Saturday, October 7, 2017

Film Screenings in Ottawa, Canada

The eighth of October was the birthday of our good friend and associate, the late Colin Cameron. His sister, Mary Martel-Cantelon, lives in Ottawa, Canada where Colin was known to many. In celebration of Colin's life, Mary arranged a mini film festival this weekend to be held at the Mayfair Theatre. The program will feature excerpts and shorts from a few of the many (more than 100) movies in which Colin had worked on. And we are here in Ottawa to be a part of the event.

Photo courtesy of Mary Martel-Cantelon.

Included in the lineup is Don Circles the Drain, as well as excerpts from Mad City Chickens and others films in which Tarazod was connected to in some way. Plus we're showing a few clips from the three yet-to-be completed projects that Colin was the Executive Producer on: Benjamin's Ride, No Sleep for Ronni, and Strindberg's Assistant.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More Audio Work on NGSS Bat Project

Today we recorded narration with Susan Cohen, the junior high classroom teacher on the Next Generation Science Standards project we are working on. The final edit will include four separate videos that follow the four scripts written by curriculum author, Emily Miller.

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!