Archive for May, 2014

Music Video with Stereo Off

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Check out our music video that just went live, with the song Bullet Time by the band Stereo Off.

We wrote up a story line and created a sequence of timed shots (all via Excel instead of some fancy app this time) which we filmed across three occasions – but only one where the whole band was available. Plus the film was meant to be shot in March/April but due to the weather (those in NYC may remember how the winter just kept dragging on and on) we didn’t get to shoot it all till early May. So there was one very busy Sunday, but with much thanks to the band, our friends, the ability to use their apartments, and Gussys bar, we were able to do a full day of shooting. We then cut some spare scenes over the week following in order to get everything together story-wise and it was then off to the editing, a lot of editing.

After that, we drafted up a couple of cuts to show to the band initially, and they had their suggestions for fixing up, sequences and ideas, to which things were cut and re-cut further – looking at ideas like making it seem like more cameras than it was (1) and more locations too, and bar some minor obstacles, it turned out well. Some scenes were a bit tough – such as where Sebastian is on the pay phone and he gets chased by a member of the band. But the next day when we shot the rest of the scene, the phone was gone – removed and nothing but a metal plate on the ground.

Overall the video aimed for a black and white retro feel to get that gritty NYC vibe from back in the 70’s/80’s, with a bridge scene of a red horror tone a la Carnival of Souls. Anyway, just watch the music video, let us know what you think.

Long Time No Short (The Goon & The Dangler)

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Goon & The Dangler – by Dead Red Eyes.

The posts have been slow the past month, but here are the first of two shorts we did during that time.  This short was for “Sparrow Film Project 11 (June 2014)” which had specific rules to it.  It had to be under 3 minutes and we had to randomly draw a genre and outdated law.  Picking a genre out of a hat, we drew “Sports Drama” while the second hat was to make the film based on a strange legal oddity in america, the one that we pulled out of the hat was “in Alberqueque it is illegal to pull prospective passengers into your car”.

So what better way to represent that with a couple of ex-hockey minor league players, one now a cab driver, the other, a flower delivery guy. To represent the two characters, we called the short “The Goon & The Dangler” (both are hockey terms to represent types of players – Goon = Fighter, Dangler = Sharpshooter who isn’t much of a fighter)

We filmed it all within a day and did some crazy editing the night before the deadline to cut this down to 3 minutes.  Based on the amount of entrants, it sounds like many teams didn’t make this first cut and meet the deadline. Sadly, we didn’t make the main cut and will not be shown as one of the 20 finalists at the Museum of Moving Image this June, but we had a good time throwing this together, and lots of thanks to Sebastian, Helen, Telis & Nic for their roles and all your help. Soundtrack (3 songs used within this short) courtesy of Stereo Off.

We Almost Forgot About April

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

It was a busy month and we didn’t get to make any posts! On the other hand we did do a music video (currently editing) and make a short film to enter the Sparrow film Festival (should find out in a week if we make it). More news to come soon, we promise……