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-zach-
03-04-2007, 08:53 PM
Final Print.

PRODUCTION UPDATE: We are NOT giving up on the film. There were problems with making it for the deadline, but we do plan to finish it.

Link to the original drawing that turned into my signature (NOW SCRAPPED):
http://www.isarapix.com/pix86/1176255232.jpg

NEW LOCK ON THE SIGNATURE
http://www.isarapix.com/pix23/1178648109.jpg

Pictures / BTS will come after the submission deadline. It all adds to the reveal... but mainly people posting in my thread. You guys are gonna love the Behind the Scenes on this one.

-zach-
03-04-2007, 08:53 PM
Reserved for Final Print pictures / information

Dahopafilms
03-04-2007, 09:21 PM
I've got to say, you've got my interest.

Looking forward to it.

Norm Sanders
03-04-2007, 09:42 PM
You go, -zach-!

-zach-
03-04-2007, 09:48 PM
Thanks for the support guys.

I hope I don't disappoint anybody here.

We're gonna do our best!

Brandon Rice
03-04-2007, 11:38 PM
LOVE the title!

-zach-
03-05-2007, 05:03 PM
1st draft is done.

I know it's not there yet, so we're in the middle of 2nd draft, after that I send it to my partner on the project who just signed up to DVXuser, she's gonna polish it up.

Robert Sanders
03-05-2007, 05:35 PM
Final Draft + Final Cut = Final Print

-zach-
03-05-2007, 05:48 PM
Final Draft + Final Cut = Final Print

Nice!

-zach-
03-05-2007, 06:14 PM
New sig for the film.

It has to be mediocre right now, but I wanted a link to the thread in my sig, so expect an updated signature soon.

Ralph Oshiro
03-10-2007, 09:32 PM
GREAT banner, Zach!

Tom Marshall
03-11-2007, 04:53 PM
Hey Zach, sounds like you've got a good idea for a story and the will to get it done. Good luck, buddy. :beer:

-zach-
03-24-2007, 02:18 PM
Hey all, not like there's been much buzz around here about this film, but if you check, I haven't posted for around 2 weeks.

On March 9 my computer died, I had to take it to the Apple store, and they decided to REPLACE my harddrive. To make a long story short ALL of my information was lost, and I don't really know how I can bounce back from it. Everything I had on the film that I was going to make is gone, save the first page of the first draft of the script.

I don't know how I can do it again... not that there's not enough time, but that... it's now like a mental barrier of... doing the whole thing again, script, lists, casts, schedule..... agh!

I'm gonna keep plowin through and work again, but I can't be too sure of anything now with this project. Hopefully I'll have something to submit come the festival deadline.

Thanks for the little support this thread has gotten so far - hope I'll be competing with you guys later.

LloydC
03-25-2007, 12:17 AM
you can do it man! I won't even start writing my script until finals are done 3 weeks from now

-zach-
03-25-2007, 12:33 AM
you can do it man! I won't even start writing my script until finals are done 3 weeks from now

Right, but the programs that I no longer have the discs to, the tons of film information, reference information, pictures, concepts for other films, that's gone too. :(

Keystoned
03-28-2007, 08:13 AM
Zach, check out this free screenwriting, scheduling, storyboarding software
http://celtx.com/overview.html

bosindy
03-28-2007, 08:39 PM
Yo Zack,

Sorry to hear about the problem you are having. Deep relaxation and it will all come back to you. Easy for me to say, hang in there bro.

What part of CT are you from? My sister lives in Trumbull.

Jim

Tom Marshall
03-28-2007, 08:53 PM
Hey Zach, sorry to hear about the bad news... but if you do decide to start from scratch, just think about how much better your 2nd version will be. Gotta think positive, man! :beer:

Charli
03-29-2007, 07:43 AM
Zach - if it doesn't kill you, it only makes you stronger. You have the general story inside your head, start over and for the rest of that reference stuff, shoot, you can pick up any info you need on the internet. Just do it!

DJ Lewis
03-29-2007, 10:08 AM
Sorry about the machine dude... I agree wih tommy; I'm sure you can bounce back. And when you do, you'll look back at this incident and laugh..... maybe

Mark T. Aro
03-29-2007, 10:35 AM
So sorry to here about the setback. I know it has been said before, but I have gone through what you are going through now, except a client and a contract were hanging in the balance with a deposit already spent and deadlines looming. I had no choice, but I am glad that I stuck with it because I made it through better than I think I would've before the lost data. Let this fuel your story not hinder it. You may have to improvise and cut corners or simplify, but the very act of recovering and competing, regardless of the outcome is very valuable to you as a person and as a filmmaker.

