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Read Matt Croyle’s ‘Potential Inertia’ Screenplay For Free

(OIL CITY, PA) – With the worldwide release of Matt Croyle’s first feature film, his production company, One Fish Films, has released the shooting script version of the original screenplay for the film. People are now able to download and read the screenplay for free.

The screenplay is located here: PotentialInertia-ShootingScriptPDF

The film is available worldwide at: and


A Few Thoughts From A First-Time Feature Director On Making A No-Budget Independent Film

While we’re inching closer to wrapping principal photography on Potential Inertia, I’ve decided I would take a bit and discuss some things I’m learning, or have learned, throughout the process of making my first feature film.


Our picture is, pretty much, what the industry describes as a “no-budget” feature. Through crowdfunding we’ve acquired backers/producers from all over the world, but we’ve raised nowhere near the amount that I originally wanted for the picture’s budget – but, we’re getting it done anyway – because we want this picture made.


I’m not quite sure I would call myself a “filmmaker”. If the act of simply making a film counts, then sure. But when I think of the term filmmaker, I think of people like Scorsese, Kubrick, Coppola, Russell, Soderbergh, Jarmusch, and the like. Sure, I’ve directed online shorts, an award-winning web series, and for the stage, but I’ve never made an actual feature film until now. Those guys are proven. I am not. I guess the real point I’m making is that I haven’t proven anything to myself, most importantly, as far as putting a feature film out into the world to live on its own. So, I’m going to think of myself not as a “filmmaker”, per se, but as a “documenter of my own experience”.

With that said, making a movie is hard. Very hard. Super-hard. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And while I could be making the worst movie in the history of mankind (which isn’t actually true, because I saw a truly horrific full-length film online the other night which may qualify), the fact is I feel good doing it, and I know I’ll feel even better when it’s finally, as they say, “in the can.” Nobody tells you how hard it’s going to be. Well, some do, but it’s truly something you have to figure out for yourself – or with others straggling along with you on your exhausting journey to put a ninety-minute slice-of-life out to any kind of audience you can trick into mistaking your blood, sweat, tears, and intrinsic failure, for an actual “real” movie. Here’s the thing: As Kevin Smith puts it, “Every movie is someone’s favorite movie.” And, he’s right. So, you don’t have to be a “filmmaker” to make a movie. You just have to be willing to let yourself make a film.


One thing I’ve come to realize is that no matter who you are or what you do you will always have haters. In today’s age of technology, anyone can make a flick. Anyone. Seriously. Over the course, so far, of making this picture I’ve come to understand that the majority of my haters out there hate me because I am doing something they wish they could do, or had the support to do, but somehow they are not doing it at all. These people don’t even have to know anything at all about me, but they hate me with a passion.

The best words of encouragement I can give to someone dealing with all the hate is to acknowledge it, note it, and shake it off. Ultimately, those people who are not supportive of you have their own issues they need to deal with. And the best thing you can do for yourself, and your picture, is to keep that in perspective. The hate doesn’t have anything to do with you. Thousands of people are working on movies everyday, and they don’t hate them – they hate you. So, suck it up, brush it off, and shoot your flick. The old saying is true: “Haters gonna hate.”


There’s always that old mantra to never do business with your friends. Horseshit. Your friends are the ones who still believe in you, even when they’ve seen what an idiot you can sometimes be. And, chances are, they are like you in their tastes. If you like art, they probably do too. These are the people who have held your hair when you puked, carried you to your front door when your broke your leg on the ice, bitched-out your ex for making you cry in front of your entire class. These people love you and want you to be successful, at least intrinsically for yourself. These are the people that have your back. Not having them around would be more of a handicap than having them there.

