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About RealBlake

Blake is a Filmmaker, Writer, and Sports Media professional from Austin, TX. He studied Film Production and Advertising at UT Austin. When not supporting NBA Entertainment on live sports productions, he likes to train Krav Maga, travel, and collaborate with other creatives on visual storytelling in the film/TV medium.

Martin Scorsese Notes: Film is Dead

litany of problems that pushed me towards a new frame of mind (but the list is long). Instead, I’ll generalize and say that I embrace the change. Hey… progress! In hindsight, I can say new attitude is priceless, but like most people raised with tradition, in the beginning, I cursed change. A) it’s different B) the old way felt more organic and really did force us to think and learn and master the craft C) the new digital equipment was then so expensive that only the likes of George Lucas Continue reading

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Independent Film and Fortuitous Accidents

A couple weeks ago, the sound editing for “The Land” began.  The composer will be starting his work too, so I need to deliver notes and temp music soon.  One of the films that I’m scouring for samples is Martin … Continue reading

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Honor Among Villains

These two military men featured in the documentary were part of a conspiracy that tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of people. When asked why he came forward, one of them stated that he wanted to clear his conscience. Some people in the western world believe in “Moral Turpitude” as a reason for why people do bad things which means…. Continue reading

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The Bard And The Troll – Part II

Here’s the problem. Once you get public interest in your project, you have a very limited window in which to exploit that interest before the world moves on to the next buzz feed. Blowing that opportunity would be irresponsible for those in control of the film’s elements. And, on top of that, you never release footage that is not finished (which was the case with this film at the time). While changing technology (the death of film and the un-affordability of the digital intermediate workflow) and technical problems with the sound were causes for putting the production on hold, another was the lack of cooperation from talent. Earlier, I alluded to the responsibility…… Continue reading

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The Bard And The Troll: Part I

It shocked me pretty hard because it was so unexpected. I had heard of this happening to others but I didn’t realize how disturbing the comments could be until I felt the sting myself. This particular troll was a former acquaintance that I had cast in a movie several years ago. The project had gotten most of the way through post-production when… Continue reading

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Heavy Half

This was the first time I had been to the cabin so, I wasn’t familiar with the treacherous manner of egress. As we drove through the gate, we were rocking to GNR, Pearl Jam, or Stone Temple Pilots (cant remember which). Over the sounds coming from the stereo he yelled out, “take a right”, something…something. Apparently he meant AFTER the bridge that was completely obscured from view. I didn’t realize where we were ,so just following instructions, swung the wheel right. Mike yelled out, “NO, NOT HERE!” as the entire truck tipped forward…. Continue reading

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Pretty Hair

When I was still living in my native East Texas, on the verge of striking out to seek my fortune at age 20, I was working at the lobster joint as a server, having a good time with others my … Continue reading

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Summer Before High School – First Solo Sneak Out – Part 2

Since there were ten or more balls out at once, and thirty or so kids fighting for the rebound, it was a madhouse. This is where I got into my first fight. There was a kid named Derick Babcock. He didn’t seem very intimidating to me at the time but, in hindsight he and his brother Zach had major entitlement issues. This wasn’t uncommon with a certain class of people. This class was somewhat manipulative and didn’t treat people… Continue reading

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Summer Before High School – First Solo Sneak Out – part 1

The team was on point that night and we finished up quickly as the Chevy Suburban getaway car pulled up around the corner. Somebody whispered loudly..”Let’s Go!”, and we all ran back out to the street and piled in, expecting our “evacuation specialist” to peel out and put distance between us and the scene of the crime as quickly as possible. But…. Continue reading

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Disclaimer: This story covers a serious and dramatic subject so, please excuse the language….a friend who I’ve known for a long time. I knew they were not doing well, but I didn’t know how not well they were. I knew that they were in a strange town and had been out of work for a long period of time. I also heard that, without any family they had to check into a program for…. Continue reading

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