Creating is Learning.

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Today was shot a short film I’ve had kicking around in my head for a while now. It’s a silent film, so I didn’t so much have a script as a shot list and a vision. It was also my first experience using a built set, rather than a room as is. At the end [...]

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The Living, Breathing Story Pieces.

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Ask any director, and I’m sure one of the most important, and difficult aspects of filmmaking, is finding the right actors to bring the characters of any given story to life. To find the ones who will breathe life to the protagonists, antagonists, and everyone else in between. Some people gather up their friends to [...]

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What’s in a Story? One of many…

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I’ve seen countless blogs talking about good writing, solid stories, and what makes a book worth reading. All of them offer good advice and I share as hell have learned a lot from all of them. One thing I haven’t seen, and I’m sure it’s been done, I’ve just missed when someone posts it, is [...]

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The Script: Not as Simple as Originally Thought…

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You can’t make a film without a script (well, you could, but unless you were a genius it would probably suck). This has been the driving force for the medium since the very beginning. Without a great story, interesting characters, arcs and all that good stuff, the chances of creating something worthwhile are almost nil. [...]

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The Long Road to Completion: Beginnings

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A long time ago, in the ancient year of 2011, a few of us started out on what would eventually become our first feature film, Assassins. What began as a quick short film I’d written after finding a surprising lack of dialogue in anything I’d done before, turned into a much larger, and longer passion [...]

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My Top 3 Films

Now, this may seem like a cop-out, totally generic post, but it’s a lead in to a series of posts I want to do about my favorite films and how they have influenced my choices as a filmmaker. That said, this is not that post. Due to me having no idea how to break down [...]

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