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Tom the director acting like a nut on set, wearing a Star Trek shirt his kids made for him.

INDIE SCI-FI – from the basement to worldwide distribution

So, you like behind-the-scenes special features on big Hollywood movies? Well, in case you were wondering how some broke filmmakers made a ludicrously ambitious sci-fi film, won a bunch of awards, and got it into worldwide distribution, I cooked up these somewhat funny and nutty “making of” clips about my flick, 95ers. Sci-fi fans, aspiring […]

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The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 3 of 4

There’s a Silmarillion movie in this post…  What?  A Silmarillion movie?? Read on, Middle Earth wayfarer… In Part 1, The Silmarillion was praised and placed in its rightful place as one of the great works of literature. In Part 2, Lord of the Rings fans were tantalized with some of the deep back stories that […]

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Ungoliant (ancient ancestor of Shelob) traps Melkor, and demands that he feed her the silmarils–the stolen jewels that contain the last light of Valinor. Illustration by Kip Rasmussen.

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 2 of 4

So, in Part 1, I unapologetically lavished praise on J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterpiece—a masterpiece among masterpieces, yea a towering feat of literary and fantasy profundity: The Silmarillion. A few of you chuckled compassionately.  A few of you nodded gravely.  A few of you rolled your eyes.  To all of you I say: read it […]

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Turin faces Glaurung on the bridge of Nargothrond. Illustration by Kip Rasmussen.

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 1 of 4

Part one of four? I expect to keep the reader’s attention for four parts? Am I crazy? I probably am. But that has nothing to do with the fact that any self-respecting fantasy fan or “geek” of any kind would do very well to examine this study of one of the great pillars of geekdom… […]

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Revisiting Star Trek: Voyager

  May 23, 1994 – a cheer erupted from a house packed with nerdy (and not-so-nerdy) high schoolers as the Riker-commanded three-nacelled Enterprise unapologetically demolished a Klingon bird of prey.  Star Trek: The Next Generation was about to end.  What was next? (more…)

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Get your book written or film done in 2014!!!

This is a message for artists and storytellers of all kinds who want to get a big project done in 2014, who aren’t lucky enough yet to earn a living from their art or stories, which probably includes most artists and storytellers on this planet. New Year’s day, 2014.  Here’s what I did this morning: […]

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Media Industry Career Trek

Lots of people ask me: “How do I get a job in the media industry?” This has always been a tricky question. But something has happened in the last few years to make this even more complicated. Naturally, it has to do with Star Trek… But first, a little illustrative background I went to film […]

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Tom Durham dot com launches!

Welcome to my website everyone!  It launches today, October 3, 2013, exactly 28 years after the space shuttle Atlantis first lifted off. The connection is kind of cool, actually, and totally unplanned.  Atlantis… a mythical place full of wonder… a real-life spacecraft… now the stuff of legends… firing the soul and the imagination… Hmmm…  Dare […]

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