Thursday, August 29, 2013

Caught in the Cobwebs

There was a moment, a brief but shining moment, when we were all set up to make big things happen.

Then life, the universe, and everything got in the way.

But take heart, dear reader, because Media Blitzkrieg is coming back from stagnation.

As long as we can get out of these enormous cobwebs. They grow 'em big 'round here.


William the Bloody Ready to Start Rolling Redd

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Blog That Time Forgot

The room is dark, deserted. It appears that no living soul has set foot in this place in years. A fine layer of dust covers everything.

Suddenly, the loud clang of metal, unused and rusted pieces scraping together as life begins to return to this desolate place. As the door slowly starts to open, the smallest shaft of light shines into the room.

Scripts and half-edited projects cover the floor. File folders that have been labeled and placed randomly in piles await some human hand to finish with them so they may see the inside of a filing cabinet and be called "complete."

The shaft of light grows wider as the door opens.


Seriously, this place has been as dead as Flynn's Arcade!

It has been over a year since the last post here on the Media Blitzkrieg site. Honestly, there hasn't been a great deal of news.

Well, that's not entirely true.

There is now a Media Blitzkrieg Youtube channel. That will now be the home of all videos produced by Media Blitzkrieg. I have already reloaded several videos to that page, the most recent of which is "The Chore:"



"The Chore" has been recut and rendered in HD with a new and better sound mix.

Also, the Media Blitzkrieg website has been greatly improved thanks to the efforts of the very talented Bekah Smith. In fact, many of you might be reading this post on that particular website. If you are, you have her to thank for it.

I have been away from Media Blitzkrieg for some time now, but it's time I got back into it. I have introduced the concept of update vlogs on the Youtube channel which will give everyone a look into what is going on better than these blogs have in the past. The blogs will continue as well, and any production update vlogs will be incorporated into future posts.

So, it's time to finally clear the dust off this thing and see if it still works.

Here's hopin'.



William

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The End of Time

Doctor Who reference, anyone? No? No? Alright. Moving on.

So, yeah, that half a year went by much quicker than expected. Can't believe it was June when the last post was made.

Sorry about that.

To be honest, there hasn't been a great deal going on in the world of Media Blitzkrieg. Most of my time has been spent working with D-Mentd Films and Research: Paranormal. We've had some exciting things happen with RP, click the link above to find out more.

There have only been two projects relating to Media Blitzkrieg, and one isn't even a full production, just a short video amongst friends of MB. See, J and Brea (Jersey Jones and Trish Lockheart) just recently moved to Charlotte. Before leaving, the three of us decided to shoot a farewell video that was a shot-for-shot remake of the Lost Season 3 finale. You can check that out here:




I think it turned out well. Went over huge at the final party. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially the line about "getting back to the cats."

The other new video is a teaser for our current production. We're going back to some old material and reworking it. I've decided to turn the two Jersey Jones shorts into a 5-part web serial. The rough edit is done, just need to find someone to score it for me. It would be interesting to find someone who could create a score similar to John Williams', but I doubt that will happen.

Anyway, I decided to toss together a trailer with a few scenes. It was inspired by the Venture Brothers Season 4 trailer, and I used the same music from J.G. Thirlwell. Check it out:




I really like the way this one turned out. A lot of the music beats just fell into place like they were meant to be there. And hey, maybe they were.

I would say that I plan to post much more frequently in the new year, but I've said that in the past and nothing's come of it. I'm going to try, let's just leave it at that.



William

Sunday, June 7, 2009

More CFIFF '09 Highlights

William Lilly, a filmmaker out of the Raleigh/Durham area, has put together a video of his experiences at this year's Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Check it out:

2009 CFIFF Highlights (Low-Definition) from William Lilly on Vimeo.


Since they were filming all weekend, this video is much more in-depth than mine.

He had a film at the festival which everyone should check out. It's a very personal story for him. Be sure to watch Letting Go:

Letting Go (New Audio Mix) from William Lilly on Vimeo.


Also, there was a really great short running on the CFIFF Trailer Park reel called Run:

Run (Rough Cut) from William Lilly on Vimeo.


Another must see.

I was originally going to post his CFIFF video as an edit to my CFIFF blog post, but realized I also wanted to mention his other videos. So, all new post.


William

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sister City Film Festival


May is just the month for festivals, or festivals that I attend. As stated in my last blog, the beginning of May heralded the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. Well, on May 23rd there was yet another of my favorite festivals, the Sister City Film Festival in New Bern, North Carolina.

One reason this is one of my favorite festivals is because this one takes place in my home town.

So, the day begins at 8:30a.m.

*HITS SNOOZE BUTTON*

The day begins at 9:30a.m.

I was a little late to the festival, so I missed the documentaries, though I heard they were all good.

After the documentaries block was a little segment they refer to as "The Regulars". As you can guess, this block includes regular submitters and hometown folk, including myself. This year we had four shorts playing in the festival.

First up was The Chore:


This was followed by the rough edit of the Homosoypian short (which is still in the works. I'll post it when it's available).

Just for fun, I tossed together a teaser for the upcoming Jersey Jones re-release I've been working on (that too, will soon be posted).

Then, I wrapped up my portion of festival entries with Five Minutes 'Til...:


The rest of the Regulars block included two shorts from Jay Tyson, a really cool Doctor Who short (done with puppets, because that's his thing) and a work in progress about an alien invasion gone wrong, and a really funny short about a girl dating Death from Bill Hand.

