Monday, March 28, 2011

The Thing Is...

This is kind of how I direct my actresses...

...I know what I'm doing.

Sometimes I doubt myself. It comes with the territory of being a fairly anal perfectionist. I'm always second-guessing. The good news is the second guessing has me looking so far into the future and at so many scenarios that when shit goes wrong, I've probably already considered that.

I mean, a problem has to REALLY come out of left-field for me to not have already thought of it.

Anyhow, I'm noticing on a lot of these later scenes that I NAILED them with the coverage. I know many low budget people who can tell you right now that a common problem is to get to the editing room and find out you missed some shots, missed some inserts.

But I see that my shooting script was very solid, especially when we had time to shoot. So in my mind, if I had proper time for each scene I think I would have some pretty great scenes, each and every time.

Anyway, on scene 89. It's the warehouse pickup scene. I'm having flashbacks...my editing room is cold, and that warehouse was like 27 degrees INSIDE when we shot.

Got some really nice shots in there, but I also notice how the door that leads into the warehouse doesn't match the door they CAME from(which is a separate location). Gonna have to work some magic for that...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

It's March 27th, and it's flurrying outside


Just started. Technically it's spring. Just saying.

Am on scene 86 of GOH. Yes, I'm on a downhill sprint toward the end of the rough cut. I'm moving pretty fast, and the scenes are actually pretty good in many cases. Again, this movie will get stronger the later it goes, which definitely has me thinking about re-editing so it's out of sequence.

(I know, just like Pulp Fiction! Except with less Travolta)

Dunno. I'll think about it later. Cool thing about editing, you can just edit all your sequences separately and then when they're done I can just drag them into another sequence in whatever order I want. It's called nesting sequences.

Neat-o!

Watched Skyline. Pretty impressive effects for like an $11 million dollar movie, but the script is SOOOOO bad. I mean, SOOOOOO bad. Wtf?

Saw Sucker Punch the other night. It's horrible. Pretty, with some neat action sequences, but it's fucking BOR-ING and stupid. The script is exactly why a director who isn't a writer should not write his movies. It's like a bunch of mini-music videos of action, strung together into a flick.

Skip it. Re-watch 300 or Dawn of the Dead or Watchmen, all good movies by the same director.

He's gonna do Superman next, but he should be doing Batman. His style fits that a lot better than Superman...

Monday, March 21, 2011

I Plow On


Up to scene 61 on GOH. Known during shooting as "The Scene That Never Ended". We were in an attic, and I swear to God it seemed like days...here's the actual diary entry I made that night:

Okay, was gonna post it but have reconsidered. It's got some stuff in it.(this was the day I threatened to quit the entire production, even throwing down my script and saying that if the producer wanted to direct it, go ahead and say the word).

Bottom line is that we were trapped in the attic forever.

Good news is that the scene is playing nicely. Plenty of coverage, and most of the performances are good.

Not sure I'm gonna make my self-imposed deadline on the rough cut of March 31st...

In other news, the new Duran Duran album came out today. Bought it from Amazon(the download version, which is so much nicer than Itunes...)

Haven't listened to it yet besides the 1st song(which is good), but I'll let ya know when I get there. If you're a DD fan, you should buy it just to keep 'em working...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pro-Ductive




So, today I wrote 17 pages of script in three hours.

If you've ever written any scripts, you know that's pretty crazy. If you do five good pages in a day, you're on your game.

I have had intentions for a few years to shoot a short, just for fun. To remind me of the good old college days. And I had a short story I was going to adapt by a not-super-well-known author that I had read years ago, Halloween-themed.

I don't have permission, but I don't care. I might be able to get it, but even if I can't, I'm not doing this for money.

Anyway, you might think adapting a story to screenplay is easy, so you might say doing 17 pages of adaptation is easy. Well, it's not. Also, the short story is 8 pages long, and I still have about 8 pages to go in the screenplay.

The script just flowed--it's got the basic idea of the story, same characters with a couple added as necessary. A lot of fun. I'll finish it off this week, put it away and then do another pass, and then maybe think about getting people to make plans to shoot this.

