Do affordable special effects open the door for indie spectacles with story?

Have special effects finally gotten so accessible that indie spectacle filmmakers can focus on story? The short film Plot Device was put together to showcase the new Magic Bullet Suite 11 from Red Giant. So yeah, it’s a “gee whiz look at the affordable but awesome FX extravaganza” whose primary aim is to highlight the […]

Grave Dawn: WWII indie movie

Charlie Hofheimer (Father’s Day, Black Hawk Down, The Village, Blur) co-producing WWII indie film based on a true story. A few years ago I worked on a film project titled “BLUR“. It was a challenging experience, but through it I met a lot of people, many of whom I still work with when I can, […]

pocahauntus

A few years ago I ended up talking with Veronica Craven about her upcoming slate of horror films. We chatted about me writing a zombie flick for her but that project didn’t come together (at least not with me). She did, however, have a project going into production called “Pocahauntus” — a cheezy B horror […]

enigma – low budget indie sci fi

FOLLOW UP: I’ve seen the movie. Here’s my review. Stumbled across this series of clips today from the low budget sci fi actioner “Enigma” from The Shumway Brothers* and Frontier Studios. Love to see this kind of ambitious filmmaking in the indie sci fi genre… the technology is so accessible and affordable now that films […]

"Away We Go" gains instant indie cred via hand drawn title font

Away We Go is just the latest in a long line of “indie” films to leverage the oh-so-cool “hand drawn title” font, lending it serious street cred and instant indie validation before anyone even sees the film. Recently popularized by 2007’s JUNO, the quirky hand-made title font brought visions of diary entries and emo-teen angst-filled […]