My DIY DVD packaging for “Did You Kiss Anyone?”

I tried to only sell “Did You Kiss Anyone?” as a digital file. It’s easier for me, it costs less for you, and there aren’t any plastic clamshell cases that could be used as a landfill starter kit.

The problem is that not everyone knows what to do with a digital file or has the ability to play it on a screen they’d actually want to watch it on. Plus DVDs make wonderful gifts to buy for all your friends. So I decided to make a DVD.

I loved the packaging of a Filmed By Bike DVD I own. The case is from Stumptown Printers and it’s made from foldable chipboard. There’s no plastic, it feels nice, and it’s kind of awesome.

But getting them printed is expensive. So my friend created a design for some rubber stamps that I could put on the cases. The human heart stamp came from Collage and somehow seemed to fit the tone of the movie too.

I decided to throw in some behind-the-scenes photos because it seems like it would be fun and feel more personal.

I went from not liking the idea of selling a DVD, to realizing I just don’t like the mass produced DVD cases for indie movies trying to look like Hollywood movies. Mine are hand-stamped and folded together by me. I make these.

You can buy them at

Behind the scenes: The Carolyn Show (Episode 1)

The first episode of The Carolyn Show has been launched into the world. It’s been a fun collaboration because I’m used to writing a script and then letting actors improvise off that. In this case, Carolyn and I exchanged a bunch of ideas via email over a long time until we came up with an idea that made sense (in a talking pug, tarragon smoking, draw bridge apartment sort of way).

The nice thing about working with a cartoonist is that you aren’t limited to just things you can shoot with a camera. And she would add new animations months after we shot that added more funny stuff to the script. For instance, there’s a scene involving a wedding ring and underwear that we shot, but she was able to highlight it with a quick animation. So it’s been fun and hopefully we’ll do more soon. But here are some photos from the shoot….

It’s very unprofessional when actors fall asleep on set…

Carolyn getting some make-up put on by Emily…

Crystal and Benja met probably 10 minutes before we started taking photos of them as a couple…

Pomponette is ready to do some acting!

We shot the opening montage after most the episode had already been edited. This was a sign near Director Park…

Watch it now (unless you’re around people who frown on cartoon nudity).

Invincible – My 2012 Filmed By Bike Movie

My daughters always want to make a movie with me. Usually, the movies they explain in detail are feature length and run a budget of about $78,000,000 because they have active imaginations and uncompromising visions.

A few months ago, I was playing with the Action Movie FX app on my iPhone and thought it would make a fun Filmed By Bike movie with my daughters. I had an idea that would’ve involved both of them, but one actress backed out due to creative differences. So we made an End of the World themed movie in honor of 12/20/2012.

I was excited the movie made it into Filmed By Bike and was even one of the five movies nominated for a Golden Helment Award. I was nominated last year too for Right Hook. I have lost twice, which I think is the most anyone has ever lost that award. My goal is to be the Susan Lucci of the Golden Helment.

Here are some photos from the Opening Night Street Party…

LED Hula Hoopers

Hammercize! (If you don’t remember, I made a little video of Hammercize performing last year.)

This is Ayleen Crotty, who started Filmed By Bike 10 years ago!

This is the legendary speed raffle. I did not win this bag.

We went back on Saturday and watched it on the big screen!

Filmed By Bike 2012 – You Should Go!

It’s time for my favorite film festival in Portland–Filmed By Bike! I throw some kids on the back of a cargo bike every morning to take them to school, then I ride along the Springwater trail to work. But I don’t really belong to any part of Portland’s famous bike culture. I don’t go on organized rides, I’m not on any teams, I smile wistfully at Breakfast on the Bridge but never stop, I don’t even read any bike blogs. Not that I’m against those things, I’m just usually thinking about making a movie. So Filmed By Bike is the perfect festival for me: bike enthusiasts combined with film fans.

But some of you might be thinking, “I don’t know how to ride a bike, but I want to see movies you’ve made on a big screen and also drink beer in the street.” You are in luck! On Friday the 13th, you can attend the Opening Night Street Party. It’s a fun event and you should just go and see what it’s all about.

If you can’t make it Friday night, there are still plenty of chances to see a movie I’ve made while drinking beer in a theater. This year’s movie (Invincible, starring my daughter in her big screen debut!) plays on all three showings on Friday, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 9pm. What? Not enough for you? Then show up on Wednesday at 7pm or 9pm and see two of my previous Filmed By Bike movies: Claire Rides a Bike and Right Hook.

Here’s the full list of all the movies being shown: Filmed By Bike Program

Did I mention the opening night screenings have an awesome raffle? And insanely fun street entertainment? And beer on tap? Also, movies?

Finally, here’s a little movie I made from the festival three years ago…

Filmed By Bike (Filmed by Mike) from Mike Vogel on Vimeo.