The same goes for people you are bringing into your little world that is your picture. They should be able to see the process, and your ideas as something they can get on-board with – even knowing that things will almost never go according to plan. The better someone is at their craft, and the more you surround yourself with them, the more they will push you to be better at yours. The great thing about these people is they will ultimately become your friends. You will bond, share histories, news, and make memories that you’ll always remember. This is a collaborative process, this making a film thing – so surround yourself with those people you trust, enjoy, and dedicate your time to making the best movie you can with them. If anything, you’ll always have something to talk about later in life.

“NEEDING” VS. “WANTING” – What to shoot.  (And being resourceful.)

The most important thing I’m learning, by making this flick, is that I can’t let anyone tell me that I can’t do it. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something. That’s not up to them to decide. There are going to be plenty of times during production that you’ll look at yourself, your project, your cast and crew (or lack thereof), and you’ll want to pull your hair out. But you have to step back, and look at the big picture and be resourceful.

For example, one shooting day we had called for 100-150 extras for a scene. Four people showed up. Four. At first I, obviously, was mad, hysterical, and annoyed. But, after calming myself down a bit, I stepped back and really looked at what I “needed” to shoot as opposed to what I “wanted” to shoot. My story is a very intimate one. It’s about the central characters, not about how many people attended the graduation ceremony I was attempting to shoot that day. So, instead of “wanting” to shoot 150 people, I realized I only “needed” to shoot a handful – those involved in the story. With some careful camera placement, and some added sound, I was able to cut a scene that’s visually about the core participants, but it still sounds like there is 150 people present.

When you’re working with no budget, “wanting” something isn’t always an option, and maybe it won’t even make your story any better. You just have to be able to step back and realize that your picture isn’t always going to turn out exactly the way you want it, and will almost never be exactly what is on the page.


Just as the haters will hate, not everyone you talk to or email is going to get on-board with your crazy little indie film idea. In fact, most people will tell you how cool an idea it is to your face, then blast away at their friends about it later. They’ll be willing to “help out” in any way they can, but then seem to fall off the face of the planet when you’re actually in need of a hand on set, or call for a bunch of extras. This will happen with the most organized of productions to the chaotic ones. Here’s the thing, though: You can’t expect them to. You can’t expect everyone to be excited about your project, your work (and some people will say it isn’t work because you’re not getting paid – or paid very little). They all have their own lives to live, and errands to run, and babies to feed. So, again, you have to suck it up and do the best you can with what you have.

I would say that 95% of directing this first feature of mine has been the art of problem-solving. The other 5% is the shooting, and the fun stuff. Whether it be logistics, scheduling, props, lighting, it’s solving problems that will consume most of your time. Not that all of those things are the director’s responsibility on larger-budget sets, but when you’re making your first feature I think it’s imperative that the director take on most of the responsibility them self. Why? Because I think it’s a great learning process for future projects if you take responsibility for the things that don’t work, and take the praise for the things that do. This way, your first picture is truly, undeniably, yours.

I’d like to close this article by saying that I’m so very grateful for the support we’ve had, and continue to have, on my first feature film. I’m learning as I go, and it’s a very humbling experience creating a world for everyone to come visit for while. I’m also very proud of everyone involved. It’s taking us a while to finish our project, but I hope when we do it’s not too much of a disappointment to audiences. I’m proud of what we’re putting together, and I guess that’s really the most important thing – I’m creating something together, with a bunch of like-minded people, who share a love for telling a story.


COPYRIGHT (C) 2013 Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.

Six True Indie Feature Films, From the Northeast, I’m Ready To See Already – By Matt Croyle

There have been some great happenings in the past few years when it comes to independent film in the Northeastern part of the United States. With the advancement of technology, and the fact that anyone can now make a film with a low-end DSLR and a computer with editing software, some great projects have taken shape in our “neck of the woods”.

I’ve been keeping track of some projects that I’m interested in, and have compiled a brief, but quality, list of the films I’m truly excited to see come out of the Region. What is special about this list is that these films are truly independent films. We’re talking minimal to no budget, probably no location permits, sometimes remote locations, very small crews — but these pictures are being made, and made well.

