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Getting on Board March 14, 2017

We’re board gamers. Big ol’ tabletop lovin’ nerds. However, we weren’t always this way. In fact, neither one of us discovered our love of tabletop games until our mid to late 20’s when a co-worker insisted we play a round of Betrayal at the House on the Hill and Sentinels of the Multiverse (he also got a lot of us into karaoke, but that’s a story for another day). After that we were hooked. Game nights became a weekly thing. It brought us…

Behind the Scenes of 4 or More: Arm Casting! January 12, 2016

SPOILER ALERT: We have a practical effect in our film.  I don’t know if this is REALLY a spoiler, but there it is.  It’s hard to find truly dedicated actors who are willing to have their arms literally chopped off (prima donnas, amirite?), so finding a special effects artist became a must. But in all seriousness, I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of practical effects and make up.  I enjoy writing screenplays that push what Gin and I know how…

4 or More: The Kickstarter. December 14, 2015

Let me start by saying that I am very proud of Gin and myself for not killing each other over the Kickstarter campaign. Spit was spat. Blood was everywhere. Lots of table flipping.  So our typical Wednesday night spread out over the course of a few weeks.  It was almost as bad as the first time we played Exploding Kittens and nearly ended our friendship.   But by George, I think we’ve got it!   We kept hearing about how difficult it is to launch…

Hooray for new websites and new beginnings! November 12, 2015

We’ve  been going through a lot of changes recently.  All proving to be good. Some changes were scarier than others. We quit our jobs and left our beloved hot, humid Houston to check out beautiful, windy and cold Chicago to focus on filmmaking full time.  Are we crazy? Yes. I think it’s safe to say we are, but it’s been worth it.  We miss our friends dearly, but Chicago is shaping up to be a great city that we’re falling more and more…

Skye McCole Bartusiak Foundation August 10, 2015

My bearer of good news, Alex “Tonic” Hall called me early today in a great mood for a Sunday morning, and in a sing-a-song voice just asked: “Have you checked your email today?” So I smiled and ran to my computer. Enthusiastically opening the browser and typing my lengthy password prompted my impatient business partner to jab: “Do you need to hang up and call me back later?” No, I didn’t need to do that. I already knew what it…

The Baron in the Trees December 19, 2014

We had the pleasure to work with our friends at Mass Ornament Films on Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s latest short film in her trilogy about children.  Mass Ornament Films is a Chicago-based film company focused on art house cinema productions, and is born out of the collaboration of artists Zoe Sua Cho, Yoni Goldstein  and Anahita. The filming took place in Houston and lasted over 5 days with 2 pick up days.  Jim Barham was a huge help in the making of the film as…

48 Hour Film Project 2014: Houston May 28, 2014

This was our 2nd time participating in Houston’s 48 Hour Film Project.  We view it as a great exercise in creativity, time management, and working under pressure (plus we just like to see if we can do it). Our first year we submitted our short, The Replacement, and walked away with 5 awards. – Runner Up for Group A – Best Use of Line – Best Ending – Special Jury Award – 2nd Runner Up Overall (of over 50 entries)…

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