To be honest, once again, I don't really have any updates this week. It's been a rough week. I was aware the week would be slow so I posted on twitter for people to ask me some questions about what I do. Here we go:
Why is your production company called Decades Apart?
In 2007, I made a stop motion film called Return of the Zombie King or at least started it (seeing as how the project was never finished due to its large size). I decided to use a couple of photos I had on my computer and create two obscure titled companies from them; one was Flaming Skull Pictures and the other was Decades Apart Productions. It started off as a joke because the picture was guys from the American Revolutionary War and guys from the Civil War, I looked and said "Film War? No. Um, Flags of our Fathers Pictures? No. Um...they happened about a century apart...how about Decades Apart?" So, I just used it for that one project. Then I used it again when I made the Super Jesus cartoons. About that point, the title just started growing on me because I felt I was decades apart from what current day cinema was (I was either really behind or really ahead). In the end, I just stuck with Decades Apart. It has nothing to do with paying homage to Tarantino's Band Apart or anything else. It's literally just because of a few little metal soldiers and the wars they represented.
Who inspires you?
Several directors inspire me and all for different reasons. I'm inspired by Robert Rodriguez's cheap and effective way to make good movies and his "Mariachi" style. I'm inspired by Quentin Tarantino's dialogue driven scenes and intense suspense. I'm inspired by John Woo's beautiful way of shooting awesome action scenes. I'm inspired by Yimou Zhang's breath taking beautiful shots and character driven films. I'm inspired by Akira Kurosawa's...well everything. I'm inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's cinematography. I'm inspired by pre-alien abduction Dario Argento and his great suspense and fear building. I can go on about the directors that inspire me all day...but then I couldn't get on to other questions.
What equipment do you use?
Until I bought my new camera I had been using the Sony Handycam DCR-HC28 and edited with Sony Vegas 9. Now, I'm using a Canon Vixia HV 40 and an Audio-Technica AT8035 and editing on Sony Vegas HD 11 Premium Suite.
Are you going for any particular style?
At the time of this writing, no. I usually only try to use a style if I'm shooting a specific genre. For example, my planned feature film is a giallo film (a type of murder mystery which led to the creation of the slasher genre) and I want to shoot that in giallo format (lots of bright reds with other colors being dull, artistically shot, POV shots, etc.). I also don't really plan out my shots. Well, I plan them out but if I see something on set that would make a nice shot, I'll go with that. Things I've made that are examples of this: the Live Fast trilogy, Denver Campus Launch, Vanished, Grove Promo, and Wedding Montage. Not much of my early work contains shots like these because I was working with impatient people on set or didn't know enough about films myself.
How many takes do you usually use?
It really, really, really depends on the actor. When I'm acting, I use one to two takes because I know how I want something said and can usually do what I want to a degree. Gaby can take anywhere from one take to twenty takes. My cousins took about three takes for each shot when we shot chunky monkey cereal. So yeah, it depends on the actors.
How is production on your short film going?
It's going well, I suppose. Technically, production hasn't begun yet because I still need my actors. I have been having a rather awesome time in gathering props. Looking at the budget for the film, I have found several ways to save money so my budget has been a lot less than I had predicted. However, I do still need the actors. Actually, this whole blog thing is to answer that question.
What is Invisible Diary about?
I don't want to give away too much about it but it's pretty much about a kid in the human vegetative state sharing his last moments of life.
What do you plan to do with this film?
I think I'm going to put it on the festival circuit. I'm also going to have a private screening at my house for the cast and will show it to the people who have supported me through this.
What are your plans after this film?
I've mentioned before about Through the Devil's Eyes but haven't really elaborated past talking about it. Pretty much, I plan to start on pre-production of that film as soon as I finish editing Invisible Diary.
There's all the questions people have asked this week. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my responses and hopefully, next week, I'll have some goodies for you.