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Brandon Rice
08-02-2013, 12:25 PM
Welcome Back to the Party

Greg, a man looking for love, is rejected and pays the ultimate price. Where will his dark path lead when he encounters two devious spirits? Will he agree to their schemes or find a way out?

In a sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 short film, Welcome to the Party, the other side of death is explored further in this twisted tale of love.


http://youtu.be/fg_n56zJnx8

Welcome to the Party - 2007


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

Here are a few screen-grabs from the film. Enjoy.

(Sorry for the compression artifacts. Linking these from my Facebook page.)

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1234477_200093276836077_1458176695_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1240193_200235136821891_1627261243_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1008_200235276821877_766451047_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1233374_200235306821874_2064430974_n.jpg

Crew

Story by: Brandon Rice & Daniel Noa
Written by: Daniel Noa (DVXuser)
Directed by: Brandon Rice (DVXuser)
Producer: Daniel Noa
Producer: Iain Carson
Assistant Director: Larry J. Rutledge (DVXuser)
Director of Photography: Geoff Reisner (DVXuser)
1st AC: Andy Ryan
Gaffer: Christopher Roach
Effects Makeup: Steph Koza
Wardrobe Supervisor: Bristol Newton
Catering: DHS Catering
Behind the Scenes: Charles Terrell
Editor: Daniel Noa
Sound Design & Re-recording mixer: Alan Chang (DVXuser)
Original Music: Justin Durban (DVXuser)
Title Animation: Henry Schneider
Poster/Art: Larry J. Rutledge

Cast

Daniel Noa as Josh

The talented Daniel Noa returns in his chilling role of Josh from the 2007 film Welcome to the Party. Daniel not only lends his acting talents for this film, but also serves as Screenwriter, Editor and Producer.

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Joy Norton as Amy

The star of Welcome to the Party returns in the role of Amy for the sequel. Joy brings a light but dramatic tone to her character as Amy now has a new outlook on "life."

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Eric Connelly as Trevor

Eric Connelly brings a wealth of acting experience, both in short film, and web-series to the role of Trevor. He has great screen presence and will bring a great dynamic to the cast.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4443812

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Emilia Gajek as Taylor

Emilia brings her talents to the role of Taylor, the new love interest in Welcome Back to the Party. Her intensity and passion for the craft are a welcome addition to the cast!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4153808

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Jason Collett as Greg

Having worked with director Brandon Rice on several previous projects, Jason Collett is the perfect addition to the cast, playing the lead character of Greg. Jason's talent and sheer commitment to a true to life approach will add not only depth, but emotion to the character of Greg.

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Production Timeline

July 31, 2013

Writer Daniel Noa pitches idea to Brandon Rice to make a sequel film to the 2007 short, Welcome to the Party.

August 3, 2013

Brandon Rice and Daniel Noa have a 2 hour story meeting to flesh out the details of the script.

August 5, 2013

First draft of script completed and out for review.

August 6, 2013

Second draft of script completed.

August 8, 2013

Third draft of script completed and cast finalized. Will be posting their bios soon!

August 9, 2013

Cast finalized, and will be sharing our talented cast members shortly! Also had a great chat with our DP, Geoff Reisner, regarding the look and feel of the film.

August 13, 2013

Title treatment has been completed for the art-work by the talented Larry Rutledge. We have also finalized our cast. Will be working on the shot list this week. Our script is now LOCKED.

August 14, 2013

Rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, August 24. Two weeks before the shoot. Hoping to iron out the performances, and get the cast familiar with working together!

August 22, 2013

Director Brandon Rice, and Writer/Producer Daniel Noa are heading to a screening of Daniel's latest film Freedom of Choice at the 2013 AOF Festival in Monrovia, CA.

Elton
08-02-2013, 12:42 PM
Nice! Welcome Back Cutter?

Charli
08-02-2013, 05:19 PM
Good to see you again, Brandon!

Scott F
08-03-2013, 11:10 AM
Good to see you again, Brandon!

+1 I was wondering what has happened to a lot of the older members.

Brandon Rice
08-03-2013, 09:31 PM
Yes I am here and so far I have assembled an amazing team! I'll be revealing my cast and crew over the next week, stay tuned and subscribe here for all the details!

ZazaCast
08-04-2013, 05:38 PM
Brandon Returns! Nice. Good to see you back....was a HorrorFest all it takes?

Brandon Rice
08-05-2013, 08:52 AM
Apparently :) I am looking forward to this short! We had a story session meeting on Saturday, and the first draft of our script is due today! Most of the cast and crew are assembled. I'll be introducing everyone as we get closer!

Brandon Rice
08-05-2013, 09:58 AM
In first post I added the original film. Enjoy!

Brandon Rice
08-06-2013, 07:15 AM
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Having several feature films under his belt, Geoff Reisner comes to the creative helm of the look for Welcome Back to the Party. His first collaboration with director, Brandon Rice was on the original film in 2007, Welcome to the Party, and he went on to work with Brandon on several other short films as well as the feature film, No Greater Love, which was released by Lionsgate Films in 2009. His visual style is both diverse and unique, and he is the perfect addition to the team.

Brandon Rice
08-07-2013, 12:17 PM
Added production timeline to first post. We are nearly done with the 3rd (and probably final) draft of the script. Most of our cast and crew are finalized, and we have a shoot date locked.

Brandon Rice
08-08-2013, 02:08 PM
Added our production crew to the list above.

Chris_Keaton
08-08-2013, 06:31 PM
Dang this was made before I was even writing. Who would ever have thought of doing a sequel for a short? I look forward to watching what you come up with!

Brandon Rice
08-08-2013, 06:35 PM
Dang this was made before I was even writing. Who would ever have thought of doing a sequel for a short? I look forward to watching what you come up with!

I admit its a little crazy, but I am confident in our script and story. I think it ties together nicely and has some great elements. We have assembled an incredible cast and crew as well! I can't wait.

Chris_Keaton
08-08-2013, 06:51 PM
I admit its a little crazy, but I am confident in our script and story. I think it ties together nicely and has some great elements. We have assembled an incredible cast and crew as well! I can't wait.


Sounds awesome! Now we need to drum up some more entries and make this thing a party.

Brandon Rice
08-08-2013, 08:47 PM
Doing my best to promote :)

Matthew B
08-08-2013, 08:58 PM
Wow, that was a nice little short. Cool twist. Looking forward to seeing some sort of sequel to that.

Brandon Rice
08-08-2013, 09:12 PM
Wow, that was a nice little short. Cool twist. Looking forward to seeing some sort of sequel to that.

Thanks! I don't think the sequel is anything anyone will expect... I'm hoping it is not a "Batman Returns" sequel but rather a "The Dark Knight" type of sequel in terms of quality.

