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Quiet on the SET!

Just got back from my first film crew gig. I joined a team of local film makers lead by Jason Hunt to create a short for the 48 hour film project. Ten teams participated in the Kansas City event that kicked off at the Screenland in the Crown Center shopping mall.

Team leads picked genres from a hat as the event started. We initially ended up with Western or Musical, which seemed like a cool, but possibly complicated genre for the short time we had. Other teams recieved Sci Fi, Superhero and Noir to name a few. Our team lead opted to turn in our genre and take a chance with a redraw. We ended up with Family movie, a fairly broad topic.

Once genres had been selected we got the final elements, a character and a line of dialogue. The character was “Sam or Samantha Tangent, Animal Therapist. Then the line we needed to incorporate which was…”Is that clear? Any questions?” With all the elements we headed downstairs into the food court to brainstorm out ideas. In about 40 minutes we hashed out a pretty funny concept. We broke there and Jason was tasked with hammering out a script before midnight. He delivered a funny draft with memorable characters.
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Prequel Preproduction

Story boards have been complete for the prequel for a few days now. We wanted to share them to show (not only my horrible art skills) but the processes we complete for this short. It will mirror many of the steps for Last Days.

It started with some brainstorming with a co-worker who wanted to play a part in Revelations. We didn’t have any more parts available at the time (we have added some bit parts since), so we talked it over and a great idea developed. When I was writing notes for the upcoming short film I went sideways on a tangent or two. Those notes ended up being outlines for two more short films that would bookend Last Days.

In the first film, tentatively titled Origins: Sacrifice, I had created a bit character that the lead saves from a warehouse explosion. Strangely enough my mind wandered (imagine that!) and I asked myself what his story was. Those stray thoughts linked into the discussion with my co-worker and the prequel story was born.

It was really inspiring how quickly it fell into place and seemed like a logical piece of the puzzle that was missing. So we riffed on it for a bit and came up with a character we call the Stranger. Simple, but effective and the name, ominous as it might sound, is nothing of the sort. The stranger is a benevolent individual with a troubled past and complicated existence that is tied to the Revelations hero – Bastion.

Check out the storyboards, but gird yourself for the horror of my drawings, and stay tuned for more peeks behind the veil.

Editor burns dinner…again

I have been messing around with Corel Video Studio Pro to practice editing. Whether I will be editing Last Days is uncertain. It will mostly depend on what software Will uses for sound; I want to make sure loading files for each of us is easy. If he used a Mac like Darren then majority will rule and I will just hover and poke them a lot to fix this and that, lol.

I have had a great deal of fun editing a little side video I titled Writer’s Block. Thankfully (knocks on the wood desk) I have not suffered from that yet. But it seemed a common theme for creative types and something I could film with little preparation. I voilated my cardinal rule and put my fugly mug on camera. Nothing broke and earth’s axis did not change. There was some tremors initially, so I was worried, but all seems well. We will have to see what happens when it hits YouTube.
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Lead Confirmed

Chris Bylsma has come on board to play the villainous Torin Vale. He has a couple of completed shorts and is currently filming a new project. Chris contacted me after our first casting call went up. He currently lives in Topeka, which is about 60 miles from me. Due to the distance and conflicting schedules he recorded a cold read of my script and posted it for me to view. I was unsure about the fit until minute six on the video when I could see Torin coming to life. Chris has great potential for this role and I am eager to start filming with him. I will get my first chance to meet him today on his way home from shooting his current role.

Small rewrites continue on the script as I polish nagging little parts of the dialogue. I told myself that my deadline for script alterations is the end of August. Wish me luck, lol.

Ordered some new gear for production and feverishly worked on the promotional elements for Last Days. I will have some announcements soon regarding those.

Still touching up the shooting schedule for Longevity, which is a prequel to Last Days that I will film with my Flip HD. More on that soon as well.