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.

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.

Operetta Music Composition

This project was for a friend of mine who had written an Operetta and needed the music for it.  For this project I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.  I wrote all musical arrangements and performed each instrument.  I also completed all the mixing, editing, and mastering.  After the film was edited I then lined up the finished music and added some sound design and effects.

I then created a Bandcamp page to host the soundtrack for the film.  I made all the music free to download so people could have it if they enjoyed it.

All music can be downloaded for free HERE

The Run Around- Chicago (Official Video)

This is a music video shot for The Run Around. My role in this was Assistant Camera and Sound Designer. The introduction scene needed sound design. I also operated a Canon T2i for half of the shots. I was shooting in 1080p, 24fps, in Cinestyle mode. Cinestyle is a free filter from Canon. It adds a gray look to the video and eliminates harsh shadows. The purpose for this is to flatten out the image for color correction. The shutter speed was 1/50 for most of the shoot. Aperture changed depending on exposure. It was my job to set up the sound system and light show for the video. I used the white audience lights to add a flat look to the stage and then used colored lights to add that show look and feel. The song was performed by the band many times while playing to the recording for sync. Audience and side story shots were filmed separate.