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We’re being assaulted, fellow nerds. The world, as we know it, is slowly falling into the hands of one man: J.J. Abrams.

See that picture of him? He’s plotting our demise. He’s trying to telepathically blow our minds.

He inched his way into the business, trying to draw little attention to himself in comedy and drama, writing movies like Taking Care of Business, Regarding Henry, Forever Young, and Gone Fishin’. (Yes, he co-wrote that stinker.) We were so unsuspecting…

He continued to throw us off track by working with people like Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. And he created the well known chick drama, Felicity. He started his sneak attack when he created Alias and co-created Lost. Those aren’t straight up nerd shows. But they came alongside the nerd community, started the conversation, if you will.

Abrams made his big move when he directed an undeniably good Mission Impossible III, capturing our imaginations for what this great director could do especially with a lagging series. Then came the sci-fi series Fringe. Before we knew what was happening, Abrams was crowned nerd king when he was given the reigns to Star Trek.

See what I mean? Slow, methodical takeover.

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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…

If you’ve worked with me you know I like to do as much in camera as possible. The computer has it’s uses, but digital effects will always lack the complexity and randomness of organic, live-action special effects. Think I’m a bit of a dinosaur? Check out the behind the scenes features on any J.J. Abrams or Guillermo del Toro film.

Needing to add light glints to a number of props in our short-film Avarice, the initial thought was to use Adobe AfterEffects and some manner of plugin, perhaps Red Giant Software’s Starglow (part of the Trapcode Suite). While this would have worked, it would have looked computer generated…AKA fake.

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