The office is so quiet, with the exception of Aimee’s cough and the four dogs growling and attacking each other. To my understanding, they tried hooking up some music system in the office but no such luck…Harvey has about four iPhones, one works, and he lost the other three to some type of water damage (snow, toilet, and some type of body of water – lake? pond? I don’t remember.) Anyway, they’re trying to get the music source from an iPhone that only displays a white screen. Aimee said it best, “Harvey, you need to live in a desert.”
As I drove up to the office today I saw Aimee’s car parked in the street. I looked past her car at the unplowed driveway. No big deal! I’ll park behind Aimee’s car. Walking through the snow was quite the task. I swear, some parts of the yard were buried four feet deep. Me, still waking up, thinks it’s a good idea to just cut across the yard to the front door… NOPE. I sunk in so fast that my jeans were soaked up to my thighs. I’m exaggerating. I had boots on but the snow got into my boots and melted. I got inside and immediately got the trash ready to be picked up. (Garbage man comes every Tuesday.) I didn’t see a trash can outside so I walked over to Harvey’s garage (which is across the yard) and grabbed one. I dragged it through the treacherous winds and snow only to see there was one at the end of his driveway, hidden by the mounds of snow. I threw the weeks worth of trash into the can and dragged the other back to the garage. I thought to myself, “Okay, I will not cut through the yard this time; I’ll just walk on the driveway.” Then, to my luck, the plow approaches and starts to work on the driveway. Now, I could either stick with the driveway and get my legs chopped off by the plow or I could suck it up and go through the yard again. I’d rather have my legs cold and wet than have no legs at all. Yard it is.
After I got in and warmed up with a fresh cup of coffee, I updated the Kickstarter backer’s map and made a timeline of Kickstarter from October 2nd to today. It’s pretty cool. I don’t know when it’ll be up but when it is, you know who made it Maybe even, you want to be on that map too… easy answer: donate! It could be as little as a dollar or as much as the $3,700 we need. That’s if you’re feeling extra generous though…and if you’re still in the Holiday spirit! I know you guys may be getting annoyed with us posting so much about Kickstarter, but you have to understand we only have about 5 days left. If we don’t reach the $15,000, we don’t get anything… which makes it tougher for us to fund the post-production process. This movie is Harvey’s baby! If we can get it done faster by going through Kickstarter, we’re going to try our hardest to make it work… but we need your help!
Christmas break is over and it’s back to work. Unfortunately, the office was closed yesterday due to the immense amount of snow we got the day AFTER Christmas. I don’t know about you guys, but I was pretty upset we got all this snow the day after Christmas. Everyone looks forward to a white Christmas because what’s Christmas without snow? Celebrating Christmas just isn’t the same if you’re in Florida or Arizona or some mild climate area. So we didn’t get snow for Christmas, we got it afterward. What a travesty. Not only did it ruin Christmas (I’ve used the word Christmas 8 times already in this blog!) but it took a day away from working at Captured Time Productions.
But we’re here with our rears in gear. We’re coming down to the wire with our project on Kickstarter with only 4 days left! We still have $3,700 to raise in order to achieve our goal of $15,000. So we’re working hard over here to reach that goal.
The bad news is Aimee sounds sick. It is that time of year which makes me nervous (Update – Just found out my friend has the flu). This couldn’t happen at a worse time. Personally, I have a lot to do here before I leave Captured Time and I am also shooting a music video with my buddy and co-intern, Nick Forte. We actually start tonight – Very excited!
As I was saying, I have a lot to do before I leave Captured Time. Thursday is my last day here and it’s upsetting. It’s amazing how close we’ve become just being here for three months. I feel like I’ve been here for a year working on this film with Harvey. It goes to show that there is much work to be done even after the shooting for the film outside of editing it; which has been a real awakening for me.
We’re in an age where everything has become digital and easily accessible. Youtube has made it easy for anyone to make a short and post it up for millions and millions to see and discover. But it’s really not that cut and dry. There’s a lot more that goes into a film than just merely shooting it and editing it. I could go on forever about what I’ve done or what goes into a finished film, but I’d rather not bore you.
