Filmmaking 101 Part 6 – Shoot Day

Filmmaking 101 is a series of articles I’m writing for Life As A Human. Please check out the full article over there.

Finally, I was ready to shoot this goshdarn beast.

Wednesday, April 10th ~ Photo Shoot Day

These photos were of my main characters in their younger years, to be used as flashbacks during the film. I used younger actors: Lisa Rose Snow, Kirstin Howell, Rebecca Regan, Margaret Smith and Emlyn Murray. Jeremy Webb was on hand to play a variety of limbs (which will make sense when you go see the movie!)…[Read the rest of the article on Life As A Human.]

Curtains Cast

Emlyn Murray, Rebecca Regan, Lisa Rose Snow, Kirstin Howell, Margaret Smith

 

Filmmaking 101 Part 5 – Casting & Crew & Catering, Oh My!

Filmmaking 101 is a series of articles I’m writing for Life As A Human. Please check out the full article over there.

Story Boards

Story Boards by Corey Mullins

Once upon a time I decided that it would be a really swell idea to write a series of articles on the making of my first short film. As you can see from the months that pass between each post, this didn’t turn out to be such a realistic goal. Lesson #57 – making a film of any size sucks up all available time and energy, leaving you with neither of either to put into blogging.

I’m embarrassed to see that the last update is about February. FEBRUARY! That’s practically years ago. So much has happened since then. Where to start?

Oh, I know. March. We’ll start with March.

After a few months of nos, March turned into the month of yeses.

March

  • You may or may not remember that as of the end of February I had found a Director of Photography (DOP), lost him, and found a potential new one. Becky Parsons was really interested in shooting Curtains for me, but was in Toronto and waiting on word from another job that would bring her to Halifax, thereby allowing her to work on my movie. It was touch and go for a while, but in late March she was finally able to confirm. WooHoo! […read more on Life As A Human]

Image Credit

Story Board Examples by Corey Mullins

Filmmaking 101 – The Pre-Production Dance Of Insanity

Comedy-and-TragedyFilmmaking 101 is a series of articles I’m writing for Life As A Human. Please check out the full article over there.

I haven’t written a new blog post in so long because nothing has happened. Or nothing good, anyway. Why write a post describing all the false starts and retracted promises that have been plaguing Curtains? It just sounds so depressing.

Depressing or no, it’s been my reality for the last few months. And I can’t very well skip over all that stuff and just tell you about the good things that are happening, now can I? (Spoiler! There is good stuff! Happening!)

When working on a creative project like this, I become so emotionally invested that it’s hard to be objective. Good news flies me to the stars. Bad news sinks me to the bottom of the ocean. To spare you from the boring details on how each of these events warmed or broke my heart, I’ve decided to make a list. Just the facts, nice and tidy…[…read more on Life As A Human]

Image Credit

Comedy & Tragedy Masks on Flickr

Filmmaking 101 Part 3 – A Lesson In Passion and Partnerships

Filmmaking 101 is a series of articles I’m writing for Life As A Human. Please check out the full article over there.

Open source film making with Todd HarrisIn my last article I mentioned that I wrote the short film version of Curtains for an application to a film program. That program is called Film 5, and is put on through AFCOOP, a film co-operative in Halifax, NS. They offer all sorts of great training and resources to new and established filmmakers in Nova Scotia. Film 5 is for emerging filmmakers. You apply with a script and a small team (writer/director/producer), and they hold your hand through making your film.

This sounded great. I put out a call to my Facebook friends for team members. I found a friend who works as an editor, and had a friend of a friend recommended. We three met, all got along, and all liked the project. We put together an application that I thought was a shoe-in.

We were rejected.

Now, I’m no stranger to rejection…[read more]

 

 Image Credit

Open source film making with Todd Harris @ Flickr

Filmmaking 101 Part 2 — The Script

Filmmaking 101 is a series of articles I’m writing for Life As A Human. Please check out the full article over there.

The-Blend-2-CoverCreating something — whether it be art, music, literature, a new company, a product that you want to sell on the interweb to make your million — happens in two distinct phases. In the first you, and your idea, exist in a pocket universe* that is completely separate from our known reality. It’s your baby, your own, your precious, and you must protect it as it cannot possibly survive out in the cold on its own. Perhaps you invite a few trusted allies to visit your pocket universe, and introduce your idea to them, and try not to feel like you’re going to the bathroom naked in the middle of your high school English class (I’m not the only one with that recurring nightmare. Right?) — in other words, totally exposed and absolutely ridiculous. But for the most part it is kept in solitary confinement while you nurse it into being.

My, that’s a gooey metaphor. Did I get any on you? So sorry for the mess.

In my case, this phase was me writing the script….[…read more]

 

 Image Credits

 Cover of The Blend, Issue #2, by Matt Brossard