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post #351 of 398

I wondered if that was intentional or not.

post #352 of 398
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Anyone notice the "front door" has no knob? I didn't until the night before the shoot. I fired my location manager (me).
post #353 of 398

Great! I loved how it told a complete story in 6 minutes, and Deimos' ET video game logo slayed me. I demand sequels.

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At first I didn't really get what tone you were going for, but then it quickly grew on me. At the end, I had a big grin on my face, and I honestly watched it a second time. If I had to describe it to a blind person I'd suggest thinking of GENTLEMEN BRONCOS, with a touch of Susanne Bier, maybe even a bit of Joseph Kahn's DETENTION. The fact that I can't really pinpoint it to any specific source is a good one.

 

Honestly impressed by its quirky charme and originality, and the way it's shot the seemingly weak points could even be seen as calculated.


If this is your AMBLIN, I'm really looking forward to your DUEL next.

post #355 of 398
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Wait... I'm supposed to make MORE films?!
post #356 of 398

Don't let me hanging.... I'm looking forward to getting an autograph for your version of WE'RE BACK - A DINOSAUR'S STORY (don't worry, you'll only be producing that one).

post #357 of 398
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I'm just kidding. I've already begun developing my next project. Once I have the money saved, I'll be in business.
post #358 of 398
Congratulations on your film Brad.

I'm happy that it appears to have turned out to your satisfaction..
post #359 of 398
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Thanks, Fraid!

Even my first high school girlfriend liked it, and she has lousy taste! Wait, that's not what I meant...
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I don't know if it counts, but it is easily better than BATMAN V SUPERMAN (theatrical version).

 

Honestly, every finished short is something to be proud of, and if there's potential, it deserves to be sharpened.

post #361 of 398
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I need to release an ultimate cut with 30 more minutes of footage!

I do like to imagine Debbie parking her car right behind Deimos' crashed spaceship and being mad that it's taking up two spots.
post #362 of 398
So you're pushing edgy realism in superhero genre to the next level? I'm seeing heavy snyderistic / dawnofjusticeistic influences in your art.
post #363 of 398
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I've uploaded my short fillum to Withoutabox, so I can begin submitting to film festivals.

Does anyone have experience with the festival circuit? What should I expect?
post #364 of 398
Expect to be rejected - the harsh reality of filmmaking is money down the drain.
post #365 of 398
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Well, fart.
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Congrats on getting it done Brad. Sorry I wasn't checking up on this thread and am late with the feedback. I didn't even know we were allowed to discuss Hero from Outer Space on CHUD till just now. I'll do better in future.

I really like the way the opening scene plays out with Eric's nerd crap crippling him metaphorically and literally by wrecking both his love life and his lower vertebrae. And the way it played into that helpless feeling of being dumped and not having the power (emotionally and physically) to make her change her mind. In particular I lolled out loud at "She said I was too passive ... she gets like this whenever she reads about screenwriting". The game being all "You lose!" after Mac left him to stew was a nice touch. I like the way you pace it, particularly around the crash and the introduction of Deimos. How Eric has just seen/heard some weird, weird shit, but his first line to Deimos is simply to ask if he wants something to drink. Eric takes it all in stride. Tight. Economical. Fun. Nice choices of camera moves/placement throughout too. If my opinion means anything - and it does to anyone with any credibility in this world - I'd say you have what we call "chops".

The one thing I didn't get was the joke about girlfriends wanting you to buy them an annual pass to Disneyland. What am I missing there? I know all comedians love to explain their jokes so this is my gift to you, especially since I don't know a damn thing about making films or getting them into Cannes, so I'm useless in that regard.
post #367 of 398
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I'll PM a Vimeo link when it's done, right now we're waiting for the music guy and the FX artist to finish their respective duties. The film will premiere this July at EMOP XII. Which stands for European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, this year they're hosting the first parasite movie festival in the world. Which will be awesome, and quite disgusting actually.

Hey Virtanen, I missed this, is it viewable someplace?
post #368 of 398

Just shot an entire feature (two characters/one primary location) in eight days. Went pretty smoothly except for having to re arrange some scenes on the schedule for weather. Spent the last week recuperating. A great experience, but so physically and emotionally draining.

post #369 of 398
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Nicely done, levrock. You should have Carnotaur edit it.
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My inbox.

Anyone who finishes a feature has my upmost respect.
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Yeah, how'd you pull it off, levrock? Details!
post #372 of 398
Roger Corman would be proud.
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Lloyd Kaufman would marvel your production values. Congrats, hell of a thing to pull off! Can you tell us more? Did you shoot it outdoors (you mentioned the weather)?

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The biggest challenge was coming up with a story that I cared about that could be done on a super small level that I cared about. So, 90% takes place at my house in the woods or on the trail behind it. I decided to do a two character piece. Kind of a "Before Sunset" with a stronger sexual element. A "lust story that turns into a love story" is how I describe it. 

