Tuesday, December 30, 2008

IMDB Title Page

I just submitted a title page for "Where Nightmares Feed" on the Internet Movie Data Base.

Here's their main webpage:


My page may take a few days or week to actually show up. (They're on holiday.) Then I can add my one-minute trailer for my 3-minute film.

I did get an email today that "A Night of Horror Film Festival" has received my submission and they will announce the Official Selections in February, 2009.

I'll update this blog with my Title Page IMDB when I finally get it.


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Paranoia Film Festival


It's done.

I've sent off DVD's to my last 2 film festivals for 2008.

Red Stick International Film Festival in Baton Rouge.

Paranoia Horror and Sci-Fi Convention and Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The next festival deadlines are in February and March.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Writing Process

This weekend I worked on streamlining my process of

I'm good at generating initial concepts and making a plausible story.

But in writing the script, I'm short on words.

A writer without words is like an artist without art.

And sometimes I am both.

So.... here is my new revised process to streamline the script to screen process:

  1. Idea

  2. Outline, Plot and Scenes

  3. Art, Characters and Background

  4. Digital Storyboard and Animatic

  5. More Ideas

  6. More Scenes

  7. More Art

  8. More Animatic

  9. Then write the script.

This is similar to writers who do a lot of research before writing. They get everything collected first so all they have to do is write.

It practically writes itself. (Or so they claim.)

On "Where Nightmares Feed", I came up with the concept. Then put some art in Sony Vegas to see what 2 minutes looked like and felt like. Then I added more art and animation and sound FX and dialog. And edited as I went along, taking out still art and adding in animation.

Later I added some more scenes and details to make in about 3 minutes long. Then I typed up the script of the finished version.

This is what I want to do with a feature-length script. I'm a visual guy. I need to see the scenes and the action so I can understand what I want to next.


Like other people looking to bottle lightning, I'd like to be able to put together several 1st drafts a year.

I need to get this show on the road.


A Night of Horror, ETC

I'm sending off a screener DVD to "A Night of Horror Film Festival" in Sydney, Australia. The festival is in April so the acceptances will not be announced until probably February.


Just have to keep my fingers crossed until then.

I did hear of a FREE animation festival in Baton Rouge that is taking submissions until Jan. 2. So time to burn another DVD screener.


And Paranoia has a Deadline of Dec. 31.


And I'm still working on the feature script that this short film inspired.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Trailer On You Tube

I posted my trailer on You Tube but don't see it when I Google it.

Maybe it takes awhile like when you first set up a blog.

This week, I need to apply for Sydney's Night of Horror Film Festival. The next deadline is Dec. 19th.

I'm going international.


Monday, December 8, 2008


I created a 1-minute trailer for my 3-minute short film.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

3December Reflections

Just got back from 3December here in Oklahoma City. We had folks from Dallas and other places attending. (Big crowd at Harkins Theater in Bricktown.)

Here's the list of speakers:

Greg Punchatz of Janimation

Scott Gagain with Vicon House of Moves

Dale Carman of Reel FX Creative Studios

Jesse Seppi of Tronic

Anjelica Casillas with Rhythm + Hues

Piyush Patel of Digital-Tutors (and host of the conference)

Anthony Chritov with Pixar Animation Studios

Most of the speakers spoke of change and passion. A passion for the work and the need to constantly change and update.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Tomorrow is 3December.

Around the world in different cities people will gather to discuss 3D animation in a big video conference. This is the 10th year. (The first for Oklahoma City.)

Speakers from Pixar and other studios will... speak.

I'll let you know how it goes.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Short Film Ideas

Ideas are plentiful.

Not even a dime a dozen, though.

To create a longer script takes... I don't know... more words?

Short scripts are easy for me. Give me a theme or a page limit and I can cram it full of shiney stuff. Make it sing.

But stretching out the idea for 90 to 120 pages is painful. The words get tough and chewey. Like gristle. What fun is that?

But I am transforming "Where Nightmares Feed" into a feature script. Word by awful word. It doesn't sing yet. But it will.

It must. Or any festival buzz will be lost.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sacramento Horror Film Fest

Just received an email letting me know that "Nightmares" was accepted for the 2008 Merry Scary Winter Horrorland Holiday Film Show.

The listing is at:

It is Dec. 6, 2008 in Sacramento, CA.

The Sacramento Horror Film Festival (SHFF) presents this all day film festival featuring independent holiday horror films with titles such as Killer Claus, Zombie Christmas, Treevenge, Stagman, Axemas-accre, Something for Santa, Left Overs, Thankskilling, Coming to Town, and the original 1974 slasher classic Black Christmas.

Yea, another film fest to add to my resume.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Sci-Fi London

Sent my DVD off to London on Saturday. They should get it on Tuesday.

Most of the festivals I'm sending to right now are for next year. And the notification process will be next year too.

I really want to find some festivals that are sooner. Just for my own gratification.

I found another sci-fi/horror festival in Austin. But it's not till next September. I'll submit to it in February.

My feature script I'm writing will be less horror and more fantasy.


Thursday, November 13, 2008


I submitted "Nightmares" to the deadCenter Film Festival today. Dropped it in the mail and everything.

I decided against Dawson City and Fresno Film Fests. They're not the genre fests I want to target and I can use my money to promote "Nightmares" at horror fests.

I have my submission for Sci-Fi London ready to ship out on Saturday.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Festival List

December looks like a busy month for me to send out DVD's to Film Festivals. Since this is a horror film, I'm mostly targeting genre festivals.

So here is my list of deadlines as of November 12, 2008:

Dawson City - Nov. 19
Fresno - Nov. 30

Sci-Fi London - Dec. 1
deadCenter Film Festival - Dec. 3
LA United - Dec. 12
Night of Horror in Sydney - Dec. 19
Paranoia - Dec. 31

Zompire - Feb. 13

Another Hole in the Head Mar. 15

The non-genre festivals in the list are there because of location or they're just too inexpensive to miss.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Web siting

Found my "Nightmares Feed" listed in someone's review of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival last month. It was in a list of trailers shown at the film fest.

That version was less than 2 minutes long. I've added a minute since then.


Sunday, November 9, 2008


I've created a 3-minute animation that I'm sending out to film festivals over the next year.

This blog is where we'll see what's going to happen next.

As of November 9, 2008, it has shown only at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR.

I've submitted it to the Sacramento Film Festival for their Holiday Horror Festival in December. Have not heard back from them yet. Their deadline is soon.