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post #401 of 460
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If the soundstage people don't respond to my email, I might just have to do that.
post #402 of 460
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post

So I'm gearing up to make another short. I'll be renting a soundstage this time. I couldn't find a suitable shanty (all the cabins I scouted were super nice), so I need to have one built. Who knew this would be an issue?

 

It must suck to scout in California where everything looks too super nice. If you don't mind me asking, is your next short the Killer Costumes -project? Because I quite liked it.

post #403 of 460
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It is. I revised the script to be set in an interior rather than an exterior location.
post #404 of 460

Glad to hear you're proceeding with it, I'd imagine the change doesn't really take anything away from it. What kind of shack are you planning, something like a sitcom-set (three walls, one open to shoot from)? Are you thinking of getting a production designer? In my experience they usually want to build ceilings on their sets, which makes lighting pretty hard and takes surprisingly long to build. I guess it's some kind of occupational obsession..?

post #405 of 460
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The studio has prefabricated sets that can be assembled to your specifications. I'm going the three-walled route (no ceiling), so we can have more room to position the lights and the camera; it's night time, so I want blue moonlight coming in through the windows to give the actors a nice rim light. I storyboarded everything while being mindful of that missing fourth wall.
post #406 of 460

Dogme95ito!

post #407 of 460

I remember shooting in studio where we only had two walls to create an apartment (to save money and time). What we did was shoot half of the film so that we'd mirror those images in the edit, to create the illusion of a larger set. In the end this was the complete opposite of saving time, though I appreciated the surreal feel it gave to our unseen (and nowadays burned and buried) masterpiece.

post #408 of 460

So a short film that I cut for a friend some months back has been doing sort of well at festivals. It's won audience awards at a couple of New York and LA fests and I won a best editing award at some random Irish festival I've never heard of. It's also being shown at LIFF this year.

 

Of course I never get to go to any of these things, but it's still pretty cool knowing my work is getting seen.


Edited by Evi - 11/4/17 at 3:12pm
post #409 of 460
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Nicely done, Evi!
post #410 of 460

a Christian feature/documentary I storyboarded three years ago and completely forgot about had special engagement one-night screenings in September and October

 

I storyboarded a LOT on it

 

and it turned out really well!   a friend on facebook asked me if I had worked on it because he saw my name in the credits, and I was all "WHAT'RE YOU TALKING ABOUT???"

 

and he linked the IMDB page for it and I was all "OHHHHHHH YEAAAAH!!!!"

 

 

 

 

"nicely done nooj!"

 

"aw thanks brad!"

 

 

(the guy in the trailer reminds me of seann william scott)

post #411 of 460
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I liked the parts nooj storyboarded the most!
post #412 of 460

ONLY the talking head interview shots!!!

post #413 of 460

I demand side-by-side comparisons.

post #414 of 460

euuuugh so lazy...

post #415 of 460
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Crumbs, I finally heard back from the stage rental place. The fee for the prefab set will more than double the cost of the location. So that's out.

Now I'm thinking I sound rent a cheapie green screen stage, build a three-walled shed and shoot inside of that.
post #416 of 460
aw monkeytrumpets...
post #417 of 460

Have you considered shooting outside LA? I'd imagine someone not too far away must have a barn or something you could use?

post #418 of 460
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I don't want to get too far away from the L.A. area, since I can't afford to put people up overnight.
post #419 of 460
Just trek out to Bronson Canyon and shoot your entire movie in caves and scrub brush. It's a time-honored tradition.
post #420 of 460

One idea that you may or may not find useful is to use these things to build your shed (dictionary tells me the English word is "pallets"):

 

 

For some reason these things are very chic furnishing elements round here, (hipster-ish) people use them as shelves or just hang them on their walls. The plus side is they're cheap (=free if you ask from the right warehouse / wholesale place), and easy to put together. The downside is that they're quite heavy and you probably need something behind them if you're shooting in a greenscreen studio. And you'd probably need to work them a bit if you'd use them as the floor of your set.

post #421 of 460
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I had to fire someone from my fillum. For this project, I wanted to hire a propmaker because I'm shitty at making things. I put an ad on CL and went with the gal who was $50 cheaper than the other gal. A dude also applied, but he was twice as much as the slightly more expensive gal. So forget him!

