Sunday, December 25, 2011

Old Computer Junk

Hey if anyone has old computer junk that they want to get rid of  and can't sell maybe think about donating it to Sterling Productions. I'm looking for old Mac G5's we can use for recording music, edit video and after effects work on.  You can send it to Sterling Productions Box 96 Alma Ontario Canada N0B 1A0 feel free to drop me an email sterlingjohnston@hotmail.com

Many Thanks

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Main Computer is Down

So just a quick update. My main computer is down. It could be a hardware problem but it could also be a hacker problem. It is the Holiday season and with so many people shopping online it's a bad guy dream come true for finding banking info. Well says the news cast any way.

So if it's the hard drive that went down that's a huge problem because everything is on that drive. I have a few back up files but not all. backup drives cost money and that is in real short supply. so I stand to lose 25 years of scripts programs and productions files. All my email contacts, some of which are very important in the industry.

So if it comes down to a data recovery there are many company s that can help me out but at a large cost. I'm looking at $500 to $1,500. I won't know the real cost until I hirer someone to to retrieve it.

I have to figure out how to round the money up. Oh well.  Merry Christmas to everyone.

Monday, December 19, 2011

This is one of the many many script meetings we had on the Echo beach The Movie location shoot. It was a never end set of rewrites because of actors not showing up for work. Not any one that was in the film, all the actors that are not in the film. The ones in the film were great to work with and they are real troopers for hanging in there when everything fell apart because there was an other whole to fix.

Or it could be we were just trying to figure out what we were filming that day. No it's a script meeting.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Funding for Sam's First Movie

So on the left is Actor Sam Kilpatrick age 11. I really hope to start filming with Sam in late Jan 2012. Its a a costly undertaking and it's going to require some capital funds. So I hoping for donations and in return you get perks. If yo donate $25 you will get a Autographed DVD copy of the completed film when it's finished in late March early April. It will be a feature film running about 85 mins.

If you donate $50 you get a Autographed DVD and a special thanks credit in the ending credits which also qualify's you for a credit a page on imdb.com (it's up  to imdb.com to post or not post your name but we will submit it) Donations larger are very welcome and we can work out some additional perks for you if you do.

So please help me help Sam get his acting career kicked into high gear. I will post the donations PayPal button on my website http://sterlingproductions.ca/sam.html

Friday, December 2, 2011

Filming Echo Beach in 2007

So we look like we know what we are doing. I think it was about 70 F when we shot this scene with a slight breeze off the lake and some where around 9:30 pm.

Have you ever noticed that Directors have crazy hair? I'm no different I guess. The stress level was outrageous on this shoot with so many actors not showing up to film there scenes. But any ways the actors that did show were very dedicated to getting the project finished.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Going no where

I seam to be going no where. I can't seam to get anything going. Projects, scripts, fundraising, its all at a dead stand still. With any luck i will have a break threw on a new film script and in a marathon spree i should be able to crank something out. Well that's it normally works. I let ideas gel for a while then in two or three days I have a finished script for a feature film.

This script is going to be for Sam Kilpatricks first film.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Update on Stuff

I was just sending a reply to a Sterling productions follower and I thought I should share part of that email with everyone here on my blog.

Right now I'm trying to get You Can't Do That On YouTube back up and running so I can get a new studio space. I have meeting with 20 kids and parents this week but I'm not sure if they are going to like paying to have their kid on the series. Each kid is going to have to pay $100 to $200 per episode. I'm going to ask them to find sponsors like an Ant or Uncle or company.
 
Oh well we will soon find out how that goes.
 
So the good news is I'm flat broke and don't own any money for old productions so every cent can go into new productions. The bad news is I can't start any productions with out having all the cash first because I have no credit. Oh what a tangled web I weave.
 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the New Studio Space

This will be the new studio space in downtown kitchener. We just need to make the money to pay the rent and we are all set for the new season of YCDTOYT and a host of new shows I have planned.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Twitter

So i'm playing around with Twitter more. I'm posting more tweets on my sterlingcanada2 twitter. Also i'm going to try to find 20 to 40 new actors to make 12 new episodes of YCDTOYT

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New YCDTOYT Studio space floor tile

So I found a great deal on the floor tile I need to build the new studios change rooms. I need 800 square feet for the floors and walls of the new showers, washroom area and floor of the change room. It's only fifty cents a square foor insted of the normal price of $6 a square foor. So with taxs its only $452.


