My Film Diary: The Weekend
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Aaron Tansey
February 16, 2016
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Well, here we are the final instalment of My Film Diary: The Weekend, a look back at the shooting of the short movie The Weekend (check out the film here). The main shoot was over there was only one interior scene left to shoot. As I was saying in the last post, (check out here) if we didn’t get the shoot finished on the that night we would find it hard to get the cast together, this was so true. It took us a month and a half to get only 2 of the cast together to shoot the last scene.

We finally got a date that suited the 2 of them and I was ready to shoot ( here is an other thing I learned, check to make sure that the camera is fully charged). I had forgot to charge the camera so we only had a half hour of battery to do the hole scene. Thankfully we got through it and got it all done.

While I was waiting to shoot the last scene, I had started editing the footage that I had all ready, this is where I learned my next lesson what you record on the camera may not look exactly the way you taught it would when you get to the editing stage. Also you might think you have shoot enough footage but in truth you could have always of shoot more. I also stated in an earlier post that i needed proper sound equipment (more so for shooting outside but is would be better to have for all shooting). With all that said I was happy with how most of the film came out but I would of liked to have better sound and lighting.

I had wanted to give the cast and crew a night out as a, thank you for all there hard work so I organised a showing party in my local pub. I invited the cast and crew and my family but word got out and a few more people showed up and the pub ended up being full which made me nervous (because I was still editing 15 minutes before I went to the pub). I was very nervous and could not watch the film. But the up side of showing the film to family and friends was that they were every supportive. I was very happy with how everything had turned out the hard work was worth it and I have learnt so much to bring into my next movie to make it even better. After the showing we had a few more drinks in the pub and then went to a night club and it turned out to be a great night.

To anyone out there looking to make a short movie, but are afraid just get out there and give it a go because and if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted then just site down and see why it didn’t turn out the way you wanted then go out and try it again. I was very happy that I did it and now I am work on the script for my next short movie and I will take everything I learned form The Weekend to make this film even better. Thanks for watching the film and reading these post. I hope it inspires you to go out and make the short film that you want to make. Keep and eye on viewit.ie for upcoming shows and my latest short film.

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My Film Diary: The Weekend
Blog Documentary Script
Aaron Tansey
February 8, 2016
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It has been a while but Im back to continue My Film Diary the making of The Weekend (Check out the film here). Just to recap where we left off last time, we were in the middle of shooting an unscripted scene and I was called off set to talk to Gards who wanted to talk to me (check out the last instalment here).

I went up to the Garda car, I was worried that they would shout done the shoot because I had never let them know that I was going to be shooting a movie up here, But it was so quite and late at night that I never taught that there would be anybody up there never mind the Gards. As I said I was worried because I didn’t know what they ware going to do. Thankfully they were very sound and were even have a bit of a laugh with us. They just asked what we were doing and then they asked if they could be in it. So in the end we just moved the cars off the road and they went about there business.

After they had gone we went back and finished shooting the new scene and we started setting up the next scene. This is when the catering van pulled up with the food which was just in time because it was getting really cold and I mean really cold. This is when Sharon and Ruth stared making hot whiskeys (life savers).  After that we pushed on with shooting. It kept getting colder as the night went on so at this stage we put on all the cars air con and whoever wasn’t involed in the scene at that time would be in the car trying to get worm (An other thing I learned from making this movie is make sure you have a way to keep your cast and crew worm because it will get very cold especially in Ireland in the middle of September). It got so cold at one stage that I gave the cast and crew a choice to go home and try and finish it an other night and all credit to them they said that they would finish the shoot now because they wouldn’t be able to get everyone together to finish the movie.

I was happy to hear that they would finish it that night but I did start to rush through the scenes to try and get them fished in time (An other thing I learned is don’t rush through shooting because you will make mistakes more on that later). So after we got all the camp site scenes done it came to the last part of the movie which was being shoot in POV.  For this last scene I had got some props, sheep guts. Now I got this from a friend that owned a slaughter house but the only time he had fresh guts was 3 days before the shoot so the guts had to sit in my fridge at home fro 3 day before the shoot, they did not keep as well as I taught they would so the smell was really bad (an other thing I learned was not to keep guts in my fridge)

Because the smell was so bad I wouldn’t let anyone help me set up the last scene so I sent everyone to the cars to worm up while I set things up. After I had it all done I called everyone back to finish the movie and we got the last scene done in a half hour. Because it was POV I was able to shoot the scene myself and got the cast to just say there lines (the last scene was the one I was most happy with).
We had done it we had got a fully 10 minute movie (bar one scene) shoot in 8 hours. It was time to clean up and get everyone home It was a long night and now it was time to start editing.

