November 2011

28 November 2011

Inspiration Monday 11/28/2011

If you haven't noticed, I'm trying to wake this blog up. I'm going to put more film related content on a weekly or twice-weekly basis.

So, here's a new subject to cover:


Post Transhumanism

I love the themes AND production values in this new web series that is coming out soon. While many are upset that most transhumanist stories are negative, but I'd have to agree that directly accessing your mind to the internet could be fatal. Given all the viruses and hacker activity world wide, would YOU connect your brain directly to the world wide web?

Fashionable Dieselpunk

The Escapists - The Storm Theme from elr°y on Vimeo.

I love this- the camera work, the acting, the visuals, the costumes, the set... the ONLY thing I would do different is the 2 dimentional shots of the plane exterior... this could have been done with a 1:12 detailed model shot against a greenscreen. I believe strongly in old school practical models- they seem to be more believable and feel more timeless.

Speed of Light

C (Kickstarter Promo) from Derek Van Gorder on Vimeo.

Speaking of using practical models, here's a project that is going to extensively use practical sets and in camera effects. Really, the only thing that bothers me on this is how limiting the shots become with small sets- medium close to close ups of faces get boring after a while... it gives a "sameness" and undercuts the drama. That is an easy enough fix that comes with imaginitive direction and storyboarding, but I am very impressed with the resourcefulness of this project and I hope that it lives up to it's expectations.


I'm opening up my comments, but they will be heavily moderated to weed out spam or inappropriate comments... let's keep it civil! But I encourage you to give me your opinions on my posts!

25 November 2011

Fog City Mavericks

Fog City Mavericks - Part 1 of 5 from Gary Leva on Vimeo.

It's been a while since I've stepped foot on a film set. I'm still trying to finish Southside of Elsewhere. It is edited but sound design has been my biggest hurdle- I'm learning from scratch while juggling a fulltime job, a large family and freelance. It's daunting at times.

But I'm not in hibernation- I'm still writing when I get the chance at lunch or early in the morning. My education continues when I watch documentaries of independent filmakers that I admire, and watching those rekindles and inspires me to keep moving forward.

One of my favorite documentaries is A LEGACY OF FILMMAKERS: The early years of American Zoetrope which is on disk 2 of my THX-1138 directors cut dvd set. I've watched it over and over.

But another is a five part series on Vimeo- Fog City Mavericks.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to watch it... then tell me again that the Hollywood Studio Machine is the only way to go.

You probably noticed that I've imported my '72 Pontiac LeMans' blog. Even though it's automotive, it's related to Lost Skies since I bought the car solely for the reason for my big feature. It will also be a set piece for Aaron Colburn's film.

21 November 2011

Rough Ride

It's been a rough couple of months. I've been waiting to get paid from a freelance job for quite some time - it had nearly been a year since I did the job... long story but suffice to say I've measured 2011 in chasing the client in getting paid because the money was "held up". It got to the point where I reluctantly put the LeMans up for sale.

Luckily there were no takers (although I did get interest from one person) and I've since gotten the money owed to me. It was certainly a close call, but it's off the market.

I found this LeMans' profile on Car Domain- and now I know EXACTLY the direction I want to go with my project:

1972 Pontiac LeMans on Car Domain

It's very similar to the Black LeMans Video I posted a while ago.

In any case, I'm relieved not to have to sell it. And I have renewed interest in getting it prepped as the bad guy's car for my upcoming feature film- and I have 2 years to get it in gear!

I've decided I'm going to sign up for Penn Foster's Online Automotive course. I know a little bit about cars, but of course I'm determined to know everything I need to know to get the LeMans (and the upcoming Generation 2 Camaro project) finished. I'm planning on enrolling in January of 2012... and I'll post my progress here!