Anyway it was like pulling teeth to get a response from the propmaker gal once I gave her the greenlight. Finally she got back to me and said she'd work up a deal memo over the weekend; that was two weekends ago. When I emailed her about the status of the memo last week, she said in her response that she needed my information. But she didn't say what information. So I had to ask specifically what information (name, address, phone number, email, SSN, blood type, favorite disgraced male celebrity, what?!) in another email and await her glacial response.

At any rate, I sent her the info late last week, and still hadn't gotten a deal memo as of today. So I emailed the slightly more expensive gal and asked if she still wanted the gig. She did.

Anyway, hiring people is fun.
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post #423 of 460
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I'm scouting a location on Saturday that looks amazing on the Internet. It's a Quonset hut that could totes work for my purposes.
post #424 of 460
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So I've locked in the location and the shooting date. Now I need to finish casting. I'm reusing one actor from my previous short, so I only need to fill two roles.

Posting a casting notice on Craigslist gives one a fascinating look at neophyte actors' lack of preparedness. Most folks have professionally done headshots and a few credits and the confidence to suggest they're perfect for a role in a script they haven't even had a chance to read. Other folks, well...

One actress apparently didn't bother to read the whole ad I'd posted; in the ad, I list the three dates they need to be available to be considered for a role. So when I asked if she was available (I've learned to always ask in my reply to their message) on the audition date, the rehearsal date and the shooting date, she said she could only be available for the first two. Uhhh...

An actor sent me a bunch of frightening selfies and just a list of one-word questions: "Money? Food?
Transportation?" Or maybe those were his credits. In the ad, I do mention that I will compensate you. I figured crafty was a given. But I'm not hiring a driver for you, goofball.

Another actress was Ukrainian. I watched her reel and thought she seemed like she had good comedic timing. But the character in my script is American. So I sent her an email (feeling kind of racist) and asked if she could do an American accent. Nyet.
post #425 of 460
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So I've locked in the location and the shooting date. Now I need to finish casting. I'm reusing one actor from my previous short, so I only need to fill two roles.

Posting a casting notice on Craigslist gives one a fascinating look at neophyte actors' lack of preparedness. Most folks have professionally done headshots and a few credits and the confidence to suggest they're perfect for a role in a script they haven't even had a chance to read. Other folks, well...

One actress apparently didn't bother to read the whole ad I'd posted; in the ad, I list the three dates they need to be available to be considered for a role. So when I asked if she was available (I've learned to always ask in my reply to their message) on the audition date, the rehearsal date and the shooting date, she said she could only be available for the first two. Uhhh...

An actor sent me a bunch of frightening selfies and just a list of one-word questions: "Money? Food?
Transportation?" Or maybe those were his credits. In the ad, I do mention that I will compensate you. I figured crafty was a given. But I'm not hiring a driver for you, goofball.

Another actress was Ukrainian. I watched her reel and thought she seemed like she had good comedic timing. But the character in my script is American. So I sent her an email (feeling kind of racist) and asked if she could do an American accent. Nyet.

 

Please tell me the actor you're reusing is the great Alan Maxson? Asking on behalf of the Nordic division of his fanclub "The Maxsons of Anarchy".

 

And it's not racist to ask about the accents. They can be very distracting, unless it's somehow logical for the character or you're working with Jason Statham. We did an English language short flick last year, where the director struggled to get rid of the (otherwise quite good) lead actress' very thick Scandi-accent. It does hurt her scenes with the 10 year old kid who's playing her son, who somehow could pull off that neutral American accent pretty effortlessly.

post #426 of 460
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Yes, he's back and playing the male lead. He's very excited about his character, so I'm looking forward to what he does with it.
post #427 of 460
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Auditions are this weekend. I kind of like using Craigslist to cast people because you get a glimpse of the staggering amount of hilarious unprofessionalism that many aspiring actors have.

Don't have headshots? No problem! Send a pic of you in a goofy costume waiting in line for a taping of "Let's Make a Deal?" Or a pic of you standing in the shade, wearing sunglasses and dark clothing.

