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 9:30.

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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mad City Vegan Fest 2015

Tarazod was hired to film and edit the 2015 Mad City Vegan Fest which occurred today in Madison. It's always a challenge shooting at the Goodman Community Center--a dark room with a lot of echo--but it went well. The edit will include six different presenters, two camera angles, and a separate audio track. Hope to have it completed quickly and up on the client's youtube channel within a day or two.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

World Naked Bike Ride in Madison

Filmed the World Naked Bike Ride in Madison today. Fellow filmmaker, Nicholas Wootton (of Windmiller Media), is one of the event's organizers. He carried a GoPro along on his ride. Robert shot with a 2nd camera from various points along the route.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Madison School Video Project

Tarazod was hired back in March of this year to produce and edit a series of short educational videos for the National Science Teachers Association. The project was to be funded through a grant from the Disney Company, and it would be shot inside a Madison Metropolitan School District classroom. After months of paperwork and preparation, the 5-day shoot finally took place last week with a group of second graders.

Robert ran one camera, Erik Witt was on second, plus we had two more for wide shots.

We still have some talking-head to get with the teachers, and the edit will take some days to finish, but at least the bulk of production is now complete.