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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.

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