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6 Reasons Why Chicago Is Great For Independent Filmmakers

6 Reasons Why Chicago Is Great For Independent Filmmakers
  It’s our birthday! Blue Damen Pictures, our humble Chicago-based film production company is turning SIX years old today. In this day and age that feels like an accomplishment, and we owe a lot to our Windy City roots. So to celebrate our sixth lap around the sun here are six reasons why Chicago is... Read more »

Hollywood Is Imploding!! Oh Wait, We Already Knew That

Hollywood Is Imploding!! Oh Wait, We Already Knew That
Lately there has been an article from the Hollywood Reporter making the rounds entitled “Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry”. The gist of the article is this: Hollywood is having an increasingly difficult time luring audiences into movie theatres. Studios are committing more and more money to a few extravagantly big budget films to... Read more »

Pete Garlock Gives Killer Interview on 'Elgin Today'

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Pete Garlock of Blue Damen Pictures talks about “Recalculating”, “Dark Before Dawn”, and taking a film from Elgin to Hollywood. Want more, More, MORE updates? Type your email address in the box and click the “Create Subscription” button. Blue Damen Pictures’ list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.  
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Movies Beyond The Screen (Part 1)

There is a lot of talk in the movie world about what the Next Big Thing will be that will bring audiences back to the movies. Think of the last time that you personally went to a movie theatre and you will know what I am talking about. I am a filmmaker and even I... Read more »

Where Do Movies Come From

Where Do Movies Come From
Now that filmmaking technology has moved from actual film to digital media to computers to handheld devices it’s fairly safe to say that Movies can come from anywhere. It used to be that movies got made in places like Los Angeles because the process of filming was prohibitively expensive to do anywhere else without the... Read more »

"Dark Before Dawn" In Hollywood

"Dark Before Dawn" In Hollywood
Well, technically it was in Beverly Hills, but who is counting, right? It was our Los Angeles premiere and we were darn proud of it! Our little mumblecore film all grown up and lighting up the big screen in LA! Of course we had to take lots of pictures, so have a seat, grab some... Read more »
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"Recalculating" Premieres in Elgin

March 2nd, 2013: the place is the Marcus Elgin Cinema and the lobby is abuzz with excited audience members excited to see the very first screening of Blue Damen Pictures’ newest short film “Recalculating”. If you weren’t able to join us here is a photo replay: Want more, More, MORE updates? Type your email address... Read more »

"Dark Before Dawn" At LA Women's Film Festival

We always joke that we had to move to Los Angeles to meet people from Chicago. Everywhere we turn there is another new face that we greet like an old friend just because we both hail from the Windy City and understand what it is like to try to get used to a place where... Read more »

How To Go To The Academy Awards (Without Making A Movie)

How To Go To The Academy Awards (Without Making A Movie)
Whether you are a filmmaker or not there is just something exciting about the Academy Awards. This is the pinnacle of what Hollywood stands for and who among us can say they have never imagined what it would be like to Be There? Recently I applied to be an extra along the red carpet for... Read more »
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You're Making A Movie? Who Cares?

You're Making A Movie? Who Cares?
No really: Who cares? Who is going to care enough to come and see it? This is a question that a lot of emerging filmmakers assume will answer itself once the movie is made: that their story will be good for everyone and it will become a hit on the merits of its storytelling and... Read more »