Posts tagged “indie

Onioned – 20 sec Short Film

A man find himself in unbearable pain as his eyes begin to burn while cutting a tasty Onion.


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.


Fatal Projections Short Film: My Dream Location.

There is a building for sale right next to where I live, and it is an old rail road building. It was two buildings, but the one got knocked down so it is just an empty lot. The building would be perfect for a important scene in my short film “Fatal Projections.”


Bought myself a present.

On July 7th I bought myself a birthday present, since my birthday is in 4 days now. I got the PRO AIM vest and arm 5500 camera stabilizer system. It hasn’t been shipped yet so I am unable to post picks of it yet. I hope that its quality is really good, though you could say its one of the cheaper ones. I did pay over a grand for it, but compared to 2-3, and even $12,000 dollars, its on the cheap side. the looks of it though look really well made, but that is just the pictures. There was no bad feedback on it though, and it looked more professional looking then the ones that are a bit more expensive. I will post pictures of it when it freaking comes. For some reason when I buy something I really want it takes like a fricken month just to get it, anything else though comes in two days. I’ll update later guys, thanks for the follows.


Sky Photo’s from my Footage.

A couple photos of the footage a recently got. The photos look better then the footage does. Driving while recording causes a lot of shaky footage.

 


My thoughts on today’s movies.

I am currently taking a class called History of Motion Pictures, at Full Sail University. In the class we have quite a few movies to watch, and one movie called, “The Cameraman,” that is a silent film. I believe it was 105 minutes in length, but before I watched it I thought, “oh man!” this movie will be boring. I was wrong, I fricken thought the movie was fantastic.  It really surprised me how well the film kept my attention; specially, with no dialogue in the film. It seems so hard to find a movie today that keeps my attention like, The Cameraman did. I would recommend Everyone to watch this film specially people who have a passion for film making. I do want to say there are a lot of great films out these days, but it seems like the passion has faded in some ways. Maybe this is why the film industry is in need of help. The film industry blames the internet, and the rise of piracy, but is piracy really the case here? I could opinions going either way here, but in my opinion I would pay to see movie that looked so incredible, and has just amazing reviews to back it up. Look at the recent film Avengers, that film killed it in the box office.

There is nothing better then seeing a great film on the big screen, and if people are watching movies that people recorded on a handheld camera, than the film probably is not worth watching. I think people would rather see it in theaters if they think it has potential. There are a lot of people who say that most movies these days have no story to them, and the only way a movie can come to life is with CGI. I remember when I first saw “Freddy v.s. Jason,” and to be honest I was excited. I used to watch all the Jason, and Freddy movies when I was a kid. I had to see the new one, I mean Freddy and Jason going at it seemed fricken sweet at the time. Okay, I was disappointed by what I saw. CGI blood, are you kidding me? How expensive is it to use fake blood, seriously! I won’t even mention Jason goes to space, that movie was so bad I don’t remember  a single scene from that movie, which brings me to my point. A good movie is one that you will always remember, something that impacts your life in someway.

I wanted to mention a film I recently saw, “The Raid: Redemption.” I loved this movie, and only hoped this film would be enjoyed by million. My brother and I went to see this film on opening day in Michigan, and it was only him and I in the theater. The film was so bad ass, I took my wife to see it again the next day, and so happened my brother was there again too with his buddy; unfortunately, no one went to that showing either. I will admit, I only saw two trailers for this film on television, so I could see why many people did not go see it. I believe it comes out on DVD in August, and I know that will be the next DVD I buy.

Those are my thoughts, and I felt like I needed to express them in my blog.

 


DIY Camera Stabilizer

Home Made Camera Stabilizer

 

I went out a few times with my camera, and trying to do handheld shots really ruined my footage. The location was amazing, but the footage was shaky. I was looking on the Internet for camera stabilizers, and found that they are quite expensive. I really need one, but being that I am without money I decided to try, and make one myself.

 

I was looking around the house for things to use, and came across my Iron Gym, which I never use for the reason of cheap door trim. I ended up taking it apart, and throwing my tripod head on it, and added two 2 and one half-pound weights at the bottom. After I gave it a test run, and found that it worked wonders.

 

The stabilizer works great for what I need it for, and will work well until I can afford what I am looking for. I would definitely recommend it if your looking for “DIY” equipment for costly reasons. If you have money to buy one, I would recommend that, for equipment safety reasons, because you never know how your device will hold up.