Two Girls Kissing
1 minute, 15 seconds
AKA: "Two Girls Making Out"
So right now i'm filming a completely different film by the name of "Lana the Goth's New Perversion", by chance i've managed to get some of my film school chums roped in for the filming of it. As such today we found ourselves with a few down moments so we thought "Hey let's film some crazy shit for giggles". Also I found out that Juliet and Rosannah could fake kissing REALLY well.
I won't describe the film to much here, it's short enough that you can watch it in less time. Also i'll suck Rosannah and Spence's respective junk's plenty when I get round to writing the commentary for "Lana the Goths New Perversion". As it is though - this was a bit of fun that we filmed in about 10 minutes (where Juliet, Rosannah and Spence improvised everything) and I edited in an hour.
As it goes I wound up choosing this weird colour palette mainly because a few of the shots had a REALLY ugly light to them - and I figured this would be one of the few times I could art things up a notch. The music is by George Millar who did the music for Zoodrian. He sent me some bits and pieces of music several months back for when ever I would need to use them... and today was that day so thankyou George!
It's kind of strange that this is going to be my first film for this year. It makes me laugh though and it's somehow a little unsettling so I guess i'm ticking all my favourite boxes. So... yeah... YAY FOR THIS FILM!
The Spence McFarlane Eruption
in Mark Gets Replaced
3 minutes, 30 seconds
So a couple of friends of mine at university decided to start a comedy band. They were both very much into "Flight of the Conchords" at the time, and being that we were all on a media course the natural progression from all that was to make a few mockumentary webisodes.
Both Mark and Spence appear in quite a few of the films from after this point (I speak from the future world of 2011), and all be told the 4 stories here kind of tell there own weird little mini movie. About a band on the rise, shot down in there prime.
The Spence McFarlane Eruption in Mark Finds Himself
8 minutes, 10 seconds
I like this one more than I should, it's probably too long and spends far too much time being stupid. But I like that.
I really have nothing else to say about this one. Though I do wish i'd come up with better titles for these things.
The Spence McFarlane Eruption in Gunplay and Sticks for Clobberin'
3 minutes, 13 seconds
So apart from "Stop it! You're Killing Me!" that I actually scripted, this was the last Spence McFarlane Eruption improvised short that made it to completion. I can't remember if it was before or after we made "Stop it! You're Killing Me!" that we also filmed over an hour of footage that would have made up an even bigger episode. But University work got on top of me at the time and the tape languished.
I'm pretty sure I have that tape, over in that drawer. But I have far more important things to do than to cut together footage from a film that we shot about 2 years ago. There was also going to be a concert video as well, but at the time my computer couldn't handle having to deal with all that footage at once. Though in fairness I haven't upgraded in several years so chances are it would still struggle now.
Anyways we made these films during the second half of our first year at university and all those guys lived in the same dorm (I lived elsewhere, see any other films from this year) and it was easy to get to and make stuff like this.
The Spence McFarlane Eruption in Stop it! You're Killing Me!
7 minutes, 1 second
AKA: "The Woods Are Alive With the Sound of Screaming!", "The Unsettling"
I had this class project where I had to express my understanding of generic conventions. We were allowed to do any kind of project we wanted for this. Some did essays, others websites, radio shows, photography etc. The key to alot of this is that it would probably have been schrewd not to do something to time consuming as we have alot of projects on the go.
But goddamnit I didn't care, I'm a film maker and theres no way that i'd pass up an excuse to make something. As such this film had an EXTREMELY fast turn around. I wrote it about a week before we were to shoot it, back then it was set in the woods and alot more about it made sense - but the day before we were to film Mark broke his toe, so the morning before we shot I quickly re-wrote the script to take place indoors... with strange results.
The filming itself went very well - which I guess is part of the benefit if 3 of the actors also intend to direct - idea's came thick and fast and alot of the staging became more and more elaborate as we worked our way through rehearsing. Which was nice, we wound up shooting it in about 4 or 5 hours, it took me about 8 hours to edit over 2 days. But alot of that time was spent cropping other peoples music to fit into the film.
The reason theres a part in the film that says "Scene Missing Baby" is because I kind of realised that Spence got bloodied up for no reason about half way through the story. In the version set in the woods he was bloody from falling into a blood puddle and from getting all scratched and fucked up by bushes and brambles. But that didn't happen in this film. So in my mind I have figured out what happened in the missing scene... and it goes something like this...
A beckoning female voice calls to Spence in the shower cubicle, intrigued he leaves the safety of the glass cage and makes his way to a mysterious door. Upon opening it he steps into a dark room, turning on the light he finds the room filled with taxidermy experiments and several nude and bloodied up women - approaching one of them it falls ontop of him gooshing blood into his face. Freaking out he brushes the corpse off of himself and rushes to depart the room, noticing a poster for muffins on his way out.
Meanwhile Alex begins to investigate the house, idly finding a phone and about to call for help Ren appears with a shock cue
That's how it went down... I kind of like the make believe missing scene so much that I want to remake the film in an old house and put it in too make it all spooky like.
In the end I am properly proud of this film, I know it's got alot of flaws and loopholes... like why don't they just leave the house? why isn't Ren effected by the gas? So on and so forth... but damnit I don't care. It's something I'm proud of.
