“Comanche” Performed by Kris Walker

I do, on occasion, shoot music videos. They’re a bit different from short films because they can be a lot more visually driven than story driven, so there is more room for improv and just making interesting/pretty images.  It wasn’t for a band, but actress/model/dancer Kris Walker lip syncing and performing to the song “Comanche” by In This Moment.

It was a couple of very early, cold outings to get that nice combination of fog and early morning light, plus a bit of hiking around the park with camera gear (and her in flowy garb and high-heeled boots), but the result was definitely worth it.

Locations were mostly improvised around Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville – it was just a matter of finding the light and some interesting backgrounds along the water, back in the stone quarries, along the abandoned railroad tracks, and in the wooded areas.

The power and intensity that Kris brings to this performance is phenomenal, and I love the atmosphere we were able to capture.


Equipment used:

Canon C100 Mk1

Tamron 17-50 f/2.8

Canon t2i – converted to infrared by Lifepixel

Canon 28-80 “kit lens”

Hoya 72R Infrared filter

Manfrotto MVMXPRO500US XPRO Aluminum Video Monopod

Link to original song: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/in-this-moment/id204641943

SofaCouch MovieFilms 2017 54 Film Fest Entry – “Safe

Here is our entry into the 2017 54 Film Fest.

Many thanks to our great cast and crew, as well as to Heidi Jones and Julie Hickey-Jones for allowing us to use their awesome home.

Did I say great cast and crew? Well, we won some awards!

Best Cast, Best Writing, Future Feature (given to the film they think has the most “legs” to be made into a feature), and Best Director: Carrie Thompson.  

Like most of our films, this one has a nice mix of humor and creepiness. When you can get your audience laughing one minute and uttering, “oooohhhh” the next, you know you got something.



Hush, Little Baby

This is a recent entry into the 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Festival. It screened on Sunday, October 23 at Scruffy City Hall during the Regional Shorts block of the festival.

Directed by Sam Comer and Carrie Booher Thompson and starring Carrie Booher Thompson and Lydia Weeks, with a special appearance by Mr. Bean (the parrot) and Joy Varville as his voice.

2016 54 Hour Film Festival Entry

This one took home a few awards:

Runner-Up Best Visual Effects, Best Actress for Carolyn Corley,  and Runner-Up for Best Film


We had a nice mix of old and new faces in this year’s 54 Hour Film Fest entry. Steve Trigg, Carolyn Corley, Asya Angelique Mounger, Tyler Gregory, and Jeff Snell (of “Dick Chicken” fame from last year’s 7-Day Shootout) joined the SofaCouch team for the first time and they all knocked it out of the park (see above re: Carolyn winning the Best Actress Award, which was actually presented as “Best Female Actress” – an appropriate name for someone associated with SofaCouch MovieFilms). And SofaCouch “regular” Tiffany Tallent brought it, as always.

As usual, our crew was small, but efficient. Carrie Thompson did a wonderful job directing. Randy Thompson kept things running smoothly. Laura Miller held the boom like a champ, and Jeff Snell pulled double duty running the slate. Sam Comer (me) did camera, lighting, and editing.

The elements for the 54 hour were:

Prop: A map

Line of Dialog: “I knew I’d see you again, I just didn’t know when.”

Action: A spin

We drew “Sci Fi” as our genre and went with something along the lines of a PG-rated Black Mirror episode. The story was written by Randy, Carrie, Tyler, and me in the first three or four hours after drawing the elements at the kickoff. We shot from early afternoon into the wee hours of the following morning at the lovely home of Greg and Kenlyn Stewart (you may recognize it from previous other SCMF shoots. They’ve always been extremely generous in offering their time and space for our projects).

All the effort was definitely worth it for a fine little film, and we’re always pleased to get some recognition from the judges.

Entry to the 2015 Knoxville 54 Hour Film Fest

“Latent Image”

Based on true events, “Latent Image” is about a relic of the Cold War getting into the wrong hands, and old-school agents of espionage doing everything they can to keep it from one another. 

We had 54 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film of up to seven minutes in length in a selected genre with these required elements:

Selected genre: “Action/Spy”

Prop: A compass

Line of dialog: “This isn’t my first time”

Action: A dance

Unfortunately, we did not get the film in within the allotted time (missed it by mere minutes), but it was still eligible for screening at the festival. It looked nice on the big screen at the Regal Downtown West Theater, and the audience response was very positive.


Director: Carrie Thompson

Story by: Sam Comer, Carrie Thompson, and Randy Thompson

Written by: Sam Comer and Carrie Thompson

Director of Photography, Editor, VFX, Sound Design: Sam Comer

Boom Operator and PA: Laura Miller

Very special thanks to Greg and Kenlyn Stewart for their hospitality in letting us use their beautiful home!

2014 Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival Submission

This is the SofaCouch MovieFilms entry into the 2014 Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival.

This year, they did things a little differently. Well, a LOT differently. In previous competitions, we were given some basic elements like a prop, a line of dialog, a location, etc. We had to use those elements in whatever way we wanted, but they had to be used in order to (hopefully) ensure all creative work was done in the 24 hour time period.

After some weirdness last year (nearly 30 films about a bounty hunter – and most of them confused “bounty hunter” with “hit man”), they decided to mix it up even more. They went with a log line. Basically, This character does this action involving this object. We chose “A narcoleptic construction worker goes on a buddy trip involving a toe with nail polish.”

Thanks to Carrie Thompson for once again directing with me. Also thanks to Randy Thompson for not only acting in the film, but being a great production manager. Remi Demeere took on duties as both boom operator and makeup artist. Laura Miller was our production assistant, going out of her way to get props all over town.

The rest of the cast included Jeff Delaney, Tiffany Tallent, and Crystal Brauener.

The film was written by Carrie Thompson, Andrew Tallent, and me. I was director of photography and editor.

We didn’t win any awards, but the audience response was fantastic, and we’ve gotten some nice comments since the screening.

So, here is “The Dozy Doozer”

The Art of John Alton

I caught an old noir film the other night called “T-Men, ” directed by Anthony Mann. As 40s noir films go, it had pretty much all the ingredients – convoluted plot, hardboiled detectives with internal conflicts, twists and turns, etc. The only thing really missing was a true femme fatale. Maybe not on par with “The Big Sleep” or “The Maltese Falcon,” but overall enjoyable.

What stood out most to me was the cinematography. This was the first film where Anthony Mann teamed up with John Alton, who literally wrote the book on classic cinematography (“Painting with Light”). THey went on to do several movies together, and you can see why Mann wanted to hang onto him. There were some really amazing shots in the film, using light and shadow in brilliant ways, along with some interesting play with angles and reflections.

I found this video on YouTube with some samples of his work. Some pretty innovative stuff.