 

So, casting was a major challenge. I brought up two great theater actors from New York (I'm in Mass.) There's a crap load of dialogue so it was important to get actors that could handle long 6-8 page scenes and I really lucked out there.

 

Shooting my first sex scene was a little nerve racking at first, but as they went on they got easier. The actors really went for it there, as well.

 

It's a relationship between a small town widow and a married cop, so I ponied up $650 to get a theatrical police car up here for a day to give it some production value (as opposed to JUST two people talking). So between food, lodging, transportation, police car rental I brought it in for around 10,000 dollars, total. 

post #375 of 398

Next time, just report a disturbance at your house, bro. Bam, free police car in your driveway.

 

$650 actually does sound kinda harsh, though.

 

Congrats on finishing the feature.

 

(In the sequel, make the cop a detective so you can just rent a Ford Crown Victoria.)

post #376 of 398
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 A "lust story that turns into a love story" is how I describe it. 

 

 

The story of my life.

 

Well, 10 grand is still 10 grand. You obviously didn't spend any on location, so was it the rentals that proved the priciest? What camera package did you get?

 

The police car reminds me of my short 16mm film I made at film school. Got a cop car for free just by calling my city police chief. Those small town cops are so fucking bored.

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I've always wished that I had the emotional maturity to write a low-key drama that could be done on a shoestring.
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I once threw out my back lifting a box of comic books.

I KNEW IT!
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You gotta write what you know.
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Hey Virtanen, I missed this, is it viewable someplace?

This was cool by the way, really impressively done and legit creepy. I know we already PMed about it, but I don't respect the concept of privacy so I'm making my thoughts on the matter public.
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Well, fart.

I thought it was a pretty dang smart way to introduce the character with a sense of helplessness too.
post #382 of 398
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I like to imagine that the box he drops is full of his ex-gf's Precious Moments figurines that shatter into a thousand pieces.
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Shit, my short film was rejected by one of the festivals I'd entered.

:'(
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Shit, my short film was rejected by one of the festivals I'd entered.

:'(

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My mom is taking the news poorly.
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My mom is taking the news poorly.
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post #387 of 398
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Basically.
post #388 of 398
What festival was it? Cannes? More like Can'tnes, amirite?
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So I'd like to burn my short fillum to Blu-ray and/or DVD. Currently, it exists only in digital form on an external hard drive and unlisted on YouTube. What's a good way for me to make a physical copy?
post #390 of 398
Get a blu ray burner.
post #391 of 398
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Do I just plug my thing in the thing and boom... instant Blu-ray?
post #392 of 398
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Another festival emailed me the news that I didn't get in. Jesus H. Christ. I think I'm done with festivals. If I want to be rejected for esoteric reasons, I'll go back to dating.
post #393 of 398

Sorry to hear that. Festivals are nice and all, good places to meet fellow filmmakers (if you're into that sort of thing) and financiers (or at least that's what the urban legend says). But, in my limited-to-several-European festivals - experience, they can also just be a waste of time. You made the film, it's lovely, people have seen it online. That's more than many aspiring doofuses ever pull off.

 

I'm not necessarily saying this is a good idea, but if you still want to pursue festival success with your next flick, it is possible to reverse-engineer a short film more "festival-y". Basically this means using a lot of ambient drones on the soundtrack, shooting it with very low depth-of-field (your actors eyes are in focus, their noses and ears aren't) and using extreme close-ups of the actors, especially in the beginning. It also helps if you desaturate the shit out of it in post. You should also end it with some kind of a overtly composed wide shot, with the words THIS MEANS SOMETHING superimposed on it.

 

Or you can just do this:

 

 

 

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I set up some lights in my apartment and took a few black-and-white selfies that I cropped into pretty decent headshots for my IMDb page.

 

Only you need to be on IMDb Pro before you can post pictures to your IMDb page. That's like $20/mo. Bleh.

 

They're pretty decent headshots, though. I look like a b-movie actor from the '50s.

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I wanna see!

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I set up some lights in my apartment and took a few black-and-white selfies that I cropped into pretty decent headshots for my IMDb page.

 

Only you need to be on IMDb Pro before you can post pictures to your IMDb page. That's like $20/mo. Bleh.

 

They're pretty decent headshots, though. I look like a b-movie actor from the '50s.

I took part in cast headshots for "Black Holler" on Super Bowl Sunday. An old photo friend of ours gave us a deal and took pics of the cast. I'd rather drink paint then take pics of my face, but we've sent the movie out to a couple of festivals and we're going to try and promote the thing. No word yet from the festivals. Hopefully we'll at least have a new trailer to show soon.

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I wanna see!

post #398 of 398
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I also wanna see Mangy drink paint!
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