I’ve seen how much of a struggle it is being an independent filmmaker and I think I enjoy the struggle. Whether or not you can get through it separates the successful indie filmmakers and the indie filmmakers you’ve never heard about. Being an indie filmmaker involves a lot of sacrifice; especially financially. You spend a lot of your own hard earned cash on a film as well as begging from others in order to get your film funded. There is a lot of rejection in this industry and unless you can get up and keep trying, you’ll never make it. You may piss a few people off, but you have to do what you have to do in order to finish your film. I believe that struggle shows positively in peoples works. You can tell who really made those sacrifices and who didn’t in a finalized project. I think you’ll see that in Harvey’s film Dislecksia: The Movie.
I can’t wait until I embark on my own endeavors and work on projects with co-intern, Nick. We had a lot of fun working together here at Captured Time and we’re going to continue to do so out of here. Starting with our music video for Forget Paris, which starts shooting tonight!
Remember to help Harvey get his finishing funds for Dislecksia: The Movie – He only has 4 days left!
Production Assistant Intern
I feel like I haven’t written in a long time, nor do I feel like I have been here often this week. I usually get four consecutive days off and then I’m here three days in a row, but this week was different. Monday, the 20th, our little happy family of five took a trip to New York City for a couple of interviews…and what a great trip it was!
It may have been somewhat foolish of me but Saturday, the 18th, I was so busy with the netflix application on my fancy new Wii that I didn’t get into bed until 5am. 5am is the time I had to wake up to be in Litchfield Monday morning. Who would’ve guessed my circadian rhythm would’ve been all jacked up from the previous night. I dragged myself out of bed half an hour late and loaded myself up with caffeine and sugar to prepare myself for this trip. I was still the first of all three interns there. That’s right! My three pairs of pants, four shirts, puffy jacket, gloves, scarf, boots and I were prepared to take on New York City towards the end of December, and wind tunnels between those stone buildings wouldn’t stand a chance. I hopped in the car with Harvey and Aimee and the two boys rode together in Nick’s car. It wasn’t long before I was sleeping in the back seat like a baby.
This was good; I recharged and was so excited when we got to Michael Bacon’s studio. My right hand was writing as fast as their mouths were spewing questions and answers! My notes wouldn’t have been as thorough if I didn’t get my nap… yes, I was logging and YES, I am making up an excuse for falling asleep in the back seat of the car like a child.
We took a break half way through the interview to dump the footage from the cameras onto the computer and had some bagels with lox and coffee with Michael and his wife, Betsy. Everything about that interview was good…yes, even the smoked salmon. You learn best when your stomach is full too. Well, I’m not sure if that’s proven but I’d imagine it’s true. Anyway, I could not fathom all of the things a film composer does and how they do it…but I see (and hear) Michael is amazing at what he does.
After a heavy lunch that consisted of pasta and three different appetizers, (don’t forget the tiramisu and cappuccino – thanks Harvey,) we headed over to Du Art to see Tom Werenko, a movie producer, for another interview. It was equally informative! You wouldn’t believe all of the work that goes into movies, especially in post production. It’s not as glamorous as you think! But these people have a passion for what they do, and I admire that most.
As for Dislecksia: The Movie, it’s getting places! but we really need that 15k, you generous…generous people! I’m excited to see what comes next. Hopefully it has something more to do with traveling and interviewing because the 20th was the best Monday yet. I love the being hands on with the rest of the crew.
Monday was a blast. For two reasons: One for hands on experience in the film industry, and two, because great things are happening with the film.
Let’s start with the latter actually. Big things are in motion for Dislecksia. For the past few months, we have been pushing ahead steadily through these last nail-biting stages of post-production. This past Monday the Captured Time crew ventured to New York City for a small meeting and shoot with Film Composer Michael Bacon (of The Bacon Brothers band) and Producer Tim Werenko of Du Art studios. Both of these meetings were large steps forward to getting the film through post.
