How goes it my friends. Been a while, but we are back and better than ever. In the news, we have a film in the Hollywood Black Film Festival. It was really an out of the blue type of thing. Our good friend Harold dropped me and the good kid Bradford Stevens a line, just to see if we would be interested. Part of the challenge was to shoot a 3 minute short on a mobile device about a super hero, sci-fi, or horror theme; and since we had just shot, "First Fight" a few months ago, we thought why not. Kicked around a few ideas, and before you know it, we had a story yall!!!
Let me say, first and foremost, there are a lot of great films in the competition. You know me, I love to see mad creativity and the stories people tell, especially with limited resources. That said, we're hoping our little film we makes some major noise, so we'll see what happens.
The Film: Is about Dalmar Smith, who wakes up one day to find himself the only person left on the planet until he runs into a mysterious stranger with the ability to fly; and stars our good friends Harold Dennis as Dalmar Smith, and Nicholas Hart as the flying man. Mad props to those dudes, they worked their asses off on this joint.
WHAT DID WE LEARN? Always a good question to ask oneself. If you're not learning, your slipping baby. And just as we learned a hell of a lot about shooting on a cell, with, "First Fight", we learned just a much after "Flying Man". For starters:
BACK UP YOUR FOOTAGE: Common sense right, but we lost the entire morning of the first day. I just about flipped the fu#K out. As you can imagine, we shot so much, we had to drop footage to save memory on the phone. Long story short, we tried uploading to Drop Box, and their webiste was down that entire weekend. Fine, no problem, up loaded are shots to Google Drive, and for 24 hours, 24 straight hours our footagae was in a holding pattern, and wouldn't up load. When it was all said and done, we had to reshoot everything from that morning. Got Harold's scene that Thursday, and Nicholas that Sunday. A friggin' night mare at the time, but everything turned out for the best... Thank goodness.
The positive, when we did we re-shoot, we were prepared out the wazoo. We passed through Micro Center and picked up a portable flash drive. It's friggin' awesome yo. A little joint made by SanDisk, has it's own wifi, so as soon we we finished shooting, we sent the footage straight from the phone to the flash drive. You gots to love technology. So we ended up having everything backed up 4 places, on Drop Box (though I'm not a fan of this cloud shit, for obvious reasons), on the flash drive, on our desk top, and last but not least, our external hard drive. Better safe than sorry yall.
GET A BATTERY PACK: Shooting video, zaps the battery life quick, fast, and in a hurry. The first day we had to run back to the car a few times to re charge the phone. Which wasn't all bad, it was cold as hell outside; but it really prolonged the shoot. So, that night, we picked up a sweet battery pack. It came out the box fully charged, so when the juice got low of the cell, we just connected it to the pack, and were good the rest of the day. Of course, you'll have to recharge the battery pack itself eventually, but it'll last ya a long time. And lastly...
STAY POSITIVE AND KEEP PUSHING YO: The good kid Bradford S is usually an up beat dude, but I do have a tendency to get a little tense at times. Just a tad bit. Despite losing footage, shooting in the bitter cold, and getting sick as a dog.... this was an awesome friggin' shoot. Harold and Nicholas were pros baby, truly a blast to work with, and most importantly; we were doing what we love to do. Collaborating with other talented folks to tell a really cool story. It doesn't get any better than that yall.
Check out some of the picks from the shoot, If you'd like to cast a vote for "Flying Man" go to the Hollywood Black Film Festival and let your voice be heard. Shoot for the stars baby and as always my friends...
Dream Big, and Dare to be Great!!!
Harold Dennis as dalmar smith
Nicholas Hart as flying man