Reality Refined – Chicago 48hr Film Project 2017 Submission

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This year’s 48hr Film Project was a lot of fun. We drew the genre Fantasy, and had a blast coming up with our idea. Like all 48hr Film Projects, we have just 48hrs to write, film, edit, render, and turn in the finished product.

This year the writing process went very smooth since we were playing in our wheelhouse. We decided to not go too over the top and keep the story grounded (a theme the story itself also explores).

We always write as a team and improvise most of the lines. We will come up with a general story structure, block out each scene, and then fill in the rest while we shoot. This method always works out well for us and keeps our time well managed.

Since our team is small we all end up playing camera man, writer, practical effects, lighting, etc at some point.

My specific contributions for this film fest were actor, and sound designer. All sounds aside from dialog were created and mixed into the film. This is tough to do within the time limit given so we are very proud of the result.

Today, Two Years, and Tomorrow – UNLV Spring Flicks

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This is the 2017 submission for the UNLV Spring Flicks in Las Vegas. I provided sound design, and music for the film.

I worked remotely from Chicago. The film was shot and edited in Las Vegas, and I was sent a rough cut to start my sound work. I spent the first day watching the film and creating my sound list.  I then went out and field recorded all my raw sounds to use in sound editing. Combining the recorded sounds with sound library samples, I was able to create all the sound effects needed.

The original production dialog was recorded on set and ended up being extremely noisy. Audio restoration techniques were not able to clean up the audio enough to be usable. So the filmmaker did an ADR session in Vegas with another audio engineer. I was then sent the updated OMF file with raw dialog to edit and mix.  This drastically improved the viewing experience and overall story.

The concept of the sound design really drives the emotion in the film. I chose to create realistic soundscapes, while keeping some of the dream-like qualities to the flash backs and past travel scenes.

The Run Around – Popstars – Music Video

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This project was a music video shoot for a local Chicago punk band – The Run Around.  They were in the process or marketing their new album, The Reckless Ones, now available on iTunes.  My role in this project was assisting the shoot in setting up the scenes, running local audio for syncing, assistant camera work, and acting.  The acting part was a last minute decision.  The direction of the video we ultimately decided on required a pompous TV producer type character.  So I volunteered to play that part.

The entire day was a lot of fun.  Shooting music videos are a fun experience and the final product turned out excellent.  See the video below:

Chicago 48hr Film Project 2015 – Audience Award Winner – The Small Accordion

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This year me and a few of my friends participated yet again in the Chicago 48hr Film Project.  For those unfamiliar, this is a film fest that requires teams to create and submit a 7min short film in just 48hrs.  Teams are given the same prop, character, and line of dialogue that they must use within the film.  Then each team randomly draws a genre.  They are given 48hrs to write, film, edit, and submit the finished film.

This year our film won the Audience Award.  This means that the screening audience voted our film number 1!  We are very proud of this award as it means we successfully entertained, and that people enjoyed our work.

Watch the film below, then continue reading for some info about our experience this year.

 

We received Cop/detective genre and immediately decided to do a film noir.  However, we did not just want to do a goofy parody as that has been done so many times.  We decided to film a genuine film noir, with some comedy injected into the story.  We decided to keep the time period ambiguous and instead focus on the stylistic and story elements that make up the film noir genre.  We kept the story simple and straight forward for the 7min run-time, while still having some essence of uncertainty.

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We had a blast working on this project and are very proud of the result.  We came close to the wire at some points since we didn’t finish filming until 3am Sunday morning.  However with great teamwork and efficiency we were able to pull off something people enjoyed, and ended up winning in the process. While our goal was to entertain and not win awards, it still feels good to be acknowledged for our hard work.

Boy Scout AirCamp 2014 – Video

I recently volunteered to help out at the Chicago Boy Scout Aircamp event at the Rockford International Airport.  I provided photography and video services.  Throughout the day I roamed the event snapping photos and taking video of the 4,000+ attendees having fun.  At around 2:30pm I sat down and began to edit the photos and video.  I then compiled all the bests into a video retrospective to be aired during their closing Arena Show later that night.  All the scouts gathered in a large aircraft hanger to watch the show and video highlights from the day.  It was a great time and was nice to see the joy on all the faces.

Check out the video below:

(the video also contains photos from other photographers on site that day)

The Run Around – Until The End (Jeremy Kitt’s Memorial Show)

This is a short video documentary I took part in for a friend’s band.  It documents their memorial show at the House of Blues – Chicago in honor of their guitarist whom past away.   My role was that of assistant camera and audio engineer.  We followed the band around all day capturing their setup, sound check, downtime, and full performance.

We then sat each member down for interviews to ask them about their fallen member Jeremy.  We captured the performance with two DSLR cameras moving from on stage, to on the floor, to up in the balcony.  We wanted to ensure there was enough footage to piece together a touching and fitting tribute in post production.

The film was directed, produced, and edited by Spiro Adam Siavelis.  Check out his other work HERE