Monthly Archives: May 2017

The eyeFix Commercial

Fake commercials are so much fun to make. That’s where I started in film.

About: pre-production: Well… there wasn’t much pre-production. It was about a year ago and I wrote down ideas for a fake commercial about glasses that can fix life problems. It all started when Evan came over to film the Enrique Project, but Lev cancelled, so we couldn’t film. Me, Evan, and Ryan were still keen on filming something though, so Ryan had the idea of a fake commercial. I went through fake commercial ideas I had written down, and we figured the best one was the eyeFix.

production:  So we started filming, almost everything was on the spot, rehearsed, but written on that day. I set up the green screen, put up lighting and brought out my camera. We were ready. The scenarios were the best part. All those we came up with on the day, they were really fun to film. we had to get those done while Evan was there, after he left, I did the rest in front of the green screen. So why did I act? Well, I wrote the script, so I knew the lines, and I was willing to do the announcer voice. In total, production took about 6 hours or so, not too bad for a 5 minute movie.

post: So post actually took a while. there was a lot of video effects and green screens, and picture in picture. It was really fun editing it all though. The effects worked really well for the “eyeFix view” and the green screen was well lit, so it chroma keyed nicely. Then came the music, the classic, “Life of Riley”. I am so reliant on incompetech.com for non copyrighted music, and if I had money I would donate a ton to them, because I really appreciate that site. So “Life of Riley” is a score from there that everyone uses, so it’s funny because it’s so well known. It worked really well for our movie though. Anyway, this was my favorite movie I have made so far I’d say. Its clean (looks snazzy) and it’s intelligently funny. I’m very happy with it.

Contribution: Well the story was my idea, but a lot of the scenes and almost all the dialogue was decided on by all of us. Ryan and Evan helped with the lines, the camera, and acted a bit. The rest was up to me. I acted, did camera and lighting, and then edited everything with all VSFX.

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Eyelight 2017

Swept! The! Festival! 3 films, 6 awards, Outstanding Personal Achievement Award, $100 check! It was a good night.

The Archer

The eyeFix Commercial

Ice: A Suicide Prevention PSA

Before: So it started out rough, I heard about the festival about a week before submissions were due. I was very behind on editing. That made me rush the Archer at first. Then like the day before the submissions deadline, I get an email saying that it has been extended. I was very thankful, because that gave me a good amount of time to edit. I was really excited to submit, because the festival was so much fun the year before. It was fancy enough, but still not stressful, I really liked that. So my goal this year was to beat my two awards last year. And I wanted to submit all 3 of the films I worked on throughout the year, The Archer, the eyeFix Commercial, and Ice. A few weeks before the festival I get an email from ms. Larsen (old film teacher) and she said that the festival was now on a Thursday night at the community college gym in Vacaville, 20 mins from davis. Apparently the theater from last year was not available. I wasn’t sure how they’d pull it off, but it was about seeing the films, not the location.

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The festival: I went with Evan, my family, and my brother. The location wasn’t bad. It wasn’t a gymnasium, it was more like an event room. Granted they only had roller chairs to sit it, it wasn’t all too bad. My films went by well, people laughed at the eyefix. Other people’s films weren’t up to my expectation. Vacaville valley Christian always submits films, last year they weren’t half bad, but this year they were just bad. Some worse than others, but still. Then the last few were by college students and were really good. So it was an interesting mix of films.

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Awards: Anyway, all my films came up and each one like 2 awards each. I actually forget which one for which, but I got a nice spread of minor awards. They were video editing, best commercial, best sound, best producer,

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