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:Read more
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).Read more
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!
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Three years of hard work by a lot of very talented people has come down to this:
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!
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.
Well... the picture is locked, and after a long week cleaning up project files and reconforming temp mixes and yada yada (and then another week putting out fires with regard to our taxes for this year), I’m finally getting to do what it is I do best: sound.
I cannot even being to describe how happy it makes me to finally be doing the sound for this movie. Fifteen years of training of my ears, hands, and instincts have me powering through it and not looking back. Picture editing always feels clunky to me. But once I get back into Pro Tools, it's like my body and brain just remember what to do and do it. It's a good feeling.Read more