Brandon Rice
08-09-2013, 01:31 PM
Latest News: We are officially cast! I will share our talented cast members with you soon! Really excited about this film!

Elton
08-09-2013, 01:36 PM
Cool Brandon! Nice to see ya make such quick progress.

Brandon Rice
08-09-2013, 03:47 PM
Added tagline to the front page.

Matt Harris
08-09-2013, 03:48 PM
How are you handling the sequel aspect, is it a direct continuation?

Brandon Rice
08-09-2013, 03:52 PM
Yes, it will be a direct continuation.

I also added a logline, and small intro line. Thanks.

Matt Harris
08-09-2013, 03:53 PM
Cool, good luck.

Brandon Rice
08-09-2013, 03:54 PM
Cool, good luck.

Thanks. I hope we can count on you for an entry this time around?

Brandon Rice
08-09-2013, 06:11 PM
Any good horror film needs an incredible effects makeup artist! So thrilled to be working with Steph! Check out her website for some of her gruesome work! http://placebofxmakeup.com

Brandon Rice
08-10-2013, 03:29 PM
Title graphics added to the front page, designed by our very own Larry Rutledge.

Matt Harris
08-12-2013, 05:11 PM
nice, a good old fashioned dvx film blog. i have never done one of these but i might this time around. it's always fun to see what's in the director's mind as he creates.

Brandon Rice
08-12-2013, 06:08 PM
nice, a good old fashioned dvx film blog. i have never done one of these but i might this time around. it's always fun to see what's in the director's mind as he creates.

Yeah, this is the only way I know how to do a thread :)

Elton
08-12-2013, 07:13 PM
I dig the more blog-like approach B-man! Always cool to see updates.

Will add to ours as we make more progress.

Brandon Rice
08-12-2013, 07:17 PM
I dig the more blog-like approach B-man! Always cool to see updates.

Will add to ours as we make more progress.

Great! I'll be adding info on our excellent cast here in the next few days!

Brandon Rice
08-12-2013, 07:27 PM
Daniel Noa as Josh

The talented Daniel Noa returns in his chilling role of Josh from the 2007 film Welcome to the Party. Daniel not only lends his acting talents for this film, but also serves as Screenwriter, Editor and Producer.

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Richard J. Johnson
08-12-2013, 08:26 PM
Hell, the first one still holds up. Its going to be scary to see what you do with this one. Cant wait.

Brandon Rice
08-12-2013, 08:32 PM
Hell, the first one still holds up. Its going to be scary to see what you do with this one. Cant wait.

All I can say is its going to be very different from the first one, hopefully in a good way :)

Brandon Rice
08-13-2013, 07:33 AM
Joy Norton as Amy

The star of Welcome to the Party returns in the role of Amy for the sequel. Joy brings a light but dramatic tone to her character as Amy now has a new outlook on "life."

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Brandon Rice
08-13-2013, 03:42 PM
Eric Connelly as Trevor

Eric Connelly brings a wealth of acting experience, both in short film, and web-series to the role of Trevor. He has great screen presence and will bring a great dynamic to the cast.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4443812

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Brandon Rice
08-14-2013, 07:18 AM
Emilia Gajek as Taylor

Emilia brings her talents to the role of Taylor, the new love interest in Welcome Back to the Party. Her intensity and passion for the craft are a welcome addition to the cast!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4153808

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Brandon Rice
08-14-2013, 01:06 PM
Jason Collett as Greg

Having worked with director Brandon Rice on several previous projects, Jason Collett is the perfect addition to the cast, playing the lead character of Greg. Jason's talent and sheer commitment to a true to life approach will add not only depth, but emotion to the character of Greg.

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Elton
08-14-2013, 02:33 PM
Looks like things are falling into place nicely thus far. Shooting mid-sept?

Brandon Rice
08-14-2013, 02:34 PM
Looks like things are falling into place nicely thus far. Shooting mid-sept?

Shoot is scheduled for September 7th. Shooting from 8:00 PM to 6:30 AM.

Elton
08-14-2013, 02:35 PM
Just one day? So efficient. :-)

Brandon Rice
08-14-2013, 02:45 PM
Just one day? So efficient. :-)

That's the plan! The script is 7 pages, and I've shot 14 pages in a day before, so I'm not overly concerned about the time.

Elton
08-14-2013, 02:56 PM
Pfft. Show off. :-)

Brandon Rice
08-15-2013, 07:14 AM
The talented Justin Durban returns to score Welcome Back to the Party. His original score for Welcome to the Party added a new dimension of terror to the film, and elevated it to another level.

Check out some of his amazing work: http://www.justindurban.com/

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Brandon Rice
08-15-2013, 12:29 PM
This video is not only awesome, but has been an inspiration through the creative process!


http://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

Brandon Rice
08-15-2013, 10:44 PM
New teaser poster in front post. Designed by Larry Rutledge!

Elton
08-16-2013, 09:16 AM
Very nice.

Brandon Rice
08-16-2013, 09:36 AM
Very nice.

Thanks! We had some images to pull from since this is a sequel. We'll be taking photography for our final poster on set in a few weeks.

Brandon Rice
08-16-2013, 12:54 PM
It's hard to cast extras....

That is all.

Elton
08-16-2013, 07:02 PM
I'll be watching for the recycled Brandon sightings. :)

Brandon Rice
08-16-2013, 08:12 PM
Scratch that, we're good :)

Brandon Rice
08-19-2013, 07:22 AM
It was a busy weekend, as the call time for our shoot was changed. Still remains the same day, September 7, but the time was changed due to some scheduling conflicts. I've been going 100 mph on this thing, and missed verifying with my department heads the exact times of their availability. Rookie mistake :D

Brandon Rice
08-19-2013, 07:45 AM
Just wanted to quickly throw this out there. We're still in need of a production audio mixer for the shoot. If you are interested or might know someone who might be interested in coming to help us out, that would be awesome. Thanks!

Brandon Rice
08-20-2013, 03:17 PM
Jason Collett stars as Greg in "Welcome Back to the Party." Check out Jason in a much different role in "A Date with Destiny!"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psnGkSDB5dc

Brandon Rice
08-23-2013, 07:22 AM
Several of the Welcome Back to the Party creative team attended a screening of Freedom of Choice at the 2013 AOF Film Festival in Monrovia, CA last night.

Freedom of Choice cast/crew pictured left to right: Brandon Rice (DP, Producer), Iain Carson (Producer), Daniel Noa (Writer/Director), Jason Collett (Actor).

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/p480x480/533740_193327120846026_869011066_n.jpg

Freedom of Choice (short film)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kob4Esbzs2s

Brandon Rice
08-23-2013, 11:59 PM
Going over the script one last time before our rehearsal tomorrow.

