Posts Tagged ‘adam casner’

Enhance it! – Part 1

May 28, 2011

Another short comedy is starting to come to life!

My alma mater, Millikin University, was nice enough to let me set up lights in a computer lab for “Enhance It!”

Doug made a great Santa. He makes an even better CIA chief...

Tuesday night Alida and I met with Mitch Morrison to set up lights, and set them up we did. Mitch has a great talent when it comes to lighting. Combined with Alida’s eye for composition we were able to get everything ready and blocked out for our shoot on Wednesday night.

When Wednesday rolled around, I was worried the huge storm system that had been hovering over us for 24 hours was going to cancel my shoot. Tornado watches and flash flood warnings didn’t help.

ADM-Scovill Hall in front of a nice angry storm...

Luckily for me, the rain didn’t stop my cast and crew from showing up, ready to go.

Hit the jump for a gallery of behind the scenes photos!



A Christmas movie

January 28, 2011

I’ve been sitting on several half-written scripts for a long time, whining around that I don’t have enough free time to work on them.

After talking to some friends I realized that if I don’t just dive right in I’ll never get anything done. So over the holiday I shot a short Christmas comedy based on the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

It’s a very short satire, so I can’t say much without telling the entire story. While I’m editing, I’ll leave you with some photos from the shoot, taken by Alida Sullivan (my wonderful wife), Adam Casner, and Mitch Morrison.

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“Life in a Day” shoot

September 15, 2010

Life in a Day” is a “global experiment to create a user-generated feature film documenting a single day on Earth.”

On July 24, over 80,000 people filmed an example of their lives and entered it into a contest on YouTube. The winners will have their footage used in a film directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott. That film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

I didn’t know about this contest until my friend and co-worker Adam asked me to help him film his. I decided helping with his would be fun enough, and didn’t actually enter the contest myself.

So Alida and I took a night to go over to Adam’s house and film an example of his day. Not only did Alida and I get to film, but I got to act. Check it out!

While we were filming that night, there were a lot of distractions. As soon as we arrived at Adam’s place, he was filming a huge spider with his iPhone. Ever the spider enthusiast, I jumped up and did a little filming with the 5D.

After shooting for a while Adam realized he needed cigarettes, a necessary prop, so we ran to the gas station. When we were about to leave I noticed a huge katydid on my car. I had to get out and have a look. It was pretty fun, it just sat on my hand and appeared to be biting its fingernails.

Once we got back to the house and started filming the smoking bit on the back porch, I saw a cicada hanging out on the screen. Do I even have to say that I picked it up and filmed it for a minute?

So here’s a little behind-the-scenes video. It’s actually a video of all the things that distracted us from our goals that night, but “behind-the-scenes” sounds more official. Either way, enjoy.

So it’s been almost two months, and they’ve started narrowing down contestants, and we seem to have made it through the first round. As posted on his blog, Adam was asked to provide all the raw footage from the shoot. The footage is in their hands, so now we wait and find out if our faces will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Wish us luck!

Helmet cam at the Decatur Celebration

August 9, 2010

Finally! This weekend I finally put my helmet camera on a paintball gun to get a first-person view down the barrel. The camera didn’t go back far enough to show the barrel, a la first-person-shooter, but you can see the discharge from the CO2.

We also used the helmet cam to let viewers go on carnival rides with my friend, H&R videographer Adam Casner. Here are the vids!

As you can see, Adam took a pretty good beating in there. Here is a picture he posted later on:

Painless? No, Paintless.

Now that you’ve had a laugh at Adam’s expense, check out some things that he’s been working on over at!