Archives For Film

Effects shots are incredibly tedious.

In my short film Avarice, we have over 180 visual effects elements and it’s only a 12 minute film. We have been in post-production with this film for about 8 months, and the only visual effects shots that are completed as of now are two shots of opening titles. Visual effects take quite a bit of time to complete, even if you have someone who is very skilled and talented in the area. Continue Reading…

So Dan and I have been hearing about how completely brilliant Drive is. It’s not really my type of movie but I agreed to watch it because hey, what girl wouldn’t want to look at Ryan Gossling for 2 hours.

Dan and I apparently were watching 2 very different movies. Continue Reading…

It happens.

People invest years of their lives and thousands of dollars in a project and in the blink of an eye, it’s gone forever. Digital workflows are wonderful time and money-saving things, but without proper backup hygiene it can all go to pot.

I give you “5 Quick and Easy Ways to Permanently Lose Your Files:” Continue Reading…

For immediate release:

We’re excited to announce that the sequel to our upcoming John Gray feature film is already underway!

John Gray 2: “The Steam of Time” picks up the story where the first film will eventually leave off. Inspired by George Lucas’s Star Wars Sextology, starting in the middle sounded like the perfect way to kick the stagnant Hollywood system to the curb. Continue Reading…

Here are the five most read posts this past month:

  1. 3 Ways the Hunger Games Movie Will Ruin the Books (Beware: SPOILERS)
  2. 3 First-Time Producer Mistakes
  3. If You Love Movies, Don’t Marry a Filmmaker
  4. Feeling Like a No Talent Hack? This Won’t Help.
  5. 3 Tips for Directing Children

And here are the underdogs, five great posts that fell through the cracks:

  1. 5 Ways to Escape the Chaos
  2. Tutorial: How to Create a Light Glint Effect
  3. Why Silent Films Have Such a Loud Voice
  4. Wardrobe on a Shoestring Budget
  5. Top 10 Hard Lessons Learned While Shooting The Glass

Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week!

What a character is wearing is the quiet language that speaks throughout the film, even when no line is given. Many things are said through a garment, the color, texture, fabric weight, style and condition.

There are messages that we say about ourselves everyday when we dress. Some of us take more care then others in what we wear, whatever care does or does not go into what we wear, we are communicating some message. Continue Reading…

Working with kids can seem overwhelming at first, but as long as you figure out what makes them tick and learn about their little worlds, it’s not quite so difficult. Continue Reading…

This is a guest post by writer/director Jessica Powers. You can follow her exploits at

There is no step-by-step process to the fame and fortune of a “successful” filmmaker.

Does that surprise you? Have you surfed by expecting a surefire equation for becoming a successful filmmaker? I tried that, right after my college graduation. I sought advice, scoured the web, and tried to cobble together something that resembled a plan so that my family would stop giving me that “useless degree” look. Continue Reading…

I am not a filmmaker. Through the strange twists and turns of my life I have somehow ended up here, in Memphis, TN, spending the majority of my time with filmmakers. I like to think of myself as a pretty confident and competent person. Well…that was until I set foot on a film set. It was a set for a short-film and we were only in Dan Baker’s garage, but I’ve never felt more useless in my life. Continue Reading…

There’s an ongoing debate between the artistic right and logical left halves of my little brain. Righty wants to make stuff without being hampered by structure and discipline, but Lefty is quick to remind that things get forgotten or lost, and that especially in film, a collaborator has to come in behind me and make sense of everything.

Here are some tricks I’ve developed over the years to stay organized without bogging down my flow: Continue Reading…