The Fun Begins

This Wednesday we begin shooting the new web TV show. It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to it - although I must say production is my least favorite part of the filmmaking process. Too many things can go wrong (and often do). But I'm working with a lot of the same crew - and even cast - from previous projects, so that should make things go fairly smoothly. They're all very talented folks, well most of them. :)

I hope to post on the blog some along the way and also get some behind-the-scenes cast and crew video on the web too. But it's funny how things tend to get away from you in the middle of shooting. I'll do my best though.

-Blake

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Steve Buscemi Interview

Great little interview with Steve Buscemi about his new directorial effort "Interview". Click here to check it out.

-Blake

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Gearing Up

I start shooting the new web show on July 25th, so things are really starting to move forward.

Been scouting locations, doing casting, working on the schedule, doing storyboards and shot list, etc. A TON OF WORK. I'm actually doing a lot of the pre-pro myself just based on the budget and availabiltiy of crew. The main person I'd be working with now is the production designer, but the guy I use is on a film in Oklahoma. So, I've been working with a variety of other folks to fill his shoes, and I think we're doing okay.

Next week we build a Jail Cell set. That should be interesting, again, without a production designer - but I know what I want and think it will be fine. Plus, I'm hiring a Scenic (painter) referred by the production designer to make it look good.

I have had some of the normal SNAFUS that come with producing a show, like for example we lost our Church location because it was found to have black mold. We also lost a 80s van I had booked for a scene. And, we're having a heck of time locating a 70s or 80s "farm truck" for another scene.

If anyone has or knows of anyone with an 80s van or a 70s/80s pick-up truck (in the DFW area) please let me know. I can definitely use it in the show! :)

Looking forward to the shoot...

-Blake

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CinemaTech Blog

Man, Scott Kirshner's CinemaTech blog is really a great place to find info on new distribution models - especially dealing with the Internet. He's really on top of his game.

I HIGHLY suggest reading his blog regularly. I'm especially interested in his reporting right now with my new web show about to shoot, and also with distribution opportunities for several of my feature films.

Definitely check it out!

-Blake

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Who Am I?

I'm a filmmaker who's produced & directed five feature films including the comedy SPILT MILK (available on iTunes), the new horror/thriller PHOBIA (on iTunes) and the action/thiller KILLING DOWN (which you can buy or rent at pretty much all the usual places).

I also created the Streamy and Webby award-winning web series PINK, which to date has been viewed online around 10 MILLION times at places like YouTube, Hulu, Koldcast and TheWB.com. And speaking of TheWB.com, I also produced and directed an online thriller for them called EXPOSED. It was released summer 2010. And most recently I created a new online sci-fi series called CONTINUUM, which is part of the online indie TV network JTS.tv - Just The Story and NOW available via VOD through indie platform Distrify.

Oh, and I don't shoot weddings. Thanks for asking though.

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