Sunday, December 16, 2012

Glidecam added to the Equipment Arsenal

Just over a week ago, we picked up a deal on Craigslist, a Glidecam 3000 Pro with arm brace for just $250.

 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Test Screening Beast.Bike.Beauty.

Tonight we had the first test-screening of our newest short, Beast Bike Beauty. Part of the Froth House Flicks, it was a local filmmaker showcase held in Madison at, of course, the Froth House.

Good response and feedback. Now we just want to tweak a couple edits but liked what we saw.











Mike and Robert join a few of the other filmmakers at the end of the screening to do some Q&A.




After the showing, the filmmakers and guests mingled. From L-R, Robert, Janet Kjelland (worked on the Mad City Chickens crew), Colin Cameron (acted in Mad City Chickens, acted & co-produced for Strindberg's Assistant), Veronica Harper (acting in our upcoming Just God), Michael Haven (co-produced and starred in Beast Bike Beauty).

Photos courtesy of Veronica Harper.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

See All 3 Zombie Commercials!

Our series of three zombie TV commercials created for Reptile Rapture are now complete. When this project was first planned, a call was put out for extras to play the "walking dead". We never intended any one "zombie" to have a starring role...yet it just worked out that way. The character played by actress Kellsie Wyman ended up being the zombie that connects the three pieces together.

View them all in sequential order below. For the most crisp results, change the video quality setting to 1080HD (or 720HD if your internet load time is slow)...




Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mad City Chickens Returns to Chicago-Area

December 1, Mundelein, Illinois - Public Screening sponsored by Village Homesteading Mundelein - 5:00 pm at Maverick's Bar & Grill, 2061 W. Maple Ave.

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Just God" Production Begins

Production took place on November 17th and 18th. The first day scenes were shot at "Calista's House". Actors Wendy Martin (Calsita) and Doug Reed (Father Stevens)...






Second day of shooting, "Afterlife Orientation" scenes...


Photos via Just God facebook.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wrap on Zombie Shoots

We completed the last of our production shoots yesterday for the Reptile Rapture zombie commercials. The first spot is already online and airing locally on television during current episodes of The Walking Dead.  The edit for the second piece is all finished except for final color grading. We expect it to be completed in the next couple of days.

The last of the three commercials, most of what we just shot yesterday, is already on the edit timeline and well into the initial draft. It shouldn't be long before it's finished as well.

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A few pics from the shoot:

Tashai and store co-owner Cheryl Allen struggle behind the counter to get the zombies out of the store with their animals and supplies...



A zombie steps out across the ravaged threshold of the store. It's always fun to get to break glass for a shoot...



Store co-owner Richard Allen reacts to zombie remains, a fake arm prop that was thrown across the set...



Tashai does another terrific makeup job on  a "real" zombie arm (her own)...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Zombie Commercial #1 Completed

"Our selection wakes the dead!"

It's Halloween and the perfect time to post our recently completed Zombie TV commercial for the Reptile Rapture pet store. The 15 second piece is the first in a series of three consecutive spots that will play on Charter Cable and AT&T U-Verse. This one has already begun to air--strategically placed during such shows as AMC's The Walking Dead. View it online via our youtube channel.


Screen captures...







Production Company: Tarazod Films
Director: Robert Lughai
Story: Tashai Lovington and Richard Allen
Cameras: Robert Lughai, Michael Haven
Editing/Digital Grading: J. Puc Zotterdeet
Makeup: Craig Meyer, et.el.
Zombies: Colin Cameron, Bryan Fay, DW Wanberg, Kellsie Wyman, et.el.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mad City Chickens at the Vermont International Film Festival

MCC will be screening at the Vermont International Film Festival on October 27th at 4:00 pm. The venue is the cool Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, 1 College Street, Burlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Two More "Chickens" Screenings in British Columbia

British Columbia continues to be good to our Mad City Chickens documentary. The film returns to Canada
on October 25th in Cranbrook. The public screening begins at 7:30 pm at the College of the Rockies--Cranbrook. Then on the 26th, MCC can be seen in Kimberley, also at 7:30 pm. The showing is being held at Centre 64, 64 Deer Park Avenue.

Both presentations are sponsored by the Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook branch.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

MCC Screening in New Hampshire

Public Screening of Mad City Chickens this coming Wednesday, October 24th in Laconia, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Lakes Region Food Network, the documentary will play at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oak Road.

Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mad City Chickens Returns to Maryland Tomorrow

On October 20th, a public screening of our documentary Mad City Chickens is being presented by the University of Maryland Extension. The film starts at 2:00 pm. The showing will be at the U of M Center for Educational Partnership, 6200 Sheridan St., Riverdale, Maryland.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Finishing Touches on Zombie TV Commercial #1

Early this morning, Tashai and Robert headed out into the forest to shoot the one remaining piece of footage still needed to complete the first of the Reptile Rapture zombie commercials. The TV spot starts with a hand rising out of the ground...Tashai's hand to be exact.

She did her own makeup and scar work...



Laying on the forest floor, Tashai placed her hand up thru a cardboard box covered with pine needles and leaf humus. The total length of this particular clip will be no more than 1 second on screen.



