This piece is the child born of the story below: Please, read it if you would like to know more about my own story behind it.
There's plenty of room for people to put their own story to it, or to be used in a completely different way. Who knows!
Though, in short, this piece is a wave goodbye to my past. A look back on my journey to now. Now, finding myself on hitRECord, collaborating means building new things. Part of building a-new is letting go. Inadvertently, while building the edit I discovered that the threaded stories are connected in very unexpected ways, but that there is one underlying story being told over the years.
There's a lot more I would have liked to include in this, but since a lot of it is under the (Awfully outdated) Warner/Universal contracts - they technically own it, even though I created it... and since THE LAW IS THE LAW... well, I could only use some of my old stuff. Which, I simply wanted to offer up to anyone who wants to do anything with it.
On a special note: The beginning and the end shots of the girl in bed, are of Michéle, and also the very first things that I'd ever shot with her (12 years ago?) - which, was one of the very first times I'd done something on my own for the sake of doing it. That is to say, not as part of some music video or some client thing. Then again, you'd get that and then some, if you read the story linked above! (Personally, I wish I could find the old stop motion flicks I made when I was 6... oh well.)
Added this to a few other related collaborations, aside from just the loops collab. Which, I know is an old project - but I still wanted to put this in there, since it's so deeply personal to me. It hit me in the bones.
RAW Footages: http://www.hitrecord.org/albums/271008
Cameras used: Red Epic, Red One, Canon T2i, Panasonic Lumix GH2, Canon Rebel (The original silvah!), Canon XL-H1
RT: 00:06:12:00 (216 in reverse, because I'm from Cleveland)
Format: .mp4, H.264 VBR2, BR 5-10, AAC 48k - 1280x720 Square
Locations: Seattle, Cleveland, Hollywood, Orlando, NYC (Booklyn, son!)
Releases: Over the years I've been really good about keeping copies of paperwork when it was needed. So, all of that is available if ever necessary. (Locations, permissions/releases for both minors and casted [non-union] talent. - All are my right to transfer rights/license in perpetuity.)
5 generations, 5 years old.
Had a chance to sit down with my Grandmother today. This is only a fraction of the material I captured, but wanted to keep the main focus of this centered around the family patterns request. Time with her is increasingly limited, and so I really wanted to jump on this request and get some of her stories on camera... even if just for memory sake.
While working on putting together the raw material for "The Traveller", I happened upon enough "pov tests" to piece together this short story about "men who play games". My mind also needed to take a break from After Effects, as it is currently rendering out the greenscreen keys for the First Stars collab. So while that was rendering, I made this. I would have liked to actually match-move the narrative text to certain elements within the frame to represent different thoughts that come into focus as the focus shifts to them -- but this was just for fun, so... super quick. I had recently downloaded the song because I liked it, and just happened to have it present in my project -- thought it was fitting.
My mind, as of late, can not stop thinking about different possible ways in which "The Traveller" could (and should!) be expanded into something longer than a short film, like a feature.
Re: Money - Section starting at 0:53 & 1:57 Epocadofim places money into ticket machine.
- The Russian Sailor (Tiny Tune)
Playing around with the Russian Chromatic Accordion, the 'Bayan'!
Inpsired by Cousin Oleg; he live in missile silo. (Joke)
- I Came For Everything (Remix)
Absolutely couldn't resist.
120bpm / Dmaj
I Came For Everything
My heartbeat is a siren
Your footsteps on the sidewalk
Won't you find me here
In this place where no one hears
These days I am only empty space my dear
So not for nothing but I came for everything darling
Your whispers in the silence
All these fires seem to find us
Won't you find me here
In this place where no one hears
Fill me in
Fill me up
Just be all that I've said
Give me your contradictions
Give me birth, give me breath
Give me dirt, give me death
Every first, every last
Every single second left
- In Space, No One Hears You
68.BPM - Capo on fifth, "like an employer".
Verse & Pre-Chorus:
- 2nd string 3rd fret, 3rd string 4th fret. Open rest.
- 2nd string 5th fret, 3rd string 4th fret. Open rest.
- 2nd string 7th fret, 3rd string 4th fret. Open rest. (Variation is pinky down on 5th string, 7th fret)
- C, G, Em, D
Made a few refinements and added a visual cue for 'pressing start' to keep in line with the script.
Tiny story: Going to space is harder than it seems, but all you have to do is build a set of wings.
3840x2160 / 23.976 / h.264 .mp4 -- Download for a better view.
Made a few quick revisions to more closely match Marke's original work.
Would also work well with Wunderboy's "Burnt Coffee" RECord (Resourced it for ease of access), or with just the sound effects which, are also resourced below.
Forgot I had this sitting around, and re-fit it for Re: Fantasy.
I think these clips could find many different uses.
I just couldn't resist taking a whirl at one of my favorite shots. Download for better detail.
First take of 1st quarter. Second take is better overall, but wanted to include the material from this one for the cuttin'floor.
Shot on SONY RX-100 ii
Cast (LtR): theserpentthecharmer / almostsound / robo_j / theboxsets / kevinmaistros / actinglikemeech
Took RegularJOE's direction rather literally with this series. Filmed at the New England House of Awesomeness in Wales, MA. Dudes being dudes doing dude things, dude. Thanks Allison, and all the other ladies, for letting us take over the livingroom to shoot this.
Poster shot for "The Clock, Unwinding" - A HitRECord short film collaboration. Here you go, TSTC!
Download for full-res. Taken with Sony RX-100 ii
Thought something like this could make a cool beginning to the piece.
Grandma Maistros was sick during the actual shoot on Sunday, which led to a deviation from my original shotlist. So, we did a quick pickup today and I think it's better than what I had originally planned.
Shot at the US HitRECord House of Awesomeness 2013.
Kouralilly had attempted this with sparklers, but I guess... didn't successfully accomplish creating the video aspect of it. So, later that week I didn't want to let a good idea get away! Here'ya go, Koura. :)
- Land of the Dreams (REmix)
From ChaneleyWelly: "This song is about losing my heart in America, and my longing to live there. Unfortunately, it'll probably never happen."
Please listen with headphones.
Shot this photograph tonight at the House of Awesomeness 2013 and it inspired an idea for a short film tentatively titled "Imagine Magic" for the Re: Magic collaboration. Does this inspire a story of your own?
30 second open exposure and camera trickery - Joe certainly held still very well.
Thanks to Mark Schlesser, Brooke Duckart, Joseph Ruddleston, Brandon "Seabear" Elrod, Ellie Wilson-Smith, Sarah Hickey, Liz "Tiny Tank" Smalls, Erin Henry, Alexis Nedd, and Tamar Barbash for helping make this happen and lighting those lighters frantically to make magic together. -- "Good morning!"