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“$30 Film School: 3rd Edition, 2018 Kindle Edition” – published by JIP Productions

Posted on | January 31, 2018 | No Comments


For immediate release (BEASTLICK, WY)

Now on JIP Publications. Michael W. Dean’s classic 2003 DIY how-to book, sold 100,000 copies, updated for 2018.

First time on Kindle too, get it here (and read almost 200 reviews of first two editions):

7 dollars (original was 30 dollars.)
515 page book.

Please review, share this link, and tell two friends.


SHORT SUMMARY: Write, Finance, Direct, Produce, Shoot, Edit, Distribute, Tour With, and Sell Your Own No-Budget Digital Film.

Filmmaking is entering a new era. High-Def Digital filmmaking is the new folk music, the new punk rock, the new medium in which anyone can tell their story. “$30 Dollar Film School, Third Edition” is an alternative to spending four years and a hundred-thousand dollars to learn the filmmaking trade.

It is influenced by punk rock’s “Do-it-Yourself” spirit of just learning the basics and then jumping up on a stage and making a point; and by the essence of the American work ethic.

This new edition of the bestselling title includes new, improved, and updated chapters on full frame video, audio editing, making your own background music, lenses, getting great gear free and cheap, selling physical merch in a post-DVD world, and so much more.

Michael Wareham Dean is a scruffy little man who lived in Los Angeles when this book was first written, but now lives in Wyoming.

He’s been working in digital video since 1998. His movies have had international distribution, starting in 2002, and are on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and have sold many thousands of copies.

Michael’s film “Hubert Selby Jr, It’ll Be Better Tomorrow” stars academy award winners, and is narrated by Robert Downey Jr.

At age 9, following instructions in “$30 Film School”, filmmaker / actress Emma Kenney (Debbie in “Shameless”, and Marigold Girl in “Epic”), created the film “The New Girl in Town.”

Michael W. Dean has toured America and Europe lecturing at youth centers, colleges, high schools, and museums.

He’s toured America and Europe showing his films, and was flown to the prestigious Deauville American Film festival in France, where one of his films was featured. The tour stops and dates are in the appendix of this book.

Michael contributed to O’Reilly Media’s “Digital Video Hacks” book, edited O’Reilly’s “DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish” and wrote “MAKE a Mailbox Movie” in MAKE Volume 3.

He co-authored the O’Reilly Media book “YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts.”

He was a speaker at the Podcast and New Media Expo.

An anagram for “Michael Dean” is “Deal Machine,” and that truly fits. Dean never sits on his laurels, and he’s constantly touching the world in special places.

Michael was the singer in the rock group Bomb, who were signed to Warner Brothers and toured the US and Europe.

Michael’s first feature-length film was the critically acclaimed “D.I.Y. or DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist.” Of this movie, Dean says, “I wanted to interview my heroes and my unknown buddies, and put them side by side with no star sys- tem separation. Our little movie is all about finding the common thread in artists who make cool stuff regardless of a paycheck.”

Michael didn’t go to film school. He dropped out of high school “because it bored me, and I preferred to go the library so I could actually learn.” He later graduated from the City College of San Francisco.

He loves computers and rarely leaves his block unless it’s to be flown thousands of miles away to show a film and lecture, which he does often.

He writes, directs, and produces films and occasionally acts; he writes screenplays; does Web design; graphic art; oil paints; sings; plays guitar, bass, and keyboards; produces and engineers music; programs computers; and doesn’t sleep enough.

Michael and his work has been featured in Film Threat Magazine, Variety Magazine, interviewed in the San Francisco Examiner, on radio and TV, and has been a guest lecturer at Cal Arts College, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Museum and at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Michael is the author of the books “$30 Film School”, “$30 Music School”, “$30 Writing School”, “Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women”, “The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl”, “DIY NOW! Digital Audio” and “Lyrics and Liner Notes for the First Three BipTunia Albums: Felis Bippus, Brace Yourself for a Blast, and Open Knife Night.”

Michael played guitar in the band The Beef People. He sang and played bass in Baby Opaque and Bomb (Warner Brothers).

Michael directed the film, “Guns and Weed: the Road to Freedom” and “Living Through Steve Diet Goedde.”

Michael created the BipCot NoGov license for software, media, services and events.

Michael co-created FeenPhone, a free VoIP program for radio hosts and podcasters that sounds better than Skype.

