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Robbie Comeau
11-29-2007, 01:28 PM
View film: Blind Date (http://www.dvxfest.com/lovefest/loader.php?id=90003)

OR

Newer Version-720p Better Quality (http://waterandoil-productions.com/deanna/Blind%20Date.mov)



DVXUSER,


My old title "Can you cheat love" got old, and we threw out the script.
A friendly member on here (johnlabonney) wrote a script, and I really enjoyed it.
After getting his permission for it, I decided to make a new entry for LoveFest.



Synopsis: A friend hooks his bud up with a blind date, but what he discovers in his
date, is...well, different. On February 14th, you will experience what love really
is.

Blind Date Is currently in Post-Production

Poster:

http://www.isarapix.com/pix58/1196371464.png

Some grabs.

These aren't color corrected, just raw.

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Color Corrected:

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Robbie Comeau
11-29-2007, 01:29 PM
Cast/Crew and Behind the Scenes...

Crew:

DP/Editor/AD
Robbie Comeau (TheComo)

Writer
John Labonney (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/member.php?u=24454)

Composer
Phil Anderson

Director
Kegan Sant (Hunter007 (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/member.php?u=12853))

Second DP
Laura Webster (Websta (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/member.php?u=29632))

Boom Op.
Laura Webster

Lighting
Robbie Comeau

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Cast:


JOSH- Mike Johnson

http://www.isarapix.com/pix82/1200867690.jpg


MARIO- Adam Tadman


MARTHA- Mrs. Webster


HELEN- Tania L

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Journal

Thursday, Novmeber 29th
-Script looked over.

Friday, December 7th
-People are emailing me for some roles!
applied at www.mandy.com

Monday, December 10th
-Up until now, I have about 20 talents that want to be auditioned.

Tuesday, December 18th
-Got about 38 talents seeking auditions. My goal for auditions is early January.

Tuesday, January 8th
-Most talents are bailing, because they thought the Auditions were held in New Hampshire? Huh?
-Booked a hall for the 12th of January. Audition times here we come!

Saturday, January 12th
-Auditions were held today, reviewing tape with Kegan.
-Audition footage up!
-Cast is now confirmed

Tuesday, January 15th
-Just got news that we will be shooting on HD using the Canon XH-A1.

Wednesday, January 23th
-Shooting this Sunday, January 27th. We have a location not far from my house.

Sunday, January 27th
-Shoot went swell! Finished all, and Blind Date is now in post-production! BTS and Grabs from the film to come!


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BTS


Auditions (http://www.waterandoil-productions.com/deanna/Auditions.mov)

Original Intro (http://blip.tv/file/get/ComeauProductions-OldIntro808.mov)

BTS Photos

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Chris Messineo
11-29-2007, 01:32 PM
John is a great writer. I'm looking forward to seeing your film.

cinealma
11-29-2007, 02:04 PM
Very cool. Yes, John has put out some nice scripts, so I will be interested in another production of one.

John LaBonney
11-29-2007, 02:08 PM
Thanks everyone, I'm glad that this one is getting made; it's a true love story that will have you going "awwwwwwwww!" Best of luck!

Luis Caffesse
11-29-2007, 02:20 PM
That sounds like a great colaboration - thanks to John for making scripts available to those in the fest...

Best of luck with it Como!
:thumbsup:

Robbie Comeau
11-29-2007, 02:41 PM
Thanks!

First time I have even heard of john was in his Free Script thread, and I'm lucky i met him. Hes a great guy already, and his script is really well written.

Updates and BTS to come...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
11-29-2007, 03:10 PM
I had a peek at this one a little while back... very good script!

Almost made me ditch my initial project as well.

Good luck!

Mike

Jason Ramsey
11-29-2007, 03:41 PM
That's good, Como. Now you have a script, so hopefuly we'll see something from you this fest.

Don't rush through it. Give it its due attention. Do him justice.

later,
Jason

Robbie Comeau
12-02-2007, 01:50 PM
I will make him proud!

We're going to play around with the script and change some things up

Websta
12-03-2007, 05:53 PM
Yeah it's a great script John, thanks!

Robbie Comeau
12-03-2007, 05:58 PM
Yes guys, that's right, Websta IS alive!

Drew Ott
12-03-2007, 08:05 PM
I will make him proud!

We're going to play around with the script and change some things up

Be sure that's OK with him.

I hope you don't change too much; I liked the script as is.

Robbie Comeau
12-03-2007, 08:07 PM
Well, my director had some problems with it. Not so much "problems" per se, but he wanted some things tweaked. And he said in his thread that we're allowed to change it up. I dont want to change it up TO much because yes I agree, The story is fantastic!

John LaBonney
12-03-2007, 08:50 PM
Yep, that was the deal, the filmmaker has total control over every aspect of the story, script, dialog, and everything else.

Modifications are sometimes a creative choice, and sometimes it's necessary to get the film made. In Spying for Fun and Profit, there was a scene written set inside a restaurant where the character Robin goes in and uses his social engineering skills to scam some free food. But when director Carleton Torpin tried to acquire a suitable location, besides all the usual problems there are in getting someone to allow you to use their location, he was faced with an additional objection: none of the businesses he approached wanted to show themselves getting ripped off. So he contacted me with the problem and I rewrote the scene to be an out-of-store delivery, and it worked out great. Numerous other scripts I've written for dvxuser fests have been modified after they've left my hands, whether it was rewriten in the early stages of preproduction or if there were impromptu changes on the set.

Besides, my writing can use all the help it can get, so if the filmmaker has some good ideas, I'm glad to have them put in the movie.

Bottom line is: you've got to make the film your own.

Regards,

John

Luis Caffesse
12-03-2007, 08:57 PM
John - you have one hell of a fantastic attitude.

Robbie Comeau
12-11-2007, 06:48 AM
Couple of updates. (added to the Journal)

We're looking to shot sometime in January.

I'll keep you posted,

r

Chris Messineo
12-11-2007, 07:10 AM
Couple of updates.

We're looking to shot sometime in January.
That's just one update. I want a second update. :)

Seriously, I'm glad to hear things are moving along.

Robbie Comeau
12-11-2007, 08:01 AM
Look at my Journal john on the first page, those are my updates :)

Thanks,

r

Marlon Ladd
12-12-2007, 10:47 AM
Good luck, Como.

Robbie Comeau
12-18-2007, 06:45 PM
Couple updates guys!

Luis Caffesse
01-03-2008, 01:38 PM
How's this coming along Robbie?

Robbie Comeau
01-03-2008, 02:00 PM
Yay, someone cares...Lol.

My mom booked me a hall for january 12th for Auditions. I guess I should put that in the Updates.

Can't wait for it, first time for me so it will be a sweet experience. I'm hopefully expecting around 35-40 talents to show. It should be good, I'll be Hunter007 (Kegan) and Webby (Laura) from 10-1 to audition all of my people.

Script seems to be done, and locations are yet to be set.

Luis Caffesse
01-03-2008, 02:04 PM
Good to hear its moving forward.
When I saw you posting about another project I thought maybe you'd dropped it.

Do you know what your shoot dates are?

Robbie Comeau
01-03-2008, 02:12 PM
No I'm young, I can work on more than one ;)

Not yet, after auditions I think Kegan and I will go over that.

John LaBonney
01-03-2008, 02:32 PM
Good to see that things are coming along. Good luck!

Kegan
01-03-2008, 04:36 PM
Thought I'd pop my head in and say a few words, though Robbie seems to be doing enough talking for everyone haha. Shoot dates will NOT be negotiated AFTER auditions, because the actors' availibility is a factor in deciding as well.

We'll be finalizing locations shortly and in case anybody misunderstood, the script is fantastic...I just wanted to tweak a couple things to have it run a little smoother with the film's flow. I appreciate being given the freedom to do so.

Not only are shoot dates being set, but rehearsal dates as well so that we can go over blocking and get the actors/actresses a little more in character and used to having the camera on them. Many of the people auditioning have either auditioned for me previously or don't have a ton of experience. I realize that and once they get used to having the camera trained on them, they usually run through things a lot faster and more efficiently.

