Filmmaker of the Week
Jump Ship Productions recently participated in both the IFP Breakout Challenge and the Almost Famous Film Festival’s (A3F) 48 hour film challenge, and during both there was one group that caught our eye. LJR Productions put out two delightfully whimsical films that were very obviously made with a lot of love. We had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Ray, the writer/director and owner of LJR Productions about his… To continue reading click here.
Last weekend, Jump Ship Productions participated in the Almost Famous Film Festival’s (A3F) 48 hour challenge. We have participated in four challenges so far, and our crew has grown bigger and better for each one. During the Breakout Challenge, we turned to Sean Rasbury to do some Photoshop work on one of our props. We were so happy with his work that we decided to bring him back for the A3F 48 hour challenge as an editor. Sean worked tirelessly during the shoot, dumping, organizing, and syncing all of the footage from our dual cameras, and when the shoot was over and the majority of the crew went home for some much needed shuteye… To continue reading click here.
During the month of January, Jump Ship Productions had the pleasure of participating in the IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge, and last week was the seemingly long awaited premiere of all the participant’s films. I definitely feel for the judges this year; there was a wide variety of excellent films from a number of talented teams. Although I had more than one favorite, the film that really stood out as a whole was Mission Control. This little gem took home… To continue reading click here.
As a member of the Arizona film community, I often admire people that I’ve only met once or twice, or even not at all in some cases. Through our interactions with one another in the community, we build reputations, whether good or bad, that sway others opinions of us. I have only met Eli Godfrey once at an event at the Film bar, but through the fantastic things I’ve heard about him and the wonderful project updates I see on Facebook, I feel like I’ve known him for years. Eli is always supporting his fellow filmmakers, so here at Jump Ship Productions, we thought that it was our turn to support him! When Eli was in high school… To continue reading click here.
This past weekend, Jump Ship Productions took on one of our most ambitious films to date for the IFP Breakout Challenge, and with bigger films come bigger crews. One crew member who especially stood out to me was Mike Rea, our amazing Lighting Technician. No matter how impossible the task seemed, Mike not only gave us exactly what we wanted, but he did it with enthusiasm. He also volunteered to be… To continue reading click here.
After taking a much enjoyed holiday break, we are excited to jump back into writing our Filmmaker of the Week articles, and there is no better local filmmaker to kick off the New Year than Rachelle McCray. Not only is Rachelle native to Arizona, she was even crowned Miss Arizona United States in 2011. Rachelle says that when she was just… To continue reading click here.
As independent filmmakers, we often have to work with extremely limited budgets. There are resources out there to help us obtain some sort of funding (crowd funding, sponsorship, selling your soul, etc…) but these methods don’t always guarantee enough money to cover all costs of creating a film. Cory Rowe is producing and directing a short film that he wrote, called “The Light Beneath the Door.” On November 3rd, he is filming… To continue reading click here.
Last summer semester I took a screenwriting class at Scottsdale Community College with my wonderful boyfriend/producer, JP Frydrych. We met a ton of amazing people in this class; some of them were budding filmmakers and some were just taking the class because it sounded interesting. This is where I met Jonathan Maiuri of A Mexican and a Jew Productions. I got along with Jonathan right off the bat because of his… To continue reading click here.
I have had the opportunity to work with Stacie Stocker on a few different sets. She comes prepared to work and she always has a smile on her face. Stacie, who wasn’t allowed to see a movie in the theater until she was… To continue reading click here.
As I was perusing the “Arizona Film: Crew Members” group on Monday, I noticed a post from Mircea Goia that talked about a different kind of networking site, Cinely. This web service is geared 100% toward film production. It is a one stop shop to find a build… To continue reading click here.
Eric MacDonald is passionate about filmmaking. He is one of those filmmakers who will go wherever you need him simply because he knows that it is what the team needs. Because of his hard work on set of our Loony Tunes fan film and his talent as both… To continue reading click here.
Several months ago, after a long day of work, I walked through the front door of my house to an eerie scene. The lights were gelled red, the hallways were consumed by a spider web of chords, and Christopher Sheffield was being murdered in my kitchen. This was the first time… To continue reading click here.
Last week I noticed a Kickstarter campaign, run by Keegan Ead, bouncing around my Facebook news feed for a documentary on Ancient Painters of the Colorado Plateau. They were still 10% away from their goal of $15,000 with just a few hours left. I watched the campaign intently as the clock ticked down and the donations trickled in. In just six hours… To continue reading click here.
Film challenges are a fantastic way to test your skills as a filmmaker and push your limits with genres you’ve never done before. The IFP Phoenix recently held a Beat the Clock Challenge where each team of filmmakers had 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and submit a film no more than five minutes long. Sunblind Films was among 18 teams to participate in the challenge this year. Donovan Morgan was tasked with writing the script for their film, “Septasum.” Because of his ability to… To continue reading click here.
Alex Italics is a man of many talents. He has dabbled in political science, written and performed music with local bands, gambled for a living, taught three poker theory courses at a community college, and was even an extra in a local water park commercial at age six. He would also like it to be known “if any potential intern recruiters are reading this, (his) other passion is making coffee.” On top of all of that… To continue reading click here.
Film is a compilation of multiple different forms of art that interlock like pieces of a puzzle. In order for a film to have a lasting impact, all of the components must come together in just the right way to create one harmonious work of art. One of the most impactful pieces of film is sound. Choosing the right song to set the mood of a scene, finding the right sound effects to emphasize different actions, and balancing the dialogue from one shot to the next is essential to creating a good film. Nick Follmer has dedicated his life… To continue reading click here.
The state of Arizona is extraordinarily lucky to have a multifaceted assortment of talented filmmakers. Some of us have been dedicating ourselves to the industry for many years and some of us are just starting out, eager to learn whatever we can from whoever is willing. Chelsea Samuelson is a newcomer to the Arizona film industry. I met her two months ago at Phoenix Comicon during a filmmaking panel with Missing Link Pictures where she… To continue reading click here.
Gordon Cowie has a unique way of creating his own opportunities within the film industry. When he decided that he wanted to venture from using his talents for corporate work to making more artistic films, he didn’t just go out and make a film. Gordon teamed up with a friend at Above the Radio and created a contest to give away… To continue reading click here.