Michael does a radio show called The Freedom Feens, syndicated on nearly three dozen AM and FM radio stations through Genesis Communications Network. The show is also syndicated on satellite radio and Internet via the Liberty Radio Network.

Michael also runs his own streaming network Cuss-Free Liberty. He also runs the “get great audio cheap” site, Creamy Radio Audio.

Michael created the cryptocurrency BipCoin.

Michael sleeps in late, stays up late, and works at home as a writer and filmmaker.

He lives in Wyoming with his nifty wife DJ and their three cats, Beast, Bob, and BipCat. (BipCat is on the logo for both BipCoin and BipCot.)

In 2017 Michael formed the musical group BipTunia with his long-time friend, poet Phil Wormuth. Michael plays synthesizers with the group, and also writes lyrics & music, and sings.

Michael loves communicating out to the world, but says, “A good day is one where my phone doesn’t ring.”

Exporting notation from Cubase

Posted on | September 9, 2017 | No Comments


Cubase makes it easy to output music notation of your song. This could be useful in a number of situations. Like if you want to write your own music for the church organist to play at your funeral, even if you can’t read music. lol.

Here’s an 11-page PDF with all parts for “Tea With The Emperor’s Concubines”score – Tea with the Emperor’s Concubines

Listen to the song here.

To export a score (only works on Midi, not audio), highlight the section (or CTRL + A for all), go to Midi menu, pick “Open Score Editor”, then File/Print (I have installed on my computer and used “print to PDF.”)

–Michael W. Dean

Redline, well worth a watch.

Posted on | September 3, 2017 | No Comments


As you may have guessed by some of my previous reviews I am a fan of animated entertainment. I don’t think I qualify as any kind of expert on the subject, I certainly don’t like to think of myself as an overenthuasitc basement dwelling fan or even, dare I say, a Weaboo. I suppose you could say that I skim the surface.

Occasionally I listen to a podcast called The Greatest Movie Ever. On a recent episode of a “spinoff” cast of that show, I can’t remember which one the hosts talked affectionately about a movie called Redline. I had never heard of it before, but the way these guys wouldn’t shut up about it convinced me to have a look for it.
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When trying to solve problems creates bigger problems, or. The fallacy of technology worship.

Posted on | July 13, 2017 | 1 Comment


Why do people demand the impossible? Because that is a big part of what drives humanity forward! Wishing for the impossible is an inevitable consequence of the human condition. If it wasn’t for imagination, determination, our intelligence and ability to use tools better than any other creature on this planet we would probably be living the lives not much different from that of the Australopithecus. Nasty brutish and short. Perhaps we would have a similar improvised tool using ability that chimpanzees and other great apes have demonstrated. But we wouldn’t have anything that could be called civilization, metal tools, clothes, literacy, commonly available clean water and of course the Internet that you are currently reading this article on.

We have built wonders, our technologies has become in many ways like Mr Meeseeks. We wish for something and over time. Sometimes a longer time than we would like, some new technology emerges to satiate this request. Many of these technologies would have seemed utterly impossible to even our most recent ancestors.

However wonderful our technologies are we should remind ourselves that, like the Meeseeks, technology isn’t a God. There is only just much we should ask of it. More than that we need to acknowledge when we are using our technologies and perhaps just our efforts are contributing to a problem instead of solving it.
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Kindle version of “A User’s Manual for the Human Experience: 2017 Edition”

Posted on | June 19, 2017 | No Comments


Get the Kindle version of “A User’s Manual for the Human Experience: 2017 Edition” $3.99 on Amazon:

Keep pets from moving their dishes – a quick, easy and inexpensive how-to

Posted on | April 30, 2017 | No Comments














Does your cat or dog constantly move their water or food dish?

There are lots of reasons this can happen: craving attention, not wanting to put their head in a narrow bowl where they can’t see things approach, wanting their food further from the water, or sometimes, like our cat Bob, they like to spill water on the floor and drink from there.

Bob was abandoned as a kitten and spent his first 4 months on the street, then a few weeks in a shelter until we adopted him. He was constantly moving his water dishes to spill the water, then he’d drink off the floor. We figure it’s because that’s what he was used to. Outdoor cats are likely to drink water from a puddle on the ground.

It was a highly annoying activity, and he did it about five times a day. We’d have to clean up the mess each time. It was also surprisingly noisy, and he’d often do it in the middle of the night.