Part 6 Next Week.

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Aaron Tansey
January 6, 2016
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After nearly 6 months of planning the night of the shoot was here. There was one small problem I had a game in Dundalk that day so I was not going to be able to ready to shoot at 9 like I had hoped for.I got back from the game at 8 and at this point I started to get my cast members together. I had to collect 2 of them form Sligo which I did. I had to then go to Ballymote to collect some props and get a bit of food for the cast. At this stage it was half 9 I was beginning to panic a bit nut I finally got everything together and was able to meet the rest of my cast in Ballinacarrow. We meet here cause they didn’t know where we were shooting the movie.

When I got to Ballinacarrow I was happy to see 3 of my friends (my next door neighbours the Hodgins) who said that they couldn’t make it had showing up after all. Without these people I would not have got the film shoot but more on that  later. We were just waiting on one more cast member to show up. She then said that she was running late that she will meet us there, so we took off in a small convoy of 5 cars. Half way to the shoot site I get a call for the last cast member saying that her car has broken down and she had no way to get there, thank god my bother was there because he went and collected her.

At this stage it is 11 and it is getting cold. I had wanted to shoot the scenes in a certain order but I couldn’t because I had not got everyone there yet so I improvised and started in a different order (one thing I recommend is getting a clap board are even just writhing what scene you are shooting on a pice of paper but agin more on that later). With the help of Niall setting up the lights and Ruth setting up the props and Sharon stepping in and taking a part in the movie it was not long before we started, and we had just finished shooting the first 2 scenes when my brother arrives back with the last cast member so we could get started shooting the rest of the film. I had decided to ad a new scene into the script and asked the cast to improve, this was a lot harder no the cast then I had taught. (I would like to mention again that it was my first time make a movie by myself and I did make a lot of mistakes that I have learned from)

The new scene I wanted to shoot was of the cast driving in a car to the camp site I wanted it shoot in POV. We had to clear the car park of all the cars so it would look like they got a really quite site. We just took the other cars up the road and left them parked the cast took a few takes to get it just right. ( It sounds bad just leaving our cars in the middle of the road like that but it is now 12 at night and we are up a mountain road that people really travel.) I went down to the cast in the car and asked to see what they had shoot and it was not great (you try and make believable diolog up on the fly It is not easy) they had the idea of what to do it was just the timing they need now, that is when I got allied up to the other cars parked in the middle of the road some wanted to talk to me it was the cops.

Part 5 next week

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My Film Diary: The Weekend
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Aaron Tansey
December 29, 2015
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Hi everyone I hope you all had a great christmas. The last few weeks I have being written a diary on my experience on make a short movie called the weekend (check out the movie here) (Check out part 1 and part 2). So where was I o ya getting my cast together. I didn’t have a clue where to find my cast so I turned to my friends. The first person that I approached was Barry Cullen how is a professional actor. He said that he was happy to help me out so I was delighted with that. I then asked an other of my friends Lisa to be in the movie it she never acted before but I was lucky that she was a natural at it. Next I asked Amanda who took a bit of convincing but she said she would do it. tThe next person I went after was Eugene. I new he had started acting with his local threat group and I was happy when he said that he would be in the movie as well.

Eugene had mad a few short films before and he was able to give me a few tips on how to get ready for the shoot and one of the things I would have never taught of was getting the cast together for a read through of the script I found this to be very helpful as a director. Next person I asked was a friend who had studied a bit of acting while she studied singing in collage (I sure there is a proper name on it but I cant remember it) Aoife was really up for it as well so I was blessed to have all these people to do the movie and I started thinking that this was going to be easy. I was defiantly wrong on that one.

I had five of the six characters cast I had just one more parts to fill and then a walk in part. I taught I had got a person to do the walk part but there was a bit of a miscommunication on my part but I got it sorted in on the night of the shoot. I was still missing one person that is when I meet Niall who was recording game at my rugby club so I asked if he would like to get involved in the movie he said he would love to as a camera man and he was going to bring his own camera as well so now we had two camera and some sound equipment so I was happy out.

I had taken Eugene’s advice and got the cast together for a read through of the script . Not everyone could make it but we went ahead with it any ways, I asked Niall to come and record it just to get the cast used to a camera in front of them. I was going to step in for the reading but I asked Niall to do it instead and he was very good so I talked him into acting in the movie and just like that I had a full cast. Now all I had to do was pick a date that suited everyone (easer said then done) but we did manage to nail down a date every one was able to do at first. Then one of the actors had to pull out because they had a family event in Dublin and I couldn’t shoot it the week after because we had an other actor going on a holiday to Thailand. So I had to start looking for an other actor but thankfully the person that had the family event in Dublin didn’t end up going so I had a full cast again.