Provided there's time, I'll also be bringing on a sign language coach onboard to help get the actors more accustomed to what they're doing so that it seems more natural and not forced.

We took a little while to get moving on this Lovefest entry, but it'll be done in time and done well.

Thanks for the support guys,

Kegan

HBlack
01-04-2008, 06:08 PM
Where are you holding your auditions? I need a location for something I'm doing soon, but I'm not sure where to look.

Robbie Comeau
01-04-2008, 06:54 PM
Queensville, about 15 minutes from Newmarket.

Drew Ott
01-04-2008, 07:41 PM
Provided there's time, I'll also be bringing on a sign language coach onboard to help get the actors more accustomed to what they're doing so that it seems more natural and not forced.


You just ruined the surprise of the film.:huh:

(Robbie sent me the script)

Robbie Comeau
01-04-2008, 07:55 PM
When?

Abinc
01-04-2008, 09:38 PM
Looking forward to this film Robbie! Also looking forward to BTS content when you have some later on.

Robbie Comeau
01-04-2008, 10:05 PM
Ill have my second filmer take some shots when she isn't in need of filming. It should be fun!

Kegan
01-04-2008, 10:08 PM
I didn't ruin anything - even after reading the script the real story has nothing to do with what I stated. Maybe the superficial story does, but not the underlying message.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
01-04-2008, 10:09 PM
Kegan, I was going to PM you about it. You DID ruin it lol. Whatever it's still good, the story is really well done so I thank John for that.

Drew Ott
01-04-2008, 10:20 PM
I didn't ruin anything - even after reading the script the real story has nothing to do with what I stated. Maybe the superficial story does, but not the underlying message.

-Kegan

Well, it was sort of a spoof off the title that I thought you would try to hide.

It's not up to me though.

Good luck. I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

Robbie Comeau
01-04-2008, 10:58 PM
Ya man, we got some sick crew people and some sweet equipment. We will hopefully make all of you impressed!

Drew Ott
01-05-2008, 01:08 AM
Ya man, we got some sick crew people and some sweet equipment. We will hopefully make all of you impressed!

Care to elaborate?

Kegan
01-05-2008, 11:48 AM
I have no idea what he's talking about, I'd like him to elaborate as well. As far as I know, we don't even have actors! Maybe Robbie's hiding something.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
01-05-2008, 11:56 AM
I have no idea what he's talking about, I'd like him to elaborate as well. As far as I know, we don't even have actors! Maybe Robbie's hiding something.

-Kegan

When did I say we have actors? For crew people I meant us, and the crew, not actors.

Robbie Comeau
01-08-2008, 05:46 AM
Updates added to the Journal! And I totally for got to add our generous Writer, "John Labonney" to the crew list.

DevonKrain
01-08-2008, 01:17 PM
Ya man, we got some sick crew people and some sweet equipment. We will hopefully make all of you impressed!


I have no idea what he's talking about, I'd like him to elaborate as well. As far as I know, we don't even have actors! Maybe Robbie's hiding something.

-Kegan



When did I say we have actors? For crew people I meant us, and the crew, not actors.


Sometimes I think you guys have never even really met.

Robbie Comeau
01-08-2008, 01:27 PM
We met over DVXuser, about two months ago.

Kegan
01-08-2008, 02:37 PM
Haha, yes we've met in real life. Our communication isn't the greatest though.

-Kegan

DevonKrain
01-08-2008, 03:34 PM
If you want, I will try to bridge the gap. I will do this free of charge.


To Hunter: Como would like to make an entry for LoveFest. Would you like to be a part of it?


Response for Como, please.

Robbie Comeau
01-10-2008, 05:20 AM
I have no clue what you're talking about

Kegan
01-10-2008, 08:24 AM
To DevonSloan: Yes, you can tell Como I'd be happy to be apart of his entry for Lovefest.

-Kegan

DevonKrain
01-10-2008, 11:27 PM
Ok Como... follow...

To Como: Hunter would like to.....


I have no clue what you're talking about

I think you guys are on your own. Godspeed my friends, godspeed.


But my favorite part:


DP/Editor/Director
Robbie Comeau (TheComo)


Well, my director had some problems with it.


You see why you're my favorite, right? No one can touch you, my friend.

Robbie Comeau
01-11-2008, 10:56 AM
Kegan is the director...

DevonKrain
01-11-2008, 10:59 AM
To Hunter: Como would like you to be the director of his LoveFest entry.

Robbie Comeau
01-11-2008, 11:02 AM
Moderators, can I have a wish.

I wish that when you create your own thread, you have the access to delete which ever post in the thread you'd like, since it is your own thread, and you DO get people that say sarcastic, "worthless" posts....

I no I am one of them, but it would do us all good.

DevonKrain
01-11-2008, 11:10 AM
Sorry Como.

Carry on.

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 10:58 AM
Updates...

Jeff Anderson
01-12-2008, 11:07 AM
cool - any thoughts on your first set of auditions or the process in general?

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 11:16 AM
Hey,

Kegan didn't show, so I was by my self with a friend who also had no clue what to do. I tried to use as much common sense as possible...

Greet, talk about film, and rehearse.

I got some different camera angles and what not to see what I could get and maybe use it as a final shot for the film.

I had 4 people in total. The rest had plans, or thought that the film took place in New Hampshire.

I think I did well for first times, but I definitely learned a lot.

Auditions video will come up soon!

Jeff Anderson
01-12-2008, 11:25 AM
Cool, glad it went well despite people thinking it was in New Hampshire (how does that happen?). The next one will go just that much better.

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 12:36 PM
Guys,

For the next 20 minutes, the script will be available here on DVXuser. Take a look and drop me a PM!

(first post has the script!)

Jeff Anderson
01-12-2008, 01:03 PM
pm'd - not to give anything away on the forum, but this is a great story, take a read if you get the chance.

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 01:04 PM
Just took it off. Maybe I'll put it up again later?

Michael Anthony Horrigan
01-12-2008, 01:06 PM
Just took it off. Maybe I'll put it up again later?Keep it secret, keep it safe. :lipsrseal

Why blow the story?

Don't you want people to wonder what's going to happen?

Mike

Jeff Anderson
01-12-2008, 01:07 PM
If you want more thoughts on it sure, but if you are wanting to keep it more secret then just make em all wait for the final product.

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 01:10 PM
Ya I wanted to know what some people's thoughts were on the story.

DevonKrain
01-12-2008, 01:30 PM
Kegan didn't show, so I was by my self...Hey Como.... uh.... you want I should have a talk with the guy?



(BTW, and I'm sure you wont care, but you're already in production. Our opinions on the story matter little at this point. From what I've heard, you have a great story, now film the hell out of it and let us be surprised.

If there is any sort of twist and voters kow about it before hand, it can greatly affect their voting. That impact of a great story will already be lost and you will lose points, even if it is subconsciously. You dont want to lose points, subconsciously or not.)

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 03:15 PM
Can you please, I was really mad

DevonKrain
01-12-2008, 03:54 PM
To Hunter: Como is very disappointed in you. What do you have to say for yourself?

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 03:58 PM
I'm surprised you're not banned

I MEANT THROUGH PM!!!

Kegan
01-12-2008, 04:01 PM
To Devon: I don't really have anything to say for myself other than..I'm sorry? There wasn't the biggest turnout and Como learned a lot. That's all that matters.

DevonKrain
01-12-2008, 04:32 PM
Banned???

I did what you asked me to do. :huh:

There's just no pleasing you.
I tried to help. You're on your own now. Good luck.


P.s. Why did you have to yell at me? :crybaby:





I'm surprised you're not banned

I MEANT THROUGH PM!!!

Robbie Comeau
01-12-2008, 04:36 PM
I told you before to quit the posting you're doing and I thought you would stop...

And I meant say it through pm'ing Kegan

DevonKrain
01-12-2008, 04:41 PM
Talk to your partner about this, and if he wants me gone, I'll go.

If you want, I'll talk to him for you.

