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TMerry
08-10-2009, 03:28 AM
INVOCATION became a Micro-series. :Drogar-Love(DBG):
After airing on some cable TV stations it's now live on the net.
Thanks for all your feedback & Tell me what you think :-)



Episode 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQOvNNBHBbM


Episode 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_LrsUOx53s


Episode 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJgw6wU8E5Y

Episode 4 coming soon.... :-)

TMerry
08-10-2009, 03:30 AM
News/Updates

8/10/09: Finished working draft of screenplay with Patrick Sweeney.

8/17/09: Principal Photography is set for September 19th and 20th (still need location)

8/21/09: Location in S.J. locked - Chili Rellenos for Craft Services - LOCKED! :-P

9/19/09: Principal photography DAY 1 - Big success!

9/20/09: Principal photography DAY 2 - Another super day. First time working with children
actors. They didn't seem like kids...hmmm. I must be a kid still.

10/04/09: Finished rough cut of edit. It's more clear where pickup shots are needed and where VFX
will be placed. Also spent a little time on the score today roughing ideas out on acoustic guitar and working
on lyric translation.

10/22/09: Choir came over to my home studio to record their parts for the soundtrack.
I've wrote some pretty creepy stuff. My wife gets spooked every time I play it
BwaaaHaaHaaa ;-)

10/24/09: More pick up shots for the special effects plates.

10/29/09: 9pm, the evening before the morning of festival deadline. We're not going to make it in time.
We were delayed by some a humanitarian project that took precedence over this festival.
I would rather miss the deadline then submit an incomplete project. I have to shift back into work
mode for next week and then will complete the film and post it at its new target date of Black Friday,
Nov 27, 2009. It will be worth the wait :-)

11/07/09: Readdressing soundtrack and tweaking on it since I have extra time.

11/12/09: Doing some psychoacoustic research experiments in my laboratory. :-)

11/24/09: Soundtrack is finally complete.

11/25/09: Color correcting and grading.

HERE IS A SCREEN GRAB FROM THE ACTUAL FILM
Actress: Ann Scott

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/17475/1254247939.jpg

TMerry
08-10-2009, 03:31 AM
Actors/crew

ACTORS

Claire Southwell: Ann Scott
Lucy Vanderbeek: Dee Marshall
Pauline Southwell: Sioux Matson-Krings
Leasing Agent: Judy Cerda - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2294093/
Mother Lawson: Maaika Westen
Harmony Lawson: Lexi Aragon
Reed Lawson: Mitchell Aragon
Bridesmaid 1: Noni Galloway
Bridesmaid 2: Christina Obligar Melocik
Bridesmaid 3: Erika Pearson





CREW
Director, Editor, Composer: Tommy Merry - http://www.tommymerry.com
Writer: Patrick Sweeney
Production Sound Mixer: Alan Chang - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2845479
Lead Man/Location Mgr: Brian Shearn
Property Master: Candy Shearn

TMerry
08-10-2009, 03:33 AM
SOUNDTRACK:
One of my favorite parts of filmmaking is composing and sound design.
I actually start writing the soundtrack while shooting in my head each day.
I'll post details on my process in this section.

a) I've got an outline melody written for the film. It came to me as I was
in preproduction and filming. It's very dark ancient tune.

Oct 23: The soundtrack I'm working on requires lots of voices.
The choir came over and recorded their parts. Was fantastic! Did some
mixing on the 24th. More details about the choir/sopranos to come soon..

Christian Vincent Jung
08-10-2009, 04:51 AM
Hi!
The whole Quija-idea is scary by itself, so great choice of theme... Can't wait to hear more about the plot!

Christian Halberg
08-10-2009, 05:51 AM
I'm intrigued to see what kind of monster you'll be dealing with.
Looking forward to see/hear more. :)

Rodney V. Smith
08-10-2009, 06:25 AM
welcome dude. will be interesting wering depends for the first time...

TMerry
08-10-2009, 01:19 PM
Yeah, Ouija Boards scare me too. I like doing films about things that effect me on a deep level, so this one is going to really take me there. :-)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-11-2009, 04:18 PM
I loved playing with that game as a kid. Good luck in the Fest.

MAH

AmyO
08-11-2009, 05:11 PM
Looks like this will be sufficiently creepy. I am always wary of ouija boards, too. I'm interested to see what kind of monster it will conjure up.

TMerry
08-11-2009, 11:41 PM
Thanks Rodney, glad to be here in good company.

Thanks Michael, fond memories of Ouij? That's a new one to me :-)

ZazaCast
08-12-2009, 06:40 AM
Welcome to the fest & DVXuser! You're going to love it here....but watchout for that Rodney character...he's trouble.

Looking forward to seeing "Invocation"...and yes, I'm dying to know the future. What camera will you be using?

Rustom Irani
08-12-2009, 06:51 AM
See, a writer-director-composer, credit!

Now that's a USP in itself!

Can't wait to see this one Tommy.

TMerry
08-12-2009, 09:11 AM
Hi Zazacast,
I'll be using the HVX200/M2. I also wanted to say THANKS for your slider thread (or shold I say novel - it's so long now) I got through about half the pages the other night. Great info - thanks for sharing! ;-)

Are you a musician as well? I saw that bass pic on your site.

TMerry
08-13-2009, 10:37 AM
See, a writer-director-composer, credit!

Now that's a USP in itself!

Can't wait to see this one Tommy.

Thanks Rusty!!
I love your logo by the way. You are one impressive filmmaker in my book!

BTW Are you submitting a film to the Monsterfest??

Marlon Ladd
08-13-2009, 01:58 PM
Hey, Tommy. I totally missed your thread until I saw you in mine. Glad you decided to get in one of these. They can be very helpful and informative. It can be a great learning experience. Good luck and have fun!

ZazaCast
08-13-2009, 02:31 PM
Hi Zazacast,
I'll be using the HVX200/M2. I also wanted to say THANKS for your slider thread (or shold I say novel - it's so long now) I got through about half the pages the other night. Great info - thanks for sharing! ;-)

Are you a musician as well? I saw that bass pic on your site.

I try to keep the important information on the ZazaSlider updated on the first post, so people don't have to hunt all around...it is getting to be a BIG thread. Thanks for checking it out & I hope you build one, you'll love it.

Yes, I'm a musician (seems like there are a bunch of us on here)... that was a whole different life. 3 albums, 6 years touring, sex, drugs & rock n' roll....takes a lot out of you! Retrospect Records will be re-releasing the albums on CD as soon as I can get the contracts straightened out.:thumbsup:

Just for fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbTYx6ba7w0

TMerry
08-14-2009, 06:23 PM
Just for fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbTYx6ba7w0[/QUOTE]

ZAZACast LOLOLOL!!!
That was great, Deep Purple on steroids. I love over the top rock!

I'll have to dig up some of my old stuff to share. A life of a crazy musician seems like such a natural transition over to a filmmaker. That must be it.
You have found a kindred soul! :thumbup:

TMerry
08-14-2009, 09:16 PM
ZazaCast! I found a music clip. This is a video of me playing a guitar solo live in the studio.

BMW motors saw it and wanted to add it to their Extreme Sports campaign.

Guitar playing as a sport?? WTF


Watch it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW7yxmKnlCw)

-

ZazaCast
08-14-2009, 10:59 PM
HA! I love it! Makes me really miss the days gone by. Glad you're here and looking forward to your film. (hope there's some shreaded guitar in the soundtrack)

Cheers!

Maximus
08-15-2009, 11:22 AM
Great music guys! Have you seen this? Looks good.

Not a rickroll.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF4H8lB2Y_o

Tom Marshall
08-16-2009, 01:59 AM
Hey man, how's this coming along? We need some updates!! :beer:

Brian Parker
08-16-2009, 02:33 PM
Welcome to the fest man!

TMerry
08-16-2009, 03:45 PM
Tom: I've been busy with casting. I really tweak on that part of the film
and can't settle for anything but Rockin good actors. Besides it makes
the filming process a snap. I'll update my reserved sections as soon as I have more to tell buddy!

Brian: Thanks. Since there are no other filmmakers in my area, I'm really enjoying the
camaraderie on this forum! :-)

Maximus: People have been telling me I need to see that Anvil film. Thanks for the tip.

Zazacast: No guitar shredding in this one <g>

TMerry
08-17-2009, 01:36 PM
Are there any San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers that are in this fest, interested in doing some reciprocal work on each others projects??

Thanks!

Alan H. Chang
08-17-2009, 11:24 PM
TMerry, mind if I join your crew?

TMerry
08-18-2009, 12:04 AM
TMerry, mind if I join your crew?

Alan, I'd love to have you as part of the team!
I'll pm you my phone number, you do the same and we'll
speak tomorrow

Best!
-Tommy

Alan H. Chang
08-18-2009, 12:07 AM
Thanks Tommy!

Really want to support all the locals.

TMerry
08-18-2009, 04:44 PM
Thanks Tommy!

Really want to support all the locals.


EXTREMELY HAPPY to have Alan Chang on board handling the Production Sound Mixing.

Go Bay Area!

Alan H. Chang
08-18-2009, 05:48 PM
I'm extremely pumped for blood ... I mean adrenaline.

Matt Sconce
08-18-2009, 05:55 PM
EXTREMELY HAPPY to have Alan Chang on board handling the Production Sound Mixing.

Go Bay Area!

You will very happy you do, he is awesome. -Matt

Alan H. Chang
08-18-2009, 05:55 PM
Tommy, forget the sound mixing. I'm going to be BLOOD mixing on set.