Brandon Rice
08-24-2013, 10:19 AM
Had a great cast rehearsal today, and found a few places to massage some of the dialog to work better. Everyone had a great time and it was very productive! We shoot in two weeks!

Eric Boellner
08-24-2013, 12:21 PM
Good to hear things are moving smoothly, Brandon. Good luck with the shoot!

Charli
08-27-2013, 06:25 AM
Great to hear rehearsals went well! Looking forward to seeing how much you've grown as a filmmaker over the years.

Brandon Rice
08-27-2013, 07:56 AM
Good to hear things are moving smoothly, Brandon. Good luck with the shoot!

Thanks, I felt that the rehearsal was necessary, as we're going to be shooting 8 pages in one night. I want everyone to be able to iron out their performance, and feel comfortable acting with each other. I think the rehearsal will help a lot.


Great to hear rehearsals went well! Looking forward to seeing how much you've grown as a filmmaker over the years.

Hey, thanks! It's been about 3 years since I directed something, so I'm a little nervous, but it should be just like riding a bike :thumbsup:

Brandon Rice
08-27-2013, 01:05 PM
Recently we sat down with writer/actor Daniel Noa who gave us some insight into his work on Welcome Back to the Party. Enjoy this brief interview below.

Q: How different is it writing a sequel and what challenges does it present?
A: I enjoy writing a sequel (or installment in a series) because it allows you time to reflect on the different elements that make the original so interesting, and capitalize on them. Some of the greatest sequels, Aliens, Godfather Part II, and Empire Strikes Back, took key elements of the original and continued them but also added new wrinkles that ended up surpassing everything that had been seen in the original. The challenges are making sure you stay within the same tone and "sandbox" as the original; otherwise the audience (ostensibly fans of the original) might react against it. We've seen countless sequels that have been rejected due to not seeming to be in sync with their predecessors, rather than objective evaluations of the films themselves. You also need to deliver a film as good or better than its predecessor, which can be a burden or a blessing, depending on the film.

Q: Are you a fan of the horror genre?
A: While I'm not a fan of some of the newer horror films like Saw or other "torture-porn" films, there are several classic horror films I love such as "John Carpenter's 'The Thing'", "Alien," and "Psycho." As well as ancient classics like the original "The Wolfman," and "Dracula" (I've always had a soft spot for "Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein," which featured the original actors of most of the monsters it featured).

Q: What challenges does writing a film in the horror genre present?
A: The horror genre is challenging because the rules are different from other films. In these (the "Party") films, the line between life and death is nowhere near as definitive as it is in most films. Normally, I try to take death very seriously in my movies, sort of in reaction to the cavalier way it is presented in many feature films today. But these films (and this new one, in particular) are actually commentaries on death, which, I think, gives us license to fictionalize a little bit. We all like to live like we will live forever, with no practical thought given to "what happens next." Films like these can stimulate those questions.

Q: Is it difficult to act in a film you have written? Have you done that in the past?
A: I'd say the majority of films I've acted in have been films I've written. This gives me a little bit of an edge as I have an insight into character motivations that would not be as definitive had I not written the script. So in that respect I'd say its easier.

Q: What was the inspiration for the script?
A: I'd been thinking about a sequel to Welcome to the Party since we shot it. Probably because the film seemed to end right when things were getting interesting (to me). The film presented a lot of implications that we had no time to explore. The return of DVXUser's Horrorfest (the original film was produced for a DVXUser festival) provided the perfect incentive. It was also a fairly simple concept that this film sort of broadens, expands and strengthens. The greatest part of this sequel is it embraces new characters and situations and isn't just a repeat of film one but a true variation on a well-received theme.

Q: What are you working on next?
A: I'm currently a co-writer and producer on an audio drama called "Iliad House." Its a time travel/adventure show for kids 8-14 (and all ages), and our executive producer and show-runner is a man named Phil Lollar, who created Adventures in Odyssey in 1987 (one of the longest running audio dramas of all time, as it is still being produced). This is a very exciting project for me and we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise support for the show. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1605189113/iliad-house-an-audio-drama)

I'm also working on a film, tentatively titled "Birthright," about a group of young, disaffected Millennials (one, a solider who can't find a job after returning home; another, a late 20-something who lives with a mother who's boyfriend is younger than he is) who's only hope of achieving the life they've been raised to desire is to steal a priceless artifact from a museum.

My last film, Freedom of Choice, just played at the Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles, and we hope to see it screen at many more festivals in the future.

Brandon Rice
08-29-2013, 08:33 AM
As we are about a week from the shoot. I'm pretty happy so far with how things have come together. We're still scrambling to find a sound mixer, and we're still compiling set decorations. The next week will be critical in ironing out everything.

Brandon Rice
08-30-2013, 02:32 PM
I watched Scream for the first time last night (I know, I should have already seen it) and it was very helpful in that the tone of that film is very similar to Welcome Back to the Party. I am excited as I have a Facetime call scheduled tonight with Geoff Reisner to go over the scenes and blocking.

Brandon Rice
09-01-2013, 09:37 PM
Our AC went out this weekend, scrambling to get it fixed by next weekend.

Elton
09-01-2013, 11:44 PM
Ugh. That must be pretty brutal

Brandon Rice
09-03-2013, 02:53 PM
Well, things are LOOKING up! Today the AC at my home (which is also the set for this film) was fixed! We also secured a sound mixer! And we're picking up another bunch of set decorations today! Things are beginning to look up, as this weekend presented some potential kinks in the project, MOST of them have been worked out. Still waiting to find someone to handle beauty makeup/hair, but we've got a few leads we're following up on.

Just wanted to give you an update :)

ZazaCast
09-03-2013, 03:26 PM
It will all come together in the end! Push on... :beer:

Brandon Rice
09-05-2013, 06:56 AM
With 2 days before the shoot there is still MUCH to be done!

AGH!!!!

Brandon Rice
09-05-2013, 07:40 AM
Last night, this guy came to my house and wanted a place to rest... So I obliged.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1239758_198105450368193_1213270453_n.jpg

ZazaCast
09-05-2013, 10:28 AM
^ nice!

Elton
09-05-2013, 10:45 AM
"It's a dead man's party. Who could ask for more?"

Brandon Rice
09-05-2013, 02:04 PM
Just got the "official" word from Geoff, we're shooting with RED EPIC on Saturday :)

Brandon Rice
09-05-2013, 08:56 PM
Busy night tonight, got all our craft service snacks and drinks, headed over to pick up some last minute props. Also cleaned the house (where we are shooting) and began set decoration. Will be finishing up set decoration tomorrow evening once Larry gets into town. We shoot in 50 hours!

