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Adventures of a 1st Time Feature Filmmaker

[su_heading size=”20″]Why I’m not God [/su_heading]

As I have been writing and sharing my thoughts, epiphanies, triumphs and setbacks it occurred to me that an update is due! So what have we been up to since the last post you might ask? For starters, I’ve been brushing up on my carpentry skills.

Crystal building the rain machine
Crystal building the rain machine

My associate producer, my DP and I built two different frames to create rain for the trailer shoot of The Law of Moises. The scene we most wanted to share with you is a scene that takes place, dramatically, in the rain. It would have been hard to share the scene if there’s no rain.

God said, “Let there be rain!” But I’m not God…

What did we learn about creating rain frames or DIY rain machines? It ain’t easy to create a believable rain machine.

Creating the frame is relatively easy. We found a few different options that were graciously provided on YouTube and followed the instructions. One was a wooden square with a garden hose attached and small holes drilled sporadically throughout the entire length of the hose.

Rain Machine
Rain Machine

[su_column]This turned out to be a really heavy option and the rain fell in streams rather than the fast drip you would expect when viewing rain. There was also too much water released from the contraption that soaked the actor more quickly that we wanted for the scene.[/su_column]

See a test below.

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[su_frame]The second frame was created using pvc tubing and sprinkler heads. This option was light, provided a downpour with the individual “drops” of rain we needed for filming and was the more workable solution to meet our needs.[/su_frame]

Why not just point a garden hose to the sky and start filming you might ask? One, we needed a high water capacity hose like firefighters use and we didn’t have that. The cost of the hose was greater than we wanted to spend for the single use. We considered purchasing a used fire hose, renting a pump trunk and a few other options, but producing the trailer on a small budget didn’t allow for those options.

At the end of the day (and the end of the shoot) we got the shots we needed and both of the rain frames provided the needed moisture.

Here are a few shots of the rain machines at work

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Adventures of a First Time Feature Filmmaker

[su_heading size=”20″]5 reasons why the film The Law of Moises should be on your to-see list[/su_heading]

Quick — Name a disabled actor.  Not an able-bodied actor whose character is disabled.


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I admit that most of you are probably wondering, “Who is Aaron Fotheringham?” Perhaps the bigger question is why the biggest minority in United States has the least representation in the media?

According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau about 56.7 million people or 19% of the population has a disability in America. The report describes into account a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe.

Since film is 100% of is about engaging its audience and if most people enjoy viewing films with characters they can relate to then why not provide films that nearly 20% OF THE population can share in its experience? Just asking.

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Aaron is set to play his namesake in The Law of Moises. He has Spina Bifida but is an incredible moto-cross athlete.

Aaron’s character is present day Aaron, i.e. Aaron from the Bible. He is Moises’ best friend.

[su_box title=”Here is a snippet from the script” box_color=”#82c5c3″]AARON (V.O.) And reason number 2 as to why I’m telling you his story…if you already hadn’t noticed, Moises stutters. It started when he lost his parents. So, he doesn’t talk much cause he can’t get much out before he s…s…tutters which is only funny because I’m in this wheelchair. [/su_box]


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Thanks Crystal

Adventures of 1st time feature filmmaker

Hello and welcome to the workings of my mind!

Well, this is not really as much a blog or newsletter as it is sharing of thoughts, ideas, and the progress of producing a feature film for the first time (hence the catchy title).  As expected there are a lot of bumps in the rode to creating a film (some good, some not-so-good) and I wanted to share this ride with anyone interested.  Weather you’re a fellow filmmaker, film buff or just someone who always wanted to know things like ‘What is a best boy anyway?’ These posts for you!

I know it’s a bit late for this but, I’ve decided my goal for 2014 is to build and audience and engage and audience for the upcoming film The Law of Moises.

Couple of ways to do it:

  1. Shoot a trailer
  2. Start a blog
  3. Go to events where market audience will be in attendance
  4. Ask more questions
  5. Attend the American Film Market (AFM)

I’ve started this blog – check. I’ve begun planning to shoot the trailer this fall – check. I got some events I’m attending – check, plans are in the works for AFM – check. So… that leaves asking some questions. Here’s one:

Noah, the movie came with much controversy. If you were going to make the movie, how would you mold your story with this beginning…


Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14So make yourself an ark of cypressc wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.d16Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubite high all around.f Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

22Noah did everything just as God commanded him.


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