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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Filming "Never Shared" Promo


Never Shared is the first feature film from writer and director Jason White. It revolves around two couple who in an attempt to have a fun game night, find themselves in bitter arguments the reveal the secrets of the past from both couples. 

Two weekends ago we set aside some time to film a scene from the movie and a few snippets within the script to use for promotional material to build funding for the film.
 

The promo stars Rod Carlson, Flo  Donell, Michael Solarez, and Pamela Beheshti. The film is, in a sense, a talkie - much like Who's Affraid of Virgina Wolf and Carnage by Roman Polanski. The characters are consistently drinking throughout the scene, which in turn adds to heighten the arguments and conversations.
 

The promotional trailer for the film should be completed soon, and if the film reaches it funding than filming the full feature will shortly be around the corner. In the mean time you can keep up with updates by following @MakeItMatterPic.
 

The rest are several pictures that I took over the course of the two day shoot. Stay tuned for updates on the production. 

If you are a filmmaker in the area and would like to help with the full shoot, or if you are also interested in film-making and would like some more experience on set - than shoot me an email or message and we will be sure to add you to the list. 
 

Never Shared Promotion Cast and Crew  

Ex. ProducerJason White
ProducerRyan McDonald




DirectorJason White


WriterJason White


Director of PhotographyThom Rockwell
Camera A OperatorJackson Kerbs
Camera B OperatorNoah Wilcock
Camera OperatorMatt Johnson
First ADJake Heart
Second ADRyan McDonald








Script Supy Brandie Rich
SoundJaison Costly
BoomJack Powell


GripMatt Johnson
SoundJaison Costly


Hair & MakeupWhitneyJean Smith
BTS PhotographyLevi Easley


Godsend/ 2nd CameraRichard (Matt's Friend)




The Players

Rod Carlson

Michael Solarez

Pam Beheshti

Flo Danelli




Special Thanks Jody Chapman

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Short Film - Look Who's Talking

Last year, and the beginning of this, we filmed the new super short film Look Who's Talking. At the time my intention was to make something quick, fast, and easy. However, this film was more challenging that initially imagined.
 

One obstacle is the that in the short story, 4 minutes of screen time, we have both a dog and a baby. Two things that are often, "No, no's," to the filmmakers guide to success. Working with the dog went really well. Heck, we just used mine.




And working with the baby was exceptionally easy as well. It was finding one that would work that was the real challenge. The first few candidates that we had eventually all fell through. We finally we able to find Mitchell Benjamin Thomas via a casting notice by Jessica Diekman, an amazing casting rep.



None the less the film is nearly ready, almost a year now in the making. Course there were some on and off periods as I was adjusting to newly found parent hood and working on my feature length screenplay The One You Feed.

I drawn up a few ideas for the marking campaign, and am currently working on setting a release date. 





So be on the look out and let us know what you think.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Marketing for The One You Feed

Thinking about how I might market this to prospective viewers and inverters, and sitting here at my desk, I sketched out some ideas that I have for the  marketing campaign.
  
The color bar with the title The One You Feed is similar in reference to the previous marketing ideas that I had posted. I would drop the "two wolves" myth story and in place add the words - Love, Hate, Joy, Anger, Jutice, Revenge. Which One Will You Feed?

Then have two track-able QR code boxes, one listed, "Love," the other listed as, "Hate."  Each QR code would lead to a separate  30 second trailer would play on the users smart device - one themed with love and the other hate. 

So, yes, we would need to create two style of trailers, but it provokes the view by asking the question and then adds the pay off of a different video at each link. 

The two types of videos would also help support the doppelganger/duality theme that is present throughout the story.

Another thought I have on this would be flyer hand outs that look similar to this - 


This is a bare bones sketch and the final product would have more imagery on it, but the basic concept is present. The front would prompt the question, "Which One Will You Feed."  Then the back side would offer the same two QR codes that lead to the separately themed videos.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

All are welcome, stay tuned for another homework assignment as well as a much needed update on where the script is.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Homework - The One You Feed

This weeks homework assignment is Cameron Crows Vanilla Sky, a remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes.


