Creating Legendary Filmmaking

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“At the center of every fairy tale lay a truth that gave the story its power.” ~ Susan Wiggs

There is a new Disney movie that is soon to be released called Brave. It is about family, protecting a kingdom and Celtic legends. The Highlands of Scotland is the setting for this production. A great Christmas present for the entire family. Click for info & ordering Brave

Besides an opportunity to tell a fulfilling fairy tale story, along the lines of Grimms Brothers or Hans Christian Andersen, the production of this film has some the most complex visuals in movie making possible. Pixar Animated Studios rewrote their animation system after twenty five years to bring these computer-animated effects to the viewer.

Don’t miss out on this fantasy adventure film written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Irene Mecchi and Brenda Chapman.  To read more about the film, to learn about the characters and to watch a video trailer, please visit this website.

Have a nice weekend, everyone! Return next week to All Things Fulfilling to learn more about creative industry.

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Adding Color to Life and Movies

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 Psst……I am going to let you in on a secret, I have very limited understanding of what my son does in his career. The other night, I talked to him after almost two months of silence (except for an e-mail of one or two sentences) because he has been so busy. That’s a good thing – I’m not complaining. It means he is finding fulfilling things in what he is doing and that makes me happy. 

For many adults in my generation, being “in communicado”  may seem a little odd. According to an article I just read, my generation is filled with hovering parents of adult children who find it difficult to let go and let their kids live their own lives.  Don’t think I can be accused of that since we don’t speak once a day, once a week and occassionally not even once a month. I am not an errant parent, just letting my adult child spread his wings and grow in his career and life. It does not mean that we don’t have a close relationship. As they say, “Children hold their mothers hands for a short time, and their hearts forever.”  Or is it ” Mothers hold their childrens hands for a short time and their hearts forever?”

 I do have fulfilling feelings as a parent, however,when my husband and I are the first people our son calls when he is excited about something, has concerns, some information to share or he just wants to talk.

Curious what our conversation was about the other night? It is full of promise. With my son’s permission, I am going to share it. Here is a link that will let you in on our secret. For his sake,  I hope this film project comes to fruition.

What is the part he plays in this production? He is a visual effects artist, specifically a colorist. Not sure what that is? Neither was I, I had to look into it .

Now, I have a better idea of what to talk about next time he calls. I already knew he is involved with bright people, inspiring landscapes and scenery, vivid imaginations and a range of creative ideas. The life of an artist and  elements for good filmmaking.

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Studio Quality Motion Picture for 1/400th the Cost

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“Do what you do so well that they will
want to see it again and bring their friends.”

It’s Friday! And it has been a very busy week for me. There are two upcoming events that I am planning that have taken much of my efforts this week. This blog will be short and sweet. I have some very fulfilling news on the independent film scene that I want to pass along to readers of this site. 

What do you get when you step away from traditional ways of producing a film and use unique, creative ideas starting with a well-orchestrated budget to wise use of pre and post- production crews to a ground-breaking marketing plan? 

You get a film that has had over 1,000,000 (yes, one million) viewers who are so excited about the film that they have downloaded the first 27 minutes before it even hits select theatres in January 2012. 


  • The film has won award, after award, after award at film festivals, it is as simple as that. 

Want to know more about this much sought-after independent film and learn tips from a webinar on how you too can create a studio quality motion picture for 1/400th the cost? Go to: 

For a tutorial on how some of the visual effects of the movie were created, please visit

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