Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Orlando Shoot #2

Robert flew to Florida today to continue the documentary shoot that we began back in March of 2011. It's a whirlwind trip (just until Friday), but in these few days, we hope to accomplish much. We're looking to get more interviews with the family of Ben Miles, an autistic boy who for the past nine years has had a unique passion for Disney's Snow White theme park ride.

So why is it important for us to be in Orlando at this particular time? On this Thursday, May 31st, the nearly 41-year old attraction, Snow White's Scary Adventures, closes it's doors forever. Our camera will be rolling when it does.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scouting and Creating Shot List for 'Just God'

Robert joined Michael Haven and Nicholas Wootton on Saturday hashing out shot list details for Wootton's upcoming project, Just God. Envisioning and creating shots for a film can be a rewarding--yet arduous task--because it take forever! To relieve some of the stress, we headed out in search of a couple locations that we still need.

Working hard...

Photos by Nicholas Wootton

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ben's Snow White Adventures

At the end of this month, we'll be heading back down to Florida to continue the documentary shoot we started in February of 2011. At the time, the project had the working title of Dark Ride. It has since been updated to Ben's Snow White Adventures: Autism and the Dark Ride. We'll be sharing more on the progress as well as the subject matter of this film as it develops.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Chickens" Returns to Iowa

Mad City Chickens will be showing in Ames, IA on May 16th as part of the Other Voices/Other Views film series. The public screening is presented by the Alliance for Global Justice-Ames. Film starts at 7:00 pm, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Moive Collaboration with Spilling Latte Films

We had a pre-production meeting with Nicholas Wootton of Spilling Latte Films and Michael Haven of Exchange Productions. Nicholas will be producing and directing a narrative short comedy titled Just God, and he's asked us to collaborate.

Haven, Wootton and Lughai
Photo by Colin Cameron

Synopsis: A young man manages a non-profit inner city youth center that helps teens escape violence and drugs and assists them with getting an education. He is a model of good citizenship. But he faces a moral dilemma when, in tough economic times, he is forced to accept money from mobsters to keep his youth center open. Then the unexpected happens.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Sennheiser Wireless Lav

Not long ago, we acquired a new piece of equipment from our wishlist, the Sennheiser EW112-p G3 wireless microphone system with the ME2 Lavalier Mic. Couldn't be happier. We used it on a recent job with terrific results. Love lav mics!

Transmitter and Receiver

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Outdoor Screening of 'Chickens' in Carbondale, IL

Mad City Chickens will be showing at a special outdoor screening on this Sunday, May 6 in Carbondale, Illinois. Sponsored by Farmer Tom, it will be held at Mulberry Hill Farm, 5370 Springer Ridge Rd.

Guests are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 pm, film starts at sundown. Rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.