Monday, July 14, 2014

Shoot In Logan

Recently I got to go to a shoot in Logan. I was able to act as the production coordinator for this shoot. I planned the schedule, coordinated with the Producer on what kind of b-roll we needed to get, and contacted everyone involved to make sure things would move smoothly. This is a project I've also been able to help do some assistant editing on.

The project is completely unscripted and is based on interview footage from two young men in Logan Utah. The backbone of the story has been cut together with interview footage. This introduces interesting challenges, but at the same time it is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to do something that is more like documentary editing.

I have a lot of respect for the Producer, Lucas McGraw, and the Director of Photography, Tom Garner. They have both worked on and produced some of my favorite Mormon Messages. Both of these men sometimes spend long hours and even days or weeks away from their families to produce these pieces. They both love their families and spend a lot of their time talking about their families. You can tell that they are dedicated husbands and fathers and yet they still dedicate themselves to their work.

Want to be an extra in a commercial or help make one?

As many of you know from my last post, I am making some commercials for Weber State's Career Services Center. If you would like to be an extra or would be willing to help out on the crew, please click here to fill out this form as soon as possible! Our shoot days on July 21st, 2nd, and 23rd.

This commercial has been fun to work on. One of the ladies that works at the Career Services Center recently said to me, "Thanks for teaching us the process. You have brought process to doing these commercials." Looking back at it I have been able to bring quite a bit to the table. At the very beginning I came up with a couple of ideas, we met and discussed the ideas which grew into a script. The script was changed and revised many times before we got the green light. Recently I've been working hard to coordinate location, actors, extras, schedule, budget, camera crew, etc. It's been an amazing opportunity for me too and I have learned a lot.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zombie Auditions

Weber State's Career Services Center will be holding auditions for a commercial starting Tuesday July 15th at 1pm. The commercial is going to be run online and on campus near Halloween. We are looking for a actor (male or female) from the age of 17 to 25 years old to play a zombie. The actor will need to be available for the shoot on Wednesday July 23rd all day. The actor chosen will receive compensation for playing the part of the zombie. To sign up for the auditions e-mail the subject line "Zombie" before the 15th. E-mail Matthew with additional 
questions or concerns.

The Career Services Center at Weber has hired me to make a few commercials for them. I'm really excited for this! It take a lot more work being a producer then I anticipated. There's everything from budgeting to planning to coordinating to scheduling. It's been fun, but it's been a lot of work too! I'm excited to see the finished product.