Pin 5:29 – Production

While 31 Days of Reviews was dominating my blog, I didn’t have much time to write about the newest production I’ve been a part of. Throughout October, I jumped back into the producer’s chair for a new short film by Jason Rugg called Pin 5:29!

I don’t have a ton of insight about pre-production because I was incredibly busy with other things. The other producer on the film helped with casting and some script doctoring. I managed to be able to help with securing the location and planning for the actual shoot day, making sure everything ran on schedule and all that.

On the day of the shoot, we had an early crew call. This allowed us to get the equipment set up and start practicing all the things we would have to do. It helped us to be a lot more prepared. When the actor showed up at his call time, we were able to brief him, get him in costume, and jump right in.

Everything was in the same location, just different rooms. This made it easier to transfer equipment from scene to scene. It was just a matter of moving things. We had craft services set up in a nearby room. I think the location served everything really well.

For the most part, we shot in chronological order. I had it organized as much as possible by what lens we would be using to get each shot. There were definitely some interesting shots included in the shot list for this one. You can get a peek at one of the interesting shots in the picture below.


There were a couple of hiccups along the way, something I attribute to having one less set of hands than what we were planning to have. In the end though, we finished everything pretty close to the scheduled time, and the director is very happy with it.

From what I’ve seen in editing thus far, it’s looking really good. The director is excited about it. I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to show it off. We’re aiming for a 60 second cut at first. There may be a secondary cut that is a tad longer, but for the time being, the 60 second cut is the main focus.

Stay tuned for Pin 5:29!

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31 Days of Reviews 2017 – Reflection

It doesn’t matter how many years I do this, or how much I prepare, doing a review every single day for 31 days is tough.

This year I did more prep than I ever have before. I knew that time just was not going to be on my side with my wedding being the same month. Even with all the prep I did, I still could have done more.

No matter how much prep I do, it always gets draining around the 20th of October. I always seem to hit a slump around that time. I usually have to push myself for a couple days before I get my groove back around the 25th. It’s been a trend the last several years.

I really do enjoy doing the 31 Days of Reviews. I’m a genre enthusiast. I’m a woman filmmaker who has a focus in horror films. This is kind of my thing. I enjoy discovering hidden gems and sharing them with people who might not have known about them otherwise. I really do enjoy doing this. It’s just a lot of work.

If I’m going to do this again next year, and I know I’ve said this every year, I will need to prep more so it doesn’t hit me all at once. The prep work that I did this year really helped. I think I just need to start earlier with that. Maybe I could start now? Who knows. I guess we’ll see.

Weekly Reviews will resume as usual… starting today actually. Happy Wednesday! Regular content from my career will resume as well. Stay tuned!

31 Days of Reviews: Round 4

Here we go again!

This will be the fourth year that I embark on 31 Days of Reviews. It’s hard to believe that this started as a challenge for myself all those years ago, and it has blossomed into such a regular thing for this blog.

My preparation for this year was a bit different than previous years. October is going to be a very big month for me (I’m getting married). Since I know how busy I’m going to be, I’ve gone a bit further in my prep than usual. I’ve been watching and writing reviews for the last couple months in an attempt to lighten the load.

I don’t have all 31 days planned out, so there will still be quite a bit of work for me in the coming weeks. Hopefully what I’ve accomplished so far will help take some of the edge off though.

Prepare for 31 Days of Reviews 2017!

3:03 at Stormy Weather Horror Fest

It is a pleasure and an honor to announce that my short film 3:03 was selected as a semi finalist for Outstanding Female Filmmaker at Stormy Weather Horror Fest Summer 2017.

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It really is an honor to have been nominated as a semi finalist. There were a lot of great horror films in this competition, and to be considered on the same level as the other semi finalists is really just the best feeling. It’s hard to really put it into words. It’s just really nice.

Thank you to the people behind Stormy Weather Horror Fest for watching and appreciating my work. Thanks again to the cast and crew of my short film for sticking by me and helping me out so much. Thank you everyone who has taken the time to view my work and share in the experience.

If you have yet to see my short film, 3:03, you can view it below.

Return to Sender: Update and Delay

It has been a while since my last update about my upcoming short film Return to Sender. I believe the last thing I talked about was completing the storyboard, and that was back in the spring.

I had to put the project on hold for a couple of reasons.

For one, I started working the summer camps in June. This was the busiest year I’ve had for those, working two camps a day all the way through the end of July. It didn’t leave me much chance (or energy for that matter) to take the next necessary steps.

The second reason picked up right after the summer camps ended. Back in May, I got engaged to my partner of 5 years. We’re getting married in October of this year. Needless to say, I didn’t have the time or money available to move forward on the film. I had wedding planning to do, and that stuff is stressful!

The progress on Return to Sender has remained at that same standstill. My next step was to move on to casting, but I will be postponing that for now.

Through the winter, I will most likely make another pass through the script to see if I want to make any final changes. Any changes will then be reflected in storyboard revisions.

At the moment, I’m hoping to pick up where I left off with casting at the start of 2018. I’m hoping to get into principle photography at the beginning of spring, and I’m hoping for a late spring or early summer release.

Let’s see how much of what I’m hoping for actually comes to pass!

Lights, Camera, Action Films 2017

This summer though Xcelerate, there were two separate weeks of Lights, Camera, Action camps. That means there are several films, created by the campers now available for viewing.

“Empty” – When a boy wakes up in an empty classroom, he begins searching for answers.

“Summer Star Wars” – A playful homage to Star Wars, complete with goat people and lightsaber fights. The enthusiasm was strong with this one.

“Escape” – A group venture into a haunted college turns deadly when an escaped convict enters the mix.

“No Strings Attached” – Two friends get more than they bargained for after stopping by a pop up antique shop.

North Aurora Days Address

It’s the first weekend of August, so this means that North Aurora Days has rolled around once again.

Depending on how long you’ve been following me professionally, you may know that I covered this festival with E Leal Productions last year, summer of 2016. We had high hopes for that film coverage, but nothing ever ended up coming from it.

Why? You may ask.

It’s kind of a long story, multi-faceted. For one, we bit off far more than we could chew with our coverage. We covered everything over the entire 3 days of the festival. This made it hard to put our shorter videos. There was just so much footage to go through and organize. We had about 10 minutes of video edited, and we still had a ways to go.

On top of that, we had a hard drive crash on us, so we lost a lot of footage. After that, time just was not on our side. The project sat, and sat, and sat.

I had hoped to at least put together a promotional video for the upcoming festival, but once again, time just was not on my side. This goal never came fruition. I continue to be disappointed by that fact.

To continue with the theme of time, we will be unable to cover the festival this year because of previously planned engagements. If anything, we’d love to enjoy the festival for fun, if we get the chance. It really is a fun time.

I have no obligation to give explanation for why we won’t be covering the event this time around, or why nothing came of the footage from last year. We went into the event ourselves. We volunteered our time for no one but ourselves.

I’m writing this post for myself, as a reminder to not take on more than I can handle. It’s a reminder that things can always happen to make situations go differently than they were planned.