Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Short (but not really)

Geez, I was trying to do a schedule of updating at least once a month, but I guess I got carried away. Summer was kind of busy. Went to Louisiana, Florida, New York, Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco  and had 3 friends come over to Los Angeles at different times that I had to entertain. I have some catching up to do, but wanted to do a post on this short that I actually made almost 4 months ago.

It was for channel 101, which was started by Dan Harmon of Community and Rick & Morty. It's a monthly screening where people submit five minute pilots and the audience gets to vote on their top 5 and the top 5 gets to make a second episode and the next month five new pilots get submitted. I had been attending for years and even starred in a few people's shows, but was always nervous about starting my own.

A few months ago, I started attending a writers group and one thing led to another and I decided to collaborate with a writer/producer/actor there named Alex Nishino to make something. We wrote the script in one night and started scrambling to get all the elements together to make something. My goal was to make something fun and try things out that I'd never done before. More specifically I wanted to mess with fight choreography, vfx, and camera tricks to make practical effects. We wrote a script that had all of that and more. The idea being that we would write the most ridiculous short possible and then force ourselves to figure out how to film it without cheapening it at all.

The fight choreography I'm really proud of actually. I got my friend Tiger Sheu to help out on that end. He's a professional actor/stunt person and he was pro at walking us through a fight scene that we could pull off with no experience. I learned a lot because it's a lot harder than it looks and he went out of his way to design a scene where he did a lot of the work to make us look good. Believe me, there were times where it looks pretty rough, but I think with the editing it turned pretty good.

So we shot it over the course of two days and I worked my ass off figuring out VFX and doing other post shit. I had some help with some of the VFX by my friend Philip Bastian and my cousin Aaron Quan did some of the sound mixing/designing. We basically crammed a lot of work over the course of a week to turn it in and... we didn't even get accepted to screen it. I was told they felt like it lacked potential to be a whole series and they didn't like our original title "A Day in the Life".

It did play at the final We Own The 8th meeting, which was a bittersweet experience. I had been attending those meetings over the past four years and they said they were really happy that they could screen one of my shorts for their final night. About a minute into the screening the projector screen rolled up though and they just let it project on a brick wall, which wasn't great. But again, good night overall.

Anyways, here's the link below. We made it cheap and fast, but I'd like to think it was good too which is rare.

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