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Film Antics: Process for Editing (non-technical) your Film by Committee

Hello from Film Antics (Best Comedy for 'Stare Straight Crew' at Sac 48hr International FF)...this is Juan Sotelo, managing partner and screenwriter. 

We are a small independent production company that realizes in order for us to grow, we must have efficient and effective scalable operational processes.  I know, I hate this part of the film-making process too.  But, in order to act like you're big, you have to take advantage…


Added by Juan Sotelo on May 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Callin' It Like It Is Marty

Very courageous email / post of you Marty.  Not many want to hear that some think they are just "playing" at being a filmmaker.  Yup... Truth hurts.  I suppose that's the case with just about any endeavor, whether it be an artistic one or not.  Some people are really serious about it... Some just play at it hoping to get lucky without really doing any hard work.   That's why we see so many names come and go.  How many filmmakers from SIFF of, say, 10 years ago are still working at it today? …


Added by Frank Casanova on May 15, 2012 at 1:04pm — 3 Comments

Reflections of SFF 2012 and Indie film makers

Hello friends,

Having some time to reflect on the recent Sacramento Film Festival we collected some thoughts we wish to share on the state of indie media today.

Before I do anything else however, I'd like to direct you to our CFF home page that contains pictures of our glorious Sacramento Film Awards party, held on board the Delta King April 29th ( Also, see our full list of winners at our…


Added by Martin Anaya on May 15, 2012 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Deborah Whitman and Tom Pettit

Just wanted to give a shout out and many thanks to Deborah Whitman and Tom Pettit who helped me produce Breaking Ground for Peace, winner in the Cine Visionaries category of the Sacramento International Film Festival this year. I honestly didn't feel, going into the awards ceremony, that we'd win and so when our video was announced as the winner and I went to accept the award, I swear I had an out-of-the-body experience and inadvertently forgot to publicly acknowledge Deborah and Tom's…


Added by Jennifer N. Martin on May 1, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments

SFF 2012 good for the Filmmaker's Soul

I attended the Sacramento Film Festival over the last weekend of the event. I got to meet and listen to people in the movie industry and those who practice transmedia. Very educational for those wanting to make a living at making movies. 

The "Surreal" segment of the festival had many great movies. Even the Sac-Animation segment had a few enjoyable and humorous moments.

I personally learned a lot from the experience. I recommend going to next year's festival…


Added by Charles Bryan on April 30, 2012 at 1:20am — No Comments

Lucifer and the Magus, The Anti-Climax or Apples and Oranges

My movie Lucifer and the Magus should have won some kind of award, however it was in a category that did not win any awards at all. The movie was hidden in the Sac-Animation segment, but there was never an award for best animation. What's up with that? Not even best "fantasy"? Best visual effects? Nothing? I mean heck, the music by itself should have gotten an award.

I am appreciative of the fact that it was in the festival. But I was expecting a bit more "exposure". An audience…


Added by Charles Bryan on April 29, 2012 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Talent & Crew Resource Directory

We recently developed  software for us to manage all of our video production resources. I don't know about you guys but is was hard for us to manage crew and other resources in other Cities & States. Therefore we created software where you can manage crew by City, talent/crew type and preference. We used to keep spreadsheets of all our contacts, but it was hard for us to know who we preferred and why we preferred them. With our new system it…


Added by Blake Barnett on April 26, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Sacramento International Film Festival in Full Swing

The Sacramento International Film Festival opened to a packed house Saturday at the Crocker Art Museum with “A California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown,” directed by Sascha Rice.

The Sacramento International Film Festival, in its current form since 2003, has three purposes: serve as a skills incubator for the local film community, bring international films to Northern Californians and provide a forum for conversation…


Added by Rich Beckermeyer on April 26, 2012 at 12:33am — No Comments

Sacramento Science News Examiner

I have been writing news articles for various community newspapers, the Elk Grove Citizen, the Two Rivers Tribune, and others over the years, and many years ago, I wrote for the big time Baltimore Sun as a freelancer.

