Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ben's first (and probably last) time on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Ben Miles, who was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, is the subject of our documentary that we've been slowly working on over the last three years. He's the boy who fell in love with the now-defunct Snow White ride at Walt Disney World. Two years later, the "replacement attraction"--the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train--has opened. In May, Robert was there to film Ben's first time on the new coaster-style ride. Unfortunately, it was probably also Ben's last time on the ride.

Ben's father, Ron Miles, recently uploaded a blog post describing what occurred. Read it at Stalk This!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video Shoot for UW Department of Family Medicine

Last February, Tarazod was approached by Dr. Nancy Pandhi, a physician-scientist from the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, to produce a series of videos. The job would involve the shooting and editing of six similar, yet different vignettes to be used in research on mental health and primary care. (The funded project's official title is Engaging Stakeholders and Developing Partners in Mental Health and Primary Care Integration Research.)

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.

Additional photo courtesy of Louis Sather.

The all-day shoot was a real success and a whole lot of fun working with everyone again!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fine-Tune Edit on "Just God" Movie Continues

Nicholas and Robert spent the day going over the edit of Just God. Nicholas trimmed about 3 minutes off the total running time, and it's now around 17 minutes in length. Much tighter than we had and with a better flow, yet more work is needed as we push forward towards a picture lock.

Actors Doug Reed and Craig Johnson.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mad City Chickens to Screen in Ontario

Our feature documentary, Mad City Chickens, is returning to Canada for a public screening. Sponsored by the Nourish Project, the outdoor showing will take place on August 12, 2014 in  Peterborough, Ontario. It will be held at the YWCA parking lot, 216 Simcoe Street. "Doors" open at 8:00 pm; film starts at 8:30.