So I need to make the money to buy them before they are gone. Please ask around and see if you can talk anyone into donating some money so I can purchase the tile.


Donations can be made to via Paypal to sterling_productions@hotmail.com


Many Thanks

Sterling

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I'm still editing?

Well I'm still diging the footage back into my computer. There seams to be some strange shooting order or I recorded over some footage by mistake. I'm not sure. Oh well hopeful all of its there. I may got looking at old hard drive to see if there is some footage from my first attempt to edit this film.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Finaly Editing it.


So I have finally got around to finishing the edit of Death by Design. We filmed this way way back in 2007 but never got around to the final edit. I have a car exploitation in the film and i could never get it to look right. cathyDirector is going to try and fix the problem with after effects. If all goes well the film will be available for sale on DVD in a month or so.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

And the winner is?

So Charlie won the Next Star competition. I have started re digging the Death by Design footage into a G5 in hopes of finishing the film. I have all the footage we set out to film with the exception of a car explosion. CathyDirector is going to help me out there with some after effects. The film should look good when its done. That's the hope anways.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

So who will it be?

So who will it be? The Next Star that is. The big night is tomorrow Sept 25. I'll post the winner when I find out.

I was hoping to go to the taping of the final episode but I don't have the cash for a ticket and it would have been really hard to tape a QHR Report while they are going out live. So many rules you know. Yep so sorry Qhr Report covering the event.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The old Studio.


Well this was the studio I filmed Echo Beach in. My 72 Charger is sitting right were the coffee table would have been sitting in the film. Oh the good old days.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Echo beach the Movie on YouTube as a rental?


So I think I'm one step closer to posting Echo Beach The Movie on YouTube as a rental / pay per view. I now have monetization but not a YouTube Partner Deal on SterlingCanada2. I'm not sure how that works but maybe in time things will work out.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Next Star music videos.




So I watched Parker's video and I'm wondering what you think of it? I feel that the director made a huge mistake in only recording his lip sink in high speed and didn't do any takes in real time. Also I feel the director fell short of shots of great skateboarding action. He really failed Parker.

Please watch the video and comment on how it could have been made better. Personally I think the Next Star producers should re-shoot the video with a new director.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sams Poll so far.

Well it looks like adventure is winner with a bit of drama and action in the mix. Sounds like my kind of film. I'll leave the poll up for its run of 30 days and see how it turns out. I'm hoping to make six films starring Sam. Hopefully I can biuld a large audiance for him and his films make money.

Friday, September 2, 2011

YouTube Rentals ???

Well its about time YouTube got film rentals in Canada. Now its back to how can I get my films on YouTube for rent? Less hope I can make it happen.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New poll in the side bar ---->

I posted a new poll in the side bar for your entertainment / my benfit. What kind of film would you like to see actor Sam Kilpatrick star in? I will write a film script and percent to film offer to Sam and hopefully the film will get made early 2012.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shaggy 72 is right :)

He is right I should finish the Death by Design film. Its going to be a huge challenge to finish it. One problem I need to figure out is why my Final Cut pro eight point garbage mat doesn't work any more. I was doing this large ten layer effect shot with live video components and each one has slow motion, standard speed or is fast motion effects. I think I may have crashed the program. Maybe I should have exported each shot to tape then diged them back in and then layered them to make the single shot.

Monday, August 29, 2011

More posts??

I should start writing more blog posts I think. But I don't know what the write about. Things are kind of boring around here because nothing going on. CathyDirector has been building a new Sterling Productions website on a free web hosting site. My site will be going offline one day soon and it will take over.

I need to edit a film trailer for Echo Beach one of these days. I never got around to making one. I just have that teaser we made before we shot the film.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Once agian we try for a new production.

So here I am again thinking about a new project Starring Kyle and Sam. both actors have not confirmed that they will star in the film and rightly so I have written the script yet. I idea is to make a feature film 47 mins or longer with a budget of $2,000. I will have to do some fund raising ASAP if we wish to make something before the snow flies. Each donation of $25 will get a free dvd copy of the completed film with free shipping. Or if the film doesn't get made a 99% refund because paypal takes $1.20 per transaction. I would make it 100% but I'm bankrupt at the moment and have only $23.13 to my name.