Tom Marshall
01-12-2008, 04:53 PM
I think that's why they're calling it water and oil productions... :huh:

Kegan
01-12-2008, 05:26 PM
Haha, Devon it's all cool. We were just having some fun. It's a forum...as for the Water and Oil part - good guess, but we really don't argue or have any major problems communicating!

-Kegan

Zak Forsman
01-12-2008, 05:59 PM
i'm giving this thread FIVE STARS. best of luck with the film fellas. i hope it lives up to the drama here!

DevonKrain
01-12-2008, 11:52 PM
I know Kegan, it's all good. I'm looking forward to watching the fest entry.

Robbie seems a little upset lately. I think he needs a vacation.

Tom Marshall
01-13-2008, 12:23 AM
This thread only has 3 stars? Awwww...

HBlack
01-13-2008, 07:10 AM
So what happened with your auditions? The amount of people who have sent in their resume for mine (around 40) seems entirely disproportionate to those who have said they will be attending the interview (5 so far).

Robbie Comeau
01-13-2008, 07:42 AM
Ya I had about 35-40 people say that wanted. Then on Audition day, 4 people showed up...Kind of sucks that way

Mark Harris
01-13-2008, 08:16 AM
that sounds about right.

Zak Forsman
01-13-2008, 08:23 AM
that's crazy. is this for open casting sessions? i received 2,000 submissions for Heart of Now. scheduled about 200 actors for closed-session auditions over the course of a month and I'd say only 10% were no-shows.

Robbie Comeau
01-13-2008, 08:26 AM
Crazy. What's open casting sessions?

HBlack
01-13-2008, 10:27 AM
Is that 30 people that sent their resumes, or that agreed to come? So far I've had close to 50 people send resumes, and 7 have agreed to come for specific time slots. Did you send confirmation emails to everyone who said they'd be coming?

Wild Imagination Films
01-13-2008, 10:49 AM
I've found the disparity between the number of people who express a burning desire to audition for a part and the number of people who schedule a time and the number of people who actually show up to be both predictable and annoying. However, as sad as it is, I think it is likely the "no pay" factor. The flip side to this is, it's a great filter and the ones who do show up are usually (in my experience) very dedicated and enthusiastic. Now I just plan for big interest and little show.

DevonKrain
01-13-2008, 12:37 PM
I have typically gotten about a 40% showup rate. That's thousands submitted, 100-200 called, and about 40% of the confirmed show up.

I way overbooked audition space for the first 2 auditions. We ended up sitting around for an hour or so waiting for more to show.

The next auditions I scheduled space according to those numbers and about 90% showed up. The casting office stayed open an hour later to accommodate us, but when we finally had to leave, there were still about 30 people waiting to be seen. They were not happy.

I dont know what they story is in Canada-eh, but in LA, it's tough to tell. There are more people here serious about acting, but they are also 1000x flakier than anywhere else on Earth. Ad to that the fact that they'll ditch you for another audition in a second...

My last audition session went perfect. I dont remember numbers or the amount of time I scheduled, but we were in and out in exact time and not a hiccup, rush, or slowdown.

I dont know if I'm getting better, or getting lucky.

Robbie Comeau
01-13-2008, 02:06 PM
I had about 45 saying they were interested. And in the end 4 came.

Kegan
01-13-2008, 02:14 PM
They're asking who actually CONFIRMED that they were coming. Not who sent out their initial resume.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
01-13-2008, 02:20 PM
It was crazy cause they would confirm and then say last minute they can't come, probably cause of the money issue. So I'm not sure how many did confirm, I guess I should keep track next time.

Robbie Comeau
01-14-2008, 08:07 PM
Cast it pretty much locked down, just have to confirm with Kegan.

We then set the locations, and a shooting date, and we're done! YES! Oh ya then the editing, and score...Carp! (Andrew Kramer)

Robbie Comeau
01-15-2008, 12:48 PM
Updates! Shooting HD!

DevonKrain
01-19-2008, 06:08 PM
Como...... how goes it?

ugafan
01-19-2008, 10:37 PM
On February 14th, you will experience what love really
is.


i want to know what love is, and i want the como to tell me.

DevonKrain
01-20-2008, 12:32 AM
I prefer he show me.

Zak Forsman
01-20-2008, 01:30 AM
looks like he's gonna take a little time... A little time to think things over.

Chris Messineo
01-20-2008, 01:18 PM
I watched a little of your audition footage. It's a shame your turnout was so low, but it looks like some good people showed up.

Robbie Comeau
01-20-2008, 02:24 PM
Some head shots are up.

Chris Messineo
01-20-2008, 02:26 PM
The head shots look great.

When is your actual shoot scheduled?

Robbie Comeau
01-20-2008, 02:30 PM
I want to go for next Sunday.

Robbie Comeau
01-23-2008, 09:02 AM
Some updates. Took off Martha cause she can't make it. We have a new Helen.
Everyone is cast except for Martha!

Larry Rutledge
01-23-2008, 09:43 AM
Just FYI ... when someone signs for a blind/deaf person, typically the blind/deaf person places their hand "on top" of the other person's hand, so they can feel the shape of the hand in order to determine the "sign" being formed.

Good luck on the project.

Robbie Comeau
01-23-2008, 09:58 AM
Thanks Larry. Our Helen actually noes all about this sign language.

I'm getting stressed since we're shooting this Sunday, just being afraid we won't have time. It's just me though...

Robert Eldon
01-24-2008, 09:51 PM
Robbie,

I really like the idea for this. If it's what I think it is? Good luck on this and have fun!

tmnt
01-25-2008, 04:36 AM
Full steam ahead Robbie.

Robbie Comeau
01-25-2008, 12:53 PM
Robbie,

I really like the idea for this. If it's what I think it is? Good luck on this and have fun!

Oh you'll be in for a surprise!

Thanks.


Full steam ahead Robbie.
Meaning good luck? Lol...

Boom operator is now officially Laura.

Marlon Ladd
01-25-2008, 01:28 PM
Thanks Larry. Our Helen actually noes all about this sign language.

I'm getting stressed since we're shooting this Sunday, just being afraid we won't have time. It's just me though...
It'll work out for you, Robbie. Just worry about the things you CAN control and you'll be fine. I'm sure you already know this, but just wanted to add words of encouragement.

Robbie Comeau
01-25-2008, 01:37 PM
Appreciate it Lee.

John LaBonney
01-25-2008, 03:11 PM
I'm getting stressed since we're shooting this Sunday, just being afraid we won't have time. It's just me though...

Robbie:

How many shooting days are you doing?

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 08:18 AM
Just one, and it's today, and Martha bailed due to family purposes. Kind of screwed.

Luis Caffesse
01-27-2008, 08:40 AM
Damn - sorry to hear that Como.
I hope you can find a way to bring it all together.

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 08:45 AM
Thanks Luis.

I'm still gonna be positive, but I don't think we have much of a chance now...I mean for winning, but whatever. I'm going to have fun, and learn on the way, so it should be good!

Thanks!

HBlack
01-27-2008, 09:54 AM
If you actually think you had a chance for winning with all the other ridiculous productions going on around here, I really admire your confidence in this.

I'd be happy not to get tech support. (Come to think of it, I'd be happy to get tech support. I need a better dolly).

John LaBonney
01-27-2008, 11:39 AM
Robbie:

That's tough luck brother, I hope you're still able to pull it together.

HBlack
01-27-2008, 12:02 PM
Yeah, good luck with this.

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 07:12 PM
Guys,

TheComo is now a stressed free cinematographer.

We finished. God, it was a blast.

Here's the story:

Friday: My sisters Jack and Jill.

Saturday (Shoot day, today): Woke up all tired and partied out.

Get a call saying one of our leads can't make it due to family issues, which is acceptable.

Then my other talent can't show till later.

We get to the shoot with Kegan, my Laura, and Josh (Lead actor)

We don't have a tape. We then find one, and it has 40 minutes left on it. Luckily we were able to get another one because Laura's mom came and dropped one off. She also helped us out and took the role of Martha. Good, we're on the clear.

