The Sonnyboo Mailbag
emails sent to the site about Sonnyboo &
Peter John Ross
I just wanted to say thanks. You've got a lot
of helpful info on your website. I'm a few steps back from where
you're at. It's nice to have a resource like the one that your
website provides. That's really the key to indie filmmaking, contributing
to the welfare of the up and coming.
I loved the editing tips on your site!...very clear and mega-useful...
also, I've worked primarily as a composer and
sound designer -- most notably as the assistant music editor on
Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart and most recently as a sound designer
on a documentary I just finished being sound guy on in Germany --
anyway, I'm currently writing a short but want to know more about
editing...is there a book on editing aesthetic and technique you
could recommend (besides the '...Blink of an Eye' book by Murch)?
thanks for the great site chock filled with info! keep up the great
I wanna say thank you im in the process of saving
for a camera i feel i got a good script or two and your site and
info helped me answer some questions that i couldnt before find
answers too.So once again Thank You sir. People now a days feel
giving lack of info may cancel determined competition.
My name is Paul
i'm a young (hope to be) film-maker in the United Kingdom and have
just seen clips of your movie and i must say that i was very impressed
with the work and results that you and your team have produced.
it is very ispiring to see such a result from pure effort and commitment.
i saw the trailer for your movie through a link on the sonnyboo.com
website and followed it up to find your website. i'm very glad i
i just happened to stumble across the sonnyboo.com website today
whilst looking for information on directors tips and so on, it is
quite a good site and a brilliant platform to showcase talent not
yet recognised. i hope to be able to post some of my own work on
it later on in my career.
You are truly a great person for giving us these free resources.
I bookmarked this site before I even looked at anything. Something
told me to do it. Truly professional!
I wish you wealth, fame and success!
I just wanted to thank you!
I've been perusing your website and reading your tutorials, and
I just really wanted to show my appreciation for putting them online.
I have been wanting to attend film school for a while, but just
can't raise the money, so resources on the web have been my education
so far. With some friends from high school I've been making movies
since grade 11, but now I'm really seriously getting into the business
of film, and trying to learn the more technical nuances. We are
in post of a feature film which we will be premiering in Toronto
and entering festivals with, but looking back, I see how even though
it is a great film, so many aspects were just unchecked or otherwise
neglected. It was a great learning experience, but I'm writing new
material and plan to film another using those lessons, and your
tutorials have proved invaluable to the aid of that education (and
very entertaining to read as well). I really just wanted to show
my appreciation to you (and Scott Spears) for making them available
to everyone. This is incredibly sappy, but sometimes you have to
suck up your manliness and say exactly how you feel, so... Thanks!
It's nice to know there is a film community out there with your
kind of helpful attitude, and ego-less charm. There's always stuff
to learn... the hard part is finding where to start.
So in conclusion... keep up the good work- I, and I'm sure others,
appreciate your wisdom and knowledge.
-Logan- Toronto, Canada
PS- Let's do lunch! You like Chinese?
I always like being supportive of anything you
do. There are so many people, so many that you may never meet face
to face, who's lives and careers have been touched by your altruistic
consider myself a begining filmmaker and have been inspired by your
work and your website.
I have two reasons
I'm emailing you.
One, may I link
to your website?
Also, I've created
a short and used one of your free music pieces, giving you full
"Music composed & performed by Peter John Ross, courtesy
of Sonnyboo.com" credit as requested on your website and just
wanted to let you know how perfect the piece fit into the short.
short is available here
Thanks for your
Loud Orange Cat Productions
Thank you for taking the time to put together your
free downloads page. For a newcomer looking to put together a no-budget
short, it has been invaluable. I am recommending your site to everyone
I know out here trying to break in.
Santa Ana, California
The "Glorious" team headed out to the
Cinequest film fest for the finals of the 48 HFP a few weeks back
in San Jose California. While I was talking with one guy (forget
his name at the moment but he's with StoryPipe)
he was discussing his website, and that we were from Ohio, and suddenly
he asked 'do you know Peter John Ross?' He went on to say that he
was a fan of your work and that he planned on hosting quite a few
of your pieces. Just thought you'd be interested in hearing that
the Boo has some buzz in San Jose, CA
just stumbled upon your site. it is wonderful!
