I haven't touched the scrīpt in a few days because I don't want to go on a writing binge just yet. I think it's best I brainstorm a little before diving into it.
First of all I need to move the camp fire scene. Ed's idea is that we do the fight between me and Chelsea at a camp fire, so we might as well combine the original camp fire scene with the fight scene, except now we'll have it later on at Tussen's. Jamie and Tussen will go to sleep, and Clay goes out to the fire. Devon wakes up in the midd...Read more
This weekend I'm heading back to Cottonwood for Mother's Day, and while I'm there I plan on visiting Chelsea (and Nathan if he's around) to talk some more about the project. In early June we need to get out there and shoot a teaser. Most of it can be shot here in the Bay Area really, if not all of it. The teaser isn't an actual teaser, just stuff we're shooting for fun to get people interested, a concept trailer I guess it's called. Some stuff I think we could definitely use:
I think we could m...Read more
Ed and I went down to San Leandro and met with an investor today. Nothing but positives there. Ed and I didn't even have to sell him on the product. He said, "All I care about is that you guys do your thing and make some killer fight scenes." That's easy. We don't know yet how much he is going to invest, but Ed and I are confident that no matter the amount, we can get by on what we have so far. More money would be a bonus. I'm really tired now, as I usually don't stay up until 2am, so I can't th...Read more
I made some small adjustments to the scrīpt that can bring out some hate during the finale. Clay's childhood is a lot worse now. I didn't make a big deal of it, but I changed it from being kicked in the head to being hit with a belt. That's what damages his left eye. He also uses belt in a very brief love scene. And lastly, during the end fight, Gibson is beating the hell out of his right eye, and makes it swell shut. Gibson gives him a moment, during which Clay pulls off his belt and cuts the swelling open with the...Read more
I'm just going to import the blog that I'm writing in my Facebook account. Skyward's a new action film we're working on that takes place in Northern California. I guess it's a modern western.
That's all! I've been posting frequent journal entries about it, so keep reading.
I spoke with Ed yesterday about some technical aspects of Skyward, and apparently one of the problems with the Red One is that when shooting high-speed action, the image comes out blurry. I started doing some research to see what I could dig up.
I found a website that hosts Red footage: http://www.redrelay.net/. It takes forever to download this stuff, but JESUS CHRIST it looks good.
I also read up on "rolling shutter" problems. This is the blur we&...Read more
Thought I might as well make an update today considering my situation yesterday. After work I pulled into the parking spot behind my pad, and I saw that the upstairs tenant's back door was wide open, with water streaming out from inside. I went up there and saw that things were moved about, but didn't see the tenant right away. I went downstairs into my place, and behold, a shower had formed above my bed. The ceiling was leaking like cheese cloth, and I scrambled to assemble a fort of blankets to absorb all the nasty w...Read more
I just read something that could help the story out a little:
"A disorder of the visual system that is characterized by poor or indistinct vision in an eye that is otherwise physically normal, or out of proportion to associated structural abnormalities."
This sounds like a deficiency that Clay could have. Thing is it could technically be caused by some trauma as a child, insinuating that Clay could have suffered some abuse when he was very young, perhaps before Devon was born....Read more
On Friday Ed and I met up with our hopefully-Director of Photography, Greg Ephriam. The guy's on the same page as we are. We're hoping to schedule a shoot with him once he physically has his Red One camera. We've also decided to shoot Skyward in 2K rather than 4K. There's simply no good reason to shoot 4K right now, especially for something that probably won't go past DVD release. Even if it did, 2K's good enough for projection. 4K's just ridiculous. It takes up way too much space, and it would cost...Read more
I guess I'm moving along quickly enough. Compiled a list of questions with Ed to ask Greg (the DP I want to hire).
Last night I worked on the scrīpt some more and added another action scene for Gibson (Matt). It's not a lot, but I'm having him put more pressure on Ronnie (Ray), and at one point sits with Ronnie, Steve (Dennis?), and Terry (Troy?) while they try and get some money out of Devon (Chelsea). They don't really get anywhere, Devon walks out with a payment plan, and Gibson beats the other 3 guy...Read more
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