Are you like me? Do you love film? Does your heart skip a beat when the ‘boy gets the girl’? Do you find yourself giddy with excitement when The Wizard of Oz is playing on television? Or do you gnash your teeth in agony as the villain is perpetrating his or her nastiness? Maybe you completely lose your mind when one of your favorite actors has a new movie coming out. For some wonderful reason, film is something almost everybody loves. Very much like music, it's almost a universal language that we can all love and appreciate.
My name is Erik Swanson and I'm a complete sucker for movies. All my life I’ve relished their magical ability to whisk me away to faraway places. I’ve always rejoiced at the chance to live vicariously through different characters. I simply adore unique and interesting stories, especially when they're filled with surprises. The bottom line is that I'm hopelessly addicted to movies and the folks who make them. I also love making movies with family and friends, so you could also call me quite a digital filmmaking fan.
Erik Swanson, your humble host
If you’re nodding your head as you read this then you too are a movie lover and you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to a cool little web site dedicated to movies and the folks who love them.
You may be wondering, just as I did, if there are so many great websites devoted to this subject, why would we need another one? That is a fair question, and here’s why I decided to take on the task.
As I travel the web in pursuit of great movie and film related information I simply find many of the existing sites to be sterile and extremely impersonal. And in the movie forum world I often find so many restrictions that the sites are almost useless. Many forum owners are greedily wanting a membership fee to use a site that benefits them with advertising. I just don't get it. I thought the web was for the "free" exchange of ideas and information, not a "charge-fest."
This inspired me to create a web site that was not only chock full of great information, but was also lots of fun to visit. I'm truly hoping that this cool little movie site will become one of your favorite movie web sites to visit often.
My goal is to foster a free and open environment for all of us who share the passion of movies and filmmaking. I'll do whatever I can to make this a place you'll want to visit and revisit often.
So what can you expect to see here? Right off the bat you'll find lots of up to date and classic movie reviews. We’ll dive right into revealing discussions about our favorite actors. And no self-respecting film site would be complete without poignant details on directors as well as a healthy dose of trivia.
I hope you're also a fan of shooting locations, where folks actually go to make the movies we know and love. Even here in beautiful New England you can find some awesome spots to check out. I've spent MANY hours travelling to these cool spots hoping to absorb the aura of films that were shot on those sites.
We also have a super friendly movie forum, where all of us can get together and discuss what it is we love most about cinema. I love the idea of a very free, open and friendly forum space, so please let me know what you'd like to see over there in terms of message boards. I'm eager to fire up the message boards you want.
As a lifelong video producer I’m also very interested in digital movie making so I’ll be happy to share my knowledge and experience on these pages. I have lots of great ideas about how to accomplish great lighting on the cheap, as well as strategies for entering film competitions. I can also recommend some great resources out there for folks wanting to learn more about this exciting craft.
Most of all, I really love that you found us and I hope we can supply whatever it is you're looking for in the fun world of cinema. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have comments, questions or suggestions. We have a super convenient form for that if you'll just click here. I will do whatever I can to make this the "coolest little film website" there ever was!