It started way back for me. Guess I’m one of those kids that parents sat them down in front of the TV to occupy themselves, or maybe I was just a visual kid. Loved comic books, and read them voraciously. It was one of the reasons I was always ahead of my grade in reading. No one thinks about that when they see a boy or girl reading a comic book. Up the street there was a comic book shop where I could trade my old comics for newer ones. Actually it was an old army/navy store that sold war memorabilia, but the guy running it also sold comic books. He had a great system where he also bought them from us neighborhood kids, so we could buy new comics. It suited me just fine. I had a place I could indulge my comic book addiction and make some money when I needed money for newer comics that were on the newsstand, which eventually were sold back to the comic book shop which provided the store with a constant stream of new product. Photography was my outlet until I inherited my grandmother’s Super-8 camera. Then I became more and more fascinated in making small little films . They were crude, and not very good. It wasn’t until I got a better camera that I became enthralled in Special Effects photography. I discovered a magazine called CineMagic where like minded people made their own backyard productions. Before CineMagic there was Super-8 filmmaker which showed me how to create better films. It eventually became something I always wanted to do. I dabbled in Special effects make-up to create blood, scares, and bullet wounds. I tried my hand in stop-motion cinematography where I animated first my old GI- Joe dolls, and then I began creating armatures and building creatures to animate. Eventually I drafted my friends into my little epics. Space Pirates Revenge, Resurrection, I Vampire were all little mini-epics that I did along with my friends. I eventually made it to Brooklyn College where I studied film production. I have worked on low budget films in numerous positions, and have created a number of short films. I continue to do so to this day. I created a feature film entitled Deadly Obsessions which was shot in 16mm film, and was available for a short time on the web. I do have another blog, which I did for a number of years, and still do occasionally, but it is time to move on, and hence this blog. Here I want to discuss and link to other articles and like minded people. The landscape of filmmaking has changed, and it’s gotten a bit easier for someone to see their work now. The Internet has knocked down some of those walls that once prevented ordinary people from making movies and getting them seen. I hope to write here my experiences, and my conversations with other like minded individuals about filmmaking and how does one make a living at this while still feeding the addiction of storytelling. It’s a balancing act for sure, but one that I feel I am not alone in. Thanks for listening.
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