I Made A Student Film

Welcome back to Movie Monday Tuesday! This week’s installment is the second short film I ever made, while I was in film school (around 2004, I think). (Previous entries: Sci-Fi, Horror, Bonus! Book Trailer.)

It’s about 7 minutes long and was shot on 16mm (actual FILM!) with an Arri camera. We weren’t technically allowed to use the REAL film cameras in production school (because that makes sense), so I had to strike a deal with the guy in charge of equipment maintenance to sneak the camera out for a few hours. And also organize almost everyone in the class to help me out in those short few hours. Fun times.

The shack was built in my parents’ backyard and transported to my school, where the movie was shot. We built the shack in sections, so each of the four walls could be removed to allow the camera to move freely around the interior of the room.

I might be more proud of this for the music I wrote than for the actual movie. My friend Chris had a great studio setup with a digitized orchestra. I spent a day hammering out the soundtrack right before the project was due. Hooray for procrastination! I guess some things never change. Continue reading

I Made A Horror Movie

Putting the final touches on my scifi film after so long really got me in the mood for some more editing. I dusted off all of my old clips (including my student projects—yikes) and I’m ready to post another blast from the past.

This one has a bit of a horror bent to it, although it veers more toward Twilight Zone than anything else.

I worked with a great crew in New Jersey several winters ago. It…was…freezing. My hands were numb every day, even though I wore gloves and had some of those little heat packs. You can see the actors’ breath in some shots, and it’s not CGI.

At any rate, there was a small budget for this one, spent mostly on transportation, lodging, and food. We stayed in a cabin when we were shooting out in the woods. Overall it was extremely fun, and we managed to accomplish a lot in the few days we were on location. Continue reading

I Made A Science Fiction Movie

Once upon a time, I was going to be a movie director. I went to film school, I wrote a few scripts, and most of my days were spent dreaming of that certain future.

I love movies. I always have and always will, even if the ones that are produced these days keep degrading in quality as the years go on. I always had a desire to tell stories, and when I found out I could marry the written word to a moving image, I knew that I wanted to make my own films.

Then I spent two months on a real movie set, and realized it wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted to pursue. There are many, many reasons for that decision, which I won’t go into here. Suffice it to say, I veered off and wrote some books instead. But I did manage to film some of my stories before I changed careers. Continue reading

The Great Serial Experiment

I have a little side project I’m going to be experimenting with while I work on other things. I’ve wanted to do a virus story for a long time, and I have been jotting down infrequent notes off and on for about a year. I’ve finally landed on an underlying premise for my story that I think is (hopefully) mostly unique.

With Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program, which allows readers to binge on unlimited Amazon-exclusive books for $8.99 a month (think Netflix for books), and with my propensity for writing roughly 20,000 word chunks before needing a refueling break, I finally hit on an idea that might work given enough motivation and planning:

A serial novel with steady, frequent releases, chock full ‘o cliffhangers like a television show, exclusive to Amazon (at least in the beginning).

Introducing Genesis Plague. Continue reading