I’ll, of course, plug my own film as part of this post. Shameless, I know. But, hey, we do what we must.

Please take a look at the films being produced by the tireless and hardworking people of the Northeast.

6.  “THERE ARE NO GOODBYES” by John C. Lyons

While I’ve seen this completed film, I feel that everyone else should see it too. The production was based here, but John was able to shoot in places in Ireland and in Prague while on vacation. This is such a wonderful film, and those with close ties to Erie should really settle in and enjoy it. Here’s the trailer:


5.  “POTENTIAL INERTIA” by Matt Croyle

Of course I want to see my own film, especially when it’s finished. It’s a story about dealing with loss, the one thing we all share in this experience of life. We’re over half-way finished with principal photography. We have ongoing funding, so if you’d like to help “like” us on facebook to the right and visit the site. You’ll find all the info there. Here’s the teaser:


4.  “UP COUNTRY” by Lucas McNelly

Lucas shot this picture in his home state of Maine, in the middle of the woods. And while very little is known about the film, if it’s anything like his last effort I know it’ll be worth the watch. Lucas has been working on this picture for quite a while, and I’m sure we’ll hear more about it soon enough. The funding was raised using Kickstarter. I was able to find a rough cut of a scene for the film (which doesn’t really give much away) below:


3.  “LOVER’S GAME” by Danielle Earle

Danielle is based in New York City — and while the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple sometimes screams money, Danielle is making this picture happen on her own and with the help of her backers. Danielle’s platform of choice is IndieGoGo, and she’s looking to send this film to the festival circuit. Here’s the trailer:


2.  “543” by John Rockovich

John is from the same hometown as I am, and it’s kind of strange we’ve never worked on anything together. He’s currently finishing up this film, and has just released a teaser on Vimeo:

1.  “WINTER’S KILL” by Dylan Freedman & Ryan Johnson

Shot in and around Jamestown, NY. Well, doesn’t this look like a whole bunch of awesome? Enough said.


Your Name On The Big Screen – Fundraising To Continue Through Post On Pennsylvania Feature Film

Funding To Continue Through Post-Production On Pennsylvania Feature Film

By Tabitha Leroux, Associated Correspondent

OIL CITY, PA – Want to have your name in the credits of a feature-length film? Want to be able to do it for as little as five dollars? That’s right! For five bucks you can be an “Associate Producer” on Matt Croyle’s upcoming, debut, feature film entitled “Potential Inertia“. The entire film is being grassroots funded and is being shot — not in Hollywood or any normal production hub — but in Western Pennsylvania. Venango County and its surrounding areas, to be exact.

While Croyle has been on major motion picture sets and has “hob-nobbed”, as they say, with people in the industry, he’s chosen to produce his first feature film where he grew up. Croyle gives credit to the area’s natural beauty and a strong sense of “home” to his decision to make the production local.

“We have some great support here in the region to make the film,” Croyle stated. “It’s a very underrepresented area in the film industry. And, while the people in the area are totally for us making the film here, the funding is always an issue. This area doesn’t have the economy that other major production hubs have — like New York or Los Angeles. So, we’re branching out and opening things up to fans of independent cinema, from around the world, using the internet as a funding tool.”

With a talented cast assembled of local actors, as well as veterans from the Pittsburgh and Erie regions, cameras are scheduled to begin rolling in approximately about a month (somewhere in the first couple weeks of June) in the small town of Oil City, Pennsylvania. The fundraising effort for the film will continue through post-production.

“A lot of effort is going toward pre-production right now, especially on my part,” Croyle said. “It’s a small production crew, and everyone is making this film as volunteers. I’m finding that a lot of my time is being spent doing the pre-production work of like five or six people – location scouting, scheduling, casting, securing musicians for the soundtrack – it’s an extremely engulfing experience. I’m learning a lot in the the process by doing the majority of the work myself, but I’ll be glad once we start principal photography because I’ll really be able to just settle in and shoot and direct my actors.”

