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SDFF Screenings

As I’ve mentioned, Mystery Box is screening this Thursday, September 25th at 5:00pm and then Friday, September 26th at Noon at the San Diego Film Festival.  If you’re planning on coming to either of the showings, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to look for you down there.  Also, if you’re coming to the Thursday night screening and feel like some dessert, we’ll be heading over to Ghiradelli on 5th Avenue afterwards.  See you at the festival!

Exciting News!

I just found out that my first film of the 12 Films project, “Mystery Box“, has been accepted into the San Diego Film Festival!  It’s going to be part of the San Diego Shorts series and will be screened twice alongside several other short films from local filmmakers.  I’m seriously stoked!  This is the first time I’ve ever had a film shown in a festival so I have no idea what to expect.

The festival runs from September 25 – 28 down at the Gaslamp theater in downtown San Diego.  They’ll announce the film line-up and schedule at the beginning of September.  Event and day passes are already available for purchase, but individual film tickets (for instance, if you just wanted to come to see “Mystery Box” and the other San Diego shorts) won’t be on sale until September 15; and when they do go on sale, they’ll be $10.  For any info on the festival and to order tickets, check out their website here.

I’m planning on attending both screenings so if you come down, be sure to say hi.  I hope you to see you down there!

Vote Early and Vote Often!

So apparently, you can now vote once per day per email (which I’m not sure you could do last weekend when the voting opened).  So even if you’ve already voted once, go back and throw another vote in there.

Vote for: “FINALIST 6 – ONE DOZEN EGGS”.

Go here to vote for me.

Thanks for all your help!

For more info on what all this voting stuff is about check out my earlier post here.

Vote For Me!!!

A little while back I entered an online contest where I had to submit a 15 second slow motion video.  Today they announced the 10 finalists and opened up voting to determine the winner.  I made the top ten and I need as many votes as I can get.

Vote for: “FINALIST 6 – ONE DOZEN EGGS”.

Go here to vote for me.

You can vote once per email per day.  After you vote, the voting system will send you a confirmation link in an email; click on that link and make sure your voice is heard!  The contest runs until August 31, so vote as much as you can.  Besides, every time you vote you get entered to win a Wii or an iPhone.  Bonus!

I’m trying to get the word out for votes so, if anyone’s so inclined, pass it on, post it on a blog, tell your mom, etc.  It would be great to win with all of your help!

All The Films In One Place

As this project continues and as I post more here on the site, I realize that it’s not always easy to find all of the completed films and watch them without doing some digging around.  So, in the interest of an easy viewing experience, I’ve added a new page to house all of the completed films in one place.

No Really, They’re Official…

Ok, so in the spirit of strange and wonderful organized sports I give you two official organized sports organizations:

First of all, I can only imagine what was going through the heads of the originators of Unicycle Hockey
“Hey guys, you wanna play some hockey?”
“But we don’t have any ice-skates!”
“No problem, we’ve got unicycles!”
“Of course!”
Genius!

Unicycle Hockey

Second, I give you the official USA Rock Paper Scissors League. Here’s the thrilling $50,000 2007 Championship bout:

(ht to Carrie via email)

What It Is

So what is 12 Films in 12 Months all about? In short, it’s about two things: storytelling and motivation. But first, a little back-story: I got hooked on making movies nine years ago when I started learning to edit while volunteering in a middle school ministry at my church. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I changed my major in college and studied visual arts and filmmaking. When I finished college I was hired at my current job as a media and graphic designer; creating all sorts of presentations, design work, and videos for the events that we produce.

So this is where the “12 films” project comes in. It’s not a replacement for my job. Rather it’s a chance for me to tell my own stories with no assumptions; no preconceived intention as to who is going to be viewing it and what story it should tell. It’s also a practice in discipline. It’s all too easy for me to have an idea of a project I’d like to do and then put it off endlessly, spending my time and energy elsewhere. Well, now I feel like I not only have accountability (in you, the reader and subscriber of this blog); but also a series of hard deadlines, namely the last day of each month.

And I get excited thinking about each one of the upcoming months because I love movies. I love watching them and I love making them. I love it when they move me, entertain me, amuse me, teach me, and challenge me. I love deep, insightful films as much as I love fun, seat-of-your-pants thrilling films. I don’t even mind a summertime popcorn-munching blockbuster, as long as it’s a good ride with decent writing and memorable characters.

As far as my own movies go, I can’t promise that every short film I make over the next year is going to be an award winner. But that’s not really the point. I’m doing this to learn, grow, have fun, push myself and make movies that I like. Yes, I’d love to produce some good films that people enjoy watching; and hopefully my films will get better as the year goes on. But really, I’m more excited about the process at this point and telling good stories well, than about trying to produce my “one great film” or “breakthrough film” or whatever.

And that process is why I’m blogging the whole thing. I want to share my experience and I want your feedback, comments, suggestions, and thoughts along the way. So thanks for being with me here at the beginning. Please stick around and join me for this crazy year of filmmaking.