Posted by: michellemuldoon | July 9, 2018

Ms. In the Biz

Photo by Mavreen David Photography

Last Stand to Nowhere is currently in post-production.  While we are slowly inching towards finishing the film, I’m proud to share my first interview of this phase in production courtesy of Ms In The Biz.

I had the chance to discuss the film and why I chose to make it with actor/writer Taylor Hastings.

Taylor made the interview an easy discussion, and I am most appreciative of that. Sometimes it’s hard to talk about your project, but when your passionate about it, and the interviewer knows how to navigate that passion, it becomes an easy experience.

My thanks to Taylor and to Ms In the Biz for the wonderful article and experience.

Last Stand to Nowhere Ms In The Biz Interview.

Photo by WendyD Photography

Posted by: michellemuldoon | May 21, 2018

Westerns Rule

Or should I say, women in westerns rule. I know it’s been a long time since I blogged, but I was distracted. Who knew that this particular distraction would take a year and a half of my life before the camera would roll. I’m not sure if LAST STAND TO NOWHERE has been a passion or an obsession, but either way it resulted to four days in Pitt Meadows, BC with some of the most inspiring, kind, generous, talented, decent humans I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with.

Clantons Shack Lamberson

Photo by Michelle Lamberson

As long as it took to get to this stage, the speed at which it moved from December 2017 on was exhilarating. Joining the already established cast of Maja Aro, Frances Flanagan, Chelah Horsdal, Jenn MacLean-Angus, Julie Lynn Mortensen, and Johannah Newmarch were Catherine Lonsdale, Luvia Petersen and Sadie Silcock. Lini Evans came on at the eleventh hour to make our saloon complete with a saloon singer.

For three days our cast endured high heat in heavy clothing to make something special. The generous souls of the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club provided instruction and gun wrangling services so that our showdown would look as it should.

The camaraderie on set was astounding. The amount of people I have to thank has been extensive and I’ve spent the last two weeks on the Last Stand to Nowhere social media channels making sure I did so.  You are all brilliant!

This is what I’ve learned from the people on the shoot, and from the shoot itself:

  • Women want this kind of content. We all want this. Why? Because media is not satisfying the market. To paraphrase one woman on Facebook, Godless gave us one glorious episode. It’s time for change.
  • When we all come to a project because we believe in it, the experience can be transcendent. It’s been two weeks, and I’m still hearing from cast and crew how special the shoot was.
  • Patience is beautiful and don’t forget to breathe. Eight years ago I discovered that the saying, Patience is a Virtue, was not the correct translation of the ancient Arab proverb. The correct one is, Patience is Beautiful. And in hot weather on long days, I learned to take a deep breath and remember to keep it beautiful.
  • Vancouver will step to the plate when you need them. My thanks are eternal to our sponsors Matrix Production Services, Thunderbird Fast Draw Club, and Orchard Film Studios because without them, we wouldn’t have a film. I would also like to thanks Golden Eagles Farms and Renee Bella. Without them, we would never have been able to afford a location. These people made film happen. Let me say this again, these people made film happen!
  • Anything is possible when you have a producing team like we had; Maja Aro, Victoria Angell, Frances Flanagan, and Shannon Kaplun. When I was at my most stressed, or vexed, or impatient, they were there; unwavering, kind, patient, supportive.

We are now looking to get our huge 8K files transcoded and into the editing suite. From there, the list of things that needs to get done is staggering, but that’s okay. We have footage in the can, and that footage looks glorious.


Photo by Mavreen David


Posted by: michellemuldoon | January 3, 2018

Scottish Independent Film Festival

What a fabulous way to start the new year. My thanks to everyone at the Scottish Independent Film Festival for recognizing Birthday Blues with a Special Commendation for Best Scottish Screenplay.

I’m Scottish born, as is my father, and it means a great deal to be recognized by the land of my birth.

I hope to submit to the festival again next year, and hopefully, make the trek across the pond and meet the wonderful people behind the festival.

Birthday Blues Logline:
Deep-seeded family secrets bubble to the surface in quiet, creepy suburbia when the focus of a birthday party is found face down in his own backyard pool.

