The idea for this short came to me one night while my girlfriend and I were getting ready for bed. It came to me in pieces and after a few minutes I bounced a few ideas off of her and said, “What do you think?” She said, “Yeah, that could work.” We tossed a few more ideas around and I wrote up a preliminary “treatment”, so to speak, in one of my many writing journals strune about my apartment.

These past several weeks have been quite stressful for me. Between two beautiful wedding ceremonies (Congratulations Geoff, Amber, Sis and Rick!), my day job (10 hours a day is a common occurrence), looking for a new place to live (Finally got one!) and the news of attending the Philadelphia Filmathon, I've been worn down to a bloody nub. Because of all of this, I greatly appreciate your patience. Now on to the question at hand...

How do you do a trailer for an inordinately short film?

The seed of the "Animated Monologue" as it is today began with a comic I created when I was working retail. I only did the one comic, but I had plans for others. One such idea was me on the road, in the Great Depression, getting accosted by a well known media mogul who, in the context of the story, was rather fond of stabbing hobos. (Steve and I find situations such as these hilarious for some dark and unknown reason)

You read the title of this article correctly, in OCTOBER, I will be flying out to "The City of Brotherly Love" to attend The Philadelphia Filmathon, where they will be screening several films, as well as Son of a Beach (The short animation where I talk about why I don't like going to the beach). I've never been out East before, so this should be an educational experience in more ways than one.

Wes Anderson is considered by many to be a genius in the world of modern cinema. His Post-modern aesthetic and storytelling have been praised by critics. His characters often operate in a "heightened" reality, stylized by reserved performances from the actors and specific design and color palates for the sets. The cinematography is often characterized by wide shots of the performers often against sparse backgrounds. Classic, indie and world music play a huge part in Anderson's films.

After a year of Film Noir Classes and writing several papers on the subject, I finally get to put into words my feelings on the film Brick (2006) Dir. Rian Johnson.

Due to situations beyond my control I have an essay for you this week instead of a video. My apologies, as I have been laid up all weekend with either a nasty little cold or the early stages of the "T-Viris". Because of this (and my 10 hour a day job) my ability to produce a video of creative or humorous merit this week has been severely hampered.

The Lyric Cinema Cafe held it's first "Local Filmmaker Night" yesterday. This event was meant to bring local filmmakers together to connect with one another, give each other feedback as well as screen for the local audience. There were cash prizes that were mainly an incentive for people entering their movies for screenings. They hope to make this a monthly thing and we hope to enter this event again in the coming months. To the owner, Ben, we local filmmakers can't thank you enough for putting this event together.


This is just a quick update to tell you all about the latest CBP screening. This Thursday (AUG 5th) at 6:30 PM at the Lyric Cinema Cafe (300 E Mountain Fort Collins, CO) we will be screening one of our films. This process has gone from being "just a Local Filmmaker Showcase" to being a FULL BLOWN CONTEST! I know, I'm just as thrilled and surprised as you are. We could really use your support, because in this Octagon of film, the audience's vote matters. So if you're in the area, please stop by the event and show us some love.