Paranormal CATTIVITY

I recently participated in the Collaboration Film Challenge, a short film festival designed, as the name suggests, to get filmmakers to work together.

Basically, we were given the following quote by PJ O'Rourke:

"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."
We then had a few days to come up with five pitches for short films based on the quote. Once a pitch was selected for us, we had a week to write, shoot, and edit the final project.

Paranormal CATTIVITY was my pitch, a found-footage horror movie. With sock puppets.

I'm happy to say that we were the runner-up in the Audience Award for Best Film.

-Tom, who still has some dead puppets in the trunk of his car.

Fear of Girls 2 Premiere

I'm happy to announce that the second episode of Fear of Girls will premiere as part of the Fearless Filmmakers series on January 31st.

Here are the details:
Fearless Filmmakers Screening: "The Viral Market"

The Oak Street Cinema
309 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55414

Wednesday January 31st
Screening begins at 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion with filmmakers and special guests to follow.

Official After Party
Stub and Herbs
227 Oak Street SE (one block away)
Minneapolis MN 55414

Tickets are $9 General Admission, $7 Students,$5 Mn Film Arts Members.

Tickets will go onsale at 6:30 PM ONLY on January 31st. (No pre-sale!)

I hope you can make it. I will be there with my entourage.

-Tom, who would like to note that his entourage consists entirely of 3rd level commoners.


Thanks to everyone who voted for my entry in the past couple weeks. It does not appear that I finished in the top ten, despite having a firm grip on sixth place for most of the day yesterday.

But, WotC's rules are rather ambiguous, so there is still hope. If they cling stringently to their rules and let automated vote-spamming bounce sub-par entries to the top, they're not serving anyone's interests very well.

If nothing else, this was a hugely educational experience and the feedback I got from my friends -- and for that matter, total strangers on the various D&D messageboards I frequent -- was very, very encouraging.

Even if I don't get any further recognition, it's been gratifying to have so many people supporting my efforts.

Thanks for believing and thanks for your help.

-Tom, who will do more, don't worry!

Final Day of Voting

I can't imagine anyone who reads my blog doesn't know this already but today is the final (and crucial) day for voting in the D&D Film Contest.

Visit and rate my video today!

Even if you previously voted, you can still vote again.

Thanks for all your support!

-Tom, pimpin' it.

Vote for Me in the Online D&D Film Contest!

So a couple weeks ago I hinted about making a short film in just over 48 hours.

Well, here are the results of that labor!

And you can help me make it to the final round of judging with a few simple steps:

  1. Visit the page for the movie:
  2. Under the RATE IT box, give it a rating of '10' (or whatever you think is appropriate).
  3. You will have to enter some letters on the page to prove you are human.
  4. Forward the link and instructions to all your nerdy friends!

The good news is that you can vote every time you open your browser, so please vote as often as you can. Voting runs through October 10th.

Thanks for your support!

-Tom, who notes that Sir Chastain does all his own stunts. And is now ready to retire from show business.

A Test

Can you cast, shoot, and edit an award-winning five-minute short in less than 36 hours?

I am trying to find out.

-Tom, who has friends who can, and plans to lean on them.

Just A Little Background

I was going to blog about this when it premiered, but I didn't want to steal any thunder from Meryl Streep or Tommy Lee Jones: I'm in the new movie A Prairie Home Companion.


Your TV Is Redundant

Hey, it's Tuesday and I'm in a good mood so I thought I would share a treat with you and try to 'pay it forward'.

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I crush a small piece of your soul with that horrible cliche? Allow an attempt at recompense.

I'm happy to announce that Paper Hearts is now on Google Video. The guys from Sleepy Eye rolled the dice to cast me as the lead in this and I think we're all happy with how it turned out.

The whole thing was made as part of the 48-hour film festival in which you are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a random genre for a short film which you then have 48 hours to script, shoot, and edit.

We were featured in the best of the fest, and apart from the gimmicky nature of the process I think the final result stands up on its own as a fun piece of entertainment.


-Tom, who encourages you to check out Revolver and Say Nothing while you're there.

Makin' a List, and Checkin' It Twice...

I'm coming up with a list of films set in and around Los Angeles. You know, to prep myself for what's next. Cause all movies are real. Just like 'reality TV' is a redundant term. Right?

Anyhow, here's what I've come up with so far:

  • L.A. Story
  • Swingers
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Resevoir Dogs
  • Chinatown
  • The Player
  • Collateral
  • Boyz 'n the Hood
  • The Terminator trilogy
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • 2 Days in the Valley
Any further suggestions?

-Tom, who is pimping you, yes. Yes, indeed.

Over the Top

So, the stats continue to roll on Fear of Girls:

  • 327 people saved the link on
  • We broke the Top Ten most popular links over at Bloglines, coming in today at number nine.
  • Our hit count on Google Video has topped 320,000. (We racked up 140,000 Sunday and Monday alone after picked us up.)

Responses to my acting tend to fall into two camps:

  1. Man, that's over-the-top! Too much mugging!
  2. Hilarious! What's scary is I know guys just like this!
I actually agree more with the first camp than the second: I'm deliberately playing a caricature.


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