Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Film Day 1 - Camera Rolling

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Film: Lost Penny

Our first day on the set... filming Fudge (played by Victoria Murdoch) and her Furies, along with Gadget (Stephen Velichko) and, of course, Penny (Rachael McOwen).





Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Filming

Some more filming from our feature film, LOST PENNY...





Saturday, August 9, 2014

Filming Begins

Filming for our feature film LOST PENNY begins...

Gadget (Stephen Velichko), Fudge (Victoria Murdoch) & the Furies rehearse before a take.

Filming Penny (Rachael McOwen) picking up a penny.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Reaching our Indiegogo Goal

We reached our Indiegogo Campaign GOAL!

A super big THANK-YOU to all the people who are now part of our filmmaking team for our feature film LOST PENNY. Whether you contributed funds to the campaign, or shared it with your friends and family (or even your enemies). We appreciate it.

Thanks to all the crew members who came out and helped us make our campaign videos back in May and June. (You know who you are!) Especially to Bill Hobbs, our "Not-the-Director", who became the face for the campaign.

We'll be keeping everybody updated as to the progress of this movie. And, of course, if you donated... we'll be working on those perks.

But first, we have to make this movie!

We look forward to the finished project...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Little Pre-Production Filming

We're off to a great start with this new film. On Tuesday, we set up lights in one of our main locations. Then, in the afternoon, we did some pre-filming with a group of background actors, with the hopes that if everything goes well, we'll have footage for the movie! It was also a time for us to work together as a crew.

Filming went very well. Which is important since principal photography begins in about a month from now. Here are some pics from Tuesday's shoot.




By the way, we are still looking for more Background Actors for August. Check out the details at our website...

NEW! Our Indiegogo Campaign has been extended... until Friday, July 18th. So, you still have time to contribute! Thanks to all who have contributed so far. Appreciate all of you! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lost Penny in a Nutshell

People have asked us about what our new movie, LOST PENNY, is about. So we've posted a new video that tells the plot of the movie and introduces the main cast...





We're in our final weeks of our Indiegogo Campaign for this movie. We've added some fun perks.

1) "Hide an Easter Egg" for $125
It's a filmmaking tradition to "hide" a surprise or inside joke called an "Easter Eggs". (Disney does it all the time.) With this perk, you get to choose an Easter Egg for us to hide in our film (subject to our approval)... Maybe it's an old photo of your grandmother that we can put in a frame in Penny's house; or a snapshot of your kids that can go on Penny's fridge; or your name can be on the letter Penny's mom gets, with your signature at the bottom! There are lots of possibilities. Make your mark on this movie forever. (Plus you get a DVD of the movie.)

2) "A Song Dedicated to You" for $200
You can have one of the songs from the soundtrack dedicated to you in the credits. That's right. As the credits scroll by, there's "your" song, dedicated to "your name". (Plus you get an MP3 of the song + copy of the DVD)

Check out all the perks at: http://igg.me/at/pennymovie

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Screenwriting and Lightbulbs


Ever wonder what it takes to get a script to principal photography? Each script goes through a lot of drafts!

Here's a joke that illustrates this. Of course it's a light bulb joke, but there as with all jokes, there is some element of truth to it. That's what makes it funny.

How many screenwriters does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Ten.

1st draft. Hero changes light bulb.
2nd draft. Villain changes light bulb.
3rd draft. Hero stops villain from changing light bulb. Villain falls to death.
4th draft. Lose the light bulb.
5th draft. Light bulb back in. Fluorescent instead of tungsten.
6th draft. Villain breaks bulb, uses it to kill hero's mentor.
7th draft. Fluorescent not working. Back to tungsten.
8th draft. Hero forces villain to eat light bulb.
9th draft. Hero laments loss of light bulb. Doesn't change it.
10th draft. Hero changes light bulb.



By the way, we're currently working on the script for our newest feature film, LOST PENNY. We have an Indiegogo Campaign set up to raise funds for the movie. We're offering some fun perks. Check them out at: http://igg.me/at/pennymovie 

[Photo by Erin Vermeulen]

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Looking for Pennies

We've launched our Indiegogo Campaign for our new movie which we'll be shooting in August...

This will be our fourth feature film project. So, what's the movie about?

LOST PENNY (our working title) is the story of Penny, a teenager who wants nothing more than to get away from her overprotective mother. Desperate, she follows the trail to a mysterious box with the words “open me” scrawled on top. Penny’s mother accidentally opens the box, plunging Penny into a world of high stakes and dangerous consequences. What she must learn is how to hold onto the past while reaching for the future.

To find out more about the project, watch our campaign video...



What are the perks?

When you donate to help us make this movie, you will get a perk! There are different levels and different perks for each level. Some of the levels are:

We need your pennies!

We already have one Penny (she's the main character). But filmmaking is expensive and well, actually, we need a lot of pennies. Make a donation. Get a perk. Be a part of filmmaking. Click here to go to our Indiegogo page

And please help spread the word.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Test Filming

We're starting to put together our crew for our new film... Here are some shots of our intensive test filming this past week. We got some good practice in!

Setting up the shot to get the correct framing.

Reviewing some camera panning techniques on RED

We're excited to be at Broadway Lights Dance Studio in St. Catharines.

P.S. If you're interested in crewing for this movie in Niagara in August, let us know. We are still looking for volunteers to fill a few positions yet. We'll be doing some more test filming in the next weeks and months to come... Contact us via our website at http://www.cubecity.org

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Which Title?

We've made several references to a new feature film we're working on...

And we're trying to come up with a good working title. The main character is a girl named Penny, so we figure that's a good starting place. Also what's important is that she spends a majority of the movie in an alternate universe of sorts.

Here a quick synopsis about the story:
18-year-old Penny wants nothing more than to escape the clutches of her overprotective mother. Late one night she goes to a dark alley to buy a mysterious box from a stranger. Scrawled on top of the box are the words: "Open Me." What's inside the box steals Penny's mother away from reality. Left to her own devices, Penny must find a way to rescue her mother and bring her back into the real world. Or so she thinks...
The candidates for titles are as follows:

1. Penny-Go-Round
2. Penny in Wonderland
3. Penny in a Box
4. Penny in One-derland

We want your vote! Which of these titles grabs you? Which one piques your interest? Makes you want to see the movie? Let us know. Vote below...




Feel free to share this poll with your friends. On Twitter or Facebook. Wherever. Vote once and vote often. (Well, you can't actually vote often... But you can try.)

Voting ends at noon on April 16, 2014...

[Can't see where to vote? Go to this link... http://poll.fm/4qfzu ]

[Photo by Keith Ivey]