We start shooting, and all is going well. I couldn't figure out the audio with the A1, but it worked out in the end.

Im stressing through the whole day that we need to get the outside shot done before it gets dark. We finally do that shot, and its pitch black out...I had 1000 watt work light kit with me, so it worked out, but the lighting wasn't the greatest.

Our last scene, Montana's restaurant. It was indeed my first time filming in a restaurant, so it was a sweet ass experience. We had a good time, and let one of the waiters in the video (he just wanted to be in the film)

So all in all, today went awesome. We had some sick times, and we were laughing through out the day.

I'll receive the footage in a couple of hours, and post some Behind the scenes, and some quick raw grabs of the film. (I have a sweet idea for a CC, so I'm going to surprise you all and not show you the actual CC'ed footage until the actual video is out, so you'll have to wait :))

Mark Harris
01-27-2008, 07:17 PM
Congrats on getting it in the can, Como. Get those grabs-a-goin'

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 07:18 PM
Oh, all I thought of all day was the CC step in post. I can't wait, I'll post ONE cc'ed grab :)
I guess...

Drew Ott
01-27-2008, 07:20 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing this.

ugafan
01-27-2008, 07:21 PM
Oh, all I thought of all day was the CC step in post. I can't wait, I'll post ONE cc'ed grab :)
I guess...

let's see it.

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 07:25 PM
Well, I kinda need the footage ;)

Lol, kidding. Kegan has the camera, and he's uploading it tonight, and sending it to me. Only option of doing it seeing he didn't want me to have the camera as he needs it for some shoots. And my capture camera won't handle HD.

Luis Caffesse
01-27-2008, 09:51 PM
Wow.
Congrats on getting it done, Como!
You had a hell of a lot of obstacles in your way - I can't wait to see what you were able to pull together today.

Good luck with it
:thumbsup:

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 09:54 PM
Thanks Luis.

First time working with HD, so I'm pretty pumped to edit this!

BTS will be up shortly...

Robbie Comeau
01-27-2008, 10:05 PM
BTS Added!

Kegan
01-27-2008, 10:05 PM
Well, I guess I'll pop my head in on the thread. It was an exhausting shoot, thats for sure. I think I've had an actor/actress bail on me for almost every shoot I've worked on, so it was no surprise when one of the actresses called me at 7:30 this morning to say she wouldn't be able to make it because of some family issues she was having.

A person's gotta do what a person's gotta do, so I wasn't going to hold it against her if she had something involving her family she had to take care of.

It was snowing pretty heavily and Robbie's about an hour away from me, so I wasn't sure if we were going to make it on time. Worrying about finding a replacement for an actress on a Sunday's definitely no fun, but we decided to press on regardless.

Picking up one of the actresses, packing all the equipment in the car and finally getting to Robbie's house was a task in itself. People were driving like idiots, as per usual in mildly poor weather. Everything else seemed to work itself out and now it was time to get started.

One of our actors was going to be late, but that wasn't too much of a problem because we were able to film his parts later. Some of the shots were tight and we had to think of creative ways to fix our problems. As Robbie said, one of our main issues was shooting an outdoor scene when it was pitch black out. I guess we waited too long - stuff happens though and we worked around it (shooting in HD, the lowlight really isn't as good, but at this point we didn't have much of a choice).

Everyone was starting to get more tired nearer the end of the day, but we were almost done and were able to get into the restaurant and shoot everything perfectly fine. The manager was polite and helpful for whatever we needed and we even got a waiter in one of the shots, just for fun.

I snapped some BTS pictures when I could, which I'm sure Robbie will have put up by the time I finish typing my post and all in all, I think our shooting day was a success.

Time to capture and stick 'er in the editing room!

-Kegan

EDIT: Just forgot to mention that there were some things we changed in the script, more or less improvising as we went on which took a little longer than usual. I think it fit the overall theme better and the message was accurately relayed.

Jeff Anderson
01-28-2008, 04:17 AM
Sounds like it all worked out guys! Way to stay positive and keep on keeping on. Others would've just cancelled the whole shoot faced with what you got. Looking forward to seeing some frame grabs from this.

Robbie Comeau
01-28-2008, 09:57 AM
Thanks Jeff.

I'll receive the footage shortly, a lot of gigs to send over at Kegan's end.

John LaBonney
01-28-2008, 02:29 PM
Looking at the grabs, it appears that there were some changes to the original script. Could be interesting!

Glad you made it to post-production!

John

Robbie Comeau
01-28-2008, 02:37 PM
I was wondering how you new about the change, and then I remembered the restaurant scenes :)

I hope that didn't give away anything...Nahhhhh.

Kegan
01-28-2008, 02:40 PM
There were a couple changes John. Hopefully nothing too drastic that you'll be dissapointed with. We stuck with the overall theme and hopefully you'll like the end product.

Due to the FTP being slow and HDV footage being much bigger, I decided to just burn data DVDs and mail them to Robbie, using express post. He should either get them tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Post should begin tomorrow,

Kegan

Robbie Comeau
01-28-2008, 02:42 PM
Knowing me, post will begin tonight, wether I have the footage or not ;)

Mark Johnson
01-28-2008, 02:45 PM
Knowing me, post will begin tonight, wether I have the footage or not ;)

Nice. ... we are actually thinking of starting pre-production tonight to see if we can find out what the hell movie we made this past week.

tmnt
01-29-2008, 12:38 AM
Was just checking out the BTS shot on the first page, looks like a lotta fun guys.

Zak Forsman
01-29-2008, 12:45 AM
your boom up is so punk rock.

John LaBonney
01-29-2008, 01:25 AM
There were a couple changes John. Hopefully nothing too drastic that you'll be dissapointed with.

Having a script I wrote picked up for production and turned into a film is already a total victory for me, so don't sweat it. My position on changing the script has already been discussed in this thread.

You guys are the man!

Robbie Comeau
01-29-2008, 09:31 AM
your boom up is so punk rock.

Def. ;)


Having a script I wrote picked up for production and turned into a film is already a total victory for me, so don't sweat it. My position on changing the script has already been discussed in this thread.

You guys are the man!

Ha thanks John. We hope you, and everyone else enjoys the movie as much as we enjoyed making it.

Robbie Comeau
01-29-2008, 10:12 AM
Received footage everyone!

Robbie Comeau
01-29-2008, 10:33 AM
One grab added!

http://www.isarapix.com/pix90/1201631505.png

Marlon Ladd
01-29-2008, 11:13 AM
Diggin' the BTS shots, Robbie.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
01-29-2008, 12:29 PM
Nice grab!

Jeff Anderson
01-29-2008, 12:31 PM
looking good Robbie - can't wait to see this one. Glad you're having fun doing it too - to me thats the most important part, followed closely by making a kick ass short.

Robbie Comeau
01-29-2008, 01:01 PM
Ha, thanks guys.

Cut about 4 minutes so far!

Robbie Comeau
01-29-2008, 02:26 PM
More added!

Rough cut is done. Burning Timecode and sending it to the Composer!

Robbie Comeau
01-29-2008, 05:20 PM
Some color corrected grabs added...

Robbie Comeau
01-30-2008, 10:28 AM
http://www.isarapix.com/pix94/1201717647.png

Mark Harris
01-30-2008, 10:29 AM
Nice Como. That is CCed, right?

Luis Caffesse
01-30-2008, 10:30 AM
Looking good, Como!
:thumbsup:

Robbie Comeau
01-30-2008, 10:40 AM
Thanks guys.

Mark, yes it is CC'ed.

I made a change to it, because I really wanna pump the whites in this scene.

Kegan
01-30-2008, 12:37 PM
Robbie has been showing me the editing process and we've been working on getting a tighter cut and CC'ing it better.

-Kegan

mentatDUKE
01-31-2008, 08:19 AM
Nice grabs Robbie. Liking the young cast. Good luck.

Robbie Comeau
01-31-2008, 09:27 AM
Thanks,

the video is close to done. Just gotta get the score from Phil!

HBlack
01-31-2008, 11:02 AM
Ha, I didn't know Phil was working on yours as well. Pretty cool.

