Old Dog, New Tricks

12376462_10156399214905541_7315573209274974798_nThey say it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks… and it’s true! I’ve been interested in filmmaking for as long as I can remember, but I never actively did anything with it until this year. It’s just a few days short of my 50th birthday and this old dog has learned a few new tricks… I finished one short film, I have a feature-length movie to shoot next summer, I’m half way through filming a web series, and I have a bunch of ideas for short films to keep me going for quite some time.

Do I regret not starting this years ago? Absolutely not.

I’ve met a lot of great people over the years through music, writing and podcasting, and I would have never of had the opportunity to get to know them or develop the friendships we have if I didn’t venture down those roads… and every road has forks and different paths to take on your journey.

My grandfather once told me that the worst feeling you’ll ever have in your life is being on your death-bed with your song still in you. That hit home on so many levels.

b55534774db90f88e137e6e733018ef3I’ve done the songwriting thing (even got some radio play), I’ve written two books, some short stories, created an online course, and now I am writing screenplays and making films because this is the time for those “songs” to be seen and heard.

If you like my short films, great. If you don’t like them, well that’s great too. Kudos and recognition are great but that’s not why I do anything, and I don’t let someone’s else’s opinion hold me back. The only person that can truly hold me back is me – so all I really have to do is just stay out of my own way.

I don’t own a $50,000 camera like the one pictured below, but I certainly feel like a little kid every time I walk on set and I’m surrounded by a great group of people and we start making movie magic. So to everyone who is helping me or has helped me as I venture down the movie-making path… THANK YOU!

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For information on my latest film project, please click here.

Independant Filmmaker