The film is a really cool idea and once I have the script finished and copyrighted I will let everyone know the story line. It's a good youth action adventure comedy. It's a bit of a throw back to the Little Rascals bit based in summer 2012 when the internet crashes. Oh no I gave too much away already. Oh well the only people that read my blog are trusted friends so i don't mind.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So Whats new?

Well not much. I haven't been keeping my blog up like I had hoped. But oh well not much is happening so there is not much to say. So its now June and the year is flying by so fast it will be 2012 before I know it.

I'm hoping to restart YCDTOY in the new year with an all new cast and studio. I have been looking around and haven;t found anything yet that would work for a studio in my price range. Then it would be back to fund raising to make it all happen.
Well here is to hoping. : )  Stranger things have happened. Maybe Brad pit will donate a large some of money to help kids find their voice through acting.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I miss the good old days.

I miss the good old days. I really do. All the hard work with impossible deadlines. The photo on th eleft here is a 13 year old actor Cameron Menzies. He is much older now and going to Univirecity. He's standing in my old studio behind the set. I believe the set was the Kitchen of Gone Tubing. Yep his house in the film was all fake.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What to do ?

I feel uninspired to write any film scripts lately. There is not much chance of being able to make any new productions in the near future so I'm a little down. I only write films I know I can make so I'm kind of stuck.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Making Plans

So the newest plan is to make a real 35mm film in the summer of 2012. Each actor will need to pay $2,000 for their roll in the film. Yep I have to charge money now that I'm broke. So the casting call will be out soon but if your child really wants to be an actor then this would be the way to get notices.

Parents pay $500 to $5,000 a year just so their kid can play hockey well why not spend some money on your child's acting career?

Just drop me an email to set up your child's audition for the film.

casting@sterlingproductions.ca

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What's wrong with people?

MayByJef has turned down my offer to work on a film. It's always amazes me how fast people turn down opportunities without doing any research. So as history repeats it's self every actor I have ever asked to work with has turned me down. Only actors that ask me to work with me works. It's a one way street. Now if i had huge sales and block buster films maybe. So lets make that happen some how. It dives me crazy that there are actors out there that could make huge amounts of money and they turn down offers so fast.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wow it's been...

So it's been a long time. March11 was so long ago. Time really flies by when your not watching it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

So Where Did I get to?

Well long story short I have been very very ill and I am just starting to recover. There has been a lot off bad news floating out of Sterling Productions so I decided not to say anything until now. What ever. I'm still alive so all is good.

So onto productions stuff. Some how, in some way I am going to make a film in July this year Starring Parker Kary and Kyle Claeys. I'm now thinking that I will try for another Scout troop film with a possible 30 actors. I have a few ideas for a story line but I'm not sure which I like yet. I guess it really depends on how hard it is to write the story. It will be action adventure film. May be a canoe trip gone wrong. For that I would have to make sure that all the actors are strong swimmers. Another idea would be they save a plain crash victim or it could be just a straight up story of friendship building.

So I will narrow it down and write some kind of outline then post a casting call to see if I can find the 30 plus actors for the film.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I Think this is Do-able : )

Here is what I'm thinking. MadeByJef replied to my email and it sounds like he is interested in working on a film. I haven't heard anything from Tyson Thibodeau. I wish he would get back to me he has a fast growing fan base and I think I could easily sell 1,000 copies to them.

Anyway they way its looking a film to be shot in Niagara Falls Canada in July 2011 Starring

kyle Cleays (I have a tentative yes from his parents)

Parker Kary I haven't asked him yet but I will on Tuesday) and .

MadeByJef pending airline tickets and parents approval.

Budget is going to come in around $8,000 to $10,000 for flights for Jef and a parent, hotel or campground fees, gas for production vehicles, DVCAM Tape and food. There will most likely be some props but I'm not sure what yet because I haven't written the script yet.

Now the pole I have going seems to be leaning in the same direction so that could be a good thing. Hopefully we can have pre-orders, I mean have donations from 500 to 1,000 people that would really like to help Kyle, Parker and Jef get their film acting careers going. Again the pole looks like we may have 74 interested people.

