Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

For Memories’ Sake

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

The last couple of months have been pretty darn busy, so blogging has taken a backseat. I’ve been working on a few different projects — some writing, a DVD of two short films, and some tests with a new camera. And I got married — eloped to Walden Pond, to be precise. It’s been good to have some downtime from the blog, but now I’m back.

I’ll have some more information about some of these projects of mine later this summer, and I’ll be making some changes (hopefully good ones!) to Self-Reliant Film as well. But for now, I want to announce the launch of the For Memories’ Sake website.

For Memories’ Sake is a new half-hour documentary directed by my wife, Ashley Maynor. I’m the film’s producer and, though we’re still in the latter stages of post-production on it, I have to say I’m about as proud of this movie as anything I’ve been involved with.

In the coming days, as we complete the movie and prepare it for distribution, Ashley will be blogging on SRF about some of the things that were involved in making the film. Until then, I encourage you to become a “fan” of the movie on Facebook and check out the aforementioned website.

No Budget Film School this weekend…

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’ve written about Mark Stolaroff’s No Budget Film School before, but he’s holding a two-day class this weekend in L.A. that looks like it might be interesting. Guests include Peter Broderick, Alex Holdridge, Jay Duplass, and others.

If you’re in L.A. and interested in no-budget filmmaking, this is probably worth a look.

How to make a screenings map with Google

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

After my recent post, which mapped out the past and upcoming Quick Feet, Soft Hands television screenings, some folks at ITVS asked if I wouldn’t mind sharing how I made the map so that they could encourage other filmmakers they work with to do the same.

Though I’m far from the first person to do this sort of thing, I was, of course, happy to oblige. It’s a great way to visually communicate with your audience about when and where they can see your work.

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DIY project: Car Dash Camera Mount

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I’ve not posted a DIY film tool link in a long time, but the Car Dash Camera Mount listed in this morning’s “Weekend Builder” email from Instructables grabbed my attention.

If you need a way to film yourself (or someone) straight-on while driving, this could be pretty useful. Unless, of course, you’re using a big-ish or heavy camera… in which case you probably can afford to rent the “proper” tools.

Scott Kirsner’s ITVS Case Studies

Monday, January 26th, 2009

A few weeks ago Scott Kirsner blogged about a series of case studies he recently authored regarding independent filmmakers connecting with their audiences. Commissioned by ITVS, the case studies focus on, as Scott puts it,

indie filmmakers who are pioneering new ways to:

– Open up the production process to more audience participation

– Find and connect with new audiences for their work

– Distribute their finished film in new ways.

While all of the case studies focus on documentaries, there are a lot of insights here that are not limited to any one genre. In fact, I’ve made these case studies required reading in the Movie Business class that I teach at Virginia Tech. If you read this blog, chances are they should be required reading for you, too.

Read Scott’s introductory blog post. Or go straight to the case studies.