ZazaCast
09-05-2013, 09:52 PM
Busy night tonight, got all our craft service snacks and drinks, headed over to pick up some last minute props. Also cleaned the house (where we are shooting) and began set decoration. Will be finishing up set decoration tomorrow evening once Larry gets into town. We shoot in 50 hours!
Break a leg! Sounds like you have everything under control...have a great shoot.
(and tell Larry Zaza says 'Hello'!)

Brandon Rice
09-06-2013, 07:10 AM
Thanks very much, and I'll tell Larry you said "Hi".

Should be a great shoot.

zucked
09-06-2013, 08:32 AM
Good luck, sounds awesome!

Alan H. Chang
09-06-2013, 04:18 PM
Definitely have lots of fun!

Brandon Rice
09-06-2013, 07:04 PM
We will do our best! Will miss you Alan!

Brandon Rice
09-08-2013, 09:08 AM
Quick update. Yesterday we shot Welcome Back to the Party! We had a great shoot, that did run a little longer than expected but was worth every minute. We had a rock star crew and a professional cast that allowed us to only shoot a few takes while getting great looking shots! I am excited to begin the editing process today and will hopefully share some more soon!

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ZazaCast
09-08-2013, 01:29 PM
^ SWEET! :thumbsup:

Brandon Rice
09-08-2013, 04:03 PM
Reviewing the footage now and it looks fantastic! I am so pleased with what we shot and happy that we got the performance beats and coverage we needed. Having not directed for several years I was nervous about getting the right moments and shots we needed. Thankfully I think we did.

Brandon Rice
09-09-2013, 11:01 AM
Here are a few screen-grabs from the film. Enjoy.

(Sorry for the compression artifacts. Linking these from my Facebook page.)

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1234477_200093276836077_1458176695_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1240193_200235136821891_1627261243_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1008_200235276821877_766451047_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1233374_200235306821874_2064430974_n.jpg


I'll have some more BTS photos up soon as well :)

Elton
09-09-2013, 12:15 PM
Nice goin' Brandon! Looking nice

Brandon Rice
09-09-2013, 12:17 PM
Nice goin' Brandon! Looking nice

Thanks! Geoff (our DP) and Chris (our gaffer) were both rock stars!

Elton
09-09-2013, 12:24 PM
It shows. I would love to have a DP of that caliber working with me.

Brandon Rice
09-10-2013, 06:15 AM
Last night we finished about 1/3 of the film in rough cut form. So far I'm really pleased with what I am seeing!

ZazaCast
09-10-2013, 07:54 AM
So far I'm really pleased with what I am seeing!
I would hope so! :thumbsup:

Brandon Rice
09-11-2013, 08:46 AM
First assembly cut is completed, now it's time to fine tune this bad boy!

Brandon Rice
09-12-2013, 08:07 AM
Quick update: Cut 1.0 is officially done, and out for notes to our two producers, and myself. Then we will make revisions next week, and we are aiming to lock picture by next Friday, for delivery to Alan, and Justin for their post work.

Elton
09-12-2013, 11:24 PM
You definitely got your sheet together on this, bro. Congrats on being so close!

Brandon Rice
09-12-2013, 11:59 PM
Thanks!

One quick thing. I was nervous shooting RED as it is the first time I've worked with it, but so far it has been a dream to work with, and as I was trying some different looks out tonight in Red Cine-X I realized just how great RAW video is... It's already lit well and shot well, but RAW gives you that extra edge to basically do whatever you want to the footage. Pretty incredible.

Brandon Rice
09-13-2013, 09:25 AM
A couple of Behind the Scenes photos for you. More to come :)

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1237175_201479833364088_2028751451_n.jpg

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1173763_200974000081338_799536568_n.jpg

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/545238_200970800081658_1154998187_n.jpg

Brandon Rice
09-16-2013, 10:53 AM
Quick update, we will be locking picture this week, and sending off to Justin and Alan to work their post sound/score magic!

The film is looking great, and I can't wait to share more :)

Elton
09-16-2013, 11:00 AM
Way cool, love the bts shots.

ZazaCast
09-16-2013, 01:38 PM
I have a feeling this is going to be a really great short... Can't wait to see it.

Brandon Rice
09-16-2013, 02:13 PM
Thanks guys! Stay tuned to this thread. A teaser trailer is in the works, and will be released sometime this week! :)

Gord.T
09-16-2013, 08:09 PM
This will be a contender knowing Brandon's latest works. That you can bet on. :)

Richard J. Johnson
09-17-2013, 10:04 AM
Grabs look beautiful man. Can't wait to see it in motion!

Brandon Rice
09-17-2013, 10:06 AM
Thanks! We are locking picture tonight :) All night editing session if we have to! I think that might be a record for me... 10 days after shooting, locking the picture.

Brandon Rice
09-18-2013, 07:14 AM
PICTURE LOCK!

The movie is off to Alan, and Justin to do their magic, while Daniel starts working on the color grade.

Jason Sanders
09-18-2013, 07:45 AM
congrats

Brandon Rice
09-18-2013, 08:10 AM
Here it is! As with all teaser trailers, the sound isn't the final mix, and neither is the color grade, but enjoy a little sneak peak at our film :)


http://youtu.be/Awy0Fuc4GGw

zucked
09-18-2013, 08:27 AM
just watched without sound (because I may or may not be in class right now) and it looks fantastic. excited to see more

Brandon Rice
09-18-2013, 08:29 AM
just watched without sound (because I may or may not be in class right now) and it looks fantastic. excited to see more

Thanks for checking it out! Yeah in this case the sound adds a lot, as there is dialog under the titles :) But, I'm still glad you could check it out visually!

ZazaCast
09-18-2013, 08:42 AM
As expected...looks GREAT! :thumbsup:

Elton
09-18-2013, 10:11 AM
I see dead pixels...err, DEAD PEOpLE!! (Sorry, bad old-timey DVX joke)

Lookin' good!!

Brandon Rice
09-18-2013, 10:21 AM
As expected...looks GREAT! :thumbsup:

Thanks! Can't wait to see some stills or BTS from your shoot :)


I see dead pixels...err, DEAD PEOpLE!! (Sorry, bad old-timey DVX joke)

Lookin' good!!

HA HA. Oh I got it! Thanks for checking it out.

Brandon Rice
09-23-2013, 03:23 PM
Update: The film is now in the hands of Justin and Alan! I've got a phone call scheduled with Justin tomorrow as well, to go over what I envision for the score. Looking forward to it!

Matt Harris
09-24-2013, 08:40 AM
Congrats on locked picture.

Brandon can you tell us what you envision for the score?

Brandon Rice
09-24-2013, 08:46 AM
Brandon can you tell us what you envision for the score?

Well, because this is a sequel, I don't want to diverge too much from what we had in the first film.

However, for one scene in particular I heard this piece recently that gave me some inspiration.


http://youtu.be/BwxTd53a_9g

Matt Harris
09-24-2013, 09:53 AM
powerful and creepy, cool!