Digital grading and a few additional sound effects still need to be added, but we hope to have the commercial completed in a couple of days and on the air by next week.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Motorcycle Short Gets Name

Our short motorcycle film we shot last year is now very near to a completed final cut. We've been referring to it as the Requiem Ride or Motor Mike project, but it never told us its true name until a couple days ago. It's a three minute film with three distinct chapters. So it's only fitting that it has a three-word title...

BEAST. BIKE. BEAUTY.


Mockup of a possible title plate...



Other than minor adjustments to the timeline, all that remains is the digital grading color correction. Once completed, we begin our festival submissions.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rain Delay - Production Stalled on "Just God" Project

Today was going to be our first day of shooting on the short Just God. The weather didn't cooperate, however. We'll reschedule and see if it's still possible to get these outdoor scenes in before the snow flies. If not, it'll have to be spring.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Edit Near Completion on Motorcycle Short

It was exactly one year ago today that Tarazod Films, in collaboration with Exchange Productions (EP), completed production on a short narrative film with the working title of Requiem Ride. Not long after, Robert laid down a rough cut edit on the timeline, and the project seemed to be progressing. In reality, that's where things stopped. The film had potential, but something was missing. Did we need more footage? A change in story? The answer was not apparent at the time. The project was shelved, and we moved onto other things.

Two days ago at the suggestion of long-time supporter Colin Cameron, Michael Haven of EP met with Robert to discuss the possibility of finishing the film. Now a year later, everything feels fresh again and the edit has begun in earnest. Other than a few seconds of time-lapsed photography, there's no need for additional footage. No story change is required either. The magic is back and we hope to have the edit completed by month's-end so as to begin film festival submissions.

To more accurately reflect the essence of the film, the title will be changed from Requiem Ride to something else. Not exactly sure though what that will be.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Scouting Assassin Scene

One of the early motivating scenes in the Just God project involves an assassin pulling up to a house in her BMW, then walking up the drive to do her job. We locked down the location for the shoot this past weekend and will film October 14th.

Car pulls up to this curb...



Assassin approaches on driveway to enter house from rear....



Location video...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Window Dive-Thru Test

October 13th will mark the start of production on Nicholas Wooton's Windmiller Media (formerly Spilling Latte Films) comedy short, Just God. The scene we hope to shoot is of "God" jumping out an upper story window.

The idea is to have our actor dive through a sheet of break-away glass set upright on the ground, landing on an air mattresses. We were discussing how the stunt should be performed--more as a fall-through or as an actual dive.

Test shots of fall vs. dive. The dive won out.




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Monday, October 8, 2012

Zombie Shoot Success!

Our 3-part zombie commercial for the Reptile Rapture store took a huge step forward yesterday with a successful shoot on Sunday afternoon and evening. We've lots of stills and video clips to go thru but here's just a few pics for now.

Opening forest scene...



Craig Meyer applying makeup to actors Bryan Fay and DW Wanberg; Colin Cameron zombie arm...



Robert discussing shot with zombie Bryan Fay and second camera Michael Haven...



Parking lot shoot from the rooftop....





Michael Haven on "steadicam"...



In the store...


Photos by Colin Cameron

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Reptile Rapture TV Spot #1

We recently completed this first of four TV spots that we're producing for Reptile Rapture. This initial commercial is a straightforward 30-second promo for the store, emphasis on the quality animals and abundant accessories.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ZOMBIE EXTRAS NEEDED

Zombie illustration copyright Keith Hillson.

This coming Sunday, October 7th, we will begin shooting a 3-part TV commercial (each 15 seconds long) for the Reptile Rapture store in Monona, WI. The finished pieces will air on Charter Cable, probably during Animal Planet and other related shows.

We're looking to have 100+ people (18 years or older) to partake as the living dead, zombies who are being drawn to the store. Must bring a valid drivers license. No children on site. No alcohol allowed. You will be responsible for arriving in costume, ready to go in your own zombie makeup and ripped/torn clothing.

Start time is 4:00 pm sharp. Shooting will take a couple of hours. Meet at Reptile Rapture, 6416 Bridge Rd., Monona/Madison. Please RSVP by email only to: reptilerapture@gmail.com

Sunday, September 30, 2012

44 Plays for 44 Presidents

In October, forty four different theater companies from around the country will perform 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, a "comic romp through the legacies left by each of our commanders-in-chiefs." Each theater troupe is given the task of presenting just one president. The plays will all be shot on video, and then the clips edited together to form one film.

The Forward Theater Company in Madison was given the task of portraying George W Bush. As a favor to Jim Carrier, director of the Wisconsin Film School, we recently helped out by shooting the dress rehearsal which will be the clip submitted to the final project.



Friday, September 28, 2012

Cheap Costuming

We're nearing that time of year when props and costumes (for future film projects) can be purchased relatively inexpensively. As cheesy as it sounds, those Halloween stores that pop up each Fall actually have a lot of useful items, particularly for extras that don't have close-up shots. The prices aren't right just yet, but after October 31st, it's a different story.


Colin Cameron and Michael Haven battle it out with plastic swords.