Croyle is no stranger to “doing it all”. His web series, “Monster”, just screened at the 2012 Los Angeles Web Series Festival last month. In the series, Croyle was in front of the camera, wrote, edited, and directed.

Croyle’s One Fish Films is the production company behind the film.

For more information about how you can get your name on the big screen, please visit: The Official Potential Inertia Production Web Site

Copyright (C) 2012 Tabitha Leroux. All Rights Reserved.

One Fish Films Launches Fourth Installment Of Monster, Plans Two Remaining Episodes

(Oil City, PA) One Fish Films has launched the third installment of its ongoing, dramatic web series, “Monster”. The series is described as a pseudo-fictional, documentary-style, web series focusing on a man and his attempt to explore the monster in himself and those around him.

The series debuted November 22, 2011 on its official site at: with video hosting and streaming by YouTube.

“Monster” will conclude its story in its final two episodes which are currently shooting this week in Oil City, PA.

The series creators submitted “Monster” to the 2012 LAWeb Fest in hopes that it will get a screening in the greater Los Angeles area later this year.

One Fish Films Launches Third Installment Of “Monster”

(Oil City, PA) One Fish Films has launched the third installment of its ongoing, dramatic web series, “Monster”. The series is described as a pseudo-fictional, documentary-style, web series focusing on a man and his attempt to explore the monster in himself and those around him.

The series debuted last month on its official site at: with video hosting and streaming by YouTube.

“Monster”, directed by and starring Matt Croyle, features music by David Goodnough and international recording artist Moby as its background score.

“Monster” shoots in Western Pennsylvania.

A Year Without Rent – By Lucas McNelly

With only hours remaining in the project’s funding drive (I should have done this much sooner), please shoot over to Kickstarter and check out this great opportunity to become part of an amazing film/media project! If you’re a fan of indie film at all this is for you!



This summer, I used Kickstarter to fund Up Country, a feature-length film set in the northern wilds of Maine. We filmed Up Country in the middle of nowhere (literally…the town doesn’t have a name…actually it isn’t even a town), so the biggest single expense/obstacle was getting people there. The people with super-flexible schedules suddenly became ridiculously valuable, even more so if they could get themselves within shouting distance of Maine.

At the same time, there were other filmmaker friends of mine around the country working on various projects and trying to do much of the same thing, either working with what they had on hand or trying to find the budget to bring people in. I suspect this happens quite a bit. And not just in major cities. As the world gets smaller, people are finding ways to flourish in more remote locations.

So my plan is to spend a year on the road, traveling around the country and working on indie film projects. I’ll explore the idea of mobility in a creative professional. Just how mobile does our digital lifestyle make us? Does it even matter where we live anymore? How can a creative professional thrive outside of NYC and LA?

As the year progresses, I’ll be keeping people updated with:

+ video: a daily video diary and/or web series documenting the day to day progress. In addition, more “cinematic” vignettes, which would be less frequent (obviously).

+ photos. We’ll be using the great tools at Tripline to create an interactive map where you can wander the country from the comfort of your own home. We’ll geo-tag the photos and collectively they’ll tell a story. A view of where we’ve been, if you will.

As an example, check out our backer Bizarro World on Tripline.

We’ll also be partnering with the very cool folks at Shuttercal and posting a photo a day on their calendar, It’s a pretty cool service. Check it out. Sign up!

+ words: I’ll be writing blog posts. stories. articles. The focus of all this writing will be the filmmakers I’m working with. I want to see how these people work, what tricks they have up their sleeves, and what they’re doing differently in Minnesota than they are in LA.

Then I’ll take all of that and turn it into a multimedia e-book (assuming those aren’t obsolete by then) that looks back at the whole experience.