Elton
09-24-2013, 01:49 PM
I'll add to that congrats on the locked picture. Nice going B man!

I'm sure Justin will rock the score any which way you want.

Noel Evans
09-24-2013, 01:57 PM
Looking good B man. Looking forward to watching it.

Brandon Rice
09-25-2013, 01:04 PM
Update: Had a great chat with Justin Durban last night regarding the score! He actually came up with someone that wasn't even score related but that adds something I never thought we could to the film. More on that later!

Brandon Rice
10-01-2013, 10:57 AM
Update: We are planning to record a few "wild lines" with two of our actors this weekend. Also hoping to hear some stuff from Alan, and maybe even Justin this week!

Elton
10-04-2013, 10:27 AM
Got lots of that to do myself.

Am going to look for foley/sfx help too.

Brandon Rice
10-04-2013, 10:29 AM
Got lots of that to do myself.

Am going to look for foley/sfx help too.

You should hit up Alan, he may be able to help.

Elton
10-04-2013, 10:30 AM
Would love to, but I think he got overwhelmed last fest. He's a good guy.

Brandon Rice
10-04-2013, 10:34 AM
Would love to, but I think he got overwhelmed last fest. He's a good guy.

He is a good guy. PM me, and I can send you a few other guys who may be able to help.

Elton
10-04-2013, 10:49 AM
Thanks Brandon. Appreciate it

Brandon Rice
10-14-2013, 07:57 AM
Update: We received some of the rough sound work from Alan this weekend, plugged it in. It's sounding good so far! We'll be working on the color grade this week, and hopefully hear some more from Alan, and Justin. Hitting the home stretch on this little short film. I hope you all enjoy it :thumbsup:

NICK ASH
10-14-2013, 08:02 AM
sounds great. I watched the original film and I really liked it. I look forward to seeing the sequel.

Brandon Rice
10-14-2013, 08:09 AM
sounds great. I watched the original film and I really liked it. I look forward to seeing the sequel.

I am glad you liked the original! Yeah, it's a little "nuts" to make a sequel to a short, but I think it works on it's own as well :)

Charli
10-14-2013, 05:56 PM
I like the teaser-trailer and the bts shots. Good work!

Brandon Rice
10-16-2013, 01:20 PM
Just got version 3 of the audio from Alan. Will be listening to this evening, can't wait to hear what he's cooked up! We're also in the home stretch of color grading. Almost there!

Hawk Teflon
10-16-2013, 01:48 PM
I'm curious to see how a sequel can be done off your short (which I really enjoyed). Your work never disappoints me.

Brandon Rice
10-16-2013, 02:02 PM
Hopefully the teaser shows a little bit how they're connected :) I'm also hoping that "Welcome Back" can stand on it's own as a film, without needing to see the first to "get it"

Hawk Teflon
10-16-2013, 02:09 PM
I'll have to check it out tonight, as a lot of video links are broken (firewalled) where I am.

Brandon Rice
10-17-2013, 09:17 AM
Heard the first draft of the score last night, and sent notes on the audio mix. We're finishing the grading tonight and adding in one small effects shot. We're in the final stretch here, hoping to render out this weekend :)

Marlon Ladd
10-17-2013, 09:53 AM
Man, I didn't realize the first one was done in 2007. I re-watched it and it's really unaffected by time and technology. Everything was really on-point and pro. I'm not sure I want to see anything I shot that long ago.

Brandon Rice
10-17-2013, 10:01 AM
Man, I didn't realize the first one was done in 2007. I re-watched it and it's really unaffected by time and technology. Everything was really on-point and pro. I'm not sure I want to see anything I shot that long ago.

Thanks! Other than those old CRT monitors ;) Part of why we wanted to do a sequel was that this film had been so well received, and still held up. I'm excited to show you all Welcome Back to the Party!

NICK ASH
10-17-2013, 10:03 AM
awesome! Nice to see things are coming a long. It seems that there a lot of us at roughly the same point in the mix.

Brandon Rice
10-18-2013, 08:27 AM
Finished color grading last night, and locked the score as well! We have a little minor timing issue on the score, but that will be taken care of easily. Lastly, a few more notes off to Alan for the sound mix, and we're rounding third base! :) Looking forward to sharing this with everyone!

ZazaCast
10-18-2013, 08:31 AM
Sounding good... won't be long now. Good work Brandon!

Elton
10-18-2013, 09:01 AM
Fantastic Brandon, way to stay ahead of the game!

ZazaCast
10-18-2013, 12:55 PM
When did this become "exhibition only"... did I miss that post? :huh:

Brandon Rice
10-18-2013, 01:02 PM
As a part of the mod squad, our films are always Exhibition only :) Just quickly changed the thread title to make it clear!

ZazaCast
10-18-2013, 02:00 PM
Oh... I thought Mods were welcome too? Either way, can't wait to see the film! :thumbsup:

Brandon Rice
10-18-2013, 02:01 PM
Oh... I thought Mods were welcome too? Either way, can't wait to see the film! :thumbsup:

Welcome to participate, but non-compete :) Yes, it should be a fun one, hope you all enjoy!

ZazaCast
10-18-2013, 04:20 PM
Welcome to participate, but non-compete :) Yes, it should be a fun one, hope you all enjoy!
Yeah... I see...AJ probably needs some new gear anyway. :evil:

Brandon Rice
10-18-2013, 04:23 PM
Yeah... I see...AJ probably needs some new gear anyway. :evil:

That's assuming I'd win anyway... which, judging by what I've seen, isn't a done deal :)

Brandon Rice
10-21-2013, 09:20 AM
Latest update: Score locked (Justin kicked butt as usual), Color grade locked (it's fun having RAW to work with), Sound mix in final stages.

The film is almost ready to go!

Brandon Rice
10-22-2013, 08:11 AM
Just a quick little sample of Justin's awesome score!

http://www.noaricedigital.com/WBTTP-Opening.mp3

Marlon Ladd
10-22-2013, 01:50 PM
Score sounds great! You're one of the first one's pretty much done.

Matt Harris
10-22-2013, 02:06 PM
really cool as hell old school goblin type stuff, which i know you wanted Brandon, awesome!

Brandon Rice
10-22-2013, 02:54 PM
really cool as hell old school goblin type stuff, which i know you wanted Brandon, awesome!

Yes, I love that it matches the first film, but is different enough to be it's own :)

Brandon Rice
10-23-2013, 10:00 AM
Well, we are DONE! Very happy with the film, and thrilled to have worked with so many good and talented people!

We now await instructions on how the upload process will work. We plan to exhibit here for the fest, and then submit to some live fests for a short run before letting it go fully public.

Looking forward to seeing all the other entries!