My name is John and I just want to say that I really
enjoy your short films, and I found your website to be enormously
helpful. I am a fairly new filmmaker. I have made a couple of shorts,
a few music videos, shot a step-sisters wedding, and some other
odd things just to practice. Reading your articles was like getting
kicked in the balls, then being told how to grow them back. I can't
thank you enough for what you are doing for the indie film community,
and more specifically me. I had become discouraged a short while
ago and was thinking that I just don't have what it takes to do
well in this industry. You made me remember how much I love it.
I plan to put up a few questions on your board soon, but for the
time being, is there anything you can tell me which would make me
feel better about spending as much money as I did on my xl1s. I
love it but everything people have said on your sight seems to put
it down. And Scott Spears, a man who I respect says he doesn't like
the xl1s. I'm not asking for you to lie to me but a little bit of
encouragement will go a long way. This will definitely not be my
last contact with you from my end, actually you'll probably grow
tired of my stupid questions quite quickly. Thanks again for everything
you've done. hope to hear from you soon.
Your newest Fan!! and supporter
John Long aka samurai
THANK YOU so much for putting the download section
up on web. Tremendous resource.
Thanx again for putting in ALL the hard work/time on this site.
Have a great day.
- Chris Rodgers
I have been producing/filming/directing/editing my own films/videos
for several years now...
About two or three years ago I decided to "go
pro" with my obsession. And I have been going "by the
seat of my pants", "playing it by ear" if you will.
No film school, no formal training... Just doing it. Purchasing
the equipment as I found I needed it, the same with software etc...
Researching, studying, reading, experimenting, pure trial and error
More often than not the results are just what I
wanted. With a few hysterical exceptions! :-) I could make a fortune
with my "blooper reels"! Recently I came across and registered
with IndieTalk.com... Which is where, through your assistance I
"discovered" your website. This is where I realized just
how much I was doing right, and of course how much I was doing wrong.
The latter thankfully was a much smaller percentage!
How can I thank you enough for all that you offer to the Independent
And obviously to me!
From the overlays to the paperwork templates to
the royalty free music... But most importantly all of the PRICELESS
advice and information! You, Sir, are a wonderful human being! And
I wanted to write you this note to say thank you!
I want to promise and assure you that all of my productions will
absolutely contain a prominent credit you!
Thank you so much for all of the information and
You have helped me immeasurably!
ONE SHOT ONE KILL PRODUCTIONS INC.
I just wanted to let you know I found your website
by accident today and downloaded one of your short films.
I admire your drive and determination.
I'm working to create a new site for independent
I hope to put one of my own animated films in full
Never lose your positive attitude.
Hello there, My name's Chris, I'm from the UK.
A friend recently linked me to your site and I was astonished and
in awe of your work. It's very authentic and realistic. The strange
thing is, that prior to seeing the site, me and a few mates made
a film in which a section from the army make their way through a
forest on a mission, whilst being taunted by a creature. If you'd
like to take a look, you can visit our site here
Chris Burrage UK
Just wanted to say I enjoy your work and thanks
sharing filmmaker resources. Keep it up!
I and my husband are starting a independent film
company. we have cable access and a SONY PD-150. All the info on
your site helped a lot. THANK YOU!!!
Kristi and Erick Thurman
I got hooked into your site via Mac Format’s
CD—thanks so much for all this great stuff! I teach media
productions at a high school in Maryland, and while I want to give
my students the most “real” experience possible, a public
school’s budget is not a movie-maker’s dream. Your templates,
sounds, suggestions are top-notch, and my students will go nuts
What a nice thing to do--
Just a short note - dunno if you'll ever see it - to thank you for
your wise web words. As an independant film maker just starting
out in the UK I found your articles on film making both infomative
and inspirational. I've seen all your stuff on 3btv
and it gives us all a standard to work towards.
Many thanks again, maybe I'll join you for a few
drinks stateside a few years down the line.
