Location Scounting

Assassins

Holy crap. We’re just about done with the film. CG is set, picture locked, coloring finished. Such an awesome feeling. But, that’s for another post. We’re still counting down the how we got to this part. Let’s jump back into it. This time I’m going to talk about the blast we had figuring out just [...]

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Pre-Production Problems

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So, after we got the script in the can, managed to find the right actors to bring to life the characters we’d imagined, and figured out a few logistical, behind the camera issues, we were ready to roll. Or, were we?

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Just a Thought on Sound Design.

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It’s been a few months since we did our last pass on sound design for Assassins. I’d lost my actual sound designer back in October, and couldn’t find anyone that could do what I needed while working within our limitations. So, I took it on myself. The first pass itself was painful, but not as [...]

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Creating is Learning.

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Today was shot a short film I’ve had kicking around in my head for a while now. It’s a silent film, so I didn’t so much have a script as a shot list and a vision. It was also my first experience using a built set, rather than a room as is. At the end [...]

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Miscommunication

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I spent most of Thursday afternoon with my set designer, Josh, a good guy and a complete wiseass, gathering supplies for my upcoming short film shoot. A funny thing happened while we were out, but I’ll get to that in a second. I want to briefly go over how important communication is. Just in passing, [...]

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Filmmaking ADD

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I’m going to interrupt my regularly scheduled Assassins based posts (some that can be seen here, here, and here), to bring you a current situation I’m knee deep in. While I have plenty of other things to do (finishing Assassins, completing the rewrite of my next story, etc), I’ve been putting together a small project [...]

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The Living, Breathing Story Pieces.

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Ask any director, and I’m sure one of the most important, and difficult aspects of filmmaking, is finding the right actors to bring the characters of any given story to life. To find the ones who will breathe life to the protagonists, antagonists, and everyone else in between. Some people gather up their friends to [...]

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What’s in a Story? One of many…

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I’ve seen countless blogs talking about good writing, solid stories, and what makes a book worth reading. All of them offer good advice and I share as hell have learned a lot from all of them. One thing I haven’t seen, and I’m sure it’s been done, I’ve just missed when someone posts it, is [...]

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The Script: Not as Simple as Originally Thought…

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You can’t make a film without a script (well, you could, but unless you were a genius it would probably suck). This has been the driving force for the medium since the very beginning. Without a great story, interesting characters, arcs and all that good stuff, the chances of creating something worthwhile are almost nil. [...]

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The Long Road to Completion: Beginnings

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A long time ago, in the ancient year of 2011, a few of us started out on what would eventually become our first feature film, Assassins. What began as a quick short film I’d written after finding a surprising lack of dialogue in anything I’d done before, turned into a much larger, and longer passion [...]

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