Well after the holidays and some time off to work on a book, I am returning to the world of No Budget Cinema. Here's the update:
Sloppy Dead Seconds
We had a screening of the rough cut of 'Sloppy Dead Seconds' for the producers and it went well. The screening gave me an opportunity to see an audience, albeit a small one with a stake in the picture, react to the film. I was relieved as the laughs came where they should have.
Presently the film has been handed over to my trusty cohort in cinema, Mike Williamson, who will be doing a cut on my 46-minute first cut. I've asked him to bring it down to 30-35 minutes. As soon as he's done, I'll announce it here.
Because of some nudity, the film will not be on YouTube. Look for my announcement. I'm exploring some festival submissions before web release, but if that goes nowhere, I'll get it online somewhere.
Though it doesn't directly relate to No Budget Cinema, I do have a book of mine being developed right now. The producer came to San Bernardino to meet with me and discuss the project at length. Presently he is creating the pitch document. This producer has done some films for a major cable network and is very enthusiastic about the property and his vision of it on screen-- which I like a lot. I will announce here if anything to crow about happens, but I can say it is potentially big.
There will be a next film! It will likely be a concept I'm developing that is a very personal vision. It will definitely be a No Budget Cinema film under the 'Vintage Vision' banner (as was Hell's Bells) so expect B&W. I don't want to reveal too much yet so keep your eye out here for any announcements. I have promised myself that I'll finish and publish three books this year before significantly starting production on any new film. I'm done with the first book, the second book is identified and will be short (around 100 pages) and the third one is presently unidentified. That means to not look for me being in production until mid to late summer, most likely. The film will also be one that I take my time on to get it exactly how I want it. You can count on 'exotic' California locations, period costumes and an attempt at a captivating visual style. The title will be released as soon as the script is completed and I decide I like it.
I'm glad to be back and I'm looking forward to the coming months of No Budget Cinema!
We have finished principal photography on the film!
The wrap came a couple weeks later than intended because of a cast member's schedule being unpredictable, but we finally got it all in and now 'Sloppy Dead Seconds' is in post. Three quarters of the rough cut is done. I'll plug in the remainder of the rough then do another pass with editorial consultant Scott Eilers, which should refine it greatly. Once I'm happy with the cut, we'll do the voice tracks required in a couple of scenes and lay those in, followed by laying in the music tracks. Finally, I'll polish here and there a tiny bit to make it just right. I'm shooting for December 14th if not sooner as the date SDS will be what it's going to be.
But it doesn't end there. SDS is only an hour long. It will actually be part of a 'double feature' program. On premier night, it will be presented with several trailers and perhaps a short by another filmmaker. In subsequent special screenings, it will be presented with "Hell's Bells" as the first feature (along with trailers and other goodies). Ultimately, it will be screened with another 'exploitation' style film I plan to knock out in the coming year.
Anyway, it is quite exciting to have another film finally completed after a couple of frustrating false starts.
I'll be on here more often as post production progresses and screenings are scheduled...
Well, all but two scenes and some filler bits are shot and chopped on 'Sloppy Dead Seconds'.
The actor for one of the scenes will be coming in from Las Vegas next week. Casting for the other scene continues to be difficult. Model Mayhem has become virtually useless and full of delusional princesses who do not understand professionalism. It's frustrating because all but one of the ladies in my film were found at MM, but since them it has been one hellacious experience. I thought it was just me and my film but conversations with other photographers and filmmakers, plus the site's own forum, confirm that MM has become overrun with those unique creatures in our world: American bro-chicks and Daddy's Princesses playing 'model' and 'actress'. Perhaps I'll write a post on this topic after production. Suffice it to say that I can only tell a girl that it's a disturbing horror movie so many ways before it must be determined that she is an idiot. However, I have four amazing ladies, two trannies, and a female producer on this movie who get what I'm doing and are wonderful to work with.
It looks like I'll be having my screening party for cast and crew and friends and family on the 22nd or 23rd of November. This is usually when I show the first cut to an audience for the first time. Last year, the group saw a 75 minute version of Hell's Bells accompanied by music used just for that screening. It was quite a different experience than the 46-minute final cut featuring authentic classical compositions. However, SDS will not change very much -- if at all -- between the cast/crew screening and its final release cut. I'm always anxious to show my films to the folks who worked on it and paid or it. After that, I'm anxious to show it to an audience of strangers, of course.
In the meantime, I gotta get back and get this picture finished!