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.