As an aside, remember when music groups actually, you know, sang? What the fuck is it with every song on the radio being by MUSIC GROUP A featuring SINGER B?

EVERY goddamn song I see on the hits station on Sirius...examples:
"ET" - Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West
"On the Floor" - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Pit Bull
"Tonight I'm Loving You" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris
"Coming Home" - Diddy featuring Skylar Grey
"Look at me Now" - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Down on Me" - Jeremih featuring 50 Cent
"Hey Baby" - Pitbull featuring T-Pain
"I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre featuring Eminem
"Moment for Life" - Nick Minaj featuring Drake

And that's just the current top 20. Seriously, 9 of the top 20 include a "featuring" credit...

What is that?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Two Damn Tough Scenes


Man, back to back compositing...in one it's the scene with my cameo--running out of time, we just threw a green screen over some boxes behind me, quick lit it and shot it. I knew I'd have to do some work fixing it, but not THIS MUCH.

The green screen doesn't work at all, because the whole room is lit drk. I basically have to just roto myself out. Frame by frame moving the mask nodes around as I move. If the room had been lighter I could have used Auto Roto, which is the new wonderful toy in After Effects.

Anyway, it's close. It's only like an 8 second shot, but I've put about 12 hours into it.

I push forward and run right into the scene where we have to take a fishing wire gag out. I have to remove the fishing line that will pull a patch away from where there's a pre-scored wound.

Spend some time on that. Not liking it. There's so much detail on the Red...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

More Stuff


Bits o' stuff.

Watched Buried. It's okay. Ends the way you probably expect it to. Has some ridiculousness to it, bit it's an okay waste of 80 odd minutes.

Paranormal Actitivty 2. Garbage. Jesus, how many times are you going to show me the same goddamn room with NOTHING HAPPENING IN IT? After the first 3 times, I'll just assume nothing's going on there unless you show me the room WITH SOMETHING HAPPENING IN IT.

There's a lot of stupid shit in it, which sucks 'cause there's a couple of cool moments. But overall, it's like 100 minutes long, and you could have made it much better at 90...I don't understand why they didn't...

Tonight I learned a mind-blowing secret. I wish I could tell you, but I can't yet. As soon as I can, I will pass it on, and anyone who has watched the FOC movies will also have their minds blown.

Don't forget to check out the GOH blog--new update over there tonight.

And today you get 2 posters, because this next one is SO awesome...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Kid Stuff, But You'll Like


Okay, GOH is almost exactly half rough-cut. There is some ugly stuff in there, but there's also some REEEEEEAAAAAAL pretty stuff. Some of it almost looks like a real movie. :)

Anyway, just uploaded a new video of my kid playing the new song he taught himself. You may recognize it. It's pretty funny what you'll hear as you wander past the closed door to his music room. Yep, 7 years old and autistic, but more musically talented than I have ever been.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfrL_v8IA_8

On the funny front, whenever people ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he says, "A Big Logan [last name]". Totally serious. I think that's a reasonable goal.

On the other funny story front, my wife says Logan was calling out to her from the bathroom. She went in, thinking maybe he needed help wiping or something(sometimes he's a little clumsy).

Instead, he's standing there naked, holding his scrotum. He looks at her dead serious and says to her, "There's balls in there."

She said it was all she could do to not break out laughing. She tried to explain that it was okay, there's SUPPOSED to be balls in there. He was concerned, but I guess he got over it. She wants me to make sure I'm around to explain any crotch-related issues to the kid...

Monday, March 07, 2011

Kickin' My Ass


This scene from GOH, that is...

For those who know, it's the gambling room scene where Owen questions Geoffrey and all but accuses him of killing the women.

After spending a solid day and a half on it, I think I'm nearly done with the scene. (technically it's 2 scenes if we do the webisode version)

I'm editing it together into the movie, and later I'll decide whether to re-edit it down to the individual chapters, as it was written.

Anyway, I'll be off to do scene 39-41 next. I think I'm at about the halfway mark of the film(in terms of time). It's about 47 minutes long right now, but it'll get shorter once I do a second pass. I'm hoping to finish the flick at like 97 minutes.