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I am a professional filmmaker (since 1995) and a professional film instructor (since 2000). I am the co-owner of Imminent Entertainment LLC. I have worked on several low-budget feature films as well as hundreds of other projects including TV commercials, concert videos, live sports for TV, sports highlights, broadcast news, faith productions, large multi-media multi-camera productions, weddings, educational, corporate, promotional, short films, documentaries and more. I have written a book called "The New Filmmaker's Adventure" that will be more widely distributed in the near future. My expertise is in writing, shooting and editing. I can answer questions on Final Cut Pro, lighting, sound recording, scriptwriting, storytelling, directing, producing, editing, multi-camera productions, shooting sports, picture to video, using DTE hard drives, using video cameras. I am NOT an expert on how to sell scripts or movies, how to finance them, how to distribute them or how to get an agent. See my WEB PAGES: and

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I have been a professional filmmaker since 1995 and a film teacher since 2000. I am publishing a textbook for beginning filmmakers called "the New Filmmaker's Adventure". I have experience in the area of low-budget feature filmmaking, I am the co-owner of the production company called Imminent Entertainment, I have worked on hundreds of videos, TV shows, multi-camera events and low budget, professional productions, corporate and consumer videos, Final Cut Pro, scriptwriting, directing, videography and cinematography, sound, lighting, editing, and some producing.


Independent Feature Project


I wrote "The New Filmmaker's Adventure" book that I use in my classes and will be publishing it abroad soon


Western Michigan University - Magna cum Laude BS in film/video/TV Maine Media Workshops ('02-'07)- Film Editor Master, Directing Actors for the Camera, Independent Filmmaking, Acting for the Camera, Camera in Motion, The Directors Craft

Awards and Honors

Audience Choice Runner-Up award for Best Picture at the Muskegon Film Festival in 2009 for Producer/editor on "Coffee Shop Kings." Excellence in Education Teaching award. Winner of 12 grants.

Past/Present Clients

Kellogg, Covance, Cytec, WWMT, Ralston, many, many more

What do you like about this subject?

I love every aspect of filmmaking, especially telling a well-designed, complete story with very strong visual elements.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I plan to make more feature-length projects.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

You can create a "color filter" in your video camera without having to buy one just by white balancing on the complementary color (RGB colorwheel) of the tint that you want. For example. if you want a warm (yellow) look, white balance on blue, if you want a cool (blue) look then white balance on yellow, etc.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

If you want to know how to make a movie, DON'T study youtube videos or Cops!

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2016-09-23 Editing film parts:

My apologies for the late response, my daughter has been in and out of several hospitals since two Sundays ago.    Technically, if you do not have copyright permission, in most cases, it is illegal.  BUT


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If you wanted to complain, I suppose the ASC would be fine, but remember that you are upset about an artistic choice by either Cinematographer or Director.  It is similar to complaining that people use

2016-04-10 More questions:

Hi Simon,    I must have clicked the wrong response button on the last email saying I couldn't answer it.  Sorry about that.    Color grading has always happened for color films.  Real film captures images

2016-03-28 Colour grading:

I do love your passion!  I would have to say that the color grading is not a crime (to most) but an overused style that the director, producer or studio executive wants.  As a silly example, it would be


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