Posts Tagged ‘Don Stroud’


Let the Interrogation Begin

March 28, 2010

While Awake moves through the editing process, we’re already beginning work on the next short.  Right now it’s called “Interrogation,” but that’ll change… as soon as I come up with a better title.  You can take a look at the script here.

We had our first production meeting this past thursday, with Danny, Don, Curt, and the lead actress, Tamar Feinkind.  Tamar had auditioned for Awake.  Even though that part eventually went to Adrienne, I knew Tamar was talented.  I’m very excited she’ll be playing the part of the Nurse on this.

Like the noir, it looks like we’ll be shooting this over five days, one of which will be overnight.  We’ll be on stage for four of those days, which is something I haven’t done since film school.  Should be fun.


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!


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:


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.


Two Things I Know Nothing About

July 18, 2009

I haven’t updated this blog in a while, because post production is a long, slow death march filled with boredom and confusion punctuated by computer crashes and more boredom.

Oh, wait, I’m supposed to say, “Editing is the final rewrite of the story!”

I truly admire those who can sit in front of a computer and fashion a film from raw footage, but it’s just not for me.  Which is why I’m glad Don is around to not only edit, but also color correct.

Color correction, for those of you who don’t know, is the process of refining the images so that they flow together in a coherent way.  As talented as Danny is (which is a very), no one can make every single shot of a film match every other shot.

For instance, in the scene where Angel confronts Shooter and Archie, due to a scheduling conflict, we shot her angle and the guys’ angle several hours apart.  Don is making sure the images appear to be simultaneous.

Color correction also allows for one final pass on the look of the film.  Of course, being colorblind, I can’t really contribute much creatively to this aspect of post production.  I have to trust Don and Danny’s judgement.  Which isn’t hard at all, since they’re both very good at what they do.

In other post production news, we have a composer, named Pez Wilson.  He was recommended by our Archie, JohnMark.  He’s already written several music cues.  This weekend, the three of us will get together to do some spotting.  More on that later.

In the meanwhile, enjoy some examples of color correction.  Fascinating. 











Asleep With the Angels, Version… Whatever

May 27, 2009

I have no idea what number cut this is, but whatever.  Enjoy!


The Real First Cut

May 10, 2009

Okay, no kidding around this time.  Here is the real first, rough cut of the film, which we’re now calling “Asleep with the Angels.”

If you’ve never seen a rough cut before, prepare yourself.  There’s no music.  The sound effects are rough and incomplete.  There are no visual effects (blood and muzzle flashes).  The audio is not always understandable.  The color is not corrected (though we have roughed out the black-and-white vs. color sequences).  Basically, this is the worst shape you will ever see this movie in.  It’s all uphill from here.

Don has been doing a fantastic job, and, as I think you can see, it’s really coming together due in large part to his efforts.