The film that I've been working on this semester is up online. I've changed the name from Jimmy to "space".
A picture of a tight crew and small cast with a slate means we finished. We're in post right now and hopefully have something up by mid December. It's been real, yo.
My film for the fall is called "Jimmy". I couldn't have asked for a better crew for this specific project. We're filming at a house and...it's a small space so it calls for a willing small crew who know how to work on the fly sometimes. It was a good shoot today. There was one moment of discouragement when there was a blackout on the street, but we worked through it with flashlights and diffusion gels and what not. It was great. The actors are so patient and willing to make something great to the best of all of our combined abilities.
Maybe I'll post a photo or a video some time. I know there's has to be some sneaky crew member who snuck in a snapshot or two.
In any case, I have to wake up at like 6 even with the clocks changing and such. It's going to be an even longer day. Hopefully, my actors are willing to get "methodical" when the big scene comes. They know what I'm talking about and it's going to take some time and more patience. Who knew how much waiting there is in filmmaking...no one knows what's going on when they go see one. I saw a little bit that Sarah Silverman demonstrated on a talk show about how much room there is when actors are acting with all the lights and reflectors and flags....it's definitely a deceptive art of sorts. But hopefully the content would work to clear up a few things. I'm getting
This is the third day of shooting on "Regret", a graduate student's short film. My role on the crew this time is AC, Gaffer and the occasional 1st AD. It's pretty typical for student films to double up on crew roles. A lot of the style is very run and gun but with structure. It was a good shoot today though. We started at 9:30am. We got a lot of set ups done and shots on camera, but you can never take space for granted. There were just some set ups where light stands and c-stands and props were in the way. Things got a little warm and cramped. But you know what? That's just some of the fun to bare on set. We were scheduled to have an exterior night shot tonight with police lights and bus stops and what not, but it rained. O Rain! Why must you come down on us tonight? It's something to learn to take in to account, but sometimes it's hard to. Natural occurrences must happen and a lot of times, it slows down filming. So we had to cut the shoot short today because of rain. We just couldn't afford to bring our equipment out there. Sound would've been a disaster. The cameras would've gotten wet and the lot of us would've gotten sick that would render us unable to work.
The film's about an almost middle-aged son who reconciles with his aging stepfather (who has Alzheimer's). The two never really got a long in the past and so the lone son must come to terms of having a stepfather who needs to be taken care of. I'm in the class with the student who wrote and is directing the film and I have seen the progress the story's made since it's original conception. Good or bad, I want to see this.
My film this fall, currently titled "Jimmy", is at the end of preproduction and is about to enter into principle. I need to lock down a few details, but hopefully it'll all work out. Praying over it. Let's do this.
I've also been in the process of writing a feature film which I predict will take a while to complete. I'm still working on a step outline for it. It's quite involved, but hopefully it doesn't deter me from getting it done. And in the mean time and in the midst of all the work, I'm also brainstorming and writing ideas for my thesis film for next year. No dear, it's not early. It's good to start now. Tis' the culmination of all I would learn in my time in school and then some. Hopefully, I will get to make the film I want to make because I've heard the proposal process panel can be dictatorial. My fingers aren't crossed because that's just superstitious. Instead, I'll just inception the professors on the panel. I'm just kidding. It'll be good. Good indeed because it'll be a passion project.
Something new. Something original. Indeed a challenge posed to all creatives. And yet, when you combine the original lettuce, with original turkey, original bread, original mayonnaise, you get a new sandwich to enjoy. These are just a simple thought as I dine tonight. Let's eat well.
This is a late update. Most apologies kind people. Can we jump back in time a little? On September 4th, I had the opportunity to film the Eastman-School-of-Music-bred instrumental duo, Birch Crescent Duo. The pair is made up of Sterling Tyler (viola) and Colin Deay (percussion). These guys have been getting some very interesting gigs. The one that I was able to attend and work on a little was at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. When I say that Colin plays percussion, I don't just mean drums. Albert Paley, modern metal sculptor and responsible for many metal sculptures in Rochester and in the US, allowed these guys to play around and on the sculpture that was out in front of the museum. Innovation!! I don't think I've seen many musicians who get to do something like that and thus proven the Duo's unique approaches to music. It was a subtle spectacle without any flashy gimmicks. If I would call it something, I'd say it was a free concert along the lines of busking improvisational style - whatever that means. If you know what busking is, then you sorta know what I'm talking about. Except these guys didn't play for money or anything. They just played for the sake of playing and played for the public to see them, their work and Mr. Albert Paley's work in a new light. Did I mention Mr. Paley was there as well? Yes, he was there. He enjoyed it very much from what I reckon. In a quick blurb he offered, he said that music inspires him and his work because of its form and ability to reflect and reverberate our surroundings and the fact that the Duo was able show that, expressive forms materialize together. Please check out the Birch Crescent Duo on their website (linked previously) and on Facebook! - They're a fun crew! Thanks BCD! (a video will be up shortly Today)
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about this film I want to produce. There's a mock up poster in the Design tab above of a film I'm tentatively calling "Sarah". It involves the world of sex trafficking and child trafficking. And I feel very driven to write a story that perhaps surrounds this idea of "love" and how it has been distorted and twisted in to a pretty messed up business. The exploitation of not just children but teens to adults who are trapped in a world that makes them believe that they are worthless or only valued in such a business. And I've been thinking about where can I make this film and Cambodia came to mind after hearing the story of an American pastor who moved to Cambodia to start a rescue and restoration program/center for the trafficked and the traffickers/pimps. And I feel quite moved to perhaps somehow get over there and shoot a part of this film. Its going to take some time. Hopefully by next year, I'll have the opportunity to go all out on this project. Right now, there's so much going on that I can't fully invest. But I am quite excited to hash it all out on paper and then make it happen.
ἀγάπη or Agape - love, the unconditional kind that God has / is