I guess the big news of late is I've resumed filming my formerly shelved film noir project, "Five Bullets, Five Names", which I started over five years ago shooting on 16mm film. The film turned out to be cost prohibitive and I abandoned the project.
I was encouraged to get back into it by many involved because they saw the value in the story. The lead actor, David Daley, was particularly instrumental in resurrecting it.
This time, we're shooting it on HD video and the results are fantastic, not only in terms of the image, but in the quality of the acting and because I've learned a lot about storytelling and filmmaking in the last five years.
This is a frame grab of some of the original 16mm footage, which cost me about $1000 in film and processing. This didn't include the two 16mm cameras I'd purchased at about $250 each - one of which I recently gave away for nothin'.
This is a frame grab from the HD video shot on a consumer grade camcorder which cost me $250 including the SD memory card. Same location, same lead actor in the same waredrobe (different Amazon), same time of day, but five years later with modern equipment.
Needless to say, this project has progressed a lot further with far better results on video. As well, this time around I have a lot more professional actors and crew helping out and I've been ridiculously fortuitous in securing locations and participation.
Going all out on the film noir look.
I should also mention my lovely lady, Ms. Candace, has also been incredibly supporting in terms of moral and even production equipment. A lot of this wouldn't be possible without her.
It's going to be something we can all be proud of.
More than anything, this is an impetus to deliver the goods for the upcoming 7th Annual Calgary Filmmakers Challenge.
The challenge: to make a film adaptation of a work in the public domain, a teacher must appear as a character, there needs to be a shot of a pencil in a ceiling, as well as a sequence shown in reverse.
Heartman: a tale of mimes told in the style of Rodriguez's "Sin City". This was made for the 6th Annual Calgary Filmmakers Challenge and was completed Feb. 29, 2012. The criteria for this film was that it had to be based on a true story, needed a 'butt shot', a shot had to be upside down, and at least one character had to be a mime - so this is what I came up with.
The criteria for the 7th Annual Calgary Filmmakers Challenge was issued the same night.
I try to challenge myself to tell stories with no words, that way, once I tell a story with dialogue it will be inherently more visually interesting.
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