Elton
10-23-2013, 10:52 AM
Nice job, Brandon. Way to show us how to get things done!

Brandon Rice
10-23-2013, 10:58 AM
Nice job, Brandon. Way to show us how to get things done!

Thanks! I am blessed to have a great network of folks around me who are willing to sacrifice their time and talents to help make these things happen. I hope one day this leads to bigger and better things for all of them, as they truly deserve it!

Elton
10-23-2013, 11:01 AM
That's a fantastic outlook. I wish more people had that kind of attitude. Ego can be very detrimental

Brandon Rice
10-23-2013, 11:04 AM
That's a fantastic outlook. I wish more people had that kind of attitude. Ego can be very detrimental

I have seen firsthand that it is the absolutely atomic bomb to creativity and a good work atmosphere. It shatters those things.

Elton
10-23-2013, 11:31 AM
God's honest truth, my friend.

Alan H. Chang
10-23-2013, 04:00 PM
Grateful to be collaborating with such great pool of talented people on this project.

ryanjf
10-27-2013, 07:05 PM
Looks like an awesome crew! Can't wait to see it.

Brandon Rice
10-27-2013, 08:08 PM
Looks like an awesome crew! Can't wait to see it.

Thanks Ryan! Looking forward to hopefully working with you again in the future as well!

Brandon Rice
10-27-2013, 08:08 PM
Great news, we are uploaded and approved :)

ZazaCast
10-27-2013, 09:35 PM
:thumbsup:

Elton
10-30-2013, 01:26 PM
So have you beaten the sequel curse? Is this "Empire" after SW? :)

lookin forward to it!

Brandon Rice
10-30-2013, 02:11 PM
So have you beaten the sequel curse? Is this "Empire" after SW? :)

lookin forward to it!

I sure hope so! I think it is! I think the structure is much better, and has three complete acts :) Hope you all enjoy!

Elton
10-30-2013, 02:14 PM
:thumbsup:

Brandon Rice
10-31-2013, 06:04 AM
We are officially released! Check the front page for embedded links to both the original Welcome to the Party, and the new Welcome Back to the Party! Enjoy!

Edgen
10-31-2013, 08:59 AM
woot! Good luck Brandon! :)

/j



( if anyone would like to hear the full score: :)
http://edgenmusic.com/edgen_welcome_back_to_the_party.mp3

Brandon Rice
10-31-2013, 09:12 AM
woot! Good luck Brandon! :)

/j



( if anyone would like to hear the full score: :)
http://edgenmusic.com/edgen_welcome_back_to_the_party.mp3

I'd put that on repeat! Good stuff, as always, Justin!

Brandon Rice
11-02-2013, 07:30 PM
If you have not seen the original film, it is available in the first post on this thread! Enjoy!

NICK ASH
11-02-2013, 11:47 PM
Brandon,

great job. I liked how I felt like I wasn't watching the first movie over again. I feel some sequels play too hard into their first movie and it ruins it for me.

The one aspect that didn't pull me in was that the girl, after not being interested in the boy was suddenly and (too quickly) drawn to him. How was it she wakes up and just starts making out with him so passionately?

Other than that, I really enjoyed it and after this I plan on checking out more of your projects....thanks for letting me critique!

Brandon Rice
11-03-2013, 09:50 AM
Brandon,

great job. I liked how I felt like I wasn't watching the first movie over again. I feel some sequels play too hard into their first movie and it ruins it for me.

The one aspect that didn't pull me in was that the girl, after not being interested in the boy was suddenly and (too quickly) drawn to him. How was it she wakes up and just starts making out with him so passionately?

Other than that, I really enjoyed it and after this I plan on checking out more of your projects....thanks for letting me critique!

Thanks for watching Nick. Regarding your comment about the girl, there were subtle changes in our lead character to show that post-death he was now a confident individual. In fact, if you notice, he makes the move on her, and she then gets into it after a moment. Maybe too subtle? Perhaps. Other little things in the performance should have keyed the audience off on the change in our characters confidence level. Death to him is like new life. Hope that makes sense, and thanks again for watching!

NICK ASH
11-03-2013, 01:09 PM
yeah that definitely makes sense, thanks!

Hawk Teflon
11-04-2013, 07:17 PM
SPOILERS! DON'T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED IT!

To be honest, I kinda feel like I don't really have a place to review or critique this. There were a couple others like that in the fest that were very professional looking / sounding / etc throughout. I don't know, I know that sounds weird, but it's true. I loved No Greater Love and I hold that as a bar of where you are even though that was a few years ago. That said, I really enjoyed this. As Nick stated, this felt like a short that lived on its own away from the first part. Kudos on that. That's kinda hard to do from what I've seen. Everything seemed great in this (acting, cinematography, sound, etc), to be honest. I think my only concern is that the guy just found out his good buddy (best friend) just died, and he doesn't seem too shaken up by that. I mean it hits him, but not near as hard as I would expect it to. That's a very traumatic experience that he kinda shrugged off until a little later.

Brandon Rice
11-04-2013, 07:46 PM
Hey man I really appreciate the kind words here!

And thank you for still offering a balanced and honest critique.

We were all a little concerned about that issue and hoped Jason's performance sold the shock but that he was still on a 'mission' for the girl. Had we had more time (and maybe not having a sequel we needed to connect) I think we could have handled that issue better.

Thank you for watching and the comments! I appreciate the encouragement and will continue to try to pursue excellent film-making as I'm able!

Matthew B
11-05-2013, 02:16 AM
Well done Brandon, really enjoyed this entry. Looked nice, good performances, great art department - probably the best in the fest in my opinion.

Loved that this stood on it's own as a film and didn't rely on WTTP. Good little story and loved the ending, when he asked "What now?" and they all just sort of looked around. Very nice.

Brandon Rice
11-05-2013, 08:22 AM
Well done Brandon, really enjoyed this entry. Looked nice, good performances, great art department - probably the best in the fest in my opinion.

Loved that this stood on it's own as a film and didn't rely on WTTP. Good little story and loved the ending, when he asked "What now?" and they all just sort of looked around. Very nice.

Matthew, I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by. I'm still planning on a review of Arabella (which was EXCELLENT by the way) soon!

Regarding the ending, I am GLAD you liked it, and hopefully "got" it :) Seems like sometimes my subtle nature with some of my films is lost on the audience... I wanted the protagonist to realize that this "new life" isn't life at all... it's kind of empty and pointless... I hope that came across.

Thanks for watching!

PS. I'm also THRILLED to hear that this film is good as a "standalone" as we were aiming for that, even though it was a sequel.

Matthew B
11-05-2013, 01:06 PM
Regarding the ending, I am GLAD you liked it, and hopefully "got" it :) Seems like sometimes my subtle nature with some of my films is lost on the audience... I wanted the protagonist to realize that this "new life" isn't life at all... it's kind of empty and pointless... I hope that came across.


