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2012: A Post-Mortem

Since it’s the time of year when companies summarize the year they’ve had, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a check in, here’s my post-mortem on 2012. Last year I kept it under 600 words; there's no way I'm going to be able...

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Review

I don't generally get excited for animated film. I also usually squirm whenever I hear that John C. Reilly (imdb.com) is attached to any project. But I had high hopes for Disney's 2012 film, Wreck-It Ralph (imdb.com). From the trailer I knew that I would...

Special Effects Blood on the Cheap

Being an independent, and once again a student, filmmaker I'm constantly looking for ways to up my production value without absolutely busting my budget. That's why the few days after Halloween are so awesome for the low-budget filmmaker. After Halloween passes, all those stores that still...

Seven Psychopaths (2012) Review

Last Friday I had passes to check out a pre-release screening of Red Dawn (2012) (imdb.com), but Loretta and I didn't get to the theatre early enough and it filled up before we got inside. Not wanting to waste a trip to the theatre we...

Unruly Headgear: GoPro Cage Review

A while ago, I backed a Kickstarter (kickstarter.com) project for the Unruly Headcase/Headgear GoPro Case (lifeisunruly.com). I got the Headgear. It came in few months ago, but the shipment got lost in the mail when I moved. Fortunately, I finally got my hands on it;...

Looper (2012) +Commentary Review

One of the biggest film releases this year is Looper (2012) (imdb.com) from director Rian Johnson (rcjohnso.com). A lot of people I know, myself included, felt that it was the most anticipated film of the year. And it definitely didn't disappoint. You may be wondering why...

Grad School Week 7,8,9

So, another three weeks have just passed. I am deeply embedded into Columbia's MFA Producing program. We've been so busy that the last few weeks have been a blur. It seems like all I do anymore is go to class, come home, eat, do homework,...

Grad School Week 4,5,6

I haven't posted about my experiences in the Columbia College Creative Producing MFA program for the last three weeks. I know, I've been bad. But, I've also been absolutely swamped; both with school work, and with work-work. But, here's the summary for the last three...

99 Ways to Tell a Story

If story is everything; and every story that can ever exist has already been told; then how can we create original (or at least seemingly original) work? Easy! We re-tell the same story over and over again, but in different ways. Think about films like Avatar...

Grad School Week Two

Week Two at Columbia College Chicago (colum.edu) flew by. Since we're still in "boot camp" mode we sped through a lot of information really quickly. Being that I've been working on productions for the last few years, a lot (most) of the information wasn't anything...

Grad School Week One

Last week was my first week of classes at Columbia College Chicago (colum.edu). Ever since Loretta and I moved from San Francisco I've been sitting in anticipation. The closer the day came to start, the more anxious I got. Starting something new is always a...

Update from the Windy City

Hey everyone, it's been a while since I've done a general update post. Well, here it is. And boy are there some updates for you. It's been a busy couple of months. The Move The biggest thing I've had on my plate was the cross-country move from...