Finished Shooting Awake

February 19, 2010

Well, that was quick.  We’ve already shot Awake.  Three days, each well under twelve hours.  That’s what happens when you have a DP who’s quick, a makeup artist who’s efficient, and actors who know what they’re doing.

This weekend, I’m passing the footage on to the editor, Blake Hill.  Let’s see if he can keep up the pace.


Awake Update

February 11, 2010

Well, it’s been a couple busy weeks.

First, we cast the leads for Awake:

Adrieanne Perez

Adrieanne Perez

Brad Standley

Brad Standley

Aren’t they ridiculously good looking?  Don’t worry, JJ is making them look good and ugly for the film.  🙂

We actually shot our first few scenes last weekend, at Melissa’s house.  It went well, and we shot out three pages in under six hours.  (If your wondering, that’s very good.)  Melissa’s lighting is the perfect combination of natural and scary.

Next weekend will be tricker, since we’re doing the day scenes.  Sunlight is very difficult to control when you’re on a tight budget with a limited crew.  After last weekend, though, I have every confidence it’ll turn out great.


The Future!

January 14, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Sorry about that.

The movie is kinda out of my hands at the moment, because Don is working on color correction and effects, which I know nothing about.  (What is this “red” you speak of?)

Here’s the current state of Asleep with the Angels:

Not bad, eh?  Once the gun shots are done, the movie will actually be a, you know, movie.

That being said, I’ve started work on my next project, Awake.  This will be a smaller production, as you can see by the brand spanking new page on the right, which features the script.  Enjoy!


Word of the Day

September 30, 2009

Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day today is “gaucherie.”  A few months too late for many of the guys auditioning last March.


In Other News…

September 7, 2009

I wrote a feature script called Jesse’s Girl.  I really wanted to direct it, so I had planned on shooting a scene to demonstrate what it would look like.

Coincidentally, Becca (who cast and even performed in Asleep with the Angeles) needed a new scene for her reel.  I showed her a copy of the script, she liked it, and here is the result–

The guy in the scene is Casey Coleman, a friend from college who also did with the production design on the Monster Energy commercials.  His fiancée, Janine Worrell, edited it.  She also edited The Runner (more of which will be coming online soon, I hope).

Mike Kuhn shot it.  He was a cameraman, grip, and electric on Angels.  Seth Fortin was a likewise griptrician on both this and Angels.

Basically, the only person I hadn’t worked with before was Sam Maples, and even she was an intern on 24.

Yeah, I’m afraid to meet new people.


Movies and Music, Together at Last!

September 2, 2009

I know I promised the first half of the movie two weeks ago, but now I’ve got something better… The Whole Movie!

Okay, okay, it’s not done done, but it’s at least watchable.  Pez’s music really moves the story along.  I can’t imagine the movie without it, now.  (Well, I can imagine it, but I don’t like to.)

Anyway.  There’s still a few things to work out.  Obviously, all of the screens (Shooter’s cell phone, Archie’s laptop, etc.) need to be filled in.  Muzzle flashes and blood splatters need to be added.  The sound mix needs to be evened out (notably, Archie’s dialogue in his house).  And, of course, the color correction right now is of the “color-goes-here” variety.

But, like I said, this version actually looks like a movie.  We’re getting there.


If the embeded video doesn’t work for you, here’s a direct link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw3AfvRyrJs


Who Knew?

August 17, 2009

I was perusing TV Tropes today, and I stumbled across Chandler’s Law:

“When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.”

Granted, the two out of three times I invoke this trope, it’s a woman, but still.  It’s amazing how these ideas seep into your brain, without you even knowing.

Also, the Chandler’s Law page features this awesome picture:


I like how he has the machine gun, just in case the pistol isnt enough.

I bet they won't see this coming...



Actual movie update– Don, Pez, Kirrily, and I did a lot of work with the music last night.  The first half of the film is essentially done.  Pez insists he has a few more tweaks to do, because he’s a perfectionist, but I think it sounds great.

I’ll be posting that section of the movie just as Don is able to upload it.