Our meet with Michael Bacon involved looking over the ques in the movie, and listening to the score that Michael has been writing thus far in the last few months. it sounded great. Michael Bacon is an incredibly talented musician. As a drummer myself, I was excited to meet Mr. Bacon and bask in his studio, with drums, guitars, sitars, and cellos hanging from the walls. Hearing him play was even better. Listening the tracks for the movie was phenomenal–tons of jazzy licks and leads happening. Michael plays a variety of instruments, with proficiency as well. Be sure to check out some of the Bacon Brothers tracks here: www.baconbros.com. I myself want to pick up an album or two.
And so we shot a short little interview with Michael about his involvement with the project, how he works, and what he does exactly. Our meeting concluded and we ate a delicious lunch in an Italian restaurant. Harvey treated. Thank you Harvey. The seafood linquine was incredible. And the Tiramisu? Fahghettabahtit.
Our next step was at Du Art studios. A very funny ongoing joke throughout the day were the cab rides. Paul B and I rode together as Sam traveled with Harv and Aimee. Paul and I somehow managed to sling the best cab drivers in New York. Arriving at our destinations 20 minutes in advance, even after leaving last. At one point we arrived at our next location 45 minutes ahead of time. I don’t get it. At any rate, we sat down with Producer Tim Werenko. Tim has worked on numerous independent projects, and gave us some advice on how to crop the film for proper aspect ration (4:3 up to 16:9) as well as up-res-ing the film’s DPI and color correction. We then followed suite and shot a short interview with Tim on his involvement with the film.
It was a great day. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with both Tim and Michael. Incredibly down to Earth guys. Moreover, it was exciting to see the behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking, especially with some prestigious and talented individuals. With a few days left at the internship, it was a great concluding event. However there is ONE thing that is yet to unfold
There are 9 days to the Dislecksia kickstarter campaign. We know you are tired of us. But please, keep spreading the word and help us reach $15,000. This is all or nothing. This film will help change laws. Be a part of that:
You haven’t eaten all day, and you finally get home from wherever you were. Mom just started to sauté some onions and garlic and whatever other spices and it’s starts filling the house with it’s aroma. It smells delicious already. YOU’RE SO HUNGRY, but you have to wait. You can’t spoil your appetite on snacks or bread because by the time the dinners ready, you won’t be hungry. Half an hour goes by and it’s still not ready, close, but the foods not finished. You continue to wait. All of your thoughts are consumed by what you’re about to eat, and you already know it will be delectable. You wait some more and FINALLY it’s done. You take it all in and digest. It was the best meal you ever had, and well worth the wait.
That was me during my first month working at Captured Time Productions and finally, it happened. Today, for the first time ever, I watched Dislecksia: The Movie. The thing is, in all honesty, I always find myself spacing out and loosing focus during documentaries. I usually can’t stay interested…so many facts and doctors or historians talking about subject matter for what seems like forever. Not the case with Harvey’s documentary. You read the description for this movie and it says, “a film about serious a subject that will make you laugh, cry, and stand up for change.” Let me tell you, They aren’t lying!
The content of these interviews are filled with all different types of emotion and I felt as if I was dealing with their issues with them first hand. Yes, I shed a tear. There was this interview that highlighted a mother who really pushed for her daughter that did it to me. I’ve never seen love like that, or have even heard of it…Especially not in a documentary.
Just for the record, I laughed more than I cried…because I didn’t cry, I just got all choked up. You know when you get what feels like a lump in your throat?
I walked back into the office from the Avid room after it was over and I said, “good stuff, good stuff”
Aimee replied, “One day we’ll have an intern watch it and they’ll walk back into the room saying they quit, and that they can’t believe we’ve been working on that for six years.”
Ahhh, comic relief.
