We live in the time of the information super highway. Gone are the early days of dial up internet, replaced with faster internet speeds on our cell phones and tablets. With better technology comes better and often cheaper ways of DIY filmmaking. As the film industry grows in New England, more people are picking up cameras and doing it themselves. With digital cameras (and some that still shoot on film), filmmakers are hitting the streets and taking their talents to the web proving you don’t have to go to film school if you have a Netflix account.
Jim McDonough of Hanson, MA has been doing shorts on YouTube for a few years now. The latest, titled Manicorn (http://tinyurl.com/kbczlj3 ), just dropped a few days ago. His Friday Night Films, with collaborator Rob MacVarish, is putting out some of the best green screen indie shorts you can find. Jim’s had some success too. He was a finalist in a contest by Robert Rodriguez and Blackberry and you can see his work for that in Rodriguez’s short Two Scoops. He also won a contest which had the Discovery Channel using one of his creations as their advertisements for their wildly popular Shark Week a few years back. I’m a big fan of Manicorn, but if you want to see Jim’s full talent, make sure to watch his MTV spoof called MTV True Life: I’m an Abominable Snowman (http://tinyurl.com/ktoxdf3 ). www.Twitter.com/JimNasiam
New Hampshire based Tim Morgan took a few years off and returned to filmmaking in 2013. He completed A Gnome Named Juan (http://tinyurl.com/n3w437w) and just started production on The Fourth Teaspoon. He also somehow found the time to write and self publish the zombie coming of age book, The Trip (http://tinyurl.com/mkom6rf). Once he got back behind the camera, he caught the bug again and already has future projects in development. www.Twitter.com/Tmorgan_2100
Chris Palermo continues to throw the dough around on his web series Pizzer Makers (www.Youtube.com/pizzermakers). If you are an avid reader, you’ve seen his name pop up quite often on my site. Sure Chris is a friend and we often work together on multiple projects, but he is also one of the most consistent workers in the Boston film scene. A veteran of an endless number of Hollywood films, Chris uses Pizzer Makers to work with other talent and to grow not only his show, but to help others gain experience of their own. I’ve gone to many places with fellow Pizzer Makers and you’d be amazed at how many have people come up to them locally especially the “Pop the Cork” wine expert. www.Twitter.com/pizzermakers www.Twitter.com/mavensupdate
Manchester, New Hampshire’s Robert Kersey created Just Another Day (http://tinyurl.com/lq8ej2e) of the hatred he has for the saying “That’s How I Roll”. He thought the saying was rather stupid and came up with the saying “That’s How I Pogo” and tried to figure out in what situation that would sound the most preposterous. The result is the office based web series Just Another Day. It currently has three episodes on YouTube with Episode 4 coming out in September with follow up episodes once a month including a Halloween special. Kersey writes, directs, edits and acts in the show along with actors from all over New England. Mike Potito stars opposite Kersey as the office’s class clown Sam. Rocky Maxwell plays the lovable wheel chaired bound Jack along with Miranda Evans (Amy), Maria Natapov (Annie), Erich Stephan (Pete), Steven Elliman (Mr. Tyler) and Ken Murray (Brad). www.Twitter.com/RobertKersey, www.Twitter.com/JADwebseries
Others like Katie Shannon and Mathew Fisher have all released projects or teaser trailers on YouTube to generate buzz for bigger projects. With cheaper technology and the capability to find an audience you couldn’t reach before, the internet will create the next generation of Spielbergs. Know of any other filmmakers in New England using the web to find an audience? Let me know. www.Twitter.com/Murraymaker