The following Monday we're going to hear some kind of news report about a "dirty" blood spill out in the Pacific. Then, you'll start hearing new monster attacks along the entire coast of California. Dying to know the future?

Alan H. Chang
08-18-2009, 05:58 PM
You will very happy you do, he is awesome. -Matt


Yes! YES! You'll be very happy. Dying for blood.

Oh. My blood type is T+, just making sure I'll have a good match with you guys. Muahahahahaha ...

Alan H. Chang
08-18-2009, 06:00 PM
Since it's 5PM here, I need to go. I have another victim waiting for me in the dark alley to be zenbu'ed.

Stay tune folks ... for the BLOODY Invocation.

TMerry
08-18-2009, 09:22 PM
You will very happy you do, he is awesome. -Matt

I knew Alan was a nice guy when I spoke to him, I knew that he was good at his job when I heard his demos... but now, apparently he's a phlebotomist too,
which will save on the cost of fake blood for our production; as fake blood is expensive these days LOL!


GGGrrrrrrrrrrrowllllllllll :evil:

Alan H. Chang
08-18-2009, 09:45 PM
... and we're back to the BLOODY Invocation show at 8:45PM Pacific Time.

1.) How dedicated for MONSTER Fest = Indefinite
2.) Time away b/c of MONSTER Fest = approx. 2 full days
3.) Unable to afford alimony for 2 days = -56 black beans

4.) Not knowing your sound mixer have actually become the MONSTER of the film = Priceless


Any comments from the audience?

TMerry
08-20-2009, 09:19 PM
How's everyone else doing on locations??

I'm having a HELL of a challenge finding the right location.
I've always heard that low budget indies should always write their
screenplay around a location they know they already have access to.. but

Damn the Torpedoes! :-)

Marlon Ladd
08-21-2009, 11:14 AM
How's everyone else doing on locations??

I'm having a HELL of a challenge finding the right location.
I've always heard that low budget indies should always write their
screenplay around a location they know they already have access to.. but

Damn the Torpedoes! :-)
Well, I always try and write around the location that I feel like I will probably have access too, but sometimes you can't, because it just doesn't fit. I've had a few locations in mind for my film, but the perfect place didn't occur to me until the other day - even though it's different from what's in the script.

Alan H. Chang
08-21-2009, 12:13 PM
It'll be fine T. I'm sure we can make due. I'm going to be contacting a few of my friends out in that area Moss Beach/Half Moon Bay to see if I can use their houses. *Crossing fingers*

TMerry
08-21-2009, 12:26 PM
Thanks Alan, I just got a location locked, but its in San Jose, the upside is its a great house with a remodeled interior & its owned by family so that means we can let our hair down (well not me cuase I'm bald)but you can, and we can raid the fridge, my mother-in-law cook the BOMB ass mexican food, and its free. So I'm pretty stoked. It will also give me some extra post days over their for lighting design :-)

Alan H. Chang
08-21-2009, 02:24 PM
I'm raiding it, no doubt. Special request for taco pastors, Mexico style. I'm more pumped than ever T.

TMerry
08-21-2009, 04:19 PM
Cool Buddy, I'll start placing the orders. Mother-in-laws food is not to be outdone, of course my wife is a pro chef so we'll be gettin it from all angles :-P

I'll bring the camera, yall bring your appetite!

Alan H. Chang
08-21-2009, 08:07 PM
What ya mean all angles? Didn't sound right. haha.

TMerry
08-21-2009, 10:42 PM
What I mean to say was

I think we will WIN the craft services contest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is there points for that?

Alan H. Chang
08-21-2009, 10:46 PM
YES, there should be an award for best craft services. This would make the judging requirements even harder. Such that each department nominee gets a point, tally up, and wins.

Sprocketboy
08-25-2009, 07:34 PM
I hate to say... but I'll say it... I use to be the guy who moved the planchette purposefully to the letters I wanted and made everyone think it was a spirit behind the spelling. Usually, I would spell out "Die" or "Kill."

A Ouija board can create a good scare. I'm anxious to see what is up your sleeve.

Alan H. Chang
08-25-2009, 11:00 PM
:evil:

Just created a couple of atmospheric beds for a couple of scenes for try outs.
Didn't make me feel so good.

Alan H. Chang
08-26-2009, 05:46 AM
Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock...

24 days to go

TMerry
08-26-2009, 10:04 AM
Alan: Killer, looking forward to hearing. Got any samles you could email me?

Re: ticky-tocky - I work good under pressure, as long as it's creative pressure :-)

Hell Yeah!

Alan H. Chang
08-26-2009, 04:10 PM
I think my guts were telling me to STOP whatever I was doing because it was @ 12 midnight.

I'll send you something.

Alan H. Chang
08-26-2009, 04:18 PM
Would this qualify as the monster for Invocation?

http://www.coralcanopy.com/achang/dvxuser/Alan_monster.jpg

Alan H. Chang
08-27-2009, 12:32 AM
Does the picture above look like the Joker? Taken around July 05' at Disneyland, CA.

I believe the kids in front of me were scared when I glanced over

TMerry
08-27-2009, 12:34 PM
Does the picture above look like the Joker? Taken around July 05' at Disneyland, CA.

I believe the kids in front of me were scared when I glanced over

Good Pic! Yes, the Jack Nicholson version (the best one!).

Here is the ascii equivalent
#:-D

TMerry
08-30-2009, 03:58 PM
How's everyone casting going?

Just booked a room for auditions on 2 days of the Labor Day weekend. I narrowed down the 150 submissions to 75 actors coming in for 3 roles.
Looking forward to some great stuff!

ZazaCast
08-30-2009, 04:36 PM
75...Damn! We'll all be expecting a "Greatest Hits" video of these auditions. Good luck.

Sprocketboy
08-30-2009, 07:20 PM
75 auditions in 2 days! Insane!

Alan H. Chang
08-30-2009, 09:04 PM
smack! That's a large to-do list. I like it. More victims for us to ID.

TMerry
09-02-2009, 03:54 PM
63 submissions just came in for the child actors roles in our film, I was getting worried no one wanted there kids to be in a monster film, then BAM, they started rolling in.

I narrowed it down to about 20 kids to add to Sundays audition.
Jeez, like I'm turning into a talent agent LOL!

Really looking forward to the challenge of working with some very young talented actors! :-)

Alan H. Chang
09-02-2009, 04:04 PM
Woot! More kids, more fun.

Great news T.

TMerry
09-07-2009, 02:58 AM
16 hours of auditions this weekend, mostly back to back. Cast 85% of the roles.
Big thanks to Candy and Brian Shearn for all the support during the process!

Tuesday I start my After Effects intensive training course at BAVC.

Lots to learn still, and loads to do before the shoot dates of Sep 19th/20th.

Holla Back!

Rodney V. Smith
09-10-2009, 10:57 PM
any pictures of the cast?

TMerry
09-11-2009, 08:29 PM
any pictures of the cast?
Hey Rodney, I'll get something up real soon, but don't expect my graphics for the actors to look as slick as yours do :-)

Christian Halberg
09-12-2009, 12:51 AM
*Singing in a very loud voice:*

'Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, dear Tommy
Happy birthday to you..'

Seriously, have a great day! :beer:

Rustom Irani
09-12-2009, 04:15 AM
Do you have a monster popping outta the birthday cake? :)

Happy birthday, pal!

I think you replied to my post a while back and I just read it. D'oh!

Nope! Not gonna be filming a Monster film but have entered an original script in the Monster Scriptfest!

Look forward to your film.

TMerry
09-12-2009, 08:25 AM
Thanks Guys! I love birthdays :-)

I'm going to be taking some advanced Final Cut Pro classes the next three days,
so that is my B-Day present to myself!!!

Yeah! :beer:

Marlon Ladd
09-15-2009, 12:56 PM
Man, I didn't know. Happy B-Day, Tommy!!!!!

Alan H. Chang
09-15-2009, 01:26 PM
We're going to go all out this weekend T, just for your celebration (and the fest too).

TMerry
09-15-2009, 02:34 PM
Thanks Guys!!!

Alan, you bet, this weekend is going to ROCK!
I have some fantastic actors cast. And I'm working on the custom
Ouija board today.

A_C_T_I_O_N!!! :-)

TMerry
09-16-2009, 01:00 AM
Seems like a lot of events have been leading up to this shoot getting new gear, training etc.
This MonsterFest has caused me to accelerate the timeline I normally would apprach to getting and learning new gear, its abeen a busy time.

Last week to After Effects Intensive classes at BAVC
Sat, Sun and Monday were again back at BAVC doing a final cut
pro intensive. I have worked with FCP for years, but am preparing for
my certification exam.

Then tonight, I added the first coasst of paint to the custom Oija I'm building
and updated the HVC200's firmware so I can start using my
P2 card (been using SD tape for the last month).

Seems like every day lately has been an incredible learning experience.

Tomorrows all about refining the Focal Flange on the Redrock and setting up
the Follow focus.

Saturday and Sunday are coming fast, and finally on the set I will be able to relax a bit and do my thing :-)

Marlon Ladd
09-16-2009, 07:04 AM
It's all coming together. Can't wait to see what you come up with. You better hold it down, man!

Hey, what's a oija??

TMerry
09-16-2009, 12:42 PM
True Marlon, true.
"Oija" is the spelling for Ouija, when I'm too tired to type LOL!!!

As in custom Ouija Board (Tee Hee)


Now I'm Back to making callbacks where you let the actors know who did *not* get the gig. :-(
I hate that part.

