Sunday, October 28, 2012

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SCARY MOVIE?

You know... the one that really terrified you? The one that you needed therapy to recover from? Horror movies serve as a great catharsis for our fears. In this article for Slasher Studios, I share my first Inspiring Scare, and how it helped shape my filmmaking career.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

WHY HOUSTON IS A GREAT PLACE TO KILL, TORTURE AND MUTILATE

Houston has become a great location for filmmaking, no matter what the production size. With a friendly atmosphere, diverse locations, and talented cast and crews, it's no wonder Houston is quickly becoming the indie horror film capitol. Check out this feature in the Houston Chronicle's 29-95 that I helped contribute to.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

...Don't let skeletons drive.

This shot is a composite of two stills taken on the iPhone 4. Photoshop's magic selection tool was used to mask out the widows, and the background layer was composited in. Motion blur and a levels adjustment put the finishing touches on the image.

*NOTE: No skeletons actually drove during the making of this image. Skeletons don't hold their liquor very well, either.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

ARE SUPER-HEROS DESTROYING HOLLYWOOD?

Iron Man, The Avengers, Spiderman, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Green Lantern... summer blockbusters are dominated now by PG-13 super-hero spectacles. Visual feasts of epic CGI wizardry.

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Andy Wachowski (Cloud Atas, Matrix) says "There is a supply and demand thing working there in Hollywood. The studios are making these big spectacles, but the audiences are going to see them."

That is not going to last forever, he says... But how can he be so sure?

Andy bases his prophecy of doom on the former collapse of the comic book industry, when everything became based on sequels.

Eventually, the market place will become over-saturated, and audience tastes will change, and as Andy says, " the whole system will re-invent itself as something else."

Is the era of the super-hero in decline, or is it just getting started?


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

THIS PUBLICITY STRATEGY WILL TAKE YOUR ACTING CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

I'm astounded by how often an actor doesn't have a website or social media presence... Has no publicity strategy... and no long term career plan. These actors bounce from audition to audition, leaving the fate of their career to chance, like a game of roulette - only the stakes are much higher.

Successful people make their own luck. They stack the odds in their favor. They do everything possible to ensure victory. Now, I'm not talking about cheating... I'm talking about preparation. "The battle is won before it is fought" - Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

An actor friend of mine recently contacted me, and told me he was among 3 people that were in consideration for a major recurring role on network television. He had recently been voted one of the 10 best actors in the region on a popular website, and he asked me how he could get this info in front of the casting director and studio execs.

I hated to tell him, but he's already missed the boat. He can't just email them the link... that reeks of desperation, and bragging can come off a little needy. Had an effective publicity strategy already been in place, it's likely the producers and casting directors would have been aware of his accomplishments during their initial research.

Trust me, no matter what the industry, prospective employers are Googling you. You had better put some time and effort into managing your brand and reputation.

The point is that last minute publicity rarely works. It's an ongoing effort, from which results will take months to manifest.

First and foremost, you must have a branded website, that is SEO optimized,  that will serve as a hub for your demo reel, resume, and press articles. It should be a clean and simple way for a potential employer to get all the necessary details to confirm their casting decision.

I'll let you in on a little secret.... producers like to cast actors that have a following, and that will generate additional press.

Why?

Because that directly equates to sales.

Imagine you are a producer... you have the choice (for the same price) to hire actor A, or actor B. Actor A has 100,000 twitter followers, blogs regularly and has 5000 Facebook friends, a fan page with 100,000 followers and a Klout score of 75. Actor B doesn't have a twitter, or a website and only has a Facebook page with 200 friends that gets updated once a month, with a Klout score of 20.

Who do you think will sell more DVDs of your movie?

If you said the better actor, you're wrong. It's actor A. Even if they suck.

Don't be complacent about your publicity and marketing strategy. Develop a plan, make  adjustments as necessary, and stick with it.

Talent is not enough. Talent must meet opportunity. You must create both!





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NIXON COMES BACK TO LIFE

Watch how Nixon spent the evening before his resignation, live at the Unity Theater in Brenham. For 2 weeks only, Nixon will be brought back to life by the incomparable John Lansch! The Show opens Friday, October 25th... tickets on sale now! Don't miss this thrilling recreation of history.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW ME?

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IMDB's HOTTEST ACTORS

Very honored to make the IMDB list of Hot Actors along with Ian Somerhalder, Bradley Cooper, Channng Tatum, Kellan Lutz, Ryan Gosling and more...  thanks for all the support!
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

HOW DO YOU GET FAMOUS?

How do you get famous? It's a question I get asked all the time. No one wants to live an average life... we all want to live an exceptional one. We want to experience everything life has to offer... live in the finest homes, drive the finest cars, travel to exotic locations, and have adoring fans the world over. The life of a celebrity seems most alluring. So, how do you get famous?

Keep in mind there is a difference between infamous and famous. Notoriety derived from insidious deeds is hardly something one should aspire to. Before embarking on a path to fame, it may be advisable to ask yourself why you want to become famous in the first place?

Being in the public eye has it's own set of drawbacks. Fame, money and power doesn't always equate to happiness. Famous people still face many of the same problems as those who are not famous. But truth be told, fame and fortune doesn't exactly suck.

So, how do you get famous? The simple answer, if you want to be notable, is to do something noteworthy. I know, it sounds very trite and cliche, but it's true. Though we live in a time where the world population exceeds 7 billion, and to accomplish something truly noteworthy among that vast pool of applicants seems impossible, it is still within our reach to accomplish individual greatness.

We are each unique, with a personalized skill set and an individual perspective of the world around us. Everyone has something... that one thing that they do better than anyone else. Finding, and maximizing, this attribute is the key to success.

It is only through self discovery, and an honest self evaluation, that one can hone his/her skills to a level that achieves greatness. Repetition of an action, over and over, allows one to make subtle distinctions that will improve that individuals skill to a level of mastery.

Think of the great musicians, sports stars, actors... born with an aptitude for their endeavors, yes... but this natural aptitude was honed to a level of excellence by countless hours of study, practice and real world experience.

You must not fear failure, you must not accept defeat. Instead, look at these as opportunities to learn, grow and improve.

Becoming famous is not your goal. That is a side effect. Your goal is to be the best at what you do... You must be so good, that others would be foolish not to utilize your talent. Dedication is the key. When you want to succeed as much as you want to breath, you are on the right path.

Focus your efforts on becoming famous, and you will likely wallow in obscurity. Devote yourself to a life of self improvement, you are likely to lavished with the world's treasures.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GO PRO HERO 3


The new Go Pro Hero 3 camera is out, and the footage looks awesome. It's Wi-Fi enabled and is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than ever! It will shoot 1080p at up to 60 fps and 720 at a whopping 120 fps (can you say super-awesome slo mo?). I think I'm finally on board to buy one.


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STREET VIEW

Ever wanted to see what the inside of Google looks like. Check out the new street view of their server room... I wish I had that much computing power, lol.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

SPLATTERFEST IS WRAPPED!


Whew! What a week... the third year of my film festival SplatterFest is finally wrapped up. Such a great year, with great films, and an amazing special guest - Anthony Michael Hall. I was very excited to honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award before the sold out screening of Sixteen Candles!
I'll be writing full report over at the SplatterFest site, but this year was really special, and AMH stayed on site and engaged fans for 14 hours! That's dedication.
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