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Photograph taken from a moving car in New York. Zack Gross, 2013.

In the summer of 2013, my Dad and I made one last official “Father-Son” vacation, retracing one of our favorite past trips: trekking along the North-Eastern coast of the US. From Virginia, all the way up to Prince Edward Island (I know, “not the US Zack.” You shut up).

Even though I’m a filmmaker, I’m not one to bring a video camera on vacations or to parties or family get togethers. Frankly, I don’t know what the hell I’d do with that footage. I’m constantly trying to cut down or clear out excess footage from my life. But, photography is a different matter. And how I became enchanted with it is an interesting story…I hope.

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Want to feel like a shitty writer? Take a few moments and read the first page of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad pilot. I’ll wait…


Finished? Okay. Good, right? No… PHENOMENAL. That’s one page. I’ve got entire scripts with less excitement, talent, and effort in them spread across 90 pages. Sad.

So, now we’re all surveying the piles of our own scripts and questioning every word-choice we’ve made. We ask ourselves, “Should we cut our losses?” as we stare down the barrel of our metaphorical aspiration guns, fully loaded with “I quit” bullets.

WAIT A SECOND. How the hell did we get here?

It’s been months since Breaking Bad ended, but much like some choice Heisenberg blue meth, it’s been hard for me to shake my obsession with this show. From the color theories to episode-inspired posters, there’s plenty of online reading for addicts out there.  Watching the show you can clearly get a sense of how deliberate all of the choices are, up to and including Dave Porter’s heart-pounding score.

The online rabbit-hole of Breaking Bad theories, interviews with its creator, and even gag reels, eventually lead me full-circle back to where the show started: The 2005 pilot script of Breaking Bad. Before I pull the trigger and give up all dreams of being a screenwriter, I realize something… Read more »

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In the first part of our Bagmen production videos, go behind the scenes and watch as the crew battle weather and time on day one of the shoot. We’re going to be releasing more of these production videos soon, so keep an eye on the site for more.

Also, while we have your attention, our kickstarter for The Machine needs your help! Please check it out, and consider donating. It’s only through your help that we’re able to keep content like this coming.

Bagmen – Production Video 1 from Hand Me Down Films on Vimeo.

Filmed by Sarah Heaton, Edited by Nathan Garduno

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I have a lot of experience writing scripts, but I had never taken any initiative to get a script made. I liked the idea of just cranking out scripts for other people to make. “I’ll let them worry about producing it,” I thought. “I’ve already done the hard work of coming up with a story and semi-coherently putting that story on a page.” After seeing very few projects come to fruition and still naively thinking that the “hard work” had been done, I decided to be a little more hands-on with Bagmen. It’s a short script at about 7 pages and could easily be shot over a weekend, so I figured it would be the best way to experience the life of a producer (on a very small, manageable scale).

Before I go any further, I want to clarify that I’m not the sole producer on Bagmen, as I was guided along very well by my co-producer, Zack Gross, and my director, Nathan McFarland. In reality there were three of us to split the producing work among and this project wouldn’t have happened at all without their help.

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Over the weekend HMD Films latest short, Bagmen wrapped production. We shot at WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard in Lovettsville VA. The location was beautiful, and the owners Malcom and Pamela Baldwin were a pleasure to work with. The weather was a serious challenge, with highs of 22 °F and 25mph winds, it was very cold. But, all the cast and crew persevered and we came out the other side with a very good looking film. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting behind the scenes videos from filming, and editing. Also, look out for an in depth post about our filming experience next week.

In the mean time, check out Bagmen’s facebook page. Also, click read more to see some of photos from set: