Critics React to “Jerry”

Max Fox
Here are some movie reviews and reactions to Jerry, our first feature film! UK Film Review reacted favorably to the film, stating in their in-depth film review for Jerry that “the intimate scenes of dialogue play out with undisturbed control, allowing Jerry’s dilemma to blossom onscreen whilst creating atmosphere and tension. […] One particular scene, where Jerry asks the opinion of his surly co-worker Richmond (Alexander Rock), is brutally funny, showing the stark reaction of m
Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Making Our First Movie

Max Fox
How did a team of six filmmakers make their first independent film? Find out the story of how we created Jerry by checking out these MoviePilot filmmaker articles we wrote! Want to know about our screenwriting process? Check out this article: Writing Our First Movie “We didn’t want a myriad of ideas to inform the writing. The goal was to start writing without too specific of a direction. If we could come in completely raw, with as few preconceived notions as possible, then the ch

10 Tips For Ultra Low Budget Filmmakers

Melody Rock
We made “Jerry,” our first feature length movie for $15,000. The small budget inspired us to get creative in executing the movie. Here are some tricks we used to pull the whole thing off. Wardrobe There was no money in the budget for wardrobe so we took photographs of our cast in all sorts of combinations of their clothing. We created a folder using Dropbox that could be accessed from our mobile devices or computers that cataloged these photos so that we could look at them to pick out an ou

How To Watch The Digital Download Or Stream Of “Jerry”

Melody Rock
We made “Jerry” with a small budget, which afforded us the option to release the movie in a unique way. We have complete freedom with the release and thus decided to create a digital store online where people from all over the world would be able to purchase a digital download or stream of “Jerry” and other bonus content. It’s an exciting way to release our movie because we retain full control of all aspects of distribution/marketing and we get to make it available to anyone with an I

The Evolution Of Our Movie Poster

Melody Rock
This is how two of the posters I designed for our first feature film “Jerry” evolved through 38 versions. Sometimes the variations between versions were slight and sometimes not. Final v37 There were a few standout images from the movie and the still of Steven poking Jerry was one of them. I remember seeing the footage in post and thinking that it felt like the poster. The image captures the essence of their relationship and the heartfelt tone of the movie. I like the perspective
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Inspiration For co-Directing/co-Writing My First Feature Film “Jerry”

Melody Rock
These are some of the movies and television shows that have influenced me; particularly with the first feature I co-wrote/directed, “Jerry.” “Freaks & Geeks” 1999 Created by Paul Feig & Produced by Judd Apatow Hands down one of my favorite shows of all time. The characters are complex, funny, unforgettable and relatable. It’s a perfect combination of awkward and hilarious with a healthy dose of heart. I didn’t understand how television bureaucracy worked when I first disco

The Lonely Dildo

Alexander Rock
It’s stuffy in here and dark and I’m all dried out. God-damn it smells too. They blame me, her stupid underwear. They think I smell but I tell them I get washed just as much as they do. And they get used way more often. They used to be jealous of me. They might get cycled through once every two weeks, but me, I was working every day, sometimes twice. Damn bitchy ass underwear. Ever since she started seeing Richard, that cunt faced douche, she never even touches me. The day she first brought
Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Twitter Tip – Choosing a username

Max Fox
You’re about to start a Twitter account, or you’re considering a change of your existing username. What is your Twitter handle going to be, and what combination of characters after the @ will serve you well in the world of tweet? Below is a quick list of suggestions to help you find the right moniker. MEMORABLE – If you use a username that is easy for other Twitter users to remember, it is more likely that people will remember you! A name that sticks in the mind makes it easier for people
Sunday, September 7th, 2014

The Bench

Daniel
Our ambition as storytellers is a blessing and a curse all at once. We create a ton of content every day. We literally have digital piles upon piles of writing, footage, sound, and research stored on our hard drives. And yet it is such a small percentage of what we want to do. We sometimes forget in the day to day of our operation how much we do, and how much we’ve done. We constantly feel like we’re doing nothing. Some days are such a struggle to get through because of it. It felt
Sunday, September 7th, 2014

