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AUTHOR SUBJECT: ROAD RASH comedy short
Mike Conway
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Posted: 5/24/2017 12:33:14 PM
 Here's a short that I shot, last Saturday.  "A flirtatious driver has a strong attraction to a homeless bum, and an artist draws fat pictures of his wife. It all culminates in an explosive clash."







Required Character:  Glen Pellaton, an illustrator.
Prop:  A Bandana
Line:  "What time do we have to be there?"

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Sv Bell | Black Flag Pictures
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Posted: 5/24/2017 1:28:33 PM
Wow quite a marathon you did!
Great work as usual, Mike! A bit of spill on the green screen shots in the car, but still, veeery cool.
Is it part of the IndieMeet screening?

sv


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Posted: 5/24/2017 5:19:40 PM
Pretty cool, Mike...

 I know you had a serious time constraint but you got a lot done!  The greenscreens are very good except for the ones with a lot of green spill.  What keying tool are you using?

So, did you win?

Mike Conway
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Posted: 5/24/2017 11:47:53 PM
It just screened, last night, so I have no idea if it will win anything.  I'm not doing IndieMeet, this year.  I wasn't going to do 48, either, but last year I told Aaron (the guy with the artist hat) that he needed to be in a leading role.  He's really good.  Well, he called me on it, so I signed up, last minute.  I'm glad he prompted me.  I've been in a depressed mood with filmmaking, so this was nice.  Nothing too spectacular, just an easy going, funny short with a pretty good cast.  

 I used Ultra Key, within Premiere.  The truck shots were in the morning, so those had good light.  The street shot (garage greenscreen), with the tipped cars was around noon, so some shadows, but it came out nice.  

The Mustang shots were around 4 and 5 pm.  The sun was really bright, to the point where the green was almost washed out.  The greenscreen was so bright that it was bouncing (spilling) back on the passenger.  Just had to deal with it and clean it up as best I could.  

I edited that night, shot miniatures, Sunday morning.  Edited more, then spent 1 hour on the music.  I turned the movie in, Sunday, at 6:30pm.  I got it in an hour early, because I was disqualified for being 1 minute late, two years ago.










mokkimachi
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Posted: 5/25/2017 1:22:59 AM
I don't see any video.  Just empty space.  Did you take it off or am I missing the point?  

So if you make movies regularly, howcome you've never just set up a permanent green screen?  Do it.  Both blue and green and black and white.  Once you have it, you use it constantly.

You'll also save lots of time if you're trying to rush completing a movie in two days.  Have everything standing ready permanently so you can just jump in there on day one and be like whoo whaa whee cut and that's a wrap.  

Mmmmmmmmmm.... wrap.  *lick lips*.   


"I've been in a depressed mood with filmmaking"

Filmmaking depresses you?  You're my exact opposite.  When I feel depressed I make movies.  If I go one week without making movies, my life force disappears.   

Tip:  If you want to cure your depression, first step is to stop eating sugar and Mcdonald's. 

Cheers and thanks for sharing!   

mokkimachi
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Posted: 5/25/2017 4:09:44 AM
Ok saw it. 

Good work dude!  I actually watched till the end.  Which is something,  since I have trouble watching past 30 seconds of most anything.  This one ended when I still wanted more, which is a good time to end.

It was the same length as a cartoon, which was a good decision. 

As for everybody and their critique, bleh on y'all.  With a movie this light, just about anything goes.  No perfection needed.   

Keep on rolling Mike!  Your camera I mean.  Not yourself;  the wear and tear will getcha. 



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Posted: 5/25/2017 5:13:52 AM
I didn't even realize that you used a green screen on the shot seen above. Nice work!
Mike Conway
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Posted: 5/25/2017 5:50:39 AM
"Filmmaking depresses you?  You're my exact opposite."


No, I'm your mirror image in regards to loving what I make.   I like filmmaking, it's more to do with making less of my own stuff and getting sucked into other people's event type videos, band videos, feature length abortion topics, or reality shows about their own lives, or just plain poor material.   My wife works 70 hours a week, so I'm playing house-dad with our 3 kids.  I still have my job, but I do the grocery shopping, errands, school and concert drop-offs, etc.  This makes the more trivial requests from other people a pain in my butt.

 I don't post most of the stuff I work on.  One example:  I shot this other guy's feature for a few weeks, for free.  Everybody thinks they have a winner that is going to pay millions.  Right when we had a good work flow, he bailed and moved to California.   A while later, he asked for some scenes to be cut.  It was taking me a while because my job was busy.  This guy threatened to sue me, for not doing the scenes in a more timely manner.  I was working for free and he was going to sue me!  Stuff like that just takes the air out of the sails.

I know you, Marius.  You don't usually like to watch or make other people's movies.  You love to promote your own stuff.  Imagine not being able to work on your own stuff, but still doing other people's projects.  With that said, it makes me feel pretty good that you watched mine and made it to the end.  Thanks for that.

Mike Conway
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Posted: 5/25/2017 5:53:36 AM
 Thanks James.  One of the actors saw it and even he forgot it was the greenscreen shot.  We shot some other angles in the street, so he had trouble deciphering.
mokkimachi
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Posted: 6/1/2017 12:48:11 PM

No, I'm your mirror image in regards to loving what I make.   I like filmmaking, it's more to do with making less of my own stuff and getting sucked into other people's event type videos, band videos, feature length abortion topics, or reality shows about their own lives, or just plain poor material.


Oh yeah, I forgot I had such a chapter in my life too. 

When I started, I hadn't yet precisely defined what I'm going to focus on.

So naturally people thought they're helping me by giving me and getting me all kinds of jobs where I could use my camera and editing equipment. 

I don't regret it;  it's taken me all over the world and was the cause of so many adventures.  Sometimes lots of money too.  Yummy!

Yet sometimes I wished those projects could finish already so I can get back to my own things. 

Eventually I did get to a point where I wanted to focus on what I want to make.  Narrative things of my own creation.  

They're a lot less profitable and take a few tries to get something that sells.  I did get one such project finally after some years.  It doesn't sell large volumes but it does sell on a consistent basis to this day. 

So yeah, the jump had to be made and the services to others closed.  It was sad and does come with lots of drawbacks. 

But I do get to make my own things now.  So I'm happy most of the time, especially as things come to completion after waiting on the backburner for me for years. 


You'll probably realise at some point that if you don't just make the switch from videographer or whatever to closed in-house productions, you'll never get to make your own things because you'll die. 

Lebogang (Chief Malmane in International Treasure, my lowest budget movie ever at the time) died two days ago, and a month ago I myself was run over by a car and suffered severe injuries that still affect me. 

Lebogang and I filmed a movie in 1998 that is super.  I was going to finish it next year and he'd still do some voice recording work for it, and finally we could watch the fruit of our labour after 20 years.  It wasn't just labour, it was a complete and total culture we lived for two months back then.  Now I'll have to watch it alone.   

And so, we are reminded that we are living against the sands of time running out.  So we must do what we can while there's time.   



"This guy threatened to sue me, for not doing the scenes in a more timely manner.  I was working for free and he was going to sue me!  Stuff like that just takes the air out of the sails."


Naah, no need for the wind to leave the sails. 

The guy just needs his things in a timely manner.  

Next time, just tell him you can't do it but for him to get a hard drive to you.  Then copy all the files overnight and give him the drive so he can do all he wants to do that you don't feel like doing.

Then you're free of it and he's got his stuff.  No need for any problems or psychological traumas or court dramas. 



SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 6/3/2017 8:29:50 PM
 "I'd like to go to the sewer; I have a brother who I might be able to stay with"



 HAHAHAHAHAHA

 

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