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You’re All Invited – WAKE UNTO ME Online Premiere Jun 11

Wake Unto Me

A woman alleging to be a time traveler makes a startling proposition to someone she claims will become her future spouse.

Most of you know me for my proofreading and script consulting services, but I also dabble in filmmaking.

My last short film, TRIPLE TIMe, was fortunate enough to win a number of awards at festivals this year and I was already gearing up for another project when the 2018 AT&T SHAPE Mobile Filmmaking Competition came along.

The challenge was to film a five minute short film, using only a mobile phone, tablet or drone, then edit and submit it — all within one week’s time! How do you say no to that?!

The really cool part is that Warner Bros. Studios allowed us to film at one of their sets — which was chosen at random. We were lucky enough to get the same set where the climax of DARK KNIGHT RISES was filmed.

Watch and Vote

From June 22nd to June 25th, I am cordially inviting all my clients and blog readers to watch the online world premiere of the short my team created.

It’s free, only five minutes in length, and you can watch it from any device that has an Internet connection!

Please head over to the Facebook event page for all the particulars of the online premiere and contest voting.

https://www.facebook.com/events/170240240489360/

And don’t forget, when the time comes, if you enjoy the film, please vote for us to win! Online voting accounts for 25% of the score.

Mobile Filmmaking

I sure learned A LOT from the process of making a short film using only a mobile phone camera (albeit an amazing one, with add-on lenses, etc.). Is anyone interested in reading or watching videos about my experiences? How I put it all together, etc.? Filmmaking in general?

If so, let me know!

TRIPLE TIMe – Official Selection at Roswell Film Festival! Apr 05

World Premiere of TRIPLE TIMe

After some private screenings and notable contest wins, I’m proud to announce that my short film TRIPLE TIMe is having its official world premiere at the Roswell Film Festival!

Here’s more info on the event that takes place from April 24 – 29th in Roswell, New Mexico:

What’s TRIPLE TIMe about? Here’s the logline:

A theoretical physicist discovers his life is in danger when he comes home to find two future versions of himself.

If you’re in Roswell on Thursday, April 26th, and haven’t yet been abducted by aliens, stop by for the afternoon premiere of TRIPLE TIMe and say hi!

TRIPLE TIMe Poster

 

MoviePass – Is It Worth It? Oct 17

What is it?

MoviePass is a service that allows you to see as many movies as you like (but only one movie per day) for a flat monthly fee. So in a 31 day month, you could conceivably see 31 different movies… or one movie 31 times, if that’s your thing.

When the service was first introduced several years ago, it was quite pricey. But now that there are new investors, including the co-founder of Netflix, it has an incredible new price tag — just $9.95 per month!

That’s right, for the price of less than one movie ticket in many cities, you can see an “unlimited” number of movies.

How does it work?

After you’ve purchased your MoviePass subscription, you wait for your card to arrive in the mail. Due to the rush of new subscribers, there have been some frustrating delays — up to six weeks or more. So manage your expectations accordingly.

When your MoviePass card (a Mastercard debit card) arrives, you’ll need to download the MoviePass app and enter your card number.

Next, you pick a local theater, and it will display a list of the eligible movies playing. (Currently, you can only see 2D movies in a standard cinema — no 3D, no IMAX, no RPX, etc. Any showings that are ineligible will be grayed out.)

I would make sure you open your app before you leave for the theater — just to make sure the movie/showtime you want to see is available on the MoviePass app.

Sadly, you cannot reserve your ticket in advance; you have to be within 100 yards of the theater to use the app to check in. That means you’ll need your MoviePass card and a functioning smart phone with cell phone service.

The first time you select a movie showtime and click “CHECK IN,” it will try to authorize your account. When I tried this, the app just churned and churned for five minutes, waiting for the authorization. I’m the impatient type (and also know that some apps are buggy), so I simply exited the app, then reopened it again, and poof — I had been authorized and checked in!

“Checking in” is a bit misleading. You’re not actually checked in to anything. What happens is that behind the scenes, MoviePass adds the funds to see the movie to your MoviePass debit card. It doesn’t mean you have your ticket yet or that there are actually tickets left for the show you want to see. You still need to go to the ticket window or kiosk to purchase your ticket.

You simply tell them what movie you want to see, hand them your MoviePass card (and theater rewards card if you have one), and that’s it! If the showing is sold out, the app has some functionality that allows you to select another movie. I haven’t encountered that situation yet, so you’ll have to tell me what that experience is like.

Is it worth it?

$9.95 per month to see as many movies as you like? Of course it’s worth it!!

But there are a few things to keep in mind. Here’s a quick list of the current pros and cons:

PROS

  • One low $9.95 monthly price.
  • See a new movie every day.
  • No blackout dates or movies.
  • Can be used at 91% of theaters nationwide.
  • Inspires you to see a whole host of movies you may not ordinarily want to shell out the bucks for.

CONS

  • It might take a while for your MoviePass card to arrive.
  • While it can be used at thousands of theaters nationwide, it may not include your favorite theater (but it probably does).
  • Can only buy one ticket at a time. No biggie though — if you want to pay for two or more people, just make two separate transactions.
  • The app may be a little buggy. Just keep trying. (That’s your only recourse — customer service for MoviePass is notoriously non-existent.)
  • Cannot reserve movie seats in advance. You have to be at the theater and hope the showing hasn’t sold out yet.
  • Cannot see anything other than a 2D movie in a standard cinema.

SUMMARY

If you’re like me and love to see movies, don’t let a few Negative Nellies online dissuade you from getting MoviePass. It’s a fantastic bargain!

Do you have MoviePass? How has your experience been?

The Making of a VFX Shot Mar 19

Tim-GreenScreenA lotta work for a few seconds of screen time

Thought I’d share a behind the scenes “making of” video for a VFX shot we couldn’t fit into the TRIPLE TIMe pitch video.

Speaking of TRIPLE TIMe, if you’d like to contribute to the making of the actual short film, the time is now! Only one day left to help us reach our funding goal, and earn my eternal gratitude. Every little bit helps tremendously.

TRIPLE TIMe Crowdfunding Campaign Now Live! Mar 01

clock-r4What is TRIPLE TIMe?

TRIPLE TIMe is the next short film I’ll be writing/directing (and doing the visual effects for) with filming slated to begin at the end of March.

It’s a sci-fi, time travel extravaganza that tells the story of Tim, a theoretical physicist, who discovers his life is in danger when he comes home to find two future versions of himself.

If you love time travel movies like I do, or just want to see how weird I look in real life, please head over to the TRIPLE TIMe Indiegogo Crowdfunding page to watch the video.

I’ve been posting to Scriptwrecked for over five years now. If you’ve ever learned something important or picked up a great nugget of advice from my blog, contributing to this campaign would be an amazing way to say thanks. I know most screenwriters (like myself) aren’t made of money, so even if you can’t afford to contribute, simply sharing the campaign link with your friends will help tremendously.

The ultimate goal is to turn some heads in Hollywood and turn TRIPLE TIMe into a single-location feature film. That it all begins with a kick-ass short film. I’d love for you to be a part of the journey with me. Please click the campaign link below to find out more about TRIPLE TIMe and all the cool perks we’ve set up for contributors.

Crowdfunding Campaign Page
http://igg.me/at/tripletime

TRIPLE TIMe Facebook Page
https://facebook.com/tripletimefilm

My team and I will be providing updates on the crowdfuding campaign, and all things production related, right here (and on our Facebook page). So stay tuned and thank you for your support!

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