3 Takeaways from this year’s 168 Film Festival

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Or, why I haven’t posted lately 🙂

I may have said some of this before, either here or elsewhere, however, put simply, I’ve been busy. Or, I haven’t gotten enough computer time, as it’s always a negotiation here, or maybe, it always has been, however, I never realized it before.

As I hope you know by now, Black Friday screened appropriately, on Friday, March 26th, 2010 as part of The 168 Film Festival, which is the culmination of what started out as Untitled 168 Project Team #13 2010 edition. It was a long and winding road, with many forks and spoons, wherein I came away with three things that may effect my future participation.

  • You can’t always fix it in post
  • Working in a “Christian” environment is no different than working anywhere else, and finally
  • The 168 Project is a year round ministry

Well, at least for me. I discovered that one filmmaker that made the top 20 this year raised $31K, or thirty one thousand dollars for the right handed people. I didn’t even have a tenth of that going in, and not to make this a plea for money, however, I do have some expenses that have yet to be met, and by now you know where the donate button is 🙂 In any case, I felt I did quite well in a year that I originally decided not to participate.

I’m not going to make that mistake again. I’m a filmmaker, therefore, I should be making films. I’ve got this nice Flip Mini that I won from the fine folks at Gate6 Inc, simply for tweeting. Most of you know that I tweet constantly, so that should come as no surprise. YouTube will now be my new best friend. I’m not really going to be posting anything spectacular, as those of you that may have already seen Makin’ Coffee or Cats!!! will attest. I’m going to start a new Word Press blog, that will be setup shortly, and I’ll move all 168 related activities over there. This site will return to its original intent, which is to promote Watchmaker, a film about Intelligent Design, and the surrounding controversy.

I will hopefully continue to post with more frequency on the above two subjects, as it seems that everyone thinks that blogging everyday is a good idea. I’m not so sure on that, as I don’t actually have that much to say, most of the time. In addition, I’ll continue to post elsewhere, on a variety of topics that interest me. I’ve even received a small paying gig for one of those. Small meaning, not my usual article rate, and not my usual frequency of writing said articles, meaning not enough to support me, my family or this ministry.

That’s why I need you. Thank you in advance for your support, both financially and spiritually. I hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

I’ll come up with an appropriate catch phrase later. Leave a comment, and let me know that I’m crazy 🙂

Update: This may be a response to this; simply so I don’t have to type all of the above twice 🙂 There will also be a site redesign in my future. And yours. Stay tuned.

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168 -> The Doorpost

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Well, it would seem that although I screen on Saturday, April 4th, @ the Alex Theatre in Glendale, I did not make the finals, and am now only eligible for an audience award. Thanks to those that supported me, and if you can make it to the festival, I hope to see you there!!!

A funny thing happened on the way to the 168 Project this year. The fine folks @ TheDoorpost.com allowed 168 entries from this year’s competition to compete, if we could one, hold off on allowing votes ’til April 5th (168 liking to premiere its films @ its own festival, seems reasonable to me) and two, cutting my film down to seven minutes. The second part was a little harder, as we needed to get the complete credits in as well. With a little tweaking to the original film which came in @ 9:20, I was able to do exactly that.

However, at this point, I do have some additional expenses that were incurred as a result. Between $500 and $1000 depending on who you ask 🙂 And I would appreciate a donation in any amount @ the usual button in the upper right, if you feel so led. Also, tell all your friends, as TheDoorPost.com competition is 30% decided by online voting!!! So, pray for Three of Clubs, as start voting for it on the 5th!!!

So, to review, festival, online voting, need more donations. That about covers it. Thanks again!!!

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Screenplay Locked, and Cast Set

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Yes, of course I’m referring to my 168 Project film, which doesn’t have a title yet. I suggested to my son, Untitled 2009 168 Project Team #32 Film, but my son vetoed that one. My verse is Proverbs 17:6; Children’s children are a crown for the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

So, of course, I’ve written a comedy. I couldn’t cast my kids though, as they’re too young. I did cast my wife, however. It took me two days to connect with the verse, as it did last year. I like what I’ve written, as does the cast, but I guess they have no choice. I’ll find out what all this means, on either April the 3rd or the 4th, when the movies shows on the big screen at the 168 Film Festival. Oh, the theme this year is Family Business, if I haven’t told you that already.

So, continue to pray, and donate if you feel led. It’s not too late. I still need supplies to provide copies for cast and crew, as well as the ability to feed them. Shooting starts Friday, and I’ll have the film completed by the next Friday at the latest, however, I believe I can get this one done by Wednesday….

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The 168 Project… Version 2.0.1

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Image via Wikipedia59 directors + 168 hours of no sleep + 1 bible verse + a crew and cast = A film ready for the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles.

I am a filmmaker. Or at least, that’s what I put on my resume. And I am at it again with 168.

But I can’t do it without you.

So, what do I need?

  • $5000.00 – in any way that I can get it, pennies, $2 bills or $100 bills
  • An HD Camera – because a movie isn’t a movie without a way to film it
  • Prayer – especially since the deadline is February 20th
  • You – I need your commitment to participate on my team. For most of you, that will mean being available during the production week, which starts @ 2pm on February 20th
  • For those of you who don’t know what Project168 is, please check out The 168 Project Site.

    <blockqoute>I humbly beg your assistance through modest donations to help me reach my monetary goal. With enough support of $5.00, $10.00 or $25.00 here and there, I feel I can make a truly Christian short film that will inspire and entertain, as well as be funny. All I am asking is for you to trade that Starbuck Latte for a regular cup of coffee, and send me the difference. Or keep your Latte and just send me money anyway! In return you will receive a credit in a finished Hollywood film and, if you don’t have one already, then that’s something to tell all your friends about.

    Thank you in advance for any help that you can give.
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