Recently, The Script Mentor spoke with Anthony Crossen, a screenwriter whose current war drama OP Winchester has been impressing the judges in the Nicholl Fellowship, so far reaching the semifinals…
Firstly, as a former warfighter, I don’t advocate violence. Violence is always the wrong answer. However, the current state of human experience dictates that we must be prepared in the event violence is brought upon us. To not be ready, as a parent or head of household, is irresponsible, in my opinion.
The latest from TSF Films, an instructional on how to zero the sights on a semi-automatic rifle. Originally lensed in October, 2014 after the purchase of my first civilian rifle following 23-years as a combat Soldier, I immediately shelved the project. Firearms are done to death on YouTube. I feel it’s the domain of others like NutnFancy, Sootch, Hickok45, and the like. The subject has been covered ad nauseam.
I left it alone for two years. Then I started learning other things, which I want to discuss in subsequent episodes. This obligated me to dust this project off because it’s the basis of the topic. Zeroing sights is the foundation on which a marksman builds his or her skills. In the dog-eat-dog world of social media armchair quarterbacks, I was obligated to start at the beginning.
Now that it’s a thing, an official episode, I feel it’s surprisingly relevant for the beginning marksman in light of dangers facing virtually everyone these days. Suffice to say, it’s not your normal how-to. It’s detailed, results oriented, no-nonsense instruction. And the production value is pretty good compared to most .
As an artist, this project allowed me to put my Sony cameras and Canon FD lenses through their paces. I wanted this piece to have a big movie feel to it. I think I achieved that towards the second half of the piece. It was also the first project where I did an entire sound mix in Adobe Audition. I learned a lot on this one.
A Sony A6000 was my A-camera and a Sony NEX-5N was my B-camera. Sound was captured using a Zoom H1, which needed major sweetening in Adobe Audition CC. Surprisingly, the tiny wind sock eliminated a ton of wind noise compared to the on-camera mics. Me thinks the sound mix didn’t translate well to the YouTube upload, though.
The movie was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 and includes some After Effects work. Color was through Premiere using Fast Color Corrector and Lumetri Color, specifically, REDLOGFILM – SL – PROFILE. I liked how it turned out. I hope you do, too.
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I realized I hadn’t pieced anything together from the hours of content I’ve produced. Here it is:
The latest from the #TSFChannel, where I practice craft. It’s not really how I want my brand, TSF Films/Red4 to be represented. I want to write and direct genre pictures. I’m a multi-optioned screenwriter. On the other hand, I’ve always gone my own path, always led by example: Don’t talk. Do.
Creating is something I need to do.
For noobs on the fence as to where to begin, begin with YouTube. Build your audience. Interact with viewers. Gain subscribers and a following. Build a rep for quality. Then launch that crowd funder.
In YouTube’s “tactical gear” genre, my channel is well received and lauded for superior content presentation and production value. There’s truth to the axiom that not everyone with a camera is a filmmaker. There’s some good stuff out there, which is okay for most viewers. “Okay” isn’t good enough for me.
Cameras: Sony a6000, Sony NEX-5N, and GoPro Hero 3. Glass: Canon FD and Pentax K-mount. Editing: #Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Color: Red Giant Colorista II.
Crew: I am an Army of One.
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This is getting so ridiculous, now. Whatever happened to, “This land is my land, this land is your land…”?
Check the article link below from Shutterbug.com. Then, call your legislators, ASAP!
Some of you were around last year when I tried, unsuccessfully, to produce a short film which met with such problems on set between crew personalities and an unrealistic shooting schedule, which was guaranteed by the pros I hired.
Well, call me a glutton for punishment, but I’m doing it again. I’ve teamed with a local production company, CL3 Productions, to bring Abel’s Promise to reality. We looked at the footage from last years production and decided to mount an entire remake instead of trying to recreate the look of the former DP. The script has been revamped, the actors recast, and then something amazing happened.
Somehow, on my search for a music sync license, I managed to get a celebrity in the electronic dance music scene to sign on for the soundtrack. I approached Arny Bink, president of Black Hole Recordings, a major EDM label, for the sync rights to a track on one of their DJ mix albums. He graciously forwarded my email to the original artist, Roger Shah, the acclaimed producer from Black Hole and Armada Music. He’s a classically trained composer.
He’s also on the shortlist for the Avatar 2 trailer and a regular composer for Disney. Well, he wants to score Abel’s Promise! His decision was based off the trailer I included in the query… I guess. #feelingblessed
Either way, it’s a coup. It’s a coup for us, and it’s a coup for trance lovers. But we can’t get the new music if there’s no movie, and you can help get the movie made by dropping a few pennies in our Kickstarter bucket.