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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 01:08 PM
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I won't be posting often, but I couldn't resist being eligible for the Heather Dale giveaway...

Wish me luck -- my student movie shoots tomorrow! starwars.gif


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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 01:57 PM
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Silver,
Don't stay away too long!! Goodluck with the movie! Can you tell us what it is about?


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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 03:06 PM
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All student films for this particular introductory course have to be in the form of a one-minute "commercial" for a fictional product or service (unless, of course, you actually have a client lined up...) Mine is based loosely on a story I read here on the celticradio.net board... yes, y'all bear part of the blame for this. :-) The story:

A medieval re-enactor is accosted by a mugger on his way to a tournament. He routs his assailant by drawing his sword and otherwise acting unfriendly. Of course, his cloak, armor and sword have all been purchased with... CrusaderCard, accepted wherever warriors journey. Thus, honor, individuality and personal debt triumph over evil and banality. :-)

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Silver,
That sounds funny! Is there anyway to get a screening of this? Or will it be posted on the web for all to see? I think that since we were the inspiration for this it would be fun to see. thumbs_up.gif
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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 04:54 PM
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There will be free public screenings of this (and all other student films made in the college this year) in June and September in Van Nuys, CA. Assuming I'm actually willing for folks to see it wink.gif I'll post details as the date gets closer. As for Web, I must examine closely the various releases to see if I CAN post it; no time to investigate this now.
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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 08:16 PM
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Hey when do we get to see this? It sounds like one of those Capitol Visa commercials.


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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 09:10 PM
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Break a leg, Silverdragon!! cool.gif I'd love to see it, too! It sounds wonderful! Please keep us posted, and hopefully you'll be able to put it on the Web. So cool!!

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Break a leg Silver Dragon, It will be hard to believe how much film will be required just of a 60 second spot.


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Posted: 29-Apr-2004, 09:32 PM
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I want to see! angel_not.gif
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Posted: 30-Apr-2004, 02:36 AM
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Please say prayers or burn incense, dear friends, because I just checked out the camera 1.5 hours ago, and already it's broken... sad.gif and my crew arrives on location in 7 hours....
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Posted: 30-Apr-2004, 01:10 PM
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Oh silver I'm sorry you are having problems on the set!
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Posted: 30-Apr-2004, 01:12 PM
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How does that bit go from "Shakespeare in Love"? " We need a miracle.--It'll work out, it always does.--How?--I don't know. It's a mystery". (Something like that unsure.gif ) Don't worry Silverdragon! A lot can happen in 7 hours. It'll be fine!

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Posted: 30-Apr-2004, 09:28 PM
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First, I want to thank ALL y'all on CelticRadio.net for your good wishes and thoughts. Second, I want to say that my cast and crew on this were first-rate -- my friends and family who helped with this for fun and for free did a FINE job for me, each one.

Having said that,

AAAAAUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!

I wil not describe my day on the set. Will not. Will not. Maybe tomorrow when I don't have the screaming mimis... wacko.gif

Suffice it to say that I was on my knees praying in the ladies' room on my lunch break.

My video production was not like this. I will to some extent reserve judgement in the hopes that the Russian POS camera that Valley College forces beginning filmmakers to use is an exception, and that film cameras that REAL filmmakers use do not induce the desire to pound the things against the nearest tree.

But in general, I want to NOT MESS WITH FILM. Again. Ever. If I ever write/produce/direct my own movie (yes, I still want to) I will either a| do it on video, or b| let SOMEONE ELSE handle film. Yes, that's right, one of these bright young classmates of mine who cut their teeth on Daddy's Arriflex can be my cinematographer, no problem.

Nevertheless, for good or for ill, the film is in the can. I will not know whether it resembles a commercial, or a bad acid trip, until next Thursday.

Next up: a hot bath with Highlander Radio playing in the background for me, then bedtime. G'night, Annabelle.
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Silverdragon! I missed this thread! Oh boo hoo! I am sorry for what all you had to go through with your project. I am fascinated by the project you are doing! Wish I could be your grip! biggrin.gif I was watching a documentary last night on the making of The Alamo and thought of you in what all you must go through. I hope the project turned out well. Do you ever watch the show "Inside the Actor's Studio?" I LOVE that show.

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CelticRose, it's good to be back. And I'd have loved to have you as my grip! Working with people is the GOOD part. There was fun. There was sillyness with costumes and props. There were spontaneous group hugs. There was the challenge of getting everyone to work together to contribute to what was, after all, MY concept! and being a teacher is GREAT training for the management side of being a director. I STILL want to be a director when I grow up! I'll post a link to some production stills later when I get my network connection back up to my Macintosh.

Now for the Dark Side of the Force.... starwars.gif

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In the beginning there is Moving Picture Film, and it is unexposed and unprocessed and it is called Raw Stock. It liveth not in a Canister like decent respectable still Film, but dwelleth on a Spool with wide Flanges, which keeps out neither dirt nor all the light from the Raw Stock. And behold, if one droppeth the Spool of the Raw Stock, the hours of effort of director, cast and crew have gone for naught.

There is also the Camera, which is named the Krasnogorsk-3. The Instructor calleth it the K-3, but the Student calleth it the Krap-3. And the Krap-3 came to the student and had not a Hood for its Lens, nor a Filter for the rays of UV, nor even a Battery for its Light Meter. And the Student was distressed.

And behold, the Instructor said, "Thou needest not the Filter, but thou must purchase a Battery." and the Student said, "I shall purchase a Battery in the early morning, and shall make a Lens Hood of construction paper." And it was so, and the Student was 30 minutes behind on her Schedule, and behold her Cast and Crew waited on her arrival.

Then the Student trembling took the Raw Stock and fed it to the Krap-3 through a Film Path as complex as the Thread Path of a Sewing Machine (which the Moving Picture Cameras doth strongly resemble). And it was Good, and several Shots were Filmed, both the first Take and the second Take of the Shots were filmed.

The Student then noticed that the Frame Rate Dial of the Krap-3 was not on the Frame Rate that she intended, for the Frame Rate Dial of this particular Krap-3 was loose and stayeth not where placed. And after shooting the third Take and the fourth Take, she heard a faint but dire clunking sound within the Krap-3.

"Alas! I have lost my Loops!" said the Student. (These being the words of the Filmmaking craft for the Raw Stock slipping off the Cogs of the Motion Picture Camera.) And she knew not how long the Loops had been lost, nor how much of her precious Raw Stock had been ruined.

Again trembling, the Student removed her first Spool of Raw Stock, and replaced it with her second Spool. And looking through the Krap-3 Viewfinder, she saw that there was much dirt, for the slipped Cogs of the Krap-3 had ripped bits of Emulsion from her Raw Stock.

The Student opened the Krap-3, and removed the Raw Stock, placing its Spool carefully in the shade. And she cleaned the Krap-3 of the bits of ripped Emulsion. Then she looked up and was greatly afraid, for the Sun had moved while she cleaned the Krap-3, and the Spool of Raw Stock was in a small spot of sunlight!

And with this last Evil, the Malice of the Krap-3 and the Raw Stock were spent, and the Student finished the Shots, and re-took some of the Shots that she had done earlier and thought were perhaps ruined by the lost Loops or the Frame Rate Dial. But still, the student knoweth not how badly her second Spool of Raw Stock was damaged by the Sun, nor how much of her first Spool was ruined by the Frame Rate Dial and the lost Loops. Nor will she know this until the Screening of the Dailies, which happeneth Thursday next.

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The film purists can have this hassle. Just give me back my video camera, and nobody gets hurt.

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