September 23, 2010

"Ten" - My first real film!

I've made a lot of films but I've always made them digitally. This time I decided to make something truly legit and shoot on 16mm celluloid!
The story follows a duel between gentlemen, each taking a pistol and walking ten paces to an uncertain future. It's short and simple but with only 2 minutes and 47 seconds of record time it's about the most I could do.

I have never shot on real film before. I'm currently learning how in my cinematography class but I didn't quite trust myself to do everything completely right. That's why I called in an expert, my friend Margaret King, a graduate of Chapman University's film school and a wonderful DP. I knew I had made the right choice when the first thing she did was start cleaning my lens, something I hadn't even thought of!

Margaret was so great, she even brought in her own expert, a wonderful AC named Al who could set and pull focus like no one I have ever seen.

From Catch up
Very special thanks to both of you for your help. I'm absolutely sure my ambitious plans would not have worked out if it wasn't for my wonderful camera team.

From Catch up
Another shout out to my stellar cast; Jim Heiner, Nels Jorgensen and Stuart Ford. I don't know why you guys keep helping me make movies but it certainly make it much easier when you do. I'm not sure if this film will ever be digitized due to its analog origin but if it is, I'll make sure to post it. In the meantime, I have the daunting task of editing with a razor blade and some glue. A long way off from Final Cut Pro that I promise I won't take for granted any more!

September 10, 2010

Back in Action - LARP Foley

Due to my facial reconstructive surgery, I haven't quite been myself lately. Actually, I haven't really had the strength to do anything but sleep and eat. But school started on August 23rd and I was forced to make myself feel somewhat better for classes.

However now I am feeling much better and today I managed to get back to work. Nick Dunn and Ehren Remal the masterminds behind the screenplay LARP are furiously working to get their film produced. I was called in to record some foley and voiceover for a small animatic made from the storyboards.

From Catch up
Ehren Remal, Nick Dunn, Katie Driscoll and Sarah Young worked as the voice talent for our small pre-production-production.

The recorded scene features the first fight sequence of the film as well as some great lines by the lead character Preston. Stay tuned for many more blog posts featuring 'LARP' as I'm now one of the Associate Producers of the film in addition to playing Lawrence the Blacksmith and acting as the 1st Camera Operator as well.