Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Drew Crew Puts Finishing Touches on Mad City Chickens Teaser

Today’s studio shoot went nicely, turning out to be an enjoyable experience for all. We finished up the last of the shots needed for the premiere of the Mad City Chickens teaser trailer. Up and coming child actor Drew nailed his role in front of the blue screen, and both he and his father were great fun to work with. We all celebrated afterwards with some ice cream.

Look for the teaser to be released on this Wednesday, July 4th.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

First Glimpse of Mad City Chickens on July 4th

This coming July 4th will mark the release of the first short teaser trailer for our film Mad City Chickens. Look for it here on this site as well as on our tarazod YouTube channel. The film continues to advance through the post-production process with many long hours ahead of us. And with a number of scenes still not completely shot, we can’t state for sure the expected completion date. Yet even with our slim crew of volunteers and an even thinner budget, things are still moving forward and looking nice!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mad City Chickens Shoot With Actor Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson brought his talents and special brand of humor to Mad City Chickens today in an early morning shoot off the square in downtown Madison. Craig has been acting in theatre and on television for years. You can catch some of his latest work on YouTube in the tremendously popular series, Chad Vader. We also got some excellent production help out of script supervisor Janet Kjelland. A big thanks to both Craig and Janet for the great work!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Interview with Mother Earth News’ Editor-in-Chief

Meeting Cheryl Long, Editor-in-Chief of Mother Earth News, was a true delight! We discussed everything from their pastured-eggs study to new backyard chicken coop designs and from solar panels to wind power. We sampled heirloom herbs from her garden and took a test drive in a new prototype all-electric vehicle. Not only is Cheryl extremely knowledgeable in the realms of natural living and back-to-the-land skills, but she’s also an intelligent, well-spoken individual who is just a pleasure to be around.



We shot over 2.5 hours of footage which we’re very excited about perusing back in the editing room.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Mad City Road Trip to Topeka

Today we drove over 10 hours to Kansas to prepare for our meeting with the Mother Earth News Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Long. We hope to speak with her about the pastured-eggs study they are currently conducting, a study that is measuring the nutritional levels of eggs from free-range hens as compared to those found in regular supermarkets.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

Mad City Chickens B-roll

Today, we did a few pick-ups to get some much needed B-roll for the Mad City Chickens movie. We revisited two different chicken households that we originally had shot footage at this past winter. Everybody’s got new chicks and the gardens are starting to pop. We wanted some spring shots without a snow covering.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Associated Press Turns Attention on Mad City Chickens

 
Mad City Chickens is picked up by Associated Press writer Colin Fly. The growing interest in urban chickens is making national news, and our film, which is mostly in post-production now, is catching some press. Fly’s article has appeared so far in nearly 20 newspapers nationwide from Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities to Seattle, Portland, Denver and Anchorage.

Read the piece here.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Friday, June 1, 2007

Scouting Vehicles

We have a scene in Mad City Chickens that we’ll be shooting soon; it calls for a big flat-bed truck. Last night after work, we spent an hour or so the entire evening scouting out rental trucks.

Standing there in the parking lot at 9:45pm, trying to imagine if this particular vehicle would be large enough to fit our polka band, we suddenly noticed the sign that read, “People are not allowed in the back of truck.”Bloody Hell! Is no idea original anymore? Well, we didn’t want that truck anyway–too many logos we’d have to cover-up.