This was one of the Coen Brothers’ movies that I hadn’t seen prior to committing myself to this journey. It was shot in color but then converted to black and white. If anything, it’s a beautiful film. I do like this film…I think. I think I like this film. You’ll see what I mean.
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The enthusiasm that many of you have about my experimenting is encouraging. I love you guys.
I shot one cartridge of Ektachrome 100D this afternoon. Simple shots of buildings on campus. I have one more cartridge of the 100D, as well as a cartridge of Tri-X. I have a very specific plan for the Tri-X.
The internet says that I don’t need to notch the 100D. It’s difficult to find info specifically about Canon 310 XL’s and Tri-X. Still, I’m excited. Fingers crossed that my shit isn’t blurry at shit.
But, it is called learning. That’s what I’m calling it.
Okay, okay, here’s what I actually wanted to say:
My first video camera was a Mini DV. It was tape, but it’s still digital. You hit record. Zoom was automatic. So little of it involves you. The ideas are yours, the framing is yours, but a lot of it is left to the camera.
Initially, it felt weird filming Super 8. Holding a button the entire time to film? Weirdly empowering as someone who’s never actually worked with film. I definitely made a lot of mistakes today. Simply too excited. But, the work between the filmmaker and the camera feels much more mutual. It’s fun. Really, really fun.
But holy crap am I stoked. I will have to do research on developing this stuff. Unfortunately I’m not sure there’s a place on campus for me to do it.
The Detroit Independent Film Festival (DIFF) is in its second year. Venues are throughout the metro Detroit area. From the Uptown Birmingham 8 to the Burton Theatre to a ton of venues inbetween. Running from tomorrow, March 9th, through Sunday the 13th, if you’re in the area, you should give it a shot.Ticket prices vary, but they’re pretty damn cheap.
I’m so excited to see the blooming of the Burton Theatre. I know some of the people that run the theatre in Detroit. I’ve spoken of it before. Once a closed Detroit Public School building, now a unique place to experience some really special films.
I’ve also heard a lot about many of the films at the festival (Annabelle & Bear, Grown in Detroit, The Beast Pageant, Televising a Revolution of Spoken Word from Detroit). One of my professors is also showing one of his short documentaries in competition (Arabs, Jews, and the News). A ton of really interesting stuff.
Support film, support Detroit, support people. Go go go.
[Note: Hey! I’m still doing this! I took a different approach with this one. By that, I mean I read some shit and I wrote almost twice as much. I hope people still care about these]
Ryan P. Doom closes his essay on Miller’s Crossing (from the book The Brothers Coen: Unique Characters of Violence) by stating “The Coens have no interest in creating something to reflect the real world, so why should they start during Prohibition?”
I find quite a few reasons, while reading Doom’s essay. But, first, to the Test!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately; I’ve been revving up for the first shoot of Deadhand on March 12th. We’re filming a really cool out-of-body experience scene in an abandoned hospital in Jersey City. The hospital serves as a map for Maria’s (the main character’s) subconscious; her insecurities and desires, and the things she feels forced into against her will. I’m going to be posting some footage after we get it back. We’re shooting on 35mm, which everyone is really excited about, and it’ll be my first time working with 35.
I’m still working towards my fundraising goal of $5,000. Each price level comes with incentives, and $20 gets you a signed dvd of the completed film plus 2 prints of my artwork or a screenshot from the film. It seems like a big goal, but I have a private funder who has agreed to match every dollar I raise. So, if I can raise just $2500 we’ll reach our goal. Which means with what I’ve raised so far, if I can get just 105 people to pledge $20 we’ll set. Every dollar helps. Go to donate.deadhand.net to get more information about pledging.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out already through pledging and reblogging my posts about this film
Ahh! I never even saw what you wrote about my original super 8 post. I tried to find an “ask” button of any kind on your page to start us a private dialogue, but I could not find one.
To Herbt and everyone else, I am very excited about my Super 8 Film camera. I hope it’s not a “crappy” one (It’s a Canon 310 XL). If it is, I don’t care. I’ll play with it, and if I really need to get something else, I will at some point. Right now, I’m just really dang excited. I’ve never worked with film. Nerd nerd nerd time.
I do not, however, know how to work it in the slightest. I found one video on youtube on how to load it. That’s all I know.
So any advice is welcome.
Okay, back to watching Playtime on an awesome TV that isn’t mine.