Sunday, November 28, 2010

So. Much. Writing.

So much writing.

I've been working on the short. That's just about done... This draft anyway. It's time to play chess with the scenes now.

I've got other things I've been working on too. So many outlines and treatments.

I'm having lots of fun with writing these days. I've been hitting the wall, but I'm trying to get as much out as I can.

It's hard to be disciplined on writing when you have no deadlines. I find myself dwelling on the outline and treatment far longer than I need to. I'm trying to break that habit... But, in my defense, I'm getting the kinks out before I start writing the actual script.

I'm gonna try to update a bit more frequently.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gettin' there.

I've been doing some clean up work on this script the past couple months, while developing a series of new projects... It's been taking me forever.

But I'm almost ready now. I think I want to do another draft though... But all I want to change is the placement of scenes. I need the closure at the end to really make sense. I don't want it all to build up to this ending and then it stops.

So what I've decided to do is have a couple different versions of the script and kind of blend the two together.

My thing is; this film is already mutating even further into a movie I've never done before.

As it already is a genre that's new to me, I'm trying to keep all the elements I'm familiar with, within the context of the script. Some of these elements aren't being emphasized as much as I've emphasized in my past scripts... And that's okay with me. I'm experimenting here.

I'm hoping to get into a much heavier pre-production within the next couple of weeks.

I've got a lot of things going on in early stages. It's hard to focus on one thing when your mind is creatively in multiple directions.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Moving on.

It's been about a month since the cancellation of Suburbanite. I'll post some stills from the scenes we did shoot.

I've been working on a bunch of random scripts and projects. A lot of developmental type stuff.

I had a short that I wrote about a year ago, I sent it to Randy last November. We didn't shoot it in favor of shooting Buddy instead.

I'm glad we didn't shoot it back then because the movie is completely different now. Same elements, same scenes. Everything is reworked and new scenes have been added. An entirely new ending has been brought on too.

I'm really excited about this. It's a lot different than the other movies I've done. I'm happy to try something of a different genre. This will probably be the darkest film I've done thus far.

I'm looking to be done with this draft very soon. Hopefully by the end of next week.

I'll probably start assembling a crew and get into the pre-production by the end of September.

More to come!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Here's what we have currently.

I've got some good news as well as some bad news.

Randy and I met up with Ryan to discuss Suburbanite. We've all agreed to cancel production and maybe come back to it at a later time.

I really wasn't enjoying it. It sucks, I know... But that's show biz. The magic wasn't there, and as of this point in my life, I'm not obligated to be working on this project other than my own personal obligations I felt beforehand.

I like to always finish what I started but there wasn't a point to finish something that I don't feel fully invested in. Plus, I felt like I was walking on eggshells a good 94% of the shoots thus far. I really, honestly, didn't feel like my full potential was surfacing in the least bit. I got some shots I really liked, I got some stellar performances, but it just wasn't fully brewing.

Overall, it was a great deal of education for me on all levels... Some things that I will change on my next film, some things I won't do, as well as some things that I didn't do this round that I did on other projects that I feel I'll definitely bring back.

So the good news... I wrote a script about a year and a half ago that's just been on the back burner for other projects, Randy and I have been going over it a lot the past couple weeks. I sent him a copy of it back in January. He and I have been throwing tons of ideas back and forth to add and change to the script. We're both really excited for it. This is something that we've never attempted to do before, it's a challenge for the two of us. It's a major character piece within a genre we've never really tackled before.

So, things are different BUT we always have the future to look to. I'm excited in even a time of disappointment.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Changes.

Production has been kind of meh on Suburbanite. There's going to be some serious changes to this picture. There's something that I feel is holding me back on this project and I'm not happy with it.

I've been working on a bunch of new scripts lately. I'm working on my feature script again. I've pretty much kept the basis of the original and started from the ground up again. I'm liking the outline of it thus far.

I'm developing some other projects too... Certain things I can't get too into detail right now.

I've been going over a short I wrote last autumn and I've been talking with Randy about it. We both really want to make that film. It's a different film for us to make. I think it would be really really fun to shoot.

I'm gonna bring you more details soon to come.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Some updates.

