Sunday, March 25, 2012
Alex and his wife Jess are coming out to Montana today to sign DVDs for “Leap: Rise of the Beast” and also to shoot some effects test for “Derek”. Not getting into too much detail yet, but the effects are from the climatic sequence of the film, so I’m excited to see how this goes. I’ll be trying the Flaat 2 picture style and also my homemade slider. The biggest bummer is that all my lights are still in Spokane, WA and this is an indoor scene. May have to open a bunch of windows or something. The script has been finished for a few weeks now, and I’ve been working on the budget. Right now, we’ll need about $45k to cover salaries and a few pieces of gear, plus an additional 10k to cover the “perks” when we launch our kickstarter, so total amount will be around $55k. I think it’s doable, but only if done right. I’ve given a buddy from high school the title of Social Media Producer and he’s been helping to grow our fanbase on facebook. The more fans we can get now, the easier it’ll be to raise the funds. One of the ways we’re growing fans is with contests. For instance, when we hit 50, I let everyone read the first act of the script. We hit 50 in only 3 days. Our next goal is 100, at which point there’ll be a special shout out in my next video log as well as said video log being released. As our fanbase grows and we move closer to production, the stakes will go up. Some future prizes I have are similar to the kickstarter perks: calling action over Skype, a prop, signed photo of the cast and crew, that sort of thing. I really want to stay engaged with the fans this time, as well keep the production transparent.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Happy Sabbath everyone! Yesterday, the DVDs for Leap: Rise of the beast arrived! They look and feel great! In celebration, I had a Leap marathon last night where I watch both Leap films back to back. This morning, as I’m getting ready for church, I felt the need to do a movie review, comparing the two films. Although I am the director and would be considered biased, I think I can look at them unbiasedly. Here we go!
Parkour. The art of A to B. But for a group of Christian traceurs, A to B is more than across campus. Shane Turner, an athlete in the art of pk, decides to teach a group of students, who in turn lead him to Christ. Through studying scripture, the group comes to the startling revelation that they are living on the brink of prophecy. Their faith will be tested and relationships strained as the Leap crew fights to spread the truth.
This film was shot in 12 days on a $200 budget with a consumer standard definition camera (Canon ZR800). It’s packed with parkour and Bible studies, but it’s biggest downfall is that every Bible study brings the film to a screeching halt. The film is great for teen youth groups, as the parkour is relevant to their culture and the Bible studies address issues such as sex and the end times.
Leap: Rise of the Beast (2011)
Two years after the events of the first film, the world leaders have given up their power to Vatican City. While most rejoice at the thought of world peace and religious tolerance, Shane Turner and his Leap Crew aren’t buying into it. It’s not long before they identify the papal power as the Beast of Revelation and speak out against it. In response, the Vatican sets out to hunt down the Leap Crew. The end has begun.
This film was shot over 30 days spread over 6 months with a $2000 budget. It was the first feature film completed that was shot with the Canon Rebel T2i and also used only the kit lens that comes with the camera. The film is leaps and bounds (no pun intended) above the first. A Christian action film, ROTB pays homage to the Bourne films. Rather than stopping for studies, information is explained on the go, making the pace much faster and engaging.
Below are two similar images showing the quality difference between the two films:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
It’s 12:30 in the morning and I’ve just finished the first draft of the script for Derek! Feels really good to hit this point. I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but this was the first (and often largest) hurdle. Without the script, the film is nothing. I can’t help but feel a bit behind schedule as I usually shoot for having the first draft done by mid Feb. I guess we’ll see what happens.