After this, we had a little lunch break.

Upon returning, we were treated to the Superkiiids! feature film, "Lightning Salad Moving Picture":


If you haven't seen this ridiculous, funny movie, you should definitely try to find it. Go to the Superkiiids! website and order one if you have to.

Cory from the Superkiiids! was there and held a Q&A session with a parachute (you remember these, from camp and such, everyone grabs the parachute, they raise it up, and someone goes underneath to ask a question). It was a hoot.

After this there was a block of the more "risque" films, mainly due to gore and language. These were a decent bunch of films.



I had my FlipCam on hand, so I took a little video. Check it out:



This year's festival was quite eventful, I felt. The turn out was not as large, but considering how short the preparation for this festival was, that's not surprising. I'm going to see what I can do to help get the word out about next year's.



William

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival


The first weekend in May was quite a busy affair for me. It's fortunate that BEDA ended the day before, because I would not have been able to blog from the 1st through the 3rd. I was Downtown at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival!

There are two major film festivals in Wilmington (I'm not including the Final Cut Film Festival because that's a different format), and CFIFF is, for my money, the better of the two. There are several reasons for this, the main being that the general atmosphere of CFIFF is much friendlier. You actually feel like hanging around and talking to the people who come to this festival. And, unlike that other festival (which will remain nameless), those people genuinely seem to want to talk to you.

So, things started Friday as I was volunteering and went down to 16 Taps to help with registration. I got to talk to a lot of people as they stopped by to pick up their passes, some friends from around town, some I met last year, and several new folks who are just finding out about this marvelous festival.

After registration, we went over to the local Carmike Cinema to see the invitational feature "The Jailhouse". Definitely a well done local production. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of the cinematographer (solely for personal reasons), I will admit that the movie looks great. The guy does good work, I can't fault him for that.

When "The Jailhouse" was done, it was back to 16 Taps for the kick-off party with Labeling Deloris (formerly based in Wilmington, and returning to show the love). Great show, great end to the ending.

Saturday started early with short films screening and a few panels about the business of filmmaking (along with an actors panel). This year, I focused more on the panels than the screenings. Well, other than the blocks showing my shorts. This year, I had three shorts playing. They were "Five Minutes 'Til...", "How I Raised My Film Budget", and "The Chore". Unfortunately, Five Minutes and Film Budget ran concurrently with the Actors Panel, so there was not a large turnout.

Sunday was the final day and the one Q & A session I got to be a part of with "The Chore". It would seem I had some of the best answers, particularly when asked about our budget. I answered honestly, the budget was only around 20 or 30 dollars, but that got a massive laugh. Not surprising, since most people think you need to pay a fortune to get films produced. I wish I had thought to get someone to record the Q & A session so I could make it a part of the video I put together for the festival:



Sunday night ended with the awards ceremony. It was a good time, as always.

This year's festival was hosted by Joe Manganiello. He was on One Tree Hill for a while, he played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man, and he's had recurring roles in ER and How I Met Your Mother. I got the chance to speak to him briefly and he seems really down to earth.



Also got to meet an actress from L.A. who had a short playing in the festival. The movie was called Death in Charge and the actress was the lovely Marina Benedict:



Marina has been in several television shows (I recognized her from something, but couldn't place it until I asked her what she'd been in). She was the kooky best friend Luna in "Nikki", she played a musician possessed by a demon in an episode of "Angel" (which is where I remembered seeing her), and she has been on a few episodes of "Southland."

Jenn and Will Mullins once again outdid themselves in putting on a great festival. It was an absolute blast and I can't wait for next year.

Oh, actress and fellow YouTuber Michele Seidman (known on Youtube as MicheleMidnight) also has a festival video, be sure to check it out:




William

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Well, It's Been A While.

I know it's been a while since anything has been posted here. Honestly, nothing much has been going on.

There are three Media Blitzkrieg shorts in this year's Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. "Five Minutes Till...", "How I Raised My Film Budget", and "The Chore" are all going to show this year.

We're also entering a few shorts to the Sister City Film Festival. I'll keep everyone updated on that.

This was posted to my main blog, but it is in line with this blog's purposes as well. Along with my BEDA blog posts, this blog is appearing in three separate places:


So, as many of you know, I'm a filmmaker (when I'm not busy writing blogs of course).

Right now (and for quite a while) I'm working on a short called "Finding Maria". I have now brought on an Assistant Director who has done a complete script breakdown for me (Brea, have I said thank you lately?) and have been in the process of trying to get some shooting days scheduled.

There are a few problems.

First, our title actress has moved to L.A. and I'm not sure when she's going to be coming back. We still have two scenes to shoot with her (one being the climax of the film). Also, I've got another actress who is about to move to Raleigh at the end of the month (and that's coming awfully fast).

This weekend is the Final Cut Film Festival. I have taken part in this festival every year it's been around, but not this year. Instead, I'm going to be trying to shoot as much of "Finding Maria" as possible.

Of course, based on actor availability, that might not be much.

Also, tomorrow I'm shooting a 1 minute short for my friend Stan who is applying to a contest on Youtube. Here's the video with info:




So, that's going to be a fun shoot. Also, he's one of actors in "Finding Maria". Have to ask if he's available this weekend and if he thinks we can get access to a library for the scene.

Anyway, here's hoping things work out and we get some shooting done.

I'll let everyone know how (and if) it goes.

Also, trying to decide if I want to sign up to be a BEDA buddy. I think it's definitely worth it.


William