Most of my successes in life were after a hardship or trying time or situation. One of my favorite quotes is:

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems you cannot hold on for one minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

Harriet Beecher Stowe

I know it may come of a little SELF HELPish.... but I tell you... a positive mind-frame and a tenacity that goes against reason has gotten me through a lot and I think that you should not let this deter you. Sure it is not convenient, but it is just a stumbling block and you will always have stumbling blocks. Let it fuel you not break you.

This has been yourr SELF-HELP moment with Mark.... Join us next week where we will be discussing...

oh uh ... sarcasm...

SERIUOSLY THOUGH... don't give up!!! Good luck dude. I look forward to your submission!

Tom Marshall
03-29-2007, 01:22 PM
What happened to the old drive? Did they destroy it or something? Is there any way to get it back?

-zach-
03-31-2007, 07:43 PM
Charli, Keystoned, Bosindy, DJ, Mark, I really appreciate it. It was tough to bounce back, but we've got a working script again and it'll probably be the same as last time. dvxusers are always so cool about stuff, you guys rock.


What happened to the old drive? Did they destroy it or something? Is there any way to get it back?

The dialogue as I was handing it in to the Apple store dude:
Me: So, can I have my old hard drive back
Dude with more piercings on his face than many people have on their entire body: No.
Me: Well, why not? That doesn't seem exactly reasonable.
Dude: I don't know. I think it's Apple store policy. I just work here, I don't know everything. Jeez.
.
.
.
Me: ESAD.

Keystoned
04-01-2007, 12:33 AM
Hey glad you are back :thumbsup:

DJ Lewis
04-02-2007, 05:48 PM
Charli, Keystoned, Bosindy, DJ, Mark, I really appreciate it. It was tough to bounce back, but we've got a working script again and it'll probably be the same as last time. dvxusers are always so cool about stuff, you guys rock.

WHOOT! Yeah baby.... I knew I didn't need to dust off my defibrillator!

-zach-
04-02-2007, 06:05 PM
WHOOT! Yeah baby.... I knew I didn't need to dust off my defibrillator!

Well, come June 1st, 12:02 AM, this short will be officially dead,

buried under the likes of Level 4, Berlin, Spies Girls.

On the other hand, I'm backing my film 100% :thumbsup:

-zach-
04-10-2007, 06:43 PM
New sig, new picture...

I'm working on the Title, subtitle, and SpyFest text in the sig.

Ralph Oshiro
04-12-2007, 05:54 AM
No - We don't have a script ready.

No - We don't have any models.

No - We don't have a composer, just GarageBand.

No - We don't have a crew.
I like it already!

Ralph Oshiro
04-12-2007, 05:57 AM
New sig, new picture . . .
I actually LOVE your sig, man! Keep the faith!

Ralph Oshiro
04-12-2007, 06:25 AM
Well, come June 1st, 12:02 AM, this short will be officially dead, buried under the likes of Level 4, Berlin, Spies Girls.
I wrote about this in my own thread . . . forget about us . . . make YOUR film!

DJ Lewis
04-12-2007, 07:46 PM
How's it coming? any progress towards getting a final print? :)

-zach-
04-12-2007, 07:48 PM
How's it coming? any progress towards getting a final print? :)

Yeah, we're doing lighting tests for the Z1 tomorrow (I'm new to the cam), and we have all our actors pretty rock solid.

I'll be doing storyboards tomorrow, but I hate to post anything because I'll give it away.

Ralph Oshiro
04-15-2007, 03:35 PM
How'd the lighting tests go? Any chance of posting a frame grab or two? Really looking forward to seeing all the different cameras that are entering the 'fest this time around!

-zach-
04-15-2007, 03:46 PM
How'd the lighting tests go? Any chance of posting a frame grab or two? Really looking forward to seeing all the different cameras that are entering the 'fest this time around!

We actually only got about 5 minutes of footage and then the battery pooped out. I'm not going to take full responsibility for not bringing the charger, but it was a silly mistake. Monday will be the lighting tests.

Also I'm not going to post any grabs or BTS until after the fest deadline. That's just the way I'm going.

I'm not digging this banner. It's gone through a couple incarnations and we can't get one to look good (we still have the ogee one uploaded). I'm gonna get a good final one hopefully this Friday after our first shoot. Then I won't be so obsessed with unchecking "Show your signature" at the bottom of all my posts.

http://www.isarapix.com/pix81/1176677258.jpg

:cheesy:

-zach-
04-17-2007, 04:27 PM
Some BTS- interesting stuff:

My high-tech super-complicated cool/warm/grey cards-

http://www.isarapix.com/pix17/1176852214.jpg

that I made myself.

Cost me nothing. Works the same.

