A beginners adventure into film from an audience member to behind the camera


Local Short Film: Bar Room Blitz

Local Houston writer/director Chuck Norfolk has recently debuted his action Film Bar Room Blitz online. Great to see that the indie community has not forgotten about this genre, and this great example takes me back to the glory action days of the 80’s and 90’s. Give it a look.

A married couple open a bar on the wrong side of the tracks and come under attack by a group of blood thirsty thugs…luckily


Short film of the week: The Think Tank

Came across this unique short film and was amazed. I don’t want to ruin much of the plot, so just check it out.

Written and directed by Peter Calloway. Produced by Jon Deiner. Starring Matthew Rhys.

Short film of the Week: Stop

Caught this over at cinema5D. Mikel J. Wisler creates a short but solid sci-fi short film. It keeps you intrigued and has some interesting shots throughout. The writer director describes the film as …

One scientist’s experiments are about to take an unexpected turn.

Take a look.

Ever wonder what goes into a car photo shoot?

Well wonder no more! Esteemed colleague Nate Hassler photographer/editor for Modified magazine is one of the best in the business when it comes to photographing fixed up cars. He has graciously shared this behind the scenes video of one of his shoots taking us into a strange and wonderous territory unbeknownst to most of us every day Joes. Take a look and finally understand why no matter how many times you take a picture of your grandpa’s hot rod, you can never make it look like a magazine cover. (Its because your talent and your toys are not anywhere on par with the likes of Mr. Hassler)

Short film of the week: Peter Falk is Back!

This is a quick and funny short film and just goes to show that a great actor (or in this case voice actor) can really add so much to your piece. Piotr Walczuk is so good that i was really taken a back a little at just how much of a difference it was making in keeping me engaged with the film.

The film is technically decent, but this just proves the point that if you can manage to get good actors for your projects it will pay dividends in the final product.

So stay tuned for the tale of a young man who becomes in touch with his inner Falk.

Short Film of the Week: En Route

Short films and special effects tend to have a hard time coexisting. Either the effects arent as good as they should be to tell the story, or you get someone so excited about their effects talent that it either detracts from the story or there just isnt enough story at all. The makers of this great film En Route, use CGi as a way to tell a story that a few years ago simply would not have been possible without a big budget. Check this out and observe a beautiful story told with the help of some very talented individuals.

Indie Action Movie Tutorials – Basic Punching

One key difference between a lot of indie movies and the stuff made by the pros are action sequences. Professional stuntment, martial artists, trainers etc… all train for years to be able to add extra levels or realism and excitement to movies. ShahuyenProductions, though has decided to be gracious enough to share some tips in order to make your indie production look much more realistic. Check it out.