Monday, March 12, 2012

Lessons I've Learned While Movie Making

So, it's apparent that whenever I have commitments outside of the home, I neglect my blog.  And my Twitter account.  And then I lose followers. 


I'm sorry if I'm disappointing you guys!  I was out of town filming my comedy short, and then I was sick, and then I started spending all my time editing my comedy short.  So...yeah, I'm busy.

When I started out on this whole short film venture, I thought it would be a, well, short process.  Not so much.  Yeah, I probably could have made the script a bit shorter or set it in one location (rather than seven), but you live you learn, right?

Not that I regret any of my decisions.  I think this is going to be a pret-ty awesome little film...and if it's not, well it was my first time out.  Give a lady a break! 

I've still got quite a bit to shoot and some voice over work to do before attempting a final cut, but so far I've learned some valuable lessons:

1.  I have the best friends.  One of them is an actor and he agreed to star with me.  He did an awesome job and offered a ton of helpful suggestions and technical advice.  Also, my blogger and twitter friend Feelix (yes, the same one who won the scarf) generously granted me permission to use some of her band's music, which has made all the difference.  Thank you so much, both of you!  You rock!

Todd and I on our fake date.
2. The Hubby REALLY doesn't like watching me kiss other guys.  Even if the guy is a non-threatening friend who's married to a super-hot woman.   It gives him the eebie-jeebies.  Probably won't put a kiss in the next script if I'm casting myself.  It was pretty weird for me, too.

3.  I actually like directing.  I didn't think that I'd ever want to direct, but after this experience, I've changed my mind.  It's fun!

4.  Next time I plan on starring in my own film, I'll schedule it for a different time of the month.  Seriously: PMS and HD video do NOT go well together.

I'll bet my recording studio has more clothes than your recording studio!
5.  I'll hit the "save" button more often often during the post production process. On Thursday night, I recorded ALL of Todd's voice over and some of mine, went to edit it, and the computer froze up.  I didn't save once during those two hours of recording.  D'OH.  We re-recorded everything the next morning before I had to leave town with the family, but it was devastating at the time.  The Hubby set everything to auto-save now, bless his heart, but I still click on that "save" button as often as I remember, which is sometimes once a minute.  Better safe than sorry.

Recording voice overs...that got lost in computer-land.

There are more things I've learned, but I'll save them for later.  I hope to upload the video to YouTube in a week or so, but it will definitely be up by the end of the month, at the latest.  I just found out today that my double jointed shoulder video has over 1,000 views, so if this one doesn't hit at least that many, I'll be sorely disappointed in humanity.  I'll do my best to make it funny enough that you'll want to share it with all of your friends. 

Wish me luck!  :)
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