touching base

 

 

Touching base

 

I hope everyone had a nice break and Holidays. Here is what is going on with the Arthouse. Matt is putting finishing touches on the pilot and it will be ready for release within a couple of weeks. What was episode 3 is going to become either episode 2 or episode 2 and 3. Regardless, it will be ready for release by the end of January easy.

 

I am currently working on the indiegogo campaign. We have a solid start on that thanks to Lauren.

 

Here is my plan and tentative dates and plans.

 

Jan 15. Release Pilot on YouTube. Link and link again. No release party, lets get some views from friends and family. Think it as a soft release for the series.

 

Late January Film some lone scenes with Donnie, Lily, Freeda, the Goth, and the cult of the yellow sign.

 

Release indiegogo campaign just a couple of days before release party.

 

February 9. Release party for episode 2. Play Pilot, Episode 2 and kickstarter video. At either Firehouse or Filmbar. Please start locking down that date.

 

Random thoughts.

 

Here is what I have been mulling over. Random thoughts.

 

Several episodes are 7 pages. I am working with Ian and Mike to divide into two scripts, what episodes should we drop? It is nice we have the luxury.

 

February start banging shit out. We have to be done shooting by end of or start of summer.

 

Lock down Phoenix comicon.

 

I hope you don’t mind the long break. I was in Italy, plus I had always thought that we should have the Pilot and 2nd episode done and in the bag before starting on episode 3, that was a lesson learned from FFNL.

 

Thanks again for all your hard work, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

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studying intros and lenght

From Blip TV
Sorted by relevance, either most popular or similar to us

Duder (webby-honored)
http://blip.tv/duder
Intro 1.5 seconds Just text of word and someone saying “duder”
Total episode 4.98 most around 5 minutes, a few over

Model Wife
http://blip.tv/modelwifeshow/
Intro 5 seconds
quick 1.5 second of head shot of main characters, and episode title.
Total Episode 3.12 minutes (two episodes at 5 minutes, most below 4 or even 3 minutes)

Hipsterhood
http://blip.tv/hipsterhood
Intro No intro, just text at bottom of screen for 1 second (maybe) that says web series
Total episode 2:50 most around 2:30 to 3:00
JulianSmith.tv
http://blip.tv/juliansmithtv/julian-smith-reservation-6325359 (most popular on channel, extremely well shot)
No intro (none not one)
Total Episode 2:13

Big Book of Lies
http://blip.tv/big-book-of-lies/big-book-of-lies-07-1385578
1.5 second intro, just words over audio
Total episde 3.33 (most 3.30 to 4.20)

Delusions of Grandeur
http://blip.tv/delusionsofgrandeur
Intro 7 Seconds
Circus music with rapid fire eye-shots of main start
Total Episdoe 38 minutes long
The Unemployed life
http://blip.tv/the-unemployed-life
Intro 3 seconds Just text of “The Unemployed Life” over audio of episode. (Improv driven series)
Total episode 3.53 (most episodes between 3:40 and 4:30)

The Guild
Season2 episod 1
Total 5:33

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For the Credits

Episode 1

Director and Showrunner Kevin Patterson

Executive Producer Thought Crime Productions

Producers Matt Gismondi, Mike Gustie, and Kevin Patterson

Director of Photography and Editor Matt Gismondi

Writer and Second Camera Mike Gustie

Emperor of Continuity Ian Murdock

Sound Engineer Lawrence Whipple

Boom Operator James Peshlakai

Grip Suzy Gallup

Opening and Closing Music Joe Sawinski

STARRING

Lily Amy Jean Page

Walter Michael 23

Freeda Kristy Theilen

Donnie Michael Van Liew

Narrator Neil Gearns

Val Beth May

J.J. Mike Micheletti

Guest Starring

Jack John Luther Norris

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The Firehouse

Lauren Karp

Phil Murray

Neal Johnson

Renetto-Mario Etsitty

James Dupuis

Episode 3

Director and Showrunner Kevin Patterson

Director of Photography and Editor Matt Gismondi

Camera  Mike Gustie

Assitant Director Pat Kaye

Writer Kevin Patterson

Emperor of Continuity Ian Murdock

Sound Engineer James Peshlakai

Key Grip Ivan Chavez

Grip Suzy Gallup

STARRING

Lily Amy Jean Page

Walter Michael 23

Freeda Kristy Theilen

Donnie Michael Van Liew

Val Beth May

J.J. Mike Micheletti

Narrator Neil Gearns

Guest Starring

News Journalist Dilcia Yvonne Yanez

EMG Brian Harrison

Cop Kevin Patterson

DEBATE SHOULD WE ADD THE EXTRAS. I AM NOT SURE IF THEY WOULD CARE. PLUS I AM NOT SURE ALL THE NAMES ARE CORRECT.  MATT CAN YOU MAKE SURE ALIA IS NOT IN THE FOOTAGE, DO YOU KNOW WHO SHE IS? IF SHE IS NOT I DO NOT WANT TO INCLUDE HER IN THE EXTRA LIST.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The Firehouse

Phil Murray

Lauren Karp

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Dec update

To all,

Here are some proposed dates to consider. Please let me know what you think and your availability.

