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Hard work.

Nothing else will do.

I’ll admit, I’m an ill-tempered, insecure, wannabe filmmaker with no real success, but I get so tired of all the people who pop up overnight with a DSLR calling themselves producers and directors. They’re usually the ones bitching about the lack of state tax incentives and an un-supportive community. Many of them can’t tell a c-stand from a pancake.

I’ve styled the title of this post after the recent influx of “one simple trick” and “you’ll never believe what happens next” links I’ve seen on Facebook. I get it. We’re all tired, burned out, and desperate for a break. If you’re looking for shortcuts to the top, I have three words for you:

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Memphis Comic & Fantasy 2013

You heard right! Our pokey little film, Avarice, will be kicking off this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival in Memphis, TN, screening right along side the much talked about Escape from Tomorrow. We’re beyond honored, and so excited to be invited to screen at such an event.

You can purchase tickets for the opening night gala here.

And, if you’ve been living under a rock, allow us to introduce you to Escape from Tomorrow:

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Yup! We produced a book trailer. Crazy, right? Well, when we screened Avarice at UtopYA Con this summer we bumped into author Inger Iversen and saw a great win-win opportunity for both of us. The resulting cross-mojo-magic is the book trailer you see before you now. Check it out and read on for more behind the scenes tidbits.

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I read once that Independent Films have a 99.8% failure rate, meaning only 0.2% ever make back their initial investment. That sounds exaggerated, but for most of us filmmakers, it’s effectively the truth.

It’s time to adopt a new strategy or get left behind.

For the past couple years, Timid Monster has been feeling our way through the nebulous world of self-distribution, looking for opportunities to set up shop and eek out a living doing what we’re passionate about: blowing crap up on camera and dishing out mad feels.

We’re happy to report that there is indeed a promised land…at least for our fellow sci-fi/fantasy producers: comic book conventions!

Here’s why we think you should join us:

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Memphis vs. The Durian

Dan Baker —  August 16, 2013

It’s illegal to carry on public transportation in some Asian countries. It smells like something died. Its taste is often described as a cross between rotten mangoes, putrid onions, garlic, and windex. It’s the one food that defeated Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern.

It’s also a cherished delicacy with aphrodisiac properties.

Yes! I’m talking about the infamous durian. And we took one to downtown Memphis, Tennessee to see who was brave enough to try it.

Hilarity ensues:

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Greetings Memphis-area Filmmakers!

Timid Monster (that’s us) has partnered with Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention to bring you the first ever MEMPHIS SCI-FI CINEMA SHOWCASE, featuring…well…hopefully your short!

That’s right, from now until the end of September 2013, we’re taking submissions for a special screening of Memphis-area sci-fi short films at this year’s Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention, November 15-17.

Qualifications and Terms

  • The title says sci-fi, but we’ll take fantasy, supernatural, horror…really anything that would be at home at a con.
  • We’re now accepting music videos, trailers, vignettes, as well as short films.
  • Your film must around or under 20 minutes in length, including credits.
  • Your film must have been made within the Memphis metropolitan area. We will consider regional films as well (looking at you, Nashville), but Memphis films will take priority.
  • Memphis CFC is an all-ages event, so your film must be “somewhat family friendly.” Think PG-13.
  • You must own the copyright to your film, the soundtrack, etc… If you don’t, we’ll need a written release from the copyright owner(s).
  • There is limited screen time, so understand that your film may not be chosen to screen.
  • We would greatly prefer it if you are able to be present at the screening to introduce your film and take part in a Memphis-area Filmmakers Q&A, as well as help promote the screening and supply promotional copies of your film for giveaways.

If all that sounds peachy keen, then submit your film today. Have questions? Shoot us a message here.

Submission Form

We are no longer taking submissions at this time. Thank you!

Holy macaroni! UtopYA Con was Team Timid Monster’s first experience with the insane world of female authors of young-adult fiction. Fortunately for us, it was a good insane.

We figured, like any con, there would be some passionate fans and authors…what we were unprepared for was how utterly welcoming, kind, and generous everyone was. Not that normal con-goers aren’t, but there was elevated energy at UtopYA that has since overflowed into our lives.

That’s an unnecessarily flowery way of saying it, but hey, there you go.


So, to honor all the awesome authors we met, we decided to throw a little “Judge a Book by Its Cover” contest on our facebook page. Hundreds of votes from fans later, we have the results:

Drrrrrrrrrumroll, please!

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What we thought would be a goofy cosplay sideshow at Anime Blues Con has blown up to be a massive ball-o-awesome. Over 9,000 people browsed the photo gallery, leaving more likes and comments than can be counted. To the cosplayers, THANK YOU for letting us take your picture, you all looked amazing. To everyone else, thanks for jumping in on the craziness and making this little contest so much fun.

Winners will receive Premium Digital downloads of our award-winning short films Avarice and John Gray.

Without further ado, the winners of the 2013 Anime Blues Cosplay Photo Contest as picked by you:

Best Photo & Best Cosplay

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Domi as Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagam

Cosplayer Domi is quite industrious! With a little help from a LOT of friends, she managed to completely sweep the Best Cosplay category and edge out contenders in the Best Photo category. Congrats, Domi!

Runner Up

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Allura as Harley Quinn from Batman

Allura was oh-so-close to snatching the Best Photo prize from Domi. Her spot-on portrayal of Quinn claimed almost 80 likes.

Funniest Photo

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Shawn as a terrifying clown that haunts your nightmares

Yikes! Funniest? Alrighty. I’m not sure what else to say here other than I wasn’t exactly laughing as this chased me through my nightmares last night, but hey, to each their own. Congrats, Shawn!

Most Helpful Monster

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We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to see their cosplay photo on Facebook, so here’s a big high-five shout-out to Deric for tagging the most cosplayers in our album. You rock, Deric!

That’s all for now folks. Timid Monster and our photo-booth will be back in the fall at Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention with a comic book themed booth. In the mean time, check out one of our films, read a blog post, or check out the rest of the pics in the 2013 Anime Blues Cosplay Photo Contest.