Archives For Dan Baker

7 Epic Robot Death Scenes

Dan Baker —  March 4, 2013

No no no, I’m not talking about death at the hands of a robot, (though that may be an unsettling commonplace occurrence if military developments continue the way they are). I’m talking about scenes where robots die.

There’s a silly amount of anthropomorphism going on here. What are the filmmakers saying? Are the robots more human than us? Are we little more than biological robots? Is consciousness just a consequence of pre-programmed biological perceptions? Maybe death is such a frightening thing that we need an abstraction in order to come to terms with it?

Or am I just reading too much into this…

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I was going to write about how awful Michael Bay is, but it seems the rest of the rational world already has him pegged as the bullying, misogynistic, fan-hating, sellout that he is.

There’s not a lot more that I can add to that conversation.

As much as I want to look upon the Bay-infatuated youth of the day with disdain, I’m not entirely innocent myself. For some reason, despite the offerings of Spielberg, Cameron, Lucas, and Scott, I fell for some really terrible movies that time has mostly forgotten, films likely responsible for my own generation’s brand of narcissism: the idea that no matter how much of a nobody I am, I can grow up to be a rock star.

Here they are in all their 80’s glory:

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What the Heck is Timid Monster?

Dan Baker —  February 3, 2013

Ah, yes, I anticipated your question. See? I’ve written a whole blog post about it.

Allow me to start at the beginning.

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“WHAT???”

That was Jess’ response when I told her the John Gray feature film script was a quarter finalist at BlueCat. That places us in the top 10% of 3391 international submissions. Fer’ real, check it out!

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I’m a busy man, as all independent filmmakers are. I don’t have time to fiddle and fuss around with my website, which is why I rely on WordPress and DreamHost. They’re great. Set it and forget it! And if there’s ever a problem, there’s always somebody I can talk to.

When I had to settle on an e-commerce partner through which I could sell our films online, TopSpin came highly recommended. Many self-distributing artists I look up to use TopSpin, and their product, by far, seemed the most appropriate for what we wanted to do.

Turns out, that was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made (and I’ve made some bad ones).

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What’s got a beard, a pair of shades, and ADD? Nope, it’s not a hipster…it’s a podcast.

Yup! I was interviewed recently on the MemNash Radio Podcast, hosted by Marty “The Beard” Ray and David Lee “The Hawk” Jordan. Listen to hear me speed-talk my way through such topics as the John Gray feature film, self-distribution, and the future of Macedonia Films.

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In my younger days (I’m 32, so those days aren’t too far behind me) I thought that success meant having many irons in the fire. After several years of multi-tasking, I’ve learned how true the old adage is: “he who chases two rabbits catches neither.” So, this year I’m resolving to do less. MUCH less. In fact, if I can help it, I’m only going to focus on one project.

I, like many of you I’m sure, need lots and lots of encouragement, inspiration, and butt-kicking. And I, hopefully like many of you, draw all those things from a good documentary. Here are three of the most moving docs I came across in 2012, each challenging in their own way.

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Top 10 Posts of 2012

Dan Baker —  December 31, 2012

About this time last year we sat around talking about the future of filmmaking, and what it would look like to be a filmmaker in the next 5-10 years. The one thing we kept coming back to was, unfortunately, an annoying marketing buzzword: community.

As cliché as ‘community’ sounds, it’s really where our hearts are. So, in March of 2012, we started blogging with the aim of building a relationship with our fans. We don’t always know what to write about, but as you’re about to see, we get things right from time to time.

For your enjoyment (and hopefully, betterment) I present to you, our top 10 posts of 2012:

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The first time I heard independent feature films typically take 4-5 years to complete my mind was boggled. After all, we turned around a pretty successful short in under two months. How hard could it be?

Turns out, pretty dagum hard.

Officially we started writing the John Gray feature film September of 2011, which puts us at about the 16-month mark. I sometimes wonder if I had known how utterly frustrating and maddening this writing process would be, if I would have even started.

Fortunately, I discovered these difficulties gradually.

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We haven’t been shy in talking about our plans to self-distribute our next couple films. Successes like Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and recent Sundance winner Indie Game: The Movie have shown that technology + great idea = awesome. However, the naysayers are quick to bring up the bane of the modern artist: online piracy.

I have mixed feelings here. Part of me is terrified that taking on the enormous financial risk of making a film will lead to complete and utter ruin an account of piracy. The other part of me wants to give the internet the benefit of the doubt.

The online community has the power now to fuel all kinds of crazy awesome, or become the very thing it hates: a corporate tool. Allow me to explain…

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