Friday, April 17, 2015

Mad City Chickens heading back to Wheatsfield Co-op

Our Mad City Chickens documentary played last year at the Wheatsfield Food Cooperative in Ames, Iowa, and on April 20th, it will screen again! Film starts at 7:00 pm,  413 Northwestern Ave.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Final Madison Civics Club Shoot

Earlier today, we completed the last in a series of four Madison Civics Club video shoots at the Monona Terrace. The main speaker was Jim Leach, 30-year US Congressman and former National Endowment for the Humanities Chair.



The previous programs in the series included international mediator Joan Goldsmith, gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and author Peter Palmer. All of the videos are scheduled to air on WYOU - Madison's Community Television.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Chickens" Screening in Irving, Texas

On April 11, 2015, our feature-length documentary, Mad City Chickens, will be screening at the annual Eco-Film Fest in Irving, TX. Sponsored by the Office of Environmental Stewardship, the film will play at the West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Starts at 4:00 p.m. Free chicken buttons will be available.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mad City Chickens Returns to Sturgeon Bay

Last year, our Mad City Chickens documentary screened in Sturgeon Bay, WI as part of their EGGStravaganza event. It's been asked back again and will play this coming Saturday, April 4th at 1:00pm. Free admission. Sponsored by the Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street.


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--Surviving Access TV in 10 Easy Steps (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.


In addition, there's a humungous subtitle we're adding too. So the full title of our short little film is Don Circling the Drain--Surviving Access TV in 10 Easy Steps. That's a mouthful, but we hope memorable too.

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.