“The substance of story is the gap that splits open between what a human being expects to happen when he takes an action and what really does happen; the rift between expectation and result, probability and necessity. To build a scene, we constantly break open these breaches in reality.”
— McKee, Story

Film score highlight of the day: “The Mission” by Ennio Morricone. 

My favorite theme from my favorite composer.

I am starting a series in which I will highlight a composer once a week. So I thought I might as well start with the best! This summer, I’ll be traveling with films to Iguaza Falls with friends, so this is a fitting display of Morricone’s work as it intersects with my life. 

“Movies are about making mental things physical.”
— John Carpenter

My new short film: LAST SHOT LOVE

"Last Shot Love is a screwball romantic comedy about Michael, a hopeless romantic who goes to absurd lengths to win the heart of his best friend, Annie." This short film provides the pitch for a feature film adaptation.

Directorial Inspirations: Woody Allen, the Farrelly Brothers, the Coen Brothers

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Written and Directed by Nolan Dean
Produced by Nolan Dean, Matt Rozzell and Brooke Duszota
Executive Producers Nathan Dean and Andrew Davis
Cinematography by Gabe Mayhan
Music by Wes Cunningham
Edited by Matt Rozzell
Sound Design by Scott Edge

“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
— Ingmar Bergman

Last Shot Love: Progress Report

Co-Producer Matt Rozzell and I are hard at work finishing the Last Shot Love short-film DVD and Blu-Ray. It will have fun extras, like a commentary track and the first sneeks at the Last Shot Love feature film that’s in development. 

Once we finish the DVD and Blu-Ray, we’ll ship everything - along with complimentary T-Shirts, as our way of saying, “Thanks for your patience!” as well as “Sorry it’s taken so long!”

After we meet all the Kickstarter rewards, we will give Last Shot Love a permanent online home! Stay tuned for this.

For me personally, I am three drafts into a feature adaptation of a short film (that already took me three years to write and a year to produce), so this journey has really just begun. I have about two to three drafts to go on this feature, and then the production marathon begins!

I never expected to dive this deep into my hopeless romanticism alter-ego, Michael Mendoza. But I am thankful that his journey is not over. I am thankful that Annie is still running, and Collin is still scheming. And I am thankful for the years ahead of me that will be spent concluding my statement on the Young American Hopeless Romantic.

Quality comes slow-brewed.

“You don’t have to know how to make a good movie. If you truly love cinema with all your heart and enough passion, you can’t help but make a good movie.”
— Quentin Tarantino
“30,000 teenagers will age out of the foster care system this year, and they will be given a check, but that check won’t buy them a family, or teach them how to raise their children.”
— Youth from the Immerse Arkansas Video: “Imagine Being Eighteen”

Knox Hamilton graciously provided LAST SHOT LOVE with music for our Teaser. They also played a killer show at our premiere. And their new EP just came out today. And it rocks. So, for all these reasons and more, check it out: THE GREAT HALL EP by Knox Hamilton

“The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being.”
— Sergei Eisenstein