Commentary, Midnight Disasters, and Alec actually does something

 

The first thing I want to talk about is how awesome of a job Isaac is doing with HandMeYourShirt, he’s been doing great things for people in need and we couldn't be happier to support our friend in being an active and supportive member of society (instead of goofing around and making little talking pictures like we do with our time).

Now then, I guess I’ll start by introducing myself, I’m Alec De Gennaro and Im studying Audio Engineering at SAE, and there are a few reasons why I'm the one writing this blog and not the lovely Jon. The first being that I wanted to write one anyway and this was the perfect time, the second is that I’ve just finished editing our first commentary/podcast. We recorded two of these a few weeks ago and we are putting the first one out as a bit of a test to see if we want to make some more in the future, the audio’s rough, we didn’t run through topics before hand and it was done at about 1 in the morning after we sat around procrastinating a shoot that I don't think we actually got around to. I don't know if it’s something people will enjoy or if we are interesting enough to hold your attention for about 25 minutes (edited down from about 40 before I just said screw it and left the rest in), but hey, its a skill I want us to be able to develop as its something I personally have always dreamed of being good at and even being able to do professionally. So if your interested in the production of Bubble Trouble, listening to Craig be extremely tired and stories about not only my genitals being visible during a shoot, but also about me perving on Craig in a bath on a separate occasion (you’ll just have to listen for the context) this may be something you’ll enjoy putting on in the background to have us keep you company for a bit. This type of production will probably mainly be my responsibility as Jon and Tim have their hands full with video editing so its left up to me to edit Tim’s habit of laughing very loudly directly into the mic, so if you have any feedback please let me know and I’d be happy to chat about it and maybe we could share a fruit roll up, like good friends ought to do.

An example of what I now call "Tim Time". Each dot is a volume edit, almost all being Tim's laughter or spikes in volume during speech. Im getting rather good at it.

An example of what I now call "Tim Time". Each dot is a volume edit, almost all being Tim's laughter or spikes in volume during speech. Im getting rather good at it.


The third reason for this blog post is our shoot that Jon mentioned in the last post. We shot the first of three scenes last Saturday and planned to finish it up this Saturday, we called in Michael who has starred in Button as well as some of our previous work to help with the skeleton crew as Tim couldn't join until later. It was honestly one of our better shooting experiences, everyone knew their parts, how we wanted to deliver lines, Craig and I bounced off each other really well, and the energy was really good. This was set to be a really solid Film;Club production and just in time to release during the HandMeYourShirt partnership. But by the next day we discovered that all these good vibes happening in front on the camera weren't quite translating behind it. I haven't been behind the camera for a few shoots so I don't want to go into assigning blame for mistakes but lets just say there were some errors that couldn't be fixed in editing, lack of communication led to shots looking off and eyelines not matching, and there wasn't enough attention paid in some shots leading to accidents like people being seen on camera who aren't meant to be seen. I’m not going into specifics because for one I don't want to blame anyone, and also because I don't care, I just want to focus on the solution and rescheduling to make things right. and I guess that is something I want to bring to this team because sometimes the people around me can get a bit worked up when we shoot late into the night and get focused on who to blame (understandable when we spend so much time shooting while as tired as people get after being awake so late) but I’ve always tried to be able to just get things fixed without assigning blame or trying to make issues bigger than they are. Some may see it as professionalism, but its more along the lines of “I'm bored of listening to you all bitching, and I couldn't care less, I just want to go home and play xbox/sleep”. But hey, whatever gets the job done, also, that quote will almost definitely be the title of my auto biography.

Sorry that this was a long one, there was a lot to cover with the commentary and the shoot but hopefully I’ll get better at these blogs as well. I'm always looking for new ways to entertain people and make them smile, when girls aren’t into your looks, being funny is the only way, hows that working out for me? don't want to talk about it…..

Love you 5eva,
Alec De Gennaro

 

Hand Me Your Shirt, Next Video, and Story Structure

 

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Handmeyourshirt.com. Isaac Wright will be marketing our brand for a few days via social media as well as sporting the very first Film;Club shirt. Handmeyourshirt.com partners with Ten4Them which is a charity that provides supplies for the less advantaged sleeping in the streets on Sydney. Honestly, we don’t care if this actually pulls off as an effective marketing campaign for us, we’re all just keen to support the lads at these two companies.

In other news we also filmed our next short. I’m still unsure whether to title this one, so let me know which one is the best:
‘Midnight’
‘At Midnight’
Or
‘Midnight Murk’

So for those who read our updates you get the inside scoop. The description for the film is:

 “A man wakes his roommate up at midnight in fear that they are being robbed.”

