CALLED UP | My First Short Film

Hi, everyone!

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited to announce that my first short film, “CALLED UP”, is finally out! I directed and produced this project, along with co-writing the script. A lot of work was put into this, and it’s been a very fun process, despite any difficulties that many have come along the way. I feel a weight lifted. I’m normally incredibly self-critical, and I personally know what could have been done better in the result or in the process, now, but I’m just grateful and proud of our work. I’m just glad the result of all of our time and efforts can finally be seen.

This story, this production, these people that helped me bring this to life–they all mean a lot to me. A special shoutout to Andro Salazar, who’s a familiar face in 4381 and stars in this film as Aurelio.

“CALLED UP”–After the passing of their best friend Aurelio, two friends play one last game with him at their favorite baseball field.

A story about joy, coming of age, and moving forward.

I hope you enjoy this piece.

Back From Quarantine and Hiatus

Hi, everyone. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here. Honestly, the past month or so has been rough, as for the entirety of this semester, but these past few weeks have been like limbo for me. I don’t know how to describe it exactly. A couple weeks ago, I had to rush to quarantine after a possible COVID exposure at my work, and with that I was possibly putting myself at more risk since I was quarantining with my brother who has also tested positive at the time. With lack of access to my familiar resources, I attempted to stay up to date with my classes and production work, but felt myself starting to fall behind. I’ve found it hard to reach out lately.

Things could feel better.

Since I’ve gotten out of quarantine, I’ve been attempting to catch up, but have also been doing a lot of production work for CoogTV, which feels both rewarding and tiring. I like my job a lot and I love the people I work with–that I get to work with. There’s so much in store for us and I’m excited to have made it happen and make it all happen. Things pile up, though, as things tend to do. I enjoy the work more than anything, right now though. It’s a stressor for me, for sure, but a lot of the time, it gets me through the day.

I’ve felt weaker lately. Not really physically so much as mentally, but somehow I’m still here and still learning, and learning to do the things that I love. I get asked by my peers in my Entertainment branch how I’m able to balance running all three shows and maintain order for my teams, schedule, and make time for them and all the productions (I haven’t missed a single Entertainment production this fall/winter), and I honestly don’t know how to answer that. I think I’m able to because a part of me wouldn’t be able to function well if I didn’t, if that makes any sense. I’m grateful for all the experience and the work. It means a lot to me when my peers and co-workers take the time to thank me for the work I’m doing and the effort I put into them and it all.

There’s this pressure I’ve always felt, though, and sometimes it’s much lighter or heavier, but I want to put out the best possible products as I possibly can, when I can. I hate to be inconsiderate of others’ time or my own. I really do. I also hate making things that don’t feel right to me. So feeling set back so often by the twists of my personal life and health makes it all weigh a little more. When can taking personal time for myself stop feeling like time wasted?  I wish some things would alleviate so I could only focus on my craft and myself, just at least one thing. Whether it’s my financial situation, or my health or insecurities, or something. I just hope to accomplish what I’ve always set out to do.

Don’t mean to be too dramatic about all this, though. It’s just something, realistically, that I deal with from time to time, or maybe at all times like it’s background noise. Nat sound or whatever we call it.

I’m going to get back to planning for my next shoots and thinking deeply about… Something. I hope you all have a wonderful night, truly.

– Erin K. B.

Story Song with Leandro

The Art of Pre-Production: Scheduling

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

Taking a picture from script to screen is a work of art. Scheduling is in an intricate part of the pre-production process because it’s ensures that the making of the film will run smoothly. Everyone involved in the process  are assigned times and locations in which they have to report to their assigned duties. Every single minute that a member of your crew is working, or is not working comes with a price. The picture creating process is not cheap. You will have a window of time, and limited amount of money to bring a picture to life, and for every minute you don’t plan for you’re burning through your budget.

When creating a production schedule you have to consider all of the factors involved. Everything from the time you have in a location, to the availability of the talent matters to production scheduling.

Talent Availability is a great place to start when you’re creating your schedule. Remember to consider their prep time. Members of your cast may need to go in for hair and make up, or wardrobe – so make sure that they have enough time for that before and during production if needed.

Location availability is a priority because when you’re scheduling the scenes you want to ensure that you get all that you need from a location before you transition to another location. Travel is one of the most hectic and expensive parts of production because of all of the people and equipment involved. So you’ll want to limit the hassle by scheduling properly to prevent the hassle.

Another thing to consider the times of day you want to shoot. If the script emphasizes an amazing sunset then you have to plan for that sunset and know how long it will take for the crew to set up the equipment to get the shot so that you can know when to arrive, how long you will have for the shot, and how much time you will need to wrap the location.If you have multiple set ups per day it would be imperative to know how long it takes to set up and strike a set.

Knowing your roadways is also a good practice. Know the traffic times so that you could possibly provide more travel time between shots. Also traffic could dictate whether you should capture a shot or not so be mindful.

There are more details consider in the scheduling process but these are just a best practices.

Until next time. Another day, another story

-L.