Kegan
01-31-2008, 11:15 AM
Yep, it was sent to him a couple days ago I believe. Almost there, just has to be cut tighter and a couple flaws have to be worked out. Much better than I originally thought it would be.

-Kegan

Marlon Ladd
01-31-2008, 11:20 AM
Robbie, you got a real good look goin' with the shot above. Is that cc?

Kegan
02-01-2008, 06:46 AM
Surprised Robbie hasn't popped in with an answer yet, but yes - the above grab is CC'd.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
02-01-2008, 10:08 AM
Well excuuuuuse me.

hehe.

Yup it's CC'ed.

A Vignette. Whites brought up, a soft focus, a tint, and voila.

Marlon Ladd
02-01-2008, 01:18 PM
Looks good!

Robbie Comeau
02-01-2008, 01:37 PM
Thanks.

Here is another grab from Blind Date.

http://www.isarapix.com/pix52/1201901804.png

Maximus
02-03-2008, 08:56 AM
Nice grabs. Has a nostalgic, 40's feel. Look forward to it.

Robbie Comeau
02-03-2008, 01:17 PM
Thanks Maximus!

Zak Forsman
02-04-2008, 08:06 AM
kegen mentions doing some improv in an earlier post. can one of you guys elaborate on that?

Kegan
02-04-2008, 09:09 AM
Well, without giving away too much I wanted to give the actors SOME creative freedom in situations where we were pressed for time and had to get a shot. It sounds strange, but when working with actors who are now entering the industry or are just trying to get exposure, I seem to notice that they buckle under the pressure of having to make sure "the next take counts".

I took the actors aside for a couple of scenes and spoke with them briefly, letting them know that we did have to shoot fast, but if necessary we would just find another day to make it up. I told them the general idea of the scene I wanted and asked what their opinions/thoughts were. They said that they didn't feel it fit correctly and by then they knew the theme of the script and the overall message we were trying to achieve.

I told them to improv it as they thought best and if it didn't work out, I'd be working on re-writing the scene or re-working it so that it flowed better. In both cases we had to do it, the improving worked great! Now, I know it wasn't the best way to achieve results after having fully finished a script, but it allowed them to half the number of takes they were doing when following the script verbatim.

Improving all the scenes wouldn't have worked at all, but depending on the way the shoot's going and judging the actor's comfort level with a scene - it can sometimes warrant it.

-Kegan

mentatDUKE
02-04-2008, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the insight Kegan. I like hearing about everyone's process when it comes to directing actors. Looking forward to the film.

Kegan
02-04-2008, 10:16 AM
Thanks for the comment mentatDUKE - much appreciated. We've tightened up the final now and I'm pleased with our final result (as pleased as someone can be with their own work, when in the back of their mind they're constantly pointing out flaws haha).

-Kegan

Jeff Anderson
02-04-2008, 12:30 PM
Its sounding good guys - glad you are happy and have a final result with time to spare even - doesnt get alot better than that. Looking forward to seeing this and many of the others as well.

Robbie Comeau
02-04-2008, 12:43 PM
Looking forward to seeing this and many of the others as well.


But ours the most right ;)

Kidding.

I just got part of the score and added it into one of the scenes. It works well and I like it.

If Phil wants to chime in, please do so on some of the process of your score!

Thanks again to John and Phil for offering their free services. Much appreciated.

Film is pretty much done, just waiting for the score :)

Jeff Anderson
02-04-2008, 02:31 PM
I'll watch yours first :)

Robbie Comeau
02-04-2008, 07:59 PM
Much appreciated Jdajda.

Jason Ramsey
02-05-2008, 11:03 AM
Grabs look good Como. Sounds like you're going to finish this time. Looking forward to it.

Later,
Jason

Robbie Comeau
02-05-2008, 11:42 AM
Yup, and I'm glad I've committed, a lot of fun it's been!

Marlon Ladd
02-05-2008, 12:31 PM
Glad to see you wrappin' it up.

Robbie Comeau
02-07-2008, 12:04 PM
Me to Lee. Our composer gave us a scenes worth of music and I thought it fit very well.

I'm just waiting for the rest :)

Robbie Comeau
02-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Exporting final video now!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-09-2008, 11:40 AM
Good stuff! Can't wait to see it.

Cheers,

Kegan
02-09-2008, 11:42 AM
I'm looking forward to the final cut with score! Hopefully I'll be able to check it out soon and fix any little errors we may have before submitting it. I doubt there'll be any glitches as we've gone through several stages of editing.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
02-09-2008, 03:39 PM
Uploaded!

Danielleus
02-10-2008, 09:26 PM
Awesome grabs. Looking good there. Can't wait. Congrats on getting approved.

Jack Daniel Stanley
02-11-2008, 10:57 AM
hahah can't wait for a como joint

Robbie Comeau
02-11-2008, 12:02 PM
Thanks Jack!

Blaine
02-11-2008, 12:21 PM
Well, well, well...Young Padwan comes through. A major step in the right direction. Good luck on this one. :thumbsup:

Robbie Comeau
02-11-2008, 03:07 PM
A major step indeed Blaine.

I think that our film will touch some people, and it will make all of you cry.

Blaine
02-11-2008, 03:12 PM
Just as long as it's not this type of crying:


http://www.forumup.it/images/smiles/slider_brent.gif

it will make all of you cry.

Robbie Comeau
02-11-2008, 06:23 PM
Na, just kidding anyway. :) :thumbsup:

Tom Marshall
02-11-2008, 08:11 PM
Rumor has it that Robbie shot his entry on the same Thompson Viper that Fincher used to shoot Zodiac...

Jack Daniel Stanley
02-11-2008, 08:20 PM
I heard that was no rumor.

Slimothy
02-11-2008, 09:07 PM
Congrats on getting your movie done Robbie. Any war stories to share?

What settings did you use for your CC? Looks great.

Marlon Ladd
02-12-2008, 06:12 AM
Glad you got uploaded, Robbie.

Robbie Comeau
02-12-2008, 06:52 AM
Not sure what settings were on the A1.

In post, I added the following:

-Tint
-Color corrector (crushed blacks a tad (I know, odd), and I think I brought up the whites and the mid tones)
-Added a vignette
-Soft focus
I think I added one more, but I forget lol. I'm at school right now so I can't check.

Any war stories? We didn't bring a tape, and I couldn't figure out how to get both channels on, on the A1. Nothing big.

We didn't have an actress, she bailed. So we had to call up a mom quicktime. She wasn't the best actor, but she did the job good enough.

More info on the war stories are in this thread a couple pages ago.

Kegan
02-12-2008, 09:57 AM
Just a clarification, the person's mom didn't do a "good enough job", but it was sort of "take what you get" kind of scenario. Granted, she wasn't an actress and she doesn't know much about acting; she was just a little too calm for the role we had her play.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
02-13-2008, 01:57 PM
Same tone of voice throughout the film!

Tom Marshall
02-13-2008, 02:19 PM
Next time have Robbie wear a wig and speak in a high pitched voice. :thumbsup:

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-13-2008, 05:41 PM
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!

REVIEW:

Just watched it! Nice work. I really liked some of your shots and the look of the film. The music was simple but nice. I also thought that the acting was pretty good as well. I did think that he learned to read sign language a little too fast but that's nitpicking a bit.

Oh, and so and so's Mom did just fine.

I'll be back later.

Cheers!

Mike

Robbie Comeau
02-13-2008, 06:27 PM
Thanks Mike. Appreciate it!

Kholi
02-13-2008, 07:58 PM
BLIND DATE -- SPOILER ALERT -- CHANGE YOUR POSTER

It's improper and discredits your story COMPLETELY. You should change it or just not have one because the story in this is one of the most genuine stories ever exhibited in a DVXuser fest.

Dunno who wrote, but this is a strong GENUINE entry. The writing outshines everything here, and I'm sure with a little bit more time and effort (not to say that there wasn't LOTS of effort put in) shortcomings such as acting and overall execution could've been better. Just know that this is a good piece that exhibits the ability of crew/production to sew together an even entry on all fronts.