Dec 1: Saturday after First Friday. Viewing party at KP’ps. We watch the First Episode. Hopefully rough assembly of third episode and raw footage Lauren has made of the “making off” for the Kickstarter. 

In order to film all of Episode 2 before Christmas, we would need to do the following (it would be a little tough on me, the cast and the crew.)

Friday Night Dec 7 film scenes with the Goth and the scene at Conspire. Only cast needed would be the Goth, Freeda, Rasta Extra and Cult of the Yellow Sign.

Saturday Dec 8- Day 10 to 7. Film dish scenes at Firehouse. This will be a semi-difficult and long day. We would absolutely need a fresh crew at the end of the day to help us clean up the huge mess we will make. All cast would be needed.   I will work on schedule to film effectively with peoples time. 

Sunday Dec 9- Film scenes with Donnie pushing cart of dishes, only Donnie (maybe Lily) would be needed.

If we do not film on these dates, I expect our next filming will occur in January.

Status of project:

Here are some random musings of what I am thinking and where we are at.  It is included more as an FYI.  Please feel free to read at your leisure.  Feel free to send me your two cents.  Please note I used blind cc so you all don’t get overwhelmed with replies. I will follow up with feedback everyone gives.

Speed over Accuracy?

I am very happy with the production level and acting level of this project.  If you would like something to compare it to, go to  http://blip.tv/comedy-videos and check out some other webseries comedies. Hopefully you will agree after seeing more footage at the Viewing party.

I am a little concerned with our speed at production.  Some considerations:

Currently it is taking two days of filming and a days upon days of editing (big thank you to Matt) to complete one episode.  Based on my experience, readings, and conversations with others this in natural and normal.  The general consensus is you can film 5 pages of script in a 12 hour day.  As we are doing 4 pages in a 6 hour day we are doing the low-budget film standard.

We have basically shot 12 minutes of footage for what will be eventually 48 minutes of footage.

We are making a sitcom, not a film.  Compare normal sitcoms to film and they don’t look as good.  For us to crank out more stuff quicker then we will have to drop some production value.  What is more important speed or quality?

A typical shooting day is costing around 200 bucks.  So one episode is costing around 400 bucks.

Once again, I really like how good the first two epsidoes are looking.

Help Needed

It saddens me how little actual “directing” I am doing on days of shoot. Each day of shoot is exhausting for me and takes lots of work before and after.  I need help.  Instead of concentrating on the acting and giving suggestions to the actors I am running around coordinating the day.  I (along with Matt) have been basically doing the role of Assistant Director.  If we could find someone to step into that role it would be a huge-massive help.  It is a tough role to fill because it involves a LOT of grunt work and also requires someone who knows and understands the project intimately.

Also needed is a prop person to arrange props before shooting. I have been surprised to learn that at least 60% of my time in pre-production is going to arranging props.  This distracts from making sure all of our people are on board.

Next Steps?

Originally I had planned to have 4 episodes shot, edited, done and completed before releasing any. Which meant first release would be February(ish.) This was to help build up interest and not lose interest once it is built up. 

I am debating if this is the next step.  I have been very happy with what we have done.  Perhaps releasing our first two episodes will help generate more financial help and more interest in folks willing to be crew?

I believe we will be making in December and January a kickstarter video.  I m currently working on the wish list of how much money we will be asking for.  Any equipment bought will be given to “Thought Crime Productions” meaning basically Michael 23’s shed and can be used by any firehouse ally.

Thanks again

I have been really encouraged by the tremendous amount of work and energy that so many of you have been putting into this project.  I am deeply appreciative of it and would like to give each of a deep kiss.  But that might be awkward, so instead make sure next time I see you we have a deep handshake instead.

(Send Episode 2)

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general update getting ready for 3

Hello all.  Nothing too important below, I just thought I would let you know where we are at right now.

Matt, Mike and I are trying to think through and plan logistics out for Nov 3 shoot.  We will probably have a blocking rehearsal, but we really want it to be during the day to study the light.  However, I doubt that will happen unless random people meet me this Sunday (nov 4) at the firehouse around 1. Anybody willing to wander around with me in the garden for a couple of hours?
Also, we need a cop uniform.  The more real the better.  Does anyone know anyone with a car that could “look” like a cop car.  Meaning the front of it is black and square, we could just film the corner of it.
Mike G. Matt G and I watched footage Monday night. It looks really good.  Again good job actors.  I said it before and I will say it again your reaction work is great.
Crew, great job getting solid footage on two very demanding (logistic wise) shoots.
I think Nov 3 will be one of the more challenging logistics day that we have dealt with.  Actors, have you noticed that in scenes 5 though 9 you do not really have a lot lines (except for freeda).  We would like you as part of the scene, but because you will not be having to remember lines, would you be able to help us lead extras on how to act/react/move?
I am hoping to put Pat and Neil in charge of the extras.  Pat because she knows film and Neil because he knows the firehouse, and whomever is going to run the extras that day is going to need help.
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MCing

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http://grandavephoenix.com/grand-avenue-festival/festival-program/

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