Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Sound Design Workshop DVD

Check out my website, I am offering 20% off on my Sound Design Workshop DVD, “It’s The Dialog Stupid”.

“Kelley Baker has a way of taking something that very few filmmakers understand and making it seem not quite as daunting. He focuses on the why of what we're doing with sound in a film, and that's really the most important part of the decision-making process.”

John Howard, Micro Filmmaker Magazine

You owe it to yourself and to your audience to own a copy.



Monday, February 22, 2010

Help me get on to NPR!

Help me get on to NPR and talk about my book and my tours with Moses.

Go to
and send a note to either All Things Considered or Fresh Air and tell them they should do a story about me.

I am going to send them a proposal once a week until I get on! Help me make it happen!



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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Chicago, good blogs and other stuff

February 21, 2010

I am in Chicago and I just finished up speaking at the SEA (Self Employed Artists) Conference. It was great I had standing room only for one of my workshops and the other one was pretty full. A great conference and a great group of people, I am glad they invited me. I look forward to coming back next year.

I will be in Chicago all week doing guest lectures at Columbia and Northwestern. It should be fun.

I am booking for the Spring and still have a few holes in my schedule. Contact me at and let’s see what we can work out.

Here is a sample from my book The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film.

“When I first got into the business, my accountant gave me some very prudent tax advice in November: "tell your clients not to pay you until after the first of the year. Then take out a loan for 90 days and invest in equipment. Then after the first of the year, you can pay off the loans with the money you're owed. Take the tax deduction for the previous year, and you'll be in good shape." It made sense to me and everyone else I talked to
because we all went to art school! I almost went bust because of that advice!

Right after I bought all of that equipment, business dropped off severely. The film business can be seasonal, especially if you are outside of LA. In Portland, it usually dies off around Thanksgiving and doesn't start picking up again until mid- to late February. Sometimes it stays busy through the end of the year, but don't count on it.

A lot of the corporate and commercial people who hire us need to get things done and money spent before the end of their fiscal year. Then they take the holidays off. Why not? They have steady salaries. After the first of the year, they need to put together budgets and plan for the rest of the year. This is a cycle I have seen over and over. There have been exceptions to this, but rarely.

By the time I got paid on what I was owed, I had other debts that accumulated, and guess what, gang? Banks will not loan you money when you need it! They only loan you money when you have money. (Don't get me started here, I hate bankers.)

Anyway, I spent nine months in hell trying to pay my bills, and I had a bunch of equipment that suddenly felt like a burden.

The upshot of all of this is:


The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film. It’s full of things to help you make your film. So why haven’t you bought it!

Go to my site, ( and buy it for a mere $13.50 + $3 S&H. (It is still on special) You’ll feel better about yourself in the morning.

Go check out some of my friends blogs, there is some pretty cool stuff in them…

John Gaspard -
William Akers -
Nic Brown -
Jon Ashby -

I’ll add more next time, but if you’re not reading these guys you’re not learning anything.

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (, Pollard Design (, Zoom Creates (, and Cheezy Flicks ( ). If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

Film Slug, ( will be up and running soon, but more about them later…

As always, feel free to link to my site and you can subscribe to my blog. So what are you waiting for?

Talk later.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thursday February 11th

This Thursday @ 8 pm Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting will be re-airing the profile they did of me with some updates. Check it out!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Last day to get 20% off my book

Last day to get my book The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide at 20% off. Go to my website ( and order it today.

And thank you.