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The journey of the TILT teaser trailer:

  • Sunday, September 26th, 3am: TILT production = wrapped
  • Monday, September 27th, 7am: Phil and Jeremy start transcoding, pro-res-ing, and sound syncing footage
  • Early Oct, stolen moments: Phil and Jeremy work their trailer magic; rough cut makes Jessica cry…
  • Friday, Oct 22nd, Sneaky O’Clock: Director Gary King finagles a peek at the TILT teaser trailer. (We’re still trying to figure out if we can bring official charges against him.)
  • Friday, Oct 22nd, PM: TILT teaser trailer officially unveiled at a special Flyway Film Festival event.
  • Sunday, Oct 24th, First Thing in the AM: A private link to the trailer is sent to our 223 amazing TILT Kickstarter backers.
  • Sunday, Oct 24th, 2 seconds after First Thing in the AM: The trailer is leaked to the whole world. Sweet.

And now it’s your turn:

What did YOU think?


It’s Day 7 of the 9 Days of TILTness, and there is lots to talk about, so hop right in!

If you missed the 6th day of TILTness, catch up here.  If you’re all caught up, here’s the 7th…


At the heart of our film is the relationship between a father and his daughter.  Jessica and Julie have done a fantastic job getting us started with truly touching stories of their fathers for our Father’s Day Month posts!  I’m going to switch it up a bit today, though, and talk about things from the perspective of being a dad.

When Did All This Happen?

by: Phil Holbrook

I’m lonely.  I’m sitting here in an empty house.  The silence is so loud I can’t concentrate.  I’m not used to it. There isn’t any laughing, yelling, or calling for the dog.  There isn’t even any fighting or crying.  If I didn’t know any better, I would almost think that it sounds pretty good.  Except I do know better.  It’s like living in the city your whole life, with the sounds of traffic and gunshots (well, maybe not gunshots), and then moving to the country where all you hear are crickets.  Have fun getting to sleep.  That’s the way my house is right now.

The Family

The Family

Every year my wife goes to a retreat-type thing through her church and brings the kids with her.  There are all kinds of activities for the kids, and they have a blast.  They are gone for 10 days.  I stay home.  I usually use my vacation time around Christmas. This year I used a week during EgoFest; the rest will be used up while shooting TILT.  As the days got closer to when they were about to leave, there was an excitement in the air.  Everyone was excited to go on a fun activity, and I was excited to have the house to myself.  I’m not going to lie.  I looked forward to it.  I can eat in front of the tv.  Watch any movie I want to on the living room tv, no matter how scary or what time of the day it is.  There isn’t anyone asking me to change the channel to “Max and Ruby.”  There aren’t any interruptions while I’m trying to work on a project.  Bring it on!


How will I ever be able to tell this little dumplin' "no" for anything?

Day 1:  Life is good.

Day 2:  Things are still fine… but something doesn’t quite feel right.  It’s already been quiet for too long.  Time to go find something to do.

Day 3: It’s noon.  I’ve called them twice already to ask about what they are doing, secretly hoping they will tell me how much they miss me and want to come home.  That doesn’t happen.  They’re having so much fun they don’t want to come to the phone to talk to me.  I better make some lunch.  For one.  One really is the loneliest num…  “Shake it off, Man! Get a grip.” I tell myself.  Great.  Now I’m talking to myself.  I’ll go eat in front of the computer.  Good idea!


A little filmmaker in the making. I'm so proud!

Day 4: I turn the tv on.  I need to create some sort of background noise.  I might as well see what’s on the tube.  Click.  Click. Click.  The Wonder Pets are coming on.  The kids love Wonder Pets.  “Wonder Pets, Wonder Pets, we’re on our way, to save a baby….” It’s no fun singing the songs by yourself.  I watch it anyway.  It’s 3pm.  I guess that’s close enough for dinner.  Doesn’t matter when you’re by yourself, throwing single serving whatevers in the microwave.  I eat it at the dinner table and look at the three empty chairs.  Is that my phone ringing?  Where is my phone? It’s them.  It’s them.  It’s… a telemarketer.  Oh well, I start to tell him about the time Nolan didn’t quite make it to the potty and pooped on the carpet.  The telemarketer hangs up on me.

The kids

They'll only be this age for a minute.

