Storyboarding- The Efficient Way

February 10th, 2011

We’ve been spending the last four days storyboarding for “Derrick Builds a Car.” Since we are shooting on such a tight schedule (5 days), efficiency is key. That is why we have chosen to photograph the storyboards rather than the old fashioned drawing method. This does a few things:

1) Show exactly what my interpretation of the shot is, regardless of artist interpretation.

2) Establish needs (in the terms of lighting and rigs).

3) Allow the full survey of our locations.

4) Allow us to efficiently setup the shots throughout the shooting process.

This being said, we are about 75% done with storyboarding- and still going.

Storyboards with Stand-In: Lucas Price

Storyboarding with Stand-ins: Justin Matchett & Lucas Price

Storyboarding with Stand-ins: Frankie & Joe del Rosario


“DBaC”- Last Cast Member- Jalopy

February 9th, 2011

A previous post of mine had all of our cast members together for a meet-and-greet and a photo. How could I have forgotten about the most important cast member of all? The star of “Derrick Builds a Car?” Not Derrick, the Car!

Nicknamed, the “Jalopy,” the production now has its final cast member- and let me tell you, this 2001 VW Passat is a beaut! It will be a pleasure to work with her. However, after our art department takes a whirl at her, she won’t be winning any beauty pageants. In fact, she won’t even be running!

Everyone please say “hello” and… “goodbye” to our shortest lived cast member.

Derrick Builds a Car’s Jalopy. Pictured with Michael Kraus & Frankie del Rosario.

Derrick Builds a Car- Actor Meeting

February 7th, 2011

Today, we met with the actors of “Derrick Builds a Car.” I’ve got to say, we are fortunate to have such a strong cast for this production. T-Minus 11 days until shooting commences.

Derrick Builds a Car- Full Cast

Pictured from left: Fenix Charlotte (Ashley), Brannon Cross (Justin), Chad Gall (Zee, aka Derrick), Jessica DiTomaso (Cindy), Amy Gray (Emily) & Justin Matchett (Cleve).

Derrick Builds a Car- Stars: Derrick & Justin

Pictured from left: Chad Gall, Brannon Cross.

Courage In a Bottle- Revisited

February 7th, 2011

If you haven’t noticed yet, Courage in a Bottle has been revisited and posted anew on the site. These changes included a bit of music and a few cosmetic clean-ups.

I know we aren’t supposed to work on these screentests this much, but I felt like that the work was necessary.

Watch it here.

APASI Shoot- Th Good Reverend Aftermath

January 30th, 2011

It’s been a long weekend but for now, it’s resting time. The shoot went well. We even finished about an hour earlier than expected and got some breakfast at around 5am. We did a final shot at 7am at dawn and then were home by 10am for a nap.

The set featured crew from both Zee and Eon Sea Productions. Project Zee’s own Grace Feeney served as production manager on set and Frankie del Rosario acted grip. The T2i’s were surprisingly adaptive and ended up producing a quality image. Pros: Small and compact, Good images, photos onset are convenient, SD-capturing is fast and convenient and easy to match with additional T2i’s. Cons: No iris ring (frustrating), pulling focus is very difficult, zoom has an aperture flaw and no awesome preset buttons.

My final decision: I’ll stick with our XL-H1, but I won’t hesitate to grab out the T2i in a pickle.

Frankie on APASI set- being useful by testing a prop gun

Grace Feeney Behind the Scenes- Also Pictured: Mark Liviero (actor) & Theo Harris (Eon Sea)

Project Zee Members On Set of APASI's "The Good Reverend"

APASI Shoot- The Good Reverend

January 28th, 2011

I will be helping out with an APASI production tonight. “The Good Reverend,” written and directed by S. Roy Saringo, produced by A.P.A.S.I. and yours truly. I will also be directing the photography on set. The shoot is from 6pm until 7am tomorrow morning (sheesh), so I will be exhausted just in time for Gasparilla.

We will be shooting the entire short with a Canon T2i, so I am interested on seeing the quality of the final outcome. Project Zee will also be represented by a new member, Frankie del Rosario- serving as a grip on set. He doesn’t know this yet but he is also the set’s bodyguard (as we will be shooting with expensive equipment in the ghetto). ¬†All I know is, if anything happens to our newly purchased Scene Slate, I’ll be sad.

More info and pictures (hopefully) to follow.


Courage In a Bottle- Thoughts

January 26th, 2011

The short, Courage In a Bottle, has been posted on the site for everyone’s enjoyment.¬†Warning: There might actually be another version released soon as I’ve been playing with scores a bit more. Stay tuned…

Derrick Builds a Car, Draft 3

January 24th, 2011

Just finished Draft 3 of Derrick Builds a Car. It turned out better than I thought but also very different. When I first had the script in mind, I saw it as a drama with very slight humorous undertones. Every time I revise the script, I feel that it turns towards being a comedy even more. Not that it’s a bad thing…

We are now in full story-boarding mode!

Photo Shoot 2011

January 16th, 2011

Yesterday, we had our 2011 Production Crew Photo Shoot! In attendance were all of the Project Zee members who will be working on this year’s production, “Derrick Builds a Car!”

The shoot went well- unfortunately, we had to cancel our screen test, “Lone.” We may postpone it for another time or cancel it outright- don’t know yet. Photos will be up soon.


Technical Difficulties

January 14th, 2011

Last night disaster struck. I had been placing the final touches in the short, “Courage in a Bottle, ” when my NAS starting acting up and freezing. I put the editing on hold while I troubleshooted the other pc. It appears that the drive was going out and had many bad sectors.

Upon further troubleshooting, I pulled the drive out and decided to swap it with one of the Editing drives storage. After doing so, I ran a chkdsk and finished repairing (for now) the sectors. Hoorah! My NAS was back up for the time being. Only thing left to do was to put my editing pc back together.


That was the sound of the plastic locking piece coming off of the storage drive as I placed it back into the bay. With the plastic connector, came the golden conductors as well. Luck has it- it was the same drive that had all of my Screen Test work.

Needless to say, I had a long night attempting to recover the information off of it. I ended up holding a piece of solder against the connectors and lodged it into the SATA cable- it connected long enough for me to transfer all of my information successfully.

Time to buy new drives…