I will post a Donation button for the project and each 25 dollar donation will get an autographed DVD copy of the film when its finish in early October. The DVD will have Dutch and German subtitles.

Now you know how I roll. Any thoughts, anyone? Comment below or feel free to email me. sterlingjohnston@hotmail.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What New Film Production to do?

So I have placed a poll on the side bar asking people what film would they buy on DVD based on who is staring in the film. I'm planing what to do next. If we fly MadeByJef over it will add about $5,000 to the cost of a film so I need to know if there is enough interest to go forward. If I film with Tyson Thibodeau its going to add $5,000 to the cost and if they both are in the film we are already at $10,000 and we haven't even bought tape yet. So please fill out the pol and we will see what happens.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It good to know people that know stuff :)

Well it good to know people that know stuff and it’s really good to know people who care about what you do. I got the new part from my Mac repair guy. It was just plug and play. So quick, so easy and it was very nice to see two orders for DVDs that came in on Friday so I could pay for the part although my Mac repair guy donated the part.  But don’t despair I still required gas money to get there to pick up the part. Also 100% of the money goes right back into the production costs. I thank you for your support.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Production?

I'm going to try and make a film over the March Break. I'm not sure what actors I have or even a storyline but I'm still going to try.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My last post, a 4 am Rant. Sorry : )

Yes sorry for all the negative stuff. I just needed to vent about the whole situation. it's just one of the many problems I face on a daily bases. I am trying to find good stuff to write about and so today I shall. I have a big productions in the works for this summer. I'm not sure how it's going to work out but hopefully everyone I have invites to work on the production says yes and we may have the very first Sterling productions Block Buster. I will be announcing the idea as soon as I get confirmation that the actors are in. : )

How I Get Repaid for all my hard work ! : (

In late October I told the parents of  a film production of mine that I could not afford a big screening of "the film" so that parents decided that they would hold a screening of their own. They asked my permission to screen "the film" offering to give the money raised (after expenses for the screening of coarse ) to me to help pay the bank back for the money borrowed to make "the Film. I agreed because I have to the bank back. So the extra money was promised to me.

On the week of the screening, around Dec 2010, I was raced to the hospital in extreme pain and had emergency surgery to remove an internal infection. There was a puss pocket 6" in diameter and 1/2 thick were my leg, meets my torso. I was told they would put me under for the surgery, which the surgeon decide that local freezing and some kind of pain killer in a drip iv "3 to 5 mins drip" was the only thing needed.

Well the very second the iv drip was hooked and to the protest of the nurse who was working the painkiller drip, the surgeon cut into me. What an unbelievable amount of pain! I'll spare you all the details but basically he cut into the area, removed what ever caused the infection, push all the puss out, packed a cotton string of some kind inside to act like a wick so the wound would weep out any and all remaining infection.

So after the surgery was done and the pain relievers just kicked in, I was given a prescription for an inflammatory, pain relief and anty biotic, then pushed out the door in a wheel chair and sent home.

So I was to come back in two or three days and he would remove the wick. So on the day of the screening I was back in the hospital, the surgeon removed the bandage, tool a look and said it looks good. He then took a pair of surgical pliers and in one swift motion he pulled all 48" of wick out. I had no idea that the wick that was packed in there was about 48" long.

Anyways, I was lying in bed, still in pain, upset that there was no way for me to help the parents with the screening of my film, while the parents of the actors I spent so much time and money helping, were giving the extra money raised from the screening to the local food bank.

So the next day I find out that they gave to money to the food bank and not me to repay the bank. I mean what the F***!. You got to be kidding me! This is so unreal! What gives them the right to give the banks money to the frig in food bank! What evil! What a breach of trust! What ever processed them?

So I sent an email stating my disbelief, I got a reply of, well it wasn't much money, it's not like it was thousands of dollars, it was only $289.  Not replying because I had a few choice words for that.

Later on I sent a second email to another parent and got, well some of the parents decided that the money should go to the food bank and I didn't want to start an argument, well it wasn't much money, it's not like it was thousands of dollars, it was only $289. I didn't think it was that much money so I pitched in a few to make it an even $300.

So right now I'm paying 300% interest ( min credit card payment $300 of a $400 payment is interest) on the money that was borrowed for the film. So that $300 could have saved me $900 in interest.

