Friday, April 24, 2015

Lost Penny Poster

Been working on some publicity materials for Lost Penny. This includes a poster for the movie...



P.S. Again, thanks to all who voted and gave input on the tagline! You can see the tagline we eventually decided on in the poster above.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lost Penny needs a Tagline!

Our feature film, Lost Penny, is nearing the end of post-production. Which means it's time to work on posters and press kits and such.

And we need a good tagline!

We've come up with a few options. Vote and tell us which one you like best. Which tagline jumps out at you and makes you interested in watching the movie?

Voting ends tomorrow, Friday, April 10th at noon. (Need to watch the movie trailer again? Go to https://youtu.be/R9Xg-S86kBQ )



Please note: The results will be private as we do not wish to sway your decision in any way. Of course, you'll see the one we choose in a later blog post.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hiding the Easter Eggs

What do Easter Eggs have to do with Movies?

An Easter Egg is essentially an inside joke. It's intentional, but hidden inside a movie. Most audience members will never notice or even know about said Easter Egg.

Easter Eggs are meant to be fun. A little something extra... that are not key to understanding the story or plot.

While there's no one reason for filmmakers to put an Easter Egg in their movie, often they do it to add their "signature" or as a tribute.

Think: Alfred Hitchcock's cameos. For every single one of his movies, Hitchcock made a quick appearance and it became a game of sorts to "Find Hitchcock". Actually, for some of his movies, he had to be pretty creative. For instance, Lifeboat (1944) takes place exclusively on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. Hitchcock couldn't exactly just swim by. So, for his cameo, he appears in the Before and After photo on a newspaper that one of the characters is reading.

Some other Easter Eggs? Try finding a little Pac-Man hidden inside the computer game world of Tron (1982).

Disney and Pixar movies love Easter Eggs so much that you can find them all over their movies. They'll place characters from one Disney/Pixar movie into another. For example: You can see a Buzz Lightyear toy in Finding Nemo (2003).

In many ways, an Easter Egg is like a wink. A fun way for the filmmakers to interact with the audience...

If you can first find the Easter Egg!

[Photo by Jan Herbert]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

5 Quotes About Acting

"I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience."
~ Al Pacino

"Acting is the ability to dream on cue."
~ Ralph Richardson

"Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there."
~ Meryl Streep

"I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don't be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice."
~ Robert De Niro

"Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation."
~ Bette Davis

[Photo by Teatro Escola de Pelotas]

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring DVD Sale


It's the first day of spring. So, we decided to have a 2 for 1 sale! You buy one DVD, you get the second one free. Don't want two of the same DVD? You can get a bundle of two different titles for one price. Check out the details at our website: http://www.cubecity.org/store.htm

Get them while we have them in stock! Offer valid while supplies last, or until March 31, 2015.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Film Day 11-12 - Curiouser and Curiouser

Date: Tuesday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 19, 2014
Film: Lost Penny

Things are indeed getting curiouser and curiouser for Penny. On Film Day 11, we wrapped Tenshi's scenes (Andrew Roth). And on Film Day 12, we worked with the Shadow Genie (Kevin Connelly) and Harbinger (Thomas Nelson).








Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny...
Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10 - Film Day 11-12

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Film Day 10 - Welcome to the Party

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2014
Film: Lost Penny

Film Day 10... "Welcome to the Party, Penny." We filmed the scenes involving Penny's introduction to the Club. Here, Penny (Rachael McOwen) meets the Hostess (Melanie Gaydos) and gets her number badge. Also, we finished filming with Lucien (Christopher Elliott) and a quick scene with Gadget (Stephen Velichko).







Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny...
Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10

Friday, February 20, 2015

Roll the Credits

We're currently working on the credit roll for our feature film, Lost Penny.

Movie credits are a way to acknowledge all the people involved in making a movie. We all see the faces of the actors (or at least hear their voices if it's an animated film), but rarely do we get a chance to see the people behind the scenes.

There are a lot of people who make a film possible... doing a lot of different jobs. And there are a lot of strange-sounding movie jobs out there.

Foley Artist? Gaffer? Dolly Grip?

Best Boy?

Is there a Worst Boy? (Actually there is, at least on one movie. But more on that later.)

And while all those are real jobs on a film set, sometimes the filmmakers like to have a little fun. Hence we get Crazy Credits. Just to see if you're watching. Here's a few memorable Crazy Credits:
  • The Beatles' film Help! (1965) was "respectfully dedicated to Elias Howe who invented the sewing machine in 1846." (Probably because it was a Help!ful invention)
  • There's a "Bathtub Wrangler" in Ghostbusters II (1989)
  • In Fargo (1996), there is a symbol similar to the Artist Formerly Known as Prince in the credits as "victim in field". (Perhaps they couldn't convince the real Artist Formerly Known as Prince to do the cameo)
  • The movie Jabberwocky (1977) put in their credits: "All characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious and bear no resemblance to anyone living or dead, except for one."
  • Adolf Hitler is listed as "Worst Boy" in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Not sure what a Worst Boy does on set... We'd rather stick with a Best Boy. (Which, by the way, is the main assistant to either the Gaffer or the Key Grip. Doesn't necessarily have to be a boy, either. Even if the Best Boy is a girl, she's still the Best Boy.)

For more strange movie credits, check out an earlier blog post we did awhile back.

[Image by opensource]

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lost Penny Day

Penny looking at all the pennies
Did you know that today is Lost Penny Day?

What is Lost Penny Day? Well, apparently, this is the day to look for all the loose change (i.e. pennies, but really any kind of change) lying around your house. You know, those coins you find between the cracks of your sofa? Or hiding among the dust bunnies under your bed?

It's time to find those lost pennies! (Once a penny is found, it is no longer lost, is it?) Then, take that money to the bank. Use it to buy something special. (Depending on how much money you find, this might be enough to buy a lollipop.)

Or use the money to donate to a worthy cause. (Lots of those around.) Or contribute to the project of a struggling artist... (There are lots of struggling independent filmmakers. Just check out all the films listed on Indiegogo or Kickstarter. We are thankful for those of you who contributed to our recent feature film!)

But why today, February 12th of all days? Well, it's also Abraham Lincoln's birthday and since his likeness graces the American penny, today is the day. (Since 1995. Who know? We could have been celebrating for 20 years.)

And how could we not mention this day when we have a movie coming along that's full of lost pennies! Including its title. Lost Penny. Check it out...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015