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Producer’s Blog: Behind-the-scenes photos

Recording with Cazz! We took our very talented musical ensemble to lay down some bagillion part harmonies with Cazz Brindis, who is writing some additional music for the movie.

photos:stan|parker

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Some information on Our Camera

Firstoff, thanks to all who helped on the shoot of the title track, “Life is Not a Musical” yesterday. The footage is looking incredible and we wouldn’t have great looking footage without great things to shoot. All of our extras/dancers really gave it their all in rehearsals and the multiple takes done on a very hot Saturday morning. Thank you all kindly, production stills should be coming soon!

Now, as some of you who have been on set may have realized, we are no longer shooting on a RED ONE camera. We have instead decided to shoot on Canon DSLR’s, more specifically, the Canon EOS 5d Mark II. If you’re anything like the production team when we first uncovered this technology, you’re a little rattled by the idea of shooting a feature film on a “still camera”. However, the footage speaks for itself. There is a movement among independent filmmakers who are making movies on these cameras, and the quality is comparable if not equal to the revered RED. In some senses, the convenience of working with the 5d camera does a production like ours a lot more favors than a RED would have.

While I will spare you in-depth tech talk about the higher points of the camera (links will be included in this post for reference), I’ll say essentially why we chose this camera. It can record video in full HD with a full frame still camera size 35mm sensor, which is much bigger than a movie sensor. The availability of lenses for still cameras is a wide variety with reasonable pricing, as opposed to film cameras and the RED, where buying lenses for variety of looks can quickly run up to five-figure prices. Additionally, editing the footage shot by the 5d is a much more simple task than RED footage. 5d footage, with the help of some additional software, can be edited in final cut pro without too many roadblocks on interface. The RED however, is quite a complex process; mainly because of the sophistication of the information it records. This requires very specific programs to edit, and thoughtful consideration while shooting.

As I said before, there is a movement among filmmakers who are adopting these cameras as their primary shooting cameras. One filmmaker specifically, Phillip Bloom, runs a website that he uses to showcase his work and runs an open forum for DSLR users to share and learn about the technology together (I will include links to his page at the bottom of this post). Robert Rodriguez, director of such works as “Desperado”, “Sin City”, “From Dusk Til Dawn”, and “Spy Kids” is famous for his work in cinema on a shoestring budget (see “El Mariachi”, $7000 to produce); recently shot a music video on a 5d, which should be released in the next month or so.

I encourage you to do some research of your own on this new technology. I’ll include a video in this post which compares the 5d Mark II with the RED as well as another DSLR camera, and as the video with the incoherent plot posits, see if you notice anything different.

http://vimeo.com/5981422

For More Info on the Technology,

http://philipbloom.co.uk/


Oscar Live-Blog

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Photo Journal – Day 1 – First Shoot

These are screencaps from out first shoot,  for the number “How Did We Get Here”. Behind-scenes-video of the first day soon!


We are shooting on a RED One!

We have fantastic news. With the help of Craig Detweiler and Pepperdine’s Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture, we have secured a RED ONE camera for the shooting of Life is Not a Musical: The Musical. This is a huge blessing and we are incredibly excited. This will give us the ability to produce and incredibly high quality picture.

The RED ONE is an extremely advanced camera that has been used in a ton of movies including Book of Eli, Lovely Bones, Gamer, District 9, and many many more. You can take a look at the specs and see the Red Reel on their site.

ONCE AGAIN: We are starting shooting soon, and that means we’ve opened up a lot of new positions, from script supervising to costumes and make-up. Let us know if you’d like to help! Email lifeisnotamusical@gmail.com for more information, and keep an eye on this site!

Happy New Year!


Producer’s blog: Into the thick of things.

Just making a quick update for everyone. We have some exciting news!

We have finished out first track from Life is Not a Musical. It is a powerful emotional number called “How Did We Get Here” and it sounds great. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it. But you’ll have to wait a bit longer, there may be a special sneak peek coming soon…

We are arranging the rest of the tracks and beginning to work on choreography. Soon we’ll be doing an open call for extras and dancers, so keep an eye out! Email lifeisnotamusical@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.

Also, we are starting shooting soon, and that means we’ve opened up a lot of new positions, from script supervising to costumes and make-up. Let us know if you’d like to help!

So keep an eye on this blog for all the production news. Soon you’ll start seeing video updates from myself and the production team. I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

-Zane


We are going to the studio!

I’m really excited to announce that we are going into the studio to record the first number! Right now Life is Not a Musical has six songs written with two more on the way. By next week one of our songs will be entirely done and ready for us to start shooting next semester. If you cross your fingers you may be able to see a completed scene from the movie by the end of January at a special event.

Life is Not a Musical has teamed up with Darkbloom Productions, which will be producing the music for the soundtrack. We are really excited about the partnership and we love how the music is sounding right now.

Things are moving quickly here, so don’t forget to keep an eye on this site for all of the news!