So Suburbanite has been on a brief pause. Ryan and I have discussed some changes that are to be made that affects the production.

So as if right now, we are re-scheduling the shoot and pushing forward. The production is going to go on more than we had hoped for... But that's totally fine, this is what we love to do. We'll shoot weekends until the start of 2011 if need be. We're not going to let it get that far spread out though.

I've started working on some other projects too. I'm developing some new concepts and reworking some older stuff.

I've taken a script I started working on earlier in the year and just retooled the entire thing. The basis of the film is going to still be intact but I'm just perfecting the script in it's entirety.

I'm gonna bring you more updates whenever I can... But things are looking quite promising.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One scene + two scenes = Ten pages within twenty-four hours

Lets see... Yesterday morning we got a four and a half page scene done. Today we got two two and a half page scenes done.

We're on a good streak right now.

I do want to do a quick pick up from yesterday's scene and possibly re-shoot some of today's stuff. One scene just seems too dark. I'm not happy about that, but it's okay. We got the scene done rather quickly, so I feel it could be done fast.

I'm pretty happy about how it's turning out. We changed one of the scenes around today. I started asking Randy a few emotional questions in regards to the scene and just told him to say that. It added so much more to the scene. We went to the point where the scene isn't lacking the depth needed but also not going too far with it either.

I couldn't have asked for better performances either. We have it all working great. Great chemistry between all of us working, so the environment is just awesome.

We're on a great roll. I'll be filling you in on more when the time is right.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Two scenes down... Suburbanite is officially in production.

We shot last night, first scene on the schedule. Pages 23 and 24.

I'm glad we got the most challenging scene first. New camera, new audio equipment during a night scene.

The lighting turned out really awesome. I was happy to see that. I got nice mixed lighting, the orange from the street lights then I made it look like the moon light cast into the car. The shadows were nice. I was pleased to see the footage.

The performances were excellent. We did a fair amount of takes, minor differences here and there, dialogue changes and all. Overall the performances came out natural and believable, which is the best anyone could ask for when directing a movie.

We finished shooting around two, everyone left around three.

Then we started shooting this morning around ten.

We did the scene where Ivan and Allison meet for the first time. I tried to keep everything moving at a good pace. I made sure we had a break here and there. It was hot today, so the last thing anyone would want is to get dehydrated.

I was feeling bleh about my shots until I looked over the footage. I'm pretty happy with the shots I got. I dunno, I always feel I could be doing better than I am. But I'm working on making sure I'm getting the best to my abilities and then some with the resources I have available to me.

The performances were fantastic. We couldn't have selected a better cast. Rebecca (playing Allison) is delivering the performance how I pictured Allison. Randy, I can't say enough good about Randy. He's pulling off the insecure, uncomfortable in his skin perfectly, without over doing it one bit... We put Randy in a Carbonas T-shirt, courtesy of Ryan's closet. Their 2007 LP was awesome, we're wanting to use one of their songs in the movie.

We're not shooting tomorrow, but we are early Sunday morning. We have a scene at the swings that I'm looking forward to shooting.

Suburbanite is a go, my friends. There's no turning back now.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Let's see what we have here.

Another productive day on pre-production with Ryan.

We bought a new audio recorder. It's all going to be recorded separately. This is a first for me. It was a good deal, $300 and is high quality loss-less audio. Records on four tracks. My boom fits right in, records onto an SD memory card. It records about 29 minutes per gigabyte, so Ryan's brother is donating some old 4gb SD cards for the film.

We also got more props.

Oh.

And we have our new camera too! the Canon Rebel T2i. Shoots 1920x1080 HD at 24 fps. This is exciting. Very very exciting.

We go into production tomorrow... I have a feeling I'll be updating this again later this evening.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Suburbaniteisnowinhighdefinition

Let me tell you about my day.

First off Ryan and I bought some props. We need some vinyl records to smash in a scene. So we went to the Goodwill store and what did we find for $0.99? Two copies of Barry Manilow's Live LP. Let me remind you that this is a double LP. We got four discs for two dollars. What better albums to smash than a Barry Manilow album?

So far so good on that... We're gonna get some more though.