We tried moving the water away from the food. Didn’t work. We tried wider dishes so he see better around him while he drinks. Didn’t change a thing. We tried heavier dishes. Bob could still move them, plus the were nosier when he moved them.


We finally solved it by putting the dishes on a high-side tray and using Velcro to hold the tray to the floor:

Use a dish that’s high enough your pet can’t get the dishes off, but not so high or so far wide that the pet can’t get to the dish easily.

Use a wide dish so the pet can see while they drink or eat.

I suppose if this still didn’t work, you could Velcro the dishes to the tray. But don’t use much with a water dish, or you’ll spill when you rip it from the tray to change the water.

Also, change the water frequently (we do twice a day), and rinse the dish out when you change the water (but do NOT use soap or a soapy brush). And have two sets of water dishes (and food dishes) so you can run them through the dishwasher once a week, and there will be dishes out while you do that. Sometimes pets moving dishes can be a pet’s disgust with hair or dirt in their water. Also give them water from a water filter. Filtered water is good for you and it’s good for them.

Get the sticky-back Velcro-like hook and loops HERE. That’s more than you need, but it’s the best kind, and you’ll be amazed how often you’ll find uses for it.

You’ll want a tray that’s longer than it is wide. If it’s too wide, it will stick out on the room and you’ll bump into it. The one we used is 11.5″ x 16″ and about 2″ high. We bought it at WalMart, but here’s one that will work and here is another.

Tip: First make sure it’s clean and dry where you’ll be sticking the tray. Cut the right lengths of the hooks and the loops from the two rolls, and stick the loops to the back of the tray. Then Velcro the hoops to the loops on the tray before placing on the floor. Remove the backing from the ones going on the floor, and place the tray the floor, for perfect alignment.


Bob was a little confused but after about a half-day he was drinking from it like nothing was ever different. And he did not spill the water dishes in the tray. (But if he had done that, it would be easier to clean, and would not eventually damage the floor, like what he was doing.)

It didn’t change his mood either. He is still his usual joyful self, and also did not find any other way to “act out.” Only difference is: not dragging of water dishes (he doesn’t even move them in the tray) and no spilled water to constantly clean up.

The other cats quickly got used to it too.

If this doesn’t completely solve your problem, try moving your pet’s food dishes a few feet further from the water.

–Michael W. Dean
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Miss Sloane, an overly detailed analysis.

Posted on | April 19, 2017 | 2 Comments



Last year a movie came out that was either a poorly thought out piece of antigun propaganda or a film that badly misjudged or mistimed the cultural zeitgeist. In either case people just didn’t go see it. From a thirteen million dollar budget it grossed three and a half mil in theaters making it on the top one hundred list of biggest box office bombs. I briefly considered seeing this movie in theaters but I decided against it for a variety of reasons and I am not even sure if it was shown at any theaters within a hundred miles of me.

Time goes by, the movie is released on DVD and I am one of a handful of people who put in a request for this film at the local library. Yesterday I saw this movie and I was blown away, I was so overwhelmed by one scene in particular that I literally had to press the stop button and go into my backyard and laugh like a maniac for fifteen minutes straight. Now if you don’t want this movie spoiled for you, go watch it now. Just so you know I rate this thing a one out of five and it earns that rating in ways that I could never conceive of.
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A Generation of Sociopaths. Review.

Posted on | April 14, 2017 | No Comments


Rather crude cover design wouldn’t you say?

A little while ago I wrote an article I am not all that proud of. Essentially it was my grumbling about intergenerational stresses viewed through a stressed prism. It didn’t come out as coherent and logical as I like my articles to be. With that said it seems that I am not the only person who is struggling with these issues.

Full disclosure, my father is both a baby boomer and very likely a sociopath, at least he fits the clinical description to a T. Ironically enough he was the one who told me about this book after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. I put in a request for this book at my local library and they provided me a copy very quickly. If you have absolutely no patience or attention span, I have intention to purchase a copy of this book. Why? Well that is going to take a little while to explain.

First of all, this is the most statist book I have read in a very long time. A point that the author makes (constantly), is that old saw that we do not live in a deeply flawed or nonfunctional society. Our government worked and always worked. It just doesn’t work so well right now because a pack of sociopaths are in the drivers seat. If you are reading this then I imagine you know what a fallacy that idea is.
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