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HOTPIXEL POST: "HotPixel Meets YouTube Nerd Powerhouse, Geek & Sundry!"

Geek and Sundry Logo

There’s a new post up at at the HotPixel blog today that I wanted to make sure to include as a shout-out to all my geeks and nerds out there. 🙂


Unplugged allows video game enthusiasts to showcase their skills both in-game and IRL. They compete while playing various video games, then compete while engaging in in-person competitions based on those games. Even better, it’s produced by former HotPixel member, Tom Grey, who has a history of geeky projects, having also created and directed the series Cosplay Piano for Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel!

For the full post, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

HOTPIXEL POST: "THE HOT LIST: Karl Mueller – Writer/Director of "Mr. Jones"

Production still from Mr. Jones.

Production still from Mr. Jones.

Hey everyone!

Finally back to writing over at the HotPixel Blog, and this month’s Hot List covers a film that’s very near and dear to my heart (mostly because The Boy was the sound mixer on it). I usually don’t like horror, but Mr. Jones is a horror movie that makes you think and is anchored by a solid relationship between the two leads. I was able to talk to the film’s writer/director, Karl Mueller, about making the film, and the result is over at the HotPixel blog right now!!


This is writer-director Karl Mueller’s first feature film in the director’s chair. Up until Mr. Jones, Mueller had been working as a screenwriter and developed a strong working relationship with producer, Ross Dinerstein. Together, they worked on several projects, including 2012’s The Pact, another horror project. When that film did well, Dinerstein’s financiers were excited to embark on another, similar project, so he turned to Mueller, whom he already trusted as a writer, and asked him for a new story. This time, if they moved forward, Mueller would also get to sit in the director’s chair.

“It’s a tough thing,” Mueller explains. “There’s no ‘apprentice path’ to becoming a director. People who don’t know anything about the film industry will say things like Oh, well just be a second assistant director then a first assistant director! But if you actually work on sets, that’s a career path unto itself. Being an AD is a skill set unto itself, and – because there’s so few slots available to be the director, the boss of the set – nobody’s gonna naturally bump you up. You have to figure out a way to leap up a level or game the system. And there are a million ways that’s done, but for me, the thing I could create that could give me some leverage to get me in the director’s chair was a script.”

However, Mueller warns budding writer-directors not to be too ambitious budget-wise when it comes to writing their first, or even their first few scripts. “You have to make a certain level of script, within a certain budget,” he says. “You can’t just write the next Star Wars and say ‘I wanna direct this!’ That’s not gonna happen!”

For the rest of the article, or to post a comment, CLICK HERE!


Double Indemnity

Hi everyone!

I’m currently on vaycay with The Boy in MD, but I’m still getting work done! (or trying to!)

Check out the latest at the HotPixel blog! There’s a new monthly feature written by HotPixel’s color correction genius, Bruce Goodman called, appropriately enough, Bruce’s Corner!


A great example of how imagery can enhance the storytelling process is the Film Noir genre, which was very popular in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. The look of these films were characterized by low key lighting, which created rich streaks of light and shadow. Combined with oddly balanced composition these stark black and white images conveyed a discomforting sense of mystery, danger and disillusionment.

For the full post, or to write a comment, CLICK HERE!

HOTPIXEL POST: "The Hot List: Greg Laemmle – President, Laemmle Theaters

Greg Laemmle and his father, Robert, at the Laemmle Royal Theater. Photo Credit: Wally Skali/LA Times

Hello everyone!

It’s time for another Hot List over at the HotPixel Blog! I had a chance to interview Greg Laemmle, President of Laemmle Theaters,  and talked to him about his love of film, and what he looks for when choosing what indie films to screen at his theaters. Independent filmmakers, take note! 🙂


When you think of where to go see quality independent films in Los Angeles, it’s likely that the first places to come to mind are Laemmle Theaters. Back in 1938, Kurt and Max Laemmle, nephews of the founder of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle, created Laemmle Theaters as a place where quality independent, foreign, and arthouse cinema could be viewed alongside more mainstream fare, giving indie filmmakers a proper showcase for their work.

More than 70 years later, Laemmle Theaters have seven locations throughout Los Angeles, and it’s still very much a family business. HotPixel recently talked with Laemmle Theaters’ current President, Greg Laemmle, to discuss its place in the independent film community, and the ways in which Laemmle Theaters gives burgeoning filmmakers a chance to shine.

What’s interesting is that, despite the Laemmle family’s film legacy, Greg is the only one of his five siblings to go into the family business.

For the full interview, and to post comments, CLICK HERE!

HOTPIXEL POST: DEBBIE PRESTON – Writer/Producer of "By God's Grace"

By God's Grace

Check out my latest interview over at the HotPixel Blog with first-time writer/producer/director Debbie Preston about her new film, By God’s Grace!


“I had a dream about it,” Preston says. “And the story was very vivid in my mind. Of course I didn’t have all the pieces of it, but I had enough of it that I thought ‘I’m going to jot this down…’ I wrote the idea down, and it was a couple of pages long…then I told a friend about it, and she said “Why don’t you do a treatment for it?” And I was like, “What’s that?” She laughs as she remembers just how green she was at the beginning of the process.

In the three years since she first wrote the script, she’s learned not only what a treatment is, but everything it takes to bring a film to life. It wasn’t always peaches and cream. There were a few crew changes as the film was being shot, and Preston found herself wearing several different hats over the course of the shoot, including a portion of the film as co-director.

For the entire interview, or to leave a comment, CLICK HERE.

HOTPIXEL POST: Introducing, Teresa Jusino!

Photo Credit: Michael Jackson for ChileJam!

Photo Credit: Michael Jackson for ChileJam!

Hey there, everyone!

My latest blog post over at the HotPixel blog is an intro about me and what I hope to accomplish as editor over at that site. I hope you’ll check it out, and be a part of the conversation about independent film!


I’m always looking for new and amazing independent film projects and personalities to cover! So if you, or anyone you know would be a great subject for our Hot List, because they’re working on something that’s not only a quality film, but captures the spirit of independent film making, send a tip my way! You can reach me at

You can also feel free to email me with ideas about what you’d like to see here at the HotPixel blog, or just to tell me that you think I’m amazing and that you’re thinking of naming your first-born child after me! (You can also write me with questions, concerns, or complaints, but that’s less fun than the other stuff.)

For the full blog post, or to leave a comment on it, CLICK HERE!

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