Update On My Film Projects

Hello my fine, feathered friends! Here’s the progress I’ve been making on my films:

Citizen in the Temple:
The fundraising campaign is off the ground! I’ve collected $1,140.00 so far of my $7,500 goal. If you can contribute anything at all, I will be eternally grateful. It’s difficult to get a budget and you’d really be helping me out. To see my snazzy pitch video, check out my indiegogo site!


A lot of location scouting lately. I’ve got several locked but I’m still on the hunt for a few more. The location for set building is the most important. I found a few that might fit the bill, but I’m trying to do this economically, and a donated space would be just great. 🙂 I’ve been discussing the sets with the Production Designer and Art Director. We’ve got a lot of really great ideas that I can’t wait to put into effect. I will have some concept art soon.

I’ve had some luck on freecycle.org with finding free items to use for props. Might be something you other filmmakers out there will want to check out.

I met up with a very talented guy by the name of Gregg Wright a few weekends ago. He runs a haunted house, builds amazing sets, builds props, and does fight coordination, just to name a few things. I’m definitely looking forward to working with him.

I’m looking for a storyboard artist for the film. I want someone to take the stick figures I draw and turn them into something a little prettier. Then I’m going to create an animatic of the film to work from. I’m working out my visual design plan now.

I’m in talks with a talented costume designer who is interested in working on the film. I can’t wait to see the sketches she comes up with. I will post, of course.

I’ve gotten several emails from actors and composers who are interested in Citizen, and that’s exciting. I’m glad to see the project is getting out to the world. How did people live without the internet? Seriously. I’m sure someday there will be a book on the topic, if there isn’t already.

The Drone:


It’s come down to fx work and the final sound mix. The fx shots I’m getting are awesome, and there are a lot of them. The score is awesome. Many thanks to Nathan Parks and Kevin Yarger for that one. They have some amazing ideas and really nailed the concept I was going for. I’ll post some bits of that for you soon. We’re pushing for early April to wrap this one up. There a fest or two I’ve got my eye on and we’re really trying to meet those deadlines.

Be a good kid and “like” it on facebook, huh? I won’t let you down.

Facebook link for TeH Dr0nE LOL!

Beyond the Basement Door:
I just reviewed the final mix of the score for this one. Again, wow. It’s really great stuff from Petter Wahlbäck and vocalist LaShera Moore. I’ve attached a clip for your listening enjoyment. This is the opening credit sequence of the film.

From here, it’s all about the final sound mix from our man in LA, Jay Costa, and the remaining fx shots. Michael Fernandez is handling the fx on this one, as well as a huge portion of The Drone fx work, in addition to directing an installment of his own Noir web series, Cold to the Touch. The guy is busy.

In May I am shooting a music video for a great Chicago rock band, Veritae. This song will be used to support the film. It’s the end credits track. Location scouting for that on Wednesday!

On Saturday I will be in Indiana helping Paul Lyzun shoot interview footage for his MFA documentary on Charity Payne. I’m a producer on this film, and it’s going to be a thought-provoking look at a young woman that was sentenced to 165 years in prison for her role in the triple homicide murders in Lakeville, Indiana in 2000. I highly recommend you check out his site.

Gotta run. This update was brought to you by the letter,
– J


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