Fake Blood and Ketchup
Behind the Scenes on
Stop it! You're killing me!
3 minutes, 21 seconds
Lana the Goth's New Perversion
6 minutes, 54 seconds
AKA: "Black Coffee"
This film began as an experiment, coming off the back of the last couple of "Lana the Goth" films where pretty much fuck all happened. "Saturday Mourning" being a prime example. She spent almost the whole film sitting on a couch for fuck sakes! So it occured to me for the next Lana the Goth oddysey i'd want for there to be some kind of actual plot.
However I had no idea it would turn into this hideous mutation.
Basically I wrote the film with the youtube metatags in mind. I realised that the only way I could get people to watch is that if they think it's porn. So I wrote in all the situations that could lead to pornographic antics... without it ever actually becoming porn. As such it's been online for about 12 hours and already 410 people have watched it. So that's nice.
Filming it was fairly straight forward, though I over shot for it like crazy. I easily wound up with more than an hours worth of footage for what wound up being a 7 minute short. I also managed to get help from my good friend Spence Paul and his girlfriend who acted in the film. There contribution was very cool... though in retrospect I kind of wish i'd made more of it.
Editing took a long time. I finished filming in March and didn't finish editing until July. All be told I was busy and didn't have as much free time as I thought I would - also I had assumed that over dubbing Juliet and Rosannah would have wound up being a much bigger deal than it actually was.
In the end I know the film does what it needs too, that it's funny and quite quite pacey. But i'm absolutely burned out for it. It's been in my life so long that I need to have time away from it to come back fresh and enjoy the things that I chuckled so heartily over at the time of it's creation.
4 minutes, 18 seconds
AKA: "Behind the Scenes on 'Lana the Goth's New Perversion' (AKA 'Black Coffee')"
I had alot of left overs. I over shot Lana the Goth's New Perversion like crazy until I wound up with hours of footage. As such there was alot of material (largely poor) that fell through the cracks. But really this is a series of little moments from over the course of production that I would be too sad to lose, and a deleted scene and some other shit.
There's something scarily final about erasing all those 10.5GB of space that Lana the Goth's New Perversion and I want to make sure that I have no regrets. I do after all now have about 3 other projects to work on so I really need that space.
So yeah, I like this little bit of business. It's cute.
Bennet's Bar Ad
1 minute, 17 seconds
So there was this big huge project that the members of my class were putting together, we were going to make a 15 minute film called "VanDammage" which then became a project called "Trautman". Somehow I wound up being cast in the thing (with my very minimal abilities, but there it is) as a dirty bar tender called Sully.
It was decided that as part of the set dressing there would be a trailer for Bennets Bar (where my character worked) playing on a loop, projected in the background. So I wrote a tacky little script and we shot this film on a test shoot day. I assure you I am neither as skeezy or as fat as I appear in this film.
I know it's not fantastic, but it was only ever intended to be a background detail.
3 minutes, 33 seconds
AKA: "Abduction Antics"
Looking back on alot of the older films I made it struck me that I hadn't made a visual effects heavy short film like Goddess Pernunga of the Amazon Basin in a long assed time. It seemed as though of late I had been making a lot of films where people talk a bit and then do something. Which is all well and good but I wanted to make something fucked up with alien abduction in.
So I filmed this beast.
Taking advantage of Juliets pink hair I decided to play her as a punk in this film (as opposed to a goth like in most of the others) and we shot the bulk of the film during a Sunday afternoon. Then about another hour for the last few shots in the bedroom. More than anything else with this film I was into the idea of only filming what I needed as i'd just come off of editing Lana the Goths New Perversion and had become utterly sick of the excess in shots I had been using.
Editing was fairly straight forward and was definitely all the more heightened from having recently cut together "Trautman" (a different project that's not as entirely my own) and as such was completed quickly. The compositing posed a little more of a challenge but it's not an interesting story so I will move forwards swiftly.
When I was finished editing I handed over the complete film to my good friend Mark McFarlane (whom I edited "Trautman" for) who then was goodly enough to compose the music you hear within this film. Thus making this film seem very money to me.
Having recieved the music and putting it in place I then spent a painful 3 hours making sound effects. I have a disdain for over familiarity in films and as such I had to create my own sound effects for the flying saucer and various other inserted audio clips. But i'm fairly pleased with how they ended up.
Now that it's all over with i'm pleased as punch with how it's turned out, but I now need to spend about a month away from the film to properly appreciate it again.
Experimental short film
3 minutes, 14 seconds
This was a university project, in pairs we had to work on a film using a single word as the jumping off point. Dave McClenaghan was responsible for getting the images, I created the sound scape. Then in editing we had to jar the 2 things together. I wound up doing the bulk of the edit and... this is what happened.
I'm writing this paticular commentary in 2011 so my memories of the project aren't especially fresh. It's an art film, it's a little strobey. I like it.
Jimmi Johnson coded this in HTML because he refuses to learn any other programming languages.
He currently edit's other peoples films and is still working desperately at making more of his own.
This place is the place where the films he works on (and can share) go. He would very much appreciate a sandwich.