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Maxwell’s 2013 Year-In-Review

Hello everyone! I have decided to do something new and unexpected for the new year:

WRITE A BLOGPOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

2013 was a big year for me.

^^That^^ is a huge understatement.

Things didn’t start out the best. My dad had been fighting cancer for over 5 years, but during the last few months he got steadily worse. On the morning of February 10th he passed away. I will always miss him and his great sense of humor.

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The Polings moved down to Bonney Lake in March. That provided us with the chance to make movies together and we started working on a script called Evasion. During location scouting we shot these:

We got to a point in the script where it looked like we could start shooting soon, but another project came up. The town where I live (Enumclaw) was celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary and the arts council commissioned a short film/documentary to be made about the history of Enumclaw.
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The Polings, Micah, and I joined the project very early in the process (March) and were heavily involved in the whole project. We shot the film over three days in August. Boy! That was a learning experience! When shooting started I got to be in the best place for watching a film set: the slate operator. 🙂 That meant I was around the camera almost the whole shoot. I also got to be an actor/stunt guy and drove a Model-T!

It was awesome watching how all the parts of the movie machine work.

After the Enumclaw film we dove into making our lightsaber choreography contest entry, ‘Loyalty’. It took 17 days to film, spread over about a month. During that time we got to work on another film set. For this one they were shooting a pitch trailer for a TV show called ‘Tainted’. I got to be AC (the guy that helps the cinematographer), slate operator, and PA (Production Assistant). We also went on vacation to Ft. Worden and shot several short films:

– A fight scene between Lizzy and Annie

 

 

– A dance video with our friend Abby Lama

 

 

– A monster horror test

 

 
Also a short horror film soon to be released.

When we got back we went into lightspeed and finished Loyalty just in time for the contest. After entering four years in a row and a week of nail-biting, we won!!!

We also shot Zombie Hunters 2 with our friends, the Lamas. And had a ridiculous amount of fun in the process.

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In November I was able to work on the set of a horror short film; I was a PA and played the villain, ‘Slenderman’. It was really fun, though all I had to do was stand in the shadows and look evil 3:).

After working on professional film sets and making Loyalty, we decided that what we had for Evasion wasn’t going to work; we had started it because it would push us beyond what we had ever done before and though it was good, we had already progressed to a point that Evasion wasn’t going to push us enough anymore.

So that brings us to now.

Currently we are planning out what we’ll be doing this new year. We have some new ideas for Evasion and still want to do it sometime.

We’re starting to meet more people that are in the Seattle/Tacoma film industry and that is opening up more opportunities in the business.

I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring. 😀

And that’s the way the ship is sailed.

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Zombie Hunters 2

So here it is everyone, the return of the Great and Awesome Zombie Hunters in:

-ZOMBIE HUNTERS 2- (echo echo echo)

I shall now be quiet and let the film speak for itself.

We had a lot of fun making this and hope we can continue doing sequels. 😀

If you haven’t seen the first one, here it is…the one that started it all.

Next week we will be showing you the posters Micah made for each of our characters.

That’s the way the “Exactly” is said.


Loyalty Q&A Video

Hiya everybody!

Here is the full video of the Q&A we did last week. Thank you everyone for submitting so many questions, we had a great time answering them.

This won’t be the last time we do this; we had a lot of fun and would like to do it again sometime in the future. 😀

And that’s the way the YouTube Fu is done.


Release of our new film ‘Loyalty’

Hello everyone!

I am really excited about this post, just so you know.

THIS IS THE RELEASE OF OUR NEW FILM CALLED ‘LOYALTY’!!!!!!

This was my fourth year entering the Lightsaber Choreography Competition but the first time I did one with the Polings.  Saturday (9/21) was the judging…..and we won!!!!!

In the coming weeks we will be posting more about this, giving you a detailed Behind Our Scenes look at what went into bringing our story to life. 🙂

And that’s the way the lightsabers are rotoed.


Location Update and a New Test Film

Hello everybody!

