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The official iTunes page of the Sportscast.

The “Sportscast With No Name” podcast has finally come to iTunes! Stay up to date with our armchair QBs as we keep tabs on the NFL off-season. Now available in 3 flavors of listening: iTunes, RSS feed or Soundcloud!

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State of Affairs 2017

Around 11 years ago, as a student at Columbia College Chicago, I founded Beyond the Nametag Productions. It is meant to be an independent label to launch content from across the entertainment spectrum. While starting as a stamp for my student films, it was meant to grow into more. We’ve been quiet for too long, which is why I’m here to re-state our mission, build lasting relationships and keep you abreast of what’s in store for 2017.

Beyond the Nametag Productions exists to create thought-provoking content. Specifically, art pieces that peel back the labels and look beyond our first perception. We’re here to burst your bubbles, not conserve them (which is something we need now more than ever).

Collaboration is key; we hope to spread our knowledge through education, consultation and partnerships. That is why our blog will be much more active in 2017, featuring articles surrounding my individual experience and those of my colleagues. The door is open for consulting, whether you need advice for an independent feature, or full-service supervision of post production. With a career in the making that is 9-years and running, I’m blessed to have a network with depth and diversity to help bring these projects to reality. So be ready to take advantage of my experience this year.

While film and video remains our focus, future projects include a graphic novel in the fantasy genre and a sports podcast. I’m looking for us to stay busy and explore all of our creative outlets. This year, you can hold me to it.

Sincerely,

Shawn Montgomery

Mulholland Overlook Sunset Time-Lapse

Recently I drove down Mulholland drive and ended up at the Mulholland Overlook to shoot a time-lapse of a gorgeous sunset over the San Fernando Valley. There was a rare bit of weather that night and the result are some bright colors reflecting off of dark clouds. Take a look below for a limited time before I pull it down! I also made an extended version (that I prefer) which slows down the process.

 

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Extended Version:

 

Shot this on a GoPro Hero 3 at 1920×1080 23.98p. Actually captured the whole 45 minute sunset and sped it up in Resolve in Post.

 

ON THE GROUND: ComicCon 2014

Better late than never, the post I should have written a week ago: I was assigned by WWE Studios to head down to ComicCon in San Diego, CA to run tech on the panel featuring the trailer premieres for See NoEvil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins from them and Lionsgate Films. Pretty significant since we finally unveiled the new-look Leprechaun, a total 180 from the original series. I’ve spent the past year or so finishing and delivering the film in post production so I am stoked for the result. Read on for the whole experience that was ComicCon as well as the links to the juicy stuff – trailers for both films. Read more

FLUFFY: A Short Film 6 Years in the Making

FLUFFY, the title character from the short of the same name.
FLUFFY, the title character from the short of the same name.

Six years ago, in the cool early spring of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, I set out to Direct what would be my last “student” film at Columbia College Chicago. It would be for a comedy directing class, one I particularly enjoyed, taught by Terry Miller. The short would be based off of a silly idea I had in high school about a boy’s stuffed bunny rabbit who springs to life as a serial killer. Sort of a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy where TOY STORY meets CHILD’S PLAY. But why would this silly short film take so long to finally get edited and released? Well, that’s a whole different story.

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NEW RELEASE: Ashes

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Ashes

Four years ago, Reaves Washburn, Ryan Mitchelle, Andre Avanessian and myself sat down at Jinky’s Cafe on Ventura Blvd. to discuss a short film I had been writing. It came from a neighbor’s story idea, about an assassin who botched his assignment and now has to face a certain death himself, most likely at the hands of his own student. The idea fascinated me and the great thing was it could be written in a contained atmosphere,which would keep the budget down for us poor LA transplants at the time. ASHES came to fruition.

I put most the film’s budget on my credit cards, probably totaling around $3,000.00. With the guidance and producing skills of Reaves, Ryan and Andre, we were able to put together the pieces to shoot a great short and I’m extremely satisfied with the end result. Drew Lahat’s cinematography really draws you into the cold-blooded nature of the story and the acts that occur on screen, highlighted by music from Mike “Unleaded Logic” Mertes and Elena Deg’l Innocenti, who was also gracious enough to lend us her home for shooting.

It took 6 months to edit so by 2011 was ready to go. I tried submitting to short film festivals all over the country but it never seemed to garner any attention. So alas, here we are, in 2014, where I am releasing for all to see on Vimeo!

I hope you enjoy the film. Please head over to http://www.beyondthenametag.com/media/short-films/ashes/ for a statement from the Director (yours truly), the “Making Of” and behind the scenes photos.

Shawn Montgomery Interviewed on “Logically Thinking”

 

The Gamer Logic Logo
The Gamer Logic Logo

Michael Mertes from Gamer Logic has interviewed yours truly on his “Logically Thinking” podcast. We talk film-making, breaking into the industry, coming of age and gaming. Check out the embedded tweets below for both parts 1 and 2.

 

 

 

 

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-Shawn

On the Ground: Produced By Conference 2014

Shawn Montgomery here! First official blog post on beyondthenametag.com. Wow, has the site been growing over the past month. Our social media initiatives to reach out to the Independent Film community have cultured some great relationships and led to a spike in viewing on our Vimeo page. Expansions to YouTube, Instagram, SlideShare and Tumblr are coming soon. But enough about us, let’s discuss the state of producing entertaining content in the digital age.

Living in Los Angeles certainly has its perks, especially when it comes to accessing professional film industry events like the Produced By Conference put on every year by the Producer’s Guild Guild of America (PGA). I’ve been a member for three years now and this is also my third Produced By Conference. Leave it up to the PGA to bring the biggest names from film and television to the table for panels with prestigious moderators that ask how can we break into an ever-changing landscape of entertainment.

 

Guides on Warner Bros. Studios Services
Guides on Warner Bros. Studios Services

I was able to attend three sessions on Saturday, June 7th at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. These panels included discussions moderated by esteemed Producers such as Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz and Michael De Luca, with big-name talent such as Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Cean Chaffin and the one and only, David Fincher. Also in the groups I attended were talks with Producer Jessika Borsiczky (House of Lies, Flashforward), TV Agent Peter Micelli from CAA, President of Scripted TV at Slingshot Global Media Quan Phung and Head of Drama at Amazon Studios Morgan Wandell. Here’s the run-down:

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