I was brought onto Captured Time to raise money for Harvey’s film and build awareness for dyslexia and his movie. I had suggested Kickstarter because I had heard an independent filmmaker talking about how great the web site was when I went to the Independent Film Festival in Boston. The filmmaker had said that that was the way he funded all his movies. I thought what an awesome web site; I’ll have to utilize that site when I make my own indie film. I’m not working on my OWN indie film, but I’m working on A film, so I’ve decided to use it to raise funds.
We set a goal of $15,000 (even though we really need $80,000 and that will probably go up as it usually does) to be reached in 90 days. Well its day 73, we have raised $10,286, and we only 17 days left. About to be 16 days left in the next 24 minutes (2:07PM). So we have to raise $4,714 in the next 16 days. That would mean we have to raise, on average, about $295 a day in order to reach our goal. Jeez listen to me; I should like I’m logging a numbers meeting here at the office. I guess I just wanted to let you guys know that time is winding down and we really need your help here. Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising web site and it would be a shame if that $10,286 we have raised through wonderful supporters so far did not go to use.
The way I think of it is, you want to buy a loved one something they have wanted for so long for the holiday. It’s expensive, so you ask your family to chip in so that they can give this person this unforgettable gift. And you raise all this money to buy this great gift and when it comes time for that person to open presents, your gift isn’t there. You ask, “Where’s our present we all chipped in for?” Then someone responds with, “Oh, well we could collect enough money from everyone, so we couldn’t get him/her anything.” Now that person is left with nothing.
For Harvey, that special gift is finishing the movie and teaching kids how to reach by changing the way kids are taught. When it comes time to open gifts and there are no presents underneath the tree; that is one upset man-child.
Help Harvey get his one wish to Santa and donate to Kickstarter today: http://kck.st/bWfi30
Just like the gift, it’s ALL-OR-NOTHING.
Production Assistant Intern
I laugh at nothing a lot of the time. In fact, I have been sitting here thinking about what to write about but have yet to come up with something. It’s because my thoughts are branching off and I begin to think of funny memories. Here I go, laughing again. Paul just asked what was wrong with me. The dove in the cage behind me chirping and it’s driving me crazy, that is what’s wrong with me. Or maybe something went wrong in my mind after my trip to True Value. Yeah… it must’ve been that.
(The way I’m writing this sounds like one of those corny television shows that starts off with a silhouette of a detective giving an introduction to a mysterious story and as soon as he begins the story, ripples take over the screen and it becomes a flashback in black and white with over animated actors from the 1920′s.)
I walked into True Value with the hopes of getting some pine wood to have ready for Harvey and Aimee by the time they got back from their interview. What they wanted eight foot long pine wood for, I don’t know, but I do know I’m here to help… and I was helping. I’m not too familiar with True Value so I was having trouble finding this pine wood I was looking for. I decided to grab the batteries that were also on the list first, easy enough. Back to the pine wood search. I walked up and down some aisles, around some corners, checked against the walls, no where to be found. A woman walked up to me and asked me if I needed help. I’m not a man with too much pride to ask for help, I’m a woman who would gladly take the assistance, acknowledging I may need it… I said yes. She led me through the tented area, my mistake, I didn’t go in there. I said thanks and she peaced out. I then proceeded with the struggle of carrying four 8-foot-long boards all the way to the register. I did it with little to no damage to myself or others…although, I almost smacked an innocent bystander in the face when I turned the corner. I apologized, don’t worry, my parents raised me to have manners otherwise it was no milk for me (I was a milk fiend at the time). The cashier saw my struggle, and after she finished checking me out she called a different woman over the intercom to help me to my car. Immediately, a short, middle aged woman scurried towards. This frightened me, I don’t like when people run at me. She grabbed my purchase and I noticed her hands looked like my father’s (he’s a handyman as well). Initially, it took me back, but then I was like, “right on sister, power to woman.”
