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I’m a Nobody Filmmaker

“I’m a nobody filmmaker: I don’t have a recognizable name nor a recognizable film.

In essence, most of the world couldn’t care less about me nor my movies.”

— Christopher J. Boghosian

These are words that begin a very interesting, and thought provoking blog post on the Hope for Film site. Its a great post that delves into the honest truth that filmmakers have to earn credibility, hype and leverage. Unless your name is Spielberg, Tarantino, or Coppola (Pictured Above) no one is going to give you money to make your film. You have to earn the right to ask people for money.

How do you earn it? By making films!

So instead of trying to come up with the next big hit, or hyping up your film as the next big thing….just make films. Make films within your means with favors, begging , and sneaking around filming locations.

“An expert baker who has studied and worked for years would scoff at a novice attempting to develop a great loaf of bread. It takes years of trial-and-error, blood, sweat and tears to bake great bread.”

I think people are to quick to call themselves a Filmmaker just because they buy a new and fancy camera. It takes years for study, practice, and experience to learn any craft. You have to understand all aspects of Filmmaking including; Acting, Writing, Art Design, Sound, Music, and most important Storytelling.

This post is a great read for anyone starting out, or us old veterans looking for inspiration. I’m defiantly inspired to go out, and continue to develop my craft. I’ll also continue to look for support from my friends, family, and small handful of fans that watch my films, read my blog, and comment on my work in general.

Thoughts????


Trailer | Captain America: The First Avenger

As a young Filmmaker I told myself there are 5 movies that I would love to make.

This is one of them.

As a child Captain America was one of my favorite Comic Book Heroes. A man genetically modified to be a fighting symbol for this country. In a time when America was at it’s proudest. Fighting Nazi’s and saving the world from evil on both coasts.

I personally think its pretty cool for a super hero to not have powers to take down the villain. Much like Batman, in the DC Verse, Captain America uses this physical prowess, and tactical skill to get the job done.

So it’s no surprise to know that I was ecstatic when I heard they were making a Cap film. With Marvel now in control of all their character properties, they now tying all their films together leading up to the big Avengers film in 2012.

During Super Bowl XLV, Paramount and Marvel Studios released their first TV Spot revealing the transformation of Steve Rogers into Captain America. It also featured some quick action scenes, and an appearance of the Red Skull. Also from the looks of it, the producers are keeping the story in WW II era, and probablly ending with Cap joining the Avengers.

I can’t wait!!!

Official Captain America: The First Avenger Website


A Filmmaker’s New Years Resolution

I know it’s pretty much February, and the excitement of the New Year has and gone, but I didn’t have the blog at that time. So I wanted to let everyone in on what I’ve been doing since the New Year as it relates to my career as a Filmmaker.

A still from Chicago Hip Hop Artist Visual's "What's Up Joe" Music Video

On January 1st Filmmaker Magazine posted a blog titled NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR FILMMAKERS. The post basically challenges all filmmakers to try something different this year like a new genre, polish your image on and off line, work for others, read more and so fourth. However my biggest interest was #3…..SEE THE ESSENTIAL 100.

Legendary Japanese Actor Toshirō Mifune in Seven Samurai

The Toronto International Film Festival released a list of the 100 most essential films that define cinema. I’ve honestly have seen about a 1/4 of the films on this list. Which as a filmmaker I feel ashamed cause I don’t make it a point to see movies all the time. Well I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start again.

So I guess the 2nd reason for my posting of this info is to see who’s up to the challenge. I feel like we all get so wrapped up in our own projects we forget to, or neglect the fact that we have to help each other. Help each other as fellow filmmakers, artists, and struggling individuals. Because in all reality we need all  the help we can get. It’s also a great chance to see all the films that shaped the way movies are made today.

Peter O'Toole (Left) and Omar Sharif in a scene from Lawrence of Arabia

Who’s with me?