Definitely came across. I found myself smirking at that point.

Brandon Rice
11-05-2013, 01:43 PM
Definitely came across. I found myself smirking at that point.

Great :thumbsup:

ZazaCast
11-05-2013, 02:29 PM
Brandon....well done....very well done. All I can say is it must be nice to live in the LA area where you can find such talented actors & crew.
(that might be the only nice thing about LA in my book...but that's a 'whole-nothar' story :huh:)

I think what I like most about your film is that even with people dying, killing themselves and gouls showing up at parties, they are all likable
characters...just nice people. You put a positive twist on a dark subject. I mean think about it, girl gets shot in head and seconds later is enjoying
a passionate kiss with her admirer. Women! :smile: Go figure....

Beautiful to look at and a complete film....nice work. :beer:

Marlon Ladd
11-06-2013, 10:16 AM
Brandon, I thought this was an excellent film. Everything was pretty top-notch. The cinematography was on-point as well as the performances. You had everything you needed to make this successful, including the location set design and extras. The makeup also looked better this time around IMO. The only thing that I thought was kind of distracting was when the kid first comes in the party and is talking to the girl. His MCU angle seemed fine, but hers seemed off for some reason. I don't know if she wasn't looking in the right spot or what, but it was something about it. I think an OTS from behind him would've worked nicely there. I'll have to go back and watch that part again, because I could be way off. Anyway, a very super pro entry on all fronts. Congrats!

Brandon Rice
11-06-2013, 10:28 AM
Brandon....well done....very well done. All I can say is it must be nice to live in the LA area where you can find such talented actors & crew.
(that might be the only nice thing about LA in my book...but that's a 'whole-nothar' story :huh:)

I think what I like most about your film is that even with people dying, killing themselves and gouls showing up at parties, they are all likable
characters...just nice people. You put a positive twist on a dark subject. I mean think about it, girl gets shot in head and seconds later is enjoying
a passionate kiss with her admirer. Women! :smile: Go figure....

Beautiful to look at and a complete film....nice work. :beer:

Thank you very much! I am glad you got a chance to see the film. I still need to make my way over to your thread with a review (which will be positive by the way) :)

I appreciate the encouraging words, and glad you enjoyed our film! :thumbsup:


Brandon, I thought this was an excellent film. Everything was pretty top-notch. The cinematography was on-point as well as the performances. You had everything you needed to make this successful, including the location set design and extras. The makeup also looked better this time around IMO. The only thing that I thought was kind of distracting was when the kid first comes in the party and is talking to the girl. His MCU angle seemed fine, but hers seemed off for some reason. I don't know if she wasn't looking in the right spot or what, but it was something about it. I think an OTS from behind him would've worked nicely there. I'll have to go back and watch that part again, because I could be way off. Anyway, a very super pro entry on all fronts. Congrats!

Hi Marlon,

Thanks for the comments, and for watching our film!

Regarding the comment about the space/angle of that scene, I do agree it could have benefited from maybe another shot (medium 2 shot profile perhaps) but at that point (this was the last scene we shot) we were about 2 hours behind, and all very tired... I felt like we got what we needed to make the scene work performance-wise and wanted to move on. We actually cut out a few shots from that scene, but I felt like, in the edit it worked, as we cut back to the establishing shot (behind our lead) twice to establish the room and distance between the characters.

Thank you for the comment though, always looking to improve! :)

Marlon Ladd
11-06-2013, 10:38 AM
That makes sense and honestly, I may have been the only person to notice, so it definitely works. I'll have to put that under the category of nit-picking something that probably only a filmmaker would notice. :thumbsup: So, what are your plans for the film from here?

Brandon Rice
11-06-2013, 10:43 AM
That makes sense and honestly, I may have been the only person to notice, so it definitely works. I'll have to put that under the category of nit-picking something that probably only a filmmaker would notice. :thumbsup: So, what are your plans for the film from here?

No problem!

I'm planning to submit it to some "live" film festivals, including some specifically aimed at horror films. I am nervous that because it's a sequel it may be a little tougher getting into some of the fests, but I hope it still stands alone. We shall see!

I'm in further development on a short film to shoot in January/February. Co-writing with my wife, it's a Christmas short (much different than this). And then I'm going to hunker down and write/shoot my first feature this summer I hope! We shall see...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
11-06-2013, 10:54 AM
That makes sense and honestly, I may have been the only person to notice

I noticed this as well. But I bet most casual viewers won't notice. Might be a filmmaker thing.
Aside from that bump in the road, I liked the short. I don't think you really need to see the first one either, which is nice.

The performances suited the roles quite well. Everyone was good.
The pointing of the gun at her face for that long might have been a bit much, I expected her to be far more uncomfortable with that.

But overall the short really works. The ending was pretty good too. Loved that part.
Pretty solid short from start to finish. I enjoyed the opening as well with all the decorations.

Nicely done.

Marlon Ladd
11-06-2013, 10:56 AM
Yep, I agree with MAH. I think it can stand on it's own.

Brandon Rice
11-06-2013, 10:58 AM
I noticed this as well. But I bet most casual viewers won't notice. Might be a filmmaker thing.
Aside from that bump in the road, I liked the short. I don't think you really need to see the first one either, which is nice.

The performances suited the roles quite well. Everyone was good.
The pointing of the gun at her face for that long might have been a bit much, I expected her to be far more uncomfortable with that.

But overall the short really works. The ending was pretty good too. Loved that part.
Pretty solid short from start to finish. I enjoyed the opening as well with all the decorations.

Nicely done.

Thank you for watching! :thumbsup:

Regarding the pointing of the gun at her, we kind of played with "time" a little bit there... since we're dealing with the living and the dead at that point, we sort of slowed time down for a few beats there. I actually like the effect, but I see what you're saying if you don't catch that.

Thanks again for watching our short, and the encouragement! I am glad you thought it stood alone, as I had hoped it would. I actually think this short is stronger in terms of a traditional story-line and structure.

Brandon Rice
11-06-2013, 10:59 AM
Yep, I agree with MAH. I think it can stand on it's own.

That is REALLY good to hear, as that was the goal. It wouldn't be smart to make a short film, that without the context of another short film, didn't make any sense. Obviously with the first one, more of the story-line is filled in, specifically regarding who the dead girl is... but it's not something so important that the short doesn't work without it.

Chris_Keaton
11-08-2013, 09:11 PM
Imagine if you died on plane. Stuck with all those annoying passengers. Ugh.

Brandon Rice
11-11-2013, 10:03 AM
Imagine if you died on plane. Stuck with all those annoying passengers. Ugh.

