Sometimes I Miss Cine Lenses

Sometimes I Miss Cine Lenses

​​I was reading the latest issue of American Cinematographer the other day. In particular, I was reading about Arrival. I always have a moment of geeking out over looking at the lenses and post-production applications used on such films. It’s an extra bit of excitement when I discover a film I admire has used the […]

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Sci-fi and the Portrayal of Scientists

Sci-fi and the Portrayal of Scientists

Before I was a filmmaker, I was a sci-fi writer. I’m still a sci-fi writer. What can I say, I’m a huge nerd and I love it. I recently came across a video I hadn’t seen of Ben Affleck doing part of the Criterion Collection edition commentary on the movie Armageddon. It brought back some memories […]

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The Joys of Pre-Rigging

The Joys of Pre-Rigging

I don’t always get the luxury of having a set to light well in advance of shooting a project, either as director or as cinematographer. But this weekend I have exactly that opportunity. I’m the cinematographer for a new short film being co-produced by Stories by the River. The film is a comedy written and […]

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Book Review: How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis

Book Review: How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis

As a filmmaker who has become a published author, I continue to seek out information that will help me grow as a writer. One of the main things I continue to dive into is anything that will help me reach out and connect with my target audience. Marketing is a pretty major thing whether you’re starting […]

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New Project in the Works: Undatement Line

New Project in the Works: Undatement Line

We’re very excited to announce that we are in pre-production for a wonderful short comedy called “Undatement Line,” written and directed by Chris Esper. “Undatement Line” deals with the whoas of dating in the online age. We’ve had the pleasure of showing some of Esper’s previous short films at theStories by the River Film Festival […]

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Don’t Screw Over Your Film Production!

So you’ve got a great idea for a short film, possibly even an awesome idea for a low budget indie feature? Maybe you’ve even cranked out and polished the script. That’s awesome! Congratulations! For a lot of new filmmakers, at this point it gets real tempting to quickly amass a crew and cast and get […]

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Why the Shot List Matters

If you’re new to filmmaking, it can be tough to wrap your head around the idea of creating a shot list. It does take some time to develop good shot listing skills. Because of this, I’ve met new filmmakers tend to think they’re better off just figuring out how to shoot each scene in their […]

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YouTube Changed Everything About Short Films

It’s been over a decade since YouTube launched its video sharing service. While it is true that most of us, myself included, tend to use YouTube primarily to find videos of crazy cats and hilarious fails, sites like YouTube and Vimeo have also become platforms where indie filmmakers have been able to share their short […]

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Mikel's Interview with Rogue Cinema (Part One)

Mikel’s Interview with Rogue Cinema (Part One)

Recently, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Philip Smolen over at Rogue Cinema. This is a two part interview and part one is out now. Part two will be out in April. In this first part, I got to look back at my early days of making short films and I even talk […]

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Open Minded Episode 1

Open Minded Episode 1

That’s right it’s my new video blog about my process for creating using open source tools!  For the first one I do a quick intro to Audacity and Noise Reduction.  Enjoy!

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