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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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New short film project – TAPE RECORDER

by on Apr.16, 2013, under Projects

I'm making a new short film!

I’m making a new short film!

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be shooting a new comedic narrative short film, Tape Recorder, starring Basil Harris and Alycia Delmore in a couple weeks in the Seattle area.  This short will be quite different from any I’ve done before, but my hope is, if you like Full Disclosure or any of my other films, you’ll really enjoy Tape Recorder.

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Using Storyboards to Help Get Funding for Your Film

by on Mar.25, 2013, under Filmmaking

Good storyboards can help advance your project.

Good storyboards can help advance your project.

In my first post on storyboards, I mentioned that that can serve a number of different purposes from a production tool to a way to get people excited about your project.  I recently posted an example of some storyboards I drew just before shooting—and the videos that they inspired.  This article looks at the other side, using storyboards long before you ever hope to shoot to help advance a project so that it can get funding.

Visualizing Success

Any time you’re trying to sell someone on backing your vision—whether it be for ten or twenty bucks on Kickstarter or millions from a film fund or high net-worth individual—you want to create a vision of that film for your backers—even though, for the moment, it that still exists only in your head.  You need to help people visualize the film you would make.  If you can help them visualize it—and if it’s worthy once you have—then you have a better chance of getting their support.

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VOD Options for Independent Films and Series

by on Mar.15, 2013, under Distribution


Services like Vimeo's new Vimeo On Demand will change everything for independents.  Eventually.

Services like Vimeo’s new Vimeo On Demand will change everything for independents. Eventually.

Updated: 3/25/13

Vimeo has just launched its new VOD service that offers an exciting new potential for independent filmmakers to release their works online for pay.  But how good is the deal really and where does it fit in the landscape of existing services?  Let’s take a look.

Why VOD matters

Not long ago, VOD was a little throw-away right that got included in film sales but often didn’t even get exploited, let alone bring in any money—at least where independent films were concerned.  So why the growing interest now?  Because DVDs are dead.

Because DVDs are dead.

I had to say it twice.  It’s kind of a big deal.  DVDs—essentially the entire Home Video nut that spawned the independent film movement (back in the VHS/Betamax days) and has sustained it till now, is dead.  People don’t really buy ‘em anymore.  Wait a minute, you say, You are wrong!  My cousin knows a guy who bought a DVD just a couple years ago…

Picking away at the DVD carcass.

Picking away at the DVD carcass.

Sure, a few DVDs still get sold.  For blockbuster films.  Or for very niche stuff that is more movement than entertainment.  But if you have an independent film without stars then as far as mainstream distributors are concerned, DVDs are dead.  You aren’t going to be making any money off them from distributors, but you’re welcome to make your own and sell them on your web site if you want.  …And that brings us back to VOD.

VOD will be the new DVD

When was the last time you bought a DVD, then popped it into your player and watched it?  I’m willing to bet that you’ve watched a video on your computer or mobile phone a lot more recently than that.  VOD—whether it be via iTunes, online, or your cable system—is the future of home video.  So why make DVDs of your independent film or series to sell through snail mail when you can sell a link to a downloadable file instead?  You can save the postage, fulfillment costs, inventory, and time.  And your customers can watch it right away and on whatever device they wish to.

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From Storyboards to Screen

by on Mar.10, 2013, under Filmmaking

Going from storyboards to screen

I was going through some storyboards for old projects recently and thinking about how they progressed into final videos.  Sometimes the storyboards are remarkable predictors of how the end video will look.  Sometimes there are very significant changes in the translation.  I think we can learn a lot as filmmakers from both.

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