Rodney V. Smith
09-16-2009, 02:09 PM
SOmetimes its more about getting everything in place than it is about shooting it. Hell, sometimes shooting feels so anti-climactic after the months or weeks of prep work. In couple of days, or in a day in some cases, it's all over and then you're moving on into the edit. I don't know about you guys but i get the PPB (post production blues) after everything is all done... makes me wann keep shooting to avoid that...

TMerry
09-16-2009, 04:01 PM
That is very insightful Rodney. In this case, I'm looking forward to the down-time of the actual shooting day.

PPB, good term - I like it :-)

TMerry
09-16-2009, 04:02 PM
Just finished casting the rest of the bridesmaids and the young mother role.
All done with that stage.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :-)

Alan H. Chang
09-16-2009, 04:23 PM
Countdown: 3 days.

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 03:09 AM
Countdown: 31 hours

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 03:18 AM
Shoot! Imagine we were playing with a couple of Quija boards in Toy's R Us and suddenly Chucky shows up.

I would scream, then say hi and greet him. "Wut's up mah Chucky bro. Isn't it past ur bedtime?"

Rodney V. Smith
09-18-2009, 06:33 AM
I think we can now assume you're officially off your meds.

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 06:45 AM
Technically so, but I'm still awake trying to cram this research paper about the history of early 80's/90's music.

Countdown to that: 4 Hours!

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 06:47 AM
But seriously though, I haven't taken my meds yet until I eat breakfast. These immunosupressant drugs help me keep all my organs intact and stay fresh. Want to join me for breakfast?

TMerry
09-18-2009, 02:59 PM
Countdown: 31 hours

If you're trying to make me nervous, it's working LOL!

19 and counting........

Ahhhh!!! YES! The Ouija board finally dried. :2vrolijk_08:

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 03:10 PM
Awesome news Mr. T!

Christian Vincent Jung
09-18-2009, 04:26 PM
Still waiting anxiously! :D

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 06:03 PM
If you're trying to make me nervous, it's working LOL!

19 and counting........

Ahhhh!!! YES! The Ouija board finally dried. :2vrolijk_08:
Trying to make you excited. It's ACTUALLY working...

16 hours to go.

Once the first picture is up, I'm opening a can of whoop beer. I meant Root Beer.

Alan H. Chang
09-18-2009, 06:06 PM
Still waiting anxiously! :D

Yes, you must wait Mr. Christian.

Our Ouija master is in her zen. Must not awaken master.

Christian Vincent Jung
09-19-2009, 12:56 AM
Yes, you must wait Mr. Christian.

Our Ouija master is in her zen. Must not awaken master.

Must..not...awaken...

TMerry
09-19-2009, 06:35 AM
The Ouija master has awoken
and his hands are supple,
but he must away,
for the time
is short and alas
the call of the art
awaitith

3 1/2 hours to rock and roll time on the set!!

DAY 1 Here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

See ya on set Alan!

TMerry
09-20-2009, 09:31 AM
Day 1 on the set was an incredible success.
Big Thanks to DVX'rs: Alan Chang for kicking Butt on Sound
and to Huy for dropping by and helping pull focus etc.

Extra credits go to the three of us in a ultra-small bathroom
scene with an actor, all the camera & sound gear, Arri 500 watt softbox
all in a dark, sealed room at about 118 degrees for 1/2 hour.

It will be further known as the "Film Sauna from Hell" scene!!!

Patrick Sweeney
09-20-2009, 04:44 PM
Very cool, Tommy! Glad to hear that things are going well. Sorry about writing that bathroom scene. :)

Can't wait to see how it comes out. Have you been shooting stills on the set to share?

Alan H. Chang
09-20-2009, 08:56 PM
Saturday itself should be a movie all on its own. Titled:
"Film Sauna from Hell"

HOT, scorchy weather. After the Ouiji was awaken, it became chilly outside and the lights flickered. Had to scram. Sorry Tommy, I guess that was the only reason why I had to leave. Just in case I wouldn't arrive at church the next morning looking stoned from seeing a ghost. If I did, I would need all the holy water NorCal could provide.

ZazaCast
09-21-2009, 06:49 AM
Grabs?????

TMerry
09-21-2009, 01:09 PM
I know Alan, same thing on early Saturday morning. As soon as the kids started playing with the Ouija the Arri 250 blew, luckily I had a spare for that one.

Then went for take two and that mirror fell over in the back room.

I'm not superstitious, but later on when I got home there was an odd image that ended up on the P2 card between the other two takes I shot. I know I didn't shoot it, and its only a few frames. Unless someone on set was playing a practical joke on me?.. it kinda freaked me out... :huh:

Well back to offloading and ingesting

Think I'll burn this custom Ouija after the pickups...or
raffle it ;-)
-T




Saturday itself should be a movie all on its own. Titled:
"Film Sauna from Hell"

HOT, scorchy weather. After the Ouiji was awaken, it became chilly outside and the lights flickered. Had to scram. Sorry Tommy, I guess that was the only reason why I had to leave. Just in case I wouldn't arrive at church the next morning looking stoned from seeing a ghost. If I did, I would need all the holy water NorCal could provide.

Sprocketboy
09-21-2009, 01:44 PM
Call Ghostbusters!

Marlon Ladd
09-21-2009, 11:09 PM
Sounds like you had an exciting time to say the least, Tommy. Can't wait to see some grabs, man!

TMerry
09-22-2009, 12:29 AM
Very cool, Tommy! Glad to hear that things are going well. Sorry about writing that bathroom scene. :)

Can't wait to see how it comes out. Have you been shooting stills on the set to share?

Yes, some still here and there, nothing pro. As far as the scene Patrick.
No sweat. Actually lots of sweat, but meant to say IT WILL BE WORTH IT!! :-)

Alan H. Chang
09-22-2009, 04:40 AM
files being uploaded finally! so much time down doing other things...

ZazaCast
09-22-2009, 06:28 AM
Poster????

Sprocketboy
09-22-2009, 01:10 PM
These guys are run and gun. Is there any other way? I enjoy reading your accounts. Keep them coming.

TMerry
09-22-2009, 03:44 PM
:grin:

Here's the first batch.

1. The new camera rig on set in action.
HVX200 > RedRock M2 > Follow Focus > smallHD monitor > sitting ontop of Bogen Head > Omni-Tracker > Custom adjustable platform

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2610/3945187861_9a95830be9_o.jpg

2. The location of our audition. Rental room overlooking the Ocean - Interior/Exterior
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3509/3945970982_14fdeb1204.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2581/3945970920_c74710d9b0_m.jpg

3. Auditions, powered by RedBu!!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/3945187819_87f81540d7.jpg

More to come...

Christian Vincent Jung
09-22-2009, 03:47 PM
I wanna audition! :D
... Please pay my ticket!

Marlon Ladd
09-23-2009, 09:25 AM
More updates, Tommy! What's your deal??

Rodney V. Smith
09-23-2009, 10:05 PM
Updates Tommy. Updates nownownwownow

TMerry
09-23-2009, 11:30 PM
Well okay, I added some updates to our News section at the beginning
of this thread, cast members and shooting etc., but here's the expanded version:

The weekend shoot was fantastic. I felt a little rocky on my first few setups,
getting used to the fact that the camera has to go to the shot, not the other
way around as it used to be in the old days before using prime lenses
(EG., frame and zoom as needed). Our local sound mixer from DVXuser
Alan Chang was on set, so that's the first time I've use a sound man.
I always set a fixed boom in the past. So it was cool to have him on
crew and one less thing for me to focus on.

Day 1:
great talent! I spent a lot of time casting and it paid off in the shoot. All
the actors were on their game and brought a lot to the table. It was
probably a 14 hour day, and the last actress (our main role for Claire)
stayed on late into the night when it was just dwon to me and my leadman
Brian Shearn on crew. I decided to add some ad hoc scene to the last of the
film which will hopefully enhance it big time. Lots of laughs, great food and
hard work, the best elements that any production could hope for :-)

DAY 2:
Shot scenes of the two kids, the realestate agent and the young mother.
The young mother was cast by photo over the phone, because she was such a
great match to the kids I had cast in person. She was the only wild card but turned
out a breeze to work with and very pro. The Realestate agent was an actor I had
scene in a horror film years before and have been wanting to work with Judy for some
time.

THE KIDS!
They were a lot of fun to work with. Mitchell and Lexi, 11 and 7, and both consummate
professionals. Amazing, I don't know how they have that much focus
at that age but they did. They brought an unbelievable realism to their parts and
were fun to work with. I started with them and shot out of sequence to make sure
their energy levels were still up and strong. We needed to come back to them many hours
later and they were still focused and ready to go. We finished off the day with a late
family style lunch my wife had catered of Teriyaki chicken and Smoked salmon
orzo salad. YUM!

GEAR:
Much of this is new gear and I'm still getting a feel for it.
I still haven't been able to adjust the flange on the RedRock M2,
so infinity focus is still not working correctly, so wide shots were a problem.
The new smallHD monitor was fantastic, vibrant and clear. I was using the
Omni-tracker Dolly on a custom made platform with adjustable legs so I could
go from 24 in to 5' in a snap. I really love it the more I get used to it and would
recommend it to any friends looking for an alternative style dolly in an instant.

INVOCATION is very drama/dialog driven, so while all the shots aren't going
to be breathtaking, they suit the story strongly, and support the believability of the
possibility that this could really happen to someone. And perhaps the dark side
is just past the surface of our conscious, waiting to emerge if given the chance..

SFX
I did a lot of preplanning for the special effects plates for this film, and while I won't
know how precise they sync until I start adding the SFX, I think we will have a nice mesh.
If there is anything I need to reshoot for the SFX plates, the location is still available to
me day or night.