The story, Robbie and Kegan, is a really good one. It's very genuine and by that I say that it's "felt". You have managed to create character in the matter of six minutes and a solid predicament to drive the viewer toward wondering how this situation will turn out. The dialogue wasn't too bad, I think that a lot of it was a bit on the nose, sometimes plastic (mostly the friend on the phone) BUT at the same time it serves it's purpose in that it reveals feelings, intentions, reservations and humanity. I don't know if I agree with the cards at the end. In fact, the shot you ended on is enough; no need to beat me over the head with what I already assumed happen. However, there's a character arc and EVERYTHING. Very VERY nice. The writing here outshines everything.

But that's not to say that the image was displeasing. I do question the choice to mute tones and go with a sepia hue. It's not a bad one, I just wonder "why"? What was the motivator? In the future I could see moving the camera around, finding frames that get more intimate or just not standing in one place so much could benefit moving the short along visually. If we sit in one place too long, especially one without the benefit of outstanding art direction, it begins to feel drawn out and long. Don't be afraid to move the camera, though still know what you're going for.

Shots like the spaghetti pot were a relief to see. I unconsciously (realized it after) eased up when that hit.

Hits hits hits. Music. Sound. The Audio was great. I think my only gripe was the actual score. It felt a little too "PBS" special. I think that it also helps to feel like the piece is dragging along although it really isn't. Is there another choice? Do you feel like you could benefit from a different score? I dunno, just asking the question to get the mind stirring on how music effects the performance of the overall short.

Peformances, as well! I know that, on a budget, finding the best actors just isn't possible. It's okay. You're okay here. The Blind/Deaf female portrayed her character quite well. Uhm, I hope she isn't blind/deaf cause then I would feel bad about that statement. Acting? The weakest here but enough to drive home the feeling.

Good entry, you two. Como you get a lot of flack on DVXuser but it's all in good spirit. Trust me, I get it too. :D

Keep goin!!! Lookin' forward to another well-written short with great execution from all the learnin' you're gonna get in the feedback.

Thanks for exhibitin'.

Robbie Comeau
02-13-2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks Kholi. You came on me hard, but I like the criticism. Now if you'll excuse, I'm going to go cry.

Kidding :)

Thanks though, I appreciate it.

Zak Forsman
02-13-2008, 08:46 PM
Thanks Kholi. You came on me hard.

quoted for emphasis.

Tom Marshall
02-13-2008, 08:50 PM
quoted for emphasis.

ROTF!!!

Kholi
02-13-2008, 08:55 PM
I think we have an official Love Fest Quote. "You came on me hard, man."

Como, that wasn't my intent. It's a good piece. Not being brash or rude or anything, just givin' ya the typical "me" review. =D

Kegan
02-13-2008, 09:47 PM
Thanks a lot Kholi - much of what you said was entirely accurate and to the point. I appreciate the critiscm and will implement it in the next fest for sure.

Glad to have taken part,

Kegan

Maximus
02-13-2008, 10:23 PM
Well done! A good original story, a nice message without being preachy, I like it! It did have a little of that "After School Special" feel to it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most importantly, it had some real emotion, which is not easy for many filmmakers.
My main critique would be the ending shot felt weak: the waiter drops off two glasses of water on the table, "There you go." Fade out. Title cards. Perhaps the last shot of the film (before the title cards) should have focused on the fact that your main actors had finally come together, despite the obstacles he thought were overwhelming at first. As George "the Man" Lucas has said, "The most important shots of any film are the first and last."

Good job!

Gohanto
02-13-2008, 11:31 PM
Nice work.The 2nd phone conversation was a little on the nose for my taste, but the story was nice. Shots and audio were good, and I did like his conversation with the interpreter at the end. The ending title cards almost made it seem like just cutting the rest of the story out, I think ending on a moment of him starting to see what a nice girl she really is would've been better, possibly as simple as moving in tighter on him for the last shot.

RyanT
02-14-2008, 12:11 AM
So.....

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I thought you could have gone without the titles at the beginning, perhaps switching them out with something a bit simpler, but from then on out, you did good. The scene with them at dinner the first time for example, lets just say I have never felt more awkward in my entire life. I wanted it to end. Fast. Haha, for once, that's a very good thing. I also was surprised how well you transitioned from comedy to something a bit more serious. You also had some nice moments, the paper coming out of the printer for one.

Shots were well composed, but I think someone questioned you earlier on this. I don't feel like the look of the film really goes with the story. It looks good, but I don't know how well things like soft focus went with the story.

Some of the lighting could use some work as well. A good example of this being when he's knocking on the door of her house. If you were to just look at that situation, I would sorta guess...okay. Chances are light is coming from some sort of porch light. The cheapest, easiest way to do this would probably just be a china ball overhead or off to the side. I can't really see the rest of it, but just look at what light is around you and ask how you can simulate that with what you've got. From what you've got going on here it looks like his car headlights are just pointed at his front door, not the best way to tell her your sorry ;)

As I got towards the end, I was really starting to like it, things were going good for you. But I felt like the title cards at the end were just saying too much. As suggested before, maybe just end on a shot of him smiling. Don't worry about that other stuff, we'll figure it out!

Overall, awesome job. I really enjoyed this film.

Jack Daniel Stanley
02-14-2008, 01:08 AM
Damnit Robbie.

I proud of you.

Damn proud of you.

Let's all just take a moment and reflect on the fact that Robbie is still in high school I think and he's made an honest well put together movie that stands up against entries made by people twice his age with 100X's his experience.

Couple that with the fact that he couldn't figure out how to use the search function or which end of the camera to point at the actors when he came here and this film is doubly astounding. :D

Well done my young friend you've made a movie that holds its one in one of our best fests ever in terms of over all quality.

The performances were pretty good over all. I had no problem with the "mom" that had to fill in for the translator. I thought she was dry and understated and did a good job.

In fact I'm surprised that you and your actors got that so well. The performances are fairly natural and understated by in large as film performances should be.

I also found this to be on of the most touching pieces so far. It was moving when the sort of "who gives a crap about anyone else" teen printed out the ASL vocab sheet.

Nicely done. Competition is stiff in this fest. But at the very least, I think you've earned a new username. I'll speak to Jason about it. Keep being cool and making films like this and you will go a long way on this forum and beyond.

You are in high school right? You have to ... have to enter this in some young filmmaker contests.

I have to curse one last time. Damnit well done, son.

EDIT: Just looking at your credits and seeing I need to spread the praise around a bit more. Hats of to Kegan for fine work with a young cast and excellent work all around.

Zak Forsman
02-14-2008, 01:19 AM
i've always had The Como's back and was impressed by how quickly he picked things up. and should anyone forget, my user title was a phrase I first used defending him from detractors.

Slimothy
02-14-2008, 01:27 AM
I am impressed Como.
Keep at it!

Kegan
02-14-2008, 04:39 AM
Thanks a lot Jack, I appreciate your kind words. All critiques are all in all the flaws we've noticed in the movie as well. Like all movies, there's moments that you wish you could re-create, scenes that you wish you could have lit better, or lines of dialgoue where you think maybe you could have gotten just a LITTLE bit more out of your actors...but after its all done and said, that's the movie we came up with and despite the little quirks, we're proud of it.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to check it out and leave some feedback!

-Kegan

Ted Arabian
02-14-2008, 04:43 AM
Hey Robbie, Just watched your film.

Great job!

I found your story to be very sweet and sincere and you (and your director) captured those elements on film. However, I found that the story was a bit unbelievable only in that I know how much work it takes to learn sign language and just didn't buy that this guy could communicate so well on the second date.

That being said, I felt that you could have revamped your story a bit. Taken a little time away from the phone calls and shortened the dinner a bit to maybe add some more (or at least one more) scene with the young couple. I really wanted to see more of them and their building relationship. I wanted to see a scene or something that would lead me to believe that the young woman would want to go out with him again. After all, the first date must have left her pretty cold.

But, believe me, I know how hard it is to get a story out in 6 minutes! LOL. I am still trying to get that down!

