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, you’re filming a movie and there’s a scene that takes place in a submarine, but you don’t own a submarine. What do you do? Do you buy a submarine? Do you maybe have a submarine guy? Could you trade your Pokemon collection for that submarine over on that military base, just yonder across the pond?
I’m asking seriously, folks. We don’t need a submarine, unfortunately since we do have a pretty reliable submarine guy; but we are in dire need of a few Christmas trees. Where do you go about finding a few of those in the middle of Summer?
As usual, I took to the internet, my most trusty of sidekicks. I found fake Christmas trees right off the bat, but who wants the plastic when you can have the real thing? I kept searching, like a madman hyped up on toaster strudel.
Finally, I came across this great site, http://christmastreeman.com.au/ they deliver Christmas trees in Sydney. I felt hope nuzzle once more into my chest. I knew that if I found one, I could find them all! (Much like my Pokemon collection.) Find them I did. Turns out, Christmas tree delivery is a pretty lucrative business even off season. There are tree delivery operations throughout the world. In New York, they have Soho Trees, Tyler’s Trees and NYC Trees. The U.K. has Real Christmas Trees, Christmas Forest and Pines & Needles.
It was all for a pretty decent price, and needless to say, I don’t think there is anything the internet won’t give you if you just ask hard enough. There’s just something about the fresh scent of pine that I can’t resist and apparently neither can the good people keeping these places in business. Now, if anyone is selling a few thousand feet of Christmas lights, feel free to let us know. We could really use a Christmas light guy.
Let me start off by telling you this article has nothing to do with filming of any sort and everything to do with some late-night Internet ramblings I had. You see, from time to time I suffer from a bit of insomnia and nothing helps me fill those sleepless hours like clicking around randomly on the web.
So, it was during one of these click fests that I discovered this little jewel: World Beard & Moustache Championships. Yes, there actually is such a thing but what I love best about this particular website is the fantastic pics.
There really are some epic ones. Who knew you could be so creative with facial hair?
My curiosity was peaked. Not that I had any illusions of entering any kind of competition like this. When it comes to facial hair, I have zero patience for what is needed to grow out anything close to resembling a beard.
Have you heard that rumor that if you shave an area, then the hair grows back faster and thicker? Apparently that is not true. That was not the only tidbit of knowledge I acquired about beards.
Beards have been around since before we discovered fire. A man’s facial hair was seen as a status symbol and a measure of his vitality. Men in olden days were punished by having their beards shaved off and we can thank the Romans for introducing shaving into our grooming ritual.
I was curious about how you cared for a beard once you got one to grow to any reasonable length. There are a ton of videos on YouTube that cover everything from how to brush a beard to the various products made just for beards. You can use regular shampoo and conditioner on your beard if you like. They even make hair color specifically for beards. Another product I had never heard of is beard oil. The beard oil keeps the beard smooth and shiny and I found a great selection of beard oil on this website, beardbrand.com.
Well, there you go boys and girls. Everything and more that you could ever want to know about beards.
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)