Filmmaking

The Sheepish Pirate Book Trailer

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Check out the trailer I made for the book The Sheepish Pirate from author Brianna Genteman. I did most of the animation in Adobe After Effects using the character drawings Brianna’s sister, Andrea, did and edited it all together in Adobe Premiere. The trailer is below plus get the book over at Amazon. The Sheepish Pirate is a historical fantasy novel for all ages. Join the pirate crew of the Grey Gulls and sail around the world in search for ancient artifacts. Novel by B.L. Genteman. Available as an e-book at Amazon Stay up to date at the official blog here. Be sure to like the Facebook page Character drawings by Andrea Genteman. Voice talents: Jay Stephenson, Chey Jezreel, Daniel Pierce , Ace Marrero, Erin Stegeman

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George Romero Film Trip

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Some friends and I decided to make a trip to Pittsburgh and go check out some locations used in various George A. Romero (one of my idols) films. The main one being the Monroeville Mall where ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘ was made. A lot of these locations are changing so I wanted to see them before most of the recognizable things were gone. Going from Chicago to Pittsburgh is a good 8 hours so the drive was long but once we got there it was hard to hold in the excitement. We stayed at a hotel about 15 minutes from the mall. My room for the weekend. Saturday was mainly the mall. So most of the day was spent at the Monroeville Mall. I tried finding screenshots to try and match up as best I could some of the places. We parked by Macy’s. And under the famous number 30 […]

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When There Is No More Room In Hell … I Go To The Mall

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This month seems to be all about my top three favorite films. It started with May 4th which has become national Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You). In the middle of the month I saw for the first time a really amazing documentary on TV on the making of ‘The Godfather’. The month ends with my friends and I taking a trip to Pittsburgh to visit the Monroeville Mall. Also known to fans all over as the ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ mall. Granted it may just be a regular mall to most people (and it is) but to horror fans over the world it was the setting to arguably one of the greatest horror films (and in my opinion greatest films in general) ever made. I will be in half professional mode as I am packing up my photography gear so I can photograph the mall and […]

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May The 4th Be With You

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For anyone that knows me it is no secret my love of, and indeed geek love of, all things Star Wars. When I was 3 going on 4 my parents took me to see ‘Star Wars‘ and while they may have thought it was just something to do that day with my sister and I they had no idea how much it changed their son forever. When the Rebel Blockade Runner (Alderaan Cruiser) shot across the screen and then followed by that enormous Star Destroyer coming overhead I was no longer the same. Immediately I fell in love with the moving image. I watched movies differently. I watched television differently. I played with my toys differently. My eye became the camera. I would hold toys close to my eye to mimic close up shots and far away for wide shots. Eventually setting up my own movies in my head with […]

Filmmaking

New Reel In The Works

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Sort of long overdo but I am finally working on a new reel for myself. The last one I did was like three years ago. As soon as it is done I will post it. Plus I will be recompressing and adding videos to the Video section. Trailers, clips, etc. I’m pretty excited for the new reel. Not only for it to showcase my work (and hopefully get more) but also because I am doing something new with it. I don’t want it to be the usual here are some shots over music. I hope it works as I think it might. Plus there will be some news regarding the upcoming short film. I’m keeping info a little on the low end right now but there will be updates very soon. Also hopefully some short documentary projects that I have been wanting to do for a long time. If anyone […]

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Meeting William Friedkin

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Admiring someone since you were a kid is something that can be a little intimidating when you get the chance to meet them. William Friedkin has been one of the filmmakers I’ve idolized and drew inspiration from since I was 9 or 10 years old when I saw ‘The Exorcist‘ for the first time and was so terrified I needed to know the director behind it. He was attending the Chicago Critics Film Festival for a screening of his classic film ‘Sorcerer‘ and was signing copies of his new book, “The Friedkin Connection”, and was nice enough to also sign other things and take pictures. I brought my original poster for ‘The French Connection‘ which I was so excited that he signed. Here is my signed poster. Not only was he pleasant but even after pictures he would ask if it turned out ok. You want so badly for someone […]

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Within The Woods

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In honor of the recently released remake of ‘Evil Dead‘, which I really liked, here is the original 8mm short film that Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert made which gave them the inspiration, plus used to help raise funds for, the original ‘The Evil Dead‘. The quality is really bad, I think it came off a VHS which was a dub of another VHS and possibly even a dub of another VHS, but it’s still fun to watch.