As for your actors, I thought that they did a great job. The lead actor was perfect for you film. The woman seemed very sweet.... again, I would like to have witnessed another scene of her or something showing her "attraction" to the guy.

The overall cinematography of your film was very nice. You have some great shots and camera work happening here.

I really enjoyed the sincerity of your film! And I look forward to seeing more of your work in other fests!

Best and congrats,

Ted

J.R. Hudson
02-14-2008, 04:52 AM
Wow.

Very impressive work. I think you're on the right track and a diamond in the rough. With some polishing and honing I think you can have the real deal to become a filmmaker; very advanced for your age (That's a compliment)

I found this to be a very touching and sweet story.

Subjective Tech :

Like Ted mentions, some elements could be removed to move the story along with a nicer pace; the phone calls and the mother's dialogue comes to mind.

I think in time, you will learn more fanciful lighting and compositions; angle and placement of camera as well as more creative lighting techniques.

Overall, very impressed ! I knew you were a film junkie grasshopper.

-

I enjoyed your tendency to pull back wide and let us see the world you created. Many amatuer filmmakers tend to stay close, whihc muddles the frame, but you stayed wide more often than not and I think that was nice.

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 07:11 AM
Wow.

I love the compliments guys, thanks so much.

I will definitely be entering more fest (that means ALL of them)

You guys really inspired me to do more work.

Special thanks to Jack and J.R and Ted, (and for others that I forgot to mention)

You guys gave me a well thought out post and I aprpeciate it!

(Thanks Jack for the cutom new name :))

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-14-2008, 07:15 AM
Kegan, I just wanted to add acknowledgment to you for Directing this.

Nice work! Together you guys pulled off a pretty good movie.
I loved John's script when he ran it by me. I told him that this script had a real moment in it.

Cheers,

Mike

smashedburrito
02-14-2008, 07:17 AM
Hey good work here man, I didn't realize you were so young.

I thought the acting was fine, although I agree with the comments about the mom. I just think the scene in the car with her protesting could use a little more work, but I understand working with non actors.

Also I wish that in the dinner date scene at the end we learned a little more about the girl. That way we could fall for her more as a person and less just because she has a handicap.

Otherwise great location at the restaurant, and I enjoyed this piece throughout. Keep up the good work.

Barry_Green
02-14-2008, 11:21 AM
Como... are you kidding me? Dude, I rarely ever comment on the films but I have to say something this time. You really delivered. Way, way beyond my expectations. You've probably shown the fastest and most impressive arc from "know-nothing-neophyte-who-annoys-us-with-too-many-questions" to "accomplished DVXFest filmmaker with a story of substance."

Well done. Not to get too smarmy, but seeing this does make us proud. This is what DVXUser is all about -- a filmmaker's incubator. You done us proud.

(no it's not perfect, yes it can be improved, blah blah -- but that's what the next fest is for, and now you really have some expectations to fulfill! :thumbsup: )

MDCFILMS
02-14-2008, 11:27 AM
Like Barry said. Great attempt! The beginning was sad. Overall good.

Matty_g
02-14-2008, 11:49 AM
That post by Tim up there was actually by me.

Mark Johnson
02-14-2008, 11:52 AM
If memory serves, you picked up this script from John, right? I love that sort of collaboration. A great job and your actor had the perfect attitude. Also, the dude on the phone was great! I wish he had a bigger part.

This was such a great little quirky love story. This is how you use 6 minutes effectively. What a nice reminder of the importance of story.

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 11:57 AM
Thanks Barry. Feels good to hear from ya'll.

Mark, I wish he had a bigger role as well. He is a great actor IMHO.

Maybe for the next fest?

Jason Ramsey
02-14-2008, 11:58 AM
Ok, Como.... Watched your film.

Pick a custom user title. Any title :) You've earned it. The people have spoken...

Good job, man. I'm proud of you too. You've come a long way in a short time. I don't need to elaborate further.

Later,
Jason

Mark Harris
02-14-2008, 12:01 PM
Nice work tehComo. Good job in tackling this and bringing it in.

Jeff Anderson
02-14-2008, 12:06 PM
Damn I need to get home and see this - I had a few minutes to spare last night and all I've seen is Zak's (fantastic!) and Jack's(special...). Looking forward to this one Robbie - I'll go ahead and say early congrats on what sounds like a great film from the other posts. EL COMO FOR PRESIDENT!

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 12:18 PM
Thanks Jason, I don't know what to pick!

jdajda and mark, appreciate the kind words. I love the positivity on this site.

Jeff Anderson
02-14-2008, 12:27 PM
go with "Senior Member"

Stephen Mick
02-14-2008, 12:29 PM
Nice work, Canada! Of the films I've seen so far, it's a strong entry.

--SM

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 12:29 PM
Hm. Not bad. Or even : "Non searching member" (with out the -)

Na, gotta make it special.

COMOUser

?

Jeff Anderson
02-14-2008, 12:32 PM
Why not start a new thread for it - I'm betting you get lots of responses...
-hate to clutter up this thread with ideas for your user name

Kegan
02-14-2008, 12:40 PM
Thanks a lot Mike and everyone for the positive feedback. Next fest we'll do more rehearsals and really get the acting to touch you folks.

-Kegan

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-14-2008, 12:48 PM
Thanks a lot Mike and everyone for the positive feedback. Next fest we'll do more rehearsals and really get the acting to touch you folks.

-KeganNo problem, Kegan. You did some solid Directing. You should be proud.

Cheers!

John LaBonney
02-14-2008, 01:19 PM
Dunno who wrote, but this is a strong GENUINE entry. The writing outshines everything here...

You're right. Dang, that writer is good.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
02-14-2008, 01:26 PM
You're right. Dang, that writer is good.
LOL! :grin:

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 01:28 PM
Haha, good one Johnny boy.

PS- Sorry the credits were so fast, I feel bad for you and the composer.

I WAS ON A TIME LIMIT!

I'm sure you guys don't mind, as you're still up there on the credits!

John LaBonney
02-14-2008, 01:38 PM
I was incredibly impressed with the way this turned out. I wanted to write at least one true "love story" for this fest, and Blind Date is it. Of the scripts I wrote for LoveFest, this was the most difficult to write, and I think the most difficult to direct.

Although it has a simple storyline, transforming the emotions from the page to the screen was the challenge. It required some precise acting and directing.

Robbie and I disagreed on some minor points in the script. In the signing exchange between the main character and Helen when they ate dinner, it was originally written to have Josh signing to Helen and instead of him saying what he was signing, subtitles would narrate what he was saying. Helen would respond to him by typing on a notebook computer. Robbie's choice worked out fine; I only point this out for those who might be interested in a behind-the-scenes type piece of information.

Another issue was when Robbie went to pick up Helen. In the script Josh was supposed to have a two-seater sports car, and when they all reached the car, Martha would become upset, but she couldn't come along since there was no room. Robbie unfortunately couldn't lay his grippers on a two-seater, but his re-writing of this scene worked out fine.

Nice work!

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 01:46 PM
Two days before the shoot John, and we didn't know if we were going to do the two seater, or the restaurant.

BAM, we couldn't get a two seater, so away I went and called some local restaurants!

You know the outcome...

Kegan
02-14-2008, 01:48 PM
Speaking of restaurants, I told the waiter we were going to credit him haha. I got his name and everything and we never ended up putting it in the credits. The two-seater was a little difficult. I mean two door wouldn't have been that hard, but it still has seats in the back.

Thanks for that little bit of BTS there John,

Kegan

Blaine
02-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Como and Kegan. This is a huge surprise for me. I certainly was not expecting anything nearly this polished. Job well done. Interesting story.

Realizing we're talking about a 6 minute time limit, I couldn't quite buy the speed with which Josh picked up the whole signing thing, particularly his understanding of what she was saying. His line, "I came to apologize to Helen, for last night." just makes his ability to understand her at dinner a bit too much for me.

The male actors looked a bit young for the roles they were playing. Not sure what kind of acting pool you have up there but it might have been nice if they looked more 20-somethings instead of 18-19.

