April 28, 2010

Come see me in two films!

Thanks to my relationship with many people in the University of Utah's Advanced Film Production class I will be appearing in two films this Friday! I'm even on the poster for the event!

From Plugs
You will see me as jaded and disrespectful lifeguard in Colin McDermott's film "On Guard." Also catch me as a hopeless romantic nerd named Chris in Rebecca Mabey's film "Dork Knight." I had a blast making both of these films and if you'd like to see the fruits of my labor, you can! Here's the info:

Persistent Visions, Student Film Night
Friday, April 30 7:30pm - 10:00pm
At the University of Utah at the Post Theater
245 South Fort Douglas Boulevard
Salt Lake City, UT
It will be $5 at the door, $4 for students

You can see my acting teacher, Mark Fossen, in one of the films as well. I have no idea which one it is but I'm sure it's good. I'll try and post some clips of these films when I can. I have a feeling they'll show up on my reel sooner or later.

April 24, 2010

Don Giovanni Alleycat Race

As a publicity stunt for the film, "Don Giovanni..." director Davey Davis organized Salt Lake's largest ever alleycat race. As producer of the film, I was definitely required to participate but I wasn't going to be caught with my pants down on my first alleycat.

Enter Stuart Ford, a very close friend of mine and the face of my film "Wastage." Stuart had very good luck one day when he found a vintage Schwinn race bike on the side of the road with a sign that said "free" taped to it. This bike is worth about a billion times more than free and sprints super fast despite being more than 25 years old. My bike was out of commission due to a broken brake so I phoned in a favor from Stuart. I raced on the Schwinn.

An alleycat works like a scavenger hunt on bikes. You're given a list of locations with specific tasks or puzzles for each one. It is up to the racer to decide the best path to take between locations as well as the order of the locations. Therefore the race is just as much about planning a good route than it is about how fast you ride.

I formed a riding group with my long time friends Lauren Wood and Nels Jorgensen. The three of us set off into the city and aside from one backtracking section we chose a great route. About halfway through the race we all decided that we weren't going to win the race so we may as well stop for a burrito on the way. After a short Barbacoa break we powered up a huge hill and finished the race in 28th place out of 67 total racers. Not bad considering our extra stop for food.

One of the stops along the way was a photo-op on your bike. These were snapped by the talented Tom Fleming.


From Don Giovanni Bobsled Trail and Party

From Don Giovanni Bobsled Trail and Party
All of us look pretty good despite having been riding for an hour. It was a super fun time, but Lauren and Nels definitely made it the highlight of April.

April 19, 2010

NAB Show Quick Update

Almost a year ago my friends and I cobbled together a team of film people to make "Halcyon" for the Salt Lake City 48 Hour Film Project. Thanks to some good attitudes, good people and a lot of good luck, we took home "Best use of line of dialogue" award as well as "Best Film!"

A perk of winning the local competition was access to the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2010 for free and a chance for our film to compete nationally.

We screened our film but unfortunately we didn't win any of the national prizes. No worries though, because the NAB show floor was more than enough of a prize.

Rather than blog endlessly about all the crazy products and innovations present on the show floor, I'll leave you with a picture of me and some links to the crazy new products of 2010.


From Plugs
All of these products are brand new for 2010. I think most are totally crazy, I spent many hours listening to how they worked without much comprehension on my part.

The Arri Alexa: Sort of like a Red but it records to 2K Sony SxS cards in ProRes 444 codec so the post-workflow is super simple. It's also supposed to be easier to use than the Red because the menus are simpler. The viewfinder is able to be calibrated just like a production monitor and the cooling system will never contaminate the electronics of the camera because it's separate from the imager. It also shoots very well in low light, better than the Red. Here are some videos I found.

http://gizmodo.com/5516152/arri-alexa-camera-shoots-beautiful-video-with-little-light