Sound familiar? It’s kind of strange that we’ve ended up with two videos with very similar premises, but trust me, they’re different in content. I wrote this one whereas Tim was behind Bubble Trouble. You should begin to see our different writing styles.

I don’t think that it’s a problem that this has happened. There’s plenty of movies that have exceptionally similar plots, like ‘Olympus has Fallen’ and ‘White House Down’, neither of which I saw but you get my point. You know what’s even crazier? The structure and formula which most movies and stories follow.

Put into words by both Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler in their “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” and “The Writers Journey” respectively. It’s quite interesting to study the general Three Act Structure. Try applying that to any film you can think of and see if it fits. There’s no rule that says you must follow that specific order, but it’s what people have followed for centuries. Kurt Vonnegut is also good at putting all of this into perspective if you’re much more of an audio-visual learner.
 

Knowing how stories are made gives you a better understanding of why you did or didn’t like a movie/story. I’ve left the cinema a few times in the past few years questioning “So what did the hero learn or sacrifice?” and if it’s nothing, I realise that they’re a bad hero because they never sacrifice themselves for anyone. How am I supposed to root for this main character if they never do anything heroic? Which is how I think we end up with shows like ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and antiheroes and the likes, that kind of “bad-good guy” who we know we would hate to have as a friend in real life but man they’re cool.

That’s all I’ve got this time around.

Maybe next time someone else from Film;Club could write some sweet nothings for you all. I like writing these, I sort of get to understand and see what I do actually know about making films. I didn’t plan to talk about story writing but here we are, at the end of the post.

Much love,
Jon Brennan

 

Welcome to Film;Club

It’s been a few years in the making but we’ve finally been able to launch Film;Club. We all see this as a collective group and in a way a brand for us to explore creatively. For now we are just making comedic shorts when we get the time. We know we will expand our content past these funny little vids, whether that be podcasts, serious short films, blog posts and, hey, maybe one day a TV show. Film;Club has given us all something to actually commit to. People ask us what’s next and what we’re up to now and that’s really encouraging but also kind of scary that we have an audience loving or hating what we do now.

This is the beginning of a new era for us. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so neither will the Club of Film. We need the support from our friends and followers to help us spread our content. We live in an age of such rapid movement in trends and a steady flow of content. With the introduction of Vine and the way that Facebook produces and provides short and easy to digest content from other social websites it has made it really hard for us to compete. Thus far our content is what you could call "too long" for the modern scrolling attention span, and you know what? That’s okay! I like the content I’m making and the response we’ve recieved, and I’m excited to get more of my ideas and videos out there.

I don’t want to be the guy who complains about why I don’t get the same amount of views as other videos on the internet, that's a dark path. I’d rather actually enjoy and like what I’m making rather than pumping out videos just to gain a fan base and some views to fuel my existence. One of my goals with Film;Club is for our content to reach outside of our social circles. That it won’t be just our friends and family liking and sharing our posts, but the ordinary man or woman or child of society having a good chuckle at some crappy joke about a dog collar that I wrote.

Something I’m still struggling with as a writer/filmmaker is whether I make content that I like for myself, or if I make stuff for you, the audience. I don’t know if there is a middle ground. Art is subjective, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and we all know what we do and don’t like. Yet there are ways to make our content more general for audiences. I recently wrote a script called “The Meeting” which has taken all of the feedback we received into perspective for us all to have a laugh at it, you’ll see that on your screens at some point in the future. Yeah, the future, let’s talk about that.

If you don’t know me I’m Jon Brennan and I’m currently in my last 6 weeks of a Bachelor of Film. At this point in time it’s pretty crazy for everyone in the Club. Craig and Tim work full time and Alec also studies full time. Have you noticed the word time come up a lot? Yea, it seems to be the main problem we’ve run into. The only opportunities we get to film are on the weekends, and then with church commitments on Sunday’s it only leaves Saturday’s free for us to film, which are often not free. You see where I’m going with this?

For the moment we don’t have a lot of time to film, but I’m glad to announce that we have 16 scripts and multiple ideas which are still collating. So it’s also a matter of ‘when we do have time to film, what should we film?’

So please forgive us for being slow with content. We are people too. But I’ve a lot of free time coming up post-Christmas as after December I’ll be “unemployed” rather than “on holidays”, so I’ve that to look forward to. I see this bridging time between uni and potentially a career as potentially my last chance to actually experiment with a lot of creative things before I get old. So I hope to produce as much content as I can in that time.

That’s the first blog post for Film;Club. If there are things you want us to write about in these posts and updates email us at filmclubmedia@gmail.com or tell us in person (if you know us) and we’ll see what we can do. I like having conversations with people about what we do and I’d like to answer questions or let you guys know what goes on behind the scenes here at Film;Club.

Welcome to the Club.

I've been your host,

Jon Brennan.