Sunday, March 29, 2015

High Noon Saloon Pickup Shot for "Circling the Drain" film

It was in September 2013 that we shot the Bar scene for our Don Circling the Drain project. Unfortunately, we found in the edit that we needed to add a bystander who overhears the conversation of our main characters and then texts her friends about it. Yesterday, we finally got this shot.

Associate Producer/Script Supervisor Kelly Lajter set up the pickup shoot for us at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. She also helped us out by playing the person who does the texting.

Executive Producer Rick Richards was there and reprised his background role as the bartender; Associate Producer Colin Camera again played the patron having a drink at the bar.

Behind-the-scenes photos courtesy of Colin Cameron.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nearing the end of Pickup Shots for "Don Circling the Drain"

Don Circling the Drain (aka The Weather Report) is nearing completion! In an effort to get this film done, we've ramped up our normal editing schedule, having worked every single day in March just on this one project. It's paying off. The fat has been trimmed, and we're well into the finishing work. 

Now with a clear vision of the final story, we've had to go out to shoot several quick pickup shots to complete it. A downtown building, hands pulling on a cable, water circling a bathtub drain, a neon "BAR" sign. A few more of these video clips and we'll have everything we need.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Madison Civics Club Video Shoot with Joan Goldsmith

On Saturday, Robert joined Luciano Matheron of Brazen Video Productions at the Monona Terrace to shoot another in a series of Madison Civics Club events. The main speaker was international mediator, coach and educator, Joan Goldsmith.

The video will appear on Madison's Community Television in April. Earlier event speakers have included Jackie Joyner-Kersee and author Peter Palmer.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Just God" Screens in Green Bay

Our collaborative short, Just God, screened at the Green Bay Film Festival on Saturday. Good people. Fun times.

A few of the Just God crew (L-R): Writer/Director Nicholas Wootton; Executive Producer Jill Wootton; Associate Producer Kelly Lajter; Pick-up shots photographer Jeff Blankenship; Co-Producer Robert Lughai.

Photo by Colin Cameron.

Monday, March 2, 2015

"Weather Report" becomes "Don Circling the Drain"

For the last year and a half, the name of our collaborative short project with C-Side Films has been going by the working title of The Weather Report, a moniker modified from the original feature-length script by Executive Producer Rick Richards. Now that the edit is nearing completion, the movie is "asking" for a new title. We needed to choose something that more closely conveys the feel of the short. We think we found it: Don Circling the Drain.

In these four words, we have immediately informed the viewers of several things before they ever see the first frame. We know who the protagonist is. We know his plight and are now, hopefully, being hooked into wanting to learn its details. And although we can't be 100% certain, we suspect that this may have a comedic tone.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Exchange In Training

Friend and fellow filmmaker, Michael Holly of Exchange Productions, has created a new blog site called, Exchange in Training. He's doing the legwork of finding some of the best tutorials online, so we don't have to. Check it out.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"Just God" Accepted into Green Bay Film Fest!

We just learned that Just God, the short film farce we co-produced with director Nicholas Wootton (Windmiller Media) and cinematographer Michael Haven-Holly (Exchange Productions), has just been accepted into the 2015 Green Bay Film Festival! March 6-8 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Edit Progresses on "Strindberg"

During the hiatus caused by the fire in our complex, we've had to temporarily set up an editing computer at the home of our good friends, Nicholas & Jill Wootton of Windmiller Media. As it just so happens, Michael Haven-Holly of Exchange Productions is currently back from Brazil for a month and staying with the Woottons.

Since we've been preoccupied with finding a new location to call home, there hasn't been a lot of time to focus on Tarazod projects. So Michael has volunteered to jump on the edit of our short film, Strindberg's Assistant. It's now shaping up quite nicely and should be one one several films released by Tarazod in 2015.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful to Move On After Fire

Tarazod recently experienced a set back when a fire broke out at our complex on October 25th. We were able to save all of our equipment and hard drives, and more importantly, no one was hurt, but the place is unlivable. Obviously, progress has now been delayed on our film projects and commercial jobs until we get settled into a new location. We're thankful for the numerous friends who have helped us out during these last few weeks, and we're certainly looking forward to starting things rolling again in December.