Archive for the ‘Short Films’ Category

Standard of Living

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We’re back. New short. “Standard of Living”.

More to come soon. For now, watch this……

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  It had to be under 3 minutes and we had to randomly draw a genre and outdated law.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.

Scary Short Film Fest, Presented by Wes Craven – Film in 30 Seconds

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

We decided to make a last minute entry into http://www.studio360.org/crowdsourcing/extra-credit-scary-short-film-fest/results/ which is the Scary Short Film Fest (presented by Wes Craven, famous for movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream) – after reading this and finding out that we had one afternoon to put it together, we decided to take up this challenge. While a lot of entrants looked at the haunting backdrop of music with an ambient edge of fear to it, and cryptic notes in blood, we decided to take the more comedic angle of horror (after all, Scream was more comedy if anything)!

Its got an element of humor, horror, stereotypes, references, odes and homages to, double entendres, you name it. And its black and white, 30 seconds and all done today from 5pm. Couple hours later, the audio was synced, the clips cut and the short film entered into the contest. And here it is….. “Math 101 – The 30 Second Tutorial“.

Not bad for a quick 30 second film. Though I do have an earful of chocolate syrup / blood. I guess that’s what you have to go through in order to make a short film in less than a day. On the next day, write a screenplay – here’s how to do that in a day!

Carrboro Film Festival 2013 Recap

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The 8th Annual Carrboro Film Festival

It was truly an honor to have our first short ‘Alphabet Soup’ be selected at this year’s Carrboro Film Festival (the 8th annual film festival at Carrboro). Kudos to Nic Beery and his staff for expanding to two days and two venues. It was a great event for the community and a wonderful gathering of North Carolina filmmakers and enthusiasts.

Here’s what I took away from it and some favorites:

SHORTS ARE THE FUTURE OF FILM/VIDEO: There’s more to it than the fact that there is an ADHD epidemic. Short movies allow for more experimentation and creativity. Features have appeal because that is what we all grew to accept what ‘real’ movies are. You don’t see Tom Cruise in a little 10 minute short! But who can afford to see a Tom Cruise movie these days anyway? As prices go up at the box office and content continues to decline, shorts will continue to get more attention from the average moviegoer.

Here are my five favorite shorts from the festival:

THE CRANE WIFE by Daria Dorafshar (animation) – After saving a wounded crane and nursing it back to health, a poor man is visited by a beautiful woman with a talent for weaving. Based on a Japanese folk tale.
https://vimeo.com/42100012

THE POSSUM DROP (documentary) by Mindy Keeley – The New Year’s Eve traditions of a town in the Blue Ridge Mountains are being threatened by PETA who feel that lowering a possum in a box is inhumane. Hilarious!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0ISVP8LjA4

HELPLESS (narrative) by Christene Hurley and Evan Scott Russell – Leah confesses her true feelings for Chayse in the school library while unknown malice lurks in the hallways. Chilling and powerful.
https://vimeo.com/74379060

LUMINARIS (narrative) by Juan Pablo Zaramella – In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things. From Argentina.
https://vimeo.com/24051768

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KEN LOVE (stop motion) by Catherine Chao – A lonely doll travels around NYC looking for love and finds it but now must carry a deep, dark secret. (Sorry, couldn’t find this online, so if anyone knows where it is, please let us know.)

Hopefully this will be the first of many film festivals we will be a part of!

An Idiots Guide – Short Film with Notes From The Director

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Well after having our lead actor go MIA and 5 inches of rain pour down in half an hour, seeping into Bowbarr and delaying our shoot, we are proud to present our latest short “An Idiot’s Guide (On How Not to be an Idiot)”. This movie is only possible after years of extensive research where I had to work in food service jobs and hang out at local bars in college towns in order to understand the makings of an idiot.

The original cut was 11 hours and 47 minutes long and was to depict the whole night from start to finish, with various moments for directors and actor commentary. But Niall felt that our message would not reach a wide audience at that time (good thing he didn’t see the director’s cut at 32 hours and 28 minutes – known as the “Full Weekend Edit”). We compromised at 7 minutes and 58 seconds (though I feel that simply isn’t enough time to cover the subject). Since so much info was cut out, here are a few tips on how not to be an idiot that was not covered in the film. Note that this includes the coffee shop morning after scene and the emergency call scenes that have been cut from the original 32 hour cut – if it was up to Niall, we’d be left with 5 minutes.

