Posted by – February 21, 2013
Rolled into Sacramento on the train yesterday for the Movies on A Big Screen event. It was great — probably about 60 people, warm and diverse crowd. Really fun q&a afterwards where the first question was whether Sanford Kong was a trained mime — they were as spellbound by his performance as the doctor as we were.
Toronto-bound folks will be thrilled to hear that it’s a lovely 13 degrees here & sunny. The people I’m staying with have an orange tree in the backyard, and I got to eat one for breakfast. Tasted pretty much the same, but it was still pretty awesome.
Last week’s run at San Francisco Indie Film Festival saw close to 200 folks come through on the three nights. Got to hang out with Jamie, a fan of the film, at the amazing goth bar he owns called the DNA Lounge. And I met with the guys who are working on Overgrowth, a rabbit-ninja fighting game, and they seem open to working together on a future project. So lots of interesting developments developin’!
Posted by – August 10, 2009
Got an older uncle or a relative who’d like to be in a movie? Check out the roles below!
So we’ve finished the pre-production meetings and will be starting to shoot in a few weeks. We’re trying to fill a couple of last roles/positions, so please feel free to forward the following URL to interested parties:
…as it’s visible to the public. Or just forward them this via email.
- The Documentarian: An older Asian man, 40+.
- The restaurant owner: A 30+ Asian man or woman.
- The down-on-her-luck lady: A 40+ Caucasian woman.
- The high-flying businesswoman: A 30+ Asian woman.
- A well-off older gent: A 50+ man.
- Extras/Backgrounders: If you don’t fit any of these, we’d love to have you as one of the crowd of doodlefaces.
- Sound: if you’re available and reliable, we can train you.
- Lighting: If you like to sculpt with shadows, let us know.
- Wardrobe: Can you imagine what folks will be wearing in 2040? Know how to customize Value Village finds?
- Set dec: We have to dress up locations so they look different. Hopefully you have better ideas than “a lot of tin foil”.
- P.A.s: If you’re willing to be an extra pair of hands for the experience.
We have insurance.
- a luxury car/limo
- a bar
- a doctor’s office
- a doctor’s waiting room
- a convenience store
- a toy store
Get in touch at email@example.com/productionblog.
Posted by – August 5, 2009
I’m vacationing at my mom’s place this week and took a break from insurance research to snap some pics along the lake for possible locations. It’s at Port Union and Lawrence in Scarborough and a few years back they opened one of my favourite parks in the city here.
I specifically came out here to see if I could find a place to matte a giant buddha onto the bluffs but then we came across this very photogenic bridge above water that would suit the Anton/Toph section well.
There’s a footbridge near it that allows for a bunch of different angles.
…and a bunch of nooks that Toph could be hidden in.
I made a little 360 vid under the bridge too.
Just like we found with Infest Wisely, Scarborough is a treasure trove of great underexposed locations!
Posted by – July 12, 2009
I was talking to a Dad at my son’s school. He’s a professional Toronto scout for movies, so I hit him up for location ideas. He seemed to be fond of construction sites, but I think they denote progress, what with constuction going on, which this world isn’t about. He suggested new condo sales offices for futuristic looking buildings. He also told me about Absolute.to, a database of locations around the city. Perhaps out of our budget though. It’s at http://dla.absolute.to/Login/Login.asp
A friend and I made a day of it and traveled around the city taking photos of suggested sites, and found sites of our own we thought were neat.
Here’s some photos… More
Posted by – June 30, 2009
Sanford and I scouted some possible locations for establishing 2040s Toronto. Based on conversations with people and previous exploring, we’ve hit upon the idea of using alleys that have front doors leading onto them — there’s something inherently strange and inverted about them to begin with, and the narrower scale and ramshackle construction gives the feel of a third world country.
On revisiting them I realized a lucky thing — that the laneways with front doors were also public laneways with street names, as opposed to the majority of the private laneways. The private laneways require releases from the owners to clear E&O, while the public laneways do not.
The permits are free but you need to be a production company insured for $2M to get them. I talked with Patti at the city today and she said that while hypothetically you can be fined for shooting without a permit, it’s more an issue with liability — if someone trips over a cable, you can be sued. The day we visited was really quiet, however, no cars or people in sight.
Posted by – February 17, 2009
Yee-haw! It’s time for the first instalment of the Resource Corral, where we collectively brainstorm all the people, places and gear we can use for the movie.
This week I’d like people to think hard about potential locations for us to shoot the movie.
Interesting, atmospheric places. Weird places. Or just normal places we might be able to get access to.
Interiors might include apartments, houses, work places, of yours or your friends. Exteriors might include back yards, patios, rooftops.
Don’t worry about getting permission yet, we’re just brainstorming at this stage.
Link to photos if you have them, otherwise just describe them the best you can. Just respond to this on email or add a comment.
Chris has suggested:
- A call centre with boardroom;
- A Farm – includes a historic farmhouse. A barn with a section converted to a dance floor complete with mirrored dance ball. It is an old barn with big posts and beams and the sun shining through spaces in the boards. Has a pond and a forest area with X-mas trees.
- a basement bike storage area – bike racks stores about 20 bikes
Posted by – November 24, 2008
Michael Cho, illustrator of the above alley drawings (click thru), is cool with us using this series as a visual element — perhaps as transitions.