Sunday, October 18, 2020

University of Wisconsin Editing Gig Completed!

Back in 2019, Robert was hired to edit a series of videos dealing with depression in young adults. The project was co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, the University of New Mexico, and the Health Experiences Research Network.

The goal was to use interview footage provided by the universities to create a 15-20 minute film, plus 6 additional short stand-alone segments. We had meetings and discussions on how the project would look, but nothing could move forward until the raw footage was ready.

Nearly a year had passed before the post-production finally began, and it would take many more months of editing, submitting to committee for review, fine-tuning, and submitting again before the films would be completed. And we're now happy to say, the project is completed! It was a long time coming.



Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Commercial Project for Moving Company Finished

Robert was hired by videographer Jeff Modjeska to edit two promotional videos for the Madison-based Reynolds Moving & Storage Inc. The company has two divisions: residential moving and heavy machinery moving. We covered both. 

We began shooting interviews with the owners and employees back in January of 2020. We continued into March; then the pandemic arrived. Nonetheless, additional testimonials as well as many more hours of b-roll footage would be shot by Jeff (following social-distancing protocols) over the next several months. The clips were logged and captured, the best sound bites chosen, and the story lines developed for both videos. Robert then wrote the narration scripts and brought on board voice talent Ron Miles to record the voice-over.

Many months later, the client has finally signed off on the latest edits and the project has come to a long-overdue conclusion. Yay!









Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sony a7S III Announced!

The long-delayed Sony a7S III digital camera is said to finally start shipping on September 24, 2020. We’ve been waiting a long time for this news, and we’re extremely interested in seeing the reviews and test footage that will begin popping up on YouTube.

If the a7S III is really as good as Sony claims, this could be our next go-to camera for all our filmmaking projects.


STOCK IMAGES COPYRIGHT SONY



PICTURED HERE WITH SMALLRIG MASTER KIT.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Modjeska's Jib

Over the last few years, we've collaborated on several projects with videographer, Jeff Modjeska, including short films, music videos, and commercial gigs. And he almost always brings his jib with him to the location. You never know when you might need a good jib shot.



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Veronica Narang is Ronni

Veronica Narang has the lead role in our yet-to-be completed sci-fi film, No Sleep for Ronni. Actually, she plays multiple roles in numerous scenes that were shot over a period of several years.





Friday, February 14, 2020

Scouting for Strindberg

In a couple of weeks, we'll be shooting a few newly added scenes to our Strindberg's Assistant project. These will include two therapist office visits with our protagonist, Agda (played by Joyce Aasen) and her ally the Therapist (Tashona Smith). So today, we scouted the location which happens to be the house of our good friend Barbara Bolan. Joining Robert in planning out the shoot were Jeff Modjeska (camera operator) and Randy Slagle (assistant director).

Robert and Randy sitting in as Jeff takes a few photos with his Artemis Pro viewfinder app.





Other than covering the windows and then setting up the lighting, the room will require very little in the way of prep/art design.

MARCH 1st UPDATE: Some of our cast were feeling under the weather so we had to postpone our shoot which was set for March 1st. We're currently working on rescheduling. Unfortunately, some of our crew have other obligations so we're re-filling those roles now.

MARCH 16th UPDATE: Our shoot was on again, scheduled for Sunday March 22nd. Our cast was ready to go and our new crew set. Then the coronavirus threat nixed everything. We'll have to regroup when it all blows over. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Updates Continue on Strindberg Scripts

As we continue to convert our short film, Strindberg's Assistant, into a series, each episode is taking on a character of its own. We're hoping to complete all the scripts before too long so we can begin shooting the remaining scenes.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Magic is in the Details

As the edit of No Sleep for Ronni progresses, we're adding small b-roll details here and there. The result, we hope, will be a robust visual imagery that will move the story along in even more interesting ways.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL HOLLY


In one scene, we learn there are 12 test subjects who have been brought in to be experimented on. Our lead character, Ronni, resists the procedure, but the other 11 have succumbed to it. While these other subjects are not really a part of the story, we still want to briefly flash their photos on screen.

This means, of course, that we need to actually go out and shoot photos of 11 additional people in hospital gowns. And they need to look like they've come under the control of the research doctors' methods. Fun stuff!