Production Proceeds with a (Sort of) Completed Script

The holidays are a time to reflect and rejoice with family and friends; to take stock of the proceeding year and make resolutions for a new one to come.  For Guerrilla Filmmakers in need of establishing shots of Christmas decorations for their low budget feature, they’re also a great time to surreptitiously get some great shots of the surrounding neighborhoods, and so we took it to the streets.

The frames below show images that will be played during the credit sequence and perhaps a few other choice locations.  We can see the main character driving around, perhaps with another person in the vehicle, taking in the spirit of the season.

Behind the Wheel
The main character drives around observing holiday decorations on neighboring houses.
Decorated House Seen from Car
A wonderfully decorated house includes both a lighted train and the Santa below.
Santa in his Sleigh
Santa in his sleigh completed with animated reindeer.

As it is the season of miracles, we’re also pleased to announce that the first draft of the script is now officially completed after 6 weeks of writing, or at least it includes the words “THE END” on the final page.   There will be more tweaks and changes to come, but we’re on schedule and plan to start shooting real scenes as early as next week.

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Preproduction Blends Into Production + A Logo in Search of a Script

In the grand tradition of Friday the 13th, we’ve got a working draft of a logo for the new film project, Master Pieces, and starting our own traditions we’ve officially entered production as of December 13, 2016, but we’ve yet to finish the script.  The situation isn’t as dire as it sounds, however, as the script is now on beta version .9 and is expected to be wrapped up soon with full production continuing after the holidays.

In the meantime, the latest version of the logo and some screen grabs of sample production footage or below.

Master Pieces Sample Shot
Horror films generally play with the audiences expectations of movie making in general. For example, by filming establishing shots with a POV feel.
Master Pieces Sample Shot 2
In these two shots, we explore the primary location using a hand-held camera.
Master Pieces Sample Logo
The first draft of the Master Pieces logo. It is sure to change, but should give you a sense of the direction we are taking.

Master Pieces is a retro-horror film inspired by the classic slasher and haunted-house movies of the 1980’s, think thrills and chills on a low budget.  An official website, supporting information, and the making of series will be coming soon, but please check back here for updates until the official announcement.

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Posthaste Preproduction for “Master Pieces”

The new film, Master Pieces, has officially entered preproduction with a series of test shots designed to experiment with lighting, space, and potential placement of actors.

As this is guerrilla filmmaking, we will be moving fast and furious from here:  Official production is scheduled to start next month, and we don’t even have a final script or cast yet, but that’s all part of the charm for this throwback to the classic 80’s horror films.

Stairway Sample Lighting Set Up
Guerrilla filmmaking requires fast set ups that still establish an appropriate atmosphere. In this un-retouched still, we see how directional lighting and straight framing can be used to create the appropriate mood.

 

Drain Test Shot
Creating a haunted house without spending money on effects will require creative set-ups featuring haywire household items and appliances. What’s more annoying than a drain that won’t stop dripping?

 

Shaving Test Shot
The overall mood will be further established by framing shots with multiple viewing planes. In this sample, we see a figure close to the camera and a master bedroom while we peek into the bathroom.

More updates will be coming soon, or at least they better be or we’ll be falling way behind schedule.  In an ideal world, there will also be a YouTube Series and a full production log, Making Our Master Pieces, both of which will ultimately serve as ideas for a cursed sequel like Scream 3 and Nightmare on Elm Street: New Nightmare.

Of course, we’d be ahead of them by several films if we make the making of with the original picture, but it pays to be efficient, especially in low-budget slasher and haunted house flicks.

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