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Seasons Greetings from DUO!

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking a moment to review the past few months and that we’ve been working on.  So, what have we been up to?

Attending the 2016 TIVA-DC Peer Awards for one!  It’s one of the big highlights, both recently, and over the course of the year and it was another resounding success for us; we took home another set of awards, including:

L-R: Jim Pennington, Robin C. Farrell, Brian Pennington, DL Moody, Dave Garner

A Special Recognition was also awarded to Jim Pennington: the Distinguished Service Award!

Congratulations, Jim!

Our appreciation goes out to TIVA-DC for another year of recognition.  We’re already looking forward to next year!

We also went back into the studio for our client SOLIDWORKS for a number of videos; some featuring their product, Draftsight, which was the first of many shoots at DC Visionaries in Rockville, MD.  


For others, we got to work with Kevin Brennan again to announce the approaching event, SOLIDWORKS World 2017…

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Recap: May 2016

In spite of fourteen straight days of rain last month, we kept busy and motivated by staying on the move.  We went on location to the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, one of our long-standing clients for a video shoot in honor of Vivian Bass, current CEO set to retire this year.  We shot and edited two videos for the Church of Christ at Manor Woods, both of which were used for a big successes at t in the words of senior pastor Dyke McCord, “the event was a huge success and the videos went over great – having the desired effect!”

We recorded a second round of testimonial videos at Arachnid Works, which happened to be on one of the few bright and sunny days of the month, which gave us a few challenges for lighting.  Towards the end of the month, we attended the Best Of the Washington, DC 48 Hour Film Project at the AFI Silver Theatre (where we also screened Apocalypse Rock last March).  Check out our film, Once Upon A Bedroom below!

We were in great company this year; many congratulations to Crash of Rhinos for multiple wins on their film, Rabbit Hole!

Regarding Apocalypse Rock, Brian attended the End of Days Film Festival, where the film picked up another award for Best Comedy!  Watch the video of Brian winning and answering audience questions.

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Even better, Apocalypse Rock DVD and Blu-Rays are nearly ready!  Final audio finishes have been sent to and returned from Studio Unknown and menus are being finessed.

We’re so looking forward to finishing the project and finally being able to share it with everyone.  Stay tuned!

Top Five Short Films

We hear it all the time: “less is more.”  But how do you accomplish that effectively?  These short films are some of the best examples of how to tell a compelling story in beautifully executed short form.


1. George Lucas In Love

Writer’s block is the worst; especially for 1967 USC college student, George Lucas.  When a young woman with an unusual hairstyle becomes his muse, he begins to see that he is surrounded by inspiration.

2. Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.
Watch the “Making of” here.

3. Grandma’s Not A Toaster

Three siblings plot to steal their ailing Grandmother’s fortune, without realizing Grandma has a plot of her own.

4A Cat In Paris

Dino, a precocious pet cat that leads a double life in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night, he sneaks out the window to work with Nico, a slinky cat burglar with a big heart.

5. Bis Gleich

Albert and Marta, both in their late 70s, live across the street from one another in a bustling section of Berlin’s Mitte. Every day at 9:00 am, the two neighbors meet – each in their respective windows – to watch the world unfold.

7 Must-See Movies to Prepare for the Apocalypse

Over the past year and a half we’ve been working on a fairly in depth short film entitled Apocalypse Rock. During pre-production, production and now as we’re in post-production, the idea of an apocalypse is ever on our minds. We’ve been watching more post-apocalyptic movies, reading more books and blogs, and scouring the internet for how to survive an apocalypse. So as I sat down to write this blog, I realized that although I am no expert when it comes to movies that fall into the Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic realm, I am a fan and becoming a bigger fan by the day. With that being said, I came up with a list of my own Must-See movies to prepare for the Apocalypse. Here they are in no particular order. Oh and there are a few spoilers below, but nothing too dramatic.


#1 Zombieland

Whether or not a zombie apocalypse takes place, the many rules set out in the movie are great guidelines to survive in any post-apocalyptic world. Such as #1 Cardio, #18 Limber Up – It’s important to stay in shape and not get hurt. #3 Beware of Bathrooms, #22 When in Doubt, Know your Way Out, #31 Check the Back Seat, #29 The Buddy System – In any post-apocalyptic society, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. #7 Travel Light – You’ll have to learn quickly what’s useful and what’s best to leave behind, because in a post-apocalyptic world, there’s a good chance you’ll be on the move a lot.