I called EVS today about the whole 35mm adapter ordeal. The guy told me about this system that's being used all over; The Office uses it, House just started using it, he said there's a good amount of multi-million dollar films that are using it too.

It's a Canon DSLR that shoots 1920 x 1080 HD 24 fps. It's cheaper than what we'd be spending on upgrading the rig we started building. I wasn't wanting to start shooting HD, but I'm really warming up to the idea. He even said we don't need to shoot in 1080, we can shoot in SD still. But I think I'm going to shoot in HD now. It sucks that I won't be using my beloved DVX-100 for this... But in the long run this will be more convenient and save more money too as well as look clean. No more using tapes either. Plus it's smaller and I'll be able to move around a lot more easily.

On top of that; EVS said that it'll take a few weeks for the achromat lens I need. Production would be pushed back so much. I don't want that to happen.

My only issue with the Canon is sound. We're planning to do some tests with it and see how it goes. The internal mic is mono but you can plug in an external mic and it records in stereo.

I'm really excited... Really, really excited.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Your daily Suburbanite pre-producton update

We did more location scouting today. We went to this one location at the top of the town that over looks the valley. The view will look great, especially at night when everything is lit up. The only problem is the lack of power outlets. We may need to get a generator for some of that. I believe that locations are all pretty much set now. We have options for everything too, it'll come down to which looks the best and which is the most easily accessible as well.

We bought a couple cheap lights too. Should work, 500w's each. I'll use my c-stands and get some weights to hold them down. I'll be able to easily use my gels on them too.

There aren't too many night scenes, so it's not going to be too much problem... But I plan on controlling all the lighting on the interior scenes regardless of the time of day. There are certain looks I want in each scene, so I'm going to be messing around with that.

I'd say the movie is pretty much completely cast now too.

Looks like we're heading on our way now. The camera needs to be situated, that's our biggest issue at the moment. That's the next step to complete.

We have some minor little things here and there left, like buying tapes and getting the schedule done... But other than that I'm getting ready to shoot.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Callbacks + Location Scouting

Starting off today with a bang. We had a girl come in for the role of Allison.

She was great... She was this character. Ryan and I spent a good hour with her. We spent more time talking and getting to know her than seeing her performance. I personally like to get to know the people I'm about to work with. This gave me a chance, because I already knew she was very good for the role, to see her personally. The more we talked with her the more it really did seem like she was Allison.

Ryan read with her and both scenes went off on improv. We did the scene where she meets Ivan for the first time. She pulled it off in a very sincere way. And the second scene we did involved a more emotional step for her character. She was finally opening up to Ivan. I liked it because she went beyond the script and started turning things on Ivan. This is some stuff I may end up using in the actual scene.

Ryan and I both agree on casting her for the role... So I think I'm gonna.

We also did some location scouting today. I think we have just about all the scene locations figured out. A lot of which show the housing developments in the background, which is good because I want to see that throughout the movie except in two scenes. We need to be reminded that he's trapped without feeling like it's beaten over the audience's heads.

I've got lots of shot ideas now, after seeing the locations... So I'm pleased. And we started planning out when everything's going to be shot too. All the Allison scenes are going to be shot close to the beginning of the schedule. We can probably get it done in a week's span.

Next step: Camera equipment and finish scheduling.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Auditions Pt II

Today I had a second set of auditions. Compared to the first set it went very well. Sitting in a room with three other dudes for a good six hours was fun and tiring. I'm so exhausted. It's like you have to put up this front with everyone who comes in because you know that they're just coming back at you with another one. I had my sister watch the front, Carlo, Richard and Ryan in the room with me. I feel more comfortable with a few people there with me.

We had about twenty girls come in for the role of Allison.

There were some good ones who came through, then there were some great ones too.

I'm going to be holding callbacks early next week for them to sit with Randy and work together. I need to make sure their chemistry works well with one another.

So I'm having one girl from the first audition come back then another four from today.

I think I know who I'm going to cast as the role already, but I've got to just make sure of it. A good healthy reading with Randy and the girls lined up is in order.

So all in all today was a huge success. I'm very glad that we held a second set.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today's Suburbanite update.

