Sunday, 28 March 2010

Let's Do Some Goddamn Property Law!

Hello everybody!
Well, this weekend has been just as hectic as the last, as my brothers and I set out to shoot a short film for Mum's birthday, now only 5 days hence.
Shooting this one was tough, but editing it in time is going to be even tougher...wish me luck!
In the meantime, have more screenshots.

Damn it, Vandermeyer! Jj remembers what people who agree to be in my films are let in for.
What, you mean this isn't a parking offence?

In the background, Tom exaggerates.

Well, hope that's wetted your whistle!

Make way for film,

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Plastic Vultures Is Go! And It's Awesome!

Okay, so on Saturday we like, totally filmed some more Plastic Vultures.
Today I captured the footage (on my now functioning but not quite complete Mac Mini!) and got some wonderful screenshots. Also Aaron took some great on-set photos.

The villian of our piece...he's a very sinister man...
VERY sinister.
Polis Louizou, proving he can act an' that.
Is there anything better to brighten up the apocalypse than gratitous crotch shots?

Well, maybe a game of "kiss chicken"

Yes. Peace worked out. Now there's no more people to fight!
Our handsome director. He could play a scheming bishounen in an anime...
Jason has the whole post-apocalyptic tramp thing down to a tee:
Share and share alike in the world of tomorow...

Well I hope that's wet yet whistle for more fun!
In other news, Freeman Michael Brothers LTD is being filmed THIS WEEKEND!
Wish us luck.

Make way for film!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Slow Progress

It is very bad, and completely incorrect, to say 'everything's gone wrong' or variations.
If EVERYTHING went wrong, you'd already be dead. And you would have died as a result of the Universe collapsing.
And then when you died, God would be a total jerk and Hell would be a men's toilet at a seedy nightclub. Heaven would be the bar where you couldn't get served.

But there are times when little nit-picky problems pile up on one another and it FEELS like everything that could go wrong without actually completely scuppering a project is going wrong.
In many ways, a complete project-scuppering problem is simple. You pack up and go home.
But little problems mean you have to keep getting-the-hell-on-with-it.

To clarify, I am not talking about any of the film projects on at the moment (although all of the above could easily be applied to some of the past).
No, I'm talking about my quest for a computer that would actually allow me to edit film projects.
I have had a Mac Mini for a month, a monitor for a week and a dream for several years, and all of them are sitting gathering dust for the need of a 12cm VGA to DVI adaptor cable.

On top of the many difficulties I have already had with this (not even going to go into how much of a pain getting this monitor was) the cable would have arrived yesterday...if it had actually been the cable, and not what it was, which was a leather pouch for a frigging iPhone.

I have spent more of my meagre money on this stuff than anything else in my life, and it might as well have been a paperweight.
Fly swift, sweet cable, in to my arms, and all shall be well.

In other news, Plastic Vultures is definitely going ahead this weekend! Wohoo!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Good Egg, Old Bean

Well FMB is now well under way, we have a great fellow by the name of Jon on board to play the Judge, and the dates for filming are settled. That means...

Its time to look at April's project.

An easter themed dark fairy tale called Easter Egg.
Now, I once tried to shoot this thing for a 16mm film project. As with lots of 16mm stuff, the bits that looked good (especially the animation) looked great. The stuff that didn't looked like pretty much nothing, since it wasn't lit well enough.

So, where to go with it?
The basic plot hasn't changed: a film set to a poem where a girl steals an Egg from the Easter Bunny and provokes a global conflict. Oooh, satire!
Well, I'll be posting its progress as I go along, but suggestions are welcome.
That's right; I am asking to rip off your ideas. Huzzah!

Make way for film!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Thought By Now I'd Be 5/11

Here's the Teaser Trailer for AFTER ATE:

And an extract from Freeman Michael Brothers, which pretty much tells you all you need to know:

Freeman! You're a loose cannon!
You go on like this, you'll turn the whole of property law on it's head!

Sounds good to me.

Michael, Peter and Horatio all put on shades.

Yup, that's the gist all right.

Monday, 8 March 2010

After Ate Screenshots and Updates for March Filming

AFTER ATE is looking geeewwd. Here's just a few of the cah-razy images you can expect to see:

Jason looking like he's about to go all John Carpenters The Thing.
Wait...did I make this?
Roni is imprisoned behind some back-words.

In other news, two projects for March:
The second half of the long awaited (at least by its makers) PLASTIC VULTURES should be filmed this month on the 20th and 21st, and a week later myself and my brothers will be shooting our film in celebration of our Mother's birthday (2nd of April), FREEMAN MICHAEL-BROTHERS PROPERTY LAW FIRM LTD, giving us a week of editing time.

Even more exciting, I have ordered a freaking monitor for my MacMini, which should arrive today, and actually allow me to get my system started. Hallelujah!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Function Explain!

Hello friends, filmmakers, family members and fans.
This blog is to chart my filmmaking adventures with both mine and others' projects, focussing primarily on my attempt to make at least 1 film for every month in 2010.
That doesn't mean a complete film every month, just that by December, 12 films will have been made.
The first, After Ate, has already been filmed and is now being edited.
Fun times await!