It’s unique to most of our team to produce this with a crowdfunding effort and with the strength of the story itself, we feel confident it’s not just a story worth telling, but a story that people will be want to talk about . The best way to describe this is to look at it as a democratic process. Let the pubic decide if they feel it’s good enough. I feel the need to squeeze out every bit effort from myself to make sure we do our best to make this come alive.
We’ve changed our short’s name to “Secrets We Keep” and we’ve handpicked 5 talented associate producers who are greatly enthused to begin. Now that we finalized the budget, hired a crowdfunding manager, and set up the general game plan for how to run this crowd funding campaign, we’re ready to work more to help make this project come to life.
We hopped in the car, rigged up a tripod in the backseat, and drove around Los Angeles one night, shooting as many different light patterns in as many different ways as I could. The majority of the work was in post production, compositing and layering things in interesting ways to time right with the music.
We ended up shooting test footage both days we were there. Once nightfall hits it becomes pitch black, where you can’t see a few feet in front of you. By setting a roaring campfire and using it as a sole light source, we managed to capture some striking footage.
Aliso canyons gas leak is spurting out approximately 1000 tons of methane a day. Not only is this causing a huge waste, but it’s causing residents in the surrounding area to experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, and other issues.
Ouroboros Aperture wound up going to the January 16th meeting for abatement, where a panel went over proposed actions to take against the leak. There were representatives from the So Cal Gas company, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, a lawyer, and scientist.
We shot in Long Beach, CA, the home of Fine Feathers Kombucha company. Owned, operated and fully independently sourced by a husband and wife duo. I recall early conversations with them before the idea of a documentary piece ever came up. As a customer for quite some time we would have hour long conversations over a wide array of topics on their company floor.
Our one day night shoot flowed effortlessly, with the help of an enthusiastic crew and impressive acting performances. Our crew was extremely professional and much like our previous projects the mood was positive. There was an energy on the shoot that made it easy to collaborate. Night shoots tend to be tedious but we all managed to pull thru with the help of red bull and copious amounts of coffee.
So far we've written the story, cast our actors, and done some camera tests. I can't wait to go over some details with the actors, do some rehearsals, and get this puppy in the can.
Through all this filmmaking process Ive had a new sense of wonder highlighted into my life. Interacting and working with new talent and putting hours of work to blueprint this project. It's been a warming feel to have so many people involved and to utilize many different tools. Differnet locations all over Los Angeles county and projecting visions with computer software.
The first casting session is over and now we have a problem. Every actress brought their own flavor for the role of "Vanessa" and we're overwhelmed with talent. The professionalism of each actress was on point and our biggest challenge is scheduling the callbacks in order to secure the chemistry between them and our male lead.
Tomorrow is our first casting session over at "Hollywood Casting And Film". Luckily for us our male lead has been cast, and he fits the part quite well.
To give everyone some background, I, Brian Urbina, and the creator of the story slash director Juan Jose De La Cruz, are deeply entrenched in a indie short film...