Reel Tees Is the Clothing Store For Filmmakers

YouTube Is My Film School

I recently had the opportunity to interview Brian Merritt who’s the founder behind “Reel Tees” which is a fun and clever clothing company focused on pleasing filmmakers.

Read what Brian had to say in our interesting Q and A below, and why not at least browse the online store and get 25% off each purchase using promo code “SPIDVID” during the check out process.

1. How did you come up with the company name “Reel Tees” and why did you decide to launch this business?
Firstly, I’ve been a huge fan of funny graphic t-shirts and t-shirts that make a positive statement since I was a teenager. For years, I’ve occasionally joked with friends that I should make my own shirts on the Venice Boardwalk here in Los Angeles, whenever I said a really good one-liner, or had a good joke to tell. And then last November, after finally being tired of working two jobs, and literally being tired by the end of each and every day that I couldn’t find time to write, I wanted to start a new project/adventure in hopes to fund and support my future feature film projects, as well as still find the time to write.
Secondly, there’s only so many superhero and blockbuster movie t-shirts that I can wear on set before people start questioning my lack of wardrobe hanging in my closet, and I also thought this was a brilliant idea for not only having something unique to wear while on set, but it could also help bring exposure to the indie filmmaking world that I am so proud to be a part of. There’s not very many, or any at all clothing options to wear that make such a clever, bold, and hysterical statement for filmmakers, and especially for us indie filmmakers.
At the end of our first meeting, my business partner Marc and I were trying to come up with a catchy/clever name that would be able to tell people who we are as a company in so many words. Marc was just like: “how bout FilmTees”, which I thought was clever with the play-on words with “tees and tease”, but I felt like we needed to showcase that they’re also humorous, so I asked him if we should put ‘funny’ in the name and he says: “Well……the designs are funny but they’re more real”, and at the same time both of our light bulbs went off and we both yell out: “Reel Tees!!!!!”. I’m pretty sure everyone in that “Coffee Bean” that day thought we were nuts.

2. How will you come up with new shirt design concepts?

I have a pretty wild and vivid imagination, mixed with a pretty dry sense of humor that’s mixed with a ton of sarcasm on top of that, so I’ve tried to come up with concept designs that are not only funny but also tell a truth about the filmmaking process. I’m also a huge fan of pop culture, so I do want to mix that into the shirts at some point, but overall I came up with about 20 possible designs, and then I sent those ideas over to about a half dozen of my friends, some in the film industry and some that are not, just to see which ones that they like and the reasoning behind it.

3. Where can we go to look at and buy these Reel Tees shirts?

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4. When will new shirts be available for sale, and what does the release schedule look like going forward?
We have two shirt designs (in two different colors) that are currently available for sale, and starting in June; we want to release a new, original design at the beginning of each month.

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5. What is the pricing per shirt, and when can customers expect to receive their orders?
We wanted to make the shirts as inexpensive as possible, while still being able to turn over a profit, so each shirt is priced at $19.99.
Customers can expect to receive their orders within 1-4 business days, depending where they are located. We ship USPS Priority Mail, from Los Angeles, CA to ensure the quick turnaround.

6. Why are you so passionate about filmmaking?
Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve always had the passion to write. I really love being able to create something from scratch that’s never existed in this world before and be able to complete it, for people to watch. Ever since I was 17 years old, I’ve always been fascinated with watching all of the “behind the scenes” for every movie I watch…and not to sound too cheesy, but cinema and the whole movie experience is pure magic.
Not knowing what I wanted to do in college, I became interested in learning how to film/shoot the scripts that I write, and to also study film and learn why everything is done the way that it’s done, from each camera movement to the type of shot and how each shot is framed. Nowadays, I’m a huge fan of breaking the normal film industry rules, but to be able to successfully break the rules, you have to know and understand them.
And then the other side of me being so passionate about film is that I really strive to be an optimistic and positive person and I’ve always wanted to find an outlet to not only express myself, but to also express the prominent social/cultural issues that we face today, and to do so while hopefully making a positive impact.
7. Where do you see the YouTube movement going in the future?

I think that YouTube will always be around, but I think the more interesting media outlet, especially for filmmakers will be the fast rising development of Video on Demand; which I think YouTube is actually flirting with right now. VOD won’t supplant the whole movie theater experience, but I think we will see that more and more people will pay a few bucks to watch a movie from their computer or TV than going out to see a movie for $12.
Websites, such as Vimeo, allowing a filmmaker to set their own price on their films is huge–especially if that filmmaker eventually starts getting B-list/A-list actors to star in their films.