So you asked for an update.. and there it is :-)
More to come soon....

Rodney V. Smith
09-23-2009, 11:34 PM
Nicely done. Congrats. Now: grabs please!

Alan H. Chang
09-23-2009, 11:56 PM
:crybaby:

reading...

Alan H. Chang
09-24-2009, 12:01 AM
Got a hold of my music director today and he's interested. Actually, he's very excited about this kind of thing. He asked about compensation because he have to schedule this on top of all the other events that are happening in the next coming months.

I also told him about our fallback plan of recording your mother's choir. He was happy that there are now 2 groups of choir to work with. So give me a holla.

Alan H. Chang
09-24-2009, 12:12 AM
EQUIPS:
Just so everyone knows, used a couple of Schoeps CMC641, an SD302, and a SD744T. Brought more than enough. Didn't bring out the wireless because there was no need for them. Just from reading the screenplay, it looked like I had to cover lots of people at the same time. Turned out diff. than what I had expected.

DAY 1:
My allergy kicked in bad when nightfall came. So I had to leave at around 10PM to get home in time for my rest. Church the next early morning. Tommy and Brian, you guys ROCK! I also called DVXUser Huy Vu to drop by since he was around the area. Great team effort.

DAY 2:
Right after church, I drove like a madman to set. After arriving, I was delighted to actually see the kids there. Short stuff happening here and there. Finally the family food. Those Teriyaki Chicken were the best I've ever had in my life. Yes, I do eat a lot of teriyaki chicken from all kinds of restaurants and these are just unbelieveably delicious! Ohhhhh, the smoked salmon orzo salad. Words can't describe, only tastebuds can.

Sprocketboy
09-24-2009, 07:57 AM
You are lucky with the kids. They are hit or miss. In rehearsals, they look and sound great but once they are on location with lights, camera, action... they don't give you the same. Great news!

TMerry
09-24-2009, 08:08 AM
You are lucky with the kids. They are hit or miss. In rehearsals, they look and sound great but once they are on location with lights, camera, action... they don't give you the same. Great news!

Yes, you're right. Their part in my film is critical, so I was blessed with a good performance from them. Plus, since they are a brother sister acting team, they had great rapport. :)

TMerry
09-24-2009, 08:12 AM
Got a hold of my music director today and he's interested. Actually, he's very excited about this kind of thing. He asked about compensation because he have to schedule this on top of all the other events that are happening in the next coming months.

I also told him about our fallback plan of recording your mother's choir. He was happy that there are now 2 groups of choir to work with. So give me a holla.

Oooh, the cat is out of the bag. :grin: Okay Alan, sounds cool. I'm stretched budget-wise now, but I'll see what I can come up with. The score I'm writing needs a big choir to pull off the sound I want.

PS, Listening to the sound files off the FTP server of the mixing you did on set, nice quality and notes my friend!

Marlon Ladd
09-24-2009, 09:49 AM
Your story just sounds more and more interesting the more I read. You had an omni-tracker, huh? I can't wait to see what shots you got with that. Looks like you did real good pre-production and it's always great to have a sound guy on set, so you don't have to focus on that. Kudos to you, Alan. Even though this is a monsterfest, I'm really interested in the drama-type pieces, like yours, Tommy.

Alan H. Chang
09-24-2009, 02:28 PM
Oooh, the cat is out of the bag. :grin: Okay Alan, sounds cool. I'm stretched budget-wise now, but I'll see what I can come up with. The score I'm writing needs a big choir to pull off the sound I want.

PS, Listening to the sound files off the FTP server of the mixing you did on set, nice quality and notes my friend!

Yup, we really have 4 weeks for this. Usually with my church's choir, we can do about 35-45 members full. The music director sometime asks other choir members from other churches to join, including kids, tennagers, and adults. Thus making the numbers larger. If you're looking for a large reverberant space, we might have to book elsewhere as my church isn't as wide as you'd expect.

Take a look at the the picture on this page:
http://burlpres.org/index.asp?p=30000

That's how wide the Sanctuary is. Approx. 30' wide by 50' tall. I'll measure it tomorrow when I'm down there for the weekend event.

BUDGET
If we need to stretch it more, I might as well have to join in. One thing I am worried about is airplane flybys and car passbys. That's it. Or, maybe I should contact Leslie from Skywalker Sound for their recording stage. haha, I think that's out of the question.

TMerry
09-25-2009, 03:15 PM
Here's a (Day 2) shot of the Omni-tracker in action during an arched dolly tracking shot.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2455/3953408103_83a0d97c56.jpg

In this shot I'm working with the child actors..what Pros!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2442/3954185598_301f259735.jpg

more to come soon...

ZazaCast
09-25-2009, 03:25 PM
Nice! Now how about some grab-age?

Rodney V. Smith
09-25-2009, 03:28 PM
Nice! Now how about some grab-age?

what he said.

Patrick Sweeney
09-25-2009, 05:42 PM
Looks great, Tommy! :)

TMerry
09-26-2009, 10:14 PM
I know, I know guys (and thanks Patrick), I'm taking an advanced Final Cut Pro
editing class for the next three days and its kicking mee bottom. I'll get something
up as soon as I can.. AND the poster :-)>

Rustom Irani
09-27-2009, 10:08 AM
Great production pics Tommy!

Advanced FCP, eh? Editing is always fun. :)

TMerry
09-28-2009, 03:53 AM
Hi Rusty,
Thanks! Yes, and its kicking my butt. I've been editing on FCP since version 2, but I had no idea of what I was missing, and the streamlined workflow techniques, till I started this training for my certification.

Anyone who is in shot of California here this: If you want to learn to OWN on FCP editing, take the beginning and advanced FCP classes a BAVC, worth every penny.
Got to get sleep more now... one more grueling day ahead of training :-)

TMerry
09-28-2009, 04:08 AM
Sound Man Extraordinaire Alan Chang (and his bud Huy, who stopped by to lend a hand)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2443/3954183362_32cc2208d7.jpg

Our talented lead actress Ann Scott and her mom Sioux Matson-Krings
setting up for the hall way scene
(and Alan and I)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2545/3954182280_c4ae5065c4_b.jpg

More to come....

Matt Sconce
09-28-2009, 12:05 PM
Alan and Huy are awesome! Good to see them working on more DVX projects. I look forward to seeing this. -Matt

Marlon Ladd
09-28-2009, 07:46 PM
Tommy! The BTS shots are great!! You rig set up is sweeeeetttt. I like you, man, but I hate you too after seeing that. Jeez! LOL. JK. Can't wait to check it out and see more pics and the poster.

Rodney V. Smith
09-28-2009, 10:22 PM
Seriously dude: give us some grabs. Come on!

TMerry
09-29-2009, 12:07 PM
Tommy! The BTS shots are great!! You rig set up is sweeeeetttt. I like you, man, but I hate you too after seeing that. Jeez! LOL. JK. Can't wait to check it out and see more pics and the poster.

LOL! - Thanks Marlon! Grabs are on the way...

ZazaCast
09-29-2009, 12:09 PM
LOL! - Thanks Marlon! Grabs are on the way...

It's about time you put the damn guitar down and posted some grabs! :grin::beer:

TMerry
09-29-2009, 12:19 PM
Screen Grabs Yall ! (especially for Rodney)

http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/17475/1254247939.jpg


http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/17475/1254247730.jpg


Prepare for nightmares my friends... Nightmares...

Matt Sconce
09-29-2009, 12:25 PM
cool! I like the perspective of the Ouija Board grab!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-29-2009, 12:30 PM
Yay!! Grabs!
Like the Ouija board one myself as well.

Good luck.

MAH

Patrick Sweeney
09-29-2009, 12:37 PM
These look awesome, Tommy! Love the shot of Ann/Claire eye-level with the board. (Tommy suggested that shot when we were editing the screenplay, and it looks like it turned out great).

ramsaur
09-29-2009, 12:46 PM
I was really close to doing a film with a Ouija Board, so I'll be waiting to see this one! Good luck on it.

Marlon Ladd
09-29-2009, 12:46 PM
Nice grabs! I really like the pic of the mother and daughter in the mirror. Compelling. It seems to speak alot without me really knowing what they're doing or talking about. Looks like you got some good acting in here too.

ZazaCast
09-29-2009, 12:52 PM
I'm having nightmares already! Nice grabs. Can't wait to see this one.

TMerry
09-29-2009, 03:40 PM
Nice grabs! I really like the pic of the mother and daughter in the mirror. Compelling. It seems to speak alot without me really knowing what they're doing or talking about. Looks like you got some good acting in here too.

Thanks Marlon, glad you picked up on that. It is a drama-driven monster flick,
so while the shot doesn't evoke fireworks "ooohhs and aahhhs" the dramatic
scenes are keys to making the others work for me.

When someone asks I tell em again, " It's a *Lifetime Chanel meets The Exorcist* kind of thang". :grin:

Alan H. Chang
09-29-2009, 05:00 PM
The Ouiji board with Ann/Claire in the background looks superb!

Rodney V. Smith
09-29-2009, 06:07 PM
Nice shot on the Ouija board dude. Thanks for finally posting some grabs. My only request is this: more?

TMerry
09-29-2009, 06:20 PM
I was really close to doing a film with a Ouija Board, so I'll be waiting to see this one! Good luck on it.

I was close to doing a film on an elevator.. so Touché! ;-)

Thanks Ramsaur.

TMerry
09-29-2009, 06:23 PM
Nice shot on the Ouija board dude. Thanks for finally posting some grabs. My only request is this: more?

Thanks for kicking me in the butt to get these up Rodney.