I think we just found our next film to make it a trilogy! HA HA :thumbsup:

Scott F
11-11-2013, 01:49 PM
I enjoyed this! It had a solid look, like a high budget "teen party" type film, and take that in the spirit in which it's intended. : )

As mentioned, the main character's reaction to the friend's death is a little underwhelming, but I see your explanation. The "look" of the party is nice, although there could have been a few more extras & foley to really sell it. Example, that foyer/entry shot is so sparse.

I think the best part was the two veteran actors. Top-notch acting. Their dialogue & body language really carried the illusion that they were back from the dead. Very nice makeup as well. Lots of unanswered questiones, but maybe that's a good thing..ie the next film.

Nice lighting, cinematography, editing, scoring. Kudos to all involved.....

thanks for sharing!

Brandon Rice
11-12-2013, 12:31 AM
Thanks for watching our short Scott, and for the comments!

Jack Daniel Stanley
11-13-2013, 02:14 PM
Weclome Back to the Party.

First. I’m a little offended that you didn’t ask me back to do a VO cameo for the sequel :D

Kidding of course. You couldn't afford me. Zing. Kidding again. :tongue:

Nice opening. Feels Tales From The Crypt-y. Art direction and music and camera all working together to create a kind of 90’s retro vibe in the opening. Good job Geoff, Larry and Justin. O.G. DVXfest in the house! Maybe a little vignette would pull it all together a little more even? Looks good though. Feels “of a piece” with all elements.

Ding on the sound in the master – don’t you have better audio from the closeups? If not it’s not too bad. But if so – easy to bump up the quality here.

Not sure I get the guy in lederhosen’s attitude. Even a sociopath would pretend to be a little down about someone dying at a party. Imagine we were having a party and a DVXuser died on the way. If it was a new guy know one knew – maybe not enough to cast a shadow over the whole night - but still people would adjust their attitudes a bit. If it was Kholi, or Geoff, or Zak or someone – then the party would change to a wake, people would be sitting talking quietly. Drinking for a different reason. When your main character walked in – the lederhosen guy would give him a knowing nod or something. He could still find out about the accident and the lederhosen guy could still assume he knew and find out different. It seems like the guy who died in the car wreck was a central figure in their social scene so seems like his death would cast a shadow over the evening.

Also after the main character finds out his best friend died – he moves on really quickly and tries to get with the purple girl. There’s no residue whatsoever of what he’s dealing with. Don’t by that. He comes back to it – but he goes too far away from it for credibility. He’d have to be carrying the residue from the previous scene into this one. Exchange an absent pleasantry or two with the girl – really still trying to process his friend’s death but maybe wanting to talk to her for comfort or something – then get to “did you hear about Josh” a little quicker. IMHO obviously.

I like your cast. Particularly the main character and the purple girl.
I like the dilemma you set up for the main character.

Your actor does a very nice job playing each moment, but the moments don’t seem psychologically connected. When he’s hitting on the girl that beat seems out of a happy movie where no one's died. Then he walks upstairs and he’s tragically upset again. Once he gets the news his friend is dead you have to really hold yourself accountable to that being a given circumstance that’s psychologically real and that informs everything. He can play against it - in other words he can try to have a good time maybe - but he can't totally beat it. It has to be an obstacle to having a good time that's pretty much winning. He’s very good. Very believable. Very clear. Just your collaboration with him doesn’t make sense to me in terms of his arc.



SPOILERS


I’m not sure why the main character killed himself. Was he being manipulated by Josh the way he will later manipulate the other guy to kill the purple girl?


END SPOILERS



No mediums of pale white men’s backs bending over please :happy:
Are the walls in this bedroom brown or gray?

When she wakes up – might be nice if she played a little more supernatural confusion – a little more like she’s uprooted – not sure what’s real – what to feel - that would maker her transition from getting shot to making out with this guy a little better. Like she’s not sure what’s real, what’s going on, but somehow this all makes sense to her.

Brandon it’s engaging work and technically good.
Acting is especially good.
I think you just need to be very hard on yourself in the script stage about why people do things and how they would feel / behave “if” this were really happening.
I still think its strong work.:thumbup:

Brandon Rice
11-13-2013, 02:33 PM
Thank you for checking it out, and for your detailed comments! I think some more back-story on our main character's life might have helped sell not only the suicide, but also many of his motivations. I think it may have been a matter of something we felt would be sold in sub-text through the dialog, and his performance that didn't register for you.

The dead friend isn't really someone everyone knows, but the host (liederhosen guy) knows that this guy's only friend really is him (Josh). And he may not even have brought it up, thinking the protagonist already knows unless he had asked about it.

The suicide and brokenness is motivated by the guy's defeat at every turn... his friend is dead... he loses the girl to a loser jock... etc.

Sorry some of that didn't read for you... as I'd hoped it would. I do agree I have to work better on motivations and things. Sometimes I rationalize things because of different reasons, like in this case the genre...

Thanks again for watching!

Jack Daniel Stanley
11-13-2013, 03:04 PM
Though take any criticism I have with a grain of salt. Probably motivated by my bitterness at not being included in the cast again. :crybaby:

Brandon Rice
11-13-2013, 03:06 PM
Though take any criticism I have with a grain of salt. Probably motivated by my bitterness at not being included in the cast again. :crybaby:

HA HA! Well... only 2 of the 4 original cast made it back... So don't feel TOO badly... and you did make it into the teaser trailer :thumbsup:

Jack Daniel Stanley
11-13-2013, 03:07 PM
I didn't see teaser trailer. Will look.

Brandon Rice
11-13-2013, 03:08 PM
I didn't see teaser trailer. Will look.

http://youtu.be/Awy0Fuc4GGw

Jack Daniel Stanley
11-13-2013, 03:15 PM
Ha. I did't recognize my part at first.
I also didn't sign a release for that.
My lawyers will be in touch.

Brandon Rice
11-13-2013, 03:19 PM
Ha. I did't recognize my part at first.
I also didn't sign a release for that.
My lawyers will be in touch.

We can pull it if you wish... :thumbsup:

Jack Daniel Stanley
11-13-2013, 03:27 PM
:Drogar-Smoke(DBG):No way - how will my lawyer get me any money you if pull it?:Drogar-BigGrin(DBG)

Alan H. Chang
11-13-2013, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the comments JDS!

I think the most challenging thing from the aspect of sound design is matching all the custom undertones to the score signature so that it sounds seamless and part of the score. I guess I should have asked Justin regarding which key at specific cues were played. For example, the first time we revealed the ghosts right before Greg walks upstairs we hear the first design cue that has the same key signature as the score that comes in starting at the second floor. A great way to set the mood for the coming scene, as well as the transition to the score. You'll notice this as well during the transition into the restroom with a washed running faucet effect, and another before he started searching for the razor.

It was a fun and creative project to work with.