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Archive for May, 2013

Film Gear: Safety Cables

by on May.29, 2013, under Gear

Now you're in the big leagues, baby!

Now you’re in the big leagues, baby!

You know how I know I’m on a pro set?  I mean the real deal where there’s gaffer who knows his stuff and an AD who’s got an eye on every detail?  It’s not the big lights—anyone can rent those.  It’s not cool props.  It’s not even name actors…okay maybe name actors.  But frankly, I’ve seen some great actors sign on to less-than-worthy productions.  No, the way I know that I’m on a pro set is, I see safety cables on every light.

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The Open Source Short Film Business Model

by on May.23, 2013, under Distribution, Filmmaking

You know, short films might just be viable* after all.  (*depending, of course on your definition of "viable".)

You know, short films might just be viable* after all. (*depending, of course on your definition of “viable.”)

I love short films—both making them and watching mind-blowing shorts from other filmmakers.  Pound-for-pound, short films are my favorite format.  I want to make more and see more.  Unfortunately, the real world is getting in the way.  Even though short films seem like the ideal format for today’s social-media attention spans, they just don’t get made or distributed in a way that lets them be an ongoing, viable art form.  So—even though they create a lot of entertainment value for audiences—filmmakers aren’t capturing much meaningful return from that.  As a result, filmmakers can only create new short films sporadically or as a brief stop along the way to some other career.  If we could find a way to solve this problem, then filmmakers like myself who love the art form could continue making short films that audiences would love and benefit from.  Everyone would win.

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Speaking at SIFF 2013

by on May.23, 2013, under Uncategorized



Well, it’s late May in Seattle, and that means it’s time for the Seattle International Film Festival.  And that means you can come hear me talk about filmmaking type stuff.

I’ll be speaking on two panels this year—the short film panel and a panel on web series and such.  Come on down.  It’ll be like the blog, but with that extra uncensored live-event goodness, I try to shake these panels up, so it should be a good ol’ time.  I’m bound and determined to make the Short Film panel very different from those I’ve been on before thanks to my Open Source Short Film Business Plan that I’ll be happy to discuss if anyone is interested.

Here’s the deets:

Short Filmmakers Happy Hour and Panel

Friday, May 24, 2013 4:30P-6:00P  SIFF Film Center

Come hear me talk about short films and what to do with them with filmmaker pals Lindy & Kris Boustedt and moderator Chris Hammersly.  Tall filmmakers also welcome.  Drinking optional but encouraged.


Catalyst Panels: Made for the Web

Saturday, June 1 10:30A-noon  SIFF Film Center

I’ll be chatting with Darlene Sellers (Chop Socky Boom), Matt Vancil (Journey Quest), Vanessa Driveness, and Amy Lillard, moderated by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s Tony Becerra.  That’s a pretty awesome representation of  Seattle’s mighty web series machine.  I’ll probably learn more than I teach.  (This is not a happy hour event, so any drinking should be done ahead of time.)

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Screenplay Reading: DEAD MAN’S HAND

by on May.09, 2013, under Projects

Dead Man's Hand reading poster


I’m excited to announce that there will be a dramatic reading of my testosterone-fueled poker thriller DEAD MAN’S HAND this week in Seattle with many of Seattle’s finest actors.  This life-and-death tale of modern male camaraderie and betrayal is my own Reservoir Dogs.


A staged screenplay reading of a screenplay by Douglas Horn.  Produced by Ronald Leamon.

Performed by: Basil Harris, Rich Morris, Jesse Lee Keeter, Tony Doupe, Michael Patten, Peter Dylan O’Connor, Thomas Brophy, and Brian Desmond.

The screenplay reading is Friday, May 10th at 6:00 PM at the SIFF Cinema at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle Center.  (Near the Key Arena, Seattle peeps!  NOT the SIFF Cinema Uptown.)

Because Friday is a busy night in Seattle film circles (NWFF Gala, STIFF, etc), it looks like there may still be some availability for this free reading.  So I thought I’d open it up to readers of my blog.  (And, I suppose anyone who links to the page) to join us. Please RSVP to to reserve a seat.  There is a seat limit and once we reach that we’ll have to stop accepting RSVPs.

I hope you can come by.  This is one of my favorite scripts and the cast is remarkable.


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