24-hour Film Challenge – 1st place!

Yet another “Beat the Clock” challenge, this time with only 24 hours to make a 3-minute movie.

  • Prop: The Arizona Republic from January 31
  • Line: “Who is that guy?”
  • Genre: slapstick comedy

Our final result was a movie called “Following Suit.” And we won some awards from the competition!

  • 1st Place
  • Best Director (Joel Cranson)
  • Best Actor (me. woo!)

“Following Suit” will play next at the Phoenix Film Festival in April with a chance at winning more awards.

Reflections of Evil

RELEASED February 6, 2009!

On November 15, 2003, a group of friends spent the day shooting their first-ever film project — a Star Wars fan film, titled Spirits of the Force. This film was released on March 13, 2004.

Immediately following the release, the group decided to give it one more try, improving on what they learned. The sequel script that emerged was larger than expected, so they split it into two parts. Those two parts were filmed concurrently during the entire summer of 2004 as the group devoted their weekends to shooting the project.

On June 10, 2006, part 2 of the trilogy, Fool’s Errand, premiered to the Phoenix Fan Force at Atomic Comics in Mesa, Arizona.

As time continued, several other projects and factors of life hindered completion of the trilogy. Several re-shoots were scheduled to fix old scenes as well as add new ones to enhance the existing story.

Now, on February 6, 2009, the trilogy is complete with Reflections of Evil.

Spirits of the Force, Fool’s Errand, and Reflections of Evil are available for free download at http://www.spiritsoftheforce.com

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support. Enjoy the movie, and spread the word!


Kyle Katarn, Jan Ors, and Jedi Master Bendeen investigate the disappearance of young Jedi apprentice Kit Parson at the hands of the mysterious slave girl, Celeese.

36-hour Film Challenge – 1st place!

We had 12 hours less than usual, but we still pulled it off. “The Guilty” took first place!

This time, we had only 36 hours to conceptualize, write, plan, shoot, edit, and submit a 3-minute film. Here’s what we had this time:
Genre: Action
Prop: Apple
Line: “Are you kidding me?”

We created “The Guilty”, an action-packed (well… action-laced) short film. We walked away with two awards.

Best Technical Elements (sound, lighting, cinematography, etc.)
1st Place (best film overall, 18 films total)

Next, “The Guilty” will play at the Phoenix Film Festival in Spring ’09.

48-hour Film Challenge 2008

We won!

Once again, we took first place at the 48-Hour Film Challenge here in Phoenix, AZ. If you remember, we took first place in 2006 with “Silhouette.”

Same story as before: You have 48 hours exactly to conceptualize, write, plan, shoot, edit, and submit a finished film, and it can’t be one second over 3 minutes. But you are given an envelope that requires your film to contain specific elements. This time around, we were working with:

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Prop: Spatula
  • Line: “How did that get in there?”

The result was “Appetite For Justice,” a campy film noir detective story. Though we weren’t sure what our roles would be when we started, I ended up writing the screenplay.

The awards we won were:

  • Best Technical Elements (sound, lighting, cinematography, etc.)
  • Best Director (Webb Pickersgill)
  • 1st Place! (best film overall, 33 films total)

That’s great, Kevin! So, can we watch the film online?

No, you can’t. Sorry. Next, the film goes on to play at the Phoenix Film Festival 2009. We may or may not be touring it around other festivals in the upcoming year, so we’re trying to keep it offline to avoid overexposure.