Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Gwen teaches Clarr how to use weapons

I probably won't post scenes like this too often, but since it is the first complete scene that is edited and awaiting music, I thought I'd post it. There are a few minor tweeks that need to be adressed, but as a rough edit goes, I'm rather pleased. The music will start out playful as Clarr, though strong, is a tad ungraceful. As he improves, the music becomes more serious and finally evolves into the 'Love Theme" as they kiss.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

We're editing...

Ted dropped by and we dined on steak, chicken, fresh rolls and grilled veggies in a butter, garlic, and lemon. We're well fed and editing!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fun stuff

The day started with rain...which was perfect. We water proofed the camera and got Sally into costume...Liegh arrived and we got her suited up. We went to the clearing and shot the first bits of the film. It went really smooth. Both Liegh and Sally Rocked. Then we shot the training scenes of Gwen and was the first time they "Danielle and Luke" had met and the scene ends on a worked out very well, extremely romantic...then Loren arrived on the location and totally blew everyone away...he ran through the forest with the blindfold on and totally became his character. It was almost creepy how well he became the character that I wrote and drew...he was inspiring!

Then Ted edited the stuff with some help from Rod Stewart.

Just watch it...

click here


Very tired. We started shooting at 10 and finished at 3:30, but I'm exhausted. Everything went well and Ted is burning a DVD of the footage as I write this. Everyone showed up and did their 'thing'. I'll post images and video when they arrive.

Thanks to Sally, Matt, Luke, Loren, Sharita, Damien, Shawn, Kristi, Richard, Ted, Katie and Liegh...who am I forgetting? Oh yeah. Thanks Danielle.

Friday, May 25, 2007


I've been listening to Sean's stuff...and I am sure that track 9 or track 8 of the "Dream with a Window" would work for our trailer...but I don't have Shawn's me, dude...track 9 ROCKS!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The voice over for our be posted on Monday.

Five hundred years ago, the rain was cursed by God...
The rain brought blindness...
The blindness brought chaos...
The chaos brought pain...
From the pain, evil emerged.
Some would run from it...
Some would fight with it...
Only one would stand against it.

In a world of darkness, the blind must lead the blind.

Three new images...

...from Michael for our 'flashback'.

Rain Rack in action...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Gwen is stalked by a Rain Rack

Color Test 2

Just what the title says...


I've always wanted to be tall...

We did a test with me on the stilts so that Ron could animate and 'rotoscope' the Garum over me. They were fine to walk with but I was a bit nervous about faalling side ways. We're going to fix the problem with a wider base on the bottom of the stilts. They will take some time to get used to as the stilts allow no ankle movement.

Click here for TALL ALLEN

Color shift...

As the Drifter Demons get close to Lilly, the color needs to shift from blue, to green to yellow/sepia...

Ted did some color shifting based on my here.


Has anyone even noticed the new BANNER?!?!?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Joss Weadon

I'm watching "Serenity" and listening to the director's commentary...again...I can't sleep...I'm too excited about Saturday's shoot!

This Saturday

TIME: 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Scene 1.3-------Gwen, Clarr
Scene 1.5-------Gwen, Clarr
Scene 1.8b------Gwen
Scene 1.12------Gwen, Clarr
Scene 2.2-------Gwen, Tanesk, Ralen
Scene 2.7-------Gwen, Clarr
Pick up Scenes (added)
P1--------------Harel, Gahl
P2--------------Gwen, Tanesk, Ralen


Allen-----------Director/camera/blood wrangler
Shawn-----------Sound and boom
Richard---------Rain rack
Trina-----------Costume supervisor
Ted-------------Documentary (unless fired)
Zack and Max----Gaffers

Monday, May 21, 2007

Lilly color test and 'sparks' on her weapon

Low res cool stuff. This is almost how Lillyy will appear when the Drifters are near. I think there needs to be a 'central' glow that is almost white...maybe. Also, when we shoot this scene, we'll do it in the evening so that the light from the weapon will reflect on her face.


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Color Balance Test 1


Color Balanced through After Effects

Friday, May 18, 2007

Danielle's first day of shooting.

A lot of this you've seen already (me taking a practice punch to the jaw) but Ted edited the shot nicely with the music. We have five scenes to shoot a week from Saturday so there will be some pretty cool stuff posted then. I just finished building the "Garum Stilts" and will test them Saturday.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ted put some of Lilly's 'stuff' together...

Lilly has gone through the most changes of any character...strangely enough Tarina seems to have the 'carefree' attitude that Lilly possessed in the Entropy Gate series...and that's a good thing.

(ignore the annoying compression) and click HERE for Lilly-ness

Allen gets hit.

I was practicing with Danielle on her punching and she got carried away...

Click here...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

This is why Ted rocks...

Ted took some of our test footage and some of my images from the blog and took a Peter Gabriel song and made a teaser. Watch...enjoy...



