Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Little Bit of Progress

About a decade ago, my buddy John and I were hired to make two werewolf shorts for inclusion in an anthology. I shot one that John directed and then I directed and shot one of my own. VHS screeners of the anthology were sent out by the producer to movie review websites, but it never got any real distribution.

So a few years ago I acquired the rights to the two shorts with the intention of re-editing them, shooting a third segment and releasing my own werewolf anthology.

Time rolled on and I instead decided to put these two shorts together with some other of my horror shorts that either had gotten spotty or no distribution along with a new short I did last year. Last fall I really got serious about reworking these old shorts and had all but one ready to go.

Way back when, I had shot the werewolf short my friend John directed and handed the tapes off to him. He'd thought that he still had them, but when it came time to find them a few months ago, they were nowhere to be found.

After many weeks of searching, the original producer ended up finding a 3/4" tape that had the short on it. It was the final edited version with a faux film process already applied to it, not the raw footage, so I wouldn't be able to re-edit it from scratch and use some scenes that had never been included, but it was the best I was going to get. And at least it was something - I had pretty much resigned myself to not being able to use it at all and shoot a new short to include in the anthology.

So, I've copied the short from 3/4" to miniDV and uploaded it into my computer, along with some other footage I originally shot for a music video but will be adding to the short as a dream sequence. Just started trimming some footage last night.

I'll need to shoot a few insert shots and am going to redo sound effects and compose new music for it. I'll do the best I can with it and it will be nice to have it and the other shorts eventually out there for people to enjoy.


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