Diary of a Mad Filmmaker – Wrap Party

Here’s some video and commentary from the Wholesale Souls, Inc. wrap party!

It was pretty lame as parties go, but there was cheesecake and a fair deal of shouting. We then move in to see some members of the cast and crew complain about each other.

It should be noted, in the interest of accuracy, that the film is not COMPLETELY wrapped yet, but it is MOSTLY wrapped. Yet to shoot are a couple pick-ups and scenery shots, as well as a whole bunch of computer screens.

The Spatula of Incompetence is awarded to one (un)lucky crew member who has been judged to be outstandingly deficient in their area of expertise. Watch to find out who wins (and gives a three-word acceptance speech)!

The Exploding Blog is online!

Yes, I am now happily blogging away (albeit in a less stylish fashion than I had originally envisioned) at the so-called-by-me Exploding Blog!

Perhaps I should explain this naming convention. It all centers around “Exploding Goldfish Films,” which was basically just a random name that I thought sounded good. NOW, however, I have the Exploding Blog and the Exploding Showreel, and possibly in a few months a compilation of short films entitled Exploding Shorts. Let me assure you that this isn’t just to be cute. No, this is a little jab at the Hollywood film factory, where for something to get anyone’s attention, it has to be exploding.

Writer: “I’ve got a great idea for a movie! It’s a touching story about a family of mice!”
Executive: “BOR-ING!”
Writer: “…EXPLODING mice?”
Executive: “You’re hired. Here’s a wad of twenties. I’ll get Brad Pitt on line 2.”

I originally had dreams of making a site with RapidWeaver or hand-coding it in CSS and powering it with WordPress and including comments and automatically-generating RSS feeds, but for now I’m sticking to building the site in the lovely little free program Nvu and making the RSS feed by hand.

I’ll be writing more soon, but frankly, my blog is a low priority at this point.

Diary of a Mad Filmmaker – Interview with Arin Baun

In this installment of the vodcast, I sit down with actor Arin Baun (Alex) to discuss his technique, how editing shapes his performance, and the similarities between stage and screen acting.

Arin has most recently appeared in the Poudre High School production of Our Town.

I also show you a scene from the film, in which James “eats his cheesecake.” This scene was somewhat of an afterthought (in fact, we shot it once and then went back and shot some additional coverage). James addresses the obituary of his good friend, as if he is conversing with him. I was really impressed with Greg’s performance here and I think it may be his best of the film.

After editing this scene, I graded the color to a fluorescent, sickly green color. This really brought out the off-balance nature of the scene, but it also killed the reds present in the strawberry cheesecake. So, a few keys later, I had graded the reds way up, to the point they almost glow. I kind of like it that way. It looks somewhat supernatural.

And yes, that’s a really crazy-looking knife. It belongs to my grandmother.

NEVER cross my grandmother.

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