Author Archives: Ian Robertson

12 Films Movie Posters

For Christmas this last year, my wife Christina surprised me with an incredible gift: she had full-size movie posters for all 12 films designed, printed, and framed for me.  Needless to say, they turned out incredible.  They were designed by our friend Daniel Benitez, and he did a fantastic job of giving each one its own unique style and look.

Film #1: Mystery Box

Film #2: Click Click

Film #3: Paper Covers Rock

Film #4: April Fools Day

Film #5: I Don’t Want To Live On The Moon

Film #6: Eliza’s Last Day

Film #7: The Pick-Up

Film #8: No Rest For The Weary

Film #9: Shadow Of Revenge

Film #10: Going Postal

Film #11: Skytalkers

Film #12: Home For Christmas

A 12 Films Screening!

I am excited to announce a screening of all 12 films, for one night only!

The screening is going to be the evening of February 7, 2009; and will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.  Click here for a map to the museum.

The doors open at 6:30pm and the screening will start at 7:00pm.

UPDATE: The museum’s galleries will be open for free to all guests of the screening before the screening (from 6:30pm to 7:00pm), so get there early if you’d like to take a look through the galleries!  Here’s a link to the current exhibitions.

Tickets are $10 (cash or check) and can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

You can view and respond to the Facebook event for the screening here.

The museum has a great theater and I’m very excited to see all of the films up on the big screen!  I hope to see you there!

50 Incredible Stop Motion Videos

Stop motion filmmaking has been around since the advent of moving pictures (often as some of the first visual effects).  One of the things I love about it is that anyone can do it – all you need is a camera and some time; but it can also be incredibly moving and remarkable when done well.  I saw this collection of “50 Incredible Stop Motion Videos” at Smashing Magazine the other day and promptly got lost in watching one after the other.


There are two extremes when it comes to movie spoilers: those who want to know everything and wouldn’t care if you tell them the end of the movie and those that go so far as to avoid movie trailers for fear of learning too much.  I find myself somewhere in the middle – leaning slightly toward the “I don’t want to know” end of things.  I like watching the movie and if I know how it ends or major plot twists then I end up spending half the movie waiting for said twist instead of getting into the story.

That said, I still thought this video was hilarious.  The two guys in the video spoil 100 movies in less then 5 minutes.  You’ve been warned:

ht to Chris Davis for the video
ht to Wooster Collective for the picture

12 Films on Facebook

If you’re on Facebook and a fan of any of the 12 films I’ve made in the last year, why not combine the two?  I set up a page for 12 Films In 12 Months on Facebook here (you can also click on the link in the sidebar).  You can view the films in much higher quality than most of the current YouTube versions and become a fan of the project within the Facebook world.  Thanks for your support!

What’s Next

So now that I have completed 12 films in 12 months, what’s coming up for 2009?  Well first of all, I’m not going to be diving straight into another 12 films this year.  I’m looking forward to spending some time with my wife and having a free weekend or two.  As much as I’m proud of the films I created and as much as I enjoyed the experience of making movies all year and the experience and learning that it brought, I’m looking forward to a couple months where I don’t feel the self-induced pressure to write, cast, plan, shoot, edit, score, and mix a film every 30 days or so.

All that being said, this blog and the films I made are certainly not going away and I’ve got a couple things in the works relating to the 12 Films.  First of all, I’m working on a screening of all 12 films within the next month.  The plan is to rent out a theater here in San Diego and spend an evening screening and sharing stories from the 12 films we produced this last year.  I’m still working on securing the theater so stay tuned for the exact date and location.

I’m also hoping to submit some more of the films to festivals throughout the next year.  Having “Mystery Box” accepted to the San Diego Film Festival was an honor and a dream come true.  But my hope is to now take even more of the short films I completed and submit them to all sorts of festivals and have them screened before many different audiences.  I will of course announce any festival screenings here on the blog so stay tuned for that as well.

I will continue to post short films and creative videos from others, assorted videos that I work on, filmmaking resources and thoughts, and more here on the 12 Films blog.

You can keep up with what’s going on in a few ways.  You can subscribe to this blog, either through RSS reader (if you don’t use any particualar reader, a couple popular ones are Google Reader and Bloglines) or via email.  You can find the RSS feed here or in the sidebar to right and you can subscribe via email by entering your email into the box in the sidebar.  You can also keep up by following me on Twitter.

If you’re new to the site, thanks for checking it out.  If you’ve been following the films for a while, thank you so much for your viewership, participation, and support over the last year of filmmaking.  Here’s to great 2009!