Been a busy month! Covered the Independent Film Festival of Boston once again for LonelyReviewer.com. We shot a ton of Q&As, some of which can be viewed here. We finished the first season of Boston Open Screen at the Coolidge last night, taking a hiatus for the summer. Also, I just put the finishing touches on something that had gotten lost deep in my vaults, “The Interview,” a little piece I shot back in 2011. Lot’s of good stuff in the works!
It was another great year for film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. LonelyReviewer.com had the best coverage of the festival yet again, and, festival favorite Bobcat Goldthwait came by with the premiere of his new film WILLOW CREEK.
IFFBoston is a great event and it’s a pleasure covering it – so head on over and read some of the coverage at LonelyReviewer.com.
I’m also happy to announce that we’ve added a new contributor to LonelyReviewer.com, Derek Deskins, who will be a great addition to the site. We continue to grow it, and are up to Episode 5 on the podcast. Subscribe here on iTunes!
Got some other stuff in the works for the summer, so stay tuned!
LonelyReviewer.com is an Entertainment blog I’ve been running since 2008. Back then, I hosted a weekly video show with one of the other contributors to the site called “The LonelyReviewer Show.” I’m happy that after years of talking about it, we’ve finally brought the show back, this time in audio podcast form. I’ve been focused on posting regular quality content weekly, and the monthly audio show will be an added bonus.
Head on over to LonelyReviewer.com to check out the first episode of the show! We are waiting for iTunes approval of the show, but for the time being, you can listen and download the show right off the site.
Check out The LonelyReviewer Show Episode 1
It’s been a very very busy year so far, both at work and on my various side projects. Over at LonelyReviewer.com we just finished our extensive coverage of the 10th Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston). This year more than ever, we covered the festival extensively. We saw almost 20 films, reviewed all the ones we could (that were not under press embargo), as well as provided video content both for LonelyReviewer, and on behalf of the festival. Some of the videos include a Q&A with Todd Solondz (Dark Horse), and Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America). I love covering the festival, as well as seeing the amazing films that I’ve come to expect from the festival.
I’ve done some really fun projects for FLIR/Extech the past few months, specifically for Planet Extech, the brands social network which I manage. While on location in Las Vegas for the Inframation conference, with the help of the Research & Science cameras, we shot this awesome video of guns shooting with a high speed thermal camera.
Right now, I’m working on some other projects in various capacities that I’ll definitely post on here soon. I love the new format of my site, I wanted to put more of the focus on my content rather than my blog, and I definitely like the way it turned out!
So. 2011. How’d it go? I’d say I had a very successful year.
In 2011, I produced quite a bit of new work. Ranging from some shorts (‘I’m Sorry I Killed You,’ and ‘Friends I Haven’t Met‘), fun trailers and web videos (Labor Day 2 and Boy Shooting Nerf Gun), and Lonely Reviewer’s increased coverage of IFFBoston, it was a busy year!
So, what’s on tap for 2012?
I’m always looking to produce new projects, and collaborate with friends/colleagues on theirs. I’ve already got some things coming down the pipeline!
I hope to produce a few more shorts this year, and hopefully some that coincide with the themes I’m exploring in the projects I’ve done this past year. Shooting on DSLR is making these projects so much easier to produce, and increases production value 10 fold. With the addition of my own portable sound recorder to my kit in late 2011, things are only going to get better from here.
I appreciate you guys for checking out my blog, and my site! Happy New Year!
IFFBoston 2011 kicked off last week, and this year I’ve amped up my coverage for Lonelyreviewer.com. We’ve shot this years festival quite extensively, and I’m going to be cutting the Q&As for release online. Here are two videos I cut. The first is the Q&A that followed the screening of BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY. The second, an interview with the filmmakers behind ICE HOCKEY, a short that screened at the festival. IFFBoston is an amazing film festival, and I am honored to have been allowed the opportunity to work with them.
- One of the things I’ve always wanted to implement on Lonelyreviewer.com is a special place for our readers to come chat about the movies we review, movies they see, etc. So, I’ve finally added a forum section to lonelyreviewer.com.
My hope is to eventually build a community for our readers to come talk about whatever they’d like to talk about, whether its related to the content on our site, or even general topics. A forum is what definitely what was missing I hope it’ll be a good home for some good conversations and debates.
So, I’ve been thinking about one thing I never ever do, I never make resolutions. So I decided, maybe putting them out on a public forum such as my personal website, it might make me adhere to them.
In no particular order:
Create minimum 1-2 pieces of original content a month (Video)
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done Hello Simon/Hello the Podcast, and almost a year since the Lonely Reviewer Show & Road Trip for Obama. It’s about time for me to produce one of these many ideas that I’ve been bouncing around in my head. I’ve been posting more frequently to my Youtube page already, so we’re off to a good start, but MORE is coming.
The source of this original content? Of course, my writing. I’ve been lackadaisical as of late, so I want to write for 30-60 minutes at least 5 times a week. If 90% of it never sees fruition, that is fine, at least I’ll have a nice back catalog to turn to in the future.
Produce a New Web Show
I’ve posted in the past about a new show I’m developing and I finally think I’ve got the technical kinks worked out of it. I won’t divulge any details other then I’m currently working on a final visual effects test that will be the final step in pursuing this new show. I’m excited about it, and you should be too.
Some of my other non-project related resolutions include, the obligatory exercise more, and continue to read minimum one book a month.
So there we have it, these are my resolutions for 2010, if you notice me slacking, feel free to call me out on it on here, or on Twitter!
This January marks the 2-year anniversary of my film blog Lonely Reviewer, and in recognition of that, I’ve finally launched the blogs new format. We’re moving away from the magazine style template of old, and into a template that focuses more on our featured content then the news articles. Though, we will continue to do both!
I’m really happy with the way it looks, and I think this relaunch is a real step forward for the site. A new thing we will be experimenting with in 2010 is introducing video reviews to the site. Not quite the Lonely Reviewer Live show I did over a year ago with Justin, but something a little bit different then what I’ve tried in the past. Look for that in the next few weeks.
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For the second year in a row, I’ll be covering the Independent Film Festival of Boston for Lonelyreviewer.com. Lonelyreviewer.com is a web blog that covers various film, television, and other forms of entertainment, with the primary focus being cinema. The festival runs next week from April 22nd to April 28th. Check out Lonelyreviewer.com for full coverage, and buy tickets for the festival at iffboston.org