Part 4 next week.

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My Film Diary: The Weekend
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Aaron Tansey
December 23, 2015
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Part 2 continued from last week.

I made a short film called The Weekend (check it out here). I wanted to give ye an insight into to what went into the making of The Weekend (check out last weeks blog post here). After I decided to change the script to try and fit the small budget that I had to make the film. I decided to keep the bulk of the script. I took out the possession and made it five friends instead of six friends but I put in an outsider brought by one of the lads. She is an American that he meet in while he was on a J1.  I wrote out a draft of the script and then left it for a week and then I came back to it and read it again, I remember thinking to myself “holy crap there is a lot of sick bits in this”, So I took a lot of the gore out of it (big mistake but more on that later). It took me an other two drafts before I was happy, and when I was happy with it I decided to start looking for the location. I had a few places in mind one of them was the Forrest  Park.

I went up to the Forrest Park on a Sunday to take a look around. It was a good location but I taught that there was too many people camping there I was looking for something a bit more out of the way. The next place I went to Temple House just outside of Ballinacarrow. It was a good location and there would nobody else camping there, there was also a river running beside it, but there was also a very buyses road so it was not ideal for what I wanted so I kept looking. The next place I looked was the one. It had a small river running beside it there was wooded areas around it in was secluded. It was up the Ox Mountains a place called ladies brae.

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To make sure it was the right place I went back at night to see what it looked like on camera. When I did this I found a few problems. My camera did not have a good light exposure on it so I had to figure out how to light it and try and find a proper camera, an other thing is even thou there was wooded areas around the camp site it was still very windy and the mic on the camera didn’t have a  a wind breaker to deal with it, so I had to also try and find some sound equipment as well. I had a lot of work to but I was happy with my location so I had to start working on getting my cast together.

Part 3 next week

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Aaron Tansey
December 16, 2015
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A few weeks ago I posted a videos of a short film that I mad back in September (Check out the film here). It was only ten minutes long but it took a long time to get from the concept to script to production to post production. I am just going to give you an insight to how it all came together.

I want to start off by getting all my excuses out of the way on why I it took so long to get it together, I work full time and I am also very involved in My local rugby club which takes up a lot of my free time. There you go now that I have that off my chest I can start telling ye about my experiences in making this film.

I studied TV and Film  Production for 2 years in Galway and I really enjoyed it, but I will say it was 10 year ago (o look an other excuses the last one I swear) and I did manage to get work in the TV and Film industry for the summer when I finished collage. It is a very hard industry to break into but I feel it was my fault that I didn’t get more work. As I said it is a tuff industry to break into but I had a bit of work and I fell that I didn’t try hard enough to get more work and sat in the industry. You need to beat down the doors and ask every one you can for a job and don’t give up. I gave up trying to get work after 6 months so I fell I should have kept going so if you are looking to get into the business don’t give up put your self out there and keep trying you will make it, don’t make the same mistake I did.

I went a bit of track there for a minute but anyway I started the website viewit.ie a year ago because I want to get back into writhing scripts and making films again and I wanted a place outside of Youtube and Vimeo to show my films (if other people wanted to use it as well that was a plus) so when I got that up and running I started trying to come up with an idea.I started by picking a genre. I went with horror. So I had my genre now I need a plot. This took a while but when I got it I was happy with it so I started to write the script.

The plot was about a group of friends who go camping in the woods and one of the girls brings a ouija board to play with and one of the group ends up becoming possessed and goes on a killing spree. I had 3 rewrites on this Idea and I taught I had it nailed, that is when I asked my brother to take a look at it. He made some very good points like how was I going to show the girl was possessed. I as said a I could distort her voice when I was editing her voice. He also asked how much it would cost to make the film (he is an accountant). I didn’t have a clue so he asks me how much money I had to make the film. I had €400 to make it. He then said that I should price everything that I will need to make the movie, which I did and between renting or buying equipment, props  a make up artiest. It was way more then I could afford, so I had to go back to the drawing board.

Part 2 next week

 

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Fan Made Films
Blog Cult Videos
Aaron Tansey
November 16, 2015
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I want to talk to you about fan made movies. There as being a huge uptake in the amount of fan made movies out there. This has being helped by a number of factors, the prince on equipment coming down, social media, and video shearing website. All these things together have give rise to the fan made film.

What is a fan made movie, well it is exactly what it sounds like. It is a movie made by fans the way they think it should be made. One of the earliest fan made movie i remember hearing about was based on Joss Whedon’s western Si-Fi show Firefly, the show was cancelled after only 1 season which made a lot of people mad. There was a campaign to get the show back on the air but wham that failed the fans took it upon them selfs not to let it die, so a group came together and wrote a script and financed a movie them selfs and called it Browncoast: Redemption here is the trailer for it.

