Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Don Circles the Drain" Accepted into 2016 Wildwood Film Fest

With the recent completion of an updated edit, our short film, Don Circles the Drain, will make its official premiere in three weeks at the Wildwood Film Festival. We'll be attending the event.

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Venue: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Kimberly Clark Theater, Appleton, Wisconsin
Showtime: TBA

Sunday, January 17, 2016

NGSS Sample Reel

Through a grant from the Disney Company, the National Science Teachers Association hired Tarazod Films in 2015 to produce a number of educational videos on the Next Generation Science Standards. This sample reel includes various clips and sequences that were used in the final video series.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Documentary Gets New Title - "The Snow White Effect"

  • Back in January 2011, we started tossing ideas around for a new documentary. At the time, we were calling it Dark Ride. This was in reference to a specific style of theme park attraction which is enclosed and requires artificial lighting to achieve its dramatic effects. The vagueness of the title was a direct result of us not knowing quite what the focus of this project would be. Shooting began in March of that year in Orlando.

  • Before heading back to Florida for a second round of filming in May of 2012, we updated the movie title to Ben's Snow White Adventures: Autism and the Dark Ride. Ben Miles' love of the Walt Disney World attraction would be the heart of our story. Yet, it was still unclear as to what direction it would go.

  • Two more years passed. A third visit with Ben and his family garnered more quality footage and another updated title, The Snow White Adventures of Benjamin Miles. Coming at the suggestion of Executive Producer Colin Cameron, this catchy name is something we thought would stick.

  • It's now been close to five years. A handful of interviews still remain to be shot. With the recent culmination of a few of our other long-standing video gigs, we now have a window of opportunity to make hay with the edit on a couple of personal projects--including Ben's film.

  • With time has come a better understanding of what we have. As a result, a new title has emerged which finally and accurately reflects the story: The Snow White Effect: An Autistic Boy's Love for the Disney Dark Ride.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"All is Well" Cover

All is Well is a song by Ron Miles that will be used in the documentary short we're currently working on. We have the original recording by Ron himself but now we also might have the possibility of using this cover by Todd Burge.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jonathan Overby at Madison Civics Club

Dr. Jonathan Overby is a distinguished broadcaster and Executive Producer and host of the Wisconsin Public Radio program Higher Ground. Earlier today, he spoke and sang at the December meeting of the Madison Civics Club. He also played a few world percussion instruments.

Along with videographer Luciano Matheron and producer Karen Huismann, Robert was part of the production team that shot the event at the Monona Terrace. It will air at a future date on WYOU Television in Madison.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Disney-Sponsored Video Project in Post-Production

The edit continues on the Disney-funded project for the National Science Teachers Association. The planning stage started back in March for this gig. The goal was to create four educational videos on the Next Generation Science Standards. The bulk of the shoot occurred in the classroom in May. Then over the next several months, scripts were revised, more b-roll was filmed and/or located, narration was added and recorded, and test edits put together.

Voice actor Colin Cameron was brought in to do the narration. Voice-over test clip...

We now have two of the four videos completed and the final pair are underway in the editing stage. The end is near.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Film Wisconsin Workshop in Milwaukee

Attending the Film Wisconsin/Madison Media Institute Boot Camp this weekend in Milwaukee--a two-day training and informational seminar whose goal is to help develop a qualified film and video workforce in the state of Wisconsin. Pictured is Jim Logan of Logan Productions with his crane and Red Dragon.

Additional image via MMI facebook page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Don" Test Screening Held Tonight at WSF

We had a small test screening tonight for Don Circles the Drain. It was held in Madison at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Screenwriter's Forum. In attendance representing the film were Rick, Robert, and Colin.

Photos by Colin Cameron.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mad City Chickens DVD - Price Reduced!

It's been over seven years since the premiere of our documentary, Mad City Chickens. And for the first time, we have slashed the price of the DVD. Originally $21.95, it's now just $7.00 (+ shipping).

Own the movie that helped fuel the urban backyard chicken movement across the US and Canada! Includes 60 minutes of extras. Visit our SHOP page to order your copy.

We'll throw in a FREE pin-back button with every DVD purchase (while supplies last).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Filmed Episode of "Kitchen Krewe" TV Show

A few days ago, we were part of a team that filmed an episode of The Kitchen Krewe, a cooking show geared towards kids. Sponsored by a grant form Willy Street Co-op, the show will begin airing on Madison's WYOU TV in October.