Brett Gelman Conversation – Film Threat Podcast

Can’t tell you how excited I was to have a conversation with Brett Gelman this day. Oh, It’s always great to talk with Chris Gore as well. You may know Brett and that-guy-from-that-thing. Those “things” include Love, Camping, Stranger Things, Twin Peaks. Chris and I spoke to Brett about his role in Room for Rent, an indie comedy I saw at the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival.

We talked about social outrage, Brett’s comedy career, and Room for Rent. I also asked him about his time at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) and he gave some advice for people in the UCB system.

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Good Intentions

Clearly, I haven’t posted for a while. Life is busy and my professional life has changed a lot. I’m now the Managing Editor of Film Threat. Basically, I’m in charge of all the posted content on the Film Threat website. You have no idea how much time this has consumed in my life. I’m thinking now, I shouldn’t even be doing this right now.

I’m hoping to post more and I’m also going to move my old reviews to this site and you’ll see why early next year.

In the meantime, visit Film Threat, subscribe to the Film Threat Podcast and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

New Position: Writer/Contributor for Film Threat

My love of movies and years of movie reviews have finally paid off. I have been hired as a contributor to Film Threat. The site originally began as a fanzine of its founder Chris Gore (Attack of the Show). Film Threat is now live on the interweb.

Personally, I love the access to a large library of independent films and as a personal source of pride, my reviews for the website become a part of Rotten Tomatoes.

Working with PopUp Menus – Programming with XOJO

This particular problem has been a long time coming for an answer. The goal is simple–Populate a PopUp menu with values from a SQL table, then select the value in that PopUp with a result from an SQL query. Here’s my solution:

You’ll notice that the solution is not clean. Is there a way to select a value in a popup based on the value of the item’s RowTag? NO! (If there is please let me know). What I wound up doing was store the value of ListIndex in the table and select based on the queried ListIndex.

Loving the Interview Process

I just got done with seven interviews with filmmakers at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. I had a blast. This is what I like to do. I love talking to people about what their passions are. I love to have real conversations about how people get things done. I love learning something new from anybody. Check back. I will be posting these interviews on my YouTube channel and playing them on the Geek Lab show.

Independent Film Talk – My New YouTube Channel

I really hate breaking up synergy, but in this case, I thought it was the prudent decision to make. I’m pulling all of my personal interviews with filmmakers and centralizing it into one location. Primarily, because I need to create a more professional setting for these interviews and to let the art of independent filmmaking stand on its own.

I created the Independent Film Talk channel on YouTube. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to change the name down the road, but here is a one-stop shop for my discussions about independent films and independent filmmaking. Enjoy.

Learning Adobe Character Animator

Adobe has added a fantastic new application for easily creating animation. I’ve been a long fan of animation and this tool helps create fast talking-heads animated shorts. Here is an example me interviewing the cast of Star Wars. I went through the process of creating a caricature of myself, draw it in Illustrator and adding the necessary mouth positions.

Five Things that Changed Your Life Podcast – Season 2

Thanks for everyone who listened to, took part and subscribed to the Five Things That Change Your Life Podcast. Loren and I are pleased to pull another season together. This season we talk with:

  • M*A*S*H casting director Sam Christiansen
  • Founders of the Gentile Barn, an animal rescue in Santa Clarita Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner
  • Whose Line is it Anyway writer/performer Ron West
  • Creator of America’s Funniest Home Videos Vin DiBona
  • and more

Look for us on iTunes, Google Play and YouTube.