Project EVIE Update #0004

So sharing creative things is hard. I was really nervous about inviting people over to read the script so far, I went and picked up the first of two from the train station. We get back and she readsit over and goes “well… there are a few problems…”. So we converse for a little while, and then I have to and pick up the other guy from the train station. He reads the script as well and says “ok, there are a few problems”.

So we’re off to a great start.

We converse about it for a little while and finally I come up with solutions to my script problems!

It’s kind of like Dr. House, sometimes you need some other people to bounce off of…

Project EVIE Update #0003 (Backdated)

So… I should’ve gotten to this sooner.

Anyway, I went and saw a dozen final year, six-months-in-production documentary film projects by University students from [redacted] university.

Oh god they were awful.

Seriously.

Most of the movies were edited poorly, and shot worse. The framing on interviews was way off, in one instance the shot was framed around a guys legs (for no reason) when he was doing a talking head.

Good news is I’m feeling much more confident about making a movie if these are the sort of things that people who’ve been studying for nigh on three years can muster.

Project EVIE Update #0002

Oh god writing is painful.

I’m rewriting the entire thing and changing a bunch of stuff, which is fine, except I no longer know what the voice of the movie is. It was the narrator who was also going to be one of the main characters later; but now I’m thinking I split the two, can I have a narrator who isn’t necessarily a main character? Then it just becomes expository soundbytes from heaven. But then If I have a character who is also the narrator, we can’t really trust everything they’re saying. If it were true it’d be narration, other wise it’d be an interview.  Oh god, oh god, oh god.

I was very tempted to add in ‘that’s what she said’ at the end of the last paragraph. Aren’t I displaying impressive amounts of restraint. ha. ha.

Anyway, I was making good progress until I was stumped about what to do, then I wandered aimlessly around my apartment for half an hour trying to figure it out… so I’ve sort of hit a wall, but I’ve kind’ve figured out how to get past it… sort of. I’m just worried that if I go down a certain path I’ll waste my time or it’ll make everything irrevocably worse.

Ain’t it fun.

~WGA

Project EVIE Update #0001

The preamble turned into a remable but here’s where I’m up to:

So first thing is: the script did not get accepted into the short film festival it was entered into. This is a bit of a disappointment, firstly, because I know that a plagiarised script was accepted; Secondly, because I worked really hard on the script, I spent in the order of around 20-30 hours on the finished product. This is a real negative reinforcement since the previous year I wrote a script in 20 mins (and it was real bad) and it got accepted. Thirdly, because I had a lot of my friends ready to help with the production. But that’s fine because I plan to make it anyway, and make better… and bigger…

So ahead of me is a lot of rewriting then hopefully a table read. The script runs about 20mins as it is, but we’ll see how it goes.

~WGA

Project: EVIE: #00: Preamble

Last year I made a short film for, ostensibly, a short film festival. Despite me having not made a film since high school. here’s how the process unfolded:

01. Find out my good friend is running said film festival.
02. Decide making a film is a good idea.
03. At 2am write the entire script in one sitting and submit it under a fake name.
04. Friend tells me about this ‘mopey’ script he’s gotten.

all pretty straightforward really, until, I FIND OUT MY SCRIPT WAS ACCEPTED.

Now I have to make the damned thing.

Since I had a certain visual style in mind, which required A snorricam. Google it.

so I built one.

Then we filmed. A friend kindly agreed to play the main role and we were off.
Filming went fine, until we had to film ‘the party scene”.  I set aside an entire night, which went from one disaster to the goddamn next. I then filmed the last few scenes two weeks later once the hangovers had died down.

Editing took a solid month, which wasn’t helping me in my full time studies. damn.

Composing was the only thing that went well, being my forte (to a certain extent).

Finally the GODDAMN FILM WAS DONE.

It was then aired as part of the festival on a full size film screen.

The phrase I used to describe the film, all said and done, was “better than half”  meaning it turned out surprisingly well but not fantastic.

Flash forward to now, I want to make another short film for this years film festival…

IN THE NEXT INSTALLMENT: PEOPLE, WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
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