12 Months of Movies: December

I guess you’ve probably noticed the gap between September and December.

Life. As it happens. Is rarely the way that you planned.

Actually those are song lyrics, but they’re good song lyrics. We have filmed a movie every month since September, but we haven’t finished editing them. October’s movie will be in post for a while, and is titled Fail the System. November’s film is an art piece that lacks a few imperative components. It has a crazy story of its own.

But this, this is December. And we finished a fun little film that I am very proud to call my own. We had some notable awesome help. We had a great location given to us by Officeworx, downtown KC.

So here it is…Three Single Guys.

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, critique or projects of your own!

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12 Months of Movies: September

In September we made a film that turned out a lot longer than I first anticipated. We worked with a fantastic new actor, who continuously went out of his way to be helpful, offer suggestions and step out into the street to make this film special.

When I wrote this script I was thinking about one of my best childhood friends who was deployed during some of the really bad parts of the War on Terror (not that any part is good, mind you). I am also married to a veteran, my brother is a veteran and my grandfather fought in WWII.

So here is SPC Lisa.

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, suggestions or projects of your own!

Fail the System: A short film with a long process

I’m working on the short film for October. I’ve been working on the short film for October since…June 12th. Originally I wanted to write a short about a very controversial subject that I have never seen in a film. But when I started writing Working_Title Red I realized that I had to have a primary storyline that was more accessible to a general audience.

I wanted to write a drama. So I started doing research on dramas, especially dramas that were dialog-driven, which is not the way I have been writing for years. The above show was recommended to me. I watched A LOT of it and found that the representation of family drama is the best I’ve seen onscreen.

This show, Broadchurch, was also recommended to me as a quality drama. It’s about a small English town that experiences the murder of an 11-year-old boy and struggles to come to grips with the reality. It is one of the most cinematically beautiful stories I have ever seen. The editing is superb, the acting is flawless and the writing is arresting.

It’s also one of the most depressing things I’ve ever watched and I had to take it in parts to better deal with the emotions it brought on (I don’t like watching things that make me that sad, but it was very good).

The following images I found as a reference for very good cinematography composition. The DefineFast Productions film will employ this kind of style.

So what is Working_Title Red about? Well, it became Fail the System, and it is about a sister and brother who work together to outwit a devious college professor and deal with some serious relationship issues. Yes, a drama. With dialog. Although it is not as dialog-driven as something like Gilmore Girls.

Since Your Sister Sent Me, a short film DefineFast made in 2013, I have not made anything this intense as a large-scale project. The cast and crew is currently being assembled for this and I am excited to see it become a reality.

Just a little info into the process of making a short film. As always, feel free to comment with feedback, critique or projects of your own!

12 Months of Movies: June

The unsinkable DefineFast Productions has struck again.  This time to bring you a short film about co-workers.

This film was unique in that it takes place entirely in 1 location.  We tried to vary the shots to emulate the movie Buried, which is cinematically fabulous and also an incredibly disturbing movie.  Our film does not compare to Ryan Reynolds being locked in a coffin under ground, but that was the inspiration.

Here is Marketing & Numbers.

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, critique or projects of your own!

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 52

It’s here.

And with it, a year in review.  All the projects I and my company filmed.

It’s been great, ya’ll.  Really.

Next week I’ll open a whole new can of worms, along with a review of how well I met my goals and which projects I enjoyed the most.

52 Weeks of Creative: Week 20

We finished a film.  By we, I mean DefineFast Productions, not the royal we.  I am not royal.  I’m not the royal type.

This took a while to get situated for the Internet.  Originally I had forgotten some things from the credits.  I’m totally sorry about that–these things happen when you’re under a time crunch.

I will say that this film was difficult.  I hope to not make a film this hard for a long time.  Maybe not ever.  But I’m glad we made it.  It was a learning experience.

If only all of our learning experiences could be fun.

I give you the long-awaited, Wooden Bullets: Sacrifice.

As always, feel free to comment with feedback, ideas or projects of your own!

Your Sister Sent Me

I’ve posted on here before a little about my filmmaking and specifically my production company, DefineFast Productions.  A few days ago we released the 2nd episode of our comedy webseries, Things We Do in Public.  At the moment, comedy is pretty much what we’re known for.

Then Your Sister Sent Me went into preproduction.

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Your Sister Sent Me is a short film about a young woman who travels through time and returns to a traumatic day in her childhood where she discovers that there are some things you can’t change, and what it means to really be there for someone.

While comedy is my genre of choice–I usually want people to be happy–drama has its place.  Drama can convict us.  Make us think.  Make us…sad.

Who am I kidding?  Drama ruins your life.  But sometimes, it’s a good kind of ruin.

When I watch BrickMartian ChildWinter’s Bone or The Double, I get lost in that world.  Those problems become my problems.  Sometimes it’s good to feel, right?  That’s really what dramas do, isn’t it, make you feel?

If you want to feel, go to our Indiegogo and support the project.  Or just go to watch a funny promo video.  (Sweet, I’ll accomplish two things at once)

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/your-sister-sent-me/x/3861791