But Nope, no more Screen Grabs, I don't want to give it
away, and it's all about the visual story with this one....
you'll just have to wait for the horror to unfold :evil:
MuhhHaaaHaaHaaa.

Marlon Ladd
09-30-2009, 07:52 AM
Sounds like you're really gettin' into it now. How far along are you in the editing? I know the classes have been keeping you busy.

TMerry
09-30-2009, 12:06 PM
Alan and Huy are awesome! Good to see them working on more DVX projects. I look forward to seeing this. -Matt

Yes they are, definitely. Thanks Matt.
Are you Cali based?

TMerry
09-30-2009, 12:12 PM
Sounds like you're really gettin' into it now. How far along are you in the editing? I know the classes have been keeping you busy.

I'm working on a doc/promo for a homeless shelter in the Bay Area that is doing a great things for needy people, so that's simultaeously on my plate, with roughly the same target date.

But yes, for certain, the classes put me behind schedule on MFest, but will help in the long haul. I'm still watching clips and rating them. But I'm kinda working from all points inward, and have the main musical theme composed as well as some elements for the VFX in process. It's a bit of the curve at the onset, but the momentums startign to build.

There's just no rest of the wicked :violin:

Marlon Ladd
09-30-2009, 01:36 PM
Jeez! I know that feeling of "no rest." If you need help, just holler.

Marlon Ladd
10-02-2009, 08:57 AM
Hey, I gotta' make sure I check out your last short. I can't look at it at my gig and I keep forgetting when I get home. Having spent all that money, would you say if you had it to do over and had the money (being a bit more experienced now), would you still spend as much?

TMerry
10-02-2009, 03:19 PM
Hey, I gotta' make sure I check out your last short. I can't look at it at my gig and I keep forgetting when I get home. Having spent all that money, would you say if you had it to do over and had the money (being a bit more experienced now), would you still spend as much?

Hey Marlon, The youtube version is just a trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNeu2UD9Vso
(Note: trailer is SD and a bad compression)
I'll send you a hard copy of the DVD if you like, PM me your addy.


As far as the 6k, absolutely. Everything was planned down to the details
and the money all went exactly where it was budgeted for in advance.
I wanted to show that I could do a high production value look on a relatively small budget in the Hostel/SAW vein. And that if given the opportunity I could pull off a fantastic horror feature starting at 100k. And so I lookedd at it as a low budget calling card for me in this genre.

Marlon Ladd
10-02-2009, 03:34 PM
I'm on it. I'll still watch the youtube version though, 'cause I can't wait.:thumbsup:

Marlon Ladd
10-02-2009, 11:17 PM
Saw the trailer! Looks really good, Tommy. The green cc was real tight. Looks like you did some serious work. The blood and the nail through the hand looked excellent. Very attractive actress as well. Can't wait to check it out.

Gord.T
10-03-2009, 12:27 AM
Marlon, who are you talking to? I only see posts from Marlon, like, ya know, your talking to yourself and responding to air questions.

//I can post what I'm seeing if you want, but all I get is Marlons posts. weird.

///Sorry. It all refreshed after I moved around. Fk that was weird.

Rodney V. Smith
10-03-2009, 01:06 AM
Marlon just likes to talk to himself. Keeps him busy while he's editing. :grin:

Alan H. Chang
10-03-2009, 07:45 PM
27 days until darkness falls...

TMerry
10-03-2009, 07:53 PM
THANKS Marlon. Yes the sick green CC was a big decision and was done all in-camera at the time of filming, not in post.
That along with a lot of crushed blacks. No going back from decisions like that but I knew what I was going for and the DP made it happen.

Yes, the actress your are referring to works at the Playboy Mansion a few times a year. The camera loves her.

** The guy who plays the pscyho killer in that film is trully demented. He reminds me of an old style actor. But he is very versitile
and I used him in a short comedy I did:

Check him out, his name is Matthew Magennis - He's Hilarious!!!!!
Tell me what you think :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23IWC1gPbg

-T


Saw the trailer! Looks really good, Tommy. The green cc was real tight. Looks like you did some serious work. The blood and the nail through the hand looked excellent. Very attractive actress as well. Can't wait to check it out.

Marlon Ladd
10-04-2009, 08:24 AM
THANKS Marlon. Yes the sick green CC was a big decision and was done all in-camera at the time of filming, not in post.
That along with a lot of crushed blacks. No going back from decisions like that but I knew what I was going for and the DP made it happen.

Yes, the actress your are referring to works at the Playboy Mansion a few times a year. The camera loves her.

** The guy who plays the pscyho killer in that film is trully demented. He reminds me of an old style actor. But he is very versitile
and I used him in a short comedy I did:

Check him out, his name is Matthew Magennis - He's Hilarious!!!!!
Tell me what you think :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23IWC1gPbg

-T
PLAYBOY MANSION??!!!! YEAH!!!! LOL. Cool, I'll check the link out as soon as I get to the house.

TMerry
10-05-2009, 02:00 AM
Finished rough cut of edit at 1am. It's more clear where pickup shots are needed and where VFX
will be positioned. Also spent a few hours on the score today sketching ideas out on acoustic guitar and working on lyric translations. So much to do still, so little time....

ZazaCast
10-05-2009, 07:33 AM
Go Man Go.... You can do it! I'm really looking forward to this one on so many levels.

TMerry
10-05-2009, 02:10 PM
Go Man Go.... You can do it! I'm really looking forward to this one on so many levels.

Me too Zaza, me TOO! :D

Marlon Ladd
10-05-2009, 03:43 PM
I watched the short! "Lobster rolls!" LOL! That's pretty funny. It was just like the "Intervention" show. "I can quit anytime I want." LOL.

Got the rough cut done. Good. Now it's time to tweak it until you're blue in the face.

Alan H. Chang
10-05-2009, 04:41 PM
Finished rough cut of edit at 1am. It's more clear where pickup shots are needed and where VFX
will be positioned. Also spent a few hours on the score today sketching ideas out on acoustic guitar and working on lyric translations. So much to do still, so little time....

Yes yes! Let me know of the pickup shots.

TMerry
10-05-2009, 11:24 PM
Yes yes! Let me know of the pickup shots.

You got it Buddy!

TMerry
10-05-2009, 11:30 PM
http://www.pscelebrities.com/whitelightblacklight/uploaded_images/ouija-guitar-787025.jpg

Today its the guitar, tomorrow the Jack Lalanne Juicer :-Love(DBG):

No, its not my design, but definitely cool.

Back to editing....

Alan H. Chang
10-06-2009, 02:21 AM
Hahaha....

TMerry
10-06-2009, 07:38 AM
I watched the short! "Lobster rolls!" LOL! That's pretty funny. It was just like the "Intervention" show. "I can quit anytime I want." LOL.

Got the rough cut done. Good. Now it's time to tweak it until you're blue in the face.

Thanks Marlon!!
Yes, doing a lot of tweaking for sure thanks to caffeinated drinks. Maybe this should be called "DVXUser Monster energy drink Fest 09". :thumbsup:

Off to more AE classes...

Rodney V. Smith
10-06-2009, 02:08 PM
So many classes Tommy. You;re gonna be an AE pro after this fest.

TMerry
10-07-2009, 07:20 AM
So many classes Tommy. You;re gonna be an AE pro after this fest.

Hey Rodney, I certainly hope so. I takes a while after the class ends & continual use for all the lessons to start kick in. Yesterday was in a word.. brutal.
Maybe next fest I'll just be the VFX guy on some other films LOL! BIG j/k

It's off to class I go...


HI TO ALL!
(sorry no time to check the rest of the board today) :-(

Marlon Ladd
10-07-2009, 08:38 AM
I wanna' know everything you're learnin,' Tommy!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-09-2009, 11:37 PM
So how's the editing going?

MAH

TMerry
10-09-2009, 11:44 PM
So how's the editing going?

MAH

Hey Michael, I've been puttin in a lot of time on the edit for a promo piece for a homeless shelter - it's tapping alot of my creative energy. But I manage to put in 3 or so hours each day on the Monsterfest entry as well each evening.

I've got it close to where I want it. There was major distortion on the cameras reference audio (my fault being new to the HVX) and so, while I think I'm in a rough- to-mid editing state; I'll start bringing in the clean audio files tomorrow and locking them to the clips on the timeline and then I should know where I'm at. :undecided

EditPhish
10-09-2009, 11:57 PM
I'm excited to see your film Tommy! We are starting with sound tomorrow (I think) ourselves. I certainly know what you mean about creative energy and JTyner has a mastering job to work on this weekend too... it's sometimes difficult to find enough hours in the day, right?

How do you like the HVX? We're still shooting with the DVX...

TMerry
10-11-2009, 05:11 PM
Marlon: here's what I'm learning about AE: the more you know, the more you know that you don't really know what you thought you knew... ya know? ;-) (I know.. I know..) ;-)

EditPhish: Thanks, likewise. Trying to fit it all in. The only way I can stay sane, is asking myself "what's the next step" and working on that item, and trying not to think too far beyond there.

Loving the HVX. I used the DVX for years and loved it too! But wanted to jump into the the HD world. I have nothing but great experience with it so far.
PS Love the double meaning of your title/logo.

TMerry
10-13-2009, 10:19 PM
Another day working on a completely different shoot from Sun up to Sun down. Then on the way home stuck on the highway for an hours in one place due to weather traffic problems.

Sometimes the path seems so long and the end is nowhere in sight..
sigh........

EditPhish
10-13-2009, 11:01 PM
Sorry to hear about your hectic day that ended in bad weather and traffic... don't worry, the path is long but you'll get there!