(I didn’t really say that)
(Did that last paragraph make me sound like a feminist? I’m just playing on society’s stereotypes for gender role, that’s all)
We got outside and she leaned the wood up against my volvo and wished me a nice day. I did the same. And there I was, standing all alone, in the frigid Litchfield breeze, with the exception of two state officers parked to my left. I immediately got down to it because I wasn’t prepared to be out in the cold long, I was only wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt. I opened the trunk. Didn’t fit. I ran to the back door of my car and pulled the lever to bring to seats down. Still didn’t fit. Between the pushing and pulling in the attempt to reposition the slab of wood, I got 3 slivers and hit myself in the head. I did not cry! I laughed. why? because after my frustration I looked up to see both officers staring at me, looking at me so hopelessly (not meaning they tried to help).
The head trauma is what probably led me to go into hysterics (laughter, not crying)
that, or it could’ve been the fact that we broke $10,000 today on kickstarter
(talk about a whole different change of subject)
but people! I was impressed! 17 days left.
I love when people come in to interview for an internship position here at Captured Time and I’m able to watch the process. It’s intriguing because I was once in that position and I get to see how someone else handles it. I have to admit, Rita (interviewee who came in today) did a stand up job. Unfortunately, I won’t be given the opportunity to work with her since she is starting in February and I will have moved on to other jobs. Rita seemed like a quiet, reserved, shy, and mature young women and I’m curious as to how she would have meshed with mine and Nick’s animated, immature, and holds nothing back personalities. Oh, well.
During the interview Harvey had told Rita, “Ask me a question.” I remember that being told of me as well when I came in for my interview. I asked, “Why documentaries?” I was curious because when I had attended the Independent Film Festival in Boston, I sat in on a Documentary Panel Discussion and they said that documentaries are the hardest films to do because they take the longest to make. In turn, it also makes them very expensive to make. Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Good Will Hunting, Ocean’s Eleven) actually pretty much went bankrupt making the film, “I’m Still Here,” the documentary (or should I say mockumentary) about the downfall of actor turned rapper, Joaquin Phoenix.
When Rita had been asked the question, she responded by asking Harvey, “How long does it take to finish a full-length film?” Harvey chuckled and then answered, “A longggg time.”
Think about it. A documentary is meant to teach people something that they don’t know too much about. It’s like giving a presentation for an hour and a half. There is a lot of information at your disposal and you have to decide what is important to share with people so that a greater understanding of the topic.
It’s not like doing a full length feature film. With a feature, you have a script which serves as your plans or your blue prints, if you will. You know what people are going to say and you know exactly how you’re going to film it when they say it. As for a documentary, you don’t know what people are going to say or do, so you literally have to shoot EVERYTHING. You CANNOT afford to miss something. Since you capture so much more, you have more footage to sort through and edit. More time equals more money.
You also might be going through your footage and realize that you’re missing some needed information to fill in a gap somewhere. That calls for re-shoots. I could literally go on forever about this. It’s a cliché saying, but it’s true, this is really only the tip of the iceberg. I actually have a FANTASTIC idea for a documentary that I think would kill, but financially; I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. But at the same time, that’s the beauty of crowd fundraising sites like Kickstarter.
That is why Kickstarter is a very important resource for us as are the people who back our project on Kickstarter. We have just over 18 days to raise $5,169 and we need your help. All Captured Time Productions wants for Christmas is your help in helping us finish our film and teaching kids how to read.
Production Assistant Intern
Yes-siree-bob. 20 days left on Kickstarter. This is huge! This is where we need your help. If you’ve already given, PLEASE give a few extra dollars. Please get another friend / family member to donate. This is the great surge. The blitzkrieg. The Battle of the Bulge. Iwo Jima. Spice Girls in London. Wait, forget that last one.
Like my fellow intern Paul B, it has also been a while since I have tread the trodden trails of our Captured Time blog. Two paths diverged in a yellow wood, as the saying goes, and I took the road less traveled for a brief moment. I’m back. To reinforce what Paul said earlier, we have been incredibly busy, hard at work laying the final bricks in the Dislecksia wall. Paul has been pressing along with his high-res graphics project, working painstakingly for hours on up-resing and organizing the graphics for the film. I myself have been cutting several shorts, as well as an appeal video with Harvey on the making of the film, as well as why it was made and what we need from our current funding campaign (that’s you). Editing is a time-consuming process, although you can catch it on youtube in the next day or two. And now I’m writing you.
