Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Meet The Chicks of The Campus - Rachel Amanda Bryant

When you’re shooting a lower budgeted flick you need to make sure you’re working with folk that not only have the talent to pull off what you need in a shorter period of time, you also need cool people. Across the board you need a cast and crew that walk the walk and talk the talk.

That brings me to Rachel. Let me start off by taking you through her typical day on THE CAMPUS. Call Time 6pm. Pushed from 530PM, which was pushed from 4pm. Arrives at 530 anyway, just to make sure she’s not needed. Does all her own beauty, hair and make-up, and seeing as she’s the only actress on most days, that saves production a hair and make-up artist. She never complains. And honestly, she did a better job than a lot of pros I’ve worked with. Then she shows up to rehearse the first scene of the day. A scene that starts with her clean and ends with her bathed in blood. I’m talking head to toe covered with sticky, smells after 20 mins, blood.  It also happens to be a cold night. After she’s hit in the face with bucket a blood for the third time, we wrap the scene. Again, no complaints.

Our ace SFX make-up artist rushes in, shuffles her off. Cleans her up, she takes a shower. Dries and does her own hair and make-up again, this time it looks even better than it did in the first scene. Then she ushered off to set to be tortured in a completely different way, spoiler… this one ends up with her once again, outside in the cold and covered in blood and again no complaints. This is just hour two. Things go on like this till the end of the day. No rest. No stunt doubles. No stand ins. Just her, all by her self, carrying the entire movie on her shoulders. Did I mention the movie is 80% a one woman show? Basically a single character, single location siege flick.

So did she carry it? Absolutely. Not only was she super cool, she gave a 100 percent honest performance, layered and nuanced. She took direction well, and always was willing to go that extra take and push herself just a little further.

A wonderful combination of classic beauty, dramatic skill and comedic timing, Rachel is one on the finest actors anyone could ask for…. But not much of dancer


Monday, June 5, 2017

Meet the Bros of The Campus - SFX Artist Robert Bravo

Let me tell you a little bit about Robert M. Bravo. He’s really one the few genuine souls I know. An honest to God, legit nice guy. But, anyone that knows me and him, knows I’ve been spreading that shit for almost a decade.

What I don’t spread enough, is just how great an artist and professional he has become. In the decade that I’ve know him, I’ve watched him grow from a timid (sometimes hapless) young man, to a confident special effects artist capable of pulling off studio level make-up for roughly the cottage cheese budget of a studio film.

Working with him over the years as always been a great pleasure, but watching him really blossom on this last flick was truly something to behold. His skills on set are now at least in the same range as interpersonal skills. I look forward to many more years together on set and off.

Now if he’d only learn to use less words.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Director's Cut: Monsters in the Woods is out

"In 2012 my creature feature, Monsters in the Woods was released. Due to several outside restrictions, it wasn't the movie I had envisioned, and it never got the kind of release it deserved. Well, in 2016, after a lengthy rights battle I finally got the movie back and was able to re-edit and release it however I saw fit. 

A Director's Cut: Monsters in the Woods has been re-edited from top to bottom. The structure has been changed, alternate takes and footage have been Incorporated. This is the movie I meant it to be.

And now with a much wider distribution net, it'll be seen by most for the first time."

That's pretty much that.

So here it is for the world to see.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My acclaimed indie - Trap is exclusive on Amazon

I made a pretty damn decent indie flick a few years back for only a few thousand dollars. It got some good reviews and is now available exclusively on Amazon (indie filmmakers new best friend.)

Trap on Amazon

Thursday, August 4, 2016

My Super-controversial Tarantino Rankings (with little to no explanation)

In order of best to not quite his best (he hasn't made a bad movie)

1. Django Unchained

This was a tough one to place, and I wish I had a better reason, but I was just straight-up entertained beginning to end.

2. Resevior Dogs

I still believe this to be the tightest of his flicks. Plus it really opened my eyes to what independent films could be.

3. Kill Bill

Wild and crazy.

4. Pulp Fiction

Perfect follow-up to Resevior Dogs, first to really give us a glimpse of the director to come.

5. Inglorious Bastards

This one has grown on me with repeat viewings. I would've put it lower a few years back.
6. Hateful 8

I have a feeling this one will rise in the years to come too.

7. Jackie Brown

Most unentertaining to me... A lot of dialog feels like someone else riffing on him. But still a good movie.

8. Death Proof.
The only movie of his I've never revisited. I remember kinda liking it, but that's pretty faint praise for Tarantino.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

An Indie Filmmaker's Guide to reading reviews of their work.

Over the years my movies have gotten a ton of reviews from all kinds of sources. I’ve had glowing reviews, tear-the-movie-part reviews, eh reviews, well-written reviews, reviews that didn’t use spell check and everything in-between.  Early on I got a little more worked up over them, but over the years I’ve mellowed and learned to just have fun with them. I enjoy reading the horrible reviews every bit as much as positive ones. Sure it’s always nice to get praise, but negative reviews can spark interest in your movie just as well.  Anywho, here’s a few guidelines for reading reviews of your work.

  1. Don’t take it too seriously. Sure it’s nice to have someone gush over your work, but you need to remember criticism is subjective and totally dependent on point of view.
  2. There’s no such thing as bad press. A scathing review is as likely to draw in readers as a dick-sucking one.
  3. The worst reviews are apathetic. It’s best to be loved or hated. The only reviews that ever bug me are of the middle-of-the-road take it or leave it variety.
  4. Don’t take it too seriously.
  5. It’s not personal. The reviewer (most likely) doesn’t know you. There’s no axe to grind. And if they do and there is, then it’s not about your movie anyway.
  6. Don’t take it too seriously.
  7. If you’re an actor, remember that movies are a director’s medium. If you get a bad notice, it’s most likely the director’s fault. He or she cast the movie and decided if the performance was “there.” If they took anything less, that’s on them. Another thing to remember is some critics mistake bad dialog for bad performance.**** All that said, sometimes director’s are saddled with certain performers and there’s nothing to be done.
  8. Don’t take it too seriously.
  9. A good review from even a small publication feels good.
  10.  Don’t take it too seriously.
Oh, I almost forgot. Be gracious. If you have the time and info, contact and thank the reviewer (even if the review was bad.)