8. Any parting shots?
I really hope you enjoy our ReelTees clothing line, and hope you all enjoy wearing them. We hope to not only brighten your day a little bit by making you smile, laugh, or just a small smirk but also of the people around you as well.  As filmmakers, even though we have our bad days where we just want to curl up in the fetal position and cry (which is most of the time when I look at the dailies for the first time), let’s show everyone how proud we are to be a filmmaker and for being blessed with the opportunity to entertain and to make a difference in people’s lives.

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Our 5 Favorite Viral Videos From March 2015

With each passing month, online videos are getting more creative and fun to watch, which bodes well for our Spidvid members on our video production freelancing and collaboration site. Below are 5 remarkable viral videos from March, 2015. There are likely dozens of others just as deserving as these, so if you have a favorite then I invite you to include the link in the comments below for us all to watch and see what we think.


1. The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm –  Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Manero, a #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless, surprised a very special child with a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family. This amazing video has been viewed over 9 million times since March, 12th!

2. France is in the air – Discover the French way of traveling with the new Air France. This video has been viewed over 48 million times since March 5th, wow!

3. Bohemian Carsody – Bohemian Carsody: Road trip rock out. (Warning: may contain head banging, boob grabbing and heartfelt emotion). This video has over 18 million views since March 4th!

4. Love Has No Labels – While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues. This video has been viewed a whopping 47.5 million times since March 3rd!

5. Surprise Giveback for Deserving Mum – A mother named Michelle was struggling to get her life and financial situation back to normal after she recently lost her 19-year-old son, Blaine. She just needed time off from work to grieve for him and the bills were starting to pile up, so her daughter Crystal decided to take matters into her own hands. Kyle and Jackie O set up a plan to get Michelle into the car at the right moment so they could make an announcement and surprise her. This video has over 10 million views!

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6 Film and Web Series Spidvid Projects That You May Want To Work On

For The Thrill Of It

With the temperature rising outside, some good things are heating up inside of Spidvid too!

Are you looking for opportunities to work on film projects? Below are a few new film and web series projects on Spidvid that you may want to check out and bid on, or contact the project’s creator to get more info.

1. 100 Dates of Summer by Nikki is a vlog style web series that follows Emily McQueen as she goes on 100 first dates. Talent needed: Various roles available. Location: Los Angeles. Budget: $10,000-$49,000. View 100 Dates Of Summer on Spidvid.

2. The Rent by Al Keyser is about a 40 year-old loser who is forced to go to work collecting the rent in Beverly Hills. Talent needed: Executive Producer. Location: Los Angeles. Budget: $5,000-$9,999. View The Rent on Spidvid.

3. Rumplestiltskin by Cowboy Lynk is about a father who has a vivid vision of his son dying, so he takes his family to their safe house where they find a duplicate version of themselves, indicating that they are the result of a time travel anomaly. Talent needed: Writer. Location: Miami. Budget: $250-$999. View Rumplestiltskin on Spidvid.

4. For The Thrill Of It by Greg Turner is about payback getting a new face as a young lady seeks revenge on the Governor for causing her family to lose their riches, by using his son as her tool! Talent needed: Various roles available. Location: Baton Rouge, LA. View For The Thrill Of It on Spidvid.

5. Addictions in Silhouette by Alexis Maldonado is about a New York politician who’s battling with his sexuality in the late 1980’s, and resolves to having a secret affair with a male prostitute which puts his marriage and public image in jeopardy. Talent needed: Various roles available. Location: New York. View Addictions in Silhouette on Spidvid.

6. The Feud by Giovanni Alfonzetti is about a man who tells a woman a story after a party about a duel that took place in 1823 and how it spurred generations worth of revenge, but what’s the point behind the story? Talent needed: Various roles available. Location: New York. View The Feud on Spidvid.

If you have a film or video project that you need to attract talent to and build a team for, then post your project on Spidvid now.

An Inside Look Into the “Room Full of Spoons” Documentary

Room Full of Spoons

I recently had the opportunity to interview Rick Harper who’s the director and producer behind the intriguing documentary “Room Full of Spoons.” Room Full of Spoons is a documentary project now in development, and raising capital to get to the next level. Its story is about the worst film ever made; the cult-hit phenomenon “The Room”, and its eccentric creator Tommy Wiseau.

You can watch and learn what this project is all about below, and read what Rick had to say in our interesting Q and A.

1. What’s the story behind your team wanting to develop “Room Full of Spoons” into a documentary?

I discovered “The Room” in 2010 and I immediately became obsessed with it, in weird way I felt I was the ultimate fan and that no one quite understood it like I did. In short, I knew it was something I had to be a part of.

