Friday, September 30, 2011
Where to start? I’ve since moved out of Spokane, WA and now live in the mountains of Montana. I moved out here to work for a television ministry and couldn’t say no. One of the perks to being out here is how far removed from Hollywood and movies it is. I’m soon moving into a cabin on a ranch that will be perfect for Derek. I asked the lady about it and she seems cool with it =) While I’ve had a feeling that Leap 2 would be my last film, I recently started to realize that the thoughts could of been coming from the Devil, trying to discourage me from making another film that exposes his lies. When I look back at the year of of work on Derek so far, I can see God’s hand in things. So I decided to push forward. We have no funding yet and a partial script. We start shooting in 11 months. A lot can happen in that time.
To make things official, I launched our facebook page for Derek last night. It’s got the basic info and a teaser pic I made of a Ouija board and the title. As the ball starts rolling faster, we’ll be adding more photos and details. I went through this morning and posted all the journal entries from this blog relating to Derek. Most of them are only a paragraph in the middle of long entries about Leap 2. But now that Leap 2 is done and getting ready to go to DVD, the journal now switches focus to Derek.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Man, it’s been a long day. I’ve been busy working on a trailer. Cutting a trailer is hard enough, but it’s even worse when you’ve only done ADR for three actors. I’m hoping to keep it more visual than dialogue based. We’ll see how this goes.
So I decided to take a break from trailer cutting and adapted an old stageplay that Alex (Shane) had written in college. I’m considering using it to screentest Kimberly for “Derek”. It’s a psychological thriller so that works well because “Derek” is also a thriller. I’ll probably have to make a few changes to the script, but I’m excited with the overall story. I’d like to add a Christian element, but it is a short, so I’m not as concerned. Kim’s coming over tomorrow to go over the script, then I have my composer Mark coming by tomorrow night to work on music for ROTB. Busy day =)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
So yesterday something awesome happened. My old roommate, whom I had given my old laptop to as payment for watching my dog, sold me back the laptop! This was such a blessing because I can now get back to actually writing the film. I did a bit of research yesterday as well on horses and western style riding in particular, seeing that the film is set on a ranch. I’ve got a lot to learn if I want to make the film authentic. I think that’s part of the reason why I love filmmaking so much-I have to be an expert in the subject matter, and if I’m not already, I get to become one.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wow. That’s all I can say right now. A week ago, I knew the basis for Derek, but I didn’t know where I wanted to go with it. I was torn in two directions. After doing some filming with my friend Kim Cruz for Leap: Rise of the Beast, she told me she’d be interested in working on any future projects. She does a lot of work with horses, so I figured if I could somehow add those skills to a film, that it would be awesome. I thought and thought, prayed and prayed. Finally I realized that I could move the setting for Derek from suburbia to a ranch in the middle of nowhere. With that change of setting, suddenly the whole story came to me!
I spent all day yesterday writing the three page treatment/outline on my laptop. I finished, saved, and saved a PDF. I emailed the PDF to Kim so she could check it out and see what she thinks, and also as a backup. I even said so in the email. Five minutes later I went to move the PDF onto a thumbdrive so I could print it from my other computer. The laptop wasn’t recognizing the thumbdrive so I did a hard restart. I heard the Mac chime, but the screen stayed blank. I tried again. Nothing. I gutted the PowerBook and sprayed it down with some air. Put it back together and still nothing. My laptop is toast. Fortunately I have the Derek outline online and can grab it when I get a new computer. The bad part is that I have to get a new laptop. I think I’ll buy a cheap one at Walmart, wipe Windows and toss on Linux. I only need the thing for internet use and screenwriting.
I need to start writing the script for Derek ASAP, but I can’t write at a desk, which is where I’m at right now (I’ve hooked up my internet to one of my PC towers until I get a new laptop). I’m just amazed though at God’s timing. It’s almost like He was keeping the laptop going for a bit until I got done what I needed to get done. The fact that it was backed up through email just five minutes before dying is incredible too! I had also backed up the outline for Leap 3 a week ago as well, so I didn’t loose that either! God is good!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Day 26 of filming.
We had Chelsea and Alex come over for our last night of greenscreen. Her boyfriend Thomas came too so he ran BTS. We managed to bust out all the shots in just over an hour, so not too bad. After they left, Alex shaved and cut off some of his hair to make himself younger. Then we shot one of the “Transition Scenes” that takes us from Leap to Leap 2. Next time I see him, Alex should have all his hair cut off and look just like he did in the last movie and we’ll get the other Transition Scene and then do all of his ADR.
As far as the bad guy stuff, I’m hoping to do it early December. I’ll probably be renting a conference room from a local Super 8 motel. It’ll cost $50, but I’m hoping to swing a hotel room location out of it too. We’ll see.
I created a follow focus for the camera today by wrapping some white electrical tape around the lens. It works like a charm!
In the news of Derek, I heard an awesome testimony last Saturday at church that I want to incorporate into the flick. I came home to start adding to my notes, but when I went to dig up the folder on my laptop, the Derek folder has vanished. Just the Derek folder. All my other movies were still there: Wulf, Leap, Leap 2, Eden, The Flood, Sodom, and Ruby White-all there. In light of this, and my experiences on the first Leap, I’ve coined a new term-Digital Demons.
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.
Wednsday, September 29, 2010
Day 21 of filming.
I had a meeting this morning with one of our locally owned Russian stores. Basically, they said we could film there as long as I put the owner’s 17 year old son in the picture, even if it’s just a small role. I’ll make him the younger brother of the girl that runs the store where the Leap crew gets supplies. Since I’m currently without a car, I had a half hour bike ride to get to the store, but it paid off. The owners were really cool and even gave me a ride back to my place after. I love my Russian friends!
After I got back, I contacted Alex and we shot a few of his scenes, including his punching out a car window, and then spent the rest of the day getting background plates for the car chase. I’ve already cut all of today’s footage, so next I’m going to slap comp the car chase and see how it works. I’m stoked!
On the front of other movies, I’ve been busy doing research and fleshing out the stories for “Derek”, my movie that attacks modern spiritualism and reveals it for what it really is, and “Ruby White and the Cross of Christ”, which is is loosely based on the archaeological research of the late Ron Wyatt. My buddy Trex has also started writing his action/adventure movie so things are looking good for shooting three movies back to back a year from now.