TMerry
10-14-2009, 03:19 PM
Sorry to hear about your hectic day that ended in bad weather and traffic... don't worry, the path is long but you'll get there!
Thanks Tony!
I'm back on track today ;-)

Kevin E. Curry
10-14-2009, 03:41 PM
Just checked out that screen grab, super sweet!

And Ouija boards scare the crap outta me, so I better watch your short in full daylight!

Marlon Ladd
10-15-2009, 07:59 AM
Sorry about your bad day, Tommy. You've been so busy your head is spinning I'm sure. Keep your head up, 'cause it'll all be over soon (and then it'll start AGAIN)! I think what you're doin' for the homeless shelter is excellent. Keep pluggin' away at your entry and again, let me know if I can help (if you get strapped for time).

TMerry
10-16-2009, 06:10 AM
Thanks Marlon. Appreciate that ;-)

One of the things weighing heavy on my mind is a 3D wine glass
I need to model and composite for one of the shots. I'm still
so green on all this 3d/compositing stuff yet, it's folding my
brain in on itself LOL!

Any 3D model experts out there? Help! :-P

Marlon Ladd
10-16-2009, 06:24 AM
Thanks Marlon. Appreciate that ;-)

One of the things weighing heavy on my mind is a 3D wine glass
I need to model and composite for one of the shots. I'm still
so green on all this 3d/compositing stuff yet, it's folding my
brain in on itself LOL!

Any 3D model experts out there? Help! :-P
That sounds a little bit out of my league. I don't think I've had to do anything like that yet, but PM me and let me know exactly what you're trying to do. You've definitely had more training than me, but I may have an idea or 2 if I can see exactly what it is. If not, I know somebody on here will be able to help.

TMerry
10-19-2009, 10:14 PM
I'm done with all my current obligation and back on the track!
Want to see the homeless shelter vid I produced?
Check it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5kWemD_Amc

next up:
1. Back to Cinema 3d modeling
2. Meeting with Choir Thursday to record main theme
at home studio/Pro Tools.

End of month classes all canceled - full steam ahead!!!!

Marlon Ladd
10-20-2009, 08:49 AM
Sounds like you're ready to rock again! Checked out the video. Very, very professional. Great job for a great cause.

TMerry
10-21-2009, 07:51 AM
THANKS Kevin! Sorry I did not see your post until just now!
Ouija board still spook me out too.

If you look online for stories about them, you can find 1000's of bad ones where
people are apparently psychologically damaged in some way
by them, or truly effected by some negative spirit/force - who's to
say?

One thing for sure is that they are a potential dangerous tool in the wrong, or un-initiated hands. :Drogar-Shock(DBG):

Just checked out that screen grab, super sweet!

And Ouija boards scare the crap outta me, so I better watch your short in full daylight!

EditPhish
10-21-2009, 07:21 PM
Not sure I'm a "believer" or not, but my daughter wants one a few years ago and I found a guy online who makes really nice wooden ones... he also puts "protection" wheels on them so supposedly it keeps the people who use them safe... I wasn't taking any chances!

TMerry
10-21-2009, 09:09 PM
Not sure I'm a "believer" or not, but my daughter wants one a few years ago and I found a guy online who makes really nice wooden ones... he also puts "protection" wheels on them so supposedly it keeps the people who use them safe... I wasn't taking any chances!

Yes, its strange they are making them in pink and marketing to girls
8 and up. I built mine from scratch for the same reason (and to elliminate the Ouija logo)

I added several protective Runes & sigils under its basic finish to protect the actors using it. Enough things go wrong on the set for a director without inviting dark spirits to add to the Kaos. :evil:

And still, a few odd things happened on set...

TMerry
10-22-2009, 05:32 PM
The sopranos from the local choir will be in here in 3 more hours. Just finalized the main melody and tracked it in pro tools. Nothing like close calls. Although I know I compose best under pressure.

Been kicking the melody for the main theme and leitmotifs around in my head for weeks, it's nice to hear them actually recorded. Also, I'm going to be sampling the choir so I have some more tools/textures on my palette for later if needed in post. Excited!!

TMerry
10-25-2009, 02:50 PM
Did some greenscreen pickups till 3:30 am on Friday night

OMG this is going to be close.....

AfterEffect marathoning like a madman to make this happen,
oh yeah, the soundtrack... oh yeah the poster stilll
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Shaun Patrick
10-25-2009, 03:00 PM
I feel your pain, man. It's gonna be close.

Sprocketboy
10-25-2009, 09:21 PM
I think good bunch of us are going to be close to the wire... including me.

TMerry
10-27-2009, 08:51 PM
Had my finish date wrong and Marlon reminded me that the upload day was 30, not 31st.
THANK buddy!

Now I'm on hypredrive, stayed up till 3:30 last night working on micro pickup shots, and green screen. Probably do the same tonight and tomorrow night and,....

Whatever it takes to get it done!! ;-)

Who's with me????

Rodney V. Smith
10-27-2009, 09:56 PM
Who's with me????
I would be, but I'm out of beer again.. I keep drinking it..

Nitsuj
10-27-2009, 10:02 PM
Just in case, you got a poster to put up?

TMerry
10-27-2009, 10:44 PM
Just in case, you got a poster to put up?

YES, I'm working on the dam thing tonight between renders.
THANKS for the reminder though.

HEY I just realized what your screen name means tonight after looking
at it for months!!! LOL!

TMerry
10-27-2009, 10:46 PM
I would be, but I'm out of beer again.. I keep drinking it..

In that case here's a case on me:
:beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:
:beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:
:beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:
:beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:

EditPhish
10-27-2009, 10:52 PM
Beer? who said beer? ;)
We're planning a "viewing party" for all the films on halloween night, complete with buffalo wings and beer! :)
...just have to get the mac mini hooked up to a big-screen tv...

TMerry
10-28-2009, 12:25 AM
Beer? who said beer? ;)
We're planning a "viewing party" for all the films on halloween night, complete with buffalo wings and beer! :)
...just have to get the mac mini hooked up to a big-screen tv...

Sounds like great fun! Wish I was closer and I would join you.
Then we could have a camp out in your backyard and all bring our tents, and wait a minute.. bad idea:grin:

MuhHAHAHAHA!

EditPhish
10-28-2009, 08:00 AM
Sounds like great fun! Wish I was closer and I would join you.
Then we could have a camp out in your backyard and all bring our tents, and wait a minute.. bad idea:grin:

MuhHAHAHAHA!

LOL.... the muhahaha is ironic since I'm dressing as Dr. Horrible for halloween :P~
... and yes, we're dressing up too!

Marlon Ladd
10-28-2009, 08:10 AM
What's the status, Tommy? Did you ever get the score together and done?

Om Nom Nom
10-28-2009, 09:54 AM
Ughh, hate Quiji boards, lol - they're probably a bunch of bullshit, but you could never convince me to use one.

EditPhish
10-28-2009, 10:05 AM
Ughh, hate Quiji boards, lol - they're probably a bunch of bullshi*, but you could never convince me to use one.

Tell Sakura to show you hers when you're here Saturday ;)

Matt Sconce
10-28-2009, 10:14 AM
Here is a creepy note from Wikipedia about Ouija Boards and then a personal story to help build the foreboding atmosphere for this short:

WIKIPEDIA:
"Although ouija boards are viewed by some to be a simple toy, there are people who believe they can be harmful, including Edgar Cayce (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Cayce), who called them "dangerous."[8] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija_board#cite_note-7)
Some practitioners claim to have had bad experiences related to the use of talking boards by being haunted by "demons," seeing apparitions of spirits, and hearing voices after using them. A few paranormal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranormal) researchers, such as John Zaffis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zaffis), claim that the majority of the worst cases of so-called demon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon) harassment and possession are caused by the use of Ouija boards. The American demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_and_Lorraine_Warren) stated that "Ouija boards are just as dangerous as drugs."[9] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija_board#cite_note-autogenerated2-8) They further state that "séances and Ouija boards and other occult paraphernalia are dangerous because 'evil spirits' often disguise themselves as your loved ones—and take over your life."[9] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija_board#cite_note-autogenerated2-8)
Many Christians hold the belief that using a Ouija board allows communication with demons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demons), which they say is Biblically (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible) forbidden as a form of divination.[10] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija_board#cite_note-9) Some people who claim to have been oppressed by evil spirits after using a board say that they could only get rid of these problems after Christian deliverance.[11] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija_board#cite_note-10) Many Christians believe that no dead person's soul can be summoned, and that the only summoned spirits are demons who are trying to harm humans.[12]
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija_board#cite_note-11)



Now my personal story:

I know someone who had a board at a Highschool party in the 60's (Mass produced as a game). Some girls were playing with it as they did know to be afraid of it. They were at their father's house and he was a local pastor. As they were asking it questions and such, when suddenly, one of the girls seemed to be physically hit and pushed by someone back onto the couch. She then started frothing at the mouth, roaring and spasming. The pastor came down, saw what was happening and spoke an exorcism over the girl. "In the Name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave her." The girl went still, and was okay but had no memory of the event.

Conclusion: So Oiuja boards can be scary and therefore this film shall be very awesome!

Looking forward to it! -Matt

Marlon Ladd
10-28-2009, 10:29 AM
Now we're all gonna' be too afraid to even watch the movie. We all better watch Tommy's movie with friends and family around.

Matt Sconce
10-28-2009, 10:32 AM
Now we're all gonna' be too afraid to even watch the movie. We all better watch Tommy's movie with friends and family around.