A film about revenge?
- No
 A film with guns?
- No
 An explosions?
- No.

So what gives? Well, Vanilla Sky doesn't have the same traits as other will be later Homework assignments will. It's not really a crime thriller, it doesn't have a killer gang, and a dead wife with a  vengeful husband. 

The film starring Tom Cruise,  is about a millionaire playboy who has everything he wants and also thinks he can have it all, including his best friends date to a party while still entertaining another girl on the side.

The films deals with consequence of choices, a theme that is currently very present the first draft of The One You Feed. The film also has two female leads, one blonde and one brunette - showing their contrast to each other, and our film will have the same. 


 One scene that has always has an impact on me is one in which Tom Cruise meets Penelope Cruz in the park. He has just been in a car accident with Cameron Diaz, at first is lost as to how he woke up in the park. In that moment, he finds that he is in a dream. That he doesn't actually have Penelope with him, and they are not together. 

I love the idea the scene because it shows that even after you have lost someone, you may continue to dream about them. In that dream everything seems real, and your significant other is with you again. However, soon you will wake up and what was a wonderful dream is now a nightmare, because in reality that person is gone forever. 

A scene similar to this will be in The One You Feed - but of course different and more in the context of our storyline.

Here is a trailer for the film, and be sure to complete your homework assignment before next weeks assigned film.




Thursday, May 2, 2013

Janus - The One You Feed


Though I had previously owned Armageddon and The Rock on Criterion (I know big art house films right?) DVD, I had never been exposed to so much foreign and hard to find films than when working for my Bachelor in Film.

Many of the films that we watched came from the Criterion collection, and most of them all begin with the Janus image above. Seeing the Criterion's Janus film symbol before every movie left a lasting impression. There are several storytelling narratives that are simply my favorite, one being stories that are told in non-linier form, time traveling is another, and duality.

For those that are not aware of who Janus is, here is what Wikipedia has to say -

"In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus (Latin: IANVS) is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, passages, endings and time. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month of January (Ianuarius) in his honor. Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence peace and war."


The Janus symbol inspired me so much  that during my time at the Univeristy of Central Florida I made a a short film called Doppleganger, in which I named my main character Janus, a man with a split personality that talks to his dog about possibly killing his wife.

The myth of The One You Feed obviously deals with the internal struggle of duality,  good versus evil. In writing the script I have attempt to add several scenes that are, in a sense, duplicates of previous scenes. There are things that happen twice. Hitchcock did this in his film Shadow of Doubt and also in Vertigo.  Not that my story needed any more duality in it, but I thought that following in the same feet steps wouldn't hurt either.

In the script, John's wife Linda is killed in a brutal attack. The only distinct item that John can recollect from one of the thugs is a tattoo. I had long thought the tattoo to be a cross of some sort, knowing in my heart that I would change the design later to something more distinct. Something that we as the audience, and John, will recognize later when bumping into that thug again.

I scratched my brain for a long time about what that symbol could be, the tattoo that the thug has on his arm. I even researched gang tattoos in the hopes of finding something that would work. Then it finally dawned on me - Janus. A symbols of duality and a mise en scene that I was toying with anyways.

It was perfect, I thought. The character will have Janus tattoo. But what would that actually look like? Would that look plausible? After doing a little Google image search I found this image below - a person with a Janus tattoo on their wrist. 



 Ehh, not really what I was looking for. What do you think?

I am sure that the tattoo fulfills this person lifestyle and completes them, maybe.  But it's not aggressive enough for a thug character. Right? Doing a little more Google image search, "Janus Tattoo," I found the image below. 


More perfect than I could imagine. Dropping the facial feature and beard from the image and making it skulls gives it just the edge that it needs. And it seperates it from the Criterion image so it doesn't look like the Thug is a huge art house film fan. 

 Audience, I think I just found my tattoo for the thug character.  By the way, the thug character's name is Emil. The name is in reference to Robocop. You know, the guy that says, "I know you. You're dead. We killed you!" 

But more on that later - as it will be one of the homework assignments in the coming weeks. 

Please, let me know what you think, like, dislike and also please show your support by liking the Facebook page. 

Regards, 

Ryan McDonald