Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Now, while I did say that not much filming has ensued, it means alittle. What filming I have done is pretty much the diary scene after I watch Dan's video and the beginning credits. Casting for a "comming home from school scene" which serves a very, very good pourpose (one I'd rather not say now) is also ensuing, with me getting good feedback. And I am also negotiating for me to film a scene at my local Paradise Video film store (for the older horror fan, hint hint). However, it is nice to see me play Dean Cundey when it comes to me doing some scenes. One scene in particular is the beginning credits. That was a pain in the butt. A fun one though. I did the best job I could for the shooting of the beginning credits which is just a redo of the credits for "Halloween". The hardest thing to achieve was the nice plain black scene and then have the object of the scene (which was a jack-o-lantern in Halloween, a Ghostface mask in my film) just appear thanks to the lighing. So, at the risk of frying my poor lap top, I closed off the area to my stair case. I put up one silk kimono over the door to the garage so I could have total darkness, set up the camera, pin up the mask, and put under the mask of the floor with the screen on the floor my laptop, also covered with a black kimono. Filming of the shot goes on, 10 seconds of dakrness, and then I slowly take off the kimono to give a similar effect the beginning credits of Halloween gave. When checking the gate, the shot looked great. And it was not done in night vision either so it is great. A light source comming from the bottom looks great.
From what I do know, this film's principle photography will be done by Halloween. The script is a third written and everything seems to be going good. As far as my schedule goes, sometime this week I need to film the after school scene, fallowed by parts of the dream scene, along with a meeting with the manager of my local Paradise Video to film a scene there, and then also film another teaser trailer (The idea for it is already made). However, the soundtrack has already been decided on. Here it is:
1. A song by the band Artax (music video to be made after principle photography)
2. "Night of the Electric Bugs" from THE EXORCIST soundtrack
3. "The Portal (For Whom The Bell Tolls)" from the DONNIE DARKO
4. "Halloween Theme" from the one, the only, the classic HALLOWEEN
5. "Dream Music" from STEPHEN KING'S CHILDREN OF THE CORN
6. "Requiem For A Dream" from the film REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
More songs to be compiled soon.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Well, day one of principle photography is over with and was it a blast. Excluding the beginning credits which will be achieved via stop motion animation, 10 minutes of footage has been shot. How many shots? Maybe 20. Are all of them going to be used? In all likelyhood, yes. One thing which I am doing is writing the script as we film. When we get down to the bottom of it, I am an impatient person when it comes to this therefore this is to help me stay confident. And thus far, it was been working. Let's hope some results will come up tommarow. Tommarow may be a break day though. It depends. Another thing about not writing the script 100% before hand is that when there is a delay, it is a good time to be taking a break or still work, only at a much less break neck pace.
I mean, look at it! It's a great, versitile mask though it is more defined than the altered Shatner mask from the original Halloween. Especialy with the long range of interpretations it has. First to mention is some people noting the similarities that the mask has to Munch's "The Scream. When I look at the mask, it reminds me of the reaper. I have the rest of the costume somewhere and really, if the ghost-like face was replaced with a skull, it would be an effective grim reaper costume. It's also tragic. The mask looks sad to me. However, it is interesting how Adam Rockoff, who wrote the book "Going to Pieces", which I saw the documentry adaptation off of Starz, actualy thinks that the mask, "twisted in an exaggerated, almost mocking grin, as if reflecting the look of terror and surprise on his victims' faces." That is great! And in the end, the two of us agree that the mask has a, "striking, surreal and downright terrifying presence".
The last thing I would like to talk about is the use of the camera equipment. The tripod is maybe the best toy you can get. I mean, do not litteralty use it as a toy (you can pretent it is a bazooka or something), but it is fun. It is fun setting up a shot. You got two handles. One for panning. Panning shots is fun. Then you got another which does more. It helps you pan up and down, or if you turn the camera itself on it's screw, you can also move the camera so it films an oblique shot (which is something that the first Scream film had accouple of). You also got a turning handle which if all of the extended legs are not good enough, you can turn it and get the caera up to a higher elevation to the point that you may need a chair to turn on the camera. It's a cool thing to use. Very, very fun. And then, when you are filming, you get the feeling that you are creating art and I like that so, so, so much. It is fun. Filmmaking is something very awesome.