time issue? You may only have access to certain locations for a set amount of time. If it’s a business of some kind you might only have a few hours […]