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?