Monthly Archives: September 2012

FIVE THINGS A REAL B HORROR MOVIE MUST HAVE

I am tired of writing today, figured if I keep up this pace, writing 5 pages a day.  I should be finished with the script by the 20th of September. While writing the  script I realized that their are 5 “things”, can’t think of a better word, a B horror movie must have. I am not talking about your Hollywood B movies, with a $15 000 000 budget (roughly, R120 000 000 in South Africa), I’m talking about the independent B film maker. When I say independent, I mean independent. We are talking about a budget between $1000 and $3000 (R 8000 and R 20000 SA), funded by an independent producer, who is also the director, script writer, camera man, special effects supervisor or blood pourer,  if you will,  and who’s family is not going on holiday for the next two years. Or if you work on my budget, take a ways on set and a packet of cigarettes for those who smoke.

The 5 things are as follows.

1. Lots of blood (try and use some of the actor’s blood, as much as you can get away with)

2. Lots of boobs, at least every 15 minutes (this you might have to pay for unless you are a brilliant salesman)

3. Incorrect facts (very important)

4. Poor special effects (easily achieved with no money)

5. Very bad acting (goes without saying when you pay your actors with cigarettes)

CRIMSON WEEKEND

I have decided on a name for the movie, it will be called, “Crimson Weekend”. I have finished 22 pages of the script and made some changes to the earlier pages I posted.  Go to the “Script & Storyboard” menu for the updated script.

CRIMSON IS A STRONG, BRIGHT, DEEP RED COLOUR.IT ORIGINALLY MEANT THE COLOUR OF THE KERMES DYE, PRODUCED FROM THE DRIED BODIES OF A SCALE INSECT, KERMES VERMILIO. THEY FEED ON THE SAP OF EVERGREEN OAKS, THE FEMALE PRODUCE THE RED DYE, ALSO CALLED “KERMES”, THAT IS THE SOURCE OF NATURAL CRIMSON.

SCRIPT WILL BE REJECTED

Just read an article on the Internet – 13 ways on how to get your script rejected. I can see at least 10 things I did wrong . My script will definitely be rejected, but since I know the director and the producer, me, I’m pretty sure my script is going to make it.

The article on how to get your script rejected is at :http://thescreenplaywriters.com/screenwriting-tips/how-to-get-a-screenplay-rejected

By Pinaki Ghosh

Writing a movie script? Want to know the 13 secrets to get your screenplay rejected for sure? Read on.

1. Offer camera directions in your screenplay

Don’t trust the intelligence of the director or cinematographer and offer camera directions in your script like, ‘pan’, ‘zoom’, ‘dolly’, ‘trolley shot’ or ‘low angle shot’. That will make your script look like one from history and is a definite way of getting it rejected.

2. Offer editing directions in your screenplay

Similarly, go ahead… show a complete disregard to the editor’s intelligence and write editing instructions like ‘cut to’, ‘dissolve’, etc. and your screenplay will look like a thing of the past. In modern day screenplays editing directions are no longer in vogue. Only ‘fade in’ and ‘fade out’ are used twice or thrice in an entire screenplay.

3. Do not capitalize character names

Do not capitalize the character names in the beginning, while writing a movie script. Leave them in lowercase text and your screenplay will be rejected for sure. Similarly, leave words that denote sound, like WHOOSH, or CLANG in lowercase, to show how little you know.

4. Make your screenplay shorter than 90 pages or longer than 140 pages

While writing a movie script, you should definitely make it longer than 130 pages, or shorter than 90 pages to make sure your screenplay goes straight into the trash bin, because normal screenplays are 90 pages to 130 pages in length.

5. Write very lengthy dialogs

Writing a movie script? Love writing interesting dialogs? Then go ahead and make them lengthy. Make each dialog lengthier than 5 lines and that will ensure your screenplay is ripped and made into paper airplanes.

6. Write very lengthy scenes

While writing a movie script, make sure your scenes are lengthy enough to get the screenplay rejected. While normally scenes are less than a page in length to maximum three pages, with 5 page scenes being an exception; you should concentrate in making your scenes more than 5 pages in length… to join the rejected screenplay writers’ club.

7. Write lengthy descriptions

While the normal length of writing a scene description is 1 to 4 lines, you should break the rule and write at least 10 line scene descriptions to be a part of the frustrated screenwriters’ league.

8. Use character names that sound and spell similar

Make your character names sound confusingly similar. Or make them start with the same letter, so that the viewers are thoroughly confused.

9. Use character names for very minor characters

Give character names to even minor characters that appear just once and have one line dialogs, to prove you want to get your screenplay rejected. While the rule is, you should use the professions to identify minor characters, rather than names, a violation of the rule is recommended if you want to do the opposite of normal.

Eg.

POLICE OFFICER

 

Show me your driving license. God save you if you don’t have one.

 

The above is normal, if this POLICE OFFICER appears only once in the entire movie. In a good screenplay, a name like ‘HARRY’ or ‘TOM’ or ‘DICK’ would have been inappropriate for this role.

