Live by Design

recoilthemovie:

Well today is another special day because we are hours away from locking the score for Recoil.   Choosing a composer was one of the most difficult things to do for this film.  We had over 30 composers submit for the project and I listened to every single one of their works or demos.  I narrowed it down to 3 then 2 and pulled out my hair to decide to set off on this musical adventure with the amazingly talented Gareth Coker.  It’s been weeks and weeks of work, but we have an amazing score that we are excited about and I can’t seem to listen to anything else but the music for this film.  That’s a hell of a feeling.  And damn, it’s some kick ass music that I can’t wait to share with anyone who watches the film.
And the best part has yet to come!  This weekend we record the live score in LA with an 18 piece orchestra!  I’ll be sure to take pictures :)  Although, there probably won’t be a dry eye in the booth as the score is easily the most moving part of filmmaking outside of getting an amazing performance from you actors right in front of you.
It’s exciting times and it makes me eager to work harder and want to share all the magic that is coming out of the process of making Recoil.
More to come :)
Evan
check out more from Gareth at: http://gareth-coker.net/
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recoilthemovie:

Well today is another special day because we are hours away from locking the score for Recoil.   Choosing a composer was one of the most difficult things to do for this film.  We had over 30 composers submit for the project and I listened to every single one of their works or demos.  I narrowed it down to 3 then 2 and pulled out my hair to decide to set off on this musical adventure with the amazingly talented Gareth Coker.  It’s been weeks and weeks of work, but we have an amazing score that we are excited about and I can’t seem to listen to anything else but the music for this film.  That’s a hell of a feeling.  And damn, it’s some kick ass music that I can’t wait to share with anyone who watches the film.

And the best part has yet to come!  This weekend we record the live score in LA with an 18 piece orchestra!  I’ll be sure to take pictures :)  Although, there probably won’t be a dry eye in the booth as the score is easily the most moving part of filmmaking outside of getting an amazing performance from you actors right in front of you.

It’s exciting times and it makes me eager to work harder and want to share all the magic that is coming out of the process of making Recoil.

More to come :)

Evan

check out more from Gareth at: http://gareth-coker.net/

recoilthemovie:

Set photo from late June, 2012.  Me (center) and DP, Howard Newstate (left). I always like to include a photo for new posts.  This was a fun one.  
But I’m here to talk about fundraising today! Yay!! 
So…  I hate fundraising.  It’s the worst when feeling like you beg everyone you know for money to help make your film.  BUT, it is 100% necessary to make movies.  Every director that ever made their first, breakthrough film, had to ask for help.  And, then they got good at it.  Donations, personal savings, crowd funding, cash/checks, grants, scholarships, loans, endowments, fellowships, matching programs, special interest groups, under the couch, you name it!  You have to look everywhere that somewhat applies to your film, then research, and custom fit each presentation to the funding source.  If you can.  It’s a bit much, but if you’re hungry enough, you’ll go hunting.
There is one class that has a few days that cover fundraising and you try several exercises.  Which, actually, were very useful in getting this whole ball rolling.  But, it’s hard, and it’s a TON of extra work, or, well, it’s required work.  You have an expensive movie, remember?  
But, it’s important to fundraise and get good at it.  Otherwise, I plumit further into student debt as I apply for another production loan.   I still have a lot to learn in this field, but so far, I’ve raised enough to make this movie.  Beg, borrow, but don’t steal.  Have some class and tact, too.  If you have an eye for design, more power to you.
In the end, it’s crazy important to raise money.  It’s easily back burnered, which I did, but don’t procrastinate on this one.  You can never start raising money too soon.  There will always be something to pay for, secure, reserve, rent, etc.  It’s painful to ask for help, at least for me anyway, but I had to swallow my pride and ask becuase… this is something I believe in, that I work hard for everyday, and everyone that donates will be pround of the product that they became a part of.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that has supported me at each stage of the film.  I couldn’t have come this far without you and I will make you all proud.
More to come!
Evan
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recoilthemovie:

Set photo from late June, 2012.  Me (center) and DP, Howard Newstate (left). I always like to include a photo for new posts.  This was a fun one.  

But I’m here to talk about fundraising today! Yay!! 

So…  I hate fundraising.  It’s the worst when feeling like you beg everyone you know for money to help make your film.  BUT, it is 100% necessary to make movies.  Every director that ever made their first, breakthrough film, had to ask for help.  And, then they got good at it.  Donations, personal savings, crowd funding, cash/checks, grants, scholarships, loans, endowments, fellowships, matching programs, special interest groups, under the couch, you name it!  You have to look everywhere that somewhat applies to your film, then research, and custom fit each presentation to the funding source.  If you can.  It’s a bit much, but if you’re hungry enough, you’ll go hunting.

There is one class that has a few days that cover fundraising and you try several exercises.  Which, actually, were very useful in getting this whole ball rolling.  But, it’s hard, and it’s a TON of extra work, or, well, it’s required work.  You have an expensive movie, remember?  

But, it’s important to fundraise and get good at it.  Otherwise, I plumit further into student debt as I apply for another production loan.   I still have a lot to learn in this field, but so far, I’ve raised enough to make this movie.  Beg, borrow, but don’t steal.  Have some class and tact, too.  If you have an eye for design, more power to you.

In the end, it’s crazy important to raise money.  It’s easily back burnered, which I did, but don’t procrastinate on this one.  You can never start raising money too soon.  There will always be something to pay for, secure, reserve, rent, etc.  It’s painful to ask for help, at least for me anyway, but I had to swallow my pride and ask becuase… this is something I believe in, that I work hard for everyday, and everyone that donates will be pround of the product that they became a part of.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that has supported me at each stage of the film.  I couldn’t have come this far without you and I will make you all proud.

More to come!

Evan

New HBO Documentary “Witness” Follows Conflict Photographers

This four-part documentary series from executive producers Michael Mann and David Frankham follows combat photographers Eros Hoagland in Juarez and Rio de Janeiro, Veronique de Viguerie in South Sudan, and Michael Christopher Brown in Libya.

Read more here: http://www.fastcocreate.com

recoilthemovie:

AND WE’RE PICTURE LOCKED!!! 

What does that mean exactly?  That we’re a long way from done :)  Well, sort of, but we’re done editing, so no more messing with what shots go where and getting creative with our coverage.  But, this is a big deal people.  Now we can open the flood gates for both VFX and Sound.  VFX and Sound have always been in the works, but now that the edit isn’t shifting around, those departments can proceed full steam ahead as they work to the edit’s specifications.

But wait… there’s more! 

Young finished the first model of the hero ship.  It’s currently getting rigged and then passed over to Justin for some super awesome texturing!  

AAAAAND we just hired a superstar Matte Painter to create all our starfields that are outside of 3D.  Anthony’s got crazy skills: http://artams.com/illustration.html

The sound team can finally make the big push with the locked cut… and all is right in the world.

Well, almost!  There’s a lot of hard work to pour into this still, so hold on tight, it’s about to get even cooler.

More to come,

Evan

Amazing Video of Arnold and his path.

Donald Pettit on taking photos in Space

Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for a total of 370 days. While there, he’s captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we’ve ever seen. In his talk Donald gives us an inside look into what it’s like to take photos of space, why bringing 10 DSLRs with him is actually necessary, and the reason why hard drives tend to fail in zero gravity.

So cool…. Can a Black Hole suck in another Black Hole?

Google Ventures' guide to a product design sprint: a five-day recipe for startups

An interesting look into Google Ventures and how they do product design work with startups. They’ve optimized the process that gets them predictably good results in five days or less. They call it a product design sprint, and it’s great for getting unstuck or accelerating projects that are already in motion. Have a look!

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