Sunday, October 24, 2010
Day 24. We finished the big fight today in just over four hours. It was epic! We were crashing into boxes, glass freezer doors, shelves, everything. For a no budget film, we were sure able to destroy the store! Part of what allowed us to shoot so fast was that everyone collaborated. Alex, Kevin and I have a martial arts background, while Charles and Peter have seen tons of movies. Together we came up with something that I think will be pretty cool. This was Charles’ last day which was good since he leaves for Israel soon. Everyone has been a real trooper on this film and I can’t thank them enough.
After creating my offlines, I was able to cut the sequence in just over thirty minutes. I hate that I’m so fast, since I really enjoy editing. Oh well. It has been nice keeping up with it all. It allows me to focus on other things when we’re not filming, such as stories for the next two films, freelance jobs, or even just hanging out with friends.
No matter what, I have to have a holding cell location by next Sunday, as we need to film those scenes before Alex leaves for his mission trip. Hopefully I can get ahold of Chelsea and that it’ll work for her too. If I’m unable to find the right location, greenscreen is our backup. I really don’t want to do it, but I will if I have to.
I spent the weekend with some friends attending Steve Wohlbergs’s seminars that were being held at a local church. Afterwards I bought a book called “Demons in Disguise” which I plan to use for research for “Derek”. Had him sign it too! Steve remembered me from last year and I invited him to the premiere for ROTB in April since it’s pretty close to where he lives. Hopefully he’ll come.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
We started filming the big fight today! Here’s how things went down:
Alex and Ben picked me up around two and we headed to downtown Spokane to get some pickup shots of Luke’s reaction to his apartment being blown up and then calling the bad guys about it. Next we shot Alex and Ben’s part of the meet up before the street preaching, of which we had already shot everyone else’s part. From there it was back into the car and up to the South Hill where we arrived at the store to shoot the market fight. Peter was there to let us in. It was at this point that I broke the news to the group that we only had two hours to film today because one of the actor’s agents was in town and wanted to meet with him that evening. While I was setting up I had Alex watch the BTS of the fights from all three Bourne films to get him jazzed up and to give him ideas for the fight. Natalya brought her friend Kamila tonight because she’s going to be in the bad guys scenes and I wanted her to get a feel for how I do things and to meet the group.
We started by filming the part where the agent, Thade, comes into the store asking about the Leap crew and Olia texts Shane for help on her phone. Then we shot Olia’s death, followed by Peter’s. All this took about an hour and fifteen minutes. While I was filming with Natalya and Peter, Alex, Kevin and Charles started working out the fight. In that time they managed to come up with a 10 second piece, so I was able to go straight from filming the deaths to filming the fight. We were able to shoot the ten second sequence in the forty-five minutes we had left then packed up. Once the store was locked up, Kevin (Thade) and I went across the street to get the shots of him watching the Leap crew leave the store. We used the assault rifle and him looking down the scope. To explain away where the rifle went when he enters the store, I had Kevin disassemble the gun and put in a black duffle back which we filmed being stashed under some stairs. Perfect!
So another good day of filming. We’ll be back next Sunday to hopefully complete the fight (we’ll have seven hours).
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Cut a teaser the other night to Carmina Burana. Yeah, it’s cliche, I know, but the teaser’s main purpose is to keep me motivated over the next few months as I do the effects and sound work. So far the response to it has been mostly positive. A few other members of DVXuser.com also helped me out. In particular, Nathyn has some good ideas for pacing and cutting that I’ll be implementing when I do the next version while Matt was kind enough to help me with the render settings for the web.
I spent the day today dialing in the actual look of the film. I want it to have a feel similar to the first movie, just more expensive. The look I came up with is desaturated like the first film, but with the contrast and teal/orange scheme that’s so popular right now in movies. And being HD it looks ten million times better than the last film anyway. To test this look on a variety of scenes, I applied it to my teaser and it’s rendering right now. I’ll burn it to DVD and see how I like it. I also learned from Philip Bloom how to crop to 2.40 and not get the black bars when viewing on vimeo, so that’s cool.
In the Leap 3 department, I finished the story outline the other night. It’s big. Like 2.5 hours big. The problem is that this is the last film in the series. The movie ends with Christ’s second coming, and the creation of the New Heaven and New Earth. The movie starts where Leap 2 leaves off and follows the leap crew through the vial judgements and the final battle. It’s like Lord of the Rings meets Resident Evil Extinction meets Green Zone. I have faith that God will make the film happen and give us what we need to pull it off, just as He has on Rise of the Beast.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Shot most of the market stuff today. Two weeks from now we’ll shoot the fight and it’ll be good. In the meantime I’ll be looking for a good location for the bad guys.
So, for today: Rachel got pulled over on her way over and then was only able to film for an hour due to work. We quickly staged each of the scenes and filmed her part. After Rachel left we started over and busted out the first scene. By then it had almost been three hours so I sent two of the girls across the street to a Little Caesars for dinner. Gotta love those $5 pizzas! We finished up the night by 8:45pm, about 45 minutes ahead of schedule.
Part of what made tonight so neat for me (El Director) is that I got to test out the loupe I built the other day. It worked like a charm and by the end of the night, I was going completely handheld because the loupe against my face provided almost as much stability as the shoulderpod. We also set up a DIT station tonight where we dumped footage during lunch, seeing that we only had one 16GB memory card.
Natalya Alekseyva was cool enough to come play the part of Olia. She played Crystal in the last film, but was out of town this summer, causing us to recast. She did a great job and it was nice to work with a familiar face again. One of the store owner’s sons, Peter, played the part of Peter, the brother of Olia. This was his first film and he did a good job as well. I think he’s excited for his death scene next week.
Also, Charles’ girlfriend Kelly was there tonight so of course I had to put her to work. She became the official BTS photographer and took all of the pics you’ll see from tonight.
After filming, Peter, Alex, Igor (the other son) and I hung out for a bit and talked movies. All in all, a good night of filming.