I was in the middle of editing an independent film I had made called Annihilation Celebration. When deciding how to distribute it, the two obvious options were Amazon and iTunes. From my reading I learned that offering my movie on Amazon would be no problem, but that getting approved on iTunes would be close to impossible. Requiring an expensive process in which you paid “approved aggregators” who still can’t ensure that you’ll be approved once submitted, everything I read basically confirmed it was close to impossible to get your movie available on iTunes as an independent film maker. However I ran across an article written by an indie filmmaker who had found a creative way to offer his movie as an App. Read More
When I learned that Kent Meister would be visiting Tulsa for Christmas break, it didn’t take me long to take advantage of the opportunity. After various visits to thrift stores, I was able to come up with replica costumes from a movie I had made over 10 years ago named Cai Chi. Sitting down in an esteemed interview, Kent and I ad-libbed answers to a variety of questions about making the Cai Chi movie. The footage will be combined with the release of the Cai Chi Movie in the Fall of 2013. Special thanks to videographer and photographer Valerie Grant for working behind the scenes to make it all happen. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
One of the major goals for Thinkpierce in 2012 is to complete four films that have previously existed in “half finished” formats. The one I am currently working on is called “Annihilation Celebration”. This roughly 12 minute short has three speaking lines total and the rest of the movie showcases non-stop fighting sequences that Doug Lee and I choreographed and shot in various locations around Tulsa. I met Doug Lee in high school and we shared a lot of similar interests from the start. We were both pretty heavy in to physical fitness and one day we came up with the idea of shooting a short film with non-stop fighting sequences, similar to the fight sequences we had been watching in movies by Jet Li, Jackie Chan, etc. Read More
Creating some of the motion graphics for an upcoming independent film recently became a group activity. You might not be surprised to learn that all had to do with a crazy dream sequence. The task called for some odd requests involving animated brains. To have the brains created from scratch, there was only one person to call…Josh. And to have them animated on screen, there was also only one person to contact…Josh. The two Josh’s I’m talking about here are professional artist Josh Dunbar and Professional Editor Josh Mitchell. Read More
It’s not easy to be an informant in the medieval realm of Thinkpierce, but someone’s got to do it. That was the job of Jeff Phillips who played the role of Sidias in the newest short film from Thinkpierce titled: The Informant. The whole idea started with me thinking it would be funny for two guys dressed up in medieval robes to be engaged in a ridiculous conversation between a cracked door. It later evolved into a cast of four and included barbecue turkey legs, a beheading and ridiculous medieval attire. Read More
Recently I joined forces with the one and only Garrett Wiendorf to film a scene like no other. I am in the process of recreating an independent film I made a few years ago and decided I needed to film an extra scene to help with the pacing of the story. The character I had created in my mind was somewhat of a tech guy who was into “gearing up” with all kinds of electronic devices…but not just any electronic device; old school stuff, like VCRs, Palm pilots, and telephone headsets. In addition, I decided the character needed to be totally in to “snacks”, having a “sea of snacks” covering his entire bed. I even nabbed an odd tray furniture piece at the thrift store that set beside him in the bed, acting as somewhat of a “snack trophy table” specifically designed to showcase the “top pick” snacks for easy access. Read More
I recently shot a short “dream sequence” that will be part of a short film I am making. In the movie, there is a scene where a group of guys are enjoying chocolate candy…maybe a little too much… In fact, a couple of the guys enjoy it so much that it causes them to “loose control” and enter a hallucinogenic dream. To make this happen on screen I was faced with the task of creating a dream sequence that could fit in with the story but also not cost a lot of money. I ended up finding a location that had a two-lane bridge with a creek running underneath it. The idea was to “transform” the space under the bridge into a “royal room” that the character (in his dream) could stumble upon and realize ultimate chocolate bliss, where colonial servants are awaiting him with countless boxes of Whitman’s sampler chocolates. I mean, that’s what you would have come up with too, right? Read More