Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spread the Word!

So I got a nice little shout out on the Continuum Pictures company blog!

Continuum Pictures, LLC: Filmplane a Continuum Pictures company with a trul...: Jason Durdon, Danny Torres, James Duval In 2006 when Continuum Pictures arrived in Los Angeles its goal was to move into the Studio Sy...

look at my MOVIE!!!

Here's the trailer for my horror film 'Cider Springs Slaughter'! Coming Soon!


Produced under Continuum Pictures

Written by Taylor McPartland and Danny Torres
Produced by Danny Torres and ME
EP'ed by James Duval

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bad Movie Night

I highly recommend to everyone to nominate one evening a week/ month to "Bad Movie Night". It's great for getting the friends together, have some fun, and eviscerate a truly terrible film. 

Pretty much every other Saturday or Friday night for the past 3 months Continuum Pictures members Danny Torres, James Duval, Toby Joynt, a group of our friends and moi have indulged in some god-awful cinema. 

Sometimes its just as helpful to know what NOT to do as it is to know what TO do.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Watch This Video!!!

I don't know Todd, but I know his work, and I know that he is a GOLD MINE of comedy!


Then go to Vimeo and "like" it!!

Stephen King is my hero

“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”

― Stephen King

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Continuum Pictures Tip!: Web Presence

So there is no "proven" method to getting in the film business. None. That is a fact. Unless you're a Big Somebody's close relation, congrats, you officially have zero guarantees!

But look at it this way: you're now free to try anything! Nothing to lose! Yay!!

So how do you get into the biz? If you weren't lucky or smart or rich (for those of you paying for out of state tuition) enough to go to school in SoCal, you can probably count your industry contacts on one hand. That's not good. Industry contacts get you work. Working on sets/ production offices/ post houses gets you exposure. Exposure gets you more work. More work releases you from getting punched in the face at your survival job inside the Universal Studios Haunted House. So the math part is simple, get exposure. Now how the hell do you implement that easy math while working 3 jobs and checking in on Craigslist every 30 minutes pretending you're either on smoke break or have bowel issues?

A lot of people use the internet for hiring. Shocking, right? Now try this: Google yourself. How many of those hits on page 1 are you? If I find your business card on a board at the Coffee Bean how quickly can I find you? Most people today have the attention span of a ferret on meth, and that's what you're up against. How easy is it to find you and examples of your work?

Create a web presence. It's free in most cases. Cheap in a lot of cases. Remember, spend as LITTLE money as possible! There are kids in the entertainment industry that were driving Benz's before they worried about their SAT's. You cannot win that arms race. Be smarter, don't try to out-spend the competition! Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, all FREE! Reserving your name as a .com, $10 a year at GoDaddy. Beg, borrow, or steal that $10. Worth every penny. Use Wordpress to build a site, also free!

Remember, Carl Laemmle started out as an immigrant managing a dry goods store, and ended his life as the founder of Universal Studios. He didn't get there trying to buy his way to the top. He got there by making the smart moves and positioning himself to be successful. Do the same.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shameless Plug:

So be prepared cuz I like to get my friends work. I also like spreading the word when I've worked with a good person/ company. So to start the shameless promotion:

New social media site for filmmakers. You can meet cast and crew, set up projects, use the sites tools to manage your projects. All kinds of goodies. They just did a big update on the site. I've got my profile set up, took 5 minutes. You all should get on there and Connect up with me. Continuum is looking to work some exclusive deals with Filmbreak. So you know we'll be looking there for team members with our coming projects. Danny Torres, my business partner, is another guy you need to connect to.

The site is no joke. Get in on the ground floor. I've already hired a prospective new producer through the site. Filmbreak party on the 6th. See you there!