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.

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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.

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12 Months of Movies: August

August happened…A while back.

I think I’m losing my momentum. It’s been a rough summer. The fall is turning out very well, and I have little good reason to be delayed in making or posting my films, but I am. I am.

This is something that turned out maybe not like I wanted. And I’m not exactly surprised, but I shall let you decide how you like it.

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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

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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.

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12 Months of Movies: March

We set out to make a short drama, but that got put on hold.  So we made this other thing.  I came up with the idea, Cody wrote the script in about 30 minutes, then I revised it.  Paul and I came up with a rough shot list, mostly just coverage.

Then we filmed for about 3 ish hours. ¬†We shot the barest minimum I’ve shot of any film since 2007. ¬†That includes films made for the 10-Hour Film Competition and the 48 Hour Film Competition. ¬†That made editing interesting.

Special thanks to Jeremy Wood, who allowed us to use his office. ¬†And had grace with us when…well, you’ll see what we did.

Enjoy the tiny story that is night.

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

12 Months of Movies: January

A truly collaborative project is unlikely.

Seriously.

Pixar does it.  Game design companies do it.  I suppose the Coen Brothers do it all the time.

My husband and I made a film. ¬†When we filmed the majority of it I didn’t even know the ending. ¬†Here’s some advice: ¬†if someone wants to film something without a script and just wing and don’t even storyboard, don’t. ¬†Don’t do it. ¬†You’re gonna waste a lot of time and get frustrated.

That being said, this project worked. ¬†In part because Joshua doesn’t really know what he’s doing. ¬†He listened to me, he filmed, he set up shots the way I described and let’s face it, we are pretty happy together no matter what we’re doing. ¬†That’s why people get married, isn’t it?

So here’s the film.


Special thanks to my dad for some props.

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52 Weeks of Creative: Week 32

This was a wonderful project.  We spent a day filming Cody getting chased all over a park.  We learned a lot and I am happy with the result.

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Sometimes equipment has technical difficulties.

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The Egg Chase Scene

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52 Weeks of Creative: Week 25

I hope you don’t hate me, at this point, for subjecting you to yet another week of creative. ¬†I hate myself a little for making me do this, but I’ve learned something new every time, whether it had to do with art or creativity or patience or perseverance or just relaxation.

My life at this point isn’t as open as it was when the year began. ¬†I have a new job I started in January. ¬†I have a fianc√©, and a wedding to sorta coordinate. ¬†I have a group of good friends who meet every week–what an amazing idea. ¬†I started long boarding, and oil painting. ¬†I’ve now seen all of Veronica Mars, including the new film, and am almost through seeing it all for a 2nd¬†time.

Every week something crazy happens, I swear, like a schedule change or a sick person or a dude shows up at my house before anyone else has a right to in the morning and proposes beside a fluttering cloud of balloon asteroids.

And I love it.  (And him, just in case you were wondering.)

So sometimes I forget that I have this blog and this commitment. ¬†Sometimes I get to Saturday and FREAK OUT. ¬†But I’m not giving up. ¬†Nope.

(That’s the dad from Veronica Mars, just in case you were wondering.)

This week I filmed my dog. ¬†I got a new lens and I thought, hey, I’m gonna go film outside. ¬†The thing about being outside by my house? ¬†Rory is there.

So Rory is my actor. ¬†Rory’s telling a story. ¬†Everything you see and hear is purposeful, in case you were wondering. ¬†Let Rory tell you this story.

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

p.s. yes, Rory is named for the Doctor Who character.

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!