#2 The Book of Eli

How else would you know that cat oil is good for dry lips? In addition to the cat oil, the movie shows some good ideas for camouflaging yourself while hunting, why it’s important to retain your intelligence in addition to being a kick-butt killing machine, and it also teaches you to not trust anyone, and to be wary of anyone that has the shakes.


#3 Castaway

Although not an apocalyptic movie, it does have some great survival tips. Like how to build a fire without matches, how to crack open a coconut and the many versatile uses for their shells, how to make a friend out of a volleyball, how to fish with a spear, how to make a sea-worthy raft, and how to make a loin cloth out of khakis.


# 4 The Hunger Games

Sometimes surviving in a post-apocalyptic world means putting up with a horribly oppressive government. These movies (and even more so the books) give some ideas about how to outwit the government, how love and compassion can be more deadly than hatred, and it even has some decent wilderness survival tips.

#5 Tomorrow When the War Began tomorrowwhenthewarbegan

This is also not an apocalyptic movie, but darn close to it. When the teenagers in this film find that their city/country has been taken over by an angry, foreign army, they band together to do what they can to not just survive, but to fight back. The smartest thing they do is set up camp in a very secluded part of the Australian wilderness with fresh running water. That’s where I’m going, if things here ever go awry. Although probably not Australia, but somewhere a little closer to where I am now, like West Virginia.


#6 Dawn of the Dead

Some of the places they hole up in are places of great resources, like a shopping mall. I imagine you could live in an indoor mall for weeks. With all the food vendors, clothing shops, mattress stores, department stores, game shops and more, you could not only survive but do so in a fairly comfortable way.  And just like in the movie, if things became too dangerous there and you can always head for a secluded island and hope that it works out better for you than it did for those in the movie.

#7 The Lord of the Rings (all three movies)lotr

I know these movies really have nothing to do with the apocalypse, and that much of what they do to survive is to rely on things that don’t exist in this world, such as lembas bread, elven cloaks and kingsfoil. But the characters in these films are very inspiring as they continue to move forward even in the bleakest of moments. There are also so many quotable lines that I have personally already used in my daily struggles, and I’m sure I’ll continue to use when faced with a post-apocalyptic wasteland. “Now for wrath! Now for ruin! And a red dawn!”

I know I’ve probably missed some of your favorite films, so if you’d like to get some extra credit here’s a good watch list in addition to the above films: Terminator 2, I Am Legend, Serenity, The Road, The Postman, Red Dawn, 28 Days Later (Darn, now I kinda wish I had included this one in the list above), How I Live Now, Water World, Mad Max, Life of Pi, and so many more. Feel free to tell us what you’re watching to prepare for the Apocalypse.

DUO Film to Screen at the Cannes International Film Fest

So, it seems like we are blowing the DUO horn a lot lately, but hey, we’re screening at the Cannes International Film Fest!  Here is the press release:


“Welcome to the Neighborhood” by Star Wipe Films
selected for the Cannes International Film Festival

Washington, DC (April 23, 2013) | “Welcome to the Neighborhood”, the entry by Star Wipe Films representing the city of Baltimore at the Filmapalooza Film Festival in Hollywood, was selected as one of the top 15 films for submission to the Cannes International Film Festival.

“Welcome to the Neighborhood” won several awards at the 2012 Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project including top honors as “Best Film”. With top honors came the opportunity to screen as part of the Filmapalooza Film Fest 2013.  The film received honors at Filmapalooza for “Best Actor” and “Best Use of Character”.  Selected in the top 15 of the 115 city winners at Filmapalooza, the film will represent the 48 Hour Film Project at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes International Film Festival.

Brian Pennington, director of Star Wipe Films, will be attending Cannes. Says Brian, “This is every filmmaker’s dream; to be screened at Cannes and to mingle with filmmakers from around the world.”  “Welcome to the Neighborhood” will be included in the screening of the 48HFP selections on May 22 as part of the Short Film Corner.

“Welcome to the Neighborhood”, was created in only 48 hours by Star Wipe Films, the independent film channel of DUO Media Productions headquartered in Brookeville, Maryland.  Star Wipe Films has participated in ten 48 Hour Film Projects over the last ten years in the cities of Baltimore, D.C., and Atlanta. The team has won many awards over the years for cinematography, directing, writing, acting, costume, graphics, special effects, audience favorite, and runner up for “Best Film”, but this was the first time winning top honors. This film is one of over 4,000 films from 115 cities around the world that competed in 2012.

“Welcome to the Neighborhood” is available for viewing at

So what is the team working on now? In addition to preparing for the 2013 48HFP for D.C. and Baltimore, they are in pre-production on a new independent short film, “Apocalypse Rock”. Visit for details, and to follow the production.