Thomas Torrey's vlog on the journey through filmmaking failure (and success).


October 1, 2019
FP046 - Test Shoot
A quick behind-the-scenes video of our recent test shoot for the upcoming feature film. Thanks to David Tolentino for capturing the day.

September 10, 2019
FP045 - Patience
I'm learning patience. Now I get to practice it.

August 5, 2019
FP044 - Neglectful
It's been two months since my last vlog. I've been neglectful. Here's an update on the new film, as I continue to process the journey of filmmaking.

June 6, 2019
FP043 - Poetics
If you're an artist working with story in any way, you can't beat the foundational text: Aristotle's "Poetics".

May 11, 2019
FP042 - Mom
Happy Mother's Day to my mom, the dream enabler.

May 1, 2019
FP041 - Emotional Health
Improving my inner self has been key to sustaining the highs and lows of the full-time artist's journey.

April 10, 2019
FP040 - Darrien
Every film needs champions and partners. We're grateful to have one named Darrien.

March 25, 2019
FP039 - Tuition
Caught up last week with a potential investor for "South". Was reminded how much our mistakes and pain is part of the process. In fact, it's tuition for the education.

March 6, 2018
FP038 - Meaning
How do we understand the chaos and order of the world around us? How does our art grasp at meaning?

January 30, 2019
FP037 - Top 2018 Movies
My annual list of the year's best movies.

January 22, 2019
FP036 - Luck
Be prepared when it's your turn in line. Get lucky.

January 22, 2019
FP035 - “South” Update
Early prep on "South" continues, with some key decisions being made.

January 3, 2019
FP034 - Present
The future is unwritten. Be present. Be grateful.

January 1, 2019
FP033 - Another Year
Reflections on 2018, and cautious optimism for 2019.


December 19, 2018
FP032 - Makers Gonna Make
If you're a maker, sometimes you just gotta make. I pulled out the acoustic the other day and made a fulfilling, short creative piece. Sometimes that's enough.

December 19, 2018
”This Place Is A Prison” By The Postal Service
Covered by Forward Pilgrim
See FP032 for context.

November 26, 2018
FP031 - Misrepresentation
A few thoughts on our tendency as aspiring creators to misrepresent the work that we actually do.

November 15, 2018
FP030 - Directing Actors
I love acting, directing, directing actors, and being directed as an actor. Here's some thoughts on the process.

October 23, 2018
FP029 - “South” Update
Had a good week in Georgia re: "South". And keep the topic questions coming.

October 2, 2018
FP028 - Holler At Me
What’s on your mind, fam?

September 20, 2018
FP027 - Ego
As artists we should challenge our own egocentricity (and the male-centricity of our stories).

September 11, 2018
BONUS - FPX1 - Game Day
Taking a break from the film chatter this week to document a true dream come true: my first Dallas Cowboys game (despite their loss to Carolina).

September 5, 2018
FP026 - Rewriting
You've heard it said: writing is rewriting. That applies to a lot more than just the page.

August 20, 2018
FP025 - Resilience
There's one trait above all that every artist needs to have if they want to make it in the business of their art.

August 11, 2018
FP024 - Eighth Grade
A reflection on Bo Burnham's feature film "Eighth Grade" and how powerfully it hit me.

August 2, 2018
FP023 - Small Screens
I love the theatrical experience for movies. But I'm not a purist. In fact, I had an experience with one particular movie that was made profound because I watched it in bed from my iPhone.

July 23, 2018
FP022 - Tennessee Hustle (featuring Aaron Stokes)
Hanging with my buddy Aaron Stokes, one of the best entrepreneur hustlers I know, who turned a broken down car into an auto mechanic empire, and now coaches others to grow their businesses.

July 16, 2018
FP021 - “Premise” Wrapped
Some reflections on the last six weeks of production for my current project "Premise". Who you cast around you is just as important as who you cast in front of the camera.

June 9, 2018
FP020 - Experience (“Premise” Part 3)
Get all the experience you can building a film (any film) from nothing. It's not common and it has real value.

May 31, 2018
FP019 - Writing the Script (“Premise” Part 2)
From writing the script to partnering with our production team, “Premise” has been six years in the making.

May 28, 2018
FP018 - Sam the Man (“Premise” Part 1)
The power of the relationship chain (and a good entertainment attorney).

May 26, 2018
FP017 - Storyteller
An introspection from a month or so back, considering why I've never identified as a "storyteller".

May 22, 2018
FP016 - Bad Distributors
Addressing my buddy Russ's comment on bad distributors who absorb all your film's profits via their endless "marketing costs".

May 13, 2018
FP015 - Selling Your First Film
You've made your first no-name indie film. Now what?

May 8, 2018
FP014 - The State of Indies
Reflecting on a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, as well as an email from a film producer friend, about the current landscape of independent film. Spoiler: it's not great.

May 1, 2018
FP013 - Moving to LA
Some thoughts on whether you should or shouldn't move to a film-centric city.

April 25, 2018
FP012 - Katie’s Reset (featuring Katie Davis)
Some poignant reflections from my friend and colleague Katie Davis, who's about to walk away from the six-figure corporate leadership of multimillion dollar companies that's defined her adult life.

April 16, 2018
FP011 - The Netflix Buffet
A few thoughts on Netflix and independent cinema.

April 11, 2018
FP010 - Relational Capital
Spend our relational capital wisely.

April 6, 2018
FP009 - Little Wins
Celebrate the small wins. They're necessary for the big ones. 

April 3, 2018
FP008 - A Fulltime Job
Appreciating some emotional growth as I consider a potential full-time job.

March 28, 2018
FP007 - Calculate Less
The best two words of advised I've heard. 

March 26, 2018
FP006 - The Story of "Fare"
How we shot a feature film in three days for $4900, toured it, sold it and released it.

March 24, 2018
FP005 - The Silent No
Often a "no" is harder to get than a "yes". 

March 22, 2018
FP004 - Champions
Those that believe in you is the most powerful support you can find.

March 21, 2018
FP003 - Failure
Failure is your friend. And it's required for success.

March 21, 2018
FP002 - Typical Workday
A day in the laptop life of a freelancing filmmaker.

March 20, 2018
FP001 - Why?
I'm starting a vlog documenting my journey through filmmaking failure and success. But why?