5.24.2009

Trying to Keep Up

Not really sure where all the time is going, but every hour is filled. Whether it’s field tests, e-mail writing, phone calls, buying, selling, fixing, and returning equipment, website work, research, meetings, craig’s list posting, computer fixing, working freelance to make money, or manual reading, it doesn’t leave time for much else.

The Red camera is working! Test footage is underway. It’s a challenge to make it look like “film,” and we’re not there yet but working and researching all the time to get it there. Finding the most efficient way to work with the enormous data files is also tricky. This is a huge time suck and quite the puzzle.

We now have 17 people working on the movie! It’s getting hard to keep up with everything and everyone. Everyone is working so hard, and I wish there was more time to do really nice things for every one and tell them how grateful I am. This is truly a team effort, and no one should ever think that someone makes a movie by themselves. Everyone is making this movie together.

We have a new casting director! Leeanna Rubin is taking this thing by the horns and tackling it full force. We have revamped the website and casting process completely. She is responding to every single e-mail that we have received (over 2,300) and setting up live casting sessions in New York, Los Angeles, Birmingham, and Atlanta. We are running a paid advertisement in Backstage magazine which is very legit and should turn out a lot of serious actors.

Will has agreed to be the painter for the movie (story based heavily on the art created by main character, Delia). He’s certainly the go-to man for anything visual on the project, and I’m really glad we can work together.

We have a Line Producer! Jeff Nixon is a Birmingham event planner who is very enthusiastic about movies and wants to help on the project by organizing companies and people in and around Birmingham to pull everything together.

Abbott is busy writing contracts for everyone and keeping the legal matters in order.

Tony is redesigning our myspace page: www.myspace.com/kentonbartlett

The celebrity letters are in the air. Keep your fingers crossed this week.

DJ and I are testing out both the camera and sound equipment. We got sound!

Craig’s List posting is a go again. Using the library computers is the key.

We may have a production designer.

Pictures and videos coming soon!

5.17.2009

Some Pictures from Home


Downstairs, basement "office."



The Red One Camera.



Some of the completed packages.


Some of the puzzles.



Mom working on the puzzle packages.




The boxes from the past couple weeks, stacked inside the front door (back from college).

James Markham song

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James Markham's original composition based on "Asleep on the Train" (below).

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The original song - we do not own copyrights.

Equipment and Back at Home

School’s done, and 100% of attention can be focused on the movie.

The past several days have been incredibly busy. Most equipment has arrived, and I’ve been unpacking, organizing, reading manuals, learning, assembling, testing, installing programs, buying missing parts, and waiting for more stuff to come in. Additionally, setting up a home “office” in the basement has made this feel a little legit and truly independent.

Since we’re missing a part for the Red One, most of the tests have been focused on time lapse, lens, filters, and computer software. The Red part should come in Monday, then we’ll get more tests up with the big camera.

We have a new crew member! James Markham will be credited as Additional Music. He is a very talented musician who’s talent is taking pre-existing music, imitating it, modifying it, then making it his own to sound significantly different and avoiding copyright infringement.

All puzzles have arrived, and the packages are physically ready to send out to celebrities. We are waiting on advice from Michael Papajohn, then we’ll send them out.

A couple of promising individuals may help out in very real ways. I’ll update you as soon as they sign on.

5.16.2009

HDR Success

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This is a successful HDR timelapse. The framing isn't great, and the cloudy weather wasn't great, but this is the a 1 hr 20 minute shot with 7 pictures taken every 15 seconds. Automating the process to combine them all was a little tricky, but the principles are down, and we can apply them to better locations very soon.

5.15.2009

More Time Lapse Tests

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These are tests for the High Dynamic Range function of the still camera. Basically, the idea is that you can see both the shadows and the highlights in the same image instead of having something over or under exposed. It's a little tricky to get to work, but it's all figured out now. These are lame, but more to come!

5.14.2009

A couple rough rough rough tests

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Testing the auto timelapse feature of our new camera


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Continuous still frame shooting test.

Both of these are very raw. I will upload some more tests soon. Things have been very busy testing out all the equipment, but I will write more soon.

5.11.2009

Workin on that movie

Apologies for the delayed post. Severe computer failure (a virus deleted every program and document… twice – there were backups), final exams, moving out, graduation weekend, saying goodbye to friends, and travel has slowed down progress a little bit, but here’s what’s been going on:

We have a composer! Richey Rynkowski is signed on to the project. About 100 people have inquired about the position. Many are qualified and enthusiastic. We originally planned to hold auditions – and I told this to Richey. However, he proceeded with the opportunity as if he was already the official composer. He made three songs tailored to the music for this film (the soundtrack to the script). His songs are all great (listen below) and give a taste of what’s to come. He is both talented and hardworking. We get along great and have the same tastes in music.

Tony and I have to develop the social media front. We have a Linked In account (www.linkedin/in/kentonbartlett), a twitter account (www.twitter.com/kentonbartlett), and we have Facebook back (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenton-Bartlett-Movie/74342639138?ref=ts)! We are re-building our online presence for sure. A MySpace page is coming soon.

The website (www.KentonBartlett.com) is re-designed. The homepage and page backgrounds are the main differences. See pics below.

Craig’s List created new spam filters to block folks like us. The new hurdles are tricky, and I thought we would have to resort to other means of virally spreading the word, but we just developed a new plan to circumvent the new smart filters. We will post onwards!

We are going to forego the film stock donation for logistic, visual, and expenditure reasons.

Christie and I drafted a letter to send for food sponsorships. Christie and Hannah are looking for the contact info for establishments around Birmingham.

Many more e-mails arrive every day with new and different leads – from offers to help, potential investors, interested crew members, and questions from actors. Fielding the e-mails and following up with everyone is a top priority. We’ll keep you up to date on promising developments, but it’s hard to list every single lead.

Casting is moving forward. More auditions are coming in every day. Fenix is working full time on it, and two of my acting friends are interested in helping out full-time as well.

This week will be all about making up for lost time and start working with the mound of equipment we’ve been ordering for the past month.

We didn’t win the screenplay award (the third draft was submitted) and haven’t heard back from the movie studio.

Social Media - Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Updated website
Our LinkedIn page: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kentonbartlett
Our Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/KentonBartlett
Our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenton-Bartlett-Movie/74342639138?ref=ts

5.06.2009

Richey Rynkowski Draft Composition - Love Theme

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We have an official composer! Richey Rynkowski is an extremely devoted, talented, and hard-working music maker living in the UK. Listen to this song and the ones below. These are a few ideas without much direction or collaboration - and these tunes were created without being signed on to the project (proactiveness pays off always).

5.01.2009

IMDB! Student Short Film



We are on IMDB! Go to www.imdb.com, then search "Kenton Bartlett" or "Student Short Film" and pages will come up.

Or, click these links:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1414278/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3400082/