Hello again

Hey folks, this isn’t going to be much of a post as it is a journal entry. When I first started this website I wanted to use it as that. I don’t really like blogging but I want to be able to look back at my progress as a filmmaker. I think it’s an understatement to say that 2020 has started out…rocky. If you’ve been reading my blog at all you are probably aware I suffer from anxiety. This year has not been kind to people like us. For those of you who are having an even harder time and may be considering committing suicide please, please get help at 1-800-273-8255. You are far better off alive, even now than otherwise.

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Status Update

About a month and a half ago I promised my readers that I would be updating them on everything I’m doing for the process of my first feature film. That film was to be called Undertome, based off the game my best friend and I designed over six years ago. That has since been tabled. The main reason is because it’s too ambitious at this point and I wouldn’t want to attempt to make that film without the necessary overhead and frankly, experience.

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The importance of getting genuine feedback.

Something that a lot of artists, be they musicians, painters, photographers, or filmmakers struggle with is self critique. We are both our harshest critics and our biggest cheerleaders (or else we should be). We will both love and hate a project and will constantly try to nit pick at little details or second guess decisions all in the name of “perfection”. We want what we’re creating to be perfect all the time because we, as artists, like showing off our art but we don’t like showing off something we don’t think is “good”.

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Better late than never

So today’s offering is a day late because hey…life happens. Like most budding filmmakers I work a day job to make ends meet and feed my cat. Sometimes day job and film life butt up against each other and yesterday was one such…butting? Anyway, I attended the monthly Film Cafe meeting in Cleveland which began shortly after I punched out of work and my film was showing after the main speakers where I was then given the opportunity to answer a few questions about the film from the 10 people of about 30 that deigned to watch some local films that weren’t theirs.

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Blogging Expectation VS Reality

I started this website a year ago before I even made my first film and I thought: “This will be easy! I’ve tons of topics to write about!” but then reality set in and I soon realized I had no idea what I was doing or why anybody would care to spend time reading what I had to say about writing, directing, and filmmaking. I added a film review topic that Cory North is now heading, so if you want a film review or you’re curious about how a film did head over to his section.

But that’s about it. I’ve blogged maybe once a month in total since then and I’ve reaped all of the results of that “habit”. This is one such post, however I’m going to try to make a weekly post every Wednesday about something. Whether it’s a movie I’ve seen, what I’m currently working on, or something I find interesting about the filmmaking process. Writing, like anything, requires effort and practice. My Wednesday blogs are going to be my practice as I try to turn this website around. If this is your first time visiting please click around and watch some of my short films, read my about me, and introduce yourself in a comment. If there’s even one person besides me reading these (hi mom), I think it’s worth it.

So check back Wednesday as I begin the first weekly blog post of 2020!

I’m bad at this.

So I’m sitting at work on my lunch, forcing myself to write and actually get this blog going (it probably won’t), while at the same time fighting off a relentless allergy attack. I’m miserable and when I get into these moods I start to think “what’s the point”? The point – I tell myself – is to keep going. Keep working, keep making films, keep creating. The Fright Film Competition is this Sunday, you’ve found somebody interested in producing HEX, the annual Night of All Nights is fast approaching, there’s so much to do.

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The month of June

I haven’t blogged since May and it’s because I can’t bring myself to talk about nothing. It’s not that I’m not doing anything because the exact opposite is true. I have so much on my plate but none of it is visually ready to be talked about. Filmmaking is a visual medium and looking at pictures is way more interesting than looking at walls of text (at least for me) so unless I have something to show, I normally keep quiet or tweet about a random craving for iced tea that I had.

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