Well, L.J.Evans Productions hasn’t been doing a whole lot lately, but L.J.Evans Photography has been! After getting the 6D (as mentioned in the previous post), I’ve been trying to shoot a lot more photos. Sort of makes the purchase feel more worth it!
Anyhow, I’ve been shooting a lot of sports games while here at Taylor University. I’ve found that, although I don’t have a longer telephoto lens, if I shoot in RAW and at as low an ISO as I can pull off in whatever light I have, I can then just crop afterwards. So far it has seemed to work well.
One thing I have noticed in doing it this way is that it’s harder to get good focus on the shots farther out. Side the action that I want is taking up a smaller part of the picture, it is less important for the camera to focus on. This has messed up some great shots, but otherwise sports photos have seemed to work pretty good. Check out my Facebook page for some examples.
So, I know I haven’t posted in like, forever; but I’ve been pretty busy. At the end of June, the “Never Let Me Go” project was completed for the most part and showed at my highschool open house. By the beginning of August, the project was totally complete and DVDs were burned.
In August I sold just about all of my video equipment that I could. I kept the Zoom H4n audio recorder, and a couple accessory things, but everything else either went or is in the process of going. I also worked with our church to get a replacement for me set up to run the video camera system that I had set-up. I also developed the basis of a wodpress site for them
At the end of August, I left for college at Taylor University to get a BS in Film and Media Production. I really like Taylor and have come to know a lot of great people and some really talented media people.
In the second week at TU, I got my new camera in the mail, a Canon 6D. Honestly, this is one sweeeeeett camera!!! I also have the 24-105mm L lens. The combination works great and I’ve been trying to shoot a lot more, both photos and videos. Speaking of which, last week I shot promotional video for one of the Freshman candidates for the Inter Class Council. About an hour of shooting and three hours of editing later, we had a three minute video. It was a lot of fun to get back into shooting and editing.
And then this week, the film department unveiled that they had bought two Red Epic camera as well as two sets of Zeiss lenses. Needless to say, but I was really excited!
So that’s whats been happening around here. The videos should be under the ‘My Work’ tab.
Enjoy and have a great day!
Well, as of three weeks ago, shooting is done for “Never Let Me Go”. As of yesterday, the blooper reel is done. As of next week, the movie should be done, as well as some special feature interviews, in time for the premiere on June 30th. After that, I am hoping to have an online premiere several days later.
In other news, I am looking into selling all of my equipment. That’s right, all of it. …… And then getting a 6D with a couple L lenses.
Also, I’ve been working on cleaning up and streamlining my online presence. New profile pictures. Giving my art site a make-over. Becoming a little more twitterly active. Setting up a vimeo account. Etc. This blog may be next so watch for layout changes…..or maybe even a move to an actual site.
Speaking of moving, I recently downloaded Adobe Premiere CC. Personally, I like it a lot better than CS6. I can sort of understand all the hype about subscription based software, but that’s the only way I’ve ever had Adobe, so whatever.
Anywho, I’ll catch you later.
Ok, so I assume that having a blog assumes that I will be blogging on it……well, then, here I am…..blogging.
So, my movie, “Never Let Me Go” is coming along quite nicely. Out of 25 written scenes, scenes 1-11, 18, 19, 21, and 23 are all done, except for a small recording that goes with scene 4 and maybe a transition after 9. Last night, and very very early this morning, I organized all of my clips into their respective scene folders. Soon, maybe in a few minutes or this evening, I will start putting together a rough cut of the first half of the movie. Otherwise, the production is at a standstill for another week or so until some of my actors get back from vacation. After that, ten or so scenes shot at supersonic speeds and then several weeks of learning as I go color-grading and video and audio editing. The completion date is planned to be June 20th or so. Here’s to hoping that’ll happen!
I must say that I am pleasantly surprised at how well things have seemed to be going so far. This is really my first production. I have had a lot of help (thank you everyone!!) but I have also done a ton of this myself. The combination non-trained talent and an inexperienced director could have ended badly, but I think we have something good going on here.
Oh, and speaking of scenes, I have found that I think I put way too much in some of these scenes. If you look at my folder scheme, I have split some scenes into multiple parts to help with organizing. I think next time I will split the script itself into more pieces.
Well that tis all, tally-ho for now.
So, yesterday, was like Christmas for me. I finally received my two Rokinon lenses. 😃😃😄
And then, I was able to borrow most of my needed audio equipment!!!!
Now I just need a field monitor and boom mic and the rest if my shoulder rig.
Start shooting in the next few weeks? I think that might just happen!!!!
So, a brief update. The script for “Never Let Me Go” is up to 44 pages approximately and essentially done. Actors are being lined up. I will be running both a Kickstarter and an Indiegogo campaign, both of which will hopefully be up and running this week (fingers crossed). Here is a sneak peak at one of the perks for backers:
Ok, I know, I haven’t really been updating this blog very much, but there hasn’t really been a ton going on. I’m still working on building a website in Muse when I get a chance. Most of my time is spent being a highschool senior.
However, the update I do have is that I got some new equipment! Well, I got it around Christmas time, but still….I was totally excited. I now have a decent video tripod and head, a follow focus and rail system, and a Zoom H4n audio recorder ( 0__0 )!!!
Oh, and I have been spending a lot of time working on my script for the movie. I think I am officially going to title it “Never Let Me Go”. At least for now it is the catchphrase. As far as the script, as of last night, I am up to 40.5 pages. Hoping I ca wrap it up around 50+ pages but we will see.
Finally (yes, I know I am babbling on), I am working on setting up a Kickstarter campaign to help get some funds to make this movie a quality success. More updates concerning that will be forthcoming.