And a pastor upstairs! :Drogar-Shock(DBG):

Marlon Ladd
10-28-2009, 11:05 AM
And a pastor upstairs! :Drogar-Shock(DBG):
Um, yeah!

TMerry
10-29-2009, 10:16 PM
With a real heavy heart it looks like I'm just not going to finish in time...

I haven't slept but a few hours the last 5 nights working on special effects and little details
and I've been literally pushing non-stop for weeks. Been working on VFX
and soundtrack since 5 am this morning,
it's 9pm and even though I'm completely zombied out I would power through another allnighter,
but in looking at my ToDo list, there's no way I can possibly finish.

Would probably need another 24 hrs still... I've never in my life failed to
meet a challenge, so this is rough.

I AM SOOOOO Depressed. :cry:


I'll be watching all your films halloween night, and I hope you'll still check mine out
and give me feedback when it's finished.

Best luck to all..........
-Tommy

Sprocketboy
10-29-2009, 11:01 PM
Are you kidding? Promise to let us know when its done.

ZazaCast
10-29-2009, 11:04 PM
Oh Man....

Shaun Patrick
10-29-2009, 11:16 PM
Damn, was looking forward to this one. Keep us updated when you post a cut--would still love to see it.

Marlon Ladd
10-30-2009, 12:22 AM
Aw, man! WTF?? You been bustin' your butt, Tommy. I know it may not be where you want it to be, but we'd all like to see it, even if it wasn't completely finished. You've been a very important person during this fest run and I don't know about anybody else, but I'd forgive your film if it didn't even have any audio for the last 3 mins. Whatever you decide to do, I'll for sure check it out and give you feedback.

TMerry
10-30-2009, 09:04 AM
ALL: Thanks for your comments and support, this community sincerely rocks!

MARLON: Thanks buddy, I really appreciate that. Most of the effects all have a "this is when the _______ happens" placeholder tags as inserts in the film, plus the entire soundtrack in it's current state is still in protools. So If I uploaded the film it would look like swiss cheese (not to mention the perfectionist in me just couldn't bare to upload it until It has a good flow).

I did finish and upload the poster last night anyways, but at this point I'm rooting for Yall!!!


YES: I'm still working on the film, it will be exciting when it's done and I'll make sure and share it with everyone.

Again, to all, THANKS!

Marlon Ladd
10-30-2009, 09:14 AM
The poster is very SWEET!! Nice job!

Yeah, I understand about being a perfectionist and not wanting to put anything out until it's completely right. I've learned patience really is a virtue to that effect.

Rodney V. Smith
10-31-2009, 01:35 AM
Dude bummer that you didn't make it. This makes me sad. Now you gotta get off your assand keep working at it and get it out there. Lots of festivals to enter if you can spare the entry fee(s) and you HAVE to post it here. Put it on Motionbox, Vimeo, whatever, but put an update in this thread so we can get the latest news and watch this thing.

We're watching you Tommy.. don't disappoint us. :beer:

(no pressure)

EditPhish
10-31-2009, 08:39 AM
T,

I'm so disappointed! I was really looking forward to your entry in the fest... Sorry you didn't get to make it in time!

Amy

TMerry
10-31-2009, 08:50 AM
Thanks Amy, I appreciate that. I'll be tuning into your flick tonight. You guys have a safe/insane party ;-)

Chris_Keaton
11-01-2009, 10:05 PM
I would love to see this.

Nitsuj
11-01-2009, 10:42 PM
Yeah I gotta see this. The other stuff I saw from you looked great so I want to check this out. Too bad you couldn't make it into the fest but I'm sure it still rocks.

TMerry
11-04-2009, 07:01 PM
Thanks Guys, yes I will let you know as soon as it's completed (Nov 27th) so you can
give it a watch and leave comments. There are a lot of great minds and creative artists on this forum and I'm really looking forward to your feeback :-)

Sprocketboy
11-04-2009, 07:32 PM
I'll be there!

Alan H. Chang
11-04-2009, 07:36 PM
okok. November 27th I see.

Send me the final T.

TMerry
11-10-2009, 01:14 AM
Alan, give me a holler this week on the landline and I'll update cha!
Things are really cooking over here now I'm getting a handle on the
motion graphics/After effects

MrFluffy
11-12-2009, 01:58 PM
I'd like to see this when its ready.

TMerry
11-12-2009, 02:10 PM
Thanks Richard! The effects are low-tech compared to your incredible 3d work on DD, but it's a fun ride with a solid story, and I'll let you know as soon as its live. PS Congrats on the release of yours to the public!

Marlon Ladd
11-12-2009, 02:26 PM
The clock is ticking, Tommy. TIC-TOCK.

You've built up alot of anticipation now. I wouldn't be surprised if the paparazzi started following you.

TMerry
11-12-2009, 02:36 PM
The clock is ticking, Tommy. TIC-TOCK.

You've built up alot of anticipation now. I wouldn't be surprised if the paparazzi started following you.

Hee Hee. As far as paparazzi, I'm counting on Tyson, Octo Mom and and Lady Gag Gag to take the heat off of me for the next 2 weeks. :-KnockedOut(D :happy:

SparkyZa
11-12-2009, 02:39 PM
Should have been tomorrow... Friday the 13th!

TMerry
11-18-2009, 03:20 PM
I'm still cranking on this yall. It's looking sweeter by the day as the soundtrack improves.
Although it's an unofficial submission I'm keeping to all the rules/guidelines for file size, length and end credit lengths etc.

This film is evil, that's all there is to it ;-)
Hee hee

SparkyHa, I hear ya.

Marlon Ladd
11-20-2009, 02:25 PM
I'm still cranking on this yall. It's looking sweeter by the day as the soundtrack improves.
Although it's an unofficial submission I'm keeping to all the rules/guidelines for file size, length and end credit lengths etc.

This film is evil, that's all there is to it ;-)
Hee hee

SparkyHa, I hear ya.
F*ck that, Tommy! We want the best-est resolution file we can get. Don't be trying to give us no itty-bitty 50mb! We want 100mb or more.

Sprocketboy
11-20-2009, 02:31 PM
F*ck that, Tommy! We want the best-est resolution file we can get. Don't be trying to give us no itty-bitty 50mb! We want 100mb or more.

I motion that we put that into official record.

Marlon Ladd
11-20-2009, 02:49 PM
I motion that we put that into official record.

I second that. :Drogar-BigGrin(DBG)

MrFluffy
11-21-2009, 12:28 AM
Forget all that, I want a 700mb HD file :)

TMerry
11-21-2009, 02:41 AM
Okay, you guys win! I'm going to upload the whole damn thing uncompressed.

If you start downloading it tomorrow, with a fast T1 connection, you might be able to watch it on the 27th LOL! :-)

TMerry
11-24-2009, 10:21 AM
Invocation is alive, invocation is breathing, invocation wants your soul.....

but it will have to wait until you have gorged on turkey ;-)
(and ample cranberry sauce, of course)

MuuHaHaHa!

Huy Vu
11-27-2009, 09:40 PM
Where's that movie?!

TMerry
11-27-2009, 10:00 PM
INVOCATION is ALIVE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS2Fruw3wpk

Please watch and leave me your comments and feedback on this DVX forum.


All the best!
-Tommy Merry

Nitsuj
11-28-2009, 11:01 AM
Nice job man. I got a jump when the table jerked and the glass broke so that was nicely done. Lighting and acting was good too. Two thumbs dood! Too bad you couldn't get this into the competition in time.

Make sure to get into BetrayalFest and get it in time dood because you can bring some great competition to the table.

Marlon Ladd
11-28-2009, 12:06 PM
What up, Tommy??!!! Hey, I just checked it out and it's excellent! You did a very, very professional job. The story was good and the acting was excellent. That's the biggest thing lacking in some indie films. The reason why I say professional is because this is the kind of thing you see with TV shows. The directing and acting are always strong and doesn't pull away from the story like alot of indie flicks can.

The wine glass turned out great. LOL! That was alot of work for such a quick shot. It worked though!

Anyway, this film would have definitely made it in the finals IMO, because it was top-notch all around - lighting, directing, sound, story, acting, editing and effects. Great job! Glad you waited to make sure it was all polished up, because it came out sah-weeeet!!!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
11-28-2009, 12:13 PM
Got a chance to watch this. Fun movie.
I felt that some of the reactions in a few of the scenes were a bit off at times.

The glass scene should have received more than just laughs. A few of them should have been freaked out a bit. Then the girl in the bathroom.
She gets a scary visit and then we see her leaving with the rest of them, yet there's no mention of it? I just found some of their reactions to be a little unrealistic.

I also felt that the way the bride talked to the board at the end was a bit off. I would have been crapping my pants. :eek:

All that aside I thought it was shot pretty well and I enjoyed the story. I thought the ending was pretty great as well. Nice way to tie it all up.
The sound was also pretty good even though it came off a bit studio.

The music and SFX were cool. Loved the eye shot! Excellent work.

Hope you don't mind the nitpicks, that's all they are.

Nice work. I really hope you enter the next fest.
Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

MAH

Sprocketboy
11-28-2009, 07:08 PM
Tommy, you did a nice job on this movie. I have to give you high marks on story, sound and composition/cinematography. All of these elements are rock solid. I particularity enjoyed how you placed your actors within a shot. All the actors did an acceptable job except your leads were trying a little too hard. The acting bordered on theatrical. The mother of the bride is particularly good. She got it right.

You did an excellent job executing the cut on the wine glass to evoke a jump. The actors' reactions did appear wrong. There should be an uncomfortable silence, then perhaps nervous laughter.

