Archive for July, 2012

Blimey Cow contest

The results are in and…….. we didn’t win. It was still a great learning experience though!

Rube Goldberg Machine 2.0

Several months ago, I made a large Rube Goldberg machine, and filmed it. Doing it was so much fun, that I decided to make another one. This one is slightly smaller, but, unlike my last Rube Goldberg device, which often used the same parts in different shots, this one could theoretically work (“Theoretically” being the key word!).

I still filmed it in multiple sections though, because I didn’t have the patience to set everything up over and over again because one small section of my machine had malfunctioned. I still ended up having to though, due to wind and faulty construction, so the raw footage for this movie amounted to over 18 minutes!

Our Entry to the BlimeyCow 72 Hour Film Festival

Yesterday morning Rachel and I saw that BlimeyCow was hosting a 72 hour film festival (although, as you can see, it only took us about 36 hours to get our video completed). We decided to enter it, and immediately wrote a script that fit into the guidelines that were on their Tumblr page. We filmed almost all of it on Friday, choosing  Silent Film as our genre (I shot down Rachel’s idea of choosing a romantic comedy as soon as she saw that it was a genre that you could choose), a piece of fruit and a stack of books as our objects, and using the phrase “This is going to be messy”. We also had to include someone shaking hands, so we did. Filming a silent film was so much easier to do than many of the other “talkies” that we’ve done in the past, since we didn’t have to tell everyone to be quiet (If you listen closely to our other movies, there’s always at least a little bit of unwanted background noise) and I could edit the clips together without any worries as to whether the sound matched or not.

This may be the best movie we’ve done yet, since, to our Mom’s delight, we spent over an hour cleaning the house in preparation for filming, and we removed any  unnecessary objects from the shots we filmed. We also had to remove any unnecessary clips, since we shot well over 20 minutes of raw footage, and needed to end up with a movie that was under 4 minutes, including intro titles and ending credits.  But probably the main reason that this movie is any  good is because my Mom was in it. She’s a great actress (and an awesome comedian, but I won’t put together her bloopers reel since I want to be able to keep making more videos) and an even greater Mom, and it was a great pleasure to have her in our movie!

My sister and I had a lot of fun filming this movie, and we hope that you have 1/8 as much fun watching it as we did making it! Enjoy!

Exercise video

This afternoon Rachel, Isaac, and I worked on filming this movie. It was a lot of fun to do, as there wasn’t really any restraints as to what we could or couldn’t do, and as to whether what we were doing would fit into the rest of the movie continuity-wise. The lighting also turned out pretty nice, since the whole time we filmed, there were clouds overhead. I hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Isaac can’t really do one-handed pull up’s. I was pushing him up and down off screen =)

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