Archive for the ‘Past Projects’ Category

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Matt’s Making a Movie

April 26, 2010

Welcome to my filmmaking blog.  This is where I keep people updated as to what’s going on with my various short films.  You can find information about the creation of Asleep with the Angels, Awake, and now, Interrogation.

If you’d like to see the final products, check out my website, LittleToyBoat.com.

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Old School

January 30, 2009

You might notice a new page on the right, “Past Projects.”  It has links to all of the projects I’ve put online over the years.

Some are good, others are quite embarrassing, but in the interest of full disclosure. I’ve put them all up for the world to see.

There’s also a poll, where you can let me know which movie you like best.  🙂

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Recent History

January 30, 2009

Last year, I made a series of spec commercials.  They are finally done, finished, and complete.  I’m excited.  I hope you are, too.

Anyway, the editor finally had a chance to put them on YouTube for all the world to see.  Enjoy!

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Ancient History

January 23, 2009

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about some old projects.  Most of them sucked.  Some had shining moments of brilliance, but I can’t say I was proud of the over-all product.

According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours (or ten years) of continuous work to become an expert at something.  I didn’t really start making movies until high school, so I’m only just now getting to my 10,000 hours.  Maybe, like the Anonymous Assistant, I shouldn’t feel so bad.

In any case, here’s a scene from something I wrote and directed a couple years ago.  I never finished the film, and this scene is about the only watchable part.  It’s not fantastic, but after a few years of not having seen it, I am surprised at how well it holds up:

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Run and Gun and Run Again

January 22, 2009

As I said yesterday, I used to be able to shoot wherever, whenever.  This was partly due to the fact that I was young and invincible, and partly due to the fact that I just didn’t care what the movie looked like.

For interiors, my friends and I just use an apartment or dorm room.  For exteriors, we generally wouldn’t even light the scene; we’d just roll the camera.  If someone told us to leave, we’d leave, and then find some other equally suitable place.

The results were frequently less than stellar:

I realize I need to take my time, now.  Run & gun just won’t cut it anymore.  I have to start taking time for lighting, composition, rehearsals.

And that kind of time means I can’t just steal locations.  Which means I’ll have to meet people, make deals, maybe even pay them money.

Which kinda sucks.