Posts Tagged ‘behind the scenes’

Enhance it! – Part 2

September 20, 2011

Yes, I’m still working on this one!

This weekend we had an awesome shoot at Sloan’s Calzones. The owner, Brent Sloan, was kind enough to open the doors of his business on a Sunday for us to come in with a ton of equipment.

If you’ve never been to Sloan’s, here’s a completely non-solicited plug that I’ve been telling people for a long time- Sloan’s has an awesome slice of pizza, and is the only place in Decatur that I know of where you can just waltz right in and grab a slice of pizza without waiting. And if you go, make sure to try the homemade chips.

This shoot was for a short sequence during the credits. It went really well, and there was some fantastic ad libbing. So much so that we had to do a few retakes because I laughed and shook the camera. Mitch also provided a dolly, so I got to go for a ride too!

I cut it together that night, so everything is pretty much in the bag. There are just a few post-production things to take care of, mostly dealing with After Effects. I’ll be posting it as soon as it’s finished, but until then, here are some photos from this weekend.  Thanks to Adam Casner and my wonderful wife for taking some awesome behind the scenes shots while I was busy.

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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!

Bugs, bullets, and burning boxes

April 23, 2010

The past few weeks have been pretty action packed, so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and make my point with photos and video. Here we go.

Last week  I shot a video about a huge collection of bugs being donated to the Illinois Raptor Center here in Decatur. I highly recommend taking a look at the video HERE. In it you will see just why they call this terrifying Illinois native the Cicada Killer:

Hint: it doesn't kill them right away...

Moving on. What’s the best way to prove how great sprinkler systems are at fighting fires? Build two identical rooms outside and light them on fire in front of a large crowd. Check out the video HERE. In it you will see this neat tornado-like flame:

I probably should not have sat as close as I did...

And to top it all off, I finally got a chance to use my helmet cam! Take a look:

Patrol officer Shawn Guenther with the camera on his paintball mask

A first-person view of the training exercise.

The Decatur Police Department did some training exercises with paintball guns, and I used the helmet cam for a couple sessions. You can see the footage included in my video for the Herald & Review HERE!

And, as a special bonus, you can see Huey Freeman trying his hand at shooting police with a 9mm paintball gun. Enjoy!

Troupe and eggs

February 28, 2010

You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. I think that’s the saying. As it turns out, you can’t make the Troupe Dynamic March top-ten list without breaking eggs either. Luckily I had the trusty low-res camera phone to capture the shot until the finished product is posted.

Still not sure if you want to check out the March video? How about this?

The sheepopotamus will come for you with his razor...

There we go. See you at at the beginning of the month.

UPDATE! The video is posted!

Contest success!

November 18, 2009

Last year my entry to the 21 Film Contest didn’t get in. This year, it was one of the 20 finalists to be screened at the red carpet event, but didn’t win any prizes.

I was a bit bummed, but now I have been cheered up.

Last month I found out that my “Joint Efforts” video helped win our group a $25,000 grand prize! Here is the original blog with info on the contest. Here’s the video:

Before I won this contest, fellow silly-maker Jay Albright asked me to act in a spot he was directing. The spot is an entry for the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest, and we filmed with the amazing Red One camera. If you didn’t know, Steven Soderberg uses it. Pretty sweet!

Here’s the animatic that Jay made:

Here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette I did:

And here’s the link to the actual video! Note: the site takes a while to load, and you can skip the intro to get straight to our entry.

Now that I have a taste of winning, I am eager for more and have wasted no time entering some contests.  It’s fun, and maybe I’ll win some more money!