Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Meat Love haiku

Sweet scent of new love.
Enchanting! Or could it be --
A roasted chicken?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Some test shots

Louis doing some tests with the DOF adapter and his Sony HVR-A1U high def camcorder. Nice results - we'd get rid of more of the glass grain if we had a motor on the focusing screen to vibrate it.

Not a lot of vignetting, either!

Friday, March 20, 2009

World Premiere!

Meat Love has been selected to screen in the Davis Film Fest in our homebase city of Davis, California. We'll be in the 12 noon block on April 4th at the Veterans' Memorial Theater, right after the intermission. I'm proud of the actors and crew who gave up many hours of sleep in order to eat Pirate Booty and stand around in a cold, darkened store... and the people who work at the Davis Food Co-Op, who tolerated our antics!

The Davis Film Fest was just as much a part of our production schedule as the shooting or editing was - we used the final submission date as a drop-dead filmout date for Meat Love. It was great to have such a solid end point especially when we got into editing, because it meant that we could devote as much time to the movie as it needed to get done, with the knowledge that after February 27 we were free and done and could sleep and party and go grocery shopping again.

Maybe that was just the editor and I on that last bit.

Moral of the story: having a hard deadline is motivating and a relief when you make it.

What happens next? We're submitting to a film fest for shorts in either LA or SF, and after that, we'll be booting Meat Love into the wide world of Youtube and Vimeo, to seek its fortune and an audience...

Friday, February 27, 2009

We are DONE

I 'm driving the burned DVD up to Davis to drop off for the film fest submission tonight. The poster directly below is available here: Poster store as a FULL SIZE FOR REALS poster. You can also see here a couple samples from the animation I did for the end credits.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Trailer - rough version

It's a bit squished, and needs some fixes, but... it's kind of exciting!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Still making progress

We wrapped principal photography at about 2 pm on Sunday the 8th, after shooting 7 days (not in a row) and 32 hours altogether. We broke two lightbulbs, forgot cables twice, and went through three boom operators. Maybe we should stop mistreating the poor sound people.

Everyone's been set free to have lives and weekends again - everybody but the director and editor. Editor is, unsurprisingly, editing the short. Director is hemming and hawing and asking for the cut to maybe be shorter no longer no maybe three frames longer and can we make it slow motion no you know what never mind put it back the way you originally had it. Director is also
working on the poster/DVD cover and shirt design.

Producer is looking at the rough cuts and trying to decide whether it was worth all the lost sleep.

Look for a trailer on Saturday... we're makin' a MOVIE!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


So I'm showing my boy the little blog here, going through the pictures, and he points to the picture of Allison, and says, "Who's that?"
"That's Allison, she's playing the sushi girl."
"Nice.  You always need some not-American hot chicks."

They grow up so fast.