Monday, December 27, 2010

The Bluffton shoot on Wed.

Here are a few shots from the location scouting I did. We'll be shooting there on Wed.

...and then life stepped in.

Everyone was busy last week with the holidays so we pushed the shoot up to this Wed. It has given me some time to work on the editing and effects. I also had a chance to make a few minor adjustments to the dialog and fight scene between X and Maddy.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sorry there have't been any updates.

Last week when we were going to shoot, I got sick. Stayed in bed all day. Still felt tired the next day. Today we're going to be shooting in Bluffton, a small town 45 minutes South of here. It's been snowing for a few days so the location should look really cool!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I wanted this blog to be only about the movie, but this article is just too weird to let go. George Lucas is really getting weird. Click here to read.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Great shoot!

It was a tad cold out and we had snow.

Wallie and me setting up a shot. (and I'm sure I'm spelling his name wrong)

Checking the script while trying to keep warm.

Pop quiz: What's in Allegra's coffee?

Fake blood - Karo Syrup, Food Coloring and Cabernet. YUMMY!

Setting up the scene with Debbie and Luke as she is about to do some damage.

To the left there is a plate of glass that the blood gets splattered on. The camera is set behind the glass.

Photos taken by James.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jim Smash!

I've been a long time follower of Jim Smash's blog and share his love of ALIEN! He posted a for our film at this link.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Tomorrow we are shooting a critical action sequence, (Ryan's FATE). I'm psyched because it's my favorite scene in the movie, next to the last scene. The weather shows snow coming. I'm excited because I had a scene in Beneath Shadows that was to be shot in the snow and we all know how that ended. I'm going to make sure to have fresh coffee for the crew tomorrow as we are shooting from 10 am to 4 pm!

Also, check out the new links.

COMING SOON - CERULEAN movie poster contest. Winner gets a cool prop from the movie!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

I am so psyched about this movie. We really have a great crew and an amazing cast. Thanks all!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chenyi Lin and Josh Adams have been working on the Graydread. Ta-da!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day three on Cerulean...

Cerulean helps Dillard...

Gandolf amoung the Hobbits...

Dillard makes his stand against Bisc...

Working on the scene...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Edited the footage of the first five pages of the script...

...and I'm rather pleased with how it's looking so far. We are shooting this movie sequentially so that the changing weather will jive with the story line. This is making editing a lot easier than Darkness Aftermath or Beneath Shadows (R.I.P.) Hoping for some snow by last few days of shooting.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Photos by Maggie Dye from last Saturday's shoot.

Shooting Cerulean's dream...

Luke emerging from the woods...


Yeah, it was cold out.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What's all this then?

So what is CERULEAN about, you ask? Keeping it simple, the plot revolves around five individuals (mercenaries) who escape from their prison ship and have to get to a rescue ship on a hostile world. Two days into the journey, they have already turned on each other.

The original story was a project I shot back in 1988. We had a super 8mm camera and no budget...not much different from today. The main difference is that in the original LOCK 304 the characters were all scientists and the threat was a ship's engine about to go nuke. The team had to work together to get to safety. The film, however did not work as all of the shots were either long or medium. No close ups. I was naive and working with someone as new as me on the project. In fact, the only close ups were shot when I was behind the camera. So...always loved the idea of racing against time (added pressure to an already tense situation) but now I have characters who are deceitful, backstabbing and murderous. FUN!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Screen grabs from our first day of shooting...

Cerulean surveys the land after the crash

Ryan (played by Luke) and Cerulean (Allegra) discuss the situation...

Ryan and Cerulean discuss Dillard's (James) arrival with the transcoder

Dillard scans the area...
(James and I worked on the sky...he did the plane, which has more detail than you can see here, while I worked on the moving clouds)

Maddy (Maggie) arrives after dispatching the bridge crew...

Bisc (Josh) arrives dressed in a guard's coat smoking a cigar...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

First day of shooting...


Whe had 21 shots to do and we hit 14! The footage looks great and everyone came together as a team. I'll post scenes tomorrow. We had to let Jess Bayless go because she was too concerned about senior project. Maggie Dye was brought on and she ROCKED the part of Maddy.


I was a bit concerned about the look of the transcoder because originally it was very geometric, but I made it more organic. In reality it looks silly...on camera, it worked!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Here on some concept sketches for costumes.