Drew Daniels Named One of Variety's "10 Cinematographers to Watch in 2016"

I can't even begin to say how proud I am that my friend and closest creative collaborator Drew Daniels was named one of Variety's "10 Cinematographers to Watch in 2016".

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I've known how amazingly brilliant Drew is for years, of course, which is why he has shot every movie that I've directed. He is one of the absolute most talented people I've ever worked with. I'm not exaggerating when I say that if I had a choice between Lubeski, Deakins, Kaminski, or Drew, I'd pick Drew. I have no doubt that he will be on the Oscar stage some time in the next decade, and I only hope that I can continue to get to work with him for years to come.

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Steven's Top Ten for 2015

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Before too much time went by, I wanted to share my top ten movies of 2015 with you. I saw 174 feature films this year. Of those, 128 were movies I had never seen before. I saw 79 movies in a theater (80 if I count Star Wars twice).  This is down slightly from 2014, when I saw just shy of 100 movies in a theater, but that’s to be expected, what with an infant to take care of and a movie of my own to finish. (Note: this tally does *not* include the roughly 800 billion times I watched Found Footage 3D.)

For the second year running, I saw my favorite film of the year at Fantastic Fest. Last year I opted to not include festival movies that had not been released to the general public by the end of the year. This year, I’m taking a cue from Simon Barrett and including any movie I saw in calendar 2015. This not only saves me having to compare movies I saw nearly two full years ago with stuff I just saw last week, but it also gives me an opportunity to put some great movies on your radars so that when they do finally come out, you can make sure to see them.

Here are my top ten movies for the year:

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It Is Done...

The movie is finished. I was honestly starting to wonder if it ever would be. I’m sure many of you have been wondering the same thing, and I don’t blame you. If I had known just how long this was going to take, and how much it was going to bleed out of me for so long, I might have thought twice about undertaking the endeavor at all.

I started the journey of making this film three and a half years ago. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s longer than the U.S. fought in World War II (which at the moment feels like a particularly apt analogy).

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Video Diary: Killing Vegetables

It's been a while, but Steve is back to let you in on a part of the filmmaking process that the general public rarely gets a glimpse of: creating horror sound effects. Watch Steve beat the shit out of some fruits and vegetables and make a big mess. Educational AND cathartic.

You'll want to listen to this one through headphones!

As always, check out the 3D version by logging in to our exclusive backstage area.

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It's Away!

Three years of hard work by a lot of very talented people has come down to this:

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We're not done yet by a long shot. A careful examination of the above picture reveals the words "Work-in-Progress". But we submitted to our first film festival today. The first of many. Now all we can do is wait. Oh... and finish the movie.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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Anniversary

Three years ago this very day, I had a sudden inspiration for a story that no one had ever done before... a feature film that I could write and direct myself, and possibly even raise the money to shoot. Given that I'd never done any of those things on that scale before (especially the money raising part), it was pretty crazy to think I would be able.  It required a pretty big leap of faith, especially on the part of my very supportive wife, who thought I was nuts but went along with it anyway.

Toronto International Fil Festival To Do

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