From the "Warm/cool cards" (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=94471) thread:

I know that when you get all hoity toity and big-shot this isn't the right way to do it, but I print out my own warm/cool/grey cards using Flash and Word.

In Flash I make a box that is big enough for the whole frame, make it blue, and then take the "Alpha" and knock it down to however much it needs to be. I don't do this very often, but you could get as precise as RGB colors to Alpha down to 20%/30%/40%.

Then I go to File>Export>Image. I export it, insert into word, and print. It works fine for me after I tape the edges over a piece of thin cardboard so it is easier to hold. For my SpyFest entry, I used a Nilla Wafer box and a Cheez-it box as my card backings.

My crappy digital camera doesn't do them justice (you need to see them in person for the full effect).

It doesn't cost anything unless you count the fraction of a dollar for ink, paper that you've most likely already got in the printer, and junk food that you probably have somewhere in your house anyways.

-zach-
04-17-2007, 05:25 PM
Mainly a bump but now some cards are up for your downloading pleasure-

18% GREY
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855347.jpg

10% RED
http://www.isarapix.com/pix54/1176856308.jpg

20% RED
http://www.isarapix.com/pix57/1176856328.jpg

30% PURE RED
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855393.jpg

10% ORANGY
http://www.isarapix.com/pix3/1176856256.jpg

20% ORANGY
http://www.isarapix.com/pix85/1176856283.jpg

30% ORANGY
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855421.jpg

10% BLUE
http://www.isarapix.com/pix8/1176856184.jpg

20% BLUE
http://www.isarapix.com/pix40/1176856228.jpg

30% BLUE
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855447.jpg

Norm Sanders
04-18-2007, 10:05 PM
Cool posts, zach, thanks for sharing. I never have used the cards, but I'm also not much of a DP/camera guy ...

Still, for those who could benefit, it was great of you to post them! Thanks!

kurtmo
05-01-2007, 06:57 PM
I hope things are still a go. I always like a comedy.

-zach-
05-01-2007, 07:05 PM
I hope things are still a go. I always like a comedy.

LOL, yes, things are very a go.

It's amazing because not much more could happen between now and the submission date.

Principal shooting starts tomorrow and doesn't end till the 19th. Which gives me... yes folks, less that 12 days to edit entirely.

We're working on the score right now based on storyboards. It's mayhem.

Hopefully it'll be good fun and if you're not laughing with us you're at least laughing at us.

And I will post BTS either May 31st, or June 1st, depending on how itchy I am with the post button. (I just feel like this movie has my big reveal and I don't wanna ruin it with BTS photos, yet).

Thanks for the interest.

Also during the shooting we'll have time to do a proper signature and I won't be so embarrassed of this one, but I kind of like the lameness of this one. It suits us.

Also #2, I'm having a friend send me their copy of Final Cut because of the whole hard drive thing and... GET THIS, because I'm awful at everything except actually pointing and shooting a camera, the Final Cut Box is here, but no discs. Where are they!? It's utter mayhem.

Edit:
I hope I don't get called to do "True Life: I'm a drama queen."

Michael_Petro
05-01-2007, 08:20 PM
Sweet i gotz me some cardz kidz.. very nice ...


Mainly a bump but now some cards are up for your downloading pleasure-

18% GREY
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855347.jpg

10% RED
http://www.isarapix.com/pix54/1176856308.jpg

20% RED
http://www.isarapix.com/pix57/1176856328.jpg

30% PURE RED
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855393.jpg

10% ORANGY
http://www.isarapix.com/pix3/1176856256.jpg

20% ORANGY
http://www.isarapix.com/pix85/1176856283.jpg

30% ORANGY
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855421.jpg

10% BLUE
http://www.isarapix.com/pix8/1176856184.jpg

20% BLUE
http://www.isarapix.com/pix40/1176856228.jpg

30% BLUE
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/12358/1176855447.jpg

-zach-
05-07-2007, 05:00 PM
New Sig!!!

DJ Lewis
05-07-2007, 05:19 PM
Whoot!

Norm Sanders
05-08-2007, 01:04 PM
Nice new sig, zach ... clean, simple, and to the point. I like it.

collele
05-15-2007, 03:13 PM
Hey I'm new to DVXuser and it's going to be a blast seeing how the fests work and I hope to post more
because i cowrote it am i allowed to vote?

Mark T. Aro
05-15-2007, 03:15 PM
Hey I'm new to DVXuser and it's going to be a blast seeing how the fests work and I hope to post more
because i cowrote it am i allowed to vote?

I believe that you need to have posted at least 100 times, but it is not to late.

Charli
05-15-2007, 04:12 PM
collet - you have one post, you need 99 more post. click on my banner, love to have you post on my thread.

