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Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Announcements and Shameless Plugs | 10 comments

Check Out My New Short Film! And an Interview Thing

Check Out My New Short Film! And an Interview Thing


Remember that behind-the-scenes look at the short film I was working on a while back? With all those horrific manikins and stuff? Well, I’m pleased to say that of last week, the video is finally up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can check it out here: 



I have to say, after hours and hours spent editing these eight minutes of video, it’s pretty hard for me to watch. We are always our own worst critic, and everything I could have done just a little better (or a whole whole lot better) whacks me in the face like a wiffle-ball bat every time I go through this film.

But I guess that’s how we learn. If you make five big mistakes on a project, that’s five big mistakes that you hopefully will not make on the next one.

And really, I’m pretty darn happy with how this video turned out, especially for my first serious film project. Some kind of amazing things happened to make everything come together just the way it did. I got to work with some fantastic people. I’m really looking forward to the next one.

One of the people on the Stolen Voices production team was a guy named Daniel Thompson, whom you might know from a podcast called The Very Serious Writing Show. And recently, I was privileged to be featured on his show, where Daniel and I talked about online serial fiction and my new webseries The Firewall Saga. We also talk a little about the Stolen Voices shoot, the covered-up death of Google, and also the little-known weakness that Amish people have for online podcasts.

It was a very serious discussion, where we talked about serious things like grownups, in a very mature, normal, serious fashion. If you would like to hear the seriousness, I’ve embedded it below:



And while you’re at it, drop by Daniel’s Soundcloud page and give the Very Serious Writing Show a listen. Daniel has interviewed a ton of fantastic people, like Kerry Nietz (of Amish Vampires in Space fame), actor and comedian Torry Martin, and Bill Myers (creator of the Wally McDoogle series).

And it is all so, so serious.


  1. I thought it was a GREAT video. It’s just the type of stuff I like to watch when I’m not in the mood for comedy. Will you be making more? (Also you didn’t mention Alexandra’s “interview”–but I guess it would take too long to list all the people Daniel has had on the VSWS.)

  2. Loved the video! You guys did an awesome job there. I loved the sort of dark humor in the line: “Yeah. I know that.”
    The interview was awesome too. I was excited to see your name pop up on there. 🙂

  3. I love the film! It is amazing. The girl who played Jenni is a great actor!
    And also the interview is very funny. I got a lot of laughs out of that one.

  4. I watched this before and since I am not a videographer I did not notice things wrong with it, it was powerful, and scary, and believable..

  5. Quite a moving and frightening story. I liked the image portrayed of the analyst sitting in a comfortable environment completely detached from the suffering that was going on in other people’s lives.

  6. I thought you did a great job with the film. My sisters and I all liked it very much. I know how easy it is to be very one’s worst critic, but be assured that from an outsider’s perspective, it looks great. 🙂

  7. O.O
    This is just… amazing. Even though you might think differently, the editing and how it all comes together is just very well done.

  8. I love the concept! Cool vid, dude:)

  9. WOW! Great acting, great photography, and a great story! I am looking forward to all of your work in the future!

  10. This video was simply, AMAZING! With the combination of superb acting, a thoughtful script and great filming…it really hit home. And you approached such a sensitive topic with a lot of creativity. It’s the type of video you can watch over and over, and yet it never loses its initial “w-o-w-ness” 😛 You’ve got a crew of supporters in this house, and we’re all eagerly looking forward to your future projects!

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