Been a while since posting, for that I apologize! Been down with a gnarly cold the past couple of weeks, but I haven’t forgot about sharing resources with ya!
This is a great interview with my favorite director Danny Boyle. The guy doing the interview is kinda caught up in the moment and not the best, but Boyle delivers some solid gold - especially on “making it in the film industry” near the 6 minute mark.
You don’t want to know… :P
Had fun directing the upcoming episode of Board Games Gone Wrong. Probably won’t hit a Friday release date as I’m working as a PM on a commercial the next few days and won’t have much time editing. Figure I’d leave you with a little teaser.
Catch up on previous episodes here (including our latest entry which has a 60 second action sequence at the end):
An all-new, action packed episode of Board Games Gone Wrong is LIVE! I’m really proud of this one as we tried something a little different.
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Hey friends! Here’s a promo still for episode 3 of, “Board Games Gone Wrong”! We had a crazy shoot this evening. Literally. A little more of an action scene than the previous episodes. I can’t wait to drop it on Friday :D
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Omg! Have you heard the ‘strange sound heard around the world’ that everyone is talking about online and on the radio?? We did when we filmed the latest episode of “Board Games Gone Wrong”. Check it out!
Board Games Gone Wrong is a delightfully ‘dark-comedy’ web-series about “that guy” we all know who takes life (and board games) way too serious.
Special thanks to Carey Opper @ Carey Opper sound for hooking us up with some rockin’ wireless mics for our latest show! Anyone in Edmonton that needs a solid sound guy, check out Carey! I met him while working on 2 Budweiser commercials. He delivers.
It’s so easy to find a reason “not” to shoot a project.
-I don’t have enough money.
-I don’t have a crew.
-I don’t have a professional grade camera.
-The weather sucks so I can’t shoot outside.
If you keep making excuses or holding onto expectations of what filmmaking should be you WILL lose your passion for visual story telling. I know this for a fact because a little over 3 months ago I struggled to find a reason to keep making movies. It was time to re-evaluate everything I was doing in my life, and truth be told - I had a hard time finding a reason to keep calling myself a director or filmmaker.
However, 4 weeks ago I came to realize the reason I hated my experience as a filmmaker was that I was holding onto too many ideals. Everything I learned in film school about crew positions, roles and responsibilities, gear and budget sizes were providing me excuses not to create. So I decided it was time to get back to the basics. Forget expectations. Forget the “rules”. No more “film talking”, it’s time for “film making”.
Right around this time one of my best friends sent me an e-mail about a filmmaking contest put on by the Edmonton Oilers. We brainstormed an idea on a Friday and went out Monday/Tuesday. It was as if the stars aligned: the timing couldn’t have been better. And do you want to know something? I had more fun during those 2 days shooting than on any project I’ve worked on in the past 8 years.
The flame that barely flickered was back and burning with a vengeance: It was as if there was a dam holding back my creative thought and this project cracked a hole. And as far as I’m concerned, “creating” is one of the most rewarding processes in the world.
Now, I’m the creator of a weekly web-series called, “Board Games Gone Wrong”. Every Monday or Tuesday I get together with a couple of friends and shoot a small scene for Youtube. I only jot down essential visual effects shots (I don’t storyboard). I keep the scripts minimal with the dialogue to guide my friends: I’m more focused on directing vs. writing and I find we usually “discover” something much more organic and funny than I could have written.
I keep it simple gear wise: I use a couple of lamps from my house, a cheap and tacky silver-coated placemat that happens to double as a reflector for fill ($1.25 at a dollar store). My friends clap their hands in front of the lens to “slate” the scene so I can sync my audio and video. It’s nothing spectacular by any means. But you know what? Every week I’m creating something. I’m honing my craft as a director. I get to work with different actors regularly so I’m always learning how to be a better communicator while the camera is rolling. I’m learning to live more in the moment of filmmaking and to tap into finding the “truth” of a scene or story. I’m remembering how collaborative the process really is. And most importantly, I’m having the time of my life!
I’m making the most with what I’ve got for where I’m at in my journey. And the simple truth is that you can too! Or you can let all the reasons of why not to shoot hold you back. The choice is yours.
So my challenge to you is simple. “Write something. Call up a couple of friends. Shoot it. Edit. Mix the audio. Share it with others. Repeat.” Keep doing this and you’ll learn so much more than you would by reading a book or sitting in a classroom for hours on end.
If you want to see my web-series head over to www.youtube.com/RideoutOfHere
“Make a movie every week… Shoot every weekend… shoot a little scene, work with the actors… work on it with sound, looping, put some music to it… and get a response from the audience: See where it’s slow, where it doesn’t work… Learn from that experience and then go out and make another picture the next weekend. Just keep doing it. Make films no matter what anybody says and you’ll be a filmmaker.” - Sam Raimi
Here’s the first episode in my web-series, “Board Games Gone Wrong”! I really hope you enjoy it!
I’ve been getting back to the basics of filmmaking recently and find I’m falling in love with the process all over again. Equipped with nothing more than minimal essential gear - a camera, audio recorder, couple of household lights, and some indie-fueled tricks - and a couple of willing friends, I’ll be creating a few of these! I’ll also be posting a blog later this week relating to something from this episode: Stay tuned!!!
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An hour long master class with the master of cinema!
The Q part is in french, the A in english!!!
Enough said, on with the show!!! :D
I got an e-mail from a friend on color correction and it inspired me to share this. I’m not an expert by any means, I only know what I like. When color grading, it’s important to have a reference photo or two! When I was grading our mock movie trailer for an upcoming local competition I had the above photo of Bryce Dallas Howard (from “Terminator Salvation”) open in the background. I really like the cyan in it, it’s pulled back, looks great and fits the tone of that story.
However, as I didn’t have a massive Hollywood budget, access to professional post-production staff, I took it in a little different direction. I really like to make my digital footage “pop”: I didn’t desaturate the image as much as the Terminator shot. It’s a “reference” photo, not the actual “only choice for color”.
When you’re watching your favorite movies take a moment to look at and actually “see” the color. Chances are it’s not “life-like” as movies are meant to be larger than life and take you on a ride for a couple of hours.
On a final note, your DSLR or digital footage will never truly look like film, so rather than stress over trying to make it look like film embrace the differences!!! It will allow you to think outside of the box, remove a lot of unnecessary pressure, and help you tune in to your inner creativity!
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A mock movie trailer I made with a couple of friends for an Edmonton Oilers contest. The winners get to hang out with director Kevin Smith at an Oilers Game next week! *Fingers Crossed*
Cool behind the scenes with Freddie W on the importance of sound design.