We’ve had idea for this project for a little while now but as all college students we are pretty much broke. We have applied for college project funds before but we haven’t had any success.
This time though we went the whole 9 yards. Provided the script, scene planing, locations, planed video effect, actors, sound details, music, equipment we will use. Absolutely everything we could think of, from clothes to make up, to weather and so on. No chance in hell we would be rejected this time.
So all three of us got ready for the presentation of what we are planing. We dressed up nicely, planed everything we will say, discussed questions that might be given to us. Sure generally pleas for project funding are done with email but we wanted to make an impression and show how much we want to do this short film.
So it took us two weeks to get everything in order (most of that was finding the perfect location), most probably longer then it will take us to complete the movie. We were ready, we felt aggressive and very confident that this must go through, we will not back down.
So we get into the office with all the bags, papers and pictures. Lay everything down and prepare for a lengthy speech. Tom stands slightly in front of us and starts “So the plan is to make Philosopher Kings movie and-”
He got interrupted, the guy just said “Yeah, sure you got it. Just let me finish the paperwork here.”
We were pretty much depressed for not getting a chance to fight for our project after so much preparation…
Locating a setting that would capture the scene the way we wanted to was an oddly difficult task. The way we chose to search for it was pretty much driving around the countryside, waiting to stumble upon something that would match what we want.
With all the stops we made it took us pretty much one whole day till we found one. Not to mention we were stopped by police officers two separate times for driving too slow while discussing if we could certain areas we saw not too far from the road. The second cop even asked if he would find illegal substances in the vehicle if he searched through it, “No sir, this is how we always look like.”
As the day was coming to an end we were freaking out that we will have to spend second day searching for the right location but luckily Tom spotted a perfect spot on a little hill. It was bit far away from the road and we had to walk so when we got there it was sundown, and it was perfect. The way the light was hitting the area, the grass, the trees, the stone. It took us all day to find one tiny hill that we approved of, perhaps we are taking this project a bit too seriously.
So here we are, reporting from a super secret location about filming a super secret scene from a super secret movie, that Garry wrote. And as everyone knows Garry is a super awesome man, a very great director, and is totally not the writer of this post.
In all honesty we are in Tom’s house which pretty much looks like price of Bel-Air lives in. That ***hole never has any money and lives in a freaking mansion, what a slimy bastard. Now I would like to go very descriptive of how beautiful the house is but as it turns out we will be using green screen for this project.
Only reason we are at his place is because its huge and we plan to make a long take scene. Which is probably stupid as we never used green screen before, but I suppose we will learn a lot by doing something new. At the end of the day that’s what we are suppose to do, learn something new on every project so future ones are even better. Wish us luck!
Wait, did I mention the house has a pool? Well it does and I need to, ummm… go test it out while the guys are setting up the green screen.
So… a certain someone *cough* Mike *cough* got too excited over a lady coming over and fell out of his shower while rushing out. Not that we said anything of course, this is strictly private.
In any case he broke his arm, considering how clumsy he is we have no idea why the little miss was coming over in the first place. So that leaves us without one crucially important member of the crew. Not good, but at least we get to remind him of this events for the rest of our lives. Good times.
Before you ask Mike is fine, he got a distal radius fracture due to thinking with the wrong head. His arm is currently in the cast but he should be up and running in about 4 weeks. Till then we were thinking to work on other projects since we have a sweet ass camera with us now. Can’t miss the chance to use it.
Only problem being that each of us scribbled down so many ideas we can’t agree which one we want to do. Plus they really are just scribbles. There is pretty much no details, just the general idea. Well obviously we won’t go with Mikes idea, he is now around mainly for comic relief.
Since I am a college student, aka poor as a church mouse, I was pretty much thinking to film Philosopher Kings with my smartphone camera since my real camera broke about 6 months ago. When I told that to Tom and Mike they pretty much laughed in my face. Tom was all “Don’t worry man, I’ll get you a professional camera. You’ll see.”.
So okay that was pretty exciting, I was waiting to see what kind of monster camera will he bring. I’ve never had one and to be honest I was worried what if I brake it.
I mean come on, professional cameras are expensive as hell. I’ve spent the next day on my PC reading about the cameras used to make movies, handling them and so on.
Eventually Tom gives me a call that his brother brought him the Pro camera and I can come to test it out. Three of us meet up in Starbucks to see that beauty and… *cry* Tom pulls out a GoPro cam out of his backpack with serious expression on his face. I just wanted to empty my cup in his god damn face, while Mike pretty much nearly died laughing.
After he calmed down he said that his father works at a news station and might hook us up with some old camera. That old camera turned out to be Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder which we proceeded to nerdgasm all over. To be honest it looked like it just came out of the store. The video quality of this beauty, its stability, the colors, everything is amazing.
Once you go High Definition you can never go back (T_T)