Finish

When talking about success in an artistic field like filmmaking or music, I usually tell people that I believe that talent accounts for about 20% of success.

The other 80%? Doing the work. 

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What People Remember

I guess I’ll call this a post on networking.

Think back to the last time you went to an event, convention, luncheon, etc. Try and remember the most important conversation you had or the speaker that spoke.

Now, try and remember every single thing that they said.

…I’ll wait. 

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Light Up Democracy

After the inauguration happened on January 20th, many of us–myself included–felt a combination of “oh man” and “what do I do now?”

The latter emotion took over and by the next week, we had uploaded the first episode of a new web-series we call Zion Politics.

It’s a weekly political show that mixes the topics of what’s going on in politics with the doctrinal teachings of the Mormon Church.

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Follow Through

We’ve got a buddy that’s incredible at coming up with great ideas.

If ideas were what mattered, the guy would be a millionaire many times over by now.

You can see what’s coming, right?

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A Few Thoughts On Slated.com


I joined Slated in 2014 after attending a producer breakout session at the American Film Market in early November. The speaker was the co-founder and CEO of slated.com, Steph Paternot.

He was compelling, confident, and it felt like I was hearing the answer to my prayers! They had created a site who’s sole intention was to connect independent producers and filmmakers with financing and distribution.

As we’ve used the site over the last year and a half, I wanted to write about our experience, why our expectations haven’t yet been met, and what I think both the users of the site and those running it could do to make it more valuable.

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Why We Paid $1250 To Validate Our Film

My greatest fear is that I don’t know what I don’t know.

The voices in my head go something like this:

“What if you’ve spent the last year, full time, writing a script, raising money, attaching actors, and producing a teaser, only to end up making a movie that sucks, and everyone around you saw it but you…”

That is seriously my greatest fear. Lucky for me (and for you), there’s a way to avoid this sort of outcome.

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THAT MOVIE HAD HEART…

I had the opportunity to attend Sundance over the last two weekends. For the first time since living in Utah (15 years now…) I sprung for the Utah Locals pass which comes with 10 tickets to the films being shown at the festival. That was split between me & my business partner, but since he only wanted to see one movie, I got to see 7…oof.

Three movies in one day is a lot. Just sayin’.

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