Since 2009, I have been the Sacramento Science News and Sacramento Health News "Examiner" on

I love writing and I…


Added by W. Mark Dendy on April 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sleep blogging????

Okay not really asleep yet, but really really close. I take meds to help me sleep, over the counter stuff, and it knocks me out.

So here is a quick up date on what is going on in my world of film.

Awaiting location(s) permission on "blind & HEAVY" to finish what we need to this Sunday, it's been dragged on a bit too long for it's length. I enjoy being on set with everyone but will enjoy cutting it together and seeing the finished production and the smiles on…


Added by Josh Mihal on April 17, 2012 at 5:23am — No Comments

Premiere of Lucifer and the Magus - A short by Charles Bryan

You are invited by Mind's Clay Productions, Mad.By.Design Studio and ZARLOE for the premiere of Lucifer and the Magus.

A short film about a guardian of humanity confronting the infamous being of light, Lucifer, in an attempt to free humankind. Is Lucifer innocent, as It claims, the patsy for evil deeds of the World Elite, or is this merely one of Lucifer's deceptions?

APR 28th, 3PM at the Artisan in…


Added by Charles Bryan on April 11, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Yet another blog post on CFF

Hello Film makers, I hope all your filming is going well. As I am in editing mode for "blind & HEAVY" my 40 minute short romance film about a punch drunk ex-boxer and a blind college student. There is some drama, comedy, romance and witty banter. All actors did a great job. I am already editing on it, and still have a day or two to shoot on this film, but starting editing now will help with it getting done sooner.

Did a documentary that was too late for Cine-visionaries,…


Added by Josh Mihal on April 11, 2012 at 9:25pm — No Comments

California State of Mind - promo for SFF 2012

Click the link:

California State of Mind promo by Charles Bryan

Added by Charles Bryan on April 8, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

48 Hour 2012 - update this is no April Fool's Joke

Nope. Not gonna make it.

I was trying to nap my cold away while the tracking software was doing its thing. I just checked the tracking which should have been done by now. It is not done! The software stopped! It was just sitting there, until I pressed the mouse button to see if it had locked up. I got the "program not responding" message, then it started working again.

Obviously this movie was not meant for the 48 Hour Challenge.

Added by Charles Bryan on April 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

48 Hour 2012 - update part 2

Damn... Doesn't look so good. I am now 6 hours behind schedule due to technical difficulties.

1) Software crashes, yes still having issues with my editing software

2) no audio on my audio computer (took an hour to fix), but I eventually created a decent scanners sound effect

3) the first "stabilization" attempt AE stabilization (for the effects shot) took an hour to analyze, and it was crap. Did not do what I needed.

4) second stabilization attempt using Mocha.…


Added by Charles Bryan on April 1, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

48 Hour 2012 - update part 1

Just finished shooting and am now capturing the footage and audio into the computer. This project isn't exactly what I had in mind. I FORGOT ABOUT THE GENRES! AUUUGH! The genres. Well I picked, via a hat, Animal Psychic as a genre. So, it's gonna be something of a comedy since I don't know any animals that are psychic. :)

I went short and sweet. I wanted to make sure it gets finished without elevating my blodd pressure and driving 90 MPH to deliver the DVD to the Artisan in…


Added by Charles Bryan on March 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Lucifer and the Magus... trailer

Just uploaded a trailer for Lucifer and the Magus. Check it out...

Added by Charles Bryan on March 28, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Mission Impossible: assignment= solo 48 hour project

Yes. I will be attempting the seemingly impossible. Write, direct, act, cinematography, edit, visual effects all by me. This is an experiment. I want to see if I can accomplish a 48 hour movie without the Chaos. :) 

However, I might meet some talent willing to succumb to my will. :)

Added by Charles Bryan on March 27, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Need a make up artist for this weekend......please!

Greetings to all who read this. I am in need of a make up artist for the 48 Hour

film challenge. My team is awesome and great to work with. If interested please email me

at the following address: Thank you very much!


Be well,



Added by Vincent Dee Miles on March 27, 2012 at 5:11am — No Comments

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