At the time I had only ever dreamed of becoming a filmmaker, but when the owner of local theatre, The Mayfair, talked about bringing Tommy Wiseau to Ottawa my “production company” sponsored the event with the sole purpose of getting to meet him and possibly do dinner.

To my surprise, Tommy and I got along very well and he invited my team and I work to with him at several more screenings. Tommy was such a fascinating and complex person to me, odd and eccentric yet extremely intelligent and friendly, and at the time I felt The Room’s success was at its peak, so I had the idea of filming a documentary as a means to share this niche phenomenon with the world and celebrate Tommy’s uniqueness.

  1. Who is involved with the project?

We’ve been very fortunate to have the entire cast of The Room support the movie, many who I now consider personal friends of mine. They tell hilarious stories of how it was to work with Tommy, things that happened behind the scenes and their lives since appearing in the Citizen Kane of bad movies.

Most of the crew have made themselves available too, including Sandy Schklair, the script supervisor who takes credit for directing 90% of The Room. We’ve interviewed camera operators, the composer of original score, production assistants and even actors from other cult favourites. Room Full of Spoons really gets to the bottom of what makes The Room such a special movie. Juliette Danielle calls it “A love letter to The Room”

  1. What are the core goals for the film?

The great thing about this documentary is that it doesn’t only speak to existing fans of The Room. Our goal was to make it as comprehensive and interesting as possible for those who may not be familiar with the source material in hopes of expanding The Room’s fan base, all while answering each and every question the fans have debated over for years now. Following the success of Greg Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist and the soon to be James Franco/Seth Rogan film adaption, our hopes are for Room Full of Spoons to be an equally relevant companion piece to The Room.

  1. What have been the biggest project challenges and struggles to date?

In the process of putting together the documentary, I came to find that working with Tommy Wiseau in any capacity can be quite challenging. As the project got bigger, Tommy grew uncomfortable.  For someone with such a “big” personality, he is actually a very private person. He supported this documentary in the early stages, but isn’t directly involved in the production. While the research was extensive, it’s very difficult to make him understand that Room Full of Spoons isn’t an investigative report or an attempt to marginalize The Room’s success or invade his privacy.

His lack of involvement actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed us to have artistic freedom and eliminate any potential biases. There’s a fine line between a documentary and a 90 minute commercial, if the person you’re documenting has control over the project.

  1. Have you been building an audience while the project has been in development?

Yes, we are very active on social media and engage with fans from around the world through memes, clips from the documentary and regular updates about the production. The Room community is huge and we’ve been working very hard to build awareness for Room Full of Spoons. We have an amazing fan base, several of who are now part of the film itself. UK rock band, Top Buzzer, have provided music from the soundtrack; Table 16 productions from Illinois have provided free film production services to us; and hundreds of fans have agreed to be filmed/interviewed about their favourite “So bad it’s good” movie.

  1. Have any good tips for creating a documentary?

Be patient- when creating a documentary, everyone involved is essentially doing you a favour. You can’t expect people to be as passionate or excited about the project as you are; many times there’s a grooming process involved. This is especially difficult in the beginning.  It’s easy to question someone’s credibility when all they have to show for it is an idea.  For example, it took 2 years to convince Phil Haldiman, (Denny from The Room), to meet with me. We were also fortunate to get other Room cast members to vouch for us and that secured interviews with their counterparts (which also took years in some cases).

Don’t rush- documentaries are not scripted so you never truly know when the story is over. By the time it’s released, Room Full of Spoons will have taken us 4 years to make. This of course wasn’t our original intention but time was very generous to us, we’ve matured as filmmakers and The Room’s popularity is at an all-time high. As a result, our release date was postponed a few times but only for the greater good of the project.

7. When and where can we watch your film?

Some recent developments are taking us to Europe in April for the final weeks of filming and we begin editing immediately upon our return. We expect Room Full of Spoons to be ready next fall.

Room Full Spoons will be available on DVD and so will More Spoons, a bonus DVD with hours of hilarious interviews and behind the scenes footage that couldn’t fit into the documentary. We also plan to have a limited theatrical release compete with prizes, Q&A sessions, and special guests.

  1. Any parting shots?

You have an opportunity to pre-order Room Full of Spoons and More Spoons now via Kickstarter.

The funds collected through this campaign will be put toward travel and costs associated with post-production. You can follow our progress at:

Facebook: Room Full of Spoons

Twitter: @roomfullofspoon

Instagram: @roomfullofspoons

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We thank Rick for his time and insightful answers for documentary producers to learn from! We also wish him and his team all the best with Room Full of Spoons going forward.

