.:Screenplays and Soundtrack

March 6, 2008 at 6:54 pm (editing, production, screenwriting) (, , )

Greyscale 4.0… still underway.

Yes, more changes, but they only come when the story would be bettered (in my opinion) for it. I had gotten 88 pages in to my first draft, and realized that the antagonist (well, the most visible one) was horribly underdeveloped. So, I restructured the plot, changed up a few roles, added a couple characters, and the script is starting to get closer to being where I’m hoping for it to be for a finished first draft.

Other than Greyscale, there are other incredibly exciting potential things happening on the horizon, but both are far too early in the planning stages to divulge any information of note.

Battlefield is set to continue on March 16th if weather permits and schedules line up. Filming the last 20% of the series has been pushed back 3 times now, so I’m hoping to don the helmet again and wrap this up… Ironically, the ending has been shot, but there are a few scenes missing from the last 4 chapters, so I can’t go on and edit what I have. Also, I’m needing a soundtrack…

Lastly, ChristianFilmmakers.org put on a 24-Hour Contest that Daros Films entered (as well as FutureLight Studios… which is to say, my friend Austin was also on the team). We put together something very fun, but ultimately we were edged out by time. Out of 71 entries, we placed 4th. And by 4th, I mean we got the 2nd highest score (top 2 had a 23.5/30, and 3rd and 4th at 23/30). Later I was told that if we had re-recorded all our music (we did that to some of the music, but ran out of time to do it for all), our score would have been bumped up, but that’s just the nature of the 24-Hour contest.

So, thanks to Austin, Marisa, Jason, and Brandon for putting together the short film Soundtrack.  We had a great time making it, and will be posting an updated version with bloopers when time allows.

It was the first time I had been a part of a musical short, and it had been years since I had done a comedy… so this was a refreshing change. Check it out and keep looking for updates!

-Ryan

P.S.  Check out MovieZeal… they do a much better job of keeping up with movie trailers and reviews.  I still post some reviews every now and again, but I am lacking the time to write about trailers.

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.:Thoughts on Production – Chapter One

February 6, 2008 at 12:53 pm (production) ()

Before, I mentioned how I begin my editing process. I realized while writing the article that I kept wanting to throw in how I go about starting a new project. So, welcome to the new series: Thoughts on Production.

.:Scale

Let’s begin with the end product in mind, shall we? What will the completed work accomplish? Feature length film, short film, YouTube, DVD… plenty of options. So, firstly, start with the scale. How long is the story you want to tell?

If you have a script written with industry standard margins (usually written with software like FinalDraft or the free Celtx), the general rule of thumb is one minute per page. It can vary, depending on if your script is dialogue heavy or very descriptive, but it’s at least a starting point.

So, now we have something of an idea of how long your finished product will be, which should help you decide where the final product will be (internet or DVD). Let’s move forward.

.:Scope

Regardless of whether you are making a narrative or a documentary, look around you for what you can use. Be it people, locations, items, vehicles, etc. Use what you have when starting out. Production can get expensive, and if you are just learning the ropes, beg, borrow or… well, don’t steal, but start out small if you’ve never undertaken a production before.

My first production was a silly short story that my college friends and I made during the finals week of our freshman year. We shot until we figured we had told the story well enough… there was no script, and we had a loose concept of what would be funny. It wound up being 20 minutes long, and really didn’t do much of anything beyond make people laugh at how odd we were.

The second project was a serious one, and was scripted out to 35 pages. It ran 37 minutes long, and I relied on friends to be cast and crew, and used locations that I had access to (or asked to have access to for free).

Third project… I got too ambitious, had a 55 page script, then while we were into production, the major location that I had wrangled due to a friend knowing a guy who could get us in fell through. It was the basis for about half of the shots of the movie… time went by, my actors grew out or chopped off their hair, continuity was gone, and the movie was abandoned.

Let that be a cautionary tale for getting too big too fast. I’ll leave you with these three ideas:

1.) Determine the finished format.
2.) Use what is cheaply available.
3.) Use what is (and will stay) available.
I hope to continue this series, and I hope this was helpful for focusing your ideas on going out and making something wonderful!
-Ryan

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