Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Been a while

Sorry loyal fan(s)

We've been awful busy with "real" "adult" things like moving, school starting, getting a job, what have you.

Will hopefully get better at updating now that things have settled some.

Here are just a few more pictures from shooting to tease you with.

The pictures capture Ryan, our young thespian, during the shooting of some scenes at an abandoned farm house.

Here he is being carried over the wild underbrush by Erin.

And here is where Kurt really earned his producer credit when he got down and acted as a stool for Ryan who had to crawl into the window frame for a shot.

To reward Ryan for all his hard work we gave him a can of SunDrop, a highly caffeinated beverage that is bottled in Shawano, where part of the movie was shot.

So anywho, editing is going well. I have an assemblage of sorts and plan on having what could rightfully be deemed a rough cut in a week or so.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Rap Party

You'd be amazed how many people thought the party centered around hip-hop.

Sadly for some though it was really just an excuse to get together with friends and use them as a captive audience for our battle stories.

We did feed them corn though.

And there was a dog as well.

Even though production was officially over, Kurt still found plenty of reasons to pull out his bank card and gain that feeling of importance again.

Tim gave all amateur Photoshop artists this gem.

And here I am making a fool out of myself.

All in all a good time.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Return of Swamp Hipster

Decided I'd take a brief break from the editing to upload this clip.

Aren't friends great?

First we had Chris strip down to his underwear and jump in the lake. Then we had him do the shot over and over as we tried to find the right way to do it. On top of that we prolonged his exit from the lake even more to make sure it was well documented.

But he did it, and only complained a little bit too.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Coming Together

Last night we had the wrap party in Milwaukee and then Marla, Mike, and I made the long trek home to Minneapolis.

As the party was ending I was happy to be going home to my bed, but also knew that I would miss the camaraderie and feeling of purpose that the last two weeks had given me.

Today when I finally woke up I began to edit.

I am afraid that I might not get much sleep in the near future as I compulsively sit over my computer and carve this thing out.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hey! We're mildly famous.

Here's a link to the Shawano Leader article about our film! We'd better get at least one million hits on the website today. At least.

Here's the article.

- Kurt

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Production Wrap!

Hey all, Kurt here. Well, after several days of intensive work and late nights, the primary production of waltz is a wrap.

And by the looks of our footage, we have a very solid movie.

Now, what about the blog? Well, as you may have noticed, we haven't been uploading many photos lately. The main reason for this is the complete lack of nighttime coherence on our part (as you may have noticed in John's last post). I knew on tuesday morning when I woke up at 7 a.m. drooling on my laptop keyboard that it may just be a better idea to wai
t until production wraps to regale you all with stories (both horror and comedy) about the making of this unique film. And we have plenty to tell; this blog is going nowhere, and we plan to continue updating it and keeping you all informed of our progress.

So, for tonight, a simple teaser of production photos, courtesy of Marla. Don't ask me which photos are from which day - it's all become a giant evergreen blur.

Today's theme: how to create effects with a tight budget. But first, a sunrise photo:

Problem number one: weather. We needed to capture a morning after rainfall, which wasn't really happening. Solution: buckets.

Ta-da! So easy. Ilya, by the way, did not help concentration with his sexy-nazi costume. Rather unprofessional.

Erin claimed she would rather redo the dead deer scene that spend another take smoking these Marlboro's. Sounds like a good commercial for Camel.

Anyway, problem number two: a boat carrying our characters needed to drift ashore. The boat was being very uncooperative. Solution number one: I throw out a rope, and attempt to give them a tug while the boat is off camera:

As amazingl
y cool that photo is, the plan did not work, and our actors ended up spinning in circles. So, we needed someone in the water. Someone with great swimming ability. Someone able to man up and risk leeches and mud for our film. Someone who can do no wrong, and always finds solutions.

Timmy wasn't available though, so Chris jumped in.

I thought the dreads made him look like something out of a 50s horror flick.
Run, don't walk, from... the Swamp Hipster!

Seriously though, Chris was great, and his daft swimming made the scene work. The actors, I think, were still relieved to exit the ride.

So anyway, this is the first of many post-production updates. I hope you enjoy them.

Yes, I just bookended the post with a sunset picture. Sue me.