Saturday, July 13, 2013

Guest Blogger Joshua Mims

Hello Gentle Readers,

I’m doing a special Christmas in July tour, and Crystal offered me a chance to stop in and chat.
Now I’m about to take off my writer’s hat and put on my filmmaker’s hat. So, brace yourselves.

It’s a little known fact that when you say filmmaker and hat in the same sentence, Johnny Depp will magically appear. True story.
I actually got my start making movies, as I have an MFA in Film and Television, which believe you me, is a great degree…if you’re planning to open a coffee shop.

Thanks to the amazing development in technology, today’s filmmakers have a lot of great opportunity when it comes to what’s possible. Cameras are probably the best they’ve ever been, and it’s easy to make some pretty beautiful flicks for almost no money.

Yep, this beast was shot on 35 MM AND HD!

And that’s all well and good. But, don’t forget, the most beautiful picture of garbage is still garbage. Pretty pictures won’t make up for awful acting, poor lighting, and bad story. And don’t think that you can make a movie that’s so bad it’s good. Because that bar was set pretty high FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO!
The golden standard. 

There are tons of great opportunities out there for future filmmakers, and all kidding aside, if you’ve got the burning desire to tell your story, then I’m rooting for you. I think everyone deserves a chance to tell their story. Just know that there’s a lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and more heartache then you can imagine. And that’s just dealing with actors.

Jay Mims is currently working on a film adaptation of his first book “The Five Santas”. He lives with a passive-aggressive Dalek named Steve, a lizard named Bob, and takes care of two of his neighbor’s cats Eartha Kitty and Meowstopholes. He writes books and is far funnier on Facebook then in real life. He is terrible at Twitter. His next book "The Gray Ghost Inn" is due out October 15, 2013. Feel free to email him here. For a regular dose of Mimsey, check out his blog.

If you want to enter a chance to win your own copies of Jay’s books, make sure to enter the Rafflecopter contest! It’s Christmas In July and we’re giving away FIVE PRIZES!

Good Reads
AMAZON: The Five Santas Oncoming Series
AMAZON: The Cult Koo Kway Mims
BARNES & NOBLE: The Five Santas
BARNES & NOBLE: The Cult of Koo Kway
Twitter: @JayMimsey
Email: JMimsey[at]gmail[dot]com

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