54 days until #AFM2017!

It’s pretty helpful to have such a focused goal…going to the American Film Market in November. It’s making Lower Boom set priorities on projects, and put a few things on the back burner so that other projects can get our full attention.

For instance!

We’re currently editing the first episode of Jump the Fence: Around the World in 7 Days. We shot for almost a month in Brazil, and are excited to craft that edit into Episode to show off at AFM. We’ve been fortunate to already have gotten some nice press…this article appeared on the Resource magazine website…it’s a great interview with the stars of Jump the Fence, and a great overview of the project:



The Craft of VR Filmmaking

REALLY interesting article here…

Taiwan-based auteur Tsai Ming-liang, whose credits include “Stray Dogs,” “The Wayward Cloud” and “What Time is it There?” recently premiered his VR project “The Deserted” at Venice. He gives a great (lengthy and detailed) interview here to Variety. I’ve not seen that many in-depth discussions/interviews with filmmakers/creatives that go much past “yeah, it was hard, but pretty cool”. This one does.

The interview is followed by one with HTC…well worth reading as well. Instead, he renewed his collaboration with top actor Lee Kang-sheng, partnered with pioneering cell phone and tech company HTC and tested the limits of story-telling in the new medium.

Venice Interview: Tsai Ming-liang on the Craft of VR Film Making

58 more days…

…until #AFM2017. Over the past few months, Lower Boom has convened a few meetings we called “Indie Filmmaking Meets VR”

We invited indie filmmakers who knew nothing about the VR platform, VR technologists that knew nothing about linear cinematic storytelling, folks from the business side of the storytelling business, and more, and mashed them all up in a room with some beer, a few prompts, some thought-exercises and we were off…many different perspectives, lots of great questions, new connections made. The reason we brought these folks together was we’re curious to figure out what rules exist for storytelling in VR, what do we know, what don’t we know, how can VR leverage the storytelling capacity of the filmmakers, how can the filmmakers dip their toe in the VR world…

One of the outcomes of these meetings was Lower Boom itself has decided to dip it’s toe in the VR world in a number of ways, first and foremost with developing the fascinating characters and world of the video game ARID GHOST. 


It’s beautiful, mysterious, has lots of multi-platform/channel potential…and it’s not on the market yet! So we’re excited to continue developing the ideas and the world of ARID GHOST and bring it with us to the American Film Market in November.

View story at Medium.com

59 more days…

…until the American Film Market.  I, and Lower Boom, have set a goal of having several of your projects ready to show off. We’ve been very excited about our Portland:Dark episodic series we’re developing.

I’m really excited that we’ve shot the inaugural episode last month in Brazil of JUMP THE FENCE: Around the World in 7 Films in Brazil, our global filmmaking documentary. And to make things even more exciting with that project, one of our stars, Lacy Allen, was just featured on the front page of the NY Times Arts section, in a very positive review by Brent Brantley of the play INANIMATE, starring…Lacy Allen.


Next week we should have a working prototype of our new Lower Boom Discovery app. I think that it’s going to be a game-changer for indie storytellers to build audience and awareness – a completely new model and market maker…I use that term loosely, but our intent is definitely to do something that’s not been done before, that fills a real need in the market and has an exciting and innovative business model attached.

User testing countdown imminent.

Ramit Sethi

Listening to Ramit Sethi on James Altucher’s podcast. Two interesting takeaways (among many).

Be specific. And A/B test in your daily life. For instance, what do you say when you meet people? That’s an interesting thought. He mentions things as simple as how he describes what he does. For awhile he said he was a ‘writer’…he noticed a change in people’s attitudes towards him when he started saying he was an ‘author’.