So what do I do? Do I try and have them charged with theft? Do I sue them for breach of trust? What?

One thing I can do is terminating all contact and future work with the parties involved. So those actors are no longer welcome at Sterling Productions because their parents screwed them.

One parent did make a $210. Donation because she felt it was the right thing to do so I'm still working with them. But the others, no way! I mean common man! What a stab in the back.

I could realy use some help form out there. Sales, subscribers, veiws, comments here and on YouTube. I don't under stand why I can't not be sucessful at anything. With all the work I have put in over 25 years, How is that possible?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New blog for Parker Kary

Yep that's right. We strated a new blog for Parker Kary so everyone can keep uptoday with what's going on in his acting world. Got check it out at www.parkerkary.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Parker's new video

So I posted Parkers new video today. It took about an hour to film two vidoes, todays and Thursdays video. I think I need to slow down and make better videos. I'm rushing things a bit too fast agian. Bad habbit of mine. Any ways if you haven't seen it yet, go check it out on my SterlingCanada2 YouTube channel. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Recording the Greatest Joke Ever Sound Track

So one fine day in January 2008 Matthew Rappolt star of my film Emmett spent many evening in my studio writing and recording music with his band The Unbreakable Clocks. I knew that I would use it in a film sound track at some piont but I wasn't sure what film. Throw in the Narx a band I worked with in the late 80's ealy 90's and I had the idea for the Greatest Joke Ever.

Matthew and the twins were ball 15 ears old here and the base player was 16 i believe.

Recording Copyright Sterling Johnston 2008 Music compose and proformed by Matthew Rappolt and band

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Production News update Soon!

We are working on some deals with actors but nothing has been set yet. Hopefully on Tuesday we will know more and Parker will make announcement.  If not then maybe on Thursday. At the momnet working on selling some more stuff off to keep up with the bank payments. Hopefully sales pick up soon and I can get onto bigger and better projects that help more actors.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's Parker Kary!!!

It's the all new golden voice of Sterling Productions, Parker Kary. Parker will be answering all the questions people submit from YouTube, Twitter, emails and Canada Post. He will also be interviewing our actors about their films past , present and future along with other people at events. If you would like Parker to visit your event please submit a request by emial or Canada Post.

Parker Kary C/O
Sterling Productions
Box 96, Alma, Ontario
Canada N0B 1A0

He can only attend events in Ontario at this piont so please no out of province requests.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Updates & Things to do?

So I have a new actor Parker Kary age 12. I will be making a video with him on Tuesday Jan 18th and hopefully posting it Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. It will be his introduction video so look for that video. I will post it on here as well.

Kyle Claey's is winning our actor pole on the left there. That's good because we are making a film with him this summer. We have a few story ideas so once I get the script finished and his parents approval we will start work on it. We maybe announcing a fund raiser for that project soon. We have to pre-sell the DVDs to make the money to make the film this time around. I have no credit anymore so I can't barrow the money like I use to do.

Also I'm still hoping to talk a popular YouTuber into working with us this summer.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dreaming of Next Summer's Production!

Yep I sure did have fun last summer filming with Quinn, Payton, Tristen, Kyle and Henry last summer. It would have been nice to have the full ten days of filming as it was set up but we got cut short by some parents talking vacations and such so we were down to 7 8 hour days. Not much time but we managed.

So I'm looking forward to making something this summer. I'm going to start asking people to buy the new film even before it's made. For every donation of $25 there get a free DVD, with Free shipping anywhere in the world and it will be autographed by the cast. Now that's a cool deal if I have ever heard one. My PayPal is sterling_productions@hotmail.com if anyone is intrested in such a deal. Cast to be announced. Film will be 47 mins or longer.

Oh and if anyone knows where I can get a job in the KW area, please let me know. I need to make some cash.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Yips! 25 Years!

I never thought I would see the day that Sterling Productions hit 25 years of film making. Yet here we are already. It's been a very bumpy ride I must say and I'm hoping that the next 25 goes supper smooth and makes more money than it loses this time around.

Many many thanks to a great person Cathy Danneberg for making this title page for the website. She is a great person to work with and does a great job. If you would like her to do some work for you, just contact her on http://www.youtube.com/cathydirector