Coming Soon to Littleton, CO: The Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse Denver, and what it means to the colorado film industry

What is The Alamo Drafthouse?

The Alamo Drafthouse is a movie theater chain that originated in Austin, TX. Since they first opened in 1997, they have raised the bar for the moviegoing experience.

Why is the Alamo Drafthouse awesome?

They care about the experience. They have set up policies limiting the amount of people entering late, so you don’t miss the key opening scenes. They also limit toddlers and babies from screenings to keep the audience from being distracted. There is also a zero-tolerence poilcy against texting and using your phone during the screening. Overall, they ensure a distraction-free experience.

The Alamo Drafthouse also has higher-quality concessions. Their seating with tables allows you to have anything from popcorn, to wings, to pizza, giving you a great dining experience rather than bland theater food. Best of all, they have 32 taps of locally-brewed beer that you can drink in the theater.

The content of the movies is a unique hybrid. They do show the latest Hollywood blockbuster releases. They also have limited releases for indie and arthouse films that are limited release. Alamo also has special movie nights where you can see favorites from previous decades. Ever wanted to see Ghostbusters on the big screen, but you were born too late? This is the place to do that.


What will this mean for the film industry in Colorado?

Alamo Drafthouse will become a place where regualr moviegoers can evolve into sophisticates that put more value on the movies they watch. This location is also expected to be a place for premieres of local and blockbuster movies, further enticing more big-name production houses to come to Colorado and create movies. Lastly, The Alamo Drafthouse will urge other theaters to also increase their services, and begin showing a more varied set of films.


Alamo Drafthouse

Trevor Munson – JawDrop Films

Why do all screenplays use Courier font?

The standard screenplay format dictates that you use Courier New font. It’s a blocky typewriter font that is sometimes difficult to read.


Django Unchained


Ever wonder why this font is industry standard?

Most sources say that it is a holdover from Hollywood’s golden age when scripts were typed on typewriters. Although Hollywood rarely eschews tradition, this isn’t the case.

Courier is a fixed-pitch font, meaning each character or space is exactly the same width. Since standard screenplay format is designed so that one page approximately equals one minute of screen time, consistent character spacing is important.

This way when you finish a massive epic screenplay that spans 200 pages, you can estimate that your audience will have to stay in their seats for over 3 hours.


Adobe’s Video Tutorials

People keep asking me why I use the Adobe creative suite. In addition to working on a PC, Adobe is intuitive to use, and has numerous resources available for users to learn their products. Adobe has video tutorials that take you through each of their products step by step.




After Effects



And if you have a previous version of Adobe, they have tutorials for CS5 and 5.5.

Use these, and become a pro!

Promoting your project: When to start

Whether you’re making a commercial, or a feature-length movie, you have a chance to tell people about it before your release. I’ve seen many different methods, but the most effective is creating buzz by giving out teasers of information before the release. Some producers give out lots of information, some don’t give any.

One school of thought is keeping a lid on your project until it is complete. This keeps any imitators at bay from trying to copy your ideas. Also, if something happens and you can’t finish your film, you don’t have to give the appearance of being a noncompletionist.

The other school of thought is what you will typically see in a large-scale production. Most productions like this will start issuing press releases as soon as they have a script or cast. Then issue more press releases with each new development. Yes, there may be copycats, but people will start talking about the project, and it will get people talking and generate buzz.

The best course of action I suggest is a compromise between the two. Don’t try to keep anyone from talking about your film or posting pictures about it. However, don’t tell the entire story of your film before you release it. Keep this balance and you’ll be able to promote your film without going overboard.

Dead-on Acting

Sorry, I can’t refuse a pun.

One of my friends happens to be an amazing filmmaker, and had posted a joke yesterday about a class teaching how to act dead. I thought it was a riot.

Apparently, acting dead isn’t such a bad gig, so says the Wall Street Journal.

So I guess if you’re looking for any role, and nobody’s looking for actors, you can always play a dead body. Even get SAG-certified through it. Plus it’s fun to do gore makeup.

JawDrop Films on the radio!

Wednesday 4/4/12 at 11am I will be on MileHi Radio. I’ll be talking mostly about how I started my business, what I’m doing with it, how I’m trying to help people, and how video can help your business.

Listen online at I’ll post the link to the audio once we’re done.

Link to listen online: HERE.

Make people's jaws drop, like this guy!

Website Introduction Video Event March 31!

Okay, I have already mentioned the benefits of having video on your website. I have also mentioned how necessary it is to have a website introduction video. Do you have one yet? No? Well, now is the time to take action.

I am hosting a video event on March 31st, 2012, and I will be filming people’s website introduction videos. Why should you come?

  • You don’t have to try to mesh your busy schedule with another very busy individual (most people in my profession). I have rented the studio for the entire day, and I’m guaranteeing your time slot.
  • Additionally, you have 30 minutes to say your 1-2 minute pitch. This way, you don’t have to worry about scheduling a massive block of time. This also allows for plenty of do-overs and practice. Speaking of practice…
  • I will have a speaking consultant on-hand to go over your pitch before the date. We’ll be able to make you sound to the point and professional.
  • At $99, the cost is easy to budget. For most shooting days like this, you would end up paying three times that amount just to be able to cover the costs of the studio, equipment, cinematographer, editor, and staff. Fortunately, I am able to bring many people in to one place, and this will keep the costs down considerably. For $99 you get the professionally-edited HD video, 30 minutes of camera-time, complete editing, and pitch consultation. Try finding a better deal!

All the filming will take place at Peak Media at 1393 S Inca St in Denver. Please register by emailing here as time slots are limited. You will receive follow-up information within 24 hours.