I thought you did a great job on the opening titles. Of course, as soon as I saw the braille, I knew what the blind date was going to be. I didn't realize, though, that she'd be deaf as well.

You guys did a really good job on this. Keep up the good work.

Kegan
02-14-2008, 02:16 PM
Thanks a lot Blaine. Mike (the main actor) was in his 20s. He just looks a bit younger. Older actors definitely would have been an asset, but it was just the hand we were dealt. As for the other male actor, he does look a little on the younger side but he helped us out and was TONS better than the other actors who auditioned for the role.

If you guys remember, we had sparse actors to choose from because of our fairly poor turnout at auditions (myself included haha). Prepare, prepare, prepare! That's where the REAL work happens and what I think we have to work on for next time.

-Kegan

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 02:28 PM
Yup, exactly Kegan.

I think we did everything else right, just not the planning!

We did do planning (go over script, make changes, drew out a storyboard (which we didn't use)) but the other stuff has to come in to play as well, (The casting, the rehearsing, the locations, etc,etc,etc.)

Barry_Green
02-14-2008, 02:39 PM
I praised Como earlier, but really let's spell it out: the writer did a fantastic job, and the director brought it home. All around good effort.

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 03:12 PM
Hey guys,

Just wanted to mention some things.

A big thanks to everyone who helped make this thing happen.

Here is a link, to the original intro to our film, but I didn't like it.

http://s5.video.blip.tv/1730002360610/ComeauProductions-OldIntro808.mov

Another note:

I love the criticism. When we were shooting Blind Date, I said to Kegan:

"Kegan, you know what I'm going to do? When everyone sees this film, and hopefully critiques it, I will take there notes, and save it in a word document on my computer. The next project we do either it being for our selves, for others, or for lovefest, I will print the critiques and bring it on set with us, and we will look at what they said about Blind Date"

Now, I didn't say that exact thing, but pretty much what you read is what I had in mind.

I have already, learned SO much in this thread, AND in this site, and I thank you all for bringing me to where I am now.

Mark Johnson
02-14-2008, 03:18 PM
I love the criticism.

That says as much about you and where you're headed as the work on screen. If you can keep that attitude then you will absolutely rule. In fact, you have reminded me that somebody who really aspires to excel should not just tolerate criticism. Someone who is sincere and confident will "love" criticism as the best tool to improve. Thanks for that little reminder. I'm going to try to be more like you in that regard.

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 03:21 PM
Great to know I'm someone's role model! In a way...

Jack Daniel Stanley
02-14-2008, 03:22 PM
Ok, Como.... Watched your film.

Pick a custom user title. Any title :) You've earned it. The people have spoken...

Good job, man. I'm proud of you too. You've come a long way in a short time. I don't need to elaborate further.

Later,
Jason

I vote
"young filmmaker"

Luis Caffesse
02-14-2008, 03:22 PM
I have already, learned SO much in this thread, AND in this site, and I thank you all for bringing me to where I am now.

Wow.
Well said, Como.

Jeff Anderson
02-14-2008, 03:33 PM
Ok I've watched it... I love it! I wont go into great criticism cause I gotta go and anything I'd say has been said already, but overall this was a fantastic film! Definitely enter this in other fests as someone mentioned before! Aside from the good story I'm just impressed with the production value and cinematography. With all of the "you've come along way" stuff I was expecting it to be good, but not this good. Nice work young como. Shoot, by the time you are old like the rest of us, you're gonna be damn good at this. Not that I'm old.... but I'm not exactly 18 either...

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 03:35 PM
Thanks a lot jdajda.

I'm planning on sending this to Withoutabox.

I turn 18 in september!!!!:):):)

Jeff Anderson
02-14-2008, 06:42 PM
damn. you're not even 18. be proud of yourself. Hell I'd be proud if I made this. I'd be even more proud if I was 18. Just stay cool and keep working with good people like Kegan and John and the rest of your cast and crew and you'll be golden.

- and like in a few years if I need a job... lets not forget who thought up that custom title eh?

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 07:03 PM
No way, you got Custom Title!

It looks brilliant!

Man, I need a job...Lol

Thanks a bunch man.

Jeff Anderson
02-14-2008, 07:05 PM
your new job is to keep making short films - what you need is a raise :)

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 07:07 PM
I'm stoked to make the next fest. I wish I could just meet up with some of you guys and team up to make it...I mean, I'm getting sick of Kegan.

Just kidding, he'll always be in my projects.

Chris Messineo
02-14-2008, 07:39 PM
I liked this story. It was very sweet.

I just wish there had been a little more conflict. It all felt like it came a little too easily for Helen and Josh.

Also, I didn't think you need the postscripts at the end.

Technically, I thought the shots were good, but it looked like all of the images were a bit soft and fuzzy. Was that a look you were going for in post?

Robbie Comeau
02-14-2008, 07:40 PM
Yup. I was going for the soft, dreamy effect. I'll post a better quality version (probably high res) in the next couple of days Chris.

Matthew R. Rodwell
02-14-2008, 09:12 PM
Good job, Como. My only complaint was the lack of conflict between the interpreter and Josh, didn't seem like she put up enough of a fight when Josh was taking Helen to the restaurant. Great work, otherwise. The story was awesome and there was some good camera work throughout.

mentatDUKE
02-14-2008, 11:39 PM
Hey Robbie and team. This was a good film with unique subject matter. The photography was nice and clean. The humor was pretty effective also. (I like the fact that the friend says "Bye" and hangs up. ) The scene where the guy just "kidnaps" the girl was pretty funny also.

My only complaint would be that the deaf-blind girl could have used more personality. We got to see everyone else interact. Even the interpreter, but the girl seemed a bit blank. What exactly draws the main character to the girl? Why does he keep trying? What does he like about her?

Also, the postscript may not have been the right way to go. Show rather than tell and all that. I know it's tough to do in 6 min though.

Other than that, a nice, feel-good film. Good job and looking forward to more from you.

Kegan
02-15-2008, 05:25 AM
I'll try to answer some of the questions here. Let's start with the something that bothered me and seems to have bothered some of you. Before I start with that though, a little background on Helen - her parents are deaf and all the signing was done SLOWLY. She actually taught Josh how to sign and how to read what she was signing to him. As for why her personality was a little bland, I guess that was a mistake on my end. I wasn't sure how to direct a blind/deaf girl as I'd never done it before.

I tried to get her to smile and be happier towards the end, but I guess in the scenes before she could have expressed more negative emotions to fit with the flow. Something that I should have tried to bring out of her, without words.

The soft dreamy look was done in post, but it might have been a little TOO soft. It was what we were going for to simulate a more dreamy look, but in retrospect there may have been other looks we could have experimented with.

The conflict with the interpreter and Josh, was discussed earlier in the thread. Our Martha actually wasn't able to make it and this women wasn't an actress. She helped us out, but she had a more calm personality. Wasn't able to get really fired up and angry about the situation. Conflict in general on the other hand, might not have been a bad idea...but that 6 minute deadline's a hard one!

The postscripts is something that we were really debating. I mean, having the postscripts to tell how it pans out is good...for a longer movie. Maybe leaving it up to the viewer's imagination as to what happens after is a better choice. We'll talk it over and see what we should do before we send it out to other festivals and fix any minor flaws that we can. We don't want to spend much more time on this movie, but if we can tweak it so that it is more effective when sending out to other festivals, why not?

Hopefully I got to everything,

Kegan

kurtmo
02-15-2008, 06:30 AM
I thought this film was very well done. I enjoyed the story. I thought the editing, CC, and sound were nice. My only minor nit on this film is that I didn’t believe that his friend wouldn’t have told the main character about the blind deaf thing. If it was because he didn’t think he would date her otherwise, then that should have been made a clear. In the end it was minor and I really enjoyed this!

Robbie Comeau
02-15-2008, 06:50 AM
What exactly draws the main character to the girl? Why does he keep trying? What does he like about her?

His friend Mario, tells him that she's attractive, and that she's travelled, and that got Josh thinking.

Thanks everyone for the compliments and critiques

Robbie