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Sorority Row Vampires

Yes, my first project – while still developing Furies.

Website up, kinda.

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The Furies – shameless self promotion

The movie I'm directing

The movie I’m directing

I’m already breaking a New Year’s resolution, but heck with it! (It was only one shameless self-promo a week…)

If you haven’t already, go like The Furies’ facebook page.

Then check out the Furies’ website and learn all about us. See the trailer. Read the treatment, get excited and follow our path to success!

It’s the movie I’m pulling together out here in Sunny Southern California. It’s the reason I’m out here and not freezing my tail off in Texas right now.  Instead I’m freezing my tail off in San Diego, but that’s another post.

So my new resolution is to use social media to get some buzz generated about this project.

So share and like and I’ll keep this up until I get my way!

And have a safe and happy new year!


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Making movies

My latest project, The Furies, is proceeding ahead.

Our budget is nice and high, and as a result, this site won’t be updated on a regular basis, nor will I be able to accept any photography jobs in Austin, Texas as I’m in San Diego or Los Angeles.


Any other site I run will be shutting down and the domain parked or allowed to expire.

‘John Carter’: Disney’s Quarter-Billion-Dollar Movie Fiasco – The Daily Beast

If Hollywood executives don’t know who John Carter is, they certainly know what John Carter is. It’s the kind of cautionary tale that keeps studio chiefs popping Ambien at night: a vanity project with sky-high expectations that has gone wildly over budget and now seems destined to land with a massive thud at the box office—unless it can somehow rake in more than $400 million to break even. In other words, it’s the kind of movie that causes heads to roll.

via ‘John Carter’: Disney’s Quarter-Billion-Dollar Movie Fiasco – The Daily Beast.


I read the books and want to see this movie.  But seriously?  This thing is 100x bigger than the budget of MY movie!

Kinda reminds me of the vanity project the lead character in “Irreconcilable Differences” did, a musical version of “Gone With The Wind”.

OMG – 250 million!  No movie should run more than 15 or 20 million.  Seriously.


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Dave here.

As a Producer, one of my main jobs is to prepare the financial plan for this movie.  Part of this is obtaining detailed information about other movies that are similar.

The problem I’m facing is that Roomies is fairly unique.  There isn’t a whole lot of movies like this one to create a decent “Successful Films Chart”.

Some comedies break out and hit huge numbers at the box office.  The numbers generated by the Domestic Box Office then drive the other numbers, as Home Entertainment, PPV, Cable TV sales.  Those sales are usually forecast as a percentage of the Box Office.  A huge break-out hit, like Juno changes even those percentages, as most pre-release contracts have amendments to increase sale amounts if the picture hit well at the box office.

I have to be careful, tho, as if I include a movie like “The Hangover”, this will skew the averages all to the high side.  Hangover (as of today’s data) has a Domestic Box Office of $277 million, foreign box office of $192 million, DVD sales of $184 million. All on a budget of $30.  Adding this movie to my data skews things like crazy!

This doesn’t include cable/TV licenses.   No wonder the studio green-lit the sequel.  The sequel has a budget of $80 million and has, to date, brought in similar numbers.

Now that I have the projections finished… the B-plan goes to the printers and I hope to have a release copy in my paws by March 3rd.

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