An Epic Amount of Support for “Devil’s Advocate”

Last Friday, I asked something of you guys. I saw that my short film, Devil’s Advocate, was ranked in the top 20% of both the Horror and Overall categories, and I said, “Hey, that’s not bad. I wonder if we could do better.”

Guys, you did better than better. You did outstanding.

On Friday afternoon, we were at #42 in horror, #23 in Female Filmmakers, #245 overall, and I think #33 in science fiction. I tweeted, I Facebooked, I instagrammed. I pushed and pushed and kept everyone updated on the progress as our little film continued to rise in the rankings. It was astounding. My network is not huge. I have 200 WP followers. I have about 120 FB friends and 450 Twitter followers (99.9% of whom never talk to me). There was no way I was going to have a significant response.

But just when I thought we couldn’t go any farther, someone would RT me or reach out to their personal network. Another handful of people jumped on board. I have my real life friends to thank, along with the cast and crew of the film, but I have you guys to thank as well. Many of you liked my WP post, retweeted my calls to action, shared my links.

I kept saying that I wanted to be in the Top 16 for at least one category, because that would put us on the “Most Voted” front pages. Securing a spot there would hopefully give us enough exposure to boost us outside of our own personal networks.

As of now, we are #100 overall, and on the front pages for each Horror, Female Filmmakers, and Sci-Fi. Our current rankings for those categories are, respectively, #13, #10, and #10. We are on three front pages and in the top 100 for the overall competition. JEEPERS, GUYS. We also passed 300 views on Youtube, which Austin tells me is a bit of a “magic number” when it comes to getting found in the search results or related videos. I do notice us picking up a few dozen views every few hours without any promotion at all now.

The voting doesn’t end until July 4th, so we have a couple of weeks to maintain that lead.  Before, I thought becoming #1 in anything was impossible. Now, heck, it seems like it’s within reach! So next week, tell ya kids, tell ya wife, because we’re pushing it all over again until we hit #1. And in the meantime, if you can still continue to vote and tell your friends to vote. Kudos!




First Look: “Devil’s Advocate”

The film is shot, the footage is in virtual chunks across my editing suite, and it looks like I will meet my Friday/Saturday self-imposed deadline. Huzzah! But while I finish editing my first short film, I thought I’d show off a few stills to warm you up during the wait :D


Special thanks to my incredible cast and crew for making this happen! Particularly my actors Kathleen O’Shaughnessy and Michael Daly, and my lighting guy Ahren Ciotti who is basically a lighting god and is about 95% responsible for these shots looking so pro ^_^

For any of you film geeks out there, we did this on the Canon 70D with both the native 18-50mm lens and a “nifty 50” macro lens. It’s incredible what cameras that cost under $1000 can do these days. I’ll be posting a “behind the scenes” featurette along with the film, as is required by the contest, so you’ll see more about how we did it then. Have a great day!