Ring of Dust

•December 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It was another lazy Saturday watching Berkeley lose another football game.  We decided we’d try to spice the day up with a little film shoot.  I really wanted to utilize my new macro lens, so we decided to film something that could involve some good closeups.  What does that mean in amateur film-making 101?  Drugs.

First we decided to set it in the 80’s in Miami, hence the amazing t-shirts.  Our talented and versatile Ben Tuller quickly took on the role of a drug lord…fiend…thing.  Brian Schlotterbeck was cast as a bad ass killing machine because of course in real life… he is a bad ass killing machine.

This is not meant to be good.  This is not meant to be hardcore.  This is not meant to be a piece of art.  It is in fact, three friends having fun on a Saturday making a movie and laughing at ourselves.  Hook it up with those comments!


Staff Blaster

•November 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So… what IS this? Well, it began as a 100 hour film race. We got the prompt on Thursday night at 5pm. Ben and Liza came over to do some brainstorming and we decided we’d take it easy and brainstorm Friday and write later that night. Well Friday night my good friend Terren was back in town and we had a night out at the bars.

At the bar we toyed around with doing an over the top action movie. The next day, we got together, hydrated, and decided that we’d just make a movie as we went along. We piled a bunch of guns, costumes, and camera equipment into the back of our cars and headed out to film.

Saturday night was a drag. After getting most of our shooting done, I imported the footage and took a look. You can’t imagine how terrible and how bad this footage looked. Not only that, we didn’t even have a story.

Then I brought the movie into the editing room. It started to pick up steam when I paced it out. It started to come together even more when I did some coloring samples. I spent hours cutting, tweaking, searching through footage, timing music, adding sound effects, and laughing at the ridiculous movie before me.

We showed the movie to the crew Monday night. We were all pleasantly surprised at the final product. I mean, if there has ever been a case of turning garbage into anything more, this is it. Don’t get me wrong, I know this movie is still a piece of, well… whatever it is. But damn it’s perfect.

Also, this was the most fun I’ve had filming a movie. Possibly ever.

48 Hour Film Awards!!!

•October 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The film we submitted for the San Jose 48 Hour Film race has won 4 awards!!! Our film, Nellius 5000 & Zupitron: Ultimate Battle Buddies was shown to a large audience at the awards show. The awards we won were:

Producer’s Award: Best Overacting
“Nellius 5000 and Zupitron: Ultimate Battle Buddies” by 4QR98 Pass

Best Writing
“Nellius 5000 and Zupitron: Ultimate Battle Buddies” by 4QR98 Pass

Best Choreography
“Nellius 5000 and Zupitron: Ultimate Battle Buddies” by 4QR98 Pass

Runner Up for Best Film
“Nellius 5000 and Zupitron: Ultimate Battle Buddies” by 4QR98 Pass

Here is the link to the 48HFP website where the awards are announced.

Congratulations to our team for the epic 48 hours of epic filmmaking mayhem.

Nellius 5000 (48 Hour Film)

•September 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

August 14th to 16th was the San Jose 48 Hour Film Race. Some friends and I have done a few of these film races before. Basically, we are given some required elements to put in our film and then have only a short period to make the film. The elements we received this time were:

Genre: Buddy Film
Prop: Piece from a board game
Character: Zack Alexander, Exterminator
Required Line: “Tell me again why this matters.”

After stressing out for hours about our story, we decided that we should just have fun with the movie and make something totally over the top and ridiculous. After flushing out the gist of the story, Brian Schlotterbeck and Ben Tuller each wrote separate prologues and then we combined the best parts of both.

Our film was in the finals for the audience award, meaning we were in the top three films for the screening. We are still waiting to see if we will get nominated in other categories. We’re hoping for nominations in Costumes, Sound Design, and Editing.

Away (48 Hour Film)

•June 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This was our first 48 Hour Film competition. This particular competition was based in San Francisco, where there were another 70 teams competing. We were given a few required elements and then 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit the film.

Required Elements
Genre: Drama
Character: Claude Green, Guitarist
Prop: A Hat
Required Line: “I believe anyone can change.”

We had our idea very quickly; however, we spent so many hours grueling over the script that by the time we had to shoot, we had gotten very little sleep and our brains weren’t working very quickly. We were also at an extreme disadvantage as we only had a crew of 2, and 2 actors. The thing is, that’s all we need. I’m extremely confident in my teams ability to make films with a skeleton crew. In fact, I’d venture to say there aren’t many teams that can do what we can with the resources we have.

The screening for our film went very well. It was at the Roxie theater in San Francisco.

A Coin for Courage (24 Hour Film)

•May 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We submitted this film for the San Francisco Film Racing
event of 2009. We were up against something like 14 other films. The theme of our film had to be “Embarrassing” and we had to include a key in the film. We actually couldn’t think of anything Friday night and just went to sleep. With 13 hours left we came up with our idea, and had the film done with 30 minutes to spare.

For some reason the judges absolutely hated our film. Perhaps it was the violence, perhaps it was the style. The judging was so unfair that we lost “Best Costumes” to a film where their actors were wearing T shirts and Jeans. Yea.

However, in all fairness, it was our first film race and we learned a couple things. First, we learned that making a pro-war/pro soldier film for a competition in San Francisco isn’t the best idea. We were trying to do something different that what everybody else was going to do with the theme “embarrassing.” We decided to take it the dramatic route, which nobody else did. We’ve since decided that we should play to the audiences expectations, and not try to stand out in THAT way.