Posts Tagged ‘short films’

Carrboro Film Festival 2013 – Official Selection

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Great bit of news from the Carrboro Film Festival 2013, as one of our short films was an official selection.

Carrboro Film Festival 2013

Looking forward to seeing the line up and being at the festival on November 24th and 25th. Starting to get more involved on the NYC side of things too, and while we were too late to submit anything, did check out a friends film the other day, as well as a few other shorts at the Crown Heights Film Festival.

So hopefully we’ll get more involved on that side too in the near future, but from the NC State side, we’ve got our own film selected there – one that in fact was filmed in Carrboro earlier this year. More info to come soon, exact schedules not announced yet but should be a good weekend anyway.

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).

Commentary About The Filming of The Torment – All In One Day

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Guest post from our own Bryan Reklis. (Editor Note: If I could sync this piece to the film as a sort of commentary, I would).

Hello person. I’m glad that you are looking at these words right now. I’m going to write more words about the filming process of The Torment (a short horror film that I co-directed, DPed, edited, and scored as a part of Dead Red Eyes). If that is something you are interested in, keep reading these words. If not then I’m honestly surprised you’ve made it this far. Seriously, if you aren’t interested, why aren’t you doing something that you are interested in? This is the internet; no one will see you leave. If you aren’t interested, may I suggest the Kid President pep talk video? I know you’ve probably seen it already, but it’s still super adorable and inspirational. OK, I’ll shut up and talk about the filming process.

The Torment was filmed in one day (one long 14 hour film session) in a shitty apartment building on Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill, NC. I used to live in the apartment building and had been forced out because they were going to tear the building down and make it into not-shitty apartments. Luckily, my landlady let us use the entire building for filming before it was demolished. It was a micro-budget filmmaker’s dream. Speaking of micro-budget, our budget was so small that we couldn’t afford to pay any crew members. So, to make up for that, we just asked the actors to be crew members. There were a total of four people who participated in the production process from a non-acting stand point (and three of them also acted, me being the only exception). I was the only one with production experience, so I ran the camera (a Canon 60D with a Sigma 17-55 2.8 lens) and lighting (A basic Arri lighting kit with additional soft box setups from Cowboy Studio). I trained Justin Mejia (the co-director), Brooke Hamrick (actress and production assistant), and Rob Priester (lead actor) how to run audio when they weren’t in front of the camera. Audio was recorded with a Sennheiser shotgun mic into a Tascam DR-100. It was a true team effort that was fantastic to be a part of.

Filming a 30 minute film in one 14 hour session is absurd. When I think about it, I still can’t believe we pulled it off. Everyone worked so hard and had such great attitudes that it was one of the greatest filming experiences of my life.

After filming, we had an extremely tight turnaround for post production because we were submitting the film to a local horror film festival. The only thing that is more astounding to me than filming a 30 minute film in one day is editing it in 7 days. I edited the film on Final Cut Pro 7, and did color correction with a Magic Bullet Looks filter.

Filming occurred on a Sunday, and the film was finished the following Sunday. At some point on Wednesday, I realized that 30 minute films need a lot of music. I knew exactly where I needed music and exactly what I wanted, but when you have no budget, you can’t afford music. So, I did the only thing that I thought I could do in such short time. I recorded the score myself (Editors note: one song late in the film and at the end is courtesy of one of Niall’s bands). Necessity is one hell of an inspiration. Using the equipment that I had available (from Atlantic Creative, thank you to them), I recorded the score with my Fender P-Bass on a Peavey practice amp by clipping a Shure Lav mic to the front of the amp and praying for good results. Necessity is one hell of a creator. I would have never made it through that crazy editing week (of which I had to still work my full time job) had Justin Mejia (director, producer, actor, Dead Red Eyes co-founder) not been super supportive and encouraging. Also, he brought me dinner basically every night, which was amazing.

So that’s it; that is the rough story of how The Torment was made. We used the same equipment and software for Alphabet Soup give or take a lens or so. If you have more questions about it, I’d be happy to answer them. If you are thoroughly bored by this, go watch that Kid President pep talk video? Seriously, isn’t that video so good? Anyways, thanks for reading all these words. If you just skimmed this and are now reading these words, but you didn’t read all of the words. Thanks anyways, but not as much.

And remember, the Lord can touch you anywhere, Bryan Reklis

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.

The Torment – Feb 2nd Independent Film Premiere at Nightlight in Chapel Hill

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Nightlight is at: 405 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Drop us a line at info@deadredeyes.com for more information.

View the trailer at http://www.deadredeyes.com/the-torment-trailer

The Two Minute Drill – Screenplay Practice

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

I’m not one for New Years resolutions, but for some reason I sort of promised myself (and Dead Red Eyes) a whole list of nonsense for 2013. Here’s one I thought was worth a mention though.

Once a week I need to randomly just drop things once per week and do a short screenplay. In 2 minutes (technically I probably give myself 5 or maybe 10 though), write up a short screenplay, put in as many elements as possible, even the dreaded “MONTAGE” if I have to! Just don’t go overboard with characters and make it something that can be filmed on the cheap, as we are broke.

The first one last week was a short background piece for Beatmaster Flash that sort of serves as a character introduction. If we don’t end up using it, I might as well put it up on the site. Anyway, lets see how it goes. Anyone got any ideas for the next one?

And if you don’t know who I’m talking about- http://www.deadredeyes.com/thanksgiving-brought-to-you-by-beatmaster-flash

The Torment – Trailer

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Slightly belated Christmas preview/trailer of The Torment. We’re currently submitting this to various places and will keep you updated on how we fare.

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Top tens and random ideas aside, one of the things we want to do with this website is take you through what we do, our journey so to speak as this evolves. So not just about short films and screenplays, but what we did with them, and how we went about them. Hopefully it at the least can give you a bit of advice too.

We’ve been working on promoting and/or finalizing our new pieces and here is where you have to make the most of your contacts, your network, various events, contests and more.  So we’re going to try to devote some of that time to start putting some commentary here in the coming weeks.

You’ll find more about who’s involved on this project now that this site is starting to evolve itself…. (no one cares for a site with nothing on it, so currently we’re working on keeping this at a good pace for starters), but the next gear, next step, etc is taking you through not only what we’re doing, but what we do with it.  So stay tuned.

Alphabet Soup – Short Film in Progress

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Now that the election drama has subsided and become less dramatic, we’re currently working on a short film this very weekend. It is a dark comedy titled Alphabet Soup and is centered around a day in the cafe where a wide variety of customer and staff characters make the day just “that” much longer. Within a matter of a couple of weeks, the script was written from scratch, we worked on storyboards and used local contacts to audition and get a cast together.

Ideally by this time next week, we’ll be finalizing it and making it the first of many short films to appear on this very site.