On of my favourite fan made movies was out earlier this year. It was a R-rated movie about the Power Rangers and what was life like fro the world and the Rangers now that they were all grown up. It was not good because they had lost the war here is the short movie

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It was Directed by Joseph Kahn and stared James Van Der Beek and Katee Scakhoff. When it was realised back in February the internet went crazy and has over 16 million views on Youtbe.

One of the latest fan made movie out is of Spiderman. Based on the comics story line of when Peter Parker dies and a new spiderman is found. It has not taken off like some other fan made movies but it has got over 200,000 views in the last few days. have a look at it and let me know what you think.

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What do you think about fan made films do you think it should be left to the pros or are they fan made movies better then what Hollywood dose. My self I think some of the Fan made films are better then the Hollywood films because the fans don’t have to worry about who the might offend if they say a line in a certain way or if they cast a charter a certain way, in short they have ore freedom to do it the way they want it done. Here is a top 10 list from Listverse and what they think is 10 fan made films that are better then the Hollywood films.

Let me know what you think about Fan made movie by leaving a comment below.

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Update
Blog TV/Film News
Aaron Tansey
September 28, 2015
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Hi everyone I I am sorry about not having any updates for the last few days but we have being shooting a movie all weekend and I wasn’t in a position to do any of our daily post are news post either, but do not worry everything will be back to normal tomorrow morning. Keep an eye on view it as well for updates on the movie I hope to have it ready in the next few weeks in time for Halloween. Thanks for you patience

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Video of The Week
Action Blog Review Video Of The Week
Aaron Tansey
September 21, 2015
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Hi Viewers and welcome to an other Video of The Week. A few weeks ago I should a few action short films some were good and some were not so good, and in their reviews I stated how hard it was to find a good action short movie because, well frankly they are expensive to make.

So keeping in mind how hard it is to find a good action short, I managed to find one this week with out even looking for it. I was searching the web for a new Video of The Week looking at different short drams when I cam across RED-The Ambush.

Red is about a elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs is trapped deep in hostile territory amongst an international crisis that has spun out of control in the Caucasus region. Russia is at war with Georgia and several other break-away republics in the region. The U.S. has publicly declared a neutral stance on the unfolding crisis, but the situation has recently become more complicated. U.S.  intel has confirmed that WMDs from an unknown source have fallen into the hands of the separatist rebels fighting in the war in support of the Russian army.

There is not much of a storyline until you read the synopsis, which i suggest you do the film will make a lot more sense. First of all I want to talk about the look of the movie the costumes look very real with a lot of attention given to detail, from the camo gear to the weapons that they are using. The only problem I have with this film is I don’t think that a Navy SEALs team would attack a compound without knowing its full strength i.e. man power weapons how close is back up stuff like that but I’m not in the army never mind special forces so I can literally not speak to that point.

Over all I think it is a good film well made with good special effects. The script sounds good as well and the commutes look good as well. I think that this is a very good short film and I give it 4 out of 5. What did you think of it let me know by leaving a comment below. If you would like to recommend a short film as next weeks Video of the week, get in contact with us at viewit, Facebook, Twitter, or Google +. Check out last weeks Video of The Week Here. Thanks for reading I will see ye all next week until then keep on Viewing.

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Video of The week
Blog Documentary Drama
Aaron Tansey
September 15, 2015
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Hi Viewers and welcome to this weeks Video of The Week. I went back over all the Videos of The Week and I noticed that I have never had a short documentary as the Video of The Week, so I went looking for one and this is what I came up with, A short documentary called The Art of Fighting. It is directed by Gavain Browne and produced by Alex Barnes and Gavain Browne. It tells the story of a refugee Hussain Sadiqi who fled the remote mountains of central Afghanistan as the Taliban stepped up their violin persecution of his people. This was to be the start of Hussain’s epic 20000km journey to Australia. 10 years later, this self confessed “nomad” is about to give up his new life in his new country to pursue a life long dream – a dream that was born over 20 years ago, when young Hussainn first saw a torn and battered picture of his life long hero, Bruce Lee.

This documentary has been selected in over 15 festivals and nominated for four awards and one award, Audience Award – Best Film, 2012 West End Film Festival. This doc is shoot beautifully, and is so well told it is hard to believe that is only 11 minutes long. It also a tale of hope even having to flee his country Hussain was able to follow his dreams, which show no mature what your situation is as long as you want something bad enough and you are willing to work hard for it, any thing is possible.

Have a look at it and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below also check out last weeks Video of The Week here. Thanks for reading I will see ye all next week until then keep on Viewing.

 

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