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Location, Location, Location

Posted by Shay on March 6th, 2011 (0 comments)

So I found a location that is perfect. I’ve asked the owner if it’s okay to shoot there and she said yes. What next? Do I have to have a permit to shoot if I have the owner’s permission? Do I need to notify the town office? I’m shooting in Westchester but their film department says that it varies by area. I’m guessing the next step would be to call whichever municipality handle this sort of thing….Or I can just go guerilla.

Something to look forward to…

Posted by Shay on March 3rd, 2011 (0 comments)

Crewing Up

Posted by Shay on March 1st, 2011 (0 comments)

So a few friends have a greed to help me out in April and I hope I don’t disappoint them. Scheduling a crew is a lot harder than I thought, but it’s still fun to look forward to the production when it’s something you’re passionate about and you get to work with friends.

How do you pick your crew? And how do you get them to work for free? Do you pick from the talents of friends, post on Craigslist (and the like), or do you do it all yourself? Let me know in the comments.

Well…Okay!

Posted by Shay on February 28th, 2011 (0 comments)

In April I will be shooting the first in a series of nonverbal shorts. This project started as an exercise I found in MovieMaker Magazine and blossomed from there. I was testing my skills as a visual writer. How well could I represent characters without dialogue making them a caricature. Wish me luck.

Looking Up

Posted by Shay on September 19th, 2010 (0 comments)

In the last few months I’ve watched my peers move into positions that I’ve I’ve been eyeing for the last few years. It was hard to see that it was such an easy task to obtain such roles. It made me feel inadequate in the sense of determination and drive. It lit a slow-burning fire under my butt. I stopped looking for the ideal role with the dream productions. I started looking in the same places as everyone else. i.e. Craigslist, ProductionHub, SimplyHired, and Mandy. Well, it paid off. On Monday I will have a trial run as an editing intern for StyleLikeU.com. I’m not the most fashion-forward woman, but I love that they are about personal style and a person’s own styling inspiration. I’m very excited about the opportunity to edit interviews again. I miss people talking to the camera and revealing a little bit of themselves with each frame.

I’ve also been offered a position as an instructor for LMC-TV for an after school program for 4th and 5th graders. What a challenge this will be. It’s one thing to teach relatives and/or their friends how to use a camera, but to teach kids that you don’t know, to tap into how they learn, will be a whole other ballgame. Things are looking up.

I’ll keep you seldom readers up-to-date. Thank you for stopping by. If this is your first time here, please subscribe.

Keep loving film.
Shay

Where do I go?

Posted by Shay on September 2nd, 2010 (0 comments)

I’ve been looking for jobs in places I thought no on new about. I seem to always be one step behind. The job was either “just filled” or the deadline has passed for applicants. My next stop is going to be the conference circuit. There are a few coming up that I’ll take part in.

I knew it would be hard to get back out there while maintaining my duties as a mom, but I thought something would have come through by now. I’ll keep trying until there’s a single solitary door open across a dessert. Can’t shake me that easily!

What I’m Working On – 5/6/10

Posted by Shay on August 6th, 2010 (0 comments)

So while you’re waiting on a few videos and what not, I wanted to update you on what I have in the works.

The number one “project” on my list is a spec script for a network crime drama. I’ve been watching so much SVU, Bones, and Lie To Me that I feel like I live in a crime drama. Let’s hope that comes across on the page. Second, is for my reel. I am taking an exercise MovieMaker Magazine and elaborating on it. I’m writing “Scenes In Silence.” It will be several 2-3 minute scenes shot with absolutely no dialogue. It will help me to hone my skills as a visual writer, give me something to add to my editing reel, and give me experience behind the camera. it’s win-win-win. I have one scene written and will hopefully begin shooting by the end of the summer. I also hope to working on a teen news show for LMC-TV.

Ideas seem to come to you when you least expect it so that you don’t have a pen or paper to write.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Posted by Shay on August 3rd, 2010 (0 comments)

I think the title says it all…

But some of you may want a more in depth explanation. Resume to come. Reels to come. Redesign to come. Half of my web team will be in Japan so I can’t do anything until they get back. In the meantime, try not to lose interest in me, I’ll still be editing and writing.

Don’t Tease Me!

Posted by Shay on March 18th, 2010 (1 comment)

Trailers I was perusing Hulu’s movie trailers when I came across I thought looked awesome. I’m a little ashamed to say the movie title because I like lame romantic comedies with actresses that people always make fun of. Anyway. I’m all excited for this movie. It looks funny, the love interest is kind of hot.

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to drag one of my friends to see it!

Then the hammer is dropped right on my last little piggy. The movies isn’t coming out for three months! Help me understand this. Are we now so obsessed with getting there first that we have ruined trailer-viewing? I blame Harry Potter and the Trailer That Came Out a Year Early. Seriously? First it was the teaser trailer at the one movie on opening weekend. Okay. So what that I have to see I Am Legend in IMAX to see exclusive footage of Dark Knight. I was going to see both anyway.

I remember when trailers could only be viewed in one of two places-on TV and at the theater. I thought that trailers online would mean more trailers of movies I could see this weekend. I feel like I’m being tricked.

Want to see a great movie?

Abso-freakin-lutely!

Here’s the trailer!

That looks awesome. What are the showtimes?

Oh. Nay, nay. You don’t get to see this one right now. You have to sit in anguish while far crappier movies are released from the same conglomerate/movie house before this awesome one. We’ll make you wait, Idunno, 4 months. Yeah. That sounds like a good wait time.

Oh, screw you movie executive.

It’s gotten ridiculous. And now you have the teaser trailer, the theatrical trailer, the trailer, the exclusive clip, the interview, the featurette, and the making of. I just want to see the damn movie. No “Coming Soon” or “Summer 2010.” Is that too much to ask, Mr. Movie Exec. Can you only put out trailers for this month?

And here one I just stumbled across. Grr. I love trailers. I’d like making trailers to be my bread and butter one day. It’s seems to be the marketing and promotion department is the one I should steer clear of.

Term of the Day: Invisible Protective Shield

Posted by Shay on February 13th, 2010 (0 comments)

courtesy of Roger Ebert

What it means
Protects characters during fight scenes. They get hit by fists, chairs, bottles, etc. and thrown through walls, doors, glass, but wear only a small bandage in next scene, and later have no marks, although they should be black and blue for the rest of the movie.

My Explanation
There’s no way in hell anybody could survive the things these action heroes go through. It makes for a much more dramatic, action packed scene if 10,000 arrows are shot at him but his hanes tee and levi jeans protect his flesh. Aw, but his face is unprotected. We’ll paint some blood on his face to show that he isn’t really invincible but just so bad ass that even arrows are scared to penetrate his skin.

Example
Any movie where there are bullets, running, a girl who goes in the burning building only to have the hero save her, or any combination of the above.