Interested in the Entertainment Industry?

Enigmaw Studios is always open to new relationships. With Hollywood being a fortress of near impenetrability, creative minds must look elsewhere to get started. Enigmaw Studios is currently working on 3 different projects–2 movies and 1 animated series–with another in the planning phase. If you like what we do and are interested in becoming an executive producer, you may reach out to us here:

We are also open to new ideas to produce, so don’t hesitate to contact us about funding a collaborative project you have in mind.

There are multiple phases to film.

1. Development

The start of a project varies, but generally will begin with development of a script, be that an existing script, a book, a brief story outline. Development may also start with a Director and/or Writer pitching an idea to a Producer.

2. Pre-Production

This is the phase where you would narrow down the options of the production. It is where all the planning takes place before the camera rolls and sets the overall vision of the project. Pre-production also includes working out the shoot location and casting. The Producer will now hire a Line Manager or Production Manager to create the schedule and budget for the film.

3. Production

During this phase it is key to keep planning ahead of the daily shoot. The primary aim is to stick to the budget and schedule, this requires constant vigilance. Communication is key between location, set, office, production company, distributors – in short, all parties involved

4. Principal Photography

This is when the camera rolls. It is nearly always the most expensive phase of film production, due to actor, director, and set crew salaries, as well as the costs of certain shots, props, and on-set special effects. Everything that has happened up to this point is to make principal photography go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Communication between all parties is crucial during the shoot and the production must maintain a full set of records and strive to remain on time and on budget.

5. Wrap

The period immediately after shooting ends. It is when we strike (dismantle) the set and clear the location. Everything must be returned in good order to suppliers and there must be a full set of records of the shoot.

6. Post-Production

This stage starts when principal photography ends, but they may overlap. The bulk of post-production consists of reviewing the footage and assembling the movie – editing. There will be contributions as required from Visual Effects (VFX), Music and Sound Design. The picture will now be locked and delivery elements will be created. Further information on Post Production can be found later on in Week 1 of the course.

7. Distribution

Once the film is completed, it must be distributed. This is how producers make their money back and a considerable amount of time and energy will be invested to secure the right distribution deals for their projects. The film will go into the cinema and/or be distributed via various platforms such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and HBO etc.

All of these phases welcome financing. Though we tend to aim to have one larger financier per project, crowd funded projects, of course, have many.


It was the middle of the lockdown. May or June, 2020, I believe. I was outside with my son, working in the backyard, tired as hell from lifting stones for a deck we were building, when he asked: “Daddy, when are we going to finish that ice zombie movie?” We had made a few YouTube videos by this time, the last one being a sort of Indiana Jones, searching for treasure in a cave kind. Afterwards, talked about our next project but soon following bad news struck, COPA would be seriously hampering the efforts of creators in the child content sector. So, making more films for our Adventures of Keese & Nicko seemed defeating at the time. But on this day of pain and sweat, I thought: Why the hell not. We strapped up our space suits. We picked up some Nerf guns (the dollar tree kind) and we grabbed my camera. What followed was a fun space shooter about a boy and his dad in space, seeking revenge on the destroyer of Earth, King Corona.

(See poster below)

It was a blast to make. We looked up how to incorporate the old matte painting technique from classics like Star Wars. We dusted off some old model ships from the shelf, and we improvised the hell out of a story. The result… it isn’t Shakespeare, but it’s as fun as ever to watch and make. The main protagonist wears socks for space boots and his old Elmo alphabet box is the time bomb we use to blow up the ship. Soon after, we knew we needed to make more.

I’ve rarely felt more productive. On my journey to make sure that I never sit my butt down in another paid office chair, I wanted to share with you artists out there, young and old, and even you parents looking for something to do to both have fun and bond with your kid over, we’ve got to start doing something about our ambitions. If you’re itching to start a film career, if you’re dying to see what your creative DNA is made of there’s only one way to find out.

Here’s a list for those of you who need things simpler:

  1. Pick up your camera
  2. Shoot something
  3. Edit what you shot
  4. Analyze it
  5. See why it sucked
  6. Plan out your next project instead of winging it
  7. Learn about every facet of field you’re trying to perfect (and you should be trying to perfect it)
  8. See if you can get some help this time so that your audio doesn’t suck @$$
  9. Schedule things this time so you can actually get every shot you want
  10. Pick up your camera

Thank you for reading this blog about how to get started filming. Please watch the totally awesome Adventures of Keese & Nicko, in particular, the new even more awesome series:

The Revenge of King Corona


The site migrated to WordPress a few months ago and I apologize for taking my sweet time to update and make it look nice. Creating a website and bringing in people to see your work is a true pain in the @$$ and requires skill… Not my forte. That said, I’m doing what I can to transform this place into something pleasant and to provide a good platform for the work that we produce here at Enigmaw Studios (bottom photo says “Productions” because it was the original name of our company).  I look forward to chatting with you soon.