Saturday, October 31, 2020
Happy Halloween, everyone! Just thought I'd finally share my short film Envious...which has been in the works for over 16 years! To read more about the backstory that lead to me completing this project after so long, go to my Main Blog. I had fun putting the finishing touches on this film—and I can't wait to start on another project early next month! Enjoy Envious on Vimeo below, and I hope all of you guys have a great and spooky weekend!
Monday, October 26, 2020
At this moment in 2019, I was on set discussing a flashback scene for The Broken Table with Nicholas Mariano ("Adam"), while production assistant Louis Huynh and Majdolene Abualfaraj ("Jennifer") look on.
Shoot Day 1 took place in Paramount, California.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
On this day in 2019, make-up artist Susanna Luong practices applying prosthetics to Martin Chang ("Todd") during an hour-long special FX make-up test in Long Beach, California...six days before principal photography began on The Broken Table.
Monday, October 12, 2020
On this day in 2019, Majdolene 'MJ' Abualfaraj and Nicholas Mariano enact the first scene of The Broken Table during a callback audition held at The Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, California.
MJ was cast as 'Jennifer' after her great audition three months earlier, while Nicholas accepted the role of 'Adam' the day after this callback! Happy Monday.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
As mentioned in yesterday's Blog entry, here's the full-screen version of my experimental short The Cinematography Project (TCP)...which is the original version of the film that I shot back in 2002. The only difference is that I'm using a Hans Zimmer track from the 1996 action flick Broken Arrow for the music score (I'm a huge fan of Zimmer, in case you're wondering) in this iteration. I also did another version of TCP where I used John Williams' "Across the Stars" theme from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, but I didn't upload that to YouTube as I'm sure it would've have elicited smirks by some viewers since this track is probably more recognizable!
That's it for now. I'll post another Blog entry focusing on the student film version of The Broken Table that's also posted on YouTube. Carry on!
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Happy Saturday, everyone! Just thought I'd share this experimental short that I did during film school 18 years ago! Dubbed The Cinematography Project (even though I only called it Cinematograpy Project in the film itself), this short was shot using a Super 8mm camera provided by my school's film department [I went to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)]. I originally had to splice the film together manually using a device provided to me by the film department...but I eventually digitized my project so I could enhance it using Final Cut Pro (FCP). I used FCP to make this version widescreen, while also adding in Hans Zimmer's track from the 2001 film Black Hawk Down as the music score (this was also the track that I played on a separate audio player when I screened The Cinematography Project in my film class back in 2002). I'll post the full-screen version of The Cinematography Project in the next Blog entry.
I'm so happy to watch this film again considering the fact that I've been unable to do so for the past 18 years! The Cinematography Project, plus three other films that I did at CSULB (including the original version of The Broken Table), were on an external hard drive that I couldn't access since it was formatted for the Mac G5 computer I used to edit the films at school. With the new Apple MacBook that I received as a birthday gift last week, I was finally able to download the files from the hard drive so I can view them once more. Click on the link above to see what my future plans are in regards to using my new MacBook to resume doing filmmaking stuff! Have a great weekend.