hey all ...my buddy Ryder from TWS is down in Miami working on the Miami Vice movie (...so cool...), but we managed to catch up on the phone yesterday. I'll be going in to NYC next week to check out the awesome array of weapons and gear he's put together for our futuristic military team..from Ryder's own lips: "It may be set 50 years in the future, but one thing's definitely the same: the shotgun will continue to be the best for close- quarters infiltration." sweeeet...
I finally conviced Adrian, our CGI artist, to cough up some WIP's for you guys to see. These works in progress are without textures, details, and lighting; but they do show you basically how the drop ships will look like...Great work, Adrian!!
Arg! Most of my Director's Blog posts seem to mention insurance, and so it shouldn't be a surprise when I say it's such an annoying process of getting some!! I've just found out that if you have any squibs on the set, it makes getting basic short term coverage a pain!!! We're now strongly reconsidering whether we should have live pyrotechnics on site...arg!
So my latest task has been to find insurance coverage for the shoot...Even on a micro budget, if you're shooting on locations, I strongly recommend getting insurance. First of all, a lot of locations (like mine) will require it before even considering hosting your film crew. Second of all, depending on what you're doing on set, it may actually be more worth while than paying the actors! That's something we're doing.
There are many different types of insurance packages and coverages that you can get. What I'm looking for is 3rd party property damange and general liability. The first protects the location owner in case you break anything and the latter will cover basic injuries that may befall your cast and crew. There are many other types that become important as your budget goes up, but I strongly recommend the two I listed.
Haven't posted in a while..trying to catch up..when there isn't a post for a while, it counter-intuitively means that there has been a lot of activity going on!
Thanks to everyone out there on web that's emailed such great feedback on the site! Special shout out to www.studentfilmmakers.com whose visitors have been particularly responsive!
So I've been reviewing DP reels and talking to pyrotechnicians. Will hopefully be making a decision soon on the director of photography. I've shot all my own stuff up until now, but want this project to be a collaborative effort with another creative type...
So here's the first glimpse of the dropship design! Adrian's currently building the 3D model. I haven't seen the most recent version that incorporates some of the changes we went over. Adrian lives and works in Canada so we've been tele-collaborating over emails..More soon! I know this section has been a bit barren but a lot of CGI work actually happens in post so you should feel lucky to see anything! haha.
Wow, I'm getting some great submissions for the casting! When casting for a film, the books will keep an open mind about the actors that will play your characters. The idea is that the actor is bringing something to the story. Unless a physical description is absolutely critical to the plotlines, you should look to the casting process as another dimension that will flesh out the story...With that said, from just looking at headshots and resumes, I have a great time imagining how each potential actor would flesh out the character in their own unique way...can't wait till auditions!
btw, any other directors out there? What casting sites do you use?
Â edit: Adrian Chan is no longer associated with this project.
Adrian Chan joins the Deployment Strategy crew as CGI effects designer and coordinator. I'll be posting Adrian's bio and picture soon, but for now, here's a link to his website! www.adrianctchan.com That's a sample from his portfolio!
I found Adrian online at the www.3Dluvr.com website, after striking up an online conversation, a couple of phone calls, and his reading and enjoying the script, Adrian came on board. Adrian's currently in the conceptual phase of designing the personnel dropship. (More about that in the FX-CGI section!)
Hey all, This is my first post...I'm soo tired...been working to get all sections of this site updated as well as pushing everyone along so an update can actually occur!...I have a feeling this is the first of many posts of the same theme!!
Ok, We're in the middle of pre-production when we're supposed to be closer to the middle of it. Locations are doing well..trying to get insurance settled to cover liabilities...that's something most locations will ask you for (unless you're shooting everything in your house- better own the house, cuz the landlord may insist on it too!) Actually, I'd strongly recommend it if you have a crew of anything more than your high school best friend, and a cast of anyone beyond your family and close friends...The worst thing that can happen on a set is someone gets majorly hurt and the worser thing that can happen is they sue you and/or ask you to pay for medical bills...ok my grammer was worsest than those scenarios, but that's what happens when you're exhausted...good night!
Q: Where are you shooting this film?
A: The film will be shot in the NY/NJ area. We will be shooting on location as well as in a greenscreen studio (see locations!).
Q: What do you hope to get out of making the film?
A: To tell an awesome story!! But you that's not all you meant, right?...This is going to be a 30 minute film which I believe is a stepping stone for me to taking on a feature length 1.5+ hour film...And I mean that in several respects.
Creatively: As a storyteller, I'm hoping this film will help me refine my grasp of story pacing and character development. I started out making 1 minute stories, from there it went to 3-5 minutes. This is my longest film.
Logistical: Film making requires an enormous level of organization and planning..I'm afraid I'd be overwhelmed if I took on a full length feature straight away!
Budgets: Before they trust you with $50 million, you gotta prove you can use $5 million effectively...before $5 million, you gotta use $1 million...follow that all the way down to this film which will total roughly $20,000. So if the film's overall quality is great for $20K, then hopefully the next project will be larger. Also, this is a self-funded project. To potential investors, that shows that you've got faith in your abilities...