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Now on IndieFlix: Entry Level and DIVERGENCE: Season One

by on Apr.24, 2014, under Projects

My independent feature Entry Level is now available on IndieFlix.

My independent feature Entry Level is now available on IndieFlix.

I’m very pleased to say that my first feature film, Entry Level, is available again for the first time anywhere–and it’s on a platform that I really love, IndieFlix. Entry Level is a comedy about starting your life over and the craziness of looking for a job. It stars D.B. Sweeney, Missi Pyle, Kurtwood Smith, Cedric Yarbrough, Lisa Ann Walter, and Taylor Negron. It won Best Feature and Best Writing awards at VisionFest and played in several other film festivals. The original distributor, Porchlight Entertainment went belly up and I’m happy to be able to share this film again. You can see its ratings from the DVD version on Netflix. People say some nice things. What’s more, the film is available for the first time in 1080P HD. I hope you’ll check out Entry Level on IndieFlix. (continue reading…)

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Launching Films on VOD

by on Apr.24, 2014, under Distribution

After a lot of research, here's how I'm acteally launching my films for VOD sale.

After a lot of research, here’s how I’m acteally launching my films for VOD sale.

In my previous post on VOD for Independents 2014, I looked at how the landscape of direct VOD platforms had developed over the last year. This is an important topic to many filmmakers considering the jump to VOD sales. I have several films that I want to put in front of an audience and direct VOD seems the obvious way to go (for reasons I’ve discussed in the past few posts on the topic).

After a year of watching VOD platforms and audiences grow, I thought that this was the perfect time to get into the game and launch my best films and videos. Here I’ll share which platforms I chose and why. It was a hard decision. It’s one thing to make a table of each platform’s features and another to commit to all the work it will take to launch a film (let alone the 20+ videos that I am releasing at once, all with collateral images, synopses, etc.) (continue reading…)

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Full Disclosure and Coffee & Pie Now Available on Reelhouse VOD

by on Apr.17, 2014, under Projects

I’m excited to be launching many of my very best films on the VOD platform Reelhouse–starting with my two best-known short films Full Disclosure and Coffee & Pie. 

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Very soon I’ll be writing more about the release, why I chose this platform, and how other filmmakers can do the same thing. For now, I hope you enjoy the films. More are coming including my brand new comedy short film Tape Recorder. (continue reading…)

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How Actors Can Get Clips for their Reels

by on Apr.04, 2014, under Uncategorized

On almost every film and video project I work on, actors ask me to get clips of their work for their reels. Actors are wise to constantly update their reels—or at least have the material  on hand. However, it seems like there is a lot of misunderstanding on both sides about when and how clips can be provided. So I thought it might help actors and producers to clarify this. Also, I do have a secret way to pretty much ensure you’ll get all the clips you reasonably need.

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A New Look at Independent Film Financing and Distribution

by on Mar.21, 2014, under Distribution

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Here’s a quick hour on why indie financing and distribution is the least broken it’s been in 5 years, and how to make the most of it.

The Seattle Office of Film + Music has a monthly speaking series. In September 2013 they asked me to talk about some of the new developments in film financing and distribution. At the time, I had been giving a lot of thought to why I had not made a new feature film in some time and whether the conditions that had made financial success in independent feature films nearly impossible for the past few years were possibly changing, and if so, what new tools and strategies might help create success today. When I mentioned this to then Director of the OF+M James Keblas and Washington Filmworks Executive Director Amy Lillard who had asked me to speak, they were very interested in the idea.

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