Everyone has weird hair and beards now. I don't really want to ask folks to change their carefully crafted hipster look for little old me.

So I'm not bringing in a ton of people to read. Hopefully the ones I want to read will actually show up.
post #428 of 460
good luck finding the next big Hollywood stars!!
post #429 of 460
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Not in this economy.
post #430 of 460
You get me in with the natives

and I'll get you your actors back

yer REAL actors
post #431 of 460
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Hell yay, sir.
post #432 of 460
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I've already had two actors drop out of the audition on Saturday. It's the role EVERY dude with a face wanted to play a week ago.

This happened last year. Every creep in L.A. wanted to read for the creep in my script, until it came time to actually read for the creep. One guy showed; he got the gig.
post #433 of 460
FLAKES!!!
post #434 of 460

Goddamn flaky actors. 

 

 

Do you still have others auditioning? How many  were there going to be? 

post #435 of 460
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It was going to be four women and four men. I tried to account for the flake factor by booking as many as I thought would be a good fit. The added challenge was finding people available on the days I need them available.

"Let's see. I can be there for the audition and the rehearsal, but not the shoot. Can I do the shoot via Skype?"
post #436 of 460
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One guy who cancelled has un-cancelled.

I also got another response to my ad that says, "I am interested in your opening."

Kevin Spacey?
post #437 of 460
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I got some fake blood from Amazon. The bottle says "Vampire Blood." And what do vampires do? Drink blood. And what does the bottle also say? "Do not get in mouth."

There are no vampires in my short fillum, so it's not super critical that anyone drinks this mess. But, I do have some delightful arterial spray. Cover your mouths, everyone!
post #438 of 460

glug glug glug

 

precious bluud...

post #439 of 460
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I need ur bludd. So long as it's non-toxic bludd.
post #440 of 460

Evi and Bradito will be helming Marvel Blockbusters next year. CALLING IT!

post #441 of 460
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I would still insist on posting casting notices on Craigslist.

Oh man, a gal who'd confirmed she'd be at the audition tomorrow just cancelled her confirmation that she'd be at the audition tomorrow.
post #442 of 460
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I had my auditions today. People actually showed up. I'd forgotten that the space I booked was a little hard to find, so maybe a couple folks bailed. But now I have cast everyone. Hopefully no one quits!
post #443 of 460

IMMINENT!!!

post #444 of 460
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They were really good! I was sitting there like, "I want to watch this movie now."
post #445 of 460
I have one rule

Everyone acts

no one quits

You quit and I'll eat your McRib myself
post #446 of 460

I would fly to LA and act in Bradi's short just so I could taste McRib again...  It's still not available locally. 

post #447 of 460
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It would be nice to have a big gorilla like Freeman for production value.
post #448 of 460
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I got some fake blood from Amazon. The bottle says "Vampire Blood." And what do vampires do? Drink blood. And what does the bottle also say? "Do not get in mouth."

There are no vampires in my short fillum, so it's not super critical that anyone drinks this mess. But, I do have some delightful arterial spray. Cover your mouths, everyone!

 

I've used blackcurrant concentrate for fake blood. It tastes good and if you mix it with potato powder, you get a really nice texture. Another bonus is that it's one of the few substances on planet Earth that's harder to clean off than real blood.


Edited by Virtanen - 12/5/17 at 2:34am
post #449 of 460
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My lead actress dropped out. I could tell during rehearsals yesterday that she didn't seem super excited to be there. Everything was just off when we started. The wardrobe was malfunctioning, nobody knew their lines, I was beginning to have my doubts that this was going to work. But we took a break and I explained the origins of the project and my previous short film, and everyone seemed to perk up a bit. We did another hour of rehearsing, and things started to click. I was beginning to get more confident that the bugs were being worked out.

But then my lead quit today, so fuck everything.

After a couple minutes of good old fashioned self-pity/loathing, I reached out to one of the other actresses who'd auditioned last week, and asked if she was still available. She's still available. The film is saved!

Now I will go breathe into a paper bag.
post #450 of 460

FILMMAKING IS WAR!!!

 

war against the flakes!!!

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