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Archive for February 2005

Techno Update

We’ve made a little progress. We’re going to start with a sped up video (600%) of us driving around downtown. We’ll put some effects and other footage in there, but this should be the basis for the video. If you watch the video keep in mind, there’s going to be music, and it’s not ment for people to sit and watch for long periods so it’s a little uninteresting as it stands.

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Written by Dan

February 28, 2005 at 3:18 pm

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The Oscars

While watching last night I realized the importance of watching movies from different perspectives. Sound editing, score, film editing, costumes, etc. It’s amazing what has to go into a movie to make it feel like a real world. I think watching a movie from a technical perspective lets you appreciate a good movie even more. It also allows you to learn something in the process. Even watching bad movies can help you not make the same mistakes, if you’re looking for them.

Written by Dan

February 28, 2005 at 9:08 am

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Under 5 results

I’d like to congratulate the winners
Wait a minute, no I wouldn’t. I’m sure they feel plenty good about WINNING!! So screw ‘um.

OK, I’m not that suprised I didn’t win. But it was fun thinking I might, and fun to make the videos. Hopefully they’ll have another one soon. If anyone reading this has a 5 second movie they’ve submitted (or not submitted), send it our way and we’ll post it (as long as our server space holds out).

Written by Dan

February 27, 2005 at 11:38 pm

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Techno Film

We’ve been asked to make a video for a party! The video will run as the techno beat thumps in the background. We’ve got some good ideas and it should be fun. This also seems like a good project for getting experience behind the camera. We’ll post a draft as soon as we’ve got one.

Written by Dan

February 22, 2005 at 8:28 am

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Making your first low budget film

I was skimming the web for some articles on low/no budget film making again, when I stumbled upon a great article written by a guy named Steve Saylor. He logs the entire process of how he decided to make his first DV movie, how he scripted it, directed, edited, etc. He puts tidbits of his thought process in here as well. This is an incredibly good read for someone who is about to get their feet wet in the independent film industry. Enjoy!

Written by Sterling

February 21, 2005 at 4:34 pm

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Making something out of nothing

I was skimming an interesting article, Tilting at Windmills about a team of documentary film makers where were on site for the behind the scenes footage for the movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by director Terry Gilliam. The movie tanked mid shoot and left these guys with 80 hours of footage and the need to somehow pull a feature length film out of the deal. They ended up with Lost in La Mancha. Here’s an interesting answer they gave in the interview that really got me thinking about how to pull something out of all that footage when your not quite sure what you have.

PEPE: Our editor, Jacob Bricca, told us that the first step was to write a list of what we think are the top 10 scenes of the film. Then write a list of the second top 10, so that you end up with your top 20 scenes. Don’t look at your logs; just go from memory – and that’s your strongest footage. The documentary editing process is a lot like writing the script of a fiction film, except you only have material that you gathered in reality. But you have to think about it the way you would think about making a fiction film: Who is my main character, who are my secondary characters, what is the strongest emotional scene that I recorded and how do I build up story strands to get me to that climax?

Written by Sterling

February 17, 2005 at 12:41 pm

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Calendar

We’ve got a public calendar now. PHP is cool.

Written by Dan

February 14, 2005 at 2:41 pm

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