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Good Vibes 2k17

I’ve been kind of a bummer all year, huh? Well, in an attempt to put things back into perspective for myself, I thought it might be nice to list all the GOOD parts of my year so far.

 

Ace and Anxious

  1. Finished post-production! It’s a real thing!
  2. Won “Best Screenplay” at London Indie Fest
  3. Won “Best Comedy” at the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival
  4. Won “Best No Budget Short Film” at the Wales International Film Festival
  5. Got accepted by a bunch of other festivals as well
  6. Premiered online to an incredibly positive response, especially from asexual Tumblr and Reddit which is validating.
  7. Some members of Tumblr and Reddit asexual communities have thanked me for giving them the media representation that they’re so lacking
  8. Got picked up for distribution by REVRY

Brains

  1. Won “Best Original Idea” from the Web Series International Trophy
  2. Got picked up for distribution by SeekaTV
  3. Got nominated at a few other film festivals
  4. Released new extended universe mini series “dusk of the dead”
  5. Was the subject of my first-ever article accepted by The Financial Diet
  6. Was a Stareable Staff pick (BEFORE I worked at Stareable) that screened at their first NYC screening event

General creative stuff

  1. Wrote and filmed a new web series season: Sam and Pat Are Depressed (coming soon!)
  2. Relativity, my friend Chris’ web series I executive produced (among other things), won “Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy” at the Minnesota Webfest
  3. Released the Brains extended universe mini series “dusk of the dead” that I cowrote with my buddy RJ
  4. Promoted to “producer” for my buddy Pablo’s web series Stray
  5. Was hired as a producer for the web series The Mother Lode
  6. Hit 200 subscribers on YouTube
  7. Wrote a new comedy pilot that I’m really proud of
  8. Wrote a bunch of weird short film scripts
  9. Had a super fun table read of a short film I cowrote with my buddy Colin
  10. My Bechdel Test vlog became my second most popular YouTube video of all time (over 2k views)

General personal stuff

  1. Moved in with Quinn in our first solo apartment
  2. Did you hear me? I NO LONGER HAVE ROOMMATES!! (no offense to any of my former roommates)
  3. I celebrated my four year anniversary with Quinn
  4. I made a bunch of new internet friends through the web series community
  5. I made a bunch of new friends (many of whom are FROM the internet) in real life
  6. Discovered the McElroys and all their wonderful podcasts
  7. Saw My Brother, My Brother, and Me live
  8. My friend Ellen came and visited me in New York, after not seeing her for like four years

 

 

Obviously more good stuff happened, but it’s useful to see it all laid out. This year started well, and a ton of awesome things happened during it, and I should remember that.

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A very transparent and vulnerable conversation about money and privilege

September was the first month I couldn’t pay off my credit card bill in its entirety. I’ve only had a credit card for a year, having previously only used my debit card, so that isn’t saying a TON, but still. Editor’s note: this is not a pity blog, it’s simply an update. Please don’t panic, family members- I made this mess, and I have lots of options to clean it up. Continue reading “A very transparent and vulnerable conversation about money and privilege”

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Sam And Pat Are Depressed (and just wrapped their first season!)

Photo by Michele Austin

I’ve been complaining all year about not having made anything of my own in 2017, but this weekend, that all changed. Somehow, in less than a month, me and the smallest crew I’ve ever worked on pulled together an entire web series, from script to production. Literally, this show did not exist, even in abstract, two months ago. It’s called Sam and Pat Are Depressed, and I’m really frickin’ excited about it, because it’s totally different from anything I’ve ever done. It’s nine episodes, one room, two characters, and hopefully worth a couple laughs. Continue reading “Sam And Pat Are Depressed (and just wrapped their first season!)”

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Alison Sumner and the Unreliable Narrator

I celebration of Brains getting picked up by SeekaTV, I decided to do something totally unexpected and write about Brains on my blog! I contain multitudes. This is a blog about why, specifically, I’m bummed about not getting more seasons. Warning: spoilers, obviously, so if you haven’t watched Brains yet (or you’re due for a rewatch), why not give it a go, right now, on Seeka?

Continue reading “Alison Sumner and the Unreliable Narrator”

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How To GET FIT While Making Your Indie Film

Hey you. Yeah, you. The sleep-deprived indie filmmaker who just tried to film 25 script pages in a single day. Things seem bleak, but there’s a silver lining to this whole mess of a process- you could be making your passion project AND getting fit at the same time!

Here’s how!

  1. Don’t eat on setYou don’t have time to stop working anyways!
  2. Insist on setting up all the equipment alone. It’s your project, after all, and people will judge you if you aren’t doing enough to help out.
  3. Take public transportation to and from every shoot. Nothing says “FITNESS” like carrying a 50 pound lighting kit up and down subway stairs while balancing a costume bag on your head.
  4. Only write walk and talk scenes. Not only will this filming style keep the energy up in a scene, but you’ll get to 10,000 steps on your FitBit NO PROBLEM!
  5. Stare into the void. The void doesn’t care that you’re hungry or tired and will offer no sympathy, so you may as well get over it.
  6. Offer actors piggy-back rides to and from holding. Your cast will appreciate the break, plus you’ll really tone those glutes.
  7. Have all of your equipment with you all the time. Sure, it’s inconvenient to drag your lighting kit to the park when there’s nowhere to plug in, but you never know, and your biceps have never looked better!
  8. If you MUST eat on set, only eat fruit snacks. Fruit is good for you.
  9. Buy costumes one size too small for yourself. Nothing says “thinspiration” like constant discomfort and self-loathing!
  10. Always be working. Done with one project? Start another! If you’re a workaholic, you can’t ALSO be a chocoholic! #Logic #Paleo

 

What are YOUR Get Fit Tips for indie filmmakers? Tell me in the comments!