DJ Lewis
05-23-2007, 11:48 AM
how's this coming?

DJ Lewis
05-23-2007, 08:23 PM
Sorry to hear that things aren't working out as planned. That is the nature of these things... Check out Charli and Elton's page, I think its still raining over there. But on the "glass is half full" side of things, you did actually have shoot day which is a huge because many never even get to that point. And as long as you learn from your mistakes... and post the microphone wankery... it will have all been worth it. :)

bosindy
05-23-2007, 08:57 PM
Man, it is tough getting good actors that don't flake for this kind of thing. Sorry to hear about your problem, I hope you can get something done to submit.

JOE BLO
05-23-2007, 09:25 PM
I hate to hear what you've been going through. It blows when people aren't proffessional, and don't take what you do seriously. I hope you are stiil able to finish your film.

chris f
05-23-2007, 10:49 PM
man, your difficulties have really made me feel grateful for only having some technical difficulties (no personnel difficulties). hope things get better for you

Ralph Oshiro
05-24-2007, 03:33 AM
My number one concern whenever I'm about to embark on any project like this (other than script), is ACTORS. I arguably spend the MOST time attempting to build trust and a rapport with my actors (before any shooting has been scheduled), and "selling" them on the project. I always try to convince the actors that the're getting something very valuable from me (stuff for their reel) in exchange for actually showing up at the appointed time. To me, this is the paramount negotiation for all filmmakers. I cannot go ahead on a project until I'm at least 75% confident that my actors are as "invested" in the project as much as I am. Good luck!

kurtmo
05-24-2007, 07:54 AM
badly.

Anyways, now shoots have been rescheduled this weekend and all these problems have arisen. The person who's supposed to be scoring WILL NOT talk to me and I believe he thinks it will "Let me down" in some way if he can't do it. I try to tell him it's not like that and I just want to know, I don't care if he can't do it, I care if it gets done. Seeing as it may not get done till the effing 30th, I will be too EMBARRASSED to enter. It's not shaping up nicely. I doubt my actors think it will even CUT INTO SOMETHING, lol, let alone cut into a good movie.

I got a similar situation with my composer. She is MIA since a Sat. AM email. Don't know why. She's a great gal, but an artist. I hear they run on a different schedule. It's a bummer, cause I gave her an out early on when i had the potential of another offer. But she said she was up for the task. Still got time, I guess, but I'm nervous. I don't want to score this on my own, but I found a royalty-free site with the music similar to what I'm looking for. $35 and me fumbleing my way through musical cuts will get me across the finish line, but it may not be as nice as I'd hoped. Good luck on pulling your crew together. I really feel for you!

Tom Marshall
05-24-2007, 04:14 PM
Hey Zach, come to Los Angeles, man... I'd be more than happy to act in something you do and I'm pretty positive I can find other actors to work on it as well. Sorry to hear you've had so many problems with this thing. If anything, use it as a learning experience. That's what I did with my horrorfest entry... :beer:

-zach-
05-24-2007, 05:52 PM
Yeah. I don't think we'll make the deadline.

I'd like to do a rewrite and make it sillier than it already is, so that if it's bad you can blame it on the comedy.

I'm kind of laughing at it and I'll still keep in touch with everybody who's worked on it because it's tough to find people who even say yes to doing anything related to film out here.

But sadly, Final Print may never see the light of DVXUser. I will post BTS and some really big posts explaining it because there are some really cool elements to the movie. We really only had one big gimmick - that I shall not give away until I'm certain it's June 1st.

However I'd like to thank all of you who have posted and for the advice you have given me. I think the best way to learn is to learn from mistakes. And the more I work films the more comfortable I will become with mistakes and fixing them.

I think the best quote of the night is "She's an artist. I hear they run on a different schedule."

Mark T. Aro
05-24-2007, 05:59 PM
Yeah. I don't think we'll make the deadline.

I'd like to do a rewrite and make it sillier than it already is, so that if it's bad you can blame it on the comedy.

I'm kind of laughing at it and I'll still keep in touch with everybody who's worked on it because it's tough to find people who even say yes to doing anything related to film out here.

But sadly, Final Print may never see the light of DVXUser. I will post BTS and some really big posts explaining it because there are some really cool elements to the movie. We really only had one big gimmick - that I shall not give away until I'm certain it's June 1st.

However I'd like to thank all of you who have posted and for the advice you have given me. I think the best way to learn is to learn from mistakes. And the more I work films the more comfortable I will become with mistakes and fixing them.

I think the best quote of the night is "She's an artist. I hear they run on a different schedule."


Zach... like I mentioned earlier... sorry to hear this! When you are ready to finish and need help with the FX, let me know!

Best of luck... Mark :)