Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Editing Bay Getting Close to Ready!

Seven and a half months ago, following the fire in our complex, we took a lease on a new place. It was available to us because the previous tenant vacated early. Looking forward to a long-term situation, we were ready to get settled and pump up our production of films and commercial projects. The first thing on the agenda was to finish Don Circles the Drain, which we did. Things were going well. Unfortunately, the lease renewal came due this past August 1st and to our surprise, the landlord decided to rent to family members instead.

So for the second time in less than a year, we were forced to pack up everything and find a new location to call home. It's not easy sometimes, but it helps to remember the adage--"everything happens for a reason"--even when it really pisses you off.

We're now in our new location, and we like it better than anything we've ever had before! Might put some sound dampening on the walls and add a few tweaks here and there, but the editing bay is close to being ready. Got other films to finish and jobs to complete.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Test Screening of "Don" at High Noon Salloon

The first test screening of Don Circles the Drain for the general public took place yesterday at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. Part of a Wisconsin filmmaker showcase sponsored by Living Storm Productions, our short was one of thirteen local movies to play. We're told it was a great turn out of between 60 to 80 in the audience.

Unfortunately, we couldn't attend. Executive Director Rick Richards was out of town and Robert was stuck having to move to a new home that weekend. Assistant Director, Nicholas Wootton did go and reported that the film was well received and got lots of laughs.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Don Circles the Drain" - Cast & Crew Screening

We had our cast and crew wrap party last night for Don Circles the Drain. It was good to to finally show the finished film and to revisit with everyone--many of whom we hadn't seen for almost two years.

Although the projector had some issues, people still seemed to enjoy the picture. We really value test screenings, even those which may be a little skewed due to an audience of only cast and crew. After hearing their feedback, we went back and made a few minor adjustments to the edit, plus one rather large one. The movie now flows even better. Total running time 9:19.

Photos courtesy of Colin Cameron.

Up next, our first test screening of Don for the general public is this Sunday, August 2nd at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. A Wisconsin filmmaker showcase sponsored by Living Storm Productions, the program runs from 12:30-3:30pm. $5 cover.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

It's Done! "Don Circles the Drain" is Now a Finished Film!

Two years in the making, Don Circles the Drain is now complete! Polished off the final cut today. This collaborative project between C Side Films and Tarazod Films went through several changes before becoming the movie it is now.

The original plan was for us to simply create a short trailer for Executive Producer Rick Richards, to assist him in selling his feature-length script. However as things progressed, we couldn't resist the temptation to turn this project into a stand-alone film. The short has a total running time of 9:26.

Our first test screening takes place this Wednesday, August 29th. It's a showing for cast and crew at the long-delayed wrap party.

We then will have a second test screening at the local filmmaker showcase being hosted by Living Storm Productions. Sunday August 2nd, 12:30-3:00pm, High Noon Saloon in Madison. Open to the public; $5 cover.

Then it's time for festival submissions.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Audio down to one last scene for "Don Circles the Drain"

Executive Producer Rick Richards stopped by today to view the latest edit of Don Circles the Drain, which is so very, very close to being completed. The audio for the entire film is now done except for one last sequence--the Crowd Scene--in which our star Don (played by Odari Kimani) is unexpectedly greeted by his adoring fans. We recorded lots of yelling, screaming, and miscellaneous outpourings from the cast and slew of extras who showed up that day on August 24, 2013--nearly 2 years ago!

The audio log list for the Crowd Scene.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Final Voice-Overs Completed for "Don Circles the Drain"

Yesterday we brought in actors Colin Cameron and Tim Towne to do the last of the voice-over recordings for Don Circles the Drain. Colin is the narrator in the film and Tim the "Captain Know-It-All" control room operator for Don's cable access TV show.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

JG Accepted Into Boston Independent Film Fest

Just God--our comedic collaborative film project with Windmiller Media and Exchange Productions--was recently accepted as a finalist into the Boston Independent Film Festival. Screenings begin July 15, 2015.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Another Year, Another Adobe CC Update

So far, CC 2015 seems pretty good. New things to get used to in Premiere. There does appear to be some issue, however, with the program's need for an excessive amount of CPU usage. We hope this gets fixed in a hurry.


Definitely some bugs with the new 2015 release. Premiere is having some serious problems with audio files cutting out and sound waveforms disappearing. We're switching our current projects back to CC2014 until Adobe gets these fixed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vegan Fest edit at 3:06 AM

3:06 AM. Finishing up video number four of six from the 2015 Mad City Vegan Fest. Render, compression, and upload times are real hour-eaters. But getting close to finishing this gig.

Presenter Dama Wells-Foster during her cooking demonstration. Dessert was raw avocado-chocolate pudding. Good stuff!

Registered Dietitian Jack Norris on vegan nutrition.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Don Circles the Drain" Update

Our joint film project with C-Side Films is nearing completion. Over the last couple months, we've worked intensely on the edit. Currently, it's  down to tweaking the dialog tracks and sound effects. Still need to bring in actors Tim Towne and Colin Cameron, each for a brief voice-over session for a few lines we've added. Then all that's left to do is color correction.