Sunday, April 9, 2017

THANKS FOR NOTHING teaser




This is the teaser for my second feature film. (The first feature film is HERE.)

Completing my second feature film is a seemingly-neverending process because:

I am lazy.
My time-management skills are atrocious.
I am completing every stage of this feature film without the benefit of money.
I am doing this completely on my own.

I don't want to say much about the movie atm, but I can reveal that it was made under the Pink8 manifesto, detailed below:
  • Film school is poison.
  • Look for street superstars to be your cast.
  • Your film must be made on no budget, just sporadic money.
  • The director must raise "get-by" money by finding a job that challenges their ethics.
  • The director must have a main character role in the film.
  • Short films are NOT acceptable, it MUST be a feature.
  • The cast must NOT know what your film is about.
  • Filming must be done without any preparation or a traditional script.
  • Your film must be 95% improvised.
  • Special lighting is not acceptable.
  • No HD Cameras
  • No 3D
  • No Green Screen
  • The director must edit the film alone.
  • Mistakes are beautiful.
  • Continuity is wrong.
  • Bewildering, vague, self-indulgent, plot-less, risky, egotistical, limpid, raw, ugly, and imperfect are perfect.
  • Technical film experience is inessential.
  • Answer to one person only—yourself.
I'm expecting it to be done by early June in 2017 before I die.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mobile Bay FIlm Scramble 17

First things First:

Put your name on the list, pay $10 registration fee ($20 fee for absentee registration)
Your sign-up fee guarantees:
Two (2) free tickets to screening if you submit an entry.
OR
One (1) free ticket to screening if you do not submit an entry.

Process This challenge is pretty open. Since the entire challenge takes place during the duration of Mardi Gras, teams are encouraged to look to Mardi Gras for inspiration. You do not have to make a film about Mardi Gras. However, your film should take inspiration from some of the underlying themes of Mardi Gras*. At least some of your entry must be filmed in public during Mardi Gras, at or near a parade, ball or other Mardi Gras event. I have supplied a rundown of some Mardi Gras history and themes, but you are encouraged to research further in whatever direction your interest takes you. Us natives and locals may be too close to Mobile Mardi Gras to recognize how truly unique and strange it is...

*If this is somehow too artsy fartsy for you, make whatever film you want, but at least some of it must be filmed in public during Mardi Gras at or near a parade, ball or other Mardi Gras event.

Duration Films may be up to 6 minutes 30 seconds in length, including credits.

Entries Due: By 11:59PM TUES MARCH 7 - you have 45 days.

Your film must be submitted via google drive link, wetransfer.com transfer, or similar, with a link to download your submission. Submit to vocabularian@gmail.com with the subject line MBFS SUBMISSION

Screening: TBA

Titles & Credits End credits should be no longer than 20 seconds. No post-credits sequences. The end credits must include: This film was made for the Mobile Bay Film Scramble.  filmscramble.com

Required Media Formats Quicktime or Mp4 file formats preferred. If your film does not conform to the stated submission requirements or cannot be viewed on our equipment for whatever reason, it may be disqualified.

Notes All creativity must take place between now and Tues March 7. We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.) All films received by the deadline will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

No Pre-Screening Distribution The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Mobile Bay Film Scramble premiere screening. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 60 seconds.

Joe Cain, Jr. was born in 1832, along Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama. He helped to organize the Tea Drinker’s Society,  one of Mobile's early mystic societies. Other groups had developed Mardi Gras parades, but the Civil War had brought them to a halt. Cain was in New Orleans in 1867 and saw the celebration in the streets, and he returned to Mobile determined to revive the spirits of the citizens and to create a similar celebration of Mardi Gras for the people.
He conceived the fictional character of Chief Slacabamorinico ("slaka-BAM orin-ah-CO") while he was the city clerk at the city market.  The Chief, in costume with a plaid skirt and feathered headdress, paraded through the city streets on Fat Tuesday in 1868, celebrating the day in front of the citizens of the city and the remaining occupying Union Army troops. A band of fellow Confederate veterans accompanied "Old Slac" riding through town on a decorated coal wagon, playing horns and drums, parading and celebrating. The group became known as the "Lost Cause Minstrels Band" in Mobile. The first known parade was in 1711, when Mobile's Boeuf Gras [which means fatted ox] Society paraded on Mardi Gras, with 16 men pushing a cart carrying a large papier-mâché cow's head.  
.Joe Cain, who had played Old Slac until 1879, died in 1904 and was buried in Bayou La Batre. Artist and author Julian Lee "Judy" Rayford arranged to have Joe Cain reburied in Mobile's Church Street Graveyard in 1966, and he established Joe Cain Day in 1967 by dressing as the Chief and walking at the head of a jazz funeral down Government Street to the cemetery.  
Cain’s gravestone carries the inscription, in part:
Here lies old Joe Cain The heart and soul of Mardi Gras in Mobile Joseph Stillwell Cain Slacabamorinico. In 1866 (sic), Joe Cain dressed as a mythical Chickasaw Chief, and might have seemed comic - but certain perceptive ones realized he represented the epitome of victory - for the Chickasaws were never defeated in all their history. So Joe Cain, with his masquerade, lifted this region from despair and revived the ancient French observance of Boeuf Gras now known in Mobile as Mardi Gras - thus inaugurating the dispute as to who had Mardi Gras first - Mobile or New Orleans? Mobile had it first, but New Orleans was the first to call its carnival Mardi Gras. According to tradition - Joe Cain was the first folly to chase the devil round a stump.
Rayford, portrayed the "Chief" and in 1970 handed the features to the third "Old Slac", fireman J. B. "Red" Foster. Foster portrayed the "Chief" until passing the features in 1985 to historian, public relations professional and pastor, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr., as Old Slac IV, who is still the current incarnation.
Dozens of mystic societies have come and gone over the past three centuries in Mobile. Membership has been formed by affiliated groups such as co-workers, bachelors, women, blacks, black women, Jews, married women, married couples, or open membership, including visitors.  There are currently more than 40 mystic societies in Mobile.  Because many are run as secret societies, their impact on Mobile politics, business affairs, and Carnival activities is difficult to determine, but they have been another avenue of social and political influence.
Some of Mobile Mardi Gras' most notorious symbology includes:

  • Folly chasing Death around the broken pillar of life.
  • Folly dancing in the goblet of life.
  • Mystic societies (their various names and themes) and masked balls
  • A giant, rolling, fire and smoke-breathing dragon
  • Jazz marching bands
  • A ferocious and "strong" Tiger, a sleek and "fast" Zebra.
  • Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria: Columbus' famed ships.
  • 3 winged sons of Pegasus bearing the Golden Chariot of the Gypsy Queen through rainbow-enveloped clouds
  • Inca Messengers and Sun Worshippers
  • Swashbuckler with sword
  • Comic Cowboys: satirical comments on current events, locally and nationally.
  • A cake with a baby baked into it, and King Cake parties
  • Catholicism meets Bacchanalia - Bachus, Circe, & Comus
  • Moon pies
  • Flashing

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dead Exit Rebirth?


Around 10 years ago, after having made a handful of short films, I thought "I can make an amazing feature film, no problem." 
I was mistaken.
 Armed with a sharp script co-written by Stephen McClurg, very little sense, and even less money, I naively set out to wrestle a feature into existence. 
After a series of absolutely loony DP's, a few actors flying the coop (bless them,) and no shortage of personal mania, I ultimately abandoned "DEAD EXIT".
However, I recently recovered over 6 hours of the existing footage - it is one hell of a time capsule- and intend to weave some of this into the new feature that I am now working to complete. 

Here are some raw Dead Exit caps--


Friday, October 7, 2016

Mobile Bay Film Scramble 16

See all the entries (the winning entry plays first) :





and here are 3 that didn't make the deadline:


Carson Taylor's entry









Here's a peek at this signup sheet for MBFS16 - note that each scramble has completely different rules

Process
There are two different random drawings you must make for this challenge. The drawings are GENRE & TITLE. You only get to draw once for each. You must utilize either the Title or the Genre you’ve drawn, or you may use both of them.

*YOU MAY TRADE ANOTHER TEAM, GENRE-FOR-GENRE or TITLE-FOR-TITLE.

Entries Due: By or Before Thursday Oct 13 6 AM
Screening: Crescent Theater Friday Oct 14 11 PM

All creativity must take place between now and 6 AM Oct 13.
This includes:
Writing the script
Rehearsing
Costume/Set Design
Shooting
Editing
Sound Design
Rendering
Outputting to tape or other media
No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.

Required Elements: Do What Now?
Each participating team will draw a GENRE and a TITLE at random. Which means
This must be the title of your film.
OR
This must be the genre of your film.
OR
You may use both the title and genre.

*YOU MAY TRADE ANOTHER TEAM, GENRE-FOR-GENRE or TITLE-FOR-TITLE.

Total Running Time
The finished film must be between 4 minutes and 7 minutes in duration—including end credits.  As a rule, opening credits are unnecessary for a short film, and end credits may be no longer than 20 seconds. No post-credits sequences. 7 minutes is the maximum duration.

Titles & Credits
The end credits must include the words: This film was made for the Mobile Bay Film Scramble. filmscramble.com

Required Media Formats
Quicktime or Mp4 file formats preferred. If your film does not conform to the stated submission requirements or cannot be viewed on our equipment for whatever reason, it may be disqualified.
Your film must be submitted via google drive link, wetransfer.com transfer, or similar with a link to download your submission. Submit to vocabularian@gmail.com with the subject line MBFS

Submission Notes
We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)
If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in the theater.
All films received on the morning of the deadline will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements.

No Pre-Screening Distribution
The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Mobile Bay Film Scramble premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 48 seconds.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Finishing and finishing




Finishing up the music video for Black Titan's "Weed Dungeon," and then on to putting the finishing touches on my second feature, a PINK8 mess called Alabama 2: Thanks for Nothing.