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And now we have Closure…

You can check out our latest short film Closure here:

Apparently Closure didn’t resonate with the judges at the 100 Hour Film Festival this year.

To be honest, while it is something that is not part of our regular film style I think overall the group was pretty pleased with the end result. Admittedly it’s a dark and moody little thing but we will send it out to a few film festivals and see if there is an audience for the film.

Closure – 100 Hour Film Race 2016

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Eric Myles (Camera) lining up his shot with Patrick Williamson (foreground) and Neil Bennett (background)

We survived again.

The assignment this time was:

Theme: ESP

Prop: A doll

Action – Shaking Hands.

A quartet of regulars: Neil Bennett, Eric Myles, Rob Paul and Patrick Williamson.  A fifth player, musician Chris Pauley worked offsite composing pieces based on the script and then tailored to the rough and final cut of the film.

Eric and Rob wrote the script, something a little off the beaten path for the regular “comedies” 416film makes. Pat and Neil filled out the two acting roles while Rob and Eric worked behind the scenes.

Neil Bennett on location during Closure 2016 film shoot
Neil Bennett on location during Closure 2016 film shoot

The weather, although bleak and mildly snowy actually provided a great somber look to the film.

A little less hectic and rushed than some of our previous films we still were tweaking up towards the midnight deadline and uploaded in the last hour of the contest.

Wish us luck!

 

The Definition of Insanity

That’s right…despite saying several times, “This one is the last one we are doing!”, we have decided to tackle the 100 Hour Film Project again.

We are putting together our team. We have a couple of regulars like Pat Williamson and Neil Bennett hooking their star to our little red wagon, but in theory we may have a few newcomers to the group as well to help either shoulder some of the burden or dive into the abyss with us.

 

 

Quietly they helped…

A friend of ours has been working on a website and a series of Trumposaurus videos. (Check them out)

He asked for a little help so we got Lazlo Bienkila out of the grave (apparently he was long dead, the result of a Zamboni incident) and got him to direct the two shorts (The Poopular Vote & Voting Season) below:  There’s supposed to be more coming but hey, give Lazlo a break, he’s been mostly dead for over a decade…it isn’t easy getting back into the directorial seat for a corpse.

Notlob lands Top 20 in 100 Hour Film Racing Competition

In December of 2013 Eric and I decided to take another run at the 100 hour film racing competition.

Our theme was renewal, our prop was ice and the action was someone checking the time.

With Pat and Neil back as cast members and Pat lending an extremely helpful hand building the costume for Notlob we made a fun, weird, 5 minute short flick.

Now we find out we are still in the competition as the judges at filmracing.com have placed Notlob in the top 20.

(Follow up: Notlob won Best Visual FX and Best Sound Design!)

So hello horn, toot toot!

Snuffed A Finalist At SoCal 2012

Got a nice little email this morning from the folks over at SoCal Film Fest 2012.

Apparently our screenplay for Snuffed made it to the final round of judging, so we are at least an official selection and a top ten finalist in the feature film screenplay competition.
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I’ll update the site when we get told we are beaten by The McSatans, because seriously, how awesome is that title?

A Glimpse At Penny Saved

Raiders of the Lost Ark with a Shopping Cart

The following day we wrapped the final opening and exterior scenes with Neil in hobo mode before relocating down to our Hock Shop location cheerfully open and donated by the Hock N’ Shop on Queen Street East (plug, plug).

Friend and first time 416er Stacey Iseman joined the crew and wrapped our shoot weekend within an hour and a half. Hit the marks and hit the lines.
We still have a few scenes to shoot, some effects to do.
So…with our track record…somethin to peruse by 2015.
Call it, done.

Costume Shopping

A week away from shooting.
Locations nailed down and after a possible slight rewrite of the short we might be ready to go on our latest 416filmPenny Saved.

Spent a couple hours with Eric Myles, Pamela Tophen and Pat Williamson hitting the ever reliable Value Village for our costumes. Pat in his always charming way managed to get us a 15% Canada Day discount on our clothing. Then we briefly perused the pawn shop location (Shameless Promotion: The Hock N Shop at 1608 Queen St. E, be nice to them) and perused the outdoor site where our homeless characters reside. The location is under construction but with some possible minor changes to the script we plan to go ahead with our shoot next weekend.

As always, excitement abounds.

Zombie Surfing Hitting the Film Festival Circuit

Normally we just go straight to the internet but we figured we are going to give this short a little run at some of the festivals out there.

I hope to have some good news over the coming weeks regarding this..with each acceptance I’ll update this post.
So if the post isn’t updated you can just imagine how happy I will be…

We will also be drudging up Book Club and Get A Life for a few festivals…so right now it’s just paperwork and dvd burning time.

Update: 2013

You can check out Zombie Surfing here:

Penny Saved – Short Shoot for 2012

We had a plan and have managed to avoid following almost every single step of it.

Eric, Sandy (joining us as cinematographer for the first time) and I wandered out to scout some possible locations for this shoot.

UPDATE: Since scouting this location we have discovered it is now under construction…however, we figure we can work around it and get the shots we need, so fingers crossed and wish us luck!