PARALLAX Submitted to Local Film Festivals

I’m serious about PARALLAX—I want as many people as possible to watch and learn from this movie. One way to get a wide audience is to expand beyond my boundaries so more eyes can see it, eyes that I would not be in front of, otherwise. That’s where film festivals play a pivotal role.

I’ve submitted PARALLAX to two local film festivals so far. Each festival has its own marketing and audience, so I’ll have the opportunity to show my movie to each. Their marketing is responsible for bringing in an audience, and that’s where I benefit—they do the heavy lifting and I just have to deliver an engaging movie (self-promotion through my social media channels is still a good idea). The first festival I’ve submitted to is the NEC Communication Film Festival. This is their first-ever festival, so there’s no way of knowing the quality of work they’ll receive (and, consequently, what kind of competition PARALLAX will face).

PARALLAX submitted to the NEC Communication Film FestivalThe second festival is the Holywood Christian Film Festival of New York, which is in its third year. I’ve seen some of the work from previous festivals and believe the competition will be strong.PARALLAX submitted to the Holywood Christian Film Festival of New York

Both festivals are from faith-based institutions, so the experience may differ from other film festivals. The official “rules” prohibit certain subject matter and focus on morally-sound content, so there won’t be any NSFW surprises.

I’m also looking forward to the festivals for the experience as a movie producer. I may have the opportunity to market my movie to interested parties, so my “elevator pitch” has to be impressive. There’s so much to prepare for, and I’ll be ready for it.

Introducing PARALLAX, My New Short Film

I recently completed work on one of my most ambitious projects to date—a short movie shot with two actors and one Production Assistant in a rented location in Brooklyn—and I’m delighted to finally show the world.

The emphasis is on finally because it’s literally been years since we wrapped taping. Yes, taping. I taped PARALLAX in 2009 with the venerable HV20—a tape-based HD camcorder from Canon.

You can visit the official website at for downloadable pictures to share on your social networks, to watch the teasers, or to request any additional information.

Short Movie | PARALLAX (Teaser 2) from stillswordsandmotion on Vimeo.

Short Movie | PARALLAX (Teaser) from stillswordsandmotion on Vimeo.

PARALLAX will be entered into film festivals before being available for viewing online, so enjoy the teasers and downloads until then. Thanks for your patience.

Genre: Drama/Suspense
Director: Scott Hampton
Cast: Maria Redrick-Ward and Gregory Vilfranc

A naive young woman (Maria Redrick-Ward) with percolating passions is confronted with a sudden, unexpected visit from a mysterious, beguiling neighbor (Gregory Vilfranc) who identifies himself only as “The Dude from downstairs.” What appears to be a chance encounter is revealed to be a pivotal moment of truth for her where one choice will make all the difference…in the world.

Based on the Biblical story of Eve’s encounter with the devil, PARALLAX revisits the need for spiritual discernment and accountability in a day and age when libertine gratification is the norm. PARALLAX, a faith-based short film, is suitable for individual and family viewing.

Feel free to watch the teaser as often as you like. Embed it in your Facebook and Twitter pages. Blog about it. Tell others about it. Rate it with 5 stars. Make it viral. Show the world. Be my guest.

Camera Operator on “The Cyclone Variety Show”

I was called back to work as Camera Operator on The Cyclone Variety Show last week. Being called back to work on a production, out of the many Community Producers working out of BRIC’s studios, is a good thing. It means my work and professionalism is appreciated.

It’s imperative that you build a reputable name and image for yourself as a professional because producers, agents, and other managers don’t want to work with unreliable crew members. Those crew members don’t gain practical experience and fizzle away, frustrated.

This was my first session at the remodeled BRIC studio and it is a far more capable studio, equipped with better cameras, a robust control room, and a larger workspace. I felt at ease and was able to take command of my camera, despite the few technical hiccups that challenged the crew.

Working the TV Studio Camera at BRIC

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Two Major Lessons Learned On a Recent Production

I worked on a producer’s shoot recently that tried my patience and forced me to exhibit the most professional side of myself that I could muster up, despite being frustrated with the day’s events. It also gave me a great learning opportunity because the production deteriorated into a desultory exercise of playing it by ear. We had to solve problems live on set that we didn’t face in class, so it was a sink-or-swim moment for us all.

This shoot was a simple “talking head” setup that would have graphics and voice overs edited in during post. The producer’s plan was to begin with his life story, lead in to his thesis statement, present his evidence, and then close his argument. Simple…in theory. Continue reading

This is Why I Give it My All


I worked on a production recently and the producer asked me what I wanted for dinner. Being vegan, my food is always challenging to order, so I avoid the risk of wasted effort and wasted food by ordering myself or making special arrangements. I’m not going to eat something I disagree with to make anyone happy, so it’s best to avoid the issue altogether. I thanked the producer and declined his offer, yet he insisted, so I told him of a place nearby—s’nice Cafe—that offered what I ate. It would be an additional order, an additional tip, and an additional task for him to manage. He was willing to tackle it, though, and reassured me it wouldn’t be a problem. Fine, I’ll bite.

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“Love Your Natural Hair” Uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo

You can view my directorial debut, “Love Your Natural Hair,” on YouTube and Vimeo. Feel free to Like, Comment, Tweet, and Share.