Who Doesn’t Love Big Dorks and Indie Spirit?

Twitter has been good to us.

We’ve funded the release of a film, built an audience for our new podcast, and, most importantly, met many, many amazing people.

One of them is Nicholas Brandt, or Super Nick, as we’re fond of calling him.

A screenwriter, film lover, and all around amazing dude (who KNOWS how to rock a viking helmet) he epitomizes what Social Media can and should be about — meeting great people and sharing support when you can.

Well, Super Nick co-wrote a new movie that honestly looks terrific.

With great actors like Jim Belushi and Jennifer Tilly, awesome looking performances from the entire cast, and a trailer that ROCKS we just couldn’t help but post about it. Enjoy the trailer:

The movie hits theaters September 27 — but for a limited time you can also rent it on iTunes premium at this link:

The Secret Lives of Dorks

Congrats Nick! Be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Our New TV Special: The Ghost Inside My Child

Set your DVRs! Out latest TV special is THE GHOST INSIDE MY CHILD, premiering Friday, November 23, at 10pm 9 central on BIO (The Biography Channel.)

It’s about children who have unexplainable memories of dying in a past life.

As new parents ourselves, we were both fascinated and a little terrified of the subject matter.

Rather than approaching the show from the angle of “is this a real phenomenon” or adding a skeptic to investigate, we took THE GHOST INSIDE MY CHILD from the POV of the parents.

Think about it: What would you do if your child told you they missed their “other mom” from a past life? Or remembered intricate details of dying in plane crash in World War II that, upon researching, you learned to be absolutely true?

Have a peak at BIO’s promo for THE GHOST INSIDE MY CHILD, and be sure to tune in Friday night or set your DVRs!

By the way, this show idea was pitched to us by ONE OF YOU…an aspiring producer named Suzanne Stratford. She receives her first TV producer credit on this show.

Will our next show be with you? Learn how to pitch your unscripted TV ideas and reality shows to us.

Camera Mapping Gorgeous Motion Pictures from Still Photographs

Awhile back we wrote a post about a technique called camera mapping, which is essentially taking a still photograph and “projecting” it onto 3d geometry to essentially fake motion picture footage.

If that sounds a bit complicated, Nick over at Grey Scale Gorilla has a great post on camera mapping explaining how it all works in Cinema 4d.

Can’t afford Cinema 4d? There are also some great Blender tutorials, explaining how to pull off the technique in Blender which is a FREE 3d program (perfect price for indies.)

Camera Mapping at Work

We have an upcoming TV show that we used camera mapping in heavily. Here was an early test to see how far we could push the process:

Camera Mapping Test from Joke and Biagio on Vimeo.

And here’s another camera map test including some 3d rendered spheres and a little bit of video (the artwork is camera mapped):

Cinema 4d/Syntheyes Test from Joke and Biagio on Vimeo.

Great Example on Vimeo

I wanted to post this example I came across the other day on Vimeo — it’s really a terrific use of camera mapping, and proof that with a still camera and a little know you, you can create high-quality footage. The piece is called “Deserted” by Bernd Montag.

DESERTED – Camera Mapping with Cinema 4D from Bernd Montag on Vimeo.

Nice job, Bernd!

Considering how much easier it is to shoot a super high-res photo than high-res video, this is a great way to get some extremely high-res footage on the cheap.

Go get yourself Blender, shoot some photos, and give it a try!

Follow Rian Johnson’s Lead to Jumpstart Your Filmmaking Career

Rian Johnson sold LOOPER the same way we’ve sold all of our TV shows and pilots…using great tape to generate excitement.


If you haven’t seen it already, Rian released the “clip-o-matic” tape he put together to help generate interest in his latest box-office hit LOOPER starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon- Levitt.

Have a peek:

Talk about a super-cool behind the scenes look at the birth of a film.

A Tried and True Technique

Clip reels like these are created for every kind of project you can imagine, and the good ones really do open doors.
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