It's been a long time since this blog has been updated. A LONG time.
For anybody that is still following the blog, and for first timers, we wanted to share with you that Turning Point is available to view and purchase on Amazon. In fact, it's been available for quite some time through Amazon. Unfortunately, nobody got around to sharing this information in the blogsphere... until now.
Either way, if you've yet to see the film, or want to see it again, links to Amazon are provided below.
Video on Demand
Thanks to all supporters both past, present and future.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Includes close to six hours of bonus features!
-Multiple Commentary Tracks
-'Little Big Man' a short film by Ryan Moser
-'Verklempt' a short film by Chase Winniford
-A Look Into the Illusion of Filmmaking and More!
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tis the season to be jolly.
And in all honesty it truly is. I've been grateful for many things this past year. Coincidentally most of them do not pertain to 'Turning Point.'
So before I give an update on what's going on with the film, I will list some things that I have been grateful for this year.
1) I started the New Year off with the love of my life. What more can you really ask for in life?
2) I made my deadline and completed my first feature film at the age of 25.
3) Had an amazing Memorial Day Weekend road trip where some of the cast and crew, as well as myself, traveled to Sedona, AZ. We showed the film during the annual student film festival that's held by the school I graduated. It was an amazingly fun trip. Still probably the highlight of this year.
4) I just received news that my sister is officially engaged today. Pretty surreal to imagine my baby sister is doing something that's so "adult." I'm very happy for her and realized we will be extending our family. I'm more than happy to accept her fiance' Brad into our lives because he's a really good guy.
5) Been doing pre-production work for a new short film titled "Little Big Man." My good friend Keaton and I wrote it this past summer. The project has definitely had its ups and downs due to some unnamed actors bailing from the project. But after two months of casting I believe I've found the right actors. So we'll see when it's time to film it. We were going to do it in January but that's way too soon now. Kind of funny how we imagined shooting it in September at one point.
6) In the meantime I've been really busy focusing my efforts on my music project Twilight in Versailles. I'm going to be recording my first ever EP. It's definitely been a long time coming so I'm really excited about that.
7) I'm also very blessed that my love, Lorena, got a job with Aeromexico as a flight attendant in the past year. I'm really proud of her and a bit envious of her globetrotting around while getting paid. And to top it all off, she gets to visit LA for free. So I'm definitely very grateful for that.
So all in all, it's been a very good year. A bit strange because I feel a lot less productive but I assume that feeling is due to my comparison of 2010. Moving back to LA and working on 'Turning Point' was a very, very productive and insane in all good ways kind of year.
As for the update, 'Turning Point' is sadly in limbo. For awhile there, it was always nice to tell people that I won't be hearing for a few months from what festivals have to say. It was a nice safety blanket. Unfortunately, I received my to be accepted rejection from Sundance. They received a little over 4000 feature film submissions this year so I don't feel obligated to take it too personal. I feel I will be receiving my official rejection letter from Slamdance sometime in the upcoming week. I feel that they would have already contacted me by phone if they were inviting me to play the film during their festival. Both of these festivals have very stiff competition so it does not surprise me in the least that 'Turning Point' did not make the cut.
I did receive some sad news from the Sedona International Film Festival this week as well. I received my official rejection letter from them. In all honesty and surprisingly enough to me, this one actually hurt a little. It's not by any means the most recognized or hyped festival in the circuit but it is definitely very credible. They were kind enough to inform me that the film did not make the cut due to the subject matter. I find that to be reasonable enough. They insured me that the filmmaking aspect qualities were top notch. It's still a bit surprising due to the fact that the audience in Sedona seemed to rave about my film when I showed it during the student film festival.
During the festival, I remember walking into the room and there were quite a few older ladies in the audience. My stomach sank because I did not purposefully set out to offend anyone with my film but I felt this was the demographic that would most likely be offended by the subject matter. To my amazement they seemed to be the biggest supporters of the film. After the screening and Q&A many of the women came up to myself, Lore, and other members of the cast and crew and congratulated us on our accomplishments and how much they related to the story. Definitely a touching moment that I would've loved to experience again in Sedona. Oh well.
The only sympathy card I can pull with this festival is, I was surprised they didn't favor the film due to my alumni status with the film school in Sedona. I'm not sure if I am technically the first or second alumnus to make a narrative feature, because another student completed a feature this year as well, but I felt that they would definitely want to show off a graduate's directorial debut. With that being said, this decision of the festival has also made me respect them even more because it shows that they really don't show favorites or pull favors. It's truly democratic, from what it seems. Or maybe 'Turning Point' is really just bad. (That's a joke. Sarcasm doesn't seem to translate all that well via text)
I'm still waiting to hear back from a few other festivals and I'm considering a few other viable options to get the film seen by people. That's truly the most important thing to me. I have said it many times and I'm more than happy to say it again, I did not spend all the time and effort in creating the project in order to watch it on a television set with only friends and family. I would love for the film to get out into the world and find its audience.
We'll see what fate has in store for us in the New Year. Happy Holidays to all the people of the world and especially anybody that follows this blog. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time from your life to read some insight into mine.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Since I put a good quote on the blog. I thought I would share this one with any readers that are out there.
"The structure making a movie imposes on your life when you're doing it again feels like it felt each time before. So there is a kind of wonderful suggestive timelessness about the structure. I'm doing exactly the same as I was doing when I was eighteen and making my first movie. It frees you from any other sense of time." -Stanley Kubrick
I don't think you can describe the filmmaking process much better than that. I'm currently feeling like I'm making my first movie all over again as my team and I begin preproduction on my latest short film.