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Pre-production Starts!

Probably one the most difficult things about taking on a big project is figuring out where to begin. Tonight I had my first official production meeting for my next project; “The Girl With No Name”. I met with storyboard artist and fellow Scary Cow member Van Dyke Roth who was a big help in getting the project rolling. To […]


Studying the Masters

I’m a fairly liberal minded film goer and there’s a soft spot in my heart for drawing room dramas. …But I like myself a good fight scene too. Fight scenes constitute the most basic form of dramatic conflict between characters and are a legitimate means to move the plot forward. David Mamet’s Red Belt is […]

Curse of the Black Lotus 2

After months and months of work, Curse of the Black Lotus 2 is complete! We screened the short at the Castro Theater in San Francisco March 3rd at the Scary Cow screening. It is was a huge relief to complete the movie, and there’s nothing like showing it to an audience. We even won an […]

On Location at the Oakland Aviation Museum

Shooting a scene inside the cockpit of an experimental jet is a pretty tall order for a micro budget film. I had considered building a cockpit set from scratch, but being and airplane geek, it occurred to me to reach out to one of my favorite local aviation museums. Fortunately for us, Scott Buckingham and […]

The Miniatures of Brian Clarke

The first movie I produced was Curse of the Black Lotus. The Curse is an homage to the matinee cliffhangers of the 30’s and the script involved a lot of special effects. I didn’t fully realize how ambitious this project was for a micro-budget movie, and many times I felt foolish to have even proposed […]

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Curse of the Black Lotus Visual Effects Reel

The original Curse of the Black Lotus was a mirco-budget short with an intense set of special effects. John Pilgrim created this demo reel showcasing all the great work that went into making this movie. Miniatures by Brian Clarke. Motion controlled slider dolly and vfx processing by John Pilgrim.

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Thanks to The Oakland Aviation Museum

I’m nearly finished with production on Curse of the Black Lotus 2. This was a very ambitious project from the start for a mirco-budget film, but we’ve nearly accomplished every crazy shot we set out to do. Undoubtably, the Curse would not have happened if not for the wonderful people of the Oakland Aviation Museum. […]

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Color Correction

Just about every aspect of movie making is fascinating, and lately I’ve been feeding the obsession by learning color correction. I have a long way to go before I become a competent color grader, but it’s definitely been worth it to try. Learning any post-production processes will sharpen your skills as a producer or director. […]

Camera Cranes

It wasn’t long after I first got interested in movie making that I got fascinated with building a camera crane.  A good crane shot can create an absolutely stunning shot, and having always been a DIYer I couldn’t resist the urge to build one. Even using my stone-age camcorder from the early ’90s, I was […]

Front Projection vs. Rear Projection: In-Camera Compositing

Why use rear projection? Aside from the retro-novelty look of rear projection, cost and ease of use are most compelling reasons. It’s the cheapest means of in camera compositing. However using a rear projection screen is an exercise in compromise. For any given screen material used in rear projection, the opacity of the screen determines […]