Mark Winthrope UK
Dude, you rule...this is one of the best sites
for fledgling filmmakers I have ever seen. (it's kinda like an idiot's
guide to filmmaking...much needed by myself). Thanks for all you
"Feed the Dog" productions...
Orr's Island, Maine
I just wanted to say thank you for putting all
the downloads you have online and in one place! (I may have already
emailed you "Thank You" before because I found something
else I was looking for-I keep finding the forms on your
site). Anyway, seriously Thank You, you have saved me a lot of time.
All the best,
It's a rare Saturday night that I don't have a wedding to video
tape, so I'm surfing the net and I find your website. Lots of good
info for free and I will definitely be using some. I get to your
Film Flams & Scams page and burst out laughing as I'm reading
about "Weddingman". I've met so many of him that nothing
you said surprised me.....your writing style however was really
My husband and I are making a travel video (I've
no desire to make a feature film) and I'm sure we'll find your website
a valuable resource. Oh, and do you ever work for free?????? ....just
Handley Video Productions
Hello fellow filmmaker,
I'm also an independent film maker and I just finished watching
New World. Not too bad given when it was made. Anyway, I've got
my own DVD of a short film (plus much more!) I wrote/directed/produced
entitled Bullets over Breakfast.
My name is W.J.Bookman and I'm an aspiring filmmaker thanking you
for posting "free goodies for filmmakers." That was a
great, courageous, and honorable thing to do for those, like myself,
who do not have the finances to purchase expensive books. If there
is anything I can do for you, let me know. I have a website up,
dirtcheapmedia.com, that explains the services I provide. I would
also like your permission to link your website up to mine. I'm also
going to purchase your DVD.
Again, thank you so much and I wish you the greatest
of luck now and in the near future.
"work with what you got"
Hey I've been reading alot of your articles, and
they've really helped me along.
Angry Asian Face Films
I found your fantastic site whilst in desperate need of some royalty
free music for a mini documentary I am doing.
I am an Australian independent filmmaker and have made a doco for
one of our national television stations.
This might seem strange, but I am your BIGGEST
FAN!!! I don't know if you hear that alot, but its true, I admire
you and your work, I read all your articles and lead my life via
them...you may think what sado is this bothering to e-mail me? Well
my name is Matt, I am from Scotland and I run a small time film
making group called MIR Studios (it does not really stand for anything
at the mo, but ideas are welcome) I have followed youe advice on
all aspects of filmmaking. I also have a website www.minidia.co.uk,
it will soon be the MIR Studios website, but for now its pretty
Matt. – UK
Too often I read articles on the internet and just click on the
next site without commenting. I've noticed your posts on several
different forums over the past year. You have a lot of good stuff
to offer filmmakers and I really appreciate it. I especially enjoyed
an article I found on microcinema scene that you wrote about the
different scams and cons. Great reading ! I love your enthusiasm
and drive. I can relate.
So .... Thanks !
Hello, I really like the web site a lot of free
information and downloads you have available
I came across your site today and just want to
express my appreciation for what you provide. It's incredibly generous
of you, and I sincerely hope that the universe rewards you for your
Actor / Writer / (aspiring) Director
Congratulations on your election to the Top Ten 0f 2004. I have
learned from and enjoyed the articles you have posted on microcinemascene
and internetvideomagazine. Practical, honest advice coupled with
smartmouth humor. My favorite style. I am an Indianapolis music
scene veteran returning to the scene after raising my children,
with an interest in placing music in film. I am currently financing
and supporting Bunk Films' 'Hair Trigger 2: No Mercy', and it was
on Tino's indianapolisfilm.net board I saw your post about the Top
Ten. I want to thank you especially for recommending the use of
local musical talent for soundtrack work. I am promoting that here
as well, and as my son is a student at Herron School of Art here
in Indianapolis, I am also promoting the use of local artists' work
as set dressing, with, of course, trailing credit mention.
Thanks for all the info you've put out there. In trolling around
the internet to get hints and ideas for independent filmmaking,
your name and films kept coming up.