Media Production Mentoring


Short films by Luke Holzmann on

Applejack (2012)

  • 3 pages
  • 3 actors
  • 2 crew / 1 location
  • 2 shoot hours
  • 4 edit days
  • $39.05 (food)
  • Canon XLH1 / Sony Vegas
  • Audacity / Gimp

Originally created as an assignment sample for the Filmmaking 101 course, this short film became the first project to be close enough to my vision that it inspired me to get back into making short films simply for fun.

Much more about this project in the Behind the Scenes:Script BTSLocation ScoutingStoryboards BTS

Brent's Back (2013)

  • 7 pages
  • 7 actors / 8 extras
  • 8 crew / 1 location
  • 4 shoot hours
  • 8 edit days
  • $62.69 (food, props)
  • Canon T2i / Sony Vegas
  • Audacity / Gimp

A 2,000 year old story of bitterness and jealousy cloaked in legitimate indignation. I wrote this script after having an "out of place" feeling at church. I also worked hard at adapting this particular story to bring it into a modern context. I think in that sense, I was even more successful than I was in Applejack.

Learn more about the ups and downs of this project on the Brent's Back blog post (complete with BTS).

Cyclical (2014)

  • 12 pages
  • 3 actors / 20 others
  • 17 locations
  • 7 shoot days
  • 21 edit days
  • $229.11 (food, props)
  • Canon T2i / Sony Vegas
  • Audacity / Gimp

By far the most ambitious project I've tackled to date. I wrote this after hearing one of my friend's life stories. But the project became very near to my heart because of the themes I was able to explore in it. We had a ton of fun making it, and I am thrilled by how much we packed into this zero-budget film, but it was very, very difficult.

Get all the project details in the Cyclical blog post (complete with over half an hour of BTS).

Damsels (2015)

  • 8 pages
  • 4 actors / 22 others
  • 2 locations
  • 6 shoot days
  • 32 edit days
  • $500+
  • Canon T2i / iPhone
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Audacity / Gimp

This short film explores beauty, art, and objectification. How do we shift from the good things of beauty and art into the destructive realm of objectification? The story revolves around a photographer, his muse, and his muse's sister who does NOT like photography ... for reasons.

There is tons more to learn over on the Damsels blog post (with an hour of fantastic BTS).

Eros Elinore (2016-2017)

  • 18 pages
  • 5 actors / 18 others
  • 3 locations
  • 4 shoot days
  • 47 edit days
  • $2,200+
  • Panasonic GH4
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Audacity / Reaper

In a world where succubi and humans peacefully co-exist, one pair has married. Returning from their honeymoon, they discover their world no longer the same. A film exploring the complexities of relationships and fulfillment in marriage.

A year in the making, the production values in this piece are far beyond anything we've attempted before.

Learn more about making the film on the Eros Elinore blog post that includes over an hour and a half of Behind the Scenes. And if that's not enough, there's even another hour-ish of "in the moment" content as I was working on the project.