So we didn't shoot the short today... BUT we did learn more about the 35mm adapter. We're going to get it upgraded from the M2 to the M2Encore. As well as we're getting the MicroX for it too...

I'm not too fond of the lens we got so I'm gonna pick up a new prime lens 50mm. That'll be good for close-ups, medium wides and two shots.

Also, we're holding more auditions on Wednesday. I'm excited for that. I've been sending out the sides tonight. I'm hoping for a bigger turn out this time.

We've got some more scheduling and location scouting to do. So we'll have to take a look see.

Getting closer to shooting on Suburbanite!

Heavy pre-production.

Tomorrow Ryan and I are assembling the 35mm adapter, then shooting a short to test it. We're having Randy over to participate as well.

I'm making notes on the current draft of the script, so Ryan and I will go over that tomorrow too. I'm wanting to further bring out the character's emotional side. I don't have any major changes except in dialogue and some minor expansions.

Also, more auditions coming up too... And location scouting... And storyboarding some of the ideas out too. I'm excited cause the shots I have in mind are more cinematic than I usually do. I'm planning on taking even more time to get this exactly how I want in my head.

Suburbanite is getting closer to start shooting. I'm excited, really really excited.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Equipment update.

So I got a call from Ryan this morning saying that he just got the missing piece to the 35mm lens adapter.

Looks like I'm going to be shooting Suburbanite with a complete Redrock 35mm Lens adapter.

We were missing the lens mount that was needed to attach the lens to my DVX-100. He said it's coming with a 55mm lens.

This just adds to the challenge of the movie even more. I've never shot with a lens adapter. But it's going to add that much more to the movie itself.

It's supposed to arrive in about 5 days or so. When it arrives Ryan and I are going to spend an afternoon just assembling it and testing it out.

I'm very very excited.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Recap on today's auditions.

So we held auditions for Suburbanite today.

I expected about half of who I asked to come to arrive... And that's what it was; roughly half.

The first person who came in was nothing short of amazing. I wish that I had a bigger role for him. I asked Ryan if he could expand the scene a bit to give him more screen time. He's definitely one guy I'm going to use for future projects.

The girls who came in were kinda mixed. There's about four I liked and one I really really liked. She didn't necessarily look the part exact, but she was very charismatic with the role. She said a lot with her eyes. That I liked the most.

I'm having callbacks for those girls I liked and possibly holding some more auditions (if need be) after I come back from vacation.

We now have five of the roles cast. One more major role and the rest can be cast very easily. I think Ryan and I are giving ourselves a quick speaking cameo too. So that's going to be interesting how that goes over.

We're getting close to the shoot date... The pressure's on.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Updates on the feature.

Ryan and I met up to discuss the script. The rewrites are awesome. There's gonna be more of a focus on the friends versus the girl involved with the main character. It's an interesting spin on the genre.

I'm really excited to start shooting this.

It looks like it'll be about a month's total in shooting.

Auditions are still next week. That's exciting. I've started drawing some shots I have in mind down. I'm going to start loosely storyboarding this thing within the next day or so. Ryan has to send me over a more updated draft of the script.

I'm excited to get this film up and running.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Auditions next week as well as other fun pre-production updates

The auditions are going to be held a week from tomorrow; June 9th... I'm excited for this. New people to work with. It's gonna be a long day but oh well, it's worth it for a good cast.

Ryan and I auditioned one person already for one of the roles... We're still talking about him.

BUT we do have Randy Reynolds and Cory Zacharia from Buddy.

So now Ryan and I are onto other aspects of pre-production. We're getting all equipment ready, all the tapes we need. We're going to be location scouting this week. We know where we want to shoot, I just want to make sure I definitely like the places.

I'm getting my shots are preplanned now too. I'm excited about that. I've got some cool ideas, I know how I want to open the film. I had Ryan rewrite it to fit what I saw in my head...

I'm excited.

We start shooting the third week of June.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have a love / hate relationship with auditioning.

I'm not the biggest fan of the audition process. In fact, I might say I hate it. It stresses me out.

Every time I post notices online, I can't help but feel like I'm at the meat market.

I've got to keep in mind that I'm looking for people who look like how I envision the character.

