Making Movies

Some of my most recent work

A quick visual update to what I have been doing.

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Wolwedans Behind the Scenes

The film is in post production and my editor, Quinn Lubbe, is as excited about the pictures as I am. Last week I watched the rough cut of the first 45min minutes (which still stands at 80 minutes in the rough cut). Werner has posted our first 4 behind the scenes videos onto our Youtube channel. Werner edited two and our resident German Herbie, who also made two videos.

The pictures are coming together and I am happily not loosing my mind!

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The Pictures We Take Don’t Resolve, They Only Reflect

James Stent looks at Film Noir, German Expressionism, and how Wolwedans in die Skemer has taken inspiration from these movements.

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Wolwedans Location Recce

This week James has joined me on our location/technical recce to Hazyview where we hope to shoot most, if not all, of the film. We where told that there is a heat wave on it’s way but so far so good! We spent the day yesterday at Casa do Sol, the hotel where the story actually takes place. Although James wrote this post yesterday there isn’t much of the internet here in Hazyview, apparently someone is still posting the web here and it hasn’t arrived! ;)

Read well, and do Write back!

From me ~ Cheers.

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Wolwedans in die Skemer

Welcome back. Its been too long and so much has happened! I’m actually directing a film! BOOM! Its a noir-thriller but my D.O.P. Tom came to me with a suggestion of genre: Boere-Noir. Brilliant!

Considering I launched Read/Write to become a place of reference and hopefully some insight I am really excited at documenting this process of making a full length feature for cinema. I am four weeks away from shooting and many of the elements are now in place. I have all my lead cast; we will chat more about this in a later post, crew for shooting and post and most of my locations. We are shooting on the Sony F3 (hopefully at 4.4.4) for 5 weeks.

The team is very passionate and my actors are all incredible. This is truly going to be a crazy/magnificent journey.

To help me document this journey I have a genius with me. I have known James for many a year and couldn’t be more chuffed when he agreed to come up from Cape Town to be my research assistant on this picture. I have no doubt he will entertain and inform ya’ll as we go along. You will quickly see that here is a writer in the making…. so, without further ado:

An introduction: I am James Stent, boy wonder and Jozua Malherbe’s research assistant on the shoot of Wolwedans in die Skemer, the Boere-Noir feature film that he is directing. My brief is simple; I do whatever Jozua tells me to do. In this case, he has tasked me with writing the first blog posts about the Wolwedans in die Skemer process.

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I will be following up this post with some more Hitchcock later on so consider this a tease. Here are two great videos talking about techniques and themes that make up a film with a 99% rating in rotten tomatoes… OMG..99% just saying.

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Dreamers Draft 3. And now?!

Writing is hard. Like you dont know that already. While I just got some amazing feedback on our third draft of Dreamers I dread having to write the next draft, I would almost rather jog. Not quite.

PLUS read 5 pages of our script!

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Before Memories Fade

Image from Tim Young

Last year was full as per usual and I may have seen a trillion different pieces of media. This post a collection of the good stuff. Neatly packaged for you thanks to Youtube, Grooveshark and Amazon. We are steadily getting our filing systems in order amongst the chaos that is the internet

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Save the Cat

The last book on screenwriting you will ever need.” And thats whats on the cover!

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Superhelde Movie

This post is about Superhelde, a film that I had the pleasure of working on. I wrote a little blurb about it while shooting but thought it is worth a lot more when yesterday I went through my Flikr collections and found on-set pictures amongst them. A brilliantly funny film in the vein of Mallrats, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Bakgat.

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