Archive | Indie Filmmaking


Today I met with a great sound designer.  He has been in bands and recorded his music for years; and is now getting into film sound. Today I met a sculptor / digital artist who wants to help with production design. Today I talked to an experienced film production designer who wants to help. Today […]

Dear Readers

Dear Readers, What Would You Like to See in Future Blogs? Yes, I suppose, if you beg me, I could tell you the story of The film which never got shot The one that didn’t get out of post The one which went over budget The one where the director had a meltdown and yelled […]

Whoops, There Goes My Budget

I am a purse snatcher in a low budget feature. How low…I don’t remember if I ever knew the budget because I was an actor in this one, not a producer although since it’s a small town I tried to ask around just out of curiosity to see what the budget was so I would […]

Once More unto the Breach

I stand in awe of all the artists who brought their gifts to my film.  In awe of the creative artistry in this town and the wonderful, collaborative spirit that has brought so many photographers, videographers, graphic designers, illustrators, animators and film editors to offer to work on my first script as a writer-producer.   […]

The Indie Flake-Out Awards, Part Two

Some days I like rectal surgery better than indie film   …Continued from yesterday …none of these aforementioned egregious flake-outs wins the statuette.  The  award for Biggest Crew Flake-Out for The Teaser Shoot for The Indie Film “Pending” goes to Set Designers.  The whole sub-species of Set Designers is included because we went through eight […]

The Indie Flake-Out Awards

These peeps will never get a paid gig in film My co-producer and I are at a coughing shop…drinking java and laughing so hard we are coughing.  And spraying all over each other.  We have just finished making a two minute trailer for an indie filmmaker.  It all was so outré—so many unprofessional and incredible […]

Character Sketches

In our short history as independent screenwriters slash independent producers, my partner and used to write character sketches after the script was finalized. We would make them available, rather than give them, to the director and the actors.   Some directors, the ones I label “Visual Directors” were not a bit interested in the sketches.  […]


Here are some diary pages from about a year ago while I was struggling with rewrites for “Exit Strategy,” interspersed with my current comments on said diary pages.   Now that my co-writer has decided she can’t help produce, I’m sole producer, which is the role for which I’m least suited.   MS 2010: No […]

Being an Actor: Weird Stuff, Part Four

  On set of indie film #3   Set up for a take.  Lighting set, actors ready.   We’re shooting in a neighborhood.  The location scout had no way of knowing that the neighbor halfway down the street would start a woodworking project at 7:00 in the morning on a week day.  But the neighbor […]

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