Ted just burn some DVD's of the test footage and his behind the scenes 'stuff'. After work tonight I plan to check it out. Tomorrow I'm going to run some footage through Adobe After Effects and play around!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Welcome aboard...

A week from Saturday; Adam, Sally, Danielle, Luke and Leigh will be on location.

We also welcome to the team; Richard, Brittanie and Katie.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Still more stuff...

Blood...she sells it!

I wanted to test Danielle's aim (blindfolded) so we gave it a go...look for the blood at my elbow...that came from my mouth...yummy!

I have a mouthful of "blood" for this test take and we have all realized that I can't say "action"...

Just a few more...

Chad helps out with a scene...Danielle is about to punch me in the face here and Chad is standing in...

Look closely at her hand and you can see blood dripping from it...poor girls has been hacking at a GARUM all day.

ALLEN: "You swallowed what?"

DANIELLE: "Spider water!"

More photos...

Danielle is DOWN!

Danielle was thirsty so she drank a bunch of water that we found in a forest...actually she drank some really nasty water and almost threw up...quite the trooper!

Lilly will need to be CG at some point so we had her pose for several shots so that Ron or one of his minions could create her later...

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Trina by the truck

This is our has already been in one short will not be in this one. Trina is getting her costume together. Everyone loves the boots. If you look closely, Trina is eyeing the jug of blood...she knew it was fortified with wine.

More pictures...

Trina is Lilly.

Documentary dude, Ted. That camera looks so small next to the Canon XL1. It takes good enough stills and video for our documentary.

Me and my BLOOD.

The First of Many Photo Posts.

I'm getting ready to shoot Danielle and some blood. The mud on my pants happened when I showed Danielle how to take a dive in a puddle.

Tarina watches the set up.

Danielle on location. The...uh...tractor won't actually be in the film. That's Kevin, the land owner. He and his wife are letting us shoot all over thier property.


Today's shoot was all I had hoped for and more. We did tests with Lilly (Trina) and Gwen (Danielle). We tested Lilly's weapon and we shot Lilly get rained on. Gwen had it a lot worse. She was rained on and soaked with very cold water. The behind the scenes footage that Ted shot got that "AAAAAAH!" scream and look from Danielle as we sprayed her. Then we made her fall down in a large puddle of water, she got a mouthful, and had her running blindly through the forest. We did some blood tests too and she had the chance to "punch" me. The blood worked well...REALLY well. I'll post shots tonight when Ted sends them.

Blood Recipe

5 parts strawberry syrup
1 part chocolate syrup
2 parts dark red wine

Friday, May 11, 2007

Almost there...Stay on TARGET...

19 hours and counting...just finished making a fresh batch of blood and finished the rain rack. All the actors are confirmed...well, I mean they confirmed that they are going to be there.

The countdown begins...

We start shooting in 22 hours, 35 minutes...

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The little things in life...

Now that the first day of filming is locked in I am FLOODED with detail ideas. Tonight as I was trying to start my lawn mower I got a huge blister on my hand from pulling on the cord. It made me think of Gwen. (stay with me here) As she is fighting the GARUM, after she has dislocated her right shoulder, she has to use the heavy sword with her left hand. She is going to have one bloodied palm by the time Clarr arrives...I've made a note in the script to bloody up the hand that's a little detail, but it will make the characters more real!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Danea is locked in now.

After much searching and second guessing, we finally found our Danea. Tiffany Dixie.

Monday, May 07, 2007

This saturday WE SHOOT!

Allen - Director, camera
Danielle - Gwen
Tarina - Lilly
Lana - Stills
Ted - Documentary
Sean - Boom Mike
Sharita - coffee
Kevin - innocent bystander

Light crew this two weeks we start filming fights!

Designs from Scotland

Michael just sent these. They are for the flashback sequence when the society was utopian and cool and breezy and then everything went to mush! I REALLY want to fly in one of these.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Sound track

These guys are doing three tracks on our film...tonight I saw their project. It was a silent film with the crew providing live music. I have to say, the music was so fantastic that it almost overshadowed the film at times. And that was a good thing. It wasn't JUST a movie soundtrack. The two (film and music) worked together and competed with each other. I am looking forward to seeing the film on DVD with the original soundtrack. There is a magic that happens when people play live and that magic was there this evening. Sean is going to write four songs for our film! YAY! Then I get to pick the best ones...I need three from these guys...But you know what....tonight, any of their songs would have fit in well with our film. They are Tangerine Dream and Angelo Badalamenti (sp) rolled up into a nice sandwich of original music that is just PERFECT for our film. MAGIC!!!!

Lilly's torch

My son Zack holding the prototype for Lilly's Torch that she smashes against the Drifter's gotta love the expression on his face.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Gwen's sword along with the spikes that will be wrapped onto the Beggar's hands. We'll see these in action on May 19th!


Here is Gwen's sword.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Not Sci-Fi food...
but good none the less.

Shrimp on the grill soaked in white wine, butter, lemon, Mrs. Dash Seasoning and freshly squeezed garlic.