The Bitter Filmmaker

With more than 20 years in video and film production, Brett has seen pretty much everything.  Year after year he gained knowledge from the technical to the psychological.  In his blog, he delves into the truths no one wants to hear, in the hopes that those just starting out will take heed and know what they are getting in to and maybe avoid making the mistakes that he made.  Along the way, he’ll spread some secrets, the fundamentals, and some creative ideas to solve the problems every filmmaker encounters.

His Story

Brett William Mauser began making short video projects in high school with his friends.  What started as a way to have some creative fun evolved into a career.  After graduating Kingwood High School in 1991, Brett attended San Antonio College where he received his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Radio-Television-Film.

Brett in Colorado
Brett in Colorado in 1995

In 1995, Brett relocated to Denver, Colorado.  In 1997, he founded Ponderous Productions.  While producing a community access television series called This Is Ponderous in 1998, Brett was hired by Denver Community Television as a Master Control Operator and quickly became a Production Coordinator.

When he returned to Texas in 2000, he began work as a “one-man-band” Multimedia Journalist for KXXV in Waco, Texas.  After re-establishing Ponderous Productions as a Texas Corporation in 2002, he created a Television pilot called, The Watchmen, which aired in November of 2003 on the Central Texas ABC affiliate.

Brett and Brad
Brett Mauser and Bradley Bates in 2005

In 2004, Brett became the Production Manager at KWDB, the Corpus Christi Warner Brother’s affiliate.  It was here that Brett met fellow producer Bradley Bates.  The two produced almost 100 commercial spots together, racking up awards including an
Addy and several Froggies (Warner Brother’s Affiliate Awards).  While working at the station, Brett and Brad produced Barrio Angelz, which sold to Silver Nitrate and found its way to Blockbuster shelves nationwide, along with Cartel Killaz, in 2005.  Later that year, the third film in the trilogy, Shadow Dragon, was bought and internationally distributed by York Entertainment.

In 2006, Mauser returned to San Antonio where, along with Bates, he completed the bulk of his feature film experience, including the ten-film epic, The Innocence Saga, ten feature films shot in one year.  While operating in San Antonio, several other films received distribution, including Green, The Innocent Killers, After the Day, and Serial Rabbit 3 (all in Netflix’s library until 2012), as well as selling the historic bio-pic, Bass Reeves, to distributor Barnholtz Entertainment.

The cast of “The Loons” at the Corpus Christi 72 hour film festival

In 2010, Brett returned to Corpus Christi to work as a photojournalist for the Corpus Christi ABC affiliate, KIII.  After a year in the news industry, Brett left the station to focus on his education.  During that time, Ponderous Productions was closed and a new company was formed, Not-So-Sane Entertainment.  The company also began picking up numerous awards for their short films Heroic Journey of the Gay Man, The Strangers, The Loons, and The Specialists.

Brett Mauser graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Communication.  For over three years he produced internal and external communications, digital video projects and newsletters for the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority before moving back to San Antonio.

Currently he teaches classes in Video Fundamentals, Camera Techniques, Intermediate Filmmaking, and Conceptual Storytelling at the Art Institute of San Antonio.


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