Friday, September 30, 2016

Bat Project for National Science Teachers Association

Today we completed the first of two weeks of video shoots at a middle school in Madison. It's a project for the National Science Teachers Association, sponsored by the Disney Company. We're documenting the use of Next Generation Science Standards in an eighth grade classroom. The curriculum focus for this unit is on bats, their ecology, and the environmental issues that certain species are now facing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New CFL Kit for Upcoming Shoot

Over the next two weeks, Tarazod will be involved with a new video gig which will take place inside a junior high science classroom. In the past, we would have rented a couple of lightweight compact florescent light (CFL) soft boxes to bounce off the ceiling. However, we seem to be picking up a few more of these types of projects. So we decided it'd be more cost-effective to simply purchase our own two-piece kit. We're not huge fans of CFLs--and this kit is nothing fancy--but for these specific gigs, it'll accomplish what we'll need it to.

Special thanks to Colin Cameron for his advocacy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Public Screening of MCC in North Dakota

On October 2nd, Mad City Chickens will be making its North Dakota premiere. A group of citizens in Minot are looking to get their ordinance changed to allow for backyard chickens. To help raise awareness in their city, they'll be holding a public screening of our film.

  • All Saint's Episcopal Church, downtown at 301 Main Street South, Minot, ND
  • 6:00 pm on October 2, 2016
  • Free admission

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First Story Meeting for "One Door Closes"

Robert met with Nicholas Wootton today at the Weary Traveler in Madison. We had a preliminary story meeting for a possible next joint film project--a short comedy with the working title of One Door Closes--based on an original script by Nicholas.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Don Circles the Drain" Accepted into Driftless Film Fest

Our short, Don Circles the Drain--co-produced with Rick Richards of C Side Films-- has been accepted into the 2016 Driftless Film Festival in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It will screen in the Shorts Showcase at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 5.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Farmer's Market B-Roll for Documentary

We filmed additional b-roll yesterday for Benjamin's Ride. In looking for a few generic crowd shots, we let our camera roll at the Wednesday farmer's market in downtown Madison.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Reenactment Scenes for "Benjamin's Ride"

Ben Miles is the autistic boy who is the subject of our latest documentary, Benjamin's Ride. We've been following him and his unique story for over five years and have shot hours upon hours of video. Ben is now 22 years old. However, there are still sections of the film that require clips of him as a younger child--footage that doesn't exist. So we're recreating it with actors.

Today we met with a local child actor named Aiden, who will be playing an eight-year old version of Ben. We chatted with Aiden, ran through some brief character rehearsal, and went to it--shooting three different scenes. Because we weren't recording any audio, the production sped along.

Robert directed and ran camera, Nicholas Wootton was production manager on set, and executive producer Colin Camera did grip work and filled in wherever necessary.

Aiden only needed very brief direction before executing his part beautifully.

We took advantage of the overcast day by setting up the green screen to shoot another scene. Playing the role of Ben's mother was Aiden's sister, Megan. The footage was shot in such a way that it'll be composited in the edit with other clips to represent the time when Ben first set foot inside Walt Disney World.

Occasional wind gusts proved a little too much for our sandbags. So Nicholas, Colin, and Aiden's brother, Sean, took turns as human ballasts. 

Photos courtesy of Colin Cameron and Nicholas Wootton

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Documentary Title - "Benjamin's Ride"

The edit on our latest documentary continues to progress. As the diverse elements of the film come more into focus, the refinement of the movie's title also continues to evolve. We credit Executive Producer Colin Cameron with this latest branding. This one we think will stick.

New title: Benjamin's Ride.

Tagline: An autistic boy and Snow White.

Monday, July 11, 2016

B-Roll & Interview for Snow White Doc

This past weekend, we made more progress on our Snow White documentary. We shot a couple b-roll scenes that called for a reenactment with a baby and a house cat. Lucky for us, our friends Michael and Andrea Holly are visiting from Brazil this month with their seven month-old son, Calvin, who was perfect for the role. The pet cat was wrangled up by fellow friend and filmmaker, Nicholas Wootton of Windmiller Media, who also acted as Production Manager during the shoot.

In addition, we did a short interview with Andrea about the immense popularity of Snow White in Brazil, and we asked her if she could name all Seven Dwarfs in Portuguese. She came through with flying colors.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vegan Fest Project Completed

Last week Tarazod shot the 2016 Mad City Vegan Fest. Today, we finished the last of six videos that have been uploaded to their youtube channel. Below is a sample clip with the intro and title plate for headliner speaker, Michael Gregor, M.D. (whom we also filmed back in 2008 for our Mad City Chickens documentary).