Nov 17, 2013

That's a wrap! Yesterday we finished principal photography for EAST OF EDSON. We have been working on this film for several months, and honestly it was anticlimatic to end it. Now post-production will begin and Cody will start putting together and edit of the film. Once we have picture lock we can begin the sound design, score the film, etc.

One of the more interesting things we shot yesterday was a fight scene between the brothers Jake and Lenard, played by Cody Lang and Anothony Goertz respectively. One thing we all noticed is that while watching the fight "in real life" it didn't look as real as it did when rewatching the scene on the video monitor. I was surprised at how real an unreal fight can look. Hopefully the fight looks OK in terms of cinemtagraphy. We didn't have a lot of space and variation to work with on the set, so I did my best. I imagine I will have some mistakes to learn from.

Thanks to everyone who helped use shoot this film, especially Scarlett (playing Daria) for letting us shoot in her apartment.

Oct 25th, 2013

Just a quick update...last week we shot the phone booth scene and got a few more exterior shots. In the next month we will finish off principal photography as we only have two scenes left, both of which take place in the same location. The end is near! Of principal photography that is.... :)

Oct 7th, 2013

(Cody checks a shot on the beach of the North Saskatchewan river)

Yesterday Cody and I finished up the "nature" outdoor shots we need for EAST OF EDSON. This involved going back to the same location we shot the confrontation between Jake and Julie, to shoot the scene in which Jake wakes up in the back of his pickup truck. Cody and I had different ideas about where to put the truck in this scene, so we just shot it both ways and we'll see what one we like better when we edit the film.

After that, we went down to the river and took some shots of Jake fishing. It was a great day, very sunny at times, and pretty busy on the river. There were several people panning for gold (really!), jet boats screaming up and down the water, as well as hikers, kids with dogs, I think maybe even a baptism, and more. Because of all these people it took us longer to get the shots we wanted. In total, we spent about five hours shooting on Sunday and came home with about 45 takes.

We have four major scenes left to shoot, and then we are done principal photography!

Sep 19th, 2013

Last weekend we finished shooting the scene that takes place in a poetry club. We didn't have a lot of shots to complete there, but we did spend about seven hours in the location. I'll be very interested to see how the edit for this part of the film comes together, because to be honest I struggled with picturing how it would fit together due to the fact that geometry of the club in the film is not the same as the layout of the location we shot in. On one hand it seems like a simple thing, shot-reverse-shot, eyelines, etc, but in practice it wasn't that straightforward. But we got all the shots we need!

Thanks to all who came out to help, from gripping, to sound recordist, to all the extras that were willing to use their valuable time to help out on a short film. I will put together a thank you post in the next few days.

Sep 9th, 2013

Cody just finished his amazing teaser trailer.

Sep 8th, 2013

We shot scene #2 yesterday. It's the confrontation between Jake and Julie. It's the first scene with any dialouge.

Above is a quick iphone video of the view from the edge of the river bank. It's quite high up from the water. Across the river is the little town of Devon. According to its Wikipedia page the town was created by an oil company.

I had a tough time finding a location. I wanted an unused dirt road by a river. I did find a great spot, just outside of Edmonton by Devon using Google maps, but when we went to check it out the night before we found out that the spot was right in the flight path of the Edmonton international airport! So every five minutes or so a plane would fly over. But given the time constraints we could not find another spot, and we decided to shoot there even with the sound of the planes. Lesson learned on location scouting.

However, we showed up the next morning to find that there was a party scheduled at the same location, albeit just down the road a couple hundred feet. An oil company owns the land at the dead-end part of the road and for some reason had scheduled a BBQ for their staff there. What an odd and out of the way spot to pick for a party.

Surprisingly we were still able to get all the shots and sound we needed for the scene, despite the cars, the airplanes, the geese (flying south for the winter?), and even a couple horses. Fortunately the planes didn't really start coming in until about 1PM, but we did have to stop a couple takes midway due to the droning sound. Luckily our actors were okay dealing with the occasional annoying stoppage.

We started shooting about 11:30AM and were done about 2:15PM including lunch, and at that point, despite the weather forecast, it started to rain. All in all, I think we were pretty lucky to get everything we needed for that scene.

Thanks to Ali (Julie), Geeta (craft services), Chris (script supervisor) and Rob (sound recordist) for helping out on this scene!

Aug 30th, 2013

We've had to move our schedule around a bit, mostly due to vacations in August, which is perfectly sensible. :) We'll likely be shooting the two main scenes we have left in early September. Things are moving forward!

Aug 16th, 2013

Just added the first of two (or more) teaser trailers on the trailers page. Have a watch and let us know what you think.

Aug 9th, 2013

We are still working hard on EAST OF EDSON! Since the last news entry we've shot one more time with just Cody and myself (Curtis). We were scheduled to shoot the "JULIE scene" on this Saturday (Aug 10th), but unfortunately have had to move that to the first weekend of September, as our actress is working on a large film in Calgary and they changed some dates on her, which we knew could be a possibility, and had planned for.

Our next step is to move onto the scene that takes place at the night club. We are currently working with the owners of a local downtown bar to find a good time to film there.

Also, both Cody and I are working on editing short trailers for the film using the footage we already have. I think this is a good thing to do, even if it only gets us familiar with the footage "in the can", especially in case we are missing any important shots.

Finally, I added a gallery section to the website and will hopefully fill that out with pictures and behind the scenes shots over the next while.

July 28th, 2013

Cody and I (Curtis) shot some more for the "coming to Edmonton" montage scene. We have decided to change the script a bit because we have been unable to find an acreage location, which is fine because the scene I originally wrote may have been a too ambitious. Given that it is summer in Alberta, we are going to change the scene from being indoors to outdoors and take advantage of the nice weather. I think there's a reason Hollywood is in sunny California.

Things are progressing and we definitely have some film "in the can" so to speak. We have about 16GB of footage so far, which should be about 20 minutes or more, and is looking to be about a 10:1 shooting ratio. We've changed from shooting on a Canon 5D MK II to shooting on a hacked Panasonic GH2. The camera is doing well so far. I think the GH2 is an amazing value in terms of image quality to cost.

Also, we may have found someone to play Julie.

July 23rd, 2013

We shot a scene or two of Cody/Jake. We are looking for a bit of help for the rest of principal photography, which is detailed here in a blog post on the #yegfilm blog.

July 2nd, 2013

New website! We are continuing to roll on pre-production :)

June 17th, 2013

Posted an article on EAST OF EDSON on the #yegfilm blog and also created a poster

June 1st, 2013

EAST OF EDSON starts pre-production