Month: January 2012

Directing, Winter Storm Short

Sound? Speed. Camera? Rolling. Slate? Slate???

January 19, 2012

Apple had saved the day again. We didn’t have a slate on the last day of our shoot and I’ve only realized this after all of us have climbed a rocky hillside with the full camera package (lenses and sticks included). Sound and camera were already synced up through a click-box, so we were ‘jamming’, but I felt that some visual reference was still needed. Didn’t need to worry much as Harrison pulled out his iPhone and loaded up an app called iSlate. I was blown away. Apparently it doesn’t take much, but still…

slating with iPhone

Designed by ibuiltthis, iSlate has been around since 2008, so I was a little baffled as why I didn’t already know about its existence. Especially because there are a few apps out there for the iPhone and iPad, most notably the beefed up Movie*Slate.

slating with iPhone

I guess the question is: is it the real deal? No, but it’s pretty close and super convenient. iSlate is especially helpful when all you want to have is a sound reference and some basic numbering sequence for your takes. Changing scene and take numbers is fast and easy and now as I’m going through my files I can appreciate it having it on the set even more. I have clean reference frames and iSlate has made the first steps of post-production a lot easier.

Directing, Winter Storm Short

As The Winter Sets In

January 16, 2012

My short drama, titled Winter Storm, is finally in-production. This intimate father and son tale tracks the morning of their first hunting trip together. I was excited to share a few Winter Storm storyboard frames a while back so I’m definitely very happy to finally reach the point of beginning.

Winter Storm

We have created a Winter Storm Facebook page to ramp up some support. We’ll be documenting our progress there, so check it periodically. Heck, hit the ‘like’ button if you’re in the mood for it, you know we appreciate it!

I must return to the work that lies ahead, but let me leave you with the words of Willa Cather: “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”