Archive for August, 2012

Writing Feature Film: Day 4

I am almost done with the outline for my screenplay. I think I figured out the ending I want brining a bit of a twist to the story. I feel pretty good about it now, knowing the begining starts off exciting, and straight to the point; the end, in my opinion is just as exciting.

I came up with the middle part of the outline, but really need to add more to it.

Hopefully by Friday I will have something great, so I can continue writing the script. If I can finish the script this weekend, then I can spend a few weeks re-writing and making it better. After that, I will write a paragraph or two explaining the story better for everyone.


Writing Feature Film: Day 3

Just wanted to give an update on my screenplay. I have not written any since Friday, but I did work on the outline some more Friday night. I did come up with the middle, and somewhat of the end for the film. I am not satisfied with it though, because it needs more. I am trying to come up with a great twist.

I want to make sure I have a good middle and ending before I start writing the screenplay some more, just in case I half to go back a get rid of some stuff. I know Ill end up doing it later, but I know it will be easier having the story I know will flow just right first.

When I wrote my Short Film “Fatal Projections,” I did not do an outline I just wrote whatever came out of my head. Not saying it was a bad idea, because I believe when you can keep writing a story non stop then you keep writing. When I was finished and read the story back I realized there is no history of my main character. I know if people saw the film they wouldn’t know anything about him. I ended up re-writing most of it, and it came out real nice, but then I read it back realizing I just turned my zero budget short film into something I can’t afford. Now the screenplay is sitting picking up dust. Oh well, I’ll do it someday.


Writing a Feature Film: Day 2

I did a lot more research today then I did writing. I am at 11 pages now, but I wanted to look into distribution companies, and prices. I did not really find a whole lot of info, but then again I am not to sure what I am looking for either.

I was trying to figure out the process for Indie Filmmakers to get the films into theatres; also, I am trying to contact a few screenwriters to discuss my screenplay. For the most part, I have been doing a lot of outlines, trying to figure what will work, and what will not.  I don’t want to rush it, and I am trying to keep a great flow going throught to story; also, I am trying to keep it interesting.

My mind set for my process in writing is to keep every scene exciting, always having an attention grabber. I am thinking about writing more tonight, but I am getting tired, so I may just wait till a new day.

Still excited, and still ready to do more. Hope all is well with everyone, and hope your dreams are as big as mine.


Writing a Feature Film: Day 1

For the last year or so, I have been working on a few scripts, and finished one that is a short film. I have tried to write a full length feature film, and never finished them. I hate to say it, but I think the reason for not finishing it is because I got bored of writing it. In my opinion, if your bored when writing something, then its will most likely be a boring film.

I came up with a screenplay I would like to write, and just finished writing a few pages today. Every sentence I wrote, every Character I made has kept me wanting to write more.

I don’t have a title for it yet, and don’t want to get into the film until I am atleast half way done. I am hoping Saturday I will have half of it written.

I will say the film is about Poker, “Texas Hold’em to be exact.”
I am pretty excited about it, and already got a few locations I am thinking about that would be fricken sweet.

I will be posting updates, as I continue writing my screenplay.


Nokia Connects: Nokia Lumia 900

AUG 1, 2012

Recently I was on Twitter, and I got a message from @Nokia_Connects (www.nokiaconnects.com) telling me he had a project he wanted to talk to me about. I ended up twitting him, and then connected through email to talk about the project. Well after a short discussion he ended up sending me out the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows phone for a couple of weeks to make a short film to submit for a contest to win the Lumia 900. Also, he sent out some Monster Headsets. Well it took a few days to get here, so it gave me enough time to come up with a great outline for a short film, and I think it sounds like a fun challenge, and I know it will be a real challenge since getting good shots with a cell phone can be difficult due to stabilization. I think I have a decent plan to take away a little bit of the shakiness, but will see how it turns out. I am planning on shooting Friday; hopefully, I can get the whole movie shot in one day.

UPDATE: FRIDAY AUG 3, 2012

I am updating on the top portion of this blog page. I was hoping to start shooting my short film for Nokia Connects today, but I am stuck on a portion of the script. I can’t figure out a part of the ending, because it is so crucial to the story. It is 8:38pm and I still want to get out a do a few scenes tonight. I really need to get cracking on this film.

NOKIA LUMIA 900

THIS IS WHAT www.nokiaconnects.com SENT ME FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.

  •  Speed and Internet

    1.4 GHz processor, 4G LTE, Bing, Internet Explorer 9, HTML5, Wi-Fi

  • The Design

    4.3″ AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen, one-piece polycarbonate body, excellent antenna performance

  • Cameras

    Carl Zeiss optics, 8 MP main camera, dual LED flash, Auto Focus, 1 MP front camera, video calling

  • Battery

    All day battery life, up to 7 hours talk time

  • Social Media

    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, Chat, SMS

Update: August 16,2012
I just sent the Nokia Lumia 900 phone back the other day, and wanted to write an update on what is going on.
I am working on editing some of the footage I got for the short film I was making with the Lumia 900. I do want to say I don’t think the short film is going to be that great. At the beginning I was writing a script, but never finished it because I could not figure out where I wanted the story to go. It was getting towards the end of the week and decided to do something else, and came up with something on the top of my head.

I called my brother up and asked him if he wanted to help me with it, and he said yes, so we went up to where I work to get going on the short film. There was no script for the short film, as it was whatever I could think of at that moment is what we filmed, so I know the story may not make sense.

The biggest challenge when trying to make this zero budget short film is that it was only me and my brother. If we were both in the scene, then the camera was sitting on the counter. Definitely not a short film I think I will be proud of, but it was nice getting away from school work, and working on making a short film.

Would I recommend the Nokia Lumia 900 for film making?

No, I think the phone is a great smartphone, but when it comes to making a film, I would recommend getting a video camera. If your budget is a zero budget film then don’t get me wrong the phone may be perfect for what you need. The reason I would not prefer the phone is because I like to control the focus, since the phone likes to adjust every time an object moves can make for a really horrible shot.

I ended up shooting the footage with Nokia phone, and recorded the audio with another device, but decided that this short film was not about anything, but the Lumia 900. I wanted to show how good the Lumia was when it comes to both video, and audio quality.

MONSTER HEADSET

I used the headset that came along with the Nokia Lumia 900 for when I was editing the first few scenes I shot. The sound quality was great, and they were super comfortable to have in the ears. I was really surprised by the comfort, since I never had a great experience with them. The last pair I had gave me this ear ache pain, that gets annoying, and I ended up throwing them in the garbage. In the box, the headset came with different attachment that go in your ear, giving you a variety of choices to choose your comfort.

My Thoughts on the Lumia 900

I just wanted to bring up one thing I wish the phone had, and that is a kickstand. One of the greatest add-on that HTC used. If Nokia added a kickstand, or even over done themselves by figuring out how to add a kick stand on both sides, so you could use it to hold up the phone while taking video, and photos. That would of been very helpful while making my short film since we did not have a camera man.

I should be done editing the short film, and hopefully have it out by the end of Saturday. I do want to say I am glad I was offered the opportunity to test out the Nokia product, and grateful for everything.

I want to thank the kind people at Nokia Connects for everything. Very nice group of people they have working over there, and I appreciate everything.