- Just thought you might be interested...
Looking for writers for the Senite City Film Project
Writers join the fun! Help us write this thing we're calling the
living script. This is not a script about how to live but rather a
script that organically grows off multiple writers.
Prerequisites: writers must know how you use Blogger, sign a contract
that allows us to use segments of the writing, must join the secret
writing prompt forum and be willing to write somewhat regularly for a
long period of time. This is not a paid position however anyone who
helps out will get writing credits and offered a chance to help out
with the film shoot in 2 years from now. Openings are available for
about 20 writers or more with different writing styles and cultural
back grounds who can write from their characters point of view.
Writers will be required stay in character convincingly and
realistically at all times on their blogs. Writers who are up for the
challenge will be invited to a secret assignment forum that is
members only and receive further instruction there. This not a game
or a RPG or anything you get points for. You simply write you
characters life as a blog and interact with other characters from the
If you are interested please e-mail: Filmmaker55@...
Name, Adress, phone #, email address you check regularly, a
description of the type of character you would like to write about
and a sample writing (very short please)
Here's our Log Line:
A group of student film makers set out to make a class video journal
about their year at high school and discover the children of Senite
Senite City children are disappearing in the hollows of dank urban
This strange occurrence is overlooked by parents, teachers, and
police. No one seems to care except for a group of film students from
UASF (Urban Action Student Films). These student film makers unravel
a web of corrupt politics, ancient tribal magic and occult mystery
all caught on guerrilla style film.
See asetproductions.com for a little background.
A little background on Guerilla film in case you wanted to research
As written on wikipedia "
Guerrilla filmmaking refers to a form of independent filmmaking
characterized by low budgets, skeleton crews, and simple props using
whatever is available. Often scenes are shot quickly in real
locations without any warning, and without obtaining permission from
the owners of the locations.
Guerrilla filmmaking is usually done by independent filmmakers
because they don't have the budget to get permits, rent out
locations, or build expansive sets. Also studios tend not to use
guerrilla filmmaking tactics because they could be sued, fined, or
get their reputation hurt "
as written on http://www.cvisual.com
"TopTenTips for Movie Production and Guerilla Filmmaking"
"Some production hints, tips, and advice that I've picked up over the
Turn the camera sideways or upside down This technique has been
used in more movies than you can imagine and still works as well or
better than many CGI simulations. Need an actor to walk across the
ceiling? Build a floor that looks like a ceiling and turn the camera
upside down. Need a creature scuttling across the wall in defiance of
gravity? Construct a floor that looks like a wall and turn the camera
on its side.
Realize that different angles of the same scene don't have to be shot
in the same place A very common film technique that is often
overlooked by beginning filmmakers using different locations for the
same scene. For example, say a character just got out of prison and
is met outside by a criminal buddy and they discuss a new criminal
endeavor. As a guerilla filmmaker, sets are hard to come by and they
tend to be expensive. However, filming a long scene outside a prison
without the proper permits might get you thrown in one! This scene
could be done by parking a car (with the film crew inside) across the
street from a prison. After your actor stands by the entrance for a
moment, he begins to walk beside the prison wall. Now you have the
setup. Find a readily accessible wall that visually matches that of
the prison (maybe even make one) and film the entire dialogue scene
there. If done properly, when cut together in editing, the audience
won't be able to tell the difference. This technique is especially
useful if you are a writer/director. You can script scenes for this
technique to add scope to your film that your budget could never
Water the streets An old cinematographer's trick for filming
exteriors on asphalt or concrete (especially at night with street
lights around) is to water road surface. The reflections and street
glow add a lot of depth and character to a scene.
Fake sweat with petroleum jelly If you need your actor to appear to
be sweating, spread petroleum jelly lightly over the area to be
photographed and spritz with water. The general shine plus the
beading of the water will pickup very well on film. Note that you
should find another technique for lengthy shoots. For one, the actor
will become uncomfortable under the hot lights when sealed under a
layer of jelly. Also, since the jelly will seal the pores, long
scenes with it on will cause acne and other undesirable skin effects
over a several day shoot. It takes a lot of extra makeup to disguise
the blemishes you created in the first place (as I found out on a
Use preplanning and holidays to maximize your budget If you are a
guerilla filmmaker, you probably have more time and inventiveness
than money. Be sure to take advantages of the various holidays
(particularly the day-after-holiday sales) to maximize your film
budget dollars. Halloween is the best filmmaker's holiday with
inexpensive fog machines, costumes, wigs, and make-up (although most
Halloween make-up isn't good enough for film work, you can always use
some extra spirit gum). The fluorescent orange plastic jack-o-
lanterns are perfect for making no-budget road pylons. Christmas is
excellent for cheap lighting (background cinematography effects, set
decoration), reflectors of all sorts, electrical equipment, and sales
on camera equipment. Thanksgiving provides table clothes (backdrops,
simulated drapes) and kitchen equipment (timers, barbeque paint, heat-
resistant items for use with lights). Easter has numerous inexpensive
dyes (great for the Art Department for everything from fabric to
aging/distressing work) and other useful items such as
pavilions/tents. Of course all holidays are good for cheap candy/crew
Simulating ice crystals If you need to have a surface that is
covered in frost or ice crystals, add some glitter to whatever you
are coating the surface with. With just a little bit of light, the
glitter will shimmer and provide both a visually interesting and
Use markers to speed your writing - When writing a script and you're
stuck on what to say, just type three letters (such as xxx) and
continue writing. That will keep you moving forward. Later when
you're editing, you can search for the xxx key sequence and fill in
the missing content.
Authoring DVDs and player compatibility problems When you burn a
DVD-R on a personal DVD burner, you might wonder why the disc doesn't
play on nearly as many brands of DVD players as some one-off DVD-Rs
burned by companies (I'm not talking about the DVD-ROM pressings used
by the big studios that work on almost all DVD players). There are
actually two types of DVD-R discs: DVD-R-General and DVD-R-Authoring.
While DVD-R-General discs are estimated to work on about 80% of DVD
players, DVD-R-Authoring discs are estimated to work on around 90%.
That 10% might not seem like a lot, but when you consider the
Authoring discs cut in half the number of players that WON'T run your
DVD, you see the advantage. Unfortunately, DVD-Authoring burners
(such as the Pioneer DVR-A03) are much more expensive than a home DVD
burner and use more expensive media. However, if maximum playability
is what you want for your movie, consider outsourcing the burning to
a place that can do the DVD-R-Authoring discs instead of doing it
Color timing and color matching Color timing (a.k.a. color grading)
is used to set the color palette of a film so that the colors appear
as desired when played on various displays (so white walls appear
white to the viewer or perhaps they appear red, depending on the
desired artistic/lighting effect). Try to avoid doing any color
timing on flat screens (and especially laptop computers) which don't
provide nearly the color fidelity of a color tube monitor. Further,
the color tube more closely matches the destination medium (presuming
the destination is some type of television).
Don't say "We'll Fix it in Post!" - Problems during production are
usually far more difficult and expensive to fix in post production
than initially imagined. Whenever you can fix a problem while on set,
do it! All the problems you declare can be fixed in post will
generate your biggest headaches."