 

10. Use wired slug lines.

Scenes start with slug lines like:

INT. COFFEE HOUSE – NIGHT

Or

EXT. BEACH – DAY

While normal screenplay writers use only ‘day’ or ‘night’, you can be a rebel and use wired slug lines like DUSK, DAWN, SUNSET TIME, SUNRISE TIME, to stay ahead in the race of getting your screenplay rejected.

11. Make a mess of the alignment

And finally, make a mess of the alignment. While the rule is, scene slug lines and action descriptions should be extreme left aligned, character names should be center aligned and dialogs should be left aligned, but an inch towards the right.

Eg. Correct format:

 

EXT. ROAD – DAY

POLICE OFFICER

Show me your driving license. God save you if you don’t have one.

Sees the license.

POLICE OFFICER (CONT’D)

This license has expired three months ago. Please come out of the car mister.

He opens the door and COLLIN walks out of the car.

 

Wrong format:

 

EXT. ROAD – DAY

POLICE OFFICER

Show me your driving license. God save you if you don’t have one.

Sees the license

POLICE OFFICER (CONT’D)

This license has expired three months ago. Please come out of the car mister.

He opens the door and COLLIN walks out of the car.

12. Use plenty of mood descriptions throughout the screenplay

Use of phrases in brackets like (smiles), (looks worried), (laughs out loud) with every possible dialog to prove yourself to be a complete novice. Experienced screenwriters avoid using such phrases as far as possible because these are for the director to decide. Three such uses in a complete good screenplay are allowed.

13. Do not visualize

While writing a movie script, write it just for the sake of writing it. Do not visualize anything in your mind’s eye. Do not bother if your scenes will be picturesque or boring.

And of course, do not take the help of the premier screenwriting and script consultancy service TheScreenplayWriters.com, because this team of screenwriters is so good and powerful, your screenplay will never be rejected. To make sure your screenplay is rejected, they should be strictly avoided.

 

STARTED THE SCRIPT

I have just completed 18 pages  of my script and already have two bodies and lots of blood. The script is under the “Script and Storyboard” menu, I will update it every time I add new pages to the script. Leave a comment, let me know what you think.

FILM INDUSTRY JOB DESCRIPTIONS

When watching a movie, the first things you usually see are the credits, apart from the actors’ names there are people like, scriptwriters, producers, directors etc. Here are some of the film industry’s job title and job descriptions.

Director

The Director is responsible for overseeing the creative aspects of a film, including controlling the content and flow of the film’s plot, directing the performances of Actors, organizing and selecting the locations in which the film will be shot, and managing technical details such as the positioning of cameras, the use of lighting, and the timing and content of the film’s soundtrack. Though directors wield a great deal of power, they are ultimately subordinate to the film’s Producer or Producers. Some Directors, especially more established ones, take on many of the roles of a Producer, and the distinction between the two roles is sometimes blurred

First assistant director

The First Assistant Director (1st AD) assists the Production Manager and Director. The ultimate aim of any 1st AD is to ensure the film comes in on schedule while maintaining a working environment in which the Director, principal artists (Actors) and crew can be focused on their work. They oversee day-to-day management of the cast and crew scheduling, equipment, script, and set. A 1st AD may also be responsible for directing background action for major shots or the entirety of relatively minor shots, at the Director’s discretion.

Second assistant director

The Second Assistant Director (2nd AD) is the chief assistant of the 1st AD and helps carry out those tasks delegated to the 1st AD. The 2nd AD may also direct background action and extras in addition to helping the 1st AD with scheduling, booking, etc. The 2nd AD is responsible for creating Call Sheets that let the crew know the schedule and important details about the shooting day. In Canadian and British functional structures there are 3rd ADs and even Trainee ADs; in the American system there are 2nd 2nd ADs.

Line producer

He is the liaison between the Studio or Producer and the Production Manager.

Production manager

He  supervises the physical aspects of the production (not the creative aspects) including personnel, technology, budget, and scheduling. It is the Production Manager’s responsibility to make sure the filming stays on schedule and within its budget. The PM also helps manage the day-to-day budget by managing operating costs such as salaries, production costs, and everyday equipment rental costs. The PM often works under the supervision of a Line Producer and directly supervises the Production Coordinator

Unit manager

The Unit Manager fulfills the same role as the production manager but for secondary “unit” shooting. In some functional structures, the Unit Manager subsumes the role of the Transport Coordinator.

Production designer

Also known as the Creative Director, the Production Designer is responsible for creating the physical, visual appearance of the film – settings, costumes, character makeup, all taken as a unit. The Production Designer works closely with the Director and the Cinematographer to achieve the look of the film.

Producers

They put up money to get a movie made.

Executive producers

They are usually the main money people. And in some cases an Executive producer may be very hands on with the day to day details of the movie.

Associate producers

They have a have some smaller part to play. And they may not even be directly related to the production of the movie. Sometimes producer credits are given in exchange for favours.

Scriptwriters

They are the people who wrote the script for the movie. They may be the people who actually wrote the screenplay from the source material or their own original ideas, or they may be the people who were on set to handle rewriting lines.

