Archive for the ‘Short Film’ Category

Ode to Action

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Links: Youtube

OVERVIEW

After seeing the incredible short Blow Out Sale (by Timothy Kendall, Chris Marrs & Danny Pudi) for the Interpretations Film Contest, we were inspired to create an action film based on some of our favorite action films and video games growing up. Re-living and acting out our favorite action scenes was more fun than you can imagine!

CREDITS

CAST
Shahaub Roudbari
Kenny Leu
James Chen

DIRECTED, SHOT AND VFX
James Chen

EDITED BY
Scott Jacobs

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
Michael Gonzales

CLOSING CREDITS
“Paralyzed” by
Phonic Youth

SPECIAL THANKS
Andrew Kramer (http://www.videocopilot.net)
Aharon Rabinowitz (http://allbetsareoff.com/)
Clinton Jones (http://ae.tutsplus.com/author/clinton-jones/)
Wendy Nguyen

TECHNICAL DETAILS

CAMERA: Panasonic GH-1 (pre-hack, 720p60), Steadicam Merlin + Arm & Vest
LENSES: Panasonic 14-140mm, Canon FD 24mm f/2
POST-PRODUCTION:
– Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro CS5 (Editing)
– After Effects, Trapcode Particular (compositing)
– VideoCopilot.net’s Action Essential 2 (effects footage)
– Photoshop CS5 (object removal)
– Mocha for AE (tracking)
– Soundtrack Pro (audio mixing)
– Color (color correcdtion)
– Motion (speed ramping)

The Iranian Dream

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Links: Youtube

About

A Mockumentary about a traditional Iranian man who makes a living for his family in a very non-traditional profession.  This short Mock Documentary is a commentary on the stereotypes, homophobia and taboo nature of artistic expression in both the West and Middle Eastern cultures.

Dave and Liz

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Links: Youtube

About

This was our unmodified submission to the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project 2009.  Everything was written, shot and edited in 48 hours from 8/14/09 – 8/16/09.

A HUGE, HUGE thanks to the cast and crew involved, there were only six of us!!  This was the most fun that I’ve ever had shooting a film and it wouldn’t have been possible without you all!

Required Elements

– Genre: Romance
– Character: Zach or Zelda Alexander, an exterminator
– Line: “Tell me again why this matters?” (could be broken up)
– Prop: A piece from a board game

CREDITS

Cast
James Lontayao … DAVE
Mae Cruz … LIZ
Shahaub Roudbari … ZACH ALEXANDER
John Nguyen … ZEL DA

Crew
D.B. Cheng … Producer, Camera, DP, Music/Sound, 1st AD
James Chen …  Director, Writer, Editor, DP
John Nguyen … Fight Choreography, Stunts
Shahaub Roudbari … Fight Choreography, Stunts
James Lontayao … Stunts

Shot on a Panasonic GH-1 and a Panasonic HMC150 with a Letus Extreme adapter.  For the GH-1, a mix of kit and Canon FD primes.

Music composed in GarageBand by D.B. Cheng.

Mafia

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Links: Youtube

About

I’m not sure how I decided to join the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project 2009.  I think I had been eager to try out one of the competitions since at the end, you would hopefully be assured a completed film in just one short weekend.

Technical

1.77:1
1080p/24
Panasonic HMC150
Stock lenses
Final Cut Pro, Color, After Effects, Video Copilot’s Action Essential’s 2

Production Stills