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A New Short Film & A Serious Change

In filmmaking, media on April 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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Hello, readers and long-neglected friends. It’s been a while, hasn’t it. I’ll be honest, what’s happened is I’ve fallen out of love with writing reviews of movies, and I haven’t had anything else to really blog about over the last months.

Well, that’s all changed with my new short film, Theoxenia! I’m blogging again, I’m running a Kickstarter campaign (here, if you please: http://kck.st/1lAahzH), and I’m revving to go. The only thing is, I’ve also decided to do that on my portfolio website, http://muthmedia.com – where I will be blogging from now on.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Crowdfunding For You And Me

In filmmaking on May 8, 2013 at 10:20 am
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Full Disclosure: As you might see from the image, I am indeed a backer of Braff’s Kickstarter campaign. I have excuses and reasons. But, I also have to say, I did not back the Veronica Mars one. And have contributed to other campaigns as well.

It’s amazing how many Facebook posts I’m seeing today talking about Kickstarter. And how people believe famous – or established professionals – shouldn’t be using it. And it’s getting a little bothersome. So, naturally, I have to weigh in, because… I want to. Read the rest of this entry »

SPIN CYCLE – A Short Film

In filmmaking, Uncategorized on April 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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November? Really, it’s been that long since I posted anything? And it’s almost May. Well, fortunately I’m back with something new, and hopefully fun. That new thing is a short film. Shot in one day, with a crew of seven people (including me, and the two main actors). Granted, I’ve worked with crews that small before, but, so far this was the most successful effort with me at the helm.

With that said, I wanted to do a walk-through of what it took to make the movie. From idea conception to what I’m doing with it now. There’s some techno-babble in there for those of you that care, and hopefully it’s interesting enough for those that don’t.

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Do What I Say – Don’t Listen To Me

In filmmaking on December 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

Starting out in this business – what business, you ask; well, any business really. So let’s just focus on one little snippet, how about Life, itself.

Too big? Okay, then how about the movie business?

That’s better, and it makes sense with this blog? Alright.

The only thing you probably no doubt already know about the movie business (and life!) is everyone’s got an opinion and they’re more than willing to give it to you. Hence, the reason I have this blog, why you probably have a blog, and you probably read three dozen other blogs. We all want answers, and guidance, and a fast-break that’ll get us noticed. Well, I got some great news for you sister… I have your answers, right here. Read the rest of this entry »

A Return To Form… Any Form

In filmmaking on November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Hey there loyal readers – I assume there are loyal readers and not just people that come searching for the logo to LOST and Kerry Green photos.

So, it’s been a long-time, lots has happened, and now I’m back. Honestly, I’ve been back for a while, but the reason the blog has sat here untouched was because I just wasn’t sure how to approach this place again. I’ve kind of moved beyond wanting to write movie reviews, and I don’t really feel qualified enough to write straight up comments on filmmaking. I’ve also been busy writing some scripts, and reading other people’s scripts, and plotting making some films. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rationalization of Pixar’s CARS, Without Ever Seeing It

In Animation, filmmaking on March 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

I don’t know if this has been talked about before – and knowing the internet, it probably has – but what with the sequel coming soon (though honestly that’s just a coincidental tie-in and not the reason for this article at all), the idea struck me the other day why and how the movie CARS, created by PIXAR, deserves to exist. And better still, how a world populated solely with vehicles, works.

Mainly that was my big issue with the Owen Wilson, Paul Newman movie from 2006, was the whole premise was stupid. Sure, Pixar’s made movies about inanimate objects or creatures talking many times before. But at least those items – be they fish, toys, and bugs – have some of the requisite pieces to communicate. Like mouths, and something like hands to actually create a world with buildings and gas stations. Cars don’t. So, I’ve never seen the movie. Honestly, I have no desire to ever really visit it, or it’s upcoming sequel. Read the rest of this entry »

The Making of FREEBIE LIST

In filmmaking, media on February 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. As you’ve no doubt noticed I haven’t gotten to watch (or at least write about them) too many movies over this time of putting together my first short. So, in lieu of any kind of review, I decided to write up a post on what this experience has been like – so far.

Journey below to find out how a first time filmmaker has lucked out, screwed the pooch, and gotten some photos along the way. Oh, and a last chance opportunity to not only help fund the movie, but be rewarded for it, with material goods. Read the rest of this entry »

What 2011 Means So Far

In filmmaking on January 17, 2011 at 2:38 am

You’re probably thinking, “it’s been a couple of weeks now and only one post on this here blog.” First of all thanks for caring; second there’s a good reason for the silence. Every now and then I’ve mentioned the whole “moving to Los Angeles and working in the movies” thing I’m doing.

Well, almost in time for my one-year anniversary, I’m going to be making my own movie. A short that I wrote and will direct called FREEBIE LIST (http://freebieshort.com) and is a fun little story, which I’ll go into further down. But, to not bury the lede, I need some fund-raising help. I’ll admit that I don’t know who’s out there reading this right now, but if you’ve read this blog for a while; I’d take that to mean you like – or dislike enough to hang around – what I have to say.

So with that, I hope maybe some of you out there might be up for kicking in a few bucks to help a fledgling filmmaker out. You’ve gotten a taste of what I like in movies and I would hope that what I’d eventually make wouldn’t be too far from that.  Read the rest of this entry »

2010: A Retrospective (and Top 10-ish List)

In awards, filmmaking on December 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

The biggest thing in movies, for me, this year was in-fact moving to the mecca of cinema. Los Angeles (and specifically, Hollywood itself). I arrived here on Valentine’s Day, worked on a number of projects – a feature, web series’, music videos, and lots of short films. All in all, this was my year of movies.

Of course, you’re not here to read about those stories, you want to know what I thought of the movies I saw in theaters, or that had an effect on me. Amazingly, I thought 2010 was a fantastic year for movies. Not necessarily a better year, but just that I actually had the opportunities (again, thanks to location) to see a number of movies that tend to only play theatrically in limited locations, and a lot of times almost strictly in LA or New York. So, unlike most years that I might write one of these, there may be a couple of movies that you haven’t gotten to see yet, though I believe almost everything that’s been limited this year theatrically; you could probably see on Video On-Demand or via iTunes. Which, in a certain way, makes this year a special one in availability of movies to mass audiences.

So, on to the movies. Read the rest of this entry »

Like A Spinning Top | Discussing INCEPTION (Spoilers!)

In action, Directors, filmmaking on July 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm

In the third, of an unplanned trilogy of posts about Christopher Nolan’s newest movie, INCEPTION; I’m going to dive right into the spoilers and meanings (to me) of what this pretty great movie left me with. So, if you don’t want to be spoiled on what happens in the movie; then go no further.

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