When did all this happen? When did I get so dependent on these people, to the point of being practically crushed by their absence?  I used to be a really independent guy.  I didn’t need anybody.  I do now, though.  I do now.  The big question is… do I always remember that?  When they want to play ball after dinner, do I go play ball?  How about when I’m in the middle of editing a project and they come in my office wanting me to read them a book?  They are 3 and 5 years old.  The book isn’t War and Peace.  Their favorite books, Fancy Nancy and Sheep in a Jeep, take, at most, five minutes to read.  When don’t I have five minutes for them, no matter how busy I think I may be?  They are only going to be this age for about a minute.  I don’t want to miss it.

So… when did all this happen?  Was it in the hospital when they were put in my nervous arms, while I looked at them with my glassy, amazed eyes?  How about during my nightly routine of checking on them and making sure they are all covered up before I go to bed?  Maybe it was while I listened to the same knock-knock joke 20 times in a row.  I guess it doesn’t really matter when it happened, just that it did.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For more on being a dad, check out TILT cinematographer Jeremy Doyle’s Father’s Day post: Kids? Seriously?

Yes. I know this video is 8 minutes long. But I’m kind of an equipment nerd and shooting with a DSLR is so completely new to me, I just get excited. Be glad that I chopped it way down to 8 min…

Here’s some info about a few of the new pieces of equipment I picked up to shoot TILT with.

If you have questions about anything, let ’em fly.  I’ll answer anything I can.

UPDATE: I found a video that talks more about the battery grip I mentioned. It was shot for a great blog,  Lots of cool stuff there.

Where’s the Time?

Posted: March 22, 2010 in Tilt
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I was asked a question recently while eating lunch at the E Squared Cafe.  “How in the world do you find the time to work, spend time with your family, and make films?”  That is a very good question.  I have a day job, my own video production business, a family, and then this passion for filmmaking that seems to keep me from ever being bored.   Sometimes I’m not sure where all the time comes from (or where it goes), but I do my best to keep track of it.


I need to use some tools to keep me on track.  The old memory just isn’t what it used to be.  I have tried tons of task management, or “to do” programs, ranging from really simple to having many features.  ToDo, Toodledo, Awesome Note, and Remember the Milk are just a few.  For one reason or another, I would quit using the programs and go back to just using my Mac’s iCal. One of my big issues had always been syncing everything between home, work, and my ipod touch.  This should be easy.  It should just work.  Perhaps it’s one of those “you need to be smarter than the equipment” type of things.  Lately, I’ve been using google calendar, and I really like it.  I can put in tasks, and, no matter what computer I use, it’s always there and up to date.

Plan the Obvious

I’m going to write for a while today.  Do I really need to put that on my list?  Why, yes. Yes, I do.  I know it’s not like a meeting or something with a specific time, but it should be.  I need to put a specific time on it, or it might not get done.  There are many things that I could be doing with my day, and, if I don’t put on my list that I will be writing from 7-8, what’s to stop me from doing something else?  I can get involved in a project, and the blinders go on.  Without setting aside time to do some of the basic things, I might get unbalanced and start ignoring what’s really important.  This may sound really stupid, but I specifically set aside time to spend with my kids.  They are important to me.  Why shouldn’t I give them at least the same respect I give someone I have a lunch meeting with?  But if I have time set aside to do certain tasks, what happens if something pops up, you know, surprise-style?

Plan Spontaneity

Can you really plan to be spontaneous?  I think so.  For starters, I try not to jam too many tasks into one day.  I realize that it can’t always be helped, but ,for the most part, you don’t have to be 100 mph all the time.  This does two things for me.  One, it’s nice to get to the end of the day and know that you were able to finish everything you were hoping to accomplish.  I don’t care who you are – that’s a good feeling.  And two, (here’s the spontaneous part) if I don’t have my entire day mapped out, it leaves time for those things that just “pop up.”  I can go outside and play with the kids, work on a new idea, work on the what I feel artistically pulled to at the moment, or even just sit back and listen to the latest episode of Film Courage (@FilmCourage).

I may be busy, but I’m living a life.  I also know I’m not the only one who has to tackle these time issues. How do you do it?

Introducing – Tilt

Posted: February 8, 2010 in Tilt
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