One Man Movie (OMM) is a short, 6-8 minute action flick that is being made entirely by myself. I'm doing the writing, directing, acting, editing, music, graphics, and promotional stuff with no help from anyone else. And no, I did not build the camera from scratch, write the software, create the fonts, effects packs, nor the characters clothing. Those are all props and tools. What's a man without his tools? Despite the the short length of the film, it will be weeks (months?) from now before it is completed due to the technical craziness required in order to have multiple characters played by the same person coexist and interact on the same screen. It shouldn't be a problem though. Just time consuming. This blog will follow my day-to-day experiences on developing and releasing the film, mainly because I need SOMEONE to rant to so I don't leak it to real life people. I started the project in early September, when I wrote the story and created the musical score. From then until late September, I fleshed out the story, collected props, and finally bought a slightly better camera. Filming began in late September.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday 12/26 - Farewell

A while back, I checked my earnings to learn that Google "estimated" it in half, so I never got any payment. I'm pretty bitter about the fact that they screwed me over like this.

But I finished the movie. It's pretty awkward and cheesy, but it's finally done and I'm glad.

I'm sure I won't get shit for it from real life friends and acquaintances, but I can reassure myself that it's at least better than anything that anyone else they know will ever make. But maybe I'll get lucky and I'll earn supporters and other people to work with, so I can make better, multi-person videos in the future.

And on a positive note, my video I had to make for government class was very well received, and it was the only vid that the teacher showed to all of her classes. But hey, my classmates were kinda forced to watch that.

Oh, and this girl in my class forcefully paid me $20 for helping her boyfriend with a video project. Apparently he would have failed had I not intervened. Hurray.

anyway blah blah


You guys were awesome. I enjoyed reading all of your blogs and I learned a ton of stuff. But it's just too time consuming to do this every day. So farewell all, see you in another life brotha, sayonara, et cetera.

-Whatever my name was on this blog (I forgot)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday 11/9 - THE TRAILER

I've been gone for so long!

Nooo, I didn't get arrested for trespassing. I've just been working hard as hell on the movie. I'm at least halfway done now!

You guys deserve to see the trailer!

I'll get back to following eventually, but for now... there's work to be done!

Thank you all so much for the support.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday 10/24 - More than Hope.

Last night, I shot the control room scenes in my house, that I've been meaning to do forever. They'll take some time to edit, but once it's all done, it should be another 1 minute completed. 2 out of 7 minutes, guys, that's like almost 1/3rd done!

And I think I found a new replacement filming location. Of course nothing will ever beat the almighty abandoned mine, I will instead film at some old sheds behind the place my mom boards (keeps her horse) at. The old lady who lives there knows me, and I know I can certainly get permission. I spent many summer mornings raking up weeds at this place (still haven't gotten paid, though). This is also where I filmed the split screen/car explosion scene that I keep re-editing and re-posting here.

Aside from that place, there is also a neat little location under a bridge where I will film some of the scenes towards the end of the movie.

Now for content!

How's my green-screening and texture-making look? Good? Good, 'cuz my acting and writing sucks :P

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday 10/23 -

I spent most of mid-day trying to get inside the abandoned mine. There were a ton of recreationalists driving around in the desert on their quads, atvs, mopeds, whatevs. I didn't want to look suspicious just wandering around, so I hid in a large crevice in the wash. I filmed a little scene in there, to be used much later in the movie than where I currently am trying to film.

Everyone left after like 3-4 hours. It sounds like a long time, but I would've stayed there all day if I had to. If I went home, I'd just wish I could go back. I've been wanting to get in here all week.

So I go just barely into the site from the desert end. I observed the site in front of me for few minutes, and I notice some things. I hear what sounds like metal dragging on the ground, and I see smoke/dust rising up near the front entrance. I go just a little further in and stand behind a bush. Then a white truck that I never noticed before starts driving towards my end! Oh shit! I zip the fuck out of there. (<-- worst sentence in the English language). I jumped over a barbed wire fence, jumped off the cliff-like edge of the wash, and ran across the wash into the desert. All of what would be like a quarter mile of running, happened in a blur. Either I was really fast, adrenaline, or a combination of the two. Then my head cramped like crazy and I knew I was dehyrdrated. I rationed what little water I had left.

Somehow I managed to make it back to the car, and back home in one piece.

I wasted my day (actually no, it's only 3:15 in the afternoon as I type this), and my "super-cool filming location" has been compromised, but at least I don't have to worry about it anymore. I will find another place, and in the meantime, I can work on other parts of the movie.

Bye for now. I'm gonna go edit that little scene I filmed in the crevice.

I'll respond to comments/read your blogs/etc. later, I swear!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday 10/22 - Too Confusing

Today was great. I talked to one of the kids who made the video where I learned about that place. Awesome! They go there all the time and park in front and everything! Great :D

and I have almost no homework.

But noooo, I got paranoid about this trespassing business. I looked up trespassing online and it's really illegal anyway, despite how "abandoned" it is, because apparently even "abandoned" property is owned. Apparently people still own their property even when they don't pay taxes on it. And then these people don't care care of it, which just encourages trespassing because people think it's abandoned, and blah...

So I go there anyway, because being a depressed miserable blob for the rest of my life feels about equal to the prospect of getting arrested, at this point, so I might as well take the risk of checking it out.

But I got there and there was an SUV parked outside. The vehicle had an NRA (National Rifle Association) bumper sticker and some other silly stickers like that. I bet the guy would shoot me if I went in there. Especially if I had my fake guns with me. Ugh.

so depressing

I'm going tomorrow morning. Early. I'm parking a mile away and walking there. I'm gonna film, too, after I explore. I will do it all in the same trip and improvise.

doing things alone is so hard.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday 10/21 - Nearing Freedom

Finally, I don't have a huge homework assignment to worry about.

But I can't jinx it, and that goes for everything. Last time I had a ton of free time and was in a good mood, I dislocated my shoulder in bed. I'm not religious, but I'm praying that nothing bad is going to delay progress any more.

I drove by "the site" today. Good news. There are two front entrance gates, and one of them is completely torn up. All of the signs are vandalized, and there is a gaping hole (large enough for people, and probably used for just that) in the gate. The other gate looks okay, but was further away from the road. There is an intact "No Trespassing" sign on the clean gate. But hey, if the place wasn't abandoned, then why haven't the owners bothered to fix up that first gate? It's a safe bet that this place is abandoned, but I want to be sneaky until I can explore the whole place.

I want to film some scenes in my garage, but I'm waiting for a time when both my parents will be out of the house. These scenes should complete another 30 seconds to 1 minute of the movie, nearing me 20%.

This weekend, I will begin massive filming on "the site" as long as ^all of the above gets finished. I can't wait.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday 10/20 - More Real-Life Delays

Sorry, I've had lots of homework lately so I'm once again behind schedule and am neglecting the blog and my followers. Actually, I don't have lots of homework, I've just had to memorize a 31-line-long monologue from a Shakespeare play for English. Hopefully I'll be free tomorrow, but my other classes have had a suspicious lack of homework this last few days, so it's likely I'll be ambushed by other assignments. Not stupid ones like this one though.

I AM done memorizing the assignment, but I have to retain the knowledge for another 15 hours, so I can't really read other things (your blogs) for now.