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Monday, November 20, 2006



1. Figure out what movie to make
Ok, so we're writing a script.

At least we're figuring out what script to write. We know our rules. We know are limitations. Hopefully, we accurately understand our strengths.

Like a good roll of toilet paper, in any script fit to wipe your ass with, the squeezing grabs you, and the softness keeps you. The squeezing is the premise -- The Idea that grabs you, sucks you in, makes you want to see the movie. The softness is the controlling idea -- What the movie is about. Why the movie exists.

We have a premise. We have a controlling idea. We're outlining characters, plot, etc.

Nothing is final at this point -- but we can reveal the following:

  • This film will be made from the most successful techniques from the shorts of Words Pictures Movies past.
  • The movie will be in our head by the end of the year, and the first draft will be in progress by January 1st.
  • We'll have a draft in May, and will be looking for readers.
  • Characters. No sci-fi gimmicks, no ridiculous effects, no exploding vans, no regenerating limbs. It's all about the Characters.
  • And the zombies. There have to be zombies. But it's really about the characters.

Monday, November 13, 2006


Onward Ho!

Ok, so now we've made some movies.

We've made 4 this year, spanning several genres. From Mindless violence, to romantic comedy, to pointless action, to mindless violence.

We couldn't have done it without the incredible help and enthusiasm of our cast and crew. I can't emphasize enough how impressed I am with how excited and dedicated a group of people can be working on a project like this, and bearing with our learning process.

So now let's make another movie. A really, really big one. We've learned a lot over the course of the last few films, now's the time to put it all to the test. Some of the lessons learned:

  1. Thou Shalt Not Be Boring.
  2. Make sure the entire movie is made before the camera rolls. Don't just plan everything, DO everything. All special effects. Music. Lighting & Sound tricks. Do anything new BEFORE you shoot.
  3. Do Not Make The Movie in Your Head.
  4. Know the difference between these two lessons.
  5. Always know what you're getting yourself into.
  6. Try not to think about what you're getting yourself into.
  7. Know the difference between these two lessons.
  8. Set your deadlines in stone. And make sure everybody knows them. Consider this permission for anybody reading this to nag the hell out of us when we're late.
  9. Never stop moving, and always know your next step.

So what's the next step?

Here are all the steps as I see them.

  1. Figure out what movie to make
  2. Figure out how to make it
  3. Plan a timeline
  4. Make the movie
  5. Shoot the movie
  6. Assemble the movie
  7. Fix the problems

We're on the figure out what movie to make part now. In light of the "Always know what you're getting yourself into" lesson above, we've realized that the script we have which is loaded with decapitations, exploding vans, and people's glowing immortal soul, might be a bit ambitious for a first project with a budget of roughly $0.00.

But Ideas are plentiful. And that's the subject of the next Blog post. Which will be posted within the week. And please hold us to that.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Zzzzzzzz...wha? I'm awake, I'm awake...zzzzz

Guess what friends?! Have Gun Will Murder is done and on our MySpace page. Or you can go directly to Google Video. Share with friend! Watch again and again! We only live to entertain YOU.

So on to the next adventure which Adam will be writing about shortly.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Google Video Stats:

It's been almost a year since we uploaded our first halo videos to Google Video.

Here are the current stats on the number of for everything we've done since:

Title Page Views
An Excellent Lover 19326
Butt! - A Halo Called Fred 2477
Chicken Boy 2364
Mexican Love Song - A Halo Called Fred 2446
Standing Tall 2382
Territory 2495
The Frequency Of Damnation 971
The Robbery 7647
Totals 40108

I have no idea as to what drives people to watch one video over another, if it's word of mouth, or random searches, but it's good to know our stuff is being viewed.

On a related note, for those of you waiting on our latest film, there was a gross underestimate on the level of effort for a special effect. We'll keep you posted for the final project.

But here's a sneak preview:


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