Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mad City Chickens Returns to Phoenix

One week from today, on September 24, 2014, our feature-length documentary, Mad City Chickens, will screen in Phoenix on the campus of Arizona State University. The showing is being sponsored by the Valley Permaculture Alliance.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Madison Civics Club Shoot for WYOU

Earlier today, Robert joined Luciano Matheron of Brazen Video Productions as they collaborated to film a live talk at Monona Terrace. The event was sponsored by the Madison Civics Club and the proceeds from the project will go to help support WYOU--Madison's Community Television Station. The shoot was the brainchild of WYOU board member Karen Huismann.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tenant Resource Center Job Completed

We just finished the last of the edits on 16 separate informational videos that we shot for the Tenant Resource Center in Madison. The online pieces will be used to address the most common questions and concerns that the TRC clientele have.

Here's a sample...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Final Pickup Shot for "Just God"

Doug Reed, the star of Just God, was in Madison this weekend. So Nicholas and Robert took advantage of the opportunity to get in one last pickup shot with him. The edit of the film is getting close to completion, but it still needed a little something in the beginning sequence. We got it today.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Another Public Screening of "Beast Bike Beauty"

Tonight's meeting in Madison of the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum featured a special screening of films produced by its members. Our Beast Bike Beauty short was among the selections to be shown.


In addition, Nicholas Wootton brought along the latest version of Just God for another test screening. It still needs work, which we already knew, but we're getting closer.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ben's first (and probably last) time on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Ben Miles, who was diagnosed with autism at an very young age, is the subject of our documentary that we've been slowly working on over the last three years. He's the boy who fell in love with the now-defunct Snow White ride at Walt Disney World. Two years later, the "replacement attraction"--the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train--has opened. In May, Robert was there to film Ben's first time on the new coaster-style ride. Unfortunately, it was probably also Ben's last time on the ride.

Ben's father, Ron Miles, recently uploaded a blog post describing what occurred. Read it at Stalk This!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video Shoot for UW Department of Family Medicine

Last February, Tarazod was approached by Dr. Nancy Pandhi, a physician-scientist from the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, to produce a series of videos. The job would involve the shooting and editing of six similar, yet different vignettes to be used in research on mental health and primary care. (The funded project's official title is Engaging Stakeholders and Developing Partners in Mental Health and Primary Care Integration Research.)

With a grant through the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the project was finally ready to go, and last Friday we shot the footage. Zaher Karp (who Robert had worked with on the Just God film) would direct the shoot. Another UW employee, Natalie DeCheck, handled the script supervision and clapper.




Several actors were hired including a few that we'd had the pleasure of working with before. Alicia McCanna (Just God, The Weather Report) played the roles of a Nurse and a Behavioral Health Consultant.




In all six of the vignettes, there is an off-camera patient to whom the health care professionals are speaking. Louie Sather (The Weather Report) did the lines for the male patient.




The doctor was played by Justin Riley (Mad City Chickens). The last time we'd filmed with Justin was way back in 2007 when we'd shot the "giant chicken" scenes for our documentary feature.


Additional photo courtesy of Louis Sather.


The all-day shoot was a real success and a whole lot of fun working with everyone again!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fine-Tune Edit on "Just God" Movie Continues

Nicholas and Robert spent the day working on the edit of Just God. We trimmed about 3 minutes off the total running time, and it's now around 17 minutes in length. Much tighter, better flow. The picture is finally nearing a lock. Soon all that will remain to be done is the color grading and soundtrack.

Actors Doug Reed and Craig Johnson.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mad City Chickens to Screen in Ontario

Our feature documentary, Mad City Chickens, is returning to Canada for a public screening. Sponsored by the Nourish Project, the outdoor showing will take place on August 12, 2014 in  Peterborough, Ontario. It will be held at the YWCA parking lot, 216 Simcoe Street. "Doors" open at 8:00 pm; film starts at 8:30.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Video Job with the Tenant Resource Center

Shot footage yesterday to be used in several promotional videos for the Tenant Resource Center in Madison. We actually landed this job well over a year ago, but because of changes in the housing laws (and other circumstances, some beyond our control), we're only now getting started on it. The final pieces will incorporate animation, bullet points, and other graphics to fill out the visuals.