Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Making of "Collection Day": Day 8

We're down to the final days of the Collection Day shoot, all of which took place in the vacant suburban home that we occupied for half of the schedule. After being on plenty of shoots outside where the cast and crew is constantly uncomfortable (all for the sake of the art, of course), it is always nice to work on a film in a controlled environment.

There were two occasions at the house when I didn't plan very well and I had an actor waiting around all day to perform (something I try to avoid at all costs). The good news was that it was in a temperature controlled home, with food and facilities (and a puzzle!) at the ready. If you have to make your actors wait around, at least make them wait around in style.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The "Collection Day" Trailer is Here!

My thesis film is done and if you were one of the kind souls that donated $10 or more to my Kickstarter campaign, you'll be able to watch it online tomorrow night. If not, you'll still get to see it, it'll just take longer. For now, enjoy the trailer and I hope it makes you want to see the film that is going to get me out of grad school!

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Making of "Collection Day": Day 7

On this day we were going to shoot in two locations, a motel lobby and a motel room. We had a lobby location (a converted theatre lobby), but the second location had not been obtained as of that morning. As we were setting up, DP Jarrod Beck asked me, "Where are we shooting this afternoon?" I replied, "When we wrap here, you will all eat lunch and I will go find the motel location."

That's exactly what happened. Seedy motels aren't listed on Google, but I knew of a road near the theatre that had two of them. I went to the first one, rented the largest room they had, and we were in business. It should have been taken care of long before, but like many locations on this shoot (glass office, suburban home), they were found at the very last minute. It this case, it was literally the same day.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: Fotodiox LED98A

Obviously, you need light to capture an image. While there are a variety of cheap options, one that may set you back a few bucks, but is extremely useful is an LED light. These are banks of LEDs crammed into a very small package. They offer lots of light, the ability to run on batteries, low-to-no head output, and a small profile.

Fotodiox sent me one of their LED98As to review and I quite like it. I'll admit, at $50 it's not the cheapest option, but what it lacks in low price, it more than makes up for it in quality and accessories (an included case would make it perfect). Check the video for details or my other LED video light review if you're looking for something cheaper.