I love behind the scenes information about films as much (if not more sometimes) as the films themselves. And I always wonder about what the writer, director, etc. were thinking and feeling at certain points during the filmmaking process.
In the behind the scenes videos or written interviews recorded after the initial experience, they are always able to describe it, but it’s always a reflection on something that has already passed. I find myself wishing that I could journey through that experience with them and learn from those challenging times they are talking about.
So my purpose with this blog is to share what I’m working on and what I’m learning from it.
The Timid Monster Cinematic Sideshow continues May 25th at the Alabama Phoenix Festival. This is new territory for us as we’ve never been to Birmingham, but we’re super excited to meet everyone.
We’re on the schedule to screen Avarice and John Gray in Room 3 at 1:00pm, Saturday May 25th. Be sure and stick around for Q and A with directors Dan Baker and Rachel M Taylor, as well as a few tantalizing details about our upcoming projects Aurora Centauri and the John Gray feature film.
Avarice has successfully hit the comic conventions, and now it’s playing at its first film festival. Avarice will be part of On Location: Memphis International Film Festival, and it will be showing at 11:30 am Saturday, April 27, 2013 along with several other shorts selected for the festival.
For more information about the festival, the location, and tickets, click here.
It’s the first time Avarice will be shown in a theater, and it will be a personal first for me as well. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a great opportunity to come check it out along with some other shorts in the festival. Plus, you will be able to see the director geeking out about finally seeing this film on a big screen. You can make fun of me. It’s a win-win.
Avarice and the Timid Monster team will be making an appearance at UtopYA Con 2013 in Nashville, TN June 28-30. UtopYA Con is for “female writers of paranormal fantasy and the readers who love them.” So we’ll fit right in! Held at the Hogwarts-like Scarritt-Bennett Center, the convention will be a perfect setting to celebrate female writers of fantasy.
It’s been a really busy year for all of us at Macedonia Films, but choosing my favorite moments isn’t really that difficult. In fact, it might even be my favorite moments from the past few years combined.
I recently premiered a short film called Avarice, and it would be a great understatement to say that a few things went wrong. A LOT went wrong. It’s incredibly frustrating to work yourself to a point of exhaustion and to end up looking like an inexperienced kid with a movie while showing it to hundreds of people. Learn from my mistakes because I know I certainly did. Here are 3 things I will forever do before a screening.
After two and a half years of waiting, the end has finally arrived. Avarice, written and directed by Rachel M Taylor and produced by Dan Baker, is now complete and will be soon be available for viewing. Join us for a viewing of the film followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
And check out our new trailer!
When and Where:
Avarice is premiering November 9th at 7:00 pm at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention which is being held at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 38120.
There will also be an encore screening Saturday at 2:00 pm for anyone with a MCFC pass.
How To Buy Your Ticket:
(Ticket sales are now closed.)
Can’t Make It But Still Want To See It?
If you can’t make it to the premiere but still want to see the film, it will also be available for download on the Macedonia Films website.
It’s been a long road for this little film, and we truly couldn’t have done it without you all. We appreciate how much support we have received with this project, and if you want to continue to support, we would love to see you at the premiere. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we hope to see you there!
As of right now, it is six weeks until the completion of the first short film that I wrote and directed, entitled Avarice. It has been a project that has taken 2 and a half years to complete, and it will only be about 15 minutes in its entirety. It’s crazy to think that 2 and a half years of a person’s life could be defined by 15 minutes, but that’s kind of how it feels.
It has been the most challenging thing I have done, which I’m sure will be followed by even greater challenges. It’s been a long journey, and I walk away with so much more than I had ever expected to. My only hope is that I can pass on valuable information to other first time filmmakers.
Working with a Visual Effects Supervisor can be tough if it’s your first time doing it, especially in independent film. You only have one shot to get it right because there isn’t time or money for re-shoots.
I learned a lot of lessons while directing Avarice and working with Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Baker. Here are some great tips for driving your Visual Effects Supervisor to insanity: