Saturday, December 27, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Since we've been preoccupied with finding a new location to call home, there hasn't been a lot of time to focus on Tarazod projects. So Michael has volunteered to jump on the edit of our short film, Strindberg's Assistant. It's got a long way to go, but it is taking shape.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
We are currently working on the finishing edits of two other films, and so we don't expect to see the completion of No Sleep for Ronni for some time.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The programs, which are being assembled by editor Ivy Suryana, will air on WYOU--Madison's Community Television.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Here's a short excerpt from the first clip featuring actor Justin Riley delivering the introductory dialog.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The shoot started at Brittingham Boat Rentals in Madison.
We then went to the Henry Vilas Zoo. Crew help came from Colin Cameron and executive producer Rick Richards. Extras included Ivy Suryana and Wuri Kusumastuti.
Ended at the vacant Garver Feed Mill.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Intervolmeter remote control.
Taking turns sitting with the camera.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
We just finished the last of the edits on 16 separate informational videos that we shot for the Tenant Resource Center in Madison. The online pieces will be used to address the most common questions and concerns that the TRC clientele have.
Here's a sample...
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
In addition, Nicholas Wootton brought along the latest version of Just God for another test screening. It still needs work, which we already knew, but we're getting closer.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Ben's father, Ron Miles, recently uploaded a blog post describing what occurred. Read it at Stalk This!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
With a grant through the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the project was finally ready to go, and last Friday we shot the footage. Zaher Karp (who Robert had worked with on the Just God film) would direct the shoot. Another UW employee, Natalie DeCheck, handled the script supervision and clapper.
Several actors were hired including a few that we'd had the pleasure of working with before. Alicia McCanna (Just God, The Weather Report) played the roles of a Nurse and a Behavioral Health Consultant.
In all six of the vignettes, there is an off-camera patient to whom the health care professionals are speaking. Louie Sather (The Weather Report) did the lines for the male patient.
The doctor was played by Justin Riley (Mad City Chickens). The last time we'd filmed with Justin was way back in 2007 when we'd shot the "giant chicken" scenes for our documentary feature.
The all-day shoot was a real success and a whole lot of fun working with everyone again!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Actors Doug Reed and Craig Johnson.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Veronica plays Trudy Webster, an investigative news reporter. The pickup scenes revolved around her having to report the progress of her current news piece to an unreceptive boss--a network executive played by Colin Cameron.
The shoot took place at the Madison downtown library; we ended up staying almost until they closed at 9:00 pm. Got some terrific performances out of both actors.
UPDATE: This scene was never used in the final cut of Don Circles the Drain (aka The Weather Report). However, it did not go to waste. We were able to utilize sections of it for our next movie, No Sleep for Ronni. Since both actors, Veronica and Colin are in both films, we adjusted the script of the latter to make these shots work within the frame of the story. Cool, huh?
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The location for this sequence was originally referred to in the script as a long hallway. The plan was to secure a school for the shoot, but after failing on several attempts to do so, the "school" idea began to loose its appeal--not the least of reasons being that we wouldn't be able to run a commercial fog machine inside the building (fire codes).
The school was replaced with the intention of using a bicycle underpass. Yet, issues of lighting, fogging, and biker traffic were all real obstacles to the successful completion of the shoot. Up until this point, all of the previous filming locations for the movie had surpassed our expectations in both functionally and artistic mood. Now with one major sequence to go, it felt as though we were "settling" for less than what the story needed.
At the 11th hour, our cinematographer suggested a little known abandoned railroad tunnel he'd visited once. It would require a drive to get there and then a hike in, but after one look at photos online, we knew we'd found the right place.
As we parked the cars and loaded up the gear, the heat of the day was on the rise. But to our pleasant surprise, the closer we got to the tunnel, the cooler and moister the air became. Natural springs and extremes in temperatures were creating a billowing fog that pretty much poured out of the arched entrance for most of the day. Not only did we find the right look for our shoot, but we also got the fog we wanted! Everything just seemed to go right on this production, and the fog effect was simply another example of how the filmmaking gods were smiling down upon us.
A small, mobile cast and crew (after a long, hard day of work on set), L to R: Robin Witt (assistant to Veronica Narang), Veronica Narang, Colin Cameron (producer/script supervisor/grip), Simon Witt (production assistant), Erik Witt (cinematographer/Steadicam), Robert Lughai (director/sound).
A small set of supporting character pickup shots remains before filming is finished on this project.