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10.15.2014

The story behind Haven Mitchell’s “Clothes Time” web series

There’s a story behind every interesting movie. No exception with “Clothes Time,” an animated children’s web series written and directed by Haven Mitchell. We’re pleased to have his reflections on the trailer and the valuable advice he shares.

IMTF: Haven, we’ve encountered scores of subjects in the trailers submitted to our Festival. But this is the first work featuring clothes. What inspired you to choose this topic?

HM: I’ve always been interested in animation. Most notable…Looney tunes while growing up in Oregon. I went through a lengthy divorce a while ago and found myself wondering, what are the simple things that make people happy? And I came up with the simple words…BEING APPRECIATED. I wanted to use animation and the world of “Clothes” as a metaphor for “APPRECIATION” because it will allow us to teach future generations to appreciate one another in the early stages of their lives. Read more

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12.20.2013

The Making of “Magic Bullet” by Errol Schwartz

Magic Bullet is a short-film adaptation of The Cure – a feature film script I wrote mid-2010. In the process of seeking funds for the feature film, I decided to make a short and hopefully use it to pique investor’s interest in the feature. To make this short calling card more compelling I thought, “Why not shoot it on a smartphone?” Read more

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12.07.2013

Creating the “Stories from the Underworld” book trailer by Johanna Pitcairn

New York City has been my home for seven years – and as I searched my own darkness, the Big Apple revealed itself to me.

I started writing detective novels at age nine, and then progressively tackled new genres, and new styles as years went by. By age seventeen, I was ready to go to film school. But life, and my father’s guidance, took me on a different path. I thought writing had been only a phase of my artistic youth. After all, I had to live on my own, and writing wouldn’t pay the bills – at least, that’s what my dad used to say. So I listened to him, and let my passion become a mere memory. Read more

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10.22.2013

The Making of Dragon Shield by Dianne Gardner

Making a novel come to life is a thrilling experience. And when a team of talented people joined me to create a trailer for my fantasy story, pouring their hearts into the project, I just can’t express the thrill! Read more