Hi! I’m Jason. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I’m really excited about sharing my experiences as I learn more about making films with a Super 8 movie camera. I want to create short films for submission to Super 8 film festivals and contests. I will be posting my progress here, as well as sharing anything interesting I find about Super 8 filmmaking.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to my blog, but I wanted to take a moment to give a little update. The last time I did any filming was December 30, 2017. My life has changed quite a bit since then. I ended up moving to another state over the summer. Unfortunately, this means I didn’t shoot all the scenes I had planned for my little film. I really regret not being able to finish before I moved, but I have to accept things as they are. I am glad that I was able to film several scenes, which means I can still create a story. It’s just my story is going to have to be altered quite a bit from it’s original structure. That’s okay, though. I’m thankful that I have some usable footage. The next few months will be spent on editing film and creating a new story with it. This will be a good time to send my camera off for a needed repair.
I’ve also realized that until I finish my master’s degree, I need to focus on smaller film projects. I will still get practice with my camera, but it will be done in a way that is less time-consuming. Over the next year or so I want to work on some short documentaries. I think I will have a lot of fun with these smaller projects, and I look forward to seeing how they turn out.
It was great to finally get back to filming today. The weather was beautiful, and the temperature was comfortable. I had to change my original plan for the scene, though. I wanted to get some footage of the couple walking up to the ticket booth at the theater downtown to get tickets for a movie. Unfortunately, the theater would not give me permission to do this. Although the first manager I spoke to agreed, by the time we were ready to shoot the scene another manager came out and told me I did not have permission to film without contacting the corporate office first. I get it. Corporations are very careful with their image and branding, but it’s still frustrating. I’m not making this film for financial gain. It’s not a television show or a major motion picture. I was going to be careful to not film any employees during the scene. Anyway, we decided to get some footage of the happy couple walking around downtown and admiring some of the sights. This means I’ll have to make some more changes to my script, but that’s okay.
This was the next to the last flashback scene to be filmed. I plan to film the last flashback scene at a restaurant, but I’m going to call or visit the restaurant way in advance to make sure it’s okay to film there. Since it’s a local restaurant and not some big chain, maybe they won’t have a problem with it.
Each scene I shoot puts me one step closer to finishing the project. I’m thankful for every little bit of progress.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but there really hasn’t been anything to post. I took a break from filming for a few months. The last scenes I shot were in the fall, but then I had to put things on hold. A lot happened in the last few months of 2016. My father passed away in December after suffering from dementia. For the first half of this year, I needed to take some time to adjust to my “new normal.” Now I’m ready to start filming again.
I’ll have to make some revisions to my script. Unfortunately, due to a change in office staff, I am no longer able to use the model apartments at my apartment complex for some of my scenes. Although that is disappointing, it also presents a creative challenge for me as I think of ways to re-envision those original scenes.
I had planned to shoot a scene today, but one of my actors is ill. Maybe we can try for next weekend. I’m excited to get back to it!
About a week ago I completed the final draft of my script. It feels so good to know that the story is exactly the way I want it now. Tomorrow I will be filming another scene. It should be a beautiful day with plenty of sunlight. I think the shots will turn out great. I’m looking forward to getting some good footage tomorrow!
Things just didn’t work out last week, but this evening I was finally able to begin filming my movie! I was able to shoot one of the flashback scenes. The weather was good, and everyone was available. I’m excited to see how the footage turns out, but with this I won’t have quick results. I have to send the film off to have it processed. I know that’s old fashioned, but that’s kind of what makes this so fun. In these days, when things are so instantaneous, it’s nice to do some things the way they used to be done. It’s hard to believe, but it actually happened! This project is moving forward!
I’m so excited because it looks like my project will finally get started! My script is mostly complete, my actors are ready, and it looks like we are all set to shoot the first scene of my short love story tomorrow. My only concern is the weather. The forecast is not good. If it rains or storms, or if it is too cloudy, we will have to reschedule for another day. Right now it doesn’t look promising, but I’m still hopeful. Maybe the weather will surprise us tomorrow.
Even if we aren’t able to shoot tomorrow, I’m glad I have made enough progress to get this close to actually doing some filming. For that, I am thankful.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, but I haven’t had much news to post.
Now, after many, many, many delays, I am finally able to get started with my first film project. I have my cast, and we had a really good meeting recently. I’ve gained approval to use a site for some of my interior shots, and filming will hopefully commence next month.
I will try to update this blog more often, now that it looks like I will have more information to post.
I’m so excited to get started!