Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Progress on IPSEITY and my next short film project

Progress on IPSEITY

Progress on IPSEITY is going well. We have already handed off our 38 visual effects shots to our Special Effects Supervisor, Matt Harris. These visual effects shots range from exciting things like gunshots to some less exciting things like superimposing images into a computer screen.

I've started discussion of our score for IPSEITY with our composers, Andrew Richardson and Ricky Kovacs, and I've heard a few small samples. Things are off to a great start, and we're excited to start putting music to the visuals of the film.

Audio editing and Color correction has gotten off to a slow start, but we are excited about working with a new member of our audio editing team, Emmanuel Teah Watson.

My Next Short Film Project

As some of you know, the next short film project that I'm slated to be involved in, entitled 'Bryan', will be shooting this weekend. I was asked by a friend of mine, Taylor D. Adams, the writer of 'Bryan', to direct the film. Stay tuned for some pictures and updates on this project!

There are several reasons why I am very excited about this film:

1) Cast. I love working with new cast, and Rob Priester, Lilly Nelson, and Jeff Briggs have shown some great talent.


2) We're shooting on a RED Camera. For those who don't know what that is, I'll tell you this: Peter Jackson is shooting 'The Hobbit' films on a RED camera. The quality is amazing, and I'm excited to work with it.

3) I'll be using a megaphone, and no one will be able to ignore me on set. (I'll be nice about it, I promise)

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Some thoughts on directing...

The following is an excerpt from the book "What They Don't Teach You At Film School" by Camille Landau and Tiare White. I wanted to share some of their thoughts that I found particularly relevant to the subject of directing and establishing a vision for a project. Enjoy.

What they don't teach you at FILM SCHOOL

You don’t need permission. No one asks you for your security clearance. It takes something a little more subtle. To be a director, you have to be able to say, “I care.”

You must be willing to take a strong and tenacious point of view with regard to the story you are telling. You have to be willing to say why this story is meaningful to you, and what your personal relationship is to it. This puts you in a vulnerable place, which is why, when faced with it, most people don’t actually enjoy directing.

         Remember when you raised your hand in third grade for liking a book, movie, or song, and the other kids laughed at you? You were uncool for liking something. For caring. At thirteen, “I don’t care” and “I don’t know” became key phrases. You still use them when you’re nervous.
          The reason it’s hard to direct a film is that you have to say, “I care” a lot. Not just “I want to make this film,” which is like saying, “I care.” But also “I want the camera here” (not here) or “I want this color paint for the walls” (not that one. That’s “I care.” Directing a film means taking the path of most resistance. 

            Every time you express your care or concern, you take a risk. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Last night, 'The Strong One' screened in front of a crowd of 200-300 people at SPARKcon, Raleigh's creative arts festival. The Raleigh/triangle audience loved the film, and responded with enthusiasm. Some of the audience even clapped and cheered to lines in the middle of the film!

'The Stong One' Screening in Downtown Raleigh.

Overall, SPARKcon was a success for 'The Strong One'. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us! We look forward to more screenings in the future!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recap of Marina Del Ray Film Festival and the upcoming ‘STRONG ONE’ screening!

As some of you know, I spent the weekend in California at the Marina Del Ray Film Festival. The film festival went well- I made some good connections, and got to see a lot of Venice, CA. The festival is in its first year, so it was relatively small, but it was a great experience. Enjoy some of these pics that I took during the trip!

A nice view of Venice Beach.

A local sandwich shop.

Palm trees at Venice Beach.

On the pier.

The next public screening of THE STRONG ONE will be at SPARKcon this weekend in Raleigh, NC. SPARKcon is an awesome arts festival that focuses on film, design, dance, art, circus, fashion, music, poetry, theater, and more! If you are in NC this weekend, you should NOT miss this.

THE STRONG ONE will screen on Saturday, Sept. 15th. The short film screenings start at 7:30 at 500 Fayetteville, St. Raleigh.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Some EXCITING news!

Hi guys! I just wanted to give you updates on some EXCITING news!

Marina Del Ray Film Festival:

The STRONG ONE has been officially selected to be shown at the Marina Del Ray Film Festival which takes place next weekend, September 7th-9th!

I'll let you know if Marina Del Ray actually looks like this.

I have been very blessed with the opportunity to attend, so next week I will be flying into LAX for the weekend to attend the festival! Stay tuned for blog updates, pictures, and more as I watch the other films, network, and meet some other filmmakers and producers.


In some more local, but equally exciting news, THE STRONG ONE will also screen at Sparkcon in Downtown Raleigh!

You do not want to miss this!

The official screening is on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 pm, on the Main Stage, which is 500 Fayetteville St. Raleigh. There will be films by 18 different filmmakers screened. For more info, go to the Filmspark WEBSITE!

In some further news, the video cut for IPSEITY is completed, and the post-production team will be meeting in the near future to review and begin the work on the musical score, the audio editing, the color, and the special effects!