Last Tuesday, Diane, Jason and I went to Blue Ridge for our first showing of the short film we created, Last Bullet. The reception was wonderful and emotional. We cannot thank the town enough for their support of our work. Pictures are of Diane next to the train that goes on a two hour tour of the mountains, Jason and Diane on a bridge in Copperhill, Tenn. This is where they filmed October Sky. And one picture in which the message is obvious.
What a great time we had doing film camp!! Everyone got along and hopefully learned a bunch about making movies. Diane, Jason and I can't wait to see the edited projects. We are so proud of our students.
Here are a few shots from film camp. Everyone is having a great time and the students shoot their films this coming Monday and Wednesday. The groups have learned about writing, casting, directing, and how hard it is to prepare for everything. Pictured speaker is Angela Gomes, an assistant director who has worked with Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock and many others. Also shown are the students preparing for their films. Blocking, lighting and camera angles are being discussed, notes taken and plans laid.
Here is Jason and I in the bunker where most of the action took place. It's the afternoon after the morning we finished. It was exciting during the filming but very emotional to leave the site. I will have more shots later and they should be super. The people working with us were so cooperative, it was all about getting the job done as best as we could. No egos or prima donas. It was great and I am so appreciative of those who made my words come to life. Jason and Angie and Andy and Matt and J Todd have my utmost thanks.
Tomorrow night, Oct 10, we will begin filming for Last Bullet. Our movie company will be producing, Jason Winn will direct the screenplay I wrote earlier this year. We are on version 11 so it shows you how much revision is involved in writing. Then it rained so Jason and my dad had to empty water out of the foxhole down by the swamp. I will have some stills from the shoot next week. Check out www.tinrooffilms.com for details.
Jason and Matt played paintball recently. Matt will be the main character in a short film called Last Bullet that Tin Roof Films will be shooting in October. The character he plays is injured and in a Vietnam foxhole with the enemy near. Therefore, the paintball game is one way to elicit a very scaled down version of the adrenaline rush that soldiers in peril experienced. Jason will direct the film; he's on the left.
This is Jason, a director friend of ours, working with Savi, another director, on Paula Peril. We were downtown Atlanta in an art gallery. It was fun to see how the process works. The story is a comic book one that is being turned into a series for TV and/or the internet.