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An Inside Look Into “Lanky Scoliosis” the Web Series

Lanky Scoliosis

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tim Murray who’s the creator behind the web series “Lanky Scoliosis.” Lanky Scoliosis is a new Web Series about a hopelessly awkward dreamer whose grand ambition is to work at Guinness World Records and talk to girls without being weird.

You can watch episode 1 below, and read what Tim had to say in our interesting Q and A.

1. What’s the story behind your team wanting to develop “Lanky Scoliosis” into a web series?

I always knew Lanky was a web series as opposed to a play or screenplay. The character grew out of a running joke between my best friend and myself about my horrible social interactions with people. I am extremely lanky and also have scoliosis so the name stemmed from my friends making fun of my physical awkwardness, which lead to making fun of my social awkwardness and the combination of these two things made me realize we had a great character on our hands. I created the idea and would jot down notes about it and the general structure, which was very clear to me would be best served as a short, funny web series. Then I asked my brother to write the dialogue with me. The handsome roommate character is based on him and we have both wanted to write something together for a long time. We were on the same page comedically and this seemed like the perfect thing to collaborate on.

2. Who is involved with the project?

I’m the creator of Lanky with all the episodes written by myself and my brother John Murray. Katie McClellan (NBC’s Believe) plays the main love interest and Adam Maggio (CRT’s A Funny Thing Happened…) plays the handsome roommate. Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Wicked), Chris Grace (50 Shades the Musical, That Awkward Moment), Ciara Renee (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Big Fish on Broadway), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies) and Alanna Saunders (NBC’s Peter Pan Live!) also make appearances. I direct and edit every episode also.

3. What are the core goals for the series?

The goal for this series personally is to get some exposure for my comedic writing/acting. The goal for the series itself is to make people embrace what makes them weird. Lanky is an odd dude and he spends most of the series trying desperately to be cool or at least normal. I hope by the end of the series people will identify with Lanky, but realize that he’s special. What makes you different and often what you’re insecure about is what makes you interesting and I’d rather talk to an interesting person than an ordinary person any day.

4. What have been the biggest project challenges and struggles to date?

The biggest challenge is always the technical side. Lugging all my equipment around town and setting everything up and taking it down with virtually no budget and no crew is the hardest thing. I beg my friends to help out and after getting people to volunteer to hold the mic or record the scene has shockingly given us a very good and professional looking product. I’m lucky enough to have smart friends who pick things up quickly.

5. Did you’s start building your audience while the series was being developed, or when it first debuted?

I did start building my audience beforehand. I made sure to make the Facebook page and invite everyone I know as well as post pictures of the cast on Instagram and Twitter. When it debuted I just doubled down on the work load and sent out twice the press releases and posted the video on twice the amount of pages etc. This is one of the hardest parts of creating something for me. You want to get the word out, but the worst thing you can do is be annoying by posting too much. Then people unfollow you.

6. Your cast is very strong, how did you’s attract such talented people to get involved?

I am VERY lucky to have secured such an amazingly talented cast. The incredible thing about writing and creating stuff is that if you just ask people you’d be shocked on how many say yes. I got all of my first choices for the series and that feels incredible. I like to think that the writing had something to do with it. I’m really proud of the story we’re telling and I think the actors read the script and (I hope) thought “this is going to be really fun and awkward and funny”. Jenna Leigh Green was the one I was most nervous about asking because she’s such a star. She worked on a TV show for 7 years. A show I used to watch regularly as a kid. So when she said yes I definitely freaked out, but the day of the shoot I didn’t have time to be nervous. She was SO awesome to work with. There was just this vibe in the room that no one I’ve ever worked with has ever brought before. She brought the feeling to set that we were all working with someone who had MASTERED film acting. It was so cool. Everyone in the show is a friend of mine, most of them I’ve worked with before so it was so awesome to do this with friends and write for people whose work I respect.

7. Have any good tips for creating a web series?

The best tips I can give are to write it to death, shop it around to your friends and be sure that the product is of a certain quality. If I were a casting director or a network executive would I want to sit and watch this? If I were watching this alone in my room and didn’t know anyone involved would I judge it or embrace it? Am I proud of this? Are all questions I try to ask myself before I hit publish. Definitely shop your script around to lots of friends and get notes. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP! This is something I struggle with but it makes everything better when you bite the bullet and ask people to help you fix trouble spots or hook you up with someone who can give you advice on sound equipment, or how to film etc.

8. Where can we watch and subscribe to your series?

The web series can be found exclusive on YouTube on my channel TMURRAY06. Also check out the Facebook page for updates on the show.

We thank Tim for his time and insightful answers for web series creators to learn from! We also wish him and his team all the best with Lanky Scoliosis going forward.

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