Posts tagged ‘montage’

August 10, 2010

Deleted Scene: Tad’s Party Montage

With the DVD release (unofficially) only weeks away, I should be coming up with more deleted scenes to show here. To help move things along (and to get Emma back to her house a bit quicker), we recently revamped this sequence from Tad’s party midway through the movie. But even with the montage sequence in place of a few scenes, the party felt like it was running a bit too long, so we decided to cut this sequence out entirely. I think it was a good move, with the only downside that the song — “Mona Lee” by The Sweet Serenades — gets dropped entirely from the movie. However, the good news is I’m leaving it on the soundtrack since it’s so freaking awesome.

August 2, 2010

Random Scene: “Emma Leaves Home (Again)”

Here is a rough cut of the Big Emotional Climax from the movie. Luke (Ryan Stone) and Danielle (Tara Everhart) continue their argument about Emma (Vanessa Long), and Emma decides it’s not realistic to try and stick around any longer. The song is “Everybody Here is a Cloud” by Cloud Cult. We have a few edits to make (example: weird black flashes, huh?) but it’s mostly finished.

Enjoy!

June 13, 2010

Random Scene: “Emma Cleans House”

Here’s a scene from about the halfway point in the movie, when Emma (Vanessa Long) finally gets to be alone in the house she grew up in, after being away for the prior 10 years. I really like the tone of the scene, and it’s a nice quiet moment before we get into the Poker Party scene. We shot most of the scene during the last day of the non-stop 6 days of principle photography, after most of the other actors had headed back to LA. The song used in the clip was “Bones for Dr. Swah” by the band Wooden Wand, but we couldn’t get permission, so I asked Nate Ballard (who plays Emma’s sort-of love interest Tad) to let me use one of his songs. When I can, I’ll upload the final version of the scene.

June 4, 2010

Random Scene: “Street Fair”

Since my Mac crashed I’ve had very limited access to the most up-to-date I’m On Fire files. So, while I wait to get it replaced/repaired, I’m going to post random scenes from the older version I submitted to Sundance and upload them here.

The Street Fair scene is early on in the movie, taking place immediately after Emma has an awkward reunion with her cousin Luke and his fiance Danielle. She bumps into Tad at the street fair in Palm Springs, and they have a nice walk and talk, which is a lot less uncomfortable than the prior scene. My original intention was to bookmark the movie with a pair of long, uncut dialogue scenes; this one with Tad and Emma and a driving scene with Luke and Danielle at the end. Also, throughout the movie, I wanted to avoid as many “movie moments” as I could — no voice overