October Production Video

October 26th, 2009

October 23-25th I headed down to Connecticut once again to film autumn scenes for Hindsight. Music: The New Science by Ola Podrida

Here is a twitpic of Pumpkintown, at Paul’s and Sandy’s Too in East Hampton, CT. I didn’t get any video of my time there because the sun was setting fast and I had to get the shots quick!

Pumpkintown USA

Blogging from the Road

October 24th, 2009

Currently in Windham, CT for my 8th shooting weekend.  As usual I’m staying with my teachers from high school.  It rained most of the day today but I managed to film the RHAM varsity football game.  It was actually the first time that I’ve ever seen them play because the field wasn’t ready when I was in high school.  I arrived after the second half and they were winning, but they ended up losing near the end.  I toted the Aaton around covered in my yellow rain coat and tried to get as many angles as possible.  For my last shot, I brought the camera up to the parking lot above the field and captured a nice wide of a play in action.  48 frames per second of course.  Tomorrow should provide some classic New England scenes because the weather is going to be nice.

Anyway,  I spent 10 hours on Thursday capturing the rest of the VHS home movies into Avid and also got a rough assembly done of the first 4 minutes of the film.  I look forward to more marathon editing sessions in the upcoming months.  Here are some pics of that past session.

Editing Twitpic 1

Editing Twitpic 2

October Press Clippings

October 18th, 2009

It’s been a while since my last update.  I’ve been busy working on another Emerson thesis film.  My October has been incredibly busy, but also incredibly rewarding.  I’ve had a good time.  Here are some press clippings from the beginning of the month.

While I was hanging around RHAM high school this summer, I ran into Meg Duffy, a friend of my sister’s.  Meg writes for a variety of blogs, but the majority of her thoughts are funneled into Illicit Exhibitions, a blog about street art.  I recommend that you check it out.  She also writes for a new online magazine called Connecticut Creative and she approached me to do a profile on HINDSIGHT.  The article follows.

Connecticut Creative Article

While at the Hebron Harvest Fair in September, I met a reporter from the Reminder News and she did a story about the project as well.  As always, please click to enlarge.

Oct 2 Reminder News Article

Reminder News Cover

September Production Video

September 28th, 2009

Here is a look at my weekend in Marlborough from September 10-12th.  Our goal was to  get pick-ups for things that I missed over the summer, while also filming events at the Hebron Harvest Fair.

However, we ran into problems with the rain and lots of our plans had to change.  My friend ended upJackson coming down with me last minute and we shared a bed at my spanish teacher’s house again.

Summer Trailer Hits the Web!

September 19th, 2009

The following is a compilation of the footage that I shot this summer, from early May until August.  I’m really happy with the way this trailer cut together.  It was a little daunting trying to figure out how to make a promotional piece with 2 hours of footage that came back.

The idea for the trailer really started with the song choice.  We recently setup our record player in our apartment, and I asked Greg if I could first listen to his Glassworks album while he played video games.  The music of Philip Glass has always been an inspiring force while shooting the film because of the work he did with Godfrey Reggio making the Qatsi trilogy.  Once I realized that this particular song worked well the footage, it all came together very quickly.  So please check it out!

HINDSIGHT – Summer Trailer

Music: Foe by Philip Glass, from Glassworks

Please share this trailer with your friends!  I’m hoping to keep interest high as I move into another fundraising campaign for the Fall portion of the film.  Thanks!

September Donor Update

September 15th, 2009

Tomorrow I have my first BFA Practicum class!  For the past 7 months, HINDSIGHT has been working by pre-approval from the BFA department to shoot early.  Most BFA films at Emerson have a summer and two semesters to work on their projects, but since my film needed to begin early in order to capture two winter seasons, I’ve been granted an extra semester.  In class tomorrow, I will present my project to the rest of the BFA students and look for initial constructive criticism.

The point of this post however, is to provide an update about the most recent supporters of HINDSIGHT.  These folks are my knight in shining armor, my guardian angels.  They deserve a big round of applause via the Internet.  Here they are:

Jeff Hild, Jeff Morris, and the Ives family.

To see the full list of HINDSIGHT supporters, check out the donor page.  Again,  I’d like to stress the importance of supporting HINDSIGHT through a donation.  In order for me to cover as many town events as I can, I need continuous support to purchase filmstock and pay for lab costs.  Ever little bit helps.  Please make a quick donation via PayPal today.  All donations are tax-deductible.

DONOR INCENTIVES

All donors will be listed in the end credits of the film.

Businesses who donate will receive a link to their website on the support page.

Donors of $100 or more will receive a free copy of the final DVD.

Donors of $500 or more receive an Associate Producer credit.

September Timelapses

September 15th, 2009

This past weekend I was down in Marlborough for my seventh shoot. The purpose of this shoot was to get some pick-ups of Spring/Summer scenes that I knew I was missing. It was also an attempt to get some of those tricky timelapses that I always wanted during the summer. Here are a few Twitpics that I posted while around Marlborough.
Timelapse of RHAM High School Atrium
The idea of doing a timelapse from a high angle in the RHAM high school atrium was something that I’ve wanted to do since I was in 17 years old. With help from Scott Leslie, Principal of RHAM and Mr. Ceresa the Head of Facilities, I was able to borrow the lift for a few hours. Paired with the new 5.9mm wide angle lens for the Bolex, I think this will be a pretty nifty shot.

Timelapse over Route 2
A simple little timelapse of cars zooming around Route 2 in Marlborough.

Jackson with a Media Pass
I planned on doing timelapses at the fair, but unfortunately it was raining all weekend, so that never worked out. Instead, this is a picture of Jackson and the sweet Media passes that we were granted by the Hebron Lions to film over the weekend. Special thanks to Robert Carter and the Lions!

Au Revoir Summer! Back to School!

August 31st, 2009

First Day of School

Sean and Scott circa 1993?  Either kindergarten or 1st grade?

Well, it’s the last night of the summer months.  September 1st means a lot of things.  For everyone in Boston, it means they have to move into their new apartments.  Thankfully I’m staying put in Cambridge.  For kids in Marlborough, it means back to school.

For HINDSIGHT, it means that I have to move forward to a new season and a new series of shoots.  No more can I think about the dog days of Summer.  I need to focus on transitioning into my favorite of season.  Autumn.  I have a shoot planned for the beginning of September and then another at the end of October.  In between, I’ll be shooting a friend’s thesis film.  So yes, another busy few months are ahead of me.  There are calls to be made, filmstock to buy, and shots to plan, but I’m ready for it.

I’m also going to be a senior in college this year, which is sort of a big deal.  My schedule worked out nicely though.  I’ll be taking Film Editing, Alterntive Motion Picture Techniques, and then my BFA Practicum class.  Lots of production classes and hopefully less papers.  More time for HINDSIGHT!

Easter Teaser Trailer!

August 28th, 2009

The 4,000 feet of film that I shot this summer is still at the lab, but I was so desperate today to work on a trailer that I went back to some of the Easter footage from April.  Some of the shots had reflections from the matte box, so upon first viewing I was quite upset and I hadn’t watched it since.  Looking back at it today I realized that I could cut around the mistakes and I managed to make this little teaser.  It feels good to cut together the footage because I haven’t done since that first winter trailer.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little guy! The music is by Beach House.

Recent Supporters & Donor Incentives

August 20th, 2009

The heat in Boston is unbearable and I live on a 3rd floor apartment. But I wanted to write a blog post to show my appreciation for everyone that has made HINDSIGHT possible so far. The following is a list of donors from this summer. Without them I would not have been able to shoot as many scenes as I did during these past few months!

Bert Miller, Amy Nocton, James & Linda Cherry, Sandy Morris, Dean Helm, John & Ann Tillistrand, Joanne & Kenneth Terry, Paul & Susan Shook, William & Kathleen Blake, Maureen Hanley, Jackie Fuller, Donna & Alex Ulloa, Megan Hanley, Kimberly Llerena, Thomas Hanley, Zachary Baker-Salmon, Mike Fowler, Dana Lovallo, Carol Burnham.

I also wanted to make it known that I’ve added a list of donor incentives to the support page on this site.  Just a little something to show my gratitude for the help that donors have provided.

DONOR INCENTIVES

All donors will be listed in the end credits of the film.

Businesses who donate will receive a link to their website on the support page.

Donors of $100 or more will receive a free copy of the final DVD.

Donors of $500 or more receive an Associate Producer credit.