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Hey, film community gang: if you have a few minutes Saturday evening, catch a WRAP PARTY AND EARLY SCREENING of “People of the Book” - a short film by Joshua Gates. It is Saturday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., at

District 475 Gallery at the Vallagio Community at Inverness,

10111 Inverness Main St

Englewood, CO 80112.


Here is the film pitch: “People of the Book” … a night in the lives of two very different men, forced to survive by working together. (All shot in Denver)

You might pick up some tips on Kickstarter, since Josh financed the project in that manner, raising about $5K.

Also, big time Denver drummer (and my son) Trygve Schneider recorded, edited, and sweetened the audio track – AND composed and recorded the music score. All done at the Bates Motel West Studio.

If you can drop by, please do. RSVP, though, sometime Friday to me at, by calling Josh at 303-483-3167, or emailing him at


Tell Josh you are in Trygve’s posse.

Here is Josh’s Kickstarter page on the project:

And look for my new book, VOTE: A Vic Bengston Investigation, set in Colorado and Key West, come soon to a website or bookshelf near you.


Como High School set for Dust Bowl-era film WRONG SIDE UP

Wrong Side Up on Location

Photo by Laura Van Dusen/The Flume

The following article was reported by Laura Van Dusen for the Flume, the official paper of Park County, Colorado since 1879.


A coming-of-age film set at the height of southeastern Colorado’s Dust Bowl days brought the cast and crew of “Wrong Side Up,” a short film by Englewood, Colo.-based Crooked Lake Productions, to Como on Nov. 2 to film scenes set in a rural schoolhouse.

The set was the historic Como High School; it was Como’s high school beginning in 1930. In 1940, the one student in the last senior class graduated.

In the scene shot on Nov. 2, a group of seven child actors play 1930s-era students learning Practical Arithmetics in the one-room schoolhouse. During the lesson, a character named Josiah, played by 10-year-old Coby Fox of Bow Mar, Colo. can’t figure out the answer to a division problem.

The student sitting next to Josiah in class is Mac, the protagonist of the film, played by 11-year-old Jason Olree of Denver. While the teacher is looking away, Mac erases the wrong answer on Josiah’s slate and writes the correct answer. Because of his help, Josiah realizes Mac is a friend.

Other scenes to be shot in Como at a later date will depict a circa-1930s outdoor movie theater and an outdoor scene of blowing dust.



CFVA BRUNCH and screening of HANNA RANCH

Saturday, November 9th

Brunch:  12:30pm – 2:00pm Henderson’s Lounge/Sie FilmCenter (brunch reception/hosted bar)

Screening:      Ellie Caulkins Opera House 3:00pm

Come out and support Colorado filmmakers Mitch Dickman and Karl Kister for this special presentation at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House as we celebrate the achievements within the Colorado film industry.  Tickets for CFVA members are only $15.00 for the brunch and screening.

Tickets available at:


CFVA PANEL:  How to Package and Sell Your Film

Saturday, November 16th

Sie FilmCenter

Join the best film agents in the business as they discuss what is often the hardest part of making a film:  the financing.  Robert Denerstein moderates a conversation about best practices  for packaging, financing, and selling a film – and how to navigate the ever-changing marketplace.

This is the 3rd in a quarterly series of CFVA Industry panels supporting the professional development within the Colorado filmmaking community.

Tickets available at:


CFVA Night at the Late Night Lounge

Fast 7 - Come and Gone

Fast & Furious

The next entry in the successful Fast and Furious franchise recently spent six weeks shooting in the Colorado mountains (plus many more weeks in prep and wrap), bringing a crew of over 200, and many millions of dollars, to the state.

The Colorado portion of Fast and Furious 7 was all second unit work - meaning stunts and effects; principal actors were not involved - mostly stunt drivers, stunt doubles, and a very few extras (for one or two shots).  According the Colorado Film Commission, the production estimated that they would spend 5.1 million dollars in the state, and hire 58 Coloradans.  Final numbers are not yet available, but hires included grips, electricians, location managers, drivers, and a number of production assistants.

Film production took place near Colorado Springs (Pike’s Peak), Woodland Park (a private ranch), and Salida (Monarch Pass), enduring both the flooding rains and unexpectedly early snow at those elevations; however the script location may not be Colorado.  The film should hit screens in summer 2014.  The second unit has now moved on to join the main unit in Atlanta.

Black Magic Pocket Camera Review Compared To DSLR and Red Epic

Is this small camera a game changer like the Canon 5D2 was?


Dave Dugdale reviews the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera.
There is a lot of excitement out there about this tiny little thing.

Catch the full review at his site. Black Magic Pocket Review

Indie - November 2013

Don't get caught in situations like these - hire a professional -

Colorado Production Guide


Don't get caught in situations like these - hire a professional -

Colorado Production Guide

State of the State Livestream

CFVA will be live streaming the State of the state this evening.

Colorado Film Industry Leaders and Members to Convene at CFVA’s State of the State Summit Meeting

governor signing incentive

Colorado Film Industry Leaders & Members to Convene at CFVA’s State of the State Summit Meeting, October 9th at Sie FilmCenter

DENVER – September 30, 2013 -   The Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA) today announced the State of the State Summit Meeting that will gather together Colorado’s visual media leaders to discuss the Colorado film industry.   The meeting has been scheduled at the Sie FilmCenter, October 9th, at 7:00pm and Britta Erickson, Festival Director of the Denver Film Society will moderate a panel of industry professionals including:

Patty Kingsbaker, Co-founder of Radical Artists representing Colorado’s top actors

Debbie Ortega,  Denver City Councilwoman – District 13  

Al White, Director, Colorado Tourism Office

Melissa Kuipers, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck – Lobbyist for Colorado Film Incentive

Evan Nix, Director, Editor and Partner of the Nix Brothers Denver based Production Company.

Composing for Piano, Marimacho, and Oboe

Chris Joye

Composing for Piano, Marimacho, and Oboe

One of the many obstacles a composer faces is how to write for various instruments.  Doing so can be tricky, and this obstacle is one of many reasons why composers choose to work with orchestrators or arrangers who will take, for example, the composer’s piano sketch and complete it for a jazz big band or a full orchestra.  Composers have a few options to help realize their musical sketch: (1) walk down the (potentially dangerous) road of buying these instruments and learning them, (2) spend some time studying the certain characteristics and limitations of various instruments, or (3) pay someone to arrange or orchestrate their composition or sketch.  The first scenario can be time consuming and expensive, but is ultimately extremely rewarding and fun.  In addition, when you calculate the savings from not hiring an orchestrator or arranger, the cost discrepancy is not as significant.  The second scenario allows composers to save some money on instrument purchase, but still allows them to write compositions that sound better and more realistic on either real instruments or virtual-based ones


Indie October 2013

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Colorado Production Guide


Don't get caught in situations like these - hire a professional -

Colorado Production Guide