Archive for October, 2008
Hello, my name is Jake Johnson and I am the actor who plays Darrell in the film THE ATTIC DOOR. I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade. My Dad, Mom, brother Zach and sister Caryn all traveled to Kanab while I had this great opportunity to shoot this film. Playing the part of Darrell was the most fun, yet most challenging job, I have ever done. For starters I had to wear clothes from the 1800′s which was a little awkward at first but became quit comfortable as the shoot went on. On many days my wardrobe had to be clean for the morning scenes and dirty for the afternoon scenes, which meant rolling around in the dirt and playing with the local chickens to dirty myself up. The wackiest part of the movie was when the light in the wagon we were shooting in burned out and everyone thought it would blow. I remember Cory, the first AD came running in with a fire extinguisher only to find a completely protected burnt out light. Afterwards when we looked at the tape we cracked up at the panic on everyone’s face.
Danny was an awesome director! He taught me how to break down each scene in a way I have never done before. He made me laugh, cry and yes even barf one day on the set (not really his fault, I had the flu!)
Madison and I actually go to the same school here in Southern California. Our families are great friends and we talk about our experience in Utah all the time. We had a great crew that I will never forget and would love to work with again!
The Attic Door.
[tags]5th Grade, Family, Wardrobe, Southern California, school[/tags]
Kristin Ã˜hrn Dyrud
Part 1: The Beginning
Working on The Attic Door as a composer has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I was brought on board in the summer of 2007 when a mutual filmmaker friend brought Danny and me together. I was introduced to the story through communicating with Danny over email and reading the script. As the editing process started a few months later, I got the chance to watch different evolving versions of the film. After watching the first cut I spent a whole week, partially in a cold and quiet loft in Norway, which seemed to be a good environment to try to get underneath the skin of this movie. I focused solely on the film and its dramatic and emotional content without thinking of music at all. I felt it was crucial to understand the film 110 % to be able to come up with the right musical concept later. I had the luxury of time to do this and wanted to take full advantage of it. So I spent my time reflecting and doing research such as listening to a lot of contemporary music (Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Stephen Scott, John Cage) and watching movies with unusual scores (There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men).
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Thank you all for your support of our first episode of Behind The Attic Door our weekly web-series. A new episode will be up on Wednesday!
Ted Hope’s new blog (which Danny featured in an earlier post) has alerted me to CinemaTech’s blog and specifically a blog by Scott Kirshner. Scott’s called New Business Models for Distribution focuses on a panel he was a part of regarding DVD sales and distribution versus digital means of distribution. Scott believes that digital distribution is going to gain a lot of steam over the next few years. Scott points out the past growth of theaters versus the growth to get VHS and DVD’s at home.
He also posted some new business models for getting the most digital dollars from movie releases like iTunes and serial releases, but the one that is really interesting is “Live Speaking Gigs Via Videochat” working on the idea that filmmakers can give speeches about their films around the world using technology like the iChat or Skype and can be paid a fee to do so. For the group who is sponsoring this can be more cost effective than flying in filmmakers, but also the filmmakers can do more of these appearances and earn some money.
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We are proud to present the very first episode of Behind the Attic Door.
Documentary filmmakers Chris Walker and Roman Safiullin have created seven episodes about a group of young filmmakers, on the verge of realizing their childhood dreams, who must journey to the desolate American West in order to realize their vision.
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Our new webisodic documentary series, Behind the Attic Door, will be premiering this week on the blog. The episodes are broken into seven parts and will be released weekly. We have set up video profiles on multiple sites, such as Youtube, Revver, and Vimeo. If you are on facebook or myspace, please join our pages and help spread the videos through the social networks. The success of the series can help our little indie film find an audience. This can only happen with the help of you.
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