Oh, hey, so one of my favorite writers that I know IRL wrote an article about the film I’ve been working on at school. She pretty much gets the problems our film has spot on while also throwing some compliments our way. I ain’t mad, this shit’s the truth, and, for now, is probably the closest I’ll get to talking about this film for a while.
Filmmaking is a cantankerous old woman. It has its charm in the stories and experiences you will come across along the way, but it’s particular and if the wrong wind blows, can be nothing but negative and well, whiny.
Recently, I’ve been either talking with some gaffers who have had hard…
It wasn’t until 1991 that an a film directed by an African American woman was granted a general theatrical release in the United States. The director was Julie Dash. Her film was Daughters of the Dust.
So, I figured I’d put this here. Currently everyone working on our short film is hustlin’ to make it work for our premiere, but we ran into an issue. While burning the Blu-ray, the film kind of quit working on us. It stops. I’ll post what has been written about it between us currently. If anyone can hand out advice, that’d be cool.
So I’m in the audio labs with _________ and trying to burn the Blu Ray. Every single file works and imported to the burner fine, except the actual film. We checked the info on the film file compared to the other files and they’re all identical except that the film file carries time code, but I dont know if that even effects it. In the burner it works only as an audio file, and when we tried to open the file on the lab computer, and ___’s laptop, it opened and worked in VLC, which is great, cuz now we know it works and is there, but every other program, handbreak, quicktime, final cut, all read it only as either missing audio, missing video, or both. We’re currently trying to export is out of VLC and see if that somehow relink them but I’ve never seen a finalized .mov file that doesn’t carry audio and video together in every place. (it didn’t.)
2 questions. 1, has anyone EVER seen something like this and what can we do to fix it, and 2, if this doesn’t work, the only thing I can think is to re-export from the original final cut timeline and try again. Of course that means tomorrow is almost a no go. Lemme know.
Jeff Wray, a Michigan State professor and filmmaker, joins Matt & I as our first guest on the podcast. We discuss a Barry Jenkins film about a one night stand between two strangers and the dynamics between the two as they spend the day after together. A lovely indie film (whatever that means) and an excellent ending. Watch it on Netflix, it’s a good watch.
I brought up a story while we were discussing one night one day stands. Matt thought I should elaborate on it after hearing more details after we finished recording.
Cleanflix, the film I co-directed with Joshua Ligairi, that premiered at TIFF three years ago, is finally available for any and all to consume. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon Instant, and Vudu for the time being. You can also pre-order the DVD on our new website or get it on Pay-Per-View. Look for it on Hulu and Netflix in the coming weeks!
FeministFilm points out a very important issue with the show:
Think about other prominent characters of color we’ve seen so far: Hollis, Carla, Paul’s girlfriend Sheila from Season 2 (and, to a lesser extent, Lane’s girlfriend in Season 4). Sure, they are all given lines and technically have voices in that sense, but let’s be real. None of these characters are written into the show for their own sake. They are there primarily—here I’m actually tempted to say exclusively—for white characters to interact with, to treat poorly (or not), to be inspired by (or not), to set the tone or feel of an episode because they cause white people to experience just so many emotions!
This notion of representation was the default representation for people of color throughout film during the first half of the 20th century and has persisted as time goes on. While Mad Men insists that it’s trying to simultaneously claim to be a well-drawn drama detailing what America was, it is apart of the culture of what American is today.
While Mad Men may be correct in replicating the way in which people of color were represented at this time, people of color continue to lose because, whether it’s tongue-in-cheek or not, people of color are still screwed over.
In lieu my inability to make posts lately, here’s the update I just posted on Indiegogo about the films I’m working on!
Principal shooting on “One Night Stand” is now complete! Two rehearsals, three nights of rehearsals, and after piles upon piles of pizza, the film is now officially in the post-production phase. The almost 25 page script was completed in an absurd 18 hours, which is beyond quick.
Our editor, Emily Liles, is already hard at work on editing the film. She’s already done rough cuts on the first three scenes that we shot weeks ago. There’s a possibility that this film may be finished within the month! But, that’s a maybe.
(Music is currently also being composed.)
Now, our focus shifts entirely towards “Sharing of the Domestic Burden,” which has already been cast and one rehearsal has taken place. A shooting schedule is currently being organized, props and set decoration is underway, and the hopes of a similarly speedy shoot is on our minds.
The second film is more Tumblr-focused on crew (and probably in construction.) Folks involved: