Friday, August 18, 2017

NGSS Bat Project Continues

In September of 2016, Tarazod was hired to shoot video of a Next Generation Science Standards curriculum in an eighth grade classroom. The unit focus was bats, and the project was sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association.

Earlier today, we continued our work by shooting an interview with long-time classroom teacher Susan Cohen. Four final videos are planned. Once the scripts are written by curriculum author Emily Miller, we'll edit them together from the footage and wrap up this project .

Thursday, July 20, 2017

More Strindberg Scenes With Nicholas Wootton

On Wednesday, we shot what was--hopefully--the final scenes for actor Nicholas Wootton in Strindberg's Assistant. We needed a number of green screen pickups. Michael Holly again ran camera.

Partway through the shoot, a thunderstorm passed through Madison causing a transformer to blow down the street. Electricity was out along the entire block for more than a hour and half. Though, we still managed to wrap up by midnight.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Strindberg's Assistant" Still Lives!

Last Sunday, we started up again shooting scenes and recording voice-over dialog for our film, Strindberg's Assistant. The movie--which is now six years in the making--is inching ever closer to completion. The project has had many detours and delays along the way--not the least of which was the sad and unexpected passing of Colin Cameron. Colin had the initial idea for the film. He was also its Executive Producer, as well as a supporting actor with the role of Strindberg himself. Yet life continues to move forward, and we know he would have wanted us to complete the movie in which he had been so intricately involved.

Cinematographer Michael Holly was back in town from Brazil to run camera. And actor Nicholas Wootton recorded some of his final scenes before he heads out of the country for the next year and a half. We also introduced a new character played by Ivy Suryana. Plus we brought back the star of the film, Joyce Aasen, to shoot the movie's concluding scene.

One of the benefits from so many delays over the years has been time. We've had time to reevaluate the script, to develop certain characters more, and to simply make the story stronger and more succinct (many thanks to Michael Holly's input).

There is still more to do--an introduction of one addition new character, dialog to be written, and more scenes to be shot. Plus Strindberg's assistant, Bjorn, has now become the film's villain! Patrick Garvey, who last played this character nearly six years ago, has recently agreed to come back to reprise the role. Strindberg's Assistant still lives!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 Mad City Vegan Fest Completed

Tarazod was hired to shoot and edit the 2017 Mad City Vegan Fest which occurred Saturday June 17th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. A four-camera set-up, the all-day event included six different presentations including a panel discussion and cooking demo. We recently finished the edit  and uploaded the finished videos to the Mad City Vegan Fest channel.

Here's a clip of a last minute sound check before presenter Neal Barnard M.D. spoke to the audience.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Craigslist Equipment

Quality video and filmmaking equipment is scandalously expensive. Period! Except when it isn't. Enter Craigslist. The online classifieds site has its fair share of scammers and just plain weirdos. Yet, if you learn to weed through these lowlifes, you can on occasion land some real good deals.

We recently added to our gear for commercial projects. Purchased another Sony NX5U camera and a Monfrotto 290 xtra carbon fiber tripod. Both are in nice condition...the tripod looks near new. And both were gotten at half the price of their current value. Very pleased with these additions.

As a bonus, the Sony came with a detachable HXR-FMU128 128GB flash memory unit, a $300-400 value used.

Having matching cameras on a multi-camera shoot makes the footage so much easier to work with in post.

A few years ago, we'd purchased a used small Manfrotto fluid head. Now we finally have a tripod to go with it. A lightweight combo that should work well on gigs that require air travel .