This is a super important part of making a movie though. If you don't cast this correctly, then you can say goodbye to having a good film. I feel like I've talked about this before. Yeah, I have.

I still feel like a judgmental prick, nonetheless.

This is a project where I need everything set up as perfect as possible. I want this to be better than the previous films I've done in the past. I'm challenging myself more with this one.

I hope this isn't one of those "bit off more than you could chew" moments.

I don't think so... This is gonna be a lot of fun.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Auditions.

Auditions have been posted. We're going to have them on the 31st of this month.

Two roles are already cast and one other is pretty much set for who I want but I'm going to audition for the role still, just in case I find someone more qualified for the part.

So we're auditioning for four different roles. Two female, two male.

There aren't as many characters in this film than to be expected... I'm pretty excited for this to begin shooting... We have about a month before we start.

More updates to come...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pre-production for next film...

First off let me tell you that Buddy is about to be sent to festivals all over. I'm liking that movie except for some minor little things that I keep tinkering with. I'm at the point of finally letting go though. I'm already getting pumped for this summer's film...

Ryan and I got together tonight and went over the script for the next film. I gave him some more notes and we started talking about some changes that need to be worked out.

We started making our lists for all the pre-production work that'll be needed: new equipment and estimates of money we'll need.

We're getting our audition sides all ready and going to begin that process within the next week or so. We're looking at a start date of the third week in June.

That gives us enough time for everything that's needed, rewrites included.

So right now we're starting to schedule the shoot. I think we're going to be saving all the single scenes for last and all the others with more than one character up front.

I'm thinking of shooting the ending first on this one.

This is going to be big. Definitely a new challenge for me, next plateau...

I'll fill you in on more details very soon.

Monday, May 3, 2010

My God it's been a while.

Okay, sorry for the delay here...

So I've been wrapping up my school semester and looks like next week I'll be finished.

Which means something big is happening... I can't get into details, but I'm really looking forward to this summer. It's going to be cool.

I'm gonna fill you all in very soon.

Buddy is now being sent to festivals.

I should probably show you some clips or something, right?

Well, we'll see.

Lots of new projects are going under way.

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's been a while...

So I spent sometime really thinking about the ending to Buddy... And I felt the original ending wasn't enough closure for me... Let me tell you that we got something kooky here now...

We have it all assembled... The last scene needs to be cut down by two minutes. We went from six and a half minutes to about four now. I want it to be two minutes, two-thirty maximum.

I'm gonna get some stills for all two of you.

I'm not sure how the movie makes me feel. It's like there's a steady decline from comedy to being kind of messed up.

I think I like it nonetheless though.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Done.

Just wrapped up the production.

Surprisingly quick tonight... We were twenty minutes early on our estimated time. We got plenty of set ups and takes. It was a one page scene, done in two hours.

It's a bittersweet feeling to finish filming.

Now onto completing the editing portion of this endeavor.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Today is the last shooting day on Buddy.

We went an extra day on this little production but that's a okay. That gave us all time to really focus on each scene on an individual basis.

Wednesday night we shot the final scene. I'm pretty pleased thus far with it. I'll know more when I splice it all together. Great performances though. I got lucky when I cast this picture.

Tonight is the restaurant scene. We've got to move a little more quickly when shooting this scene because we're going to be there after the place closes... I've got my shot list ready and all my notes, so lets hope this goes over well tonight.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First scene assembled.

I got a good response about the first scene. Laughter in the appropriate places...

Here's a couple quick screens...






Also, I started working on another script. It's gonna be longer than my usual length but I want something a bit more now. It's not a feature but it'll help me work up to that level. It's dealing with love. It's a bit ambiguous of a subject matter but I'm excited about it.

The script Ryan and I are working on is coming out very cool. I'm pretty pleased thus far. First draft; you know how it is, just getting all the ideas regardless if they're good or bad are all coming out. Diarrhea of the pen.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Two more shooting days left.

We shoot on Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday is at Ryan's house for the final scene and Friday is the restaurant scene.

I started editing everything together. The first scene is completed, minus the audio flubs.

I'll post some screen caps for you kids within the next twenty-four hour period.