We’re coming to Kickstarter because, money aside, this is a project that will only be as interesting as the audience supporting it. So, we’ve compiled a collection of perks that we hope will keep you emotionally invested not just until the deadline, but over the life of the project. Hey, we’ll even send you a birthday present. You won’t have to worry about everyone forgetting your big day, Sixteen Candles style. We want to take you along. Well, not literally, unless you want to help drive. There’s going to be a lot of driving.

Where will we go?
Where won’t we go? Already we’ve got interested productions around the country (and even one in the UK), and I’d love to come help out on your film. Here’s how it works: tell us about the project and, if possible, I’ll come help out. Think of me as an extra set of hands. I’ll hold a boom, carry grip equipment, get coffee, be an extra, whatever you need. While I’m there, I’ll also be documenting your film, telling people about it and about the people working on it, essentially giving you some free publicity. All we ask is that you do what you can to keep us on the road. It’s a win-win.

Email us at ayearwithoutrent [at] gmail [dot] com

But what about Up Country?

That’s a good question. This should have no effect on Up Country. Editing will continue as planned. If anything, it’ll make it easier to finish the film, as we’ll just make Up Country one of our projects. So, part of this year will be going to Philly to do the sound mix. You’ll actually, in that regard, get a better look at the film. And it should be a better film for it.

Where will this money go?

Well, if you haven’t noticed, gas is expensive. So is food. And insurance. It’s a tricky project to budget, as the numbers all fluctuate pretty wildly based on simple things like how far apart the projects are, geographically. By our best guess, this will get us through most of the year, if we’re lucky. Our comfortable number is a shade over $20,000. But the more we bring in, the more we can do. This is a project that will be as big or as small as the audience and the indie community wants it to be, both in reach and in dollars. So if you don’t have $$ to give, that’s no problem. Maybe you have a couch to sleep on? Or a production to help out with? Or a skill set you can bring to the project? Even a “buy one, get one free” coupon for granola bars would be a big help.

If you’re a creative professional, this project is for you and about you. It’ll be as awesome as you want it to be.

Questions? Ask them in the comments! VISIT US ON: A YEAR WITHOUT RENT – On KICKSTARTER

Project location: Portland, ME

Spider made Sundance…

You all have to check this short flick……


Anti-matter And A Question Of Other Life Forms – A Hypothesis

As I’m sitting in front of my computer watching a CERN web-cast, my mind is racing about the possibility of other life forms within the universe. Because the symmetry between anti-matter and matter was disrupted during the early stages of our universe’s formation, one must ask where the anti-matter has gone — as during the early formation stages, the universe consisted of equal amounts of both.

Considering that when anti-matter and matter come into contact with one another they annihilate the other, one must conclude that matter found a way to overcome the anti-matter. If both still existed in equal amounts then there would be nothing left in the universe except radiation. The only explanation, therefore, is that the chemical makeup of matter and anti-matter have different rates of decay. The result being that there is more matter than anti-matter in our universe at the present time.

There are places in the universe where anti-matter exists. For example: particle jets (such as at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy), wherever high-energy particle collisions take place, and also where high-energy cosmic rays impact the Earth’s atmosphere. This latter example produces such a small amount that the anti-matter is annihilated immediately with nearby matter. However, the fact is that anti-matter does exist. It’s even made by our own species right here on Earth at CERN.

My question about possible life is this: We can physically survive within a matter-dominated section of our universe, because that is what we, as humans, consist of. So, thinking in those terms, could other life forms, ones that consist of anti-matter, exist in regions of our universe that that are dominated by anti-matter? Theoretically, it would seem so. However it’s not a simple question. There’s so much of the outer regions of our universe that we don’t know, and may never know. It’s a good question, considering a matter-based life form can exist in a matter-dominated area. Why then couldn’t an anti-matter-dominated life form exist in an anti-matter-dominated area of the universe? Also, the fact that the two life forms could never exist in each other’s respective sections, could answer the questions as to why humans feel so small and alone in this universe — having never been able to see or exist with a possible anti-matter neighbor.