Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sometimes I get to have fun!

Sometimes I get to have some fun. That's my camera mount and gear strapped onto that brand new Hummer. It only had 12 miles on it. I think it had 200 by the time we finished running it up and down that old durt country road. Oh thats my old 1990 Dodge Truck in the back ground. Not much left of it I'm afriad. We got over 1,000,000 miles out of it before I parked it. I am thinking about put a new big block Dodge engien in it one day, but that takes cash I don't have at the moment.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Greatest Joke Ever Soundtrack

So Matthew Rappolt form my movie Emmett also had a band called the Unbreakable Clocks and he was in my recording studio back in 2008 recording his demo CD. The guys made lots of money off their demo and I got to use the music in my films as film soundtracks. So when I wrote the Greatest Joke Ever back in July 2010 I planed on using the music as the sound track. I will be making a music video soon and post it on YouTube.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A quick Note:

I did a quick online study and found that Swim Zack Swim is being pirated at an alarming rate. There has to be over 1,000,000 copies floating around out there now and I lost a huge amount of money on this production. It cots just under $15,000 to make and I only made $1,000 back. I only sold 106 copies so you can see what the problem is.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Filming Doritos Contest Video

Almost 2 years ago I wanted to enter the Doritos name the new product contest and hopefully win the top prize. It would have been so great to win because of all the films we could have made and how many more kids I would have been able to help. But we didn’t win and I really didn’t like the ones the judges picked.
In my option they should have set the contest up differently.  It was really hard to find someone’s entry.
Anyways, I rented a bear costume for Jacob Caldwell and the tent set was already set up for the Scout Adventure film re-shoot It’s hard to believe it was – 30 c outside the studio and we were filming summer evening stuff in the studio. Those  are real trees behind the tent. The sky was just blue light shining on a white backdrop.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Actors on the set of Clear Cut.

I thought this photo was fitting today because of all the snow outside. This was the group of young actors that offered to help Evan Phillips out. It’s part of the Clear Cut production we filmed in January February 2003. That was a long time ago. Way back before YouTube was around. It was about – 20 C that day. Yep all of those kids are now six feet tall, driving cars and off to University.

That’s my front yard and a quick sign I made with some old plywood I had hanging around.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Swim Zack Swim on location

My homemade jib arm with the Sony Betacam SP camera mounted on it. This was used for the crane camera shot of Zack arriving at the Trophy Shop to try and get a job so he can make the money he needs to take swimming lessons.

This scene I wrote back in 2001 inspired the Jump Start Hockey commercial were a kid goes into a dinner looking for work so he can play hockey. Rick Mercer made a spoof of the commercial for his show The Rick Mercer Report. Rick worked with Evan Phillips six years after we made the original scene and then Henry Quinn and I got to work with Rick Mercer last summer making it a complete circler.
Funny how that works out.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Had Surgery this week.

Hi, I had emergency surgery this week and now I'm home recovering. I will post something new later tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for stopping in. -Sterling

Monday, December 6, 2010

Music the sound of money disappearing.

Unlike anything else music makes or breaks a film. It’s a very big part of how it all works. In the independent world of film making you don’t have the option or luxury of just purchasing what ever you want to make your film work. You simply don’t have the money. What you have to do is create music from scratch and that’s no easy task. You have to find a band that’s good at what they do. In my case we got lucky Camera Menzies has a really good band. You require a recording studio to record in. Can’t afford one at $85 an hour so we built one in my studio.
Well that’s all fin and dandy but we require some gear and that’s where things started to add up quick. A few microphones, headphones, mixing boards, sound systems, cables and a program / G5 tower to record and mix the music. $3,500 to $4,500 spent there.
Then all the band members are 14 to 15 years old at the time so someone needs to drive them back and forth to the studio. Most days the parents drove them out and I would drive them back.
Now we had five bands on the go at the time. All of them making new original music, some good, some not so good.
You can buy the film soundtartcks we recorded on my website

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Working with Dylan Eshbuagh on Echo Beach

Dylan Eshbuagh of YouTube’s Dylan Couch on his first day of filming on Echo Beach the Movie. Dylan and his mother drove up from New York New York to work on the film. I had two other YouTubers at the time wanting to do some work with at the time as well but I turned them down because I was working on Echo Beach. Justin and Locus didn’t have any trouble moving forward with their careers. May be if Dylan didn’t work with me his career may have taken off like the others.  I can’t help but feel that I ginst his career.
Dyaln was supper easy to work with, a real pro. I really want to work with him again in the future and I have the feeling he feels the same way. I wish he would make a new YouTube video even if it’s only a vlog update on what he is doing now.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The fry stand wasn’t real. I put this set together with some stuff I had lying around the studio. The green wall at the back was from the Swim Zack Swim film. It’s Zacks Kitchen wall.

I got back from filming at the beach at 2 am and went to sleep. At 5am I was back up assembling the Fire stand set with what ever I could find. By 10am the cast was there and we went to work shooting all the fry stand interior scenes to match all the exterior scenes we shot 30 days before
Edwin was kind emough to do some sound work and that's me with all the messy gray hair giving the women directions as to how the scene will go.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Echo Beach Stage Set

Here we have the stage I built in my back yard for all the concert scenes in the film. 2x4 frame about 24” off the ground and it’s 16’ x 12’ . The floor joist was 2x6 16' long @ 16" on center. I built the backdrop wall behind the stage 12’ high and 16’ wide the same as the stage. Then there were 3 sections of scaffolding on each side for the lights to hang on. A two week rental item.

I built a lighting system with ten light switches and dimmers and I had my friend Dale flip them on and off. It was the best we could at the time. We had a big barbecue to try and get some people to be extras. It didn’t work.  Dylan was suppose to be at the concert but he wasn’t available at the time we filmed it so I did his part 2 years later just of the road in the bushes at Sauble Beach. The beach is a two-hour drive from my back yard.

Cameron’s band played well into the night, 4 am I think we rapped. I believe we got lucky and most of my neighbors had gone away for the weekend.

Take a guess at what it cost to make the stage set? Post your guess in the comments box below.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The only picture I have when the set was up.

So this would be why there was never a camera shot looking out the bathroom door at the cabin. There was lots of set panels and places to set lights.

Lighting was challenging at times but we did seem to make do. We only had 3 Mole Richard lamps and one big 2k out side for the fake sun. Yep we film daytime in the middle of the night. Yes all that sun coming in the widows was fake. Well not all I guess some days we did film when the sun was up.

The nights we filmed the party scenes and when guys were playing it was really loud and I was surprised no one complained. Lindsay’s base amp really kicked the sound out.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Echo Beach the Movie was very expencive to make.

So this is the cabin set in the other direction. This photo was taken after we finished filming so most everything was taken apart. We rapped about 3 am on the last day trying to squeeze all the missing camera shots with Zeffer. He was heading off to University on the other side of Canada the next day.

You may recognize the set panel and the studio space. I reusable everything for the You Can’t Do That On YouTube YouTube shows / children’s acting for television workshops. So yes Shaggy72 you are correct everything is reusable. And if we do get a chance to film the sequel or prequel of Echo Each this summer we will use the set again.