Archive for July, 2009

Short Film: Bloodstained Footprints

Posted in bloodstained footprints, filmmaking, lights film school, Scattered Images, short films on July 21, 2009 by martystalker
At 0100 hours on the morning of Tuesday 21st July, filming ceased on the short film ‘Bloodstained Footprints’. A short film which I wrote for my second Lights Film School assignment. The short piece offers a brief insight into the challenges and struggles of a person who is adjusting to civilian life after serving with a military unit in a war zone for so long.
A lighting set up from outside the house
When writing the production schedule for the shoot last week, I opted to film for one day rather than spreading the filming over two days. The main reason for this was to avoid any continuity errors in the footage which my assessors would be on the look out for! It has also given me an extra dedicated day of editing on the short piece which is so valuable when you’ve got a lot of corporate and wedding work to get finished.

A Tripod and Dolly ready to go

I had a good friend of mine, Rick Trainor from Red Sky Photography as my main camera operator on the Canon 5D mark II with inter-changeable lenses. The low light results from the camera were outstanding (as usual) and so crucial as the majority of the shots were night scenes. I found the actor, Tim, through Rick and it was his first attempt at acting. He went above and beyond what was expected of him and I was very grateful.

Tim Moffett, actor

I incorporated as many methods of filming into the scenes without overdoing it. Rick got his hands dirty and got to play with the Merlin steadicam, car mount and tripod dolly on the set. I tried to mix up stable tripod shots with monopod shots that offered slight movement to the footage to offer the scene more energy.

Me fixing on the car mount (always nervous when using this)

The short film is currently in the post production stage but please keep checking the blog for any latest news on the project. The teaser film poster at the start of the blog was created by Rick from Red Sky Photography

Lights Film School Enrollment!

Posted in enrollment, film schools, lights film school, Scattered Images on July 15, 2009 by martystalker

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If you too are interested in enrolling at the Lights Film School, please click on the link below to start the process. You can complete the course whenever you want as there is no time limit. I’m only up to my second assignment and I’ve learnt so much already!

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Lights Film School

Posted in film festivals, filmmaking, lights film school, Scattered Images, screenwriting on July 14, 2009 by martystalker

Back to the Books!

Like most people in my profession, I aim to become a successful British filmmaker. But there are gaps in my knowledge and understanding in the subject. So, I decided to go back to the books and I enrolled in the Lights Film School based in New York City. It is an online course where you learn about both the art and science of filmmaking. The programme teaches you all aspects of filmmaking from idea conceptualization and screenwriting to how to direct, edit and market your films to film festivals and through other film marketing channels.

I’ve recently completed my first assignment in screenwriting with positive feedback so far. Keep checking the blog or site for news of my next assignment, which focuses on Cinematography. I’ve just finished pre production on my short film ‘Bloodstained Footprints’ and I’m due to start filming in the next few weeks (with a little help from a few friends 🙂

New Promotional Video

Posted in commercial videos, corporate videos, promotional videos, Scattered Images on July 11, 2009 by martystalker

I have finally finished the 2009 Promotional Video for Scattered Images. Check out the High Definition version by clicking on the link below or watch it in the ‘Professional Services’ section on the website.

http://www.vimeo.com/5573527

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