Script supervisor

Also known as the continuity person, the Script Supervisor keeps track of what parts of the script have been filmed and makes notes of any deviations between what was actually filmed and what appeared in the script. They make notes on every shot, and keep track of props, blocking, and other details to ensure continuity from shot to shot and scene to scene. The Script Supervisor’s notes are given to the Editor to expedite the editing process. The Script Supervisor works very closely with the Director on set.
Camera man.

They deal with actually capturing the action on camera. Besides operating the cameras, they will often give feedback to the director about how to achieve a desired look and how to deal with lighting and what not.

A Grip

This person moves things around on set. The Key Grip is the chief grip, like a foreman.

The Gaffer

This person is in charge of the electrical department and he will usually have an assistant called the Best Boy.

Props master

The Property Master is in charge of finding and managing all the props that appear in the film. The Props Master usually has several assistants.

Special effects supervisor

The Special Effects Supervisor instructs the special effects crew on how to design moving set elements and props that will safely break, explode, burn, collapse and implode without destroying the film set. S/he is also responsible for reproducing weather conditions and other on-camera magic

Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_crew to see more titles and descriptions.

 

FINALLY STARTING THE “B” MOVIE PROCESS

I’ve been looking around the internet at “B” movie, directors, producers, makers etc, and came to the conclusion that there are two types of “B” movie makers. The one knows they are making a “B” movie, they know the acting is bad and that the special effects is worse. But they make the movie anyway, just for fun. Then there is the other “B” movie maker that really thinks they produced a masterpiece and believe that the audience laugh with the movie rather than at it. I  am going to make a “B” movie, just for the fun of it. Now that that is out of the way, the real reason for the post.

I have finally started writing the script and will post the opening scenes in the coming week. I also decided on a name for the production company, because as you know in true “B” movie style – the director, producer, editor, special effects supervisor, cameraman and the lead actor are all the same person. The name of the production company, “B-REEL PRODUCTIONS”. Not original, I know, but “B” comes after “A” if you know  what I mean.

I produced a logo for the production company and asked a friend/ professional musician to produce the music for it. I’m not mentioning his name because for some strange reason not everybody shares my enthusiasm for “B” movies and the association with it.

This is B-REEL’s logo – (this is not the original music to it, still being produced)

 

 

THE UNDEFIND

My first music video I produced was called, Sain in 2010. The band’s name was, The Undefind, I say was, because they broke up. The video was filmed over four days in Table View, UWC and Edgemead. The video was also broadcast on DSTV’s MK channel.

The Undefind – Sain.

A TRUE “B” MOVIE

I watched a movie called, Birdemic : Shock and Terror, last night. I should not make a comment about this movie, because this is the type of movie, I want to make. Let me just say, I am in “Shock and Terror” after watching Birdemic, and leave it at that.  The director,  James Nguyen spent less than $10 000 making this movie. The film was shot on location in Half Moon Bay, California on a Sony V1U HD video camera. He financed the film himself.

The Storyline:

A platoon of eagles and vultures attacks the residents of a small town. Many people die. It’s not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Steve,Nate,Aaron, and David manage to fight back, with death totals rising high they strike back hard and fast, but will they survive Birdemic?

Watch the trailer!

This is an interview with the director, James Nguyen.

But wait, that’s not all – Birdemic II in 3D ? Another interview with James Nguyen.

MORE GREEN SCREEN

I completed one minute sixteen seconds of the four minute thirty second long “Dream Your Dream”, shot entirely on green screen and in HD.  It took two days to film and it seems two hundred to edit . I edited twenty seven clips in After Effects. The clips still need a lot of work done to it, but the video below should give  you the over all look I’m trying to get at.

This video contains the raw edited green screen footage.

The same video edited in After Effects.

(The back-up singers were filmed one at a time as can be seen in the raw footage above)

The results of this video confirms that I am on the right track and that it will be possible to film the “B” movie on green screen, I think. Please leave a comment, let me now what you think about the video.

YOUTUBE AMATEUR VIDEO MAKER SNAGS $30 MILLION MOVIE DEAL

In 2009 an amateur movie producer from Uruguay lands a $30 million Hollywood movie deal, thanks to a 4 minute movie he uploaded on YouTube. Fede Alvarez of Uruguay uploaded his short movie entitled “Ataque de Panico” (Panic Attack!)  on YouTube and a few days after he received tons of emails from different  Hollywood studios. One of them offered him $30 million for a full-length movie. Ataque de Panico is a 4 minutes 48 seconds long movie that featured giant robots attacking Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. It had received 1.5 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded there.

For the Hollywood movie that he will be making, Alvarez’ movie will be sponsored by Sam Raimi, director of Spiderman the movie and Evil Dead films. The movie will also be sci-fi film and will be shot on location in Uruguay and Argentina. Now this is what I can call as tremendously lucky. So, if you are a budding movie producer you might want to perfect your craft and share it on YouTube as well. Hollywood movie producers are really looking into YouTube  to scout for great movie uploads.

But if you’re afraid that you can’t do it, take inspirations from Alvarez’ few words of wisdom: “If some director from some country can achieve this just uploading a video to YouTube, it obviously means that anyone could do it.”

News from 901am-new media news : http://www.901am.com/2009/youtube-amateur-video-maker-snags-30-million-movie-deal.html