The War Of The Fur

Melody Rock
There was a cloud in the sky and it looked like a balloon with teeth that were jagged and raw like it just ate a poorly constructed falafel. Gene stared up with big wide gaping eyes and as he did the clouds changed and became new objects. The balloon with teeth turned into an elephant with a whip, a shark with a smile, and a pile of broken bricks and then finally a lizard. Gene snapped out of his cloud gazing when he discovered an army of ants crawling casually over his thick dense fur. He jump

Starting a New Routine – The Benefits of Muscle Memory

Alexander Rock
I have a hard time with routines. While I am fully capable of establishing a routine, my mind wants more freedom. When it comes to my health, the routines have been the most difficult. Throughout college I hovered around 220-235 pounds. During periods of high stress my weight would increase, but I was always able to offset any major weight gain by working out and playing basketball on a consistent basis. I grew frustrated though. The constant exercise resulted in little to no weight loss. As we

The beginnings and endings of stories

Max Fox
We’re nearing completion on the latest draft of “The Portal,” and based on what I’ve read and written so far, it seems like this will be the last major rewrite before we polish it up. Eventually we’ll take it into rehearsals and shooting, where it will get further cycles of refinement and the adding and subtracting of ideas. One thing that was lacking in the previous draft was establishing the relationship between Scott and Pete, two twenty-something roommates who have been living toge
Sunday, September 7th, 2014

    A Series of Unexpected Events

    Daniel
    Hello, my name is Jeffrey and I have a crazy story about how I ended up here. Where is here? We must start at the beginning to answer that question. I’ve lost track of time so pardon my recounting, as it may not be completely accurate. It was about 3 years ago. I was an intern at a newspaper in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not exactly the print capital of the world but I was paying my dues and hoping for some kind of recognition at the end of the line. I worked late one night, call it a Monday, no wait
    Sunday, September 7th, 2014

    Awkward Moments = Fun Short Films

    Melody Rock
    “The Bench” is a 2-minute short film starring Daniel Rock as the occupant of the bench and Josh Tichauer as the stranger who sits awkwardly close to him. It was directed and edited by Melody Rock, shot on the Canon 7D and cut on Final Cut Pro X. I used wonderful royalty free music, a silent film title card I found on the Internet, and built in effects from FCPX to achieve the old silent film style. I wasn’t feeling so hot and Daniel suggested that we go make a short film. It would be simp

    My students call me “Dad”

    Max Fox
    My name is Jeremy Pernell and I am 56 years old. I am a janitor at Washington Middle School. I like seeing the students. Some of them call me “Dad.” When a student has a problem, they do not come to me to talk. They do not go to their friends, or to their teachers. I see them talk to themselves and I see them swallow what they are about to say and they don’t know what has been unspoken. They have small brains. I learned this from a 10th grade science book that was on the floor.  Maybe the
    Sunday, September 7th, 2014

    I Have An Addiction

    Daniel
    I have an addiction. I’m addicted to playing free blackjack on my phone. I’ve always liked the thrill of gambling. It always excites me to put some money on something I have no control over. Whether it was convincing my dad to let me fill out a parlay card at the sports book, or playing cards with my friends, I’ve always felt the rush of gambling. Growing up in Las Vegas, I’ve always found myself with the temptation of gambling. I started gambling more regularly when I was s
    Sunday, September 7th, 2014

    Walking along the beach

    Max Fox
    I was walking along the beach, enjoying the feeling of the wet sand beneath my feet. It was November and the beach was empty and quiet. I like walking where the sand is wet, and every once in a while a wave washes up farther than the others, and when it reaches me it is a pleasant layer of seawater, achieving its apex and then recedes and it is this layer of water that I step into along my walks. I had my shoes in my hand, and they swung gently in my gait, and I sometimes stopped and closed my e
    Sunday, September 7th, 2014

    Monster Removal Services Incorporated

    Melody Rock
    There was a monster living in his closet. He started shoveling all of his clothes in his dresser drawers to avoid using the closet. They wouldn’t fit very well but he made it work.  He was able to avoid the monster and get on with his life. His mother came in one morning while he was at school and saw all of his nice clothes stuffed into the few drawers he had. This did not please her. She worked very hard to buy him those clothes and he was treating them like discarded toys. She pulled the

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