Yellow Bird - filmmaking

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Our second to last shoot this weekend (that nearly completes my short film “Stories of the Unconscious”) went very well.

I’ve catalogued all the footage and I’ll begin editing today or tomorrow.

We filmed in the woods and of all the things that I worried about happening that could potentially derail the shoot, I NEVER worried that our Assistant Cameraman would get attacked by bees.  Which is, indeed, what happened.  He took it as well as I could imagine anyone taking it and we still managed to get everything we came there to get.

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Our next shoot, to complete the series, will also be shot in the woods but a woods of a different sort and primarily taking place around a lake and in a deep hole. This final shoot will be the most complicated of all the shoots yet and we’re gearing up to film it near the end of September.

On this past shoot the series’ producer, Sara Murphy, was unavailable so I had to both produce and direct and it was successful though stressful for me.  Mostly it’s organizing everyone and keeping an eye out for potential issues and worrying about time—those are the stress-ers.  It’s hard to do all of that and be present with your actors and clear with your vision of the whole piece.  All in all, it went well, but I’m excited that Sara should be available to attend for our final shoot.

I have a film shoot this weekend!

"Stories of the Unconscious" is a short film that I started a little over two years ago.  It is a short film that is comprised of 9 micro-short films.  We have filmed 7 of these shorts and this weekend we will film the 8th.  This 8th film is called "Yellow Bird" and it involves a talking yellow bird.  Damon Pelletier and I have been working on a puppet for the bird.  This video shows the internal mechanism that allows the bird to move it’s beak—it’s head can also tilt side to side but that isn’t shown in the video.  We have to put on skin and feathers and then the puppet will be ready for the spotlight!

View my vines on vine (collaboration with Grant Stoops)

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Busy indeed. Damon and I have been working on the last large set for IN THE WELL which nearly completes the micro-short film.  Mostly the house has been time consuming, here’s a sneak peak of our handiwork.

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This week we are casting YELLOW BIRD which we will be shooting on August 16th.  This is the second to last short before all principal photography is complete (amazing)!

To film YELLOW BIRD we need our tiny bird puppet to be complete and Damon and I have joined forces to do that.  This is our copper skeleton work-in-progress of the interior mechanisms, allowing the bird to move it’s tiny head and it’s tiny beak.

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On a slightly different note, I quit my job (finally) and went freelance and within the first month Damon and I got a job making a 6sec stop motion promo for Intel!  It took us a week and a half to build the stopmo puppet and put together the animation and it was super fun.  It’s not yet released online, so unfortunately I can’t share it with you (yet). Here’s us working:

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Also, Grant(my boyfriend) and I (and eventually other collaborators as well) have been making 6sec vines under a pseudonym, you can view them here (we post one nearly every day): THELMA & WOODROW

That’s it for now!

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