Zeiss Compact Primes for EF Mount: Zeiss just released a new series of their compact prime lenses to use on Canon DSLR's. The mounts are the same EF mount found on the Canon lenses so they don't need an adapter and they cover the full-frame sensor size so they're compatible with all the video DSLR cameras. If you make enough money to upgrade your camera in the future, the mount can be removed and replaced with a PL mount. Therefore the lens will always connect directly to the camera whether it has an EF mount or a PL mount.

http://www.zeiss.de/c125756900453232/Contents-Frame/042839dea0e28e5fc125756f003e6703


Panasonic Micro 4/3 camcorder: Panasonic put a chip from it's GH1 DSLR into a camcorder body and is planning to release it 3rd Quarter this year. This means Panasonic will be the first to offer the shallow DOF of a DSLR system without the limitations of a still camera body (no audio, awkward to hold etc.) With the control over DOF and the better light sensitivity that a larger chip offers, this camera will most likely revolutionize low-budget cinema production.

http://philipbloom.co.uk/2010/04/11/new-panasonic-m43-camcorder-announced-ag-af100/


Redrock Micro Remote follow-focus: This thing is just crazy. It's an integrated iPhone and remote follow focus hardware for use with manual focus lenses. Basically a rangefinder calculates the distance to your focus subject making it easy to find the correct focus mark on your lens. What's more, a motor will move the lens for you meaning you can control focus by remote from a distance. I didn't do a very good job of explaining it so you better watch the video.

http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/2010/04/14/nab-2010-iphone-control-follow-focus-from-redrockmicro/


Some people for Germany managed to make a 3D TV that you don't need glasses for. It's not perfect because there are some places you can stand that makes it difficult to see well but if you're standing in the right place it's awesome. I wish I could explain more but the German man gave me a very scientific explanation that I don't remember. The link is for one of the TV's they were showing off.

http://www.markstechnologynews.com/2008/05/phillips-presents-3d-tv-without-glasses.html


Canon has a new camcorder to replace the XH series. It records to compact flash cards with 422 colorspace and a 50 mb/s data rate.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=175&modelid=20322


Panasonic released an update to their HPX-300 camera

http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ModelDetail?storeId=11201&catalogId=13051&itemId=406090&catGroupId=34401&surfModel=AG-HPX370&displayTab=O


You need to check this guy out. He modified a segway scooter so it could be driven without hands. Then he mounted a Red on a gyro and a monitor on the other end so he can chase action smoothly. He's sort of like a transformer / human hybrid camera operator. The videos he has on his site are awesome.

http://www.ar-operator.com/

April 8, 2010

Wastage - The Class Cut

I finally came up with a title.

This is "Wastage" the film I have been working on for a few months now. It is not the final cut, merely the version I've turned into my teacher for grading. I have no doubt it will go through some refinements but overall I'm pleased with the result.

Enjoy.

Wastage from Connor Rickman on Vimeo.

The future of this film depends on you, the viewer. Feel free to ask questions, give comments or criticism as I am aspiring to make this the best it could possibly be. Thanks for watching, and you can read all about the process of making it just down the list of my most recent posts.

Don Giovanni Premiere

From Don Giovanni Bobsled Trail and Party

You may recall a while ago I produced a film. Now it is finished and fit for public viewing, but in the spirit of the film we're not just going to screen it, we're going to have an alleycat beforehand!

All the details can be found by clicking the title of this post but here's the quick and dirty.

Saturday, April 24th
Alleycat: 6pm at Liberty Park Flagpole, $3
Screening: 8pm at the Post Theatre, $3 (Free for alleycat racers)


Not excited yet? Check out Mr. Davis' trailer to wet your appetite.

Official Trailer for The Tale of Don Giovanni: That Indomitable Hipster from Dada Factory on Vimeo.

This was a real community effort and I'm quite impressed with Davey Davis' commitment, passion and publicity skills when it comes to this project. I may be the producer but he's the director and the true creator of the whole endeavor. Come see his amazing work, featuring a bit of my work as well. :)