As I type, dozens of individuals are building a bridge from the %95 completion mark to the %100 completion mark of the film. The final edits are being made on the west coast by our favorite Survivor series editor, Eric Gardner. The graphics are being up-res’d and are making their way to QC slowly but surely. We will be meeting with our composer, Michael Bacon, next Monday to score the film and lay down the last of Harvey’s voice overs. Harvey’s dog just farted beneath my chair, and it is awful. Where was I? The film will be taken to the lab shortly thereafter to mix the final audio master. Harvey is on the phone with celebs to promote the film. As Larry David would say, it’s “pretty, pretty, pretty good.”
We are excited. But we still need funding to get us there. Have your friends and family help us out if they haven’t already. Please give us a few extra bucks here or there to help us get to $15,000. This is all or nothing. If we don’t achieve our goal, we get absolutely none of the money that has been pledged so far. If you don’t want to do it for Dislecksia, Harvey, or the millions of dyslexics around the world, do it for the 100 other backers that have already pledged so they can see their goal be reached as well. Please see our Kickstarter HowTo if you need help!
I’m back by popular demand. I was told that I had to write a blog today to entertain some of my fans, courtesy of one of my fans. It sure does feel like it has been a while since I last wrote a blog and let me check… Why yes, it has been a week to the day since I last blogged. That is quite a long time. At least for me it is. I apologize to all of those who have been waiting to hear from me. When you think about why I haven’t blogged in a week, you may start thinking, “this intern is being lazy,” or, “he’s not working hard enough.” You may even think, “He’s one of those kids at the end of the school year who just coast to the finish line.” Well let me clear that up for you. None of those previous three statements are true. I have actually been EXTREMELY busy. Probably, no actually, it has been the busiest I’ve been since working here. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the film industry and how it works, you might assume (and you know what happens when you assume), judging by facebook statuses, or twitter posts, or even blogs, that the movie is finished and we’re doing some small touch ups. Well you’d be wrong. The movie is not finished. It’s close, but it’s not finished. And there are still many bullet points that we have to address before we send the film off to our Producer/Editor in Los Angeles to look over once more before we make our final edits.
For starters, and this is the easiest thing for me to talk about because I’ve directly been working on this, are our hi-definition graphics. What I mean by “graphics” are: pictures of Harvey as a child, pictures of historic and celebrity dyslexics, school reports and records for Harvey, and other images that appear in the film. The thing with these graphics is they have to meet a certain resolution requirement in order to be shown on high-definition screens (i.e. Film Festivals). So it is very important that we make sure that all of the graphics meet thing requirement. My job over the past two weeks has been to find all the graphics used in the film, determine if they meet the requirement, and if they do not, re-scan them into the computer or find other images with better resolution. It has been a very tedious task, but is coming along great.
Another bullet point we have to address, which we are doing next Monday, is meeting with Tim Werenko, our online edit liason, and Michael Bacon, our composer for our original score. Harvey, Aimee, Nick, and I are all going up to New York City to meet with these two gentlemen. So it should be a fun and exciting learning experience for Nick and me, and probably just another day in the life for Harvey and Aimee. But good things will be happening up there, so Captured Time as a whole is excited. Nick and I will be also shooting the whole experience, so this might be something you get to watch for yourselves in the coming weeks.
And of course there is always the funding. I feel like this is all we talk about, but fundraising is a very difficult thing to accomplish, and without the help from you guys, we wouldn’t have a movie. So we’re forever indebted to all you who have helped make Dislecksia: The Movie. But, everything we do to finish Dislecksia: The Movie costs money (i.e. graphics, video and sound mixing, original score, film festivals, promotion, etc.) Just plain and simple, films cost money to make. And lots of it. So we need all the help that we can get. Lend a helping hand today: http://kck.st/bWfi30
Production Assistant Intern