You did a remarkable job following the planchette on the board. Either you have incredible camera skills or you boned up on your After Effects. Great effects work overall. The only shot I didn't care for are kids zipping out of the shot near the end. BTW, they did an excellent job with the last two lines. They made it work.

I'm anxious to see your next endeavor.

TMerry
11-28-2009, 08:36 PM
No Michael, not nit picks at all, I appreciate the comments, good and bad ;-)

One question though, what did you mean by the music sounded a "bit studio".
Do you mean as opposed to a full orchestra, or something else?

Thanks!


Got a chance to watch this. Fun movie.
I felt that some of the reactions in a few of the scenes were a bit off at times.

The glass scene should have received more than just laughs. A few of them should have been freaked out a bit. Then the girl in the bathroom.
She gets a scary visit and then we see her leaving with the rest of them, yet there's no mention of it? I just found some of their reactions to be a little unrealistic.

I also felt that the way the bride talked to the board at the end was a bit off. I would have been crapping my pants. :eek:

All that aside I thought it was shot pretty well and I enjoyed the story. I thought the ending was pretty great as well. Nice way to tie it all up.
The sound was also pretty good even though it came off a bit studio.

The music and SFX were cool. Loved the eye shot! Excellent work.

Hope you don't mind the nitpicks, that's all they are.

Nice work. I really hope you enter the next fest.
Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
11-28-2009, 08:40 PM
No Michael, not nit picks at all, I appreciate the comments, good and bad ;-)

One question though, what did you mean by the music sounded a "bit studio".
Do you mean as opposed to a full orchestra, or something else?

Thanks!Actually, by sound I didn't mean the music, I meant the dialogue audio. Can't quite place it. It just sounded a bit different, not bad though.

Overall this sounded pretty good.

:thumbup:

TMerry
11-28-2009, 09:04 PM
Tommy, you did a nice job on this movie. I have to give you high marks on story, sound and composition/cinematography. All of these elements are rock solid. I particularity enjoyed how you placed your actors within a shot. All the actors did an acceptable job except your leads were trying a little too hard. The acting bordered on theatrical. The mother of the bride is particularly good. She got it right.

You did an excellent job executing the cut on the wine glass to evoke a jump. The actors' reactions did appear wrong. There should be an uncomfortable silence, then perhaps nervous laughter.

You did a remarkable job following the planchette on the board. Either you have incredible camera skills or you boned up on your After Effects. Great effects work overall. The only shot I didn't care for are kids zipping out of the shot near the end. BTW, they did an excellent job with the last two lines. They made it work.

I'm anxious to see your next endeavor.

Thanks for your feedback! Yes, the mother is a fantastic actor, I could see her on the lifetime channel easy. Thanks for the comment on the glass, It wasn't really there, its 3d image that I brought into after effects to shatter. The actors were reacting to me clapping my hands, they sold it great.

As far as camera following the planchette, you are correct :-)
The ECUs were done with high resolution photos brought I took brought into AfterEffects and then painstakingly animated to have the feel that they were hand-moved Hee Hee. Gothca on the Kids scene

Thanks for your feedback!

TMerry
11-28-2009, 09:18 PM
Actually, by sound I didn't mean the music, I meant the dialogue audio. Can't quite place it. It just sounded a bit different, not bad though.

Overall this sounded pretty good.

:thumbup:

Thanks for the Clarification Michael! ;-)

TMerry
11-28-2009, 09:20 PM
I second that. :Drogar-BigGrin(DBG)
Okay, the final file size after compression was just under 2GB before upload :-)

TMerry
11-28-2009, 09:22 PM
Nice job man. I got a jump when the table jerked and the glass broke so that was nicely done. Lighting and acting was good too. Two thumbs dood! Too bad you couldn't get this into the competition in time.

Make sure to get into BetrayalFest and get it in time dood because you can bring some great competition to the table.

Thanks Justin, I'm considering BetrayalFest.. still wiped out from just finishing MonsterFest.

Best!
-Tommy

TMerry
11-28-2009, 09:31 PM
What up, Tommy??!!! Hey, I just checked it out and it's excellent! You did a very, very professional job. The story was good and the acting was excellent. That's the biggest thing lacking in some indie films. The reason why I say professional is because this is the kind of thing you see with TV shows. The directing and acting are always strong and doesn't pull away from the story like alot of indie flicks can.

The wine glass turned out great. LOL! That was alot of work for such a quick shot. It worked though!

Anyway, this film would have definitely made it in the finals IMO, because it was top-notch all around - lighting, directing, sound, story, acting, editing and effects. Great job! Glad you waited to make sure it was all polished up, because it came out sah-weeeet!!!

Thanks Marlon. That means a lot coming from you - as I admire your work.

Yes, "the AfterEffects wine glass saga" LOL! I learned a lot from working with cinema 4d and after effects just on that one shot!
All the best!!!

Rodney V. Smith
11-29-2009, 11:03 AM
Dude, very well done! I was very impressed with your storytelling and style. Soild work all around. Like the others said, some of the reactions from the actors could have been better,and I really don't get why the chick in the bathroom was normal the very next shot. That was a bit confusing. Also the transition when the kids ran off screen was a lot clumsy. Looks like you needed something to cut to... but didn't have the one clip you needed to bring it together. That was a big distraction at that part but the kids were decent enough, especially the little girl, Great natural actor there.

Solid work all around. You have a great feel for the visual aspect of the work and did some nice VFX work. See if you can combine more practical FX next time around. It will save you a bit of time in the editing and all you have to do is enhance what's already there. Means a lot more planning before hand, but it's about balance and knowing what you need to see in the end.

Good work and you;d better enter Betrayalfest. I wanna see you work with human drama and really get the delivery from your actors.

TMerry
11-29-2009, 12:28 PM
....Also the transition when the kids ran off screen was a lot clumsy. Looks like you needed something to cut to... but didn't have the one clip you needed to bring it together. That was a big distraction at that part ......

LOLOL!!!!
You nailed me on that one. Are you sure you weren't standing behind me when I was editing? :-)

I didn't have enough coverage on that one shot, and as you mentioned didn't have anything to cut to. I experimented with a lot of things but all felt unnatural as substitutes. Was thinking of just cutting to black for a second and then returning. If you have any ideas, fire away :-)

Thanks for your review Rodney!

Rodney V. Smith
11-29-2009, 12:32 PM
All you need is a close up of someone watching them run off, then looking back. You could set that up easy enough, even after all this time, right?

TMerry
11-30-2009, 10:28 PM
Thanks Rodney, I'll seriously consider that. ;-)

ZazaCast
11-30-2009, 10:37 PM
Really enjoyed this film...great job all around. The story was solid, the acting was good, great camera work, nice job on the VFX...what can I say other than well done!

If you twist my arm, I'd have to agree with the previous comments and won't rehash here. Congrats to the cast and crew!

TMerry
12-02-2009, 10:16 AM
Really enjoyed this film...great job all around. The story was solid, the acting was good, great camera work, nice job on the VFX...what can I say other than well done!

If you twist my arm, I'd have to agree with the previous comments and won't rehash here. Congrats to the cast and crew!

Thanks ZAZA!!!!
Appreciate you taking the time to watch and comment

-Tommy

Alan H. Chang
12-03-2009, 10:11 AM
Actually, by sound I didn't mean the music, I meant the dialogue audio. Can't quite place it. It just sounded a bit different, not bad though.

Overall this sounded pretty good.

:thumbup:

Hi Michael,

I was responsible for recording most or all of the dialogue. Could you elaborate a little more about what you meant regarding the dialogue audio?

Alan H. Chang
12-03-2009, 10:18 AM
WOOOHOOO!!!!

Dude, sorry couldn't watch this last week. Too many things were flying past me like I was in a circus show. the VFX looked killer! The wine glass, man, did a terrific job on this part.

Music ... so this was what you meant. Oh boy! If we had gotten that chance of recording the entire orchestra with choir, it must have nailed harder.

Patrick Sweeney
12-14-2009, 02:57 PM
I've posted an entry on the writing and production of Invocation to my screenwriting blog, I Blame Ninjas (http://iblameninjas.com/), if you're interested. I'll also have a guest post by Tommy in a few days telling the story from his point of view.

TMerry
12-20-2009, 01:59 AM
I've posted an entry on the writing and production of Invocation to my screenwriting blog, I Blame Ninjas (http://iblameninjas.com/), if you're interested. I'll also have a guest post by Tommy in a few days telling the story from his point of view.

If you haven't checked out Patrick's blog yet, go give it a gander, there's some good stuff on it. Patrick rocks!

TMerry
07-20-2010, 11:16 AM
Thanks to ALL for your feedback on Invocation. I have shot some new scenes and recently finished a new cut of the film as well as finished the graphics for the DVD. I'll post a link to the new version for yall soon. I hope it cleared up any ambivalence that was in the original cut ;-)

Thanks!

TMerry
06-22-2011, 04:27 PM
Check it out!! Guess what I did? I integrated all of the feedback that was a consensus among you guys, re-edited and re-shot the first segment, Then turned it into a Micro-series after there was some interest from a weekly horror TV series. The idea was to create 3 min segments.
It has played on some television in Arizona and is going to be on Some California Bay Area stations too.

Tell me what you think of the first 3 minute episodes! :-)
THANKS to all for your help/feedback.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&v=FQOvNNBHBbM

or click here if you are having trouble seeing it

http://youtu.be/FQOvNNBHBbM


as a reminder I had created this for a DVXUser fest, but then missed the deadline. I was bummed about that originally, but things turned out great in the end. :-)
http://youtu.be/FQOvNNBHBbM