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This Little Light of Mine

A Filmmaker’s Journal Five years ago an independent production company agreed to finance my “compelling little story of forgiveness” as one of eight feature films for limited release to a faith-based audience. Thrilled, I wrote, directed, and produced the movie … Continue reading

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Open Door or Open Pit?

Ambition! I’d just completed my final student film, was combing through Backstage, a well-known resource for entry-level movie jobs, found a production manager opening, and called. I spoke with an excitable assistant: “Can you come by now?” she asked. “Yes!” … Continue reading

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My Next Big Box-Office Hit?

Horror thrillers and Movies for Women are among the most successful movie genres. Could this be my next big hit: A Filmmaker’s Journal 2020 was my biggest year ever as a filmmaker. Oddly enough, thanks to the-pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named, I had three … Continue reading

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Touching Base With My Friends

First, allow me to apologize. I’ve been out of town most of the last two weeks, and have had little time to visit my blogging friends’ sites. So I feel the need to touch base with you now, because you … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2020

2020 was truly a game-changer. Among other public venues, movie theaters became almost invisible. Result? 2020 Academy Award nominees (which requires a theatrical release) are dominated by low-budget indies. Second, movie studios have permanently shifted their emphasis to a split … Continue reading

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Future Movie Settings

Historical Sites and Modes of Transportation Here are some of the shots my co-producer wife and I have taken during visits to potential movie sites on daytrips during the pandemic. Our southwest Ohio/northern Kentucky area is rich in history–note the … Continue reading

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Future Movie Settings

Film Exteriors I’m a filmmaker (writer, director, producer). But as you know, movies took a major hit when a certain pandemic decided to ransack our planet. Like everyone else, my co-producer wife and I were left looking for safe ways … Continue reading

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Future Movie Settings

Historical Sites and Modes of Transportation Last week I posted photos of buildings and structures taken during daytrips with my co-producer wife to possible future movie settings (our “what can we do?” response to the COVID lockdown). Here, I continue … Continue reading

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Future Movie Settings

Interesting Structures Many of you know that I write, direct and produce movies. You may also know that, while some scenes are filmed on sound stages (especially effects-heavy shots), most are filmed on-location. Finally, I’m guessing most of you know … Continue reading

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Promises to Keep

Seven years ago, in the fall of 2013, I met a man who altered my life forever. Mike, a producer and fledgling screenwriter, had spearheaded the formation of a production company called St. Michael Movies. And now they were casting … Continue reading

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