Would you mind Spiderman-bagging that stand for me?
“Neptune” has continued shooting and we had a nice early call time on Wednesday. Two Lights Park really is quite nice at first light, even on a foggy day.
A couple weeks ago I gaffed a short film that you can now watch online. It premiered Sunday night at the Local Love Muscle Film Festival and took first place! It will also be playing at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival in April. Shot by Dean Merrill who also co-directed with Gary Robinov. Everything was shot at Grace restaurant and Deering Oaks Park in Portland. We didn’t do much lighting at the park, but we got to be a little bit more creative at the restaurant. It’s already a beautiful location and with the help of a few lights, we got some elements to really pop. We mostly used small Arri fresnels and Kinos, including the Image 80 heads. We also used a bit of china ball and this was the debut of my covered wagon that I mentioned last month.
Other crew members included Andrea Nilosek and Ben Howard, both of No Refund for Content and David Mieklejohn, who just released a great music video for Frontier Ruckus.
No Refund for Content has a new episode! Watch it! Like it! Email it to all your friends!
If that didn’t quench your thirst for local filmmaking, be sure to make it to the Local Love Muscle Film Festival on Sunday.
I recently helped out on an entertaining music video shoot to promote FAFSA opportunities for high school graduates. Fun times! Stay in school kids!
Last week, I finally made a covered wagon light. If you’re not familiar, a covered wagon is a diffused light for filmmaking made mostly with supplies available at a typical hardware store. They use porcelain sockets to hold household bulbs in the middle of a tube of diffusion. The diffusion material is held in place with chicken wire! There are two dimmers that each control two sockets each. I first used one when Ashton brought his pair up last June for “Backgammon.” If I remember correctly, he had his skinned with unbleached muslin and quarter grid. They worked well and often during the month long shoot.
I made mine almost exactly the way Ashton made his, only with one difference. His first and third sockets were wired to one dimmer and second and fourth sockets were wired to the other dimmer. In my wagon, I wired the first and fourth socket to one dimmer and second and third sockets to the other dimmer. Very subtle difference, but I figured I’d try it out.
Lighting up a bar scene a few nights ago with Dean Merrill. This is one of the many shots we lit with the covered wagon.
Total cost of the wagon was definitely less than $50, but I sourced some of the parts for free. The sockets I used were the Leviton 9880. There are cheaper options for sockets, but I liked these because the contacts are covered up and maybe a little bit safer. Since the wattage is fairly low, you can get away with wiring the bulk of this with 16/2 wire from a simple extension cords. You’ll need two dimmers, which should be able to handle 600 watts each, a double gang box to house them and a double cover plate. I used a few feet of 16/3 wire and a grounded plug to finish off the electrical work. The chicken wire doesn’t have to be anything to special. I used a tougher kind than I really needed because my landlord gave it to me. Freebie. I used scrap duvetyne to cover the ends, but scrap black wrap will work just as well. As for diffusion, you can chose whatever kind works best for your situation. I used unbleached muslin because I love the color and texture it creates. I think it matches the type of lighting that we would use the covered wagon for. Bleached muslin, grid cloth, and diffusion gel are all good options too.
I have two videos to share with you today. The first is episode 3 ofTuberville, a web series that I have worked on in Vermont. 30′ dolly move in a frozen potato field was actually more fun than it sounds.
See the previous episodes and learn how Tuberville is helping feed families in need at tubervilletheseries.com.
Next up is the trailer for Neptune, a feature film that will finish shooting next summer.
Pretty great, to say the least, but please help Last House Productions continue making this. Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. Share the trailer with friends. Make a donation if you can at Lasthouseproductions.com.
This is the first year that I have helped out on a shoot for Damnationland, a showcase of horror films by Maine filmmakers. I only worked on one, but it was a blast, even of it was cold and wet and the location was far away and in the end I may have only bounced light for one or two shots. The premiere is happening right here in Portland on October 19th. You can learn more about it on the Facebook page, or if you’re already won over, buy tickets here. If you can’t make it on the 19th or if you’re not in Portland, don’t fret. Damnationland will be making stops in Brunswick, Lewiston, and Bridgton, plus New York, Los Angeles, and Athens, Ohio. Previous excuses have been rendered invalid.
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