So last week Rachel, Phillip, Annie, Micah, and I took another trip to our location (Josiah and Lizzy were down in Oregon and couldn’t join us, we missed them 😦 ). Our purpose was to figure out exactly where the events in the script should play out. We needed a fork in the road, a covered area in the woods, and an open area without  a lot of underbrush; we found everything we needed! *happy dance* I’m really liking the look of the place, the view is great and you can see the mountains.

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Another reason we went there was to film a sniper test; one of the characters in the script carries a sniper rifle and I wanted to see if I could pull off a good sniper effect.

This was the result:

Warning: this video contains some violence and blood.

I learn quite a bit doing this; next time I think the kickback from the gun should be bigger, and the reaction from the person getting shot should be more of a snap-and-drop rather than a snap…pause…fall.

That’s all for today folks, hope you enjoyed this look into what is happening.

And that’s the way the butter is spread.

~Maxwell~


First Test Footage from ‘EVASION’!

Hello again everyone!

Well here it is, the footage (you probably didn’t know) you were waiting for!

A little while ago Micah and I went with the Polings to a location near their house. We decided to shoot a little test film to see how the location and costumes looked (also for fun 😉 ); the whole thing was planned, choreographed, and shot in a little under 2 hours, it was quite an experience. We had quite an adventure that day because it was very stormy and rained hard several times; by the end we were very wet. Josiah did behind the scenes stuff, Micah did the camera work, and Rachel was Micah’s UH (UH = Umbrella Holder).

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We love getting feedback so please leave us your thoughts and constructive criticism. We can always use it! 🙂

Sorry the post is a little late, we have been have a busy weekend with friends. 🙂 Go here to see a post that our friend, Abby Lama wrote about what we did.

And that’s the way the carrot crunches.


Quick Update

Hello,

Just a quick update about what is going on:

The script is is just about done, we just have to iron out a few little things and figure out an ending we all like.

We went back to the location that I had shown you guys in this post and found that it won’t work as good as we thought. Since I was there a whole lot of grass/greenery has grown up and it doesn’t look as cool as it did before (the location doesn’t quite fit the story anymore either). 😦  Don’t worry though, there is hope! The Polings found a location that might work; its in an old logged area that looks pretty cool. 🙂 In the next few weeks we’ll be doing more location scouting and we’ll post more on the subject.

Well, that’s all for today folks! We love to hear your comments so please leave one. 🙂 See you next Monday!

Maxwell

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Costume Concepts for ‘Evasion’

Another Monday, another post! I’ll be showing you some costume concepts that I’ve been working on.

What we want for the film is a guerrilla-style uniform rather then a military/special-ops look. I did some searching on the Internet but couldn’t find the look I wanted. I knew what items I had, so designing the costume was fairly easy. My process for designing is to think about it in my head for a long time; by the time I try it on, I usually don’t need to change much.

I had some camo pants and an olive green, long sleeve shirt for the base, then added a tactical vest, gloves, hat, and guns (of course 🙂 ).

This is what I have so far:

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I’ve always liked the look of weapons carried on the back (be it guns, bows, or swords) so I added a machete; I’m planning on incorporating it in the film. Mom and Dad gave it to me for my birthday a long time ago and I use it for yard work (time to repurpose it 😀 ).

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And here are some pictures we took a while ago when it was snowing. I was trying a different kind of boot I had, but I’ve decided not to use them.

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I came up with a bad guy ‘minion’ costume. Since we have a limited number of actors, a lot of the minions will need to wear masks so we can play multiple characters.

I think the jacket is a little too short, but other than that I really like this one.

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Micah came up with this minion costume.

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Also, Micah came up with the look for the film (just kidding 😛 ).

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That’s all for today folks! Please let me know what you think of the costumes. Also, let me know if you want me to go into more detail on a certain area.

Maxwell Swet


Location Tests

Hello!

While the script was being written (written = staring into space, listening to music, typing, erasing what you just typed, more staring, etc.), I decided to do a costume/location test. I went to the location in costume and had my brother film me doing some random stuff, which I then cut together as a short trailer:

And these shots are just showing the location:

I had seen the location awhile ago and used it as inspiration for the mood of the film.

And this is a horror test we tried:

On this one my brother wanted me to follow him around as he pretended to run from the Bogeyman: