Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Episode 5

Episode 5 (Proscription) is the filter through which I see all of Remnants.

Remnants: Episode 5 from COGfilm on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

new marketing campaign

We have no money and we are but a handful of people isolated in Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee. But our web series has the potential to reach everyone who has a computer all over the globe. So how do we make it happen?

I'm stealing a genius marketing campaign from the guys behind Red Moon, a brilliant graphic novel that was recently independently released. I've created a simple black & white flyer (8.5 x 11) that anyone can print off and then hang up. If they take a picture of themself, upload it to somewhere we can see it, and send us the link, we'll share the picture with everyone and thank them in an upcoming episode.

Feel free to join in on the fun! We could certainly use your help!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

me & my chalkboard

Some time between purchasing our house and moving into it, my wife (hencforth referred to as "Kelly") surprised me by turning one of the walls of my office into a chalkboard. She did it out of the kindness of her heart. She looked at me, said, "I have an idea," and the next day I had a chalkboard. She had to sand the wall smooth and before covering it with chalkboard paint, but in the end, I had a wall I could write on and not get in trouble for (something I've wanted since the age of 2).

I use the chalkboard to sort out ideas. If I have something that I'm not sure about, I write it on the wall. Sometimes giving an idea a tangible presence is all that it takes to prove its worth; some ideas boldly stand out against the dark wall, others just whimper there, waiting to be erased.

I use the chalkboard to keep my timelines straight. Season 1 of Remnants, for example, takes place over the course of about 8 days. It's nice to be able to see that. It's nice to be able to step back and look at the timeline of events. Being able to see that helps me keep the story rooted in reality -- how fast should this story take place? How much time is needed to get from Point A to Point B? Can I rearrange the events a little bit and fill in the some of the gaps to give the overall story a better flow?

I use the chalkboard to keep score. Back in 2009, I had 28 skits and plays to write for the General Conference. As I completed each one, I made a mark. Watching the wall fill up with marks kept me focused. Walking into my office and seeing that I had completed only 6 skits reminded me I had 22 more to write -- so I better sit down, strap in, and get typin'.

I use the chalkboard to leap over writer's block. Sometimes then adjectives fail me, all it takes to jump-start my brain is a quick doodle on the chalkboard. Most doodles involve a spiky-haired boy with his tongue sticking out. Sometimes I trace my hand and use different colored chalks to turn my fingers into feathers and my thumb into the head and face of a turkey -- you know, the kind of doodles you did in kindergarten. My art skills haven't progressed much past that.

Right now the chalkboard is blank.

I'm in between projects, so I don't have anything to fill the wall with. Nothing needs to be recorded. Nothing needs to marked, kept, erased, or cataloged in chalk. No writer's blocks need to be hurdled with a pole vault doodle.

But I'm ready. Justin North came over last night and we discussed Season 2 of Remnants -- what it could be, what it needed to be, and what we wanted it to be. And ideas are creeping forward. Out of the ether, God is calling them. They're making themselves known. They're demanding attention and demanding to be written down.

It's time to fill the chalkboard.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Episodes 1 and 2

Episodes 1 and 2 went live tonight!

Episode 3, Answer the Call, will be available on Sunday, June 13!


Remnants goes live tonight -- which is both terribly exciting and terrifying. I'm not so concerned if people don't like it (everyone has their own taste and opinion), I'm more worried nobody will see it. Okay, that's not true. If everyone sees it and doesn't like it, that would be rather devastating.

So here we go! Lock S-Foils into attack position and follow me into the trench!

Episodes 1 and 2 will be available tonight at 7pm (and any time after that). Subsequent episodes will follow every Sunday at 7pm (EST).

Now go to and I'll see you on the other side!

Friday, June 4, 2010

SUNDAY 6/6/10

A lot of hard work is coming down to Sunday, June 6th, 2010! Click your way over to at 7pm to see the first two episodes of Remnants! Tell a friend! Tell two! It's been a long time coming and I think you're going to like it!