Posted by: michellemuldoon | September 7, 2017

Oaxaca Film Festival

My thanks to the Oaxaca Film Festival for recognizing The Baby Pool with an official selection to the 2017 festival as well as a nomination for the Connection Award.


Posted by: michellemuldoon | June 30, 2017

Last Stand Needs A Crowd

Making a film is always an ambitious act of creativity, but making a genre film, like a Western, is an ambitious act on steroids.

What makes a genre film so much tougher are the necessities like costumes, guns, bullets, safety personnel, a horse, and set decor. All these are issues on a regular film, but with genre you can’t rely on what you have or what’s in your cast’s closet. Genre is all about world building because the world does not exist around you.

We’re on Day 4 of our LAST STAND TO NOWHERE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN. If you haven’t been through this process then let me tell you it’s tough. It’s tough asking people for money. It stretches your networking skills. It pushes your resiliency. All these lessons and I’m not even a week in.

Am I complaining? No. What I see in what we’ve accomplished so far is incredible generosity, kindness and, in the case of the fan art we’ve already received, incredible creativity.

It also reinforces exactly how much I want to make this film. It clarifies my vision for my characters and what I want for my team. And most of all, it has forced me beyond my comfort zone; past the self-financed, small crew mentality I’ve had and into one that dares to dream bigger and in technicolour.

I coached Senior Girls High School Volleyball for years and I always used to tell my teams that they needed to break their comfort zone and dare to find the greatness within; that comfort never equaled growth or the journey that would result in achieving their goals.

With Last Stand to Nowhere I’m breaking my comfort zone. I’m daring to create something on a grander scale. I have a dream that this is a stepping stone to something that exceeds the space it currently exists in.

When you give voice to a dream, it becomes a goal. Some incredibly talented people have joined the journey to make this goal happen. There’s more than enough room for you, too.

Please take a stand with us.. and support Last Stand to Nowhere.





Posted by: michellemuldoon | June 26, 2017

Last Stand to Nowhere Update

Last Stand to Nowhere

(Jenn MacLean-Angus, Chelah Horsdal, Julie Lynn Mortensen as photographed by WendyD Photography)

It has been a while since I’ve blogged but as things are moving along, I thought it was time to share what the Last Stand Team has been up to.

We are now up and running on three social media platforms:

We’ve applied for financing through BravoFact and the Telus 100K program and this week, we will be on Indiegogo to crowdfund the film as well. There is no guarantees with funding agencies. The competition is tough so crowdfunding is absolutely necessary. It’s actually built into the budget for the funding agencies. We want to show them that we can partner to make top notch content.

Why go to all the trouble when we could just as easily make something less intricate? The answer is simple; Wonder Woman. If you follow me on twitter and instagram you’ve probably already noticed I love the latest incarnation of the Amazon Princess. It’s bold, strong, clear in its message and unapologetic about the power of the main character.  Wonder Woman is not clouded in romance, or having to prop up the male sidekick. (He does that very well on his own, thank you.) People are loving it, and I believe they will also love the women of Last Stand to Nowhere.

I hope you’ll follow us on our journey and see enough to convince you this is a project worthy of your support.

Our cast is stellar. Our crew is first class. And most of all, our timing is now.




Posted by: michellemuldoon | May 3, 2017

Indie Film Tribe Interview

Indie Film Tribe

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Angela Matemotja of Indie Film Tribe. Angela and I are on the same page regarding the importance of community, especially for writers.

Being interviews by Angela is really more like having a friendly chat over coffee. She’s passionate about film, and about helping people, and it couldn’t be a friendlier experience.

My thanks go out to Angela for the experience, and for everything she’s doing for the independent film community.

Check out INDIE FILM TRIBE and our INTERVIEW. I hope there’s information in this that will help you on your journey.

For the catalogue of Indie Film Tribe Interviews, hit the link and check them out on iTunes.


Posted by: michellemuldoon | March 26, 2017

Puppet Killer Fundraiser

Puppet Killer


The Team behind PUPPET KILLER needs your help. If you love horror, and you love the passion that independent filmmakers bring to the genre then please join the team behind the film for a fundraiser on April 2nd at the Beaumont Studios in Vancouver.

Finishing a film can be harder than filming it. When you have unexpected legal bills on top of post-production, the mountain can seem daunting. Puppet Killer is counting on the killer community of horror and independent film fans in Vancouver to help get them to the top.

Tickets are $40 and include your first drink. There’s a cash bar, appetizers, live music, and a silent auction that includes:

A Head Shot Package
Actor’s Taping Services
Collectible Horror Figures
Belly Dancing Performance
Custom Foot Orthotics
A Demo Reel
Script Coverage Services
A Nail Salon Package
… and much more.

Join members of the cast and crew of Puppet Killer on the evening of April 2nd and help the film reach the finish line.

If you don’t live in Vancouver, please consider buying a ticket in support.

Thanks very much!






Posted by: michellemuldoon | February 28, 2017

Shiny Polished Scripts


There are times when writing is difficult. I’m not talking about writer’s block, but the issue of time. Time is a struggle for me. Between working to pay the bills and working to make film there is sometimes little time to make words into sentences, and those sentences into a story. So what do I do, not write at all?

I turn my attention to making something old into something new. I do a polish on an old script. Does that sound like a writing cop-out? It might but not really. The more we write, the better we get. I believe I’m a better writer today than I was when I wrote some of my screenplays three or four years ago. Why not update the script with my shiny new skills and make it something I feel like I can stand behind today.

I recently did that with a feature script and now I’m organizing, with an actor friend, a script reading for a local director/producer. The script still resonates and it was worth taking another look at. I love this particular script, and I’m excited to share the script and the evening with some highly talented people.

I also cleaned up a short screenplay that I have always loved but not done much with. It just made the official selection list at the first festival I entered it in. It seems I might need to enter Masquerade in a few more events. That’s the bonus of looking back at your old portfolio. You don’t know what you have until you look at it with fresh eyes.



Life doesn’t need to feel like it’s closing in on your writing time. You can keep honing those skills by polishing an old story into a shiny new and exciting vehicle. It takes less time, it stretches your writing muscles and helps your story analysis skills stay sharp.

Don’t give in to the time crunch, or give up on feeling productive. A script is never really done until the cameras roll, so feel free to play on an old canvas. You’ll be surprised at how much sharper you feel, and how much better that old script can be.


Posted by: michellemuldoon | February 22, 2017

It Begins: Last Stand to Nowhere


Last Stand to Nowhere

(Banner courtesy Michelle Lamberson)

March marks the one year anniversary of the first screening of Chaos Management and begins the journey of the next film, Last Stand to Nowhere. Last Stand is an all-female re-imagining of Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Why a Western, and why make a female Western on the heels of productions that have had varying degrees of success or lack of?

I grew up watching spaghetti westerns on Sundays, often with my father. I loved the Enio Morricone soundtrack and the cinematography but more than anything I loved the lesson that, regardless of your moral fiber, there comes a time when everyone is forced to take a stand. Sometimes that lesson is a product of circumstance, and sometimes it’s a conscious decision made when a person is forced to a point where turning back is not an option.

I love action films, including westerns, but let’s face it guys have all the fun in those films. The story is told through the male view screen about characters men find interesting and can connect with in some way. Let me say it bluntly, that sucks. It sucks that women are either Madonnas or Whores. It sucks that when the chips are down, women have no influence on the outcome. It sucks that women are satellite characters and are ultimately reliant on the male hero bailing them out.

Women often struggle to connect with male heroes because they aren’t us. I’m done with that, and from the look of the amount of women who are interested in this project, I’m not alone.

My filmmaking has mostly been about perspective and how it influences connection. I want to see what shifting a key point of perspective does to our connection to an iconic story; in this case one of the most iconic testosterone-driven stories of the Old West.

Over the next couple of months I’ll be unveiling who has come aboard as we prep social media landing sites and a crowdfunding campaign. I think you’ll like what you see. At least I hope you do enough to make a donation. The team hopes to leverage these efforts for a strong BravoFact funding application.  By the time Chaos Management is close to finishing its festival run, our goal is to have Last Stand to Nowhere going to camera.

Stick around for what’s to come. It’s going to be a fun ride.

Pistol with holster and belt with bullets


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