The 2014 edition of the Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition has launched! East Central Illinois K-12 students are invited to submit their original 1-5 page screenplays for consideration through Feburary 28th.
Out of over 120 submissions last year, 9 scripts were produced by Champaign filmmakers!
Here are a collection of spec spots we shot last week for a Staples assignment on Poptent.net
30 second version
40 second version
Spooking the Squid
Whale of a Tale
The one and only
A woman’s home is invaded by a foul spirit.
Premiered at the 2013 Freeky Creek Film Festival
Anthology short produced by Champaign Movie Makers last fall — each of the 6 segments were created by largely independent teams. I produced, directed the campfire segment, and helped out in various capacities on a number of others.
September 25, 2013
Yesterday I did a stopmo demo for a couple of animation classes at Parkland College — between screenings, pimping local film organizations, and answering questions, I only got a bit over an hour and a half all together to actually animate. Here’s the result. The first wide shot was done during the first class period, the two closeups and last wide were during the second class. It was a lot of fun; sounds like the prof wants me back in the spring. Mr. Fluffy-ears can continue his dance then.
September 19, 2013
The weekend after next! Baby Lovecraft will be screening at the San Pedro HPLFF, as well as another great Champaign production: “The Unusual Case of Henry David Pierce”, by Michael Bach. Both will be screening in Shorts Block 2.
September 4, 2013
PBS station out of Peoria is starting an indie film series — the September episode includes Fluffystein.
September 2, 2013
Starting the second shot of a short starring the Critter Critics rabbits — not set for a full CC episode yet, but this’ll be a good test run of the puppets. Even shooting on twos, the first shot clocked in at 309 poses; shot 2 will only be 184. CC’s going to be cut a bit quicker, and make sparser use of the wide view, but it works for this short.
Working with ball and socket armatures is much different than my past experience with twisted wire, since you don’t have to hand-tune the tightness of wire joints with a hex key. Some joints are feeling pretty stiff (Grey’s right elbow was a real pain in shot 1), some too loose (definitely going to need to tighten Brown’s right ankle before he can even attempt to walk), but this is all great stuff to figure out *before* I dive into a ~5 minute episode.
July 21, 2013
And here’s the short based on a nightmare of Jeff Kacmarynski’s, shot last weekend and screened before Eraserhead this weekend!
Thanks to BrokeShade for the nightmarish soundtrack!