12 Months of Movies: July

I know it’s been a long time. I’m sorry. I got involved in a project in July that turned out to be a bigger commitment than I realized, along with a lot of other things (Like moving. Which I did this weekend).

Since I wasn’t the writer, producer or director of this project, I was hesitant for it to count as my July film. And it happens to be a web series, so that’s a thing. BUT, I was brought on board as the Cinematographer, which was HUGE. I’ve never been the cinematographer for anyone else’s project (Except commercially and for the TV show JDtR, of course).

So I really enjoyed working with the people from Masked, a modern retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I do have my own short films planned for August, September and October. ūüôā

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

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Post Production, Life and Adobe

It’s been a while. ¬†I know. ¬†Here’s why: ¬†POST PRODUCTION and LIFE.

By life, I mean that I am the Maid of Honor at a wedding the 2nd week of November, I have a sibling due to have a boy in October, lots of drama we won’t go into and a dog that keeps stealing the rugs to tear them apart on my back lawn.

Why do dogs do that?

Rory

(Rory, named after the Doctor Who character, yes.)

Let’s talk tech for a moment. ¬†The coolest thing I’ve heard about lately is this:

It’s a stylus Adobe developed for use by designers and such. ¬†Why is this so cool? ¬†For a company that gave us the amazing program After Effects, which opens the door for filmmakers to show what we see in our heads, this stylus is the hardware that could revolutionize how we create images, stories and worlds.

Too bad it isn’t even out until 2014.

I’ve been waiting for this for years. ¬†Maybe ya’ll remember that the iPad was my idea?¬† A legit stylus was too.

‘Cause, well, this is what I drew a few years ago with my…not-legit stylus.

Tree Houses

48 Hour Film Project Take 2

Last year I wrote a blog talking about my experience with the 48 hour film project. ¬†That was my first time experiencing the madness, but apparently it didn’t scare me off, because I’m back at it.

This time leading my own team.

Honestly, I didn’t want to lead my own team at first. ¬†Ya know how the 48 works? ¬†It’s a worldwide film competition. ¬†They give you a prop, line of dialog, character and genre on Friday and you have until Sunday to make a film using all the elements.

That’s right, you write, cast, film, and edit a short film in 48 hours.

Some of you might say, “Hey, you totally competed in the 10-hour competition a few months ago, isn’t this gonna be easy comparatively?”

Okay, when you say it like that, yes, this is WAY easier than the 10-hour. ¬†Way. ¬†But it also gives a false sense of security. ¬†I know we’ve talked about how long on average it takes to do pre-production, production and post-production on a short film. ¬†It’s not 48 hours. ¬†Well, not consecutively.

I’m not complaining. ¬†I love the 48 hour film competition. ¬†I love the timed-ness of it. ¬†I just want to emphasize the HARD-ness of it too. ¬†It’s gonna be good and it’s gonna be hard.

And it’s gonna be awesome.

Watch for an update Sunday, to see if we got our film in on time.

Starting Off

I’m starting the year off right. ¬†Why?

Making a film tomorrow.

Okay, so it’s not my film. ¬†I’m actually just acting AD–assistant director. ¬†I was already slotted to help on the production in a different capacity, but the director kinda had to bow out for this weekend.

His wife had a baby a little earlier than expected.

It doesn’t really matter what I do on a film set though, I’m happy. ¬†I’ve always been more comfortable around cameras and actors and the whole process. ¬†Think of it like a football player stepping out onto the field. ¬†That’s where he belongs.

You don’t want to see me on a football field though.

For this film we’re making, Iris, the DP is that crazy friend of mine. ¬†He is deep in shot-listing right now, which is not always normal for a DP. ¬†These are the kinds of things that the director would worry about if he were able.

Remember when I talked about the length of time film productions usually take?

We had five weeks for this one. ¬†It’s part of a film contest, a lot like the 48 Hour one. ¬†We were given a set of objects, concepts and locations to include in a script. ¬†The writers wrote the script. ¬†We muddled through pre-production–babies mess things up, ya’ll–and now we are shooting. ¬†Tomorrow.

After we finish shooting next week, the editors will do their magic and voila, a finished film.  Then we submit and all of the KC film scene will view it, contemplate it, judge it.

At the end of all that, hopefully we still look like this:

Because otherwise…

Pre-Production

My DP told me I was going to blog about him.

Well.

Tonight I had a pre-production meeting for Things We Do in Public.  I met the Director of Photography (DP) at a coffee shop with my script, shot list and storyboard in tow.  We sat outside.

It’s a good thing we did, because halfway through the meeting we got up and started walking around the table blocking shots. ¬†We had to designate specific chairs for the characters. ¬†DP made sure I wasn’t breaking the 180 line and I made sure he remembered which chair was which character.

I tried to imagine what the people inside the coffee shop were thinking when we ran around the table raising our hands like camera lenses.

At the end of the meeting we were both satisfied.  For a 4-page script we have 34 shots.

We’re in the tunnel.