1. When you order your latte, DO NOT look at your phone! You know that person that stands across from you as you mutter something unintelligible while you play Fire Drop on your Iphone? That is a human being who deserves the human decency of eye contact and undivided attention when you order. After all, this is the person who is making your drink and can add any ingredient they wish…even if it’s not on the menu.

2. If you’re going to call 911 because you “ditched going to rehab and drank all night instead” and now you don’t feel good, remember to put your ginormous stash of weed away first. On calls classified as “altered mental status”, cops come along with EMS too. While her husband was laughing hysterically and walking around in only his tighty-whities, the cops seized the contraband as we were wheeling out his wife. Wonder if he was still laughing when he came home and found his pot gone…if he made it home.

3. Do not walk into a coffee shop, sit at a table, open your laptop, not order anything and then ask if you have “free-wifi”. Just don’t.

4. Do not use Starbucks language when you place an order at a respectable café. It just makes you look bad and you will definitely be the target of ridicule amongst the baristas when you walk away. Not to mention you drink bad coffee.

5. If you’re going to complain about Mexicans, make sure that the person you are complaining to IS NOT MEXICAN. Not all Mexicans look the same. Many have European roots and are not “brown”. See the term conquistador.

Editors note: Thanks Justin for the post, and thanks to everyone that helped make the film on that stormy day in North Carolina.

The Directors Cut – A Short Film In Bowbarr, Carrboro

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

About a week ago, Dead Red Eyes worked on filming a short in Carrboro. As it was a short comedy, most of it took place in a bar. And luckily, the wonderful Amanda of Bowbarr in Carrboro, NC let us do the filming during the day in her bar while it was closed (as long as we were cleared out an hour before opening time!).

It was a hot summer day and so we had to tape up all the windows/doors with black blankets to keep the bright light out. However, these were washed away later on as the rains came down. And it poured. Heavy downpours for hours that flooded most of the town and made many homes lose power for the evening. Yet almost all of the cast members came through – even if it was for a short scene here and there, and for that we are very grateful.

Dead Red Eyes Crew behind the camera

The difficult part was early on, where we made some last minute changes to the cast and story in order to adapt to people’s timings, schedules and potential no-shows. However, once we got rolling, we were able to get through scenes at a steady pace. Scenes were ordered by location, so for instance we’d shoot scenes 5,7,11 and then move to the other end of the bar to do 3,9, and so on. But luckily all the scenes were indoors. Some scenes were “one and done” quick takes, while some had a fair share of out-takes and needed a few versions, in some cases to make sure we had alternate angles, close-ups, etc.

Like Alphabet Soup and The Torment, various actors/actresses from the area were in this short too, whether a brief appearance, such as Rob (who was the main character in The Torment) or Jared, who had a side role in the Torment, but played the main character in this upcoming short. We also managed to get local legend Tom in on the action, playing a key role and wearing a straw hat much to his initial chagrin (he “did it for the film”, and much thanks for that). That being said, he actually did quite like the Hawaiian shirt we had got for him!

Tom behind the scenes

Brian and his colleague did the camera work for the most part, while Justin did the directing. As for me, I helped out with the unpacking, the setup and wherever possible, took loads of pictures such as the ones on this post, and hopefully will be contributing with the background audio / soundtrack, as the edits come together. Plus while I may have escaped from being in any pictures (since I was the one taking them), I do play an extra in some scenes.

Overall though, we had a great time and everyone was in great form. Looking forward to having the final cut ready to show. In the meantime, any ideas for naming this thing?

Behind the scenes at Bowbarr

Lessons and Blessin’s with Kurt Weathers

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Recent recording of Lessons and Blessin’s with Kurt Weathers. In this episode (episode 1, that is), Kurt discusses the perils of modern television, the glory of chap stick miracles, the benefits of local animal shelters, the difficulties of being a father in modern society, and more. This short film / skit was based on the character Kurt Weathers, which was part of Dead Red Eyes’ short film The Torment. This is him more fully developed. His evangelical christianity may not be infectious but his enthusiasm is.

Let us know what you think and/or view other short films from Dead Red Eyes.

The Torment – Full Length

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Read the commentary about the making of the movie here (opens in new screen).

Alphabet Soup – Short Film by Dead Red Eyes

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Alphabet Soup – by Dead Red Eyes films.

This was the first of the two shorts we made in the last couple months and premiered on Feb 2nd in North Carolina. It’s a light hearted comedy about a day in the local Cafe where everything goes…. well, like a regular day at the local cafe.