Hello there, everyone!
Though I’ve been releasing a lot of content for a while now, it’s been about two months since I’ve had a blog post. I figured since 2011 is coming to an end that it’s high time I update the whole world (all two of my readers) on the status of my affairs and what’s been happening in 2011. Where to begin?
2011: The Review
I started off 2011 with very few films under my belt. Of course in the fall of 2010, I started Gutter Trash with my longtime friend and actor Derek Turson, but I had only one actual short film under my belt, that was World View (released in July of 2010). I had a script for a short thriller that I had written and I was due to be shot in the early months of 2011, late January or February to be precise. Due to recasting, shooting, and reshooting, the film never got finished until September. Isn’t that crazy?? Though it took so, so long to complete, I was really happy with how this seventeen minute film known as Trust turned out.
Even though Trust may have taken me a half a year to get out the door, I did not spend the entire time sitting around. I gained experience creating a number of short comedy films such as Small Talk, the High School Life trilogy, Stolen Property, Dr. Vincent, and many more. All of these films can be found in the comedy section of my main web site. I love how all of these shorts turned out, and what’s even better about them is that they were a great platform for me to gain experience as a film maker.
Amidst the slow production of the comedy sketches and Trust, I decided I would try my hand at my first feature-length project. It was a 20-episode web series. I got the first couple of episodes shot, but due to timing, schedules, and miscast roles, the series never came to fruition. I did, however, release the main theme that I composed for the series, it can be found in the Music section of the main web site. Even though I was never able to finish Light, it proved to be a tremendous learning experience for me. From the casting, to the shooting, directing, and everything else, Light was a tremendous experience for me that, even though it didn’t work out, I wouldn’t trade.
After Summer was over, I began another dreadful year at Albion College. This is my third year and I can’t wait til my fourth is over! Sadly during this time I wasn’t as productive, but I was still able to keep releases going. My long time friend and film maker Harrison Heller of Amorphous Blob Productions created my first ever real music video for me. I wrote a song called Waiting On A Miracle and Harrison approached me about the idea of creating a machinima music video for the song. He liked the song and he’s known for his machinima productions, what could be better? Harrison and I worked closely on the video and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’ve also released videos for other songs such as my original tune Burn These Walls, and covers for the Christmas tunes Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Silent Night. Check out all of these videos in the Music section of the main site.
Well, we’re coming to the end of the review for 2011. It’s been an exciting year. I’ve created a lot original content, I’ve learned a lot, and I feel like there’s place to go from here but up.
2012: The Future
I don’t want to say too terribly much about 2012 because a lot of things are still in development, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that even though things usually get done, it’s almost always not the way you planned or when you expected. That said, I’ve got some great scripts that I’m shooting this year and I can’t wait to get them out. One of my favorites is Shift, a scifi action/drama. It’ll be the next “big project” since Trust. Supposedly, we’ll begin shooting next week and hopefully wrapping by the end of January! I’m also looking to cast and shoot All Good Things, an original drama that I wrote that centers on a psychiatrist and his patent. Perhaps the biggest thing that I’m considering shooting in 2012 is a TV series pilot that I wrote. It feels like the natural progression after Shift and All Good Things, but right now that’s just speculation.
Anywho, that about wraps up this blog post. Thanks so much everyone for a great year. I’m looking forward to an even better 2012!