Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Phoenix Inc.- Festival Nominations

Phoenix Inc. has been an incredible journey for me as a filmmaker to go on over the last 10 years, and it's very exciting to finally see it getting some attention. I will be doing more writing about this project in the coming months, the journey is worth talking about in greater detail, but for now I just wanted to announce that it has been selected for the 2018 Web Series Festival in 5 different categories! This is a big step on the road I hope to take with this show. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Award Winning 24 Hour Festival Short Film

This was my third time around participating in the LDS Film Festival's 24 Hour Film competition. I feel like each time I learned more, and finally this time around my team and I were able to take home a prize!

If you have never been a part of one of these festivals they have a few simple rules that help ensure that participants aren't using old videos. You have to incorporate a theme, a line of dialogue ("I remember the time when..." was this year's dialogue) and a prop (a cell phone in this case). The info on the rules is released at the beginning of the 24 hours and your completed film must be received no later than 24 hours later.

This proved to be an interesting challenge this year because 4 of the 5 team members had to work 9-5 jobs and so we brainstormed ideas all day from our various work locations. I had planned on using my house to film at all along, neglecting to take into account the 3 children who tend to make filming almost impossible. So we had to change locations at the last minute.

I finalized a script around 6:30 and headed over to film at our location. We filmed until about 1 am, and then our editor Zach stayed up until about 9 am, drove the final to my house where I added sound FX and music and submitted it.

It was a crazy adventure but the team were all champs and I am so glad that I got to work on this with them. Here is the short film for your viewing pleasure!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cooking Videos

This year we've had the chance to learn a few fun new tricks, and one of those was how to make cooking videos. These videos are literally everywhere these days and most of the major food blogs put out at least one per week. It turns out that making these videos is quite an interesting challenge both on the filming and on the editing end of things. In addition to creating a beautiful presentation for the food and making the lighting look good there is considerable art to making the video seem seamless.
     I won't give away all the tricks in the trade, but it has been a fun process to learn about making these videos and to have a chance to make a couple ourselves from scratch. Check out our little sizzle reel below to see some of what we've been up to!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bryn's Top 5 Gifts from 2015:

I am a movie lover. Especially old movies. It would take some time to explain what I love so much about movies and TV, so I won't do that now. I will say that some of my favorite gifts are movies. Especially old ones, and, even more especially, I like getting new ones I haven't seen! Yay! Here are some great gifts I got last year.

Honorable Mention- For Christmas, my husband gave me Gidget: The Complete Series! It's only one season, and it is so silly, but I love it! I rented all the discs from Netflix a while ago, and I just love it. Sally Field when she was 16! Aaahhh! So good. I have had the movies for years.  I grew up on the first two movies. Seriously, if you are into teen beach movies, check them out. I, personally, could do without Gidget Goes to Rome. Just stick with Gidget and Gidget Goes Hawaiian. They are amazing!

5- The Andy Hardy Collection, Volume 1: I am so excited about this! Technically, my Dad gave me money for my birthday, and I bought the collection with it. But, I am gonna count it as a gift from him. Mickey Rooney made somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen or so films about the Hardy family. I think about two of them have Judy Garland also. They have great chemistry! I only watched two of them since I got it. I need to get the second Volume because they did not separate them in chronological order. I HATE watching things out of order. I can't do it. I always feel like I am missing something. So, since they are all scattered around the two volumes I need to get the second so I can watch them in order. But, I am still really excited about these!

4- Fred and Ginger Volume 1: I have to admit, I was not all that familiar with Fred & Ginger movies. I think I had seen one before my sister in law gave me this set for my birthday. But, I watched these and I loved them! They definitely have their faults, but they have some amazing moments too! In fact, I am such a fan, I may have to go buy the second set of their movies on my own. Check them out if you like cheesy, dance movies. They were incredibly talented!

3- Bogie and Bacall Collection: The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, To Have and Have Not, and Key Largo. Neither of us have watched Key Largo yet, but we both loved The Big Sleep and Dark Passage. I watched To Have and Have Not with my sister in law, (the one who gave me Fred and Ginger) and we really liked it! Check them out if you are at all into Film Noir. Powerhouse couple, on screen and off!

2- Wonder Woman: The Complete Series: GUYS. For real, right now. This is so great! My husband just loves me. He got this for me for Christmas, and I could not be more excited! I used to watch a bunch of old shows like this and The 6 Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman, and The Incredible Hulk with my family all the time. Good stuff, these 1970's shows! (I also got into The Rockford Files for a while a couple of years ago, but that's a story for another time.) Feel free to check out any of these shows on my recommendation! They are fantastic!

1- Best gift of 2015 is Sinatra 100: Frank Sinatra had his 100th birthday on December 12th, 2015. So, there has been a lot of new Sinatra merchandise to go along with his Centennial. Brian bought this for me for Christmas, and I am so excited to sit down and flip through it! I don't normally read a lot of Biography type stuff, but I do like them for old singers and actors/actresses. One of the silliest things I geek out over, I guess. Haha! My husband must really love me! Look at all the amazing stuff he buys for me! Gee whiz!

What gifts did you get that you loved? Did you watch any old movies last year that you hadn't seen before? Tell us in the comments!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas 2015: Day 1!

It's here! It's here! It's here! Christmas is tomorrow, and to celebrate and finish out our countdown of obscure Christmas music, here is our favorite one on our playlist! We discovered this on a bonus CD that came with our 4-disc special edition White Christmas. Bing Crosby is back on our list with Just What I Wanted For Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas 2015: Day 2

So, I missed yesterday! But, as it turns out, maybe that's okay. I had intended for this countdown to end ON Christmas Eve, and now it will! No thanks to my sorry math skill... Haha! Here is a Christmas favorite in our house, although, I must admit, this is the first time we have seen the video that goes along with it. Here is Gayla Peevey singing I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas 2015: Day 3

Mel Blanc is a very talented voice actor. You may know him from The Jetsons (Mr. Spacely, and others) or The Flintstones (Dino, and others) or, perhaps more famously, Looney Toons (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others). This is such a fun, silly Christmas song! It gets a little weird, and not terribly Christmas-y towards the end, but I grew up listening to this, and so it's also really nostalgic for me. Here is Mel Blanc singing Yah Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree.