From Winesburg, Ohio: Mother!

Yeaaah, so high school and college were my biggest creative movie outlets, even extracurricularly. If only I’d known how little free time would exist as an adult… One day, along came the Sherwood Anderson novel filled with grotesque characters, Winesburg, Ohio. My high school class group was assigned to satirically recreate a chapter out of Read More …

Living Out Loud

Some days, you’re tirelessly overthinking things when all of a sudden, a spark happens. Magic. Out of thin air. These “sparks” of creativity are what lead to great filmmaking. I find it best to let the characters get fully realized even in short moments, but scenes with no dialogue is key. #directing #quote #filmmaker #getitdone Read More …

Decade Following Nightmare v. TheoR.E.M.

A reunion one decade in the making. #theproducers #catchingup #hayesvalley #aden #alumni #csumb #meetngreet #alltattedup #fairytales #yesterday #karaoke #ethiopian #peaceout✌ #chipotlé A post shared by Garett Thomas (@directorg) on Jul 23, 2017 at 10:28am PDT The premise for creating all capstone movies at CSU Monterey was this: via a group of 1, 2 or 3 Read More …

Four Years Since an Urban Hustle

It is startling that four years have already since passed when our “Urban Hustle” short premiered on the big screen at the Castro Theatre here in San Francisco July 6, 2013, via Scary Cow. That was quite an honor, a challenge and a hustle in itself which was overshadowed to this day by an unforeseen Read More …

What’s My Motivation, Pt. 2

The new do. #rainbowbeard #pride🌈 #psexpress #RESIST #putaringonit #unity #collage #sf #hrc A post shared by Garett Thomas (@directorg) on Jun 25, 2017 at 11:33am PDT Yes! Yes was my response, when he popped the question this past Pride weekend. You can only imagine how much exhilaration is running through my veins from then on. Read More …

On IMDb: 3 Shorts: Commentary on Society (2003)

Already exactly half my life ago was this senior high school project — though not part of high school at all — involving at least 23 people interested in making a series of music videos and a documentary as voluntary actors to affect people’s opinions. With sparse-to-no dialogue, improvisation encouraged and distinctive looks for each Read More …

What’s My Motivation, Pt. 1

There are many topics this blog entry could be about. In fact, there are many topics it *IS* about! And yet, dear reader, you can only learn the specific subject matter as you continue scrolling down through the related YouTube and Instagram posts. I stumbled upon a great series by CineFix, that caught my eye Read More …

Parallels and Coincidences

Everybody seems to know in Hollywood and beyond that — sometimes copyright or not — someone else might easily bank on your same title and/or idea. This blog briefly examines several examples that, for lack of better wording, seemed all too familiar for projects of our own or that we participated with: SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) Read More …

The Power of No Dialogue

Long sequences, even short films, can truly benefit when left to rely on fewer devices. In this instance, little-to-no dialogue grants filmmakers the opportunity to make other elements of their storytelling that much tighter, whether it be via the performances, the music, the quick editing, the creativity, or something else for you to discover below. Read More …

Budgeting: The Finest End for The Biggest Gaffe in History

After declaring “All Hell Is Breaking Loose” at the first Academy Awards he hosted, Jimmy Kimmel could not have summed up better what was likely the biggest gaffe in Academy history: the wrong Best Picture award presented, for just under a minute, to a mistaken film from another envelope — likely a duplicate — still Read More …