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Curate and Sparkle: Seed&Spark Workshop Recap

Attended the Seed&Spark Crowdfunding workshop at Durham’s NCGLFF this past weekend to help get my head around how people approach that platform and to scope out some best practices when crowdfunding for indie films. The event was lead by filmmaker Christina Raia from Seed&Spark, who has used the platform to make several projects, and overall it provided a nice overview of both Seed&Spark, and concepts for crowdfunding in general, that seem a bit obvious in retrospect, but weren’t immediate conclusions for me as I’ve been tooling around with their backend for a bit. Plus it was a really nice way to spend a Sunday morning, just chilling in Durham and hanging with a group of people (some familiar faces, some new faces) and discussing the challenges of indie filmmaking. Read more →

#silverfoxfriday: Lee Marvin in the Twilight Zone

#silverfoxfriday: Lee Marvin in the Twilight Zone

Over on the Twitter last week, I kicked off #silverfoxfridays with John Hannibal Smith. This came from inebriated conversations with friends about (weaponizing) past crushes and is really just an excuse for me to post pictures of rando handsome dudes that I find charming to my timeline to break up the usual feed of television angst, political weeping, and injudicial teeth-gnashing. This week, however, I’m taking it up a notch, because when I landed on my second choice for #silverfoxfriday — well, he gets plenty of coverage in my other social channels — I wanted to really dig in deep.

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A brief history of NC Film Incentives

A brief history of NC Film Incentives

After some discussion at a recent Triangle Filmmaking Community Screenwriters Workshop meeting, I got into researchy mode and compiled the following for my own reference. So here, without commentary, is a overview of NC Leg action regarding the NC film incentive and grant programs since 2005.

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Filmmaking hurdles

Filmmaking hurdles

As we’re in the home stretch on filming MERIT BADGES, I’ve had a some time to look back at the journey and reflect on some of the hurdles I’ve faced while trying to get into filmmaking. Though to be honest, I’m not sure I feel like I’m really inside the circle just yet, but I’m definitely doing and not just talking about doing things now, so there’s a definite sense of something I’ll dubiously label accomplishment.

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Using the churn

Using the churn

Not to be confused with the Amos Burton novella. Some clever bastard phrased it as “the sound that a fork makes in the garbage disposal.” And I’m stealing that metaphor, because I’m satisfied to regard my brain as a sort of garbage disposal. I never stop looking for new things to stuff in there via traveling, events, television, music, film, books, crafts, hobbies, games, whatever. And when I get especially hung up on something it’s a catalyst– I’ll binge, obsess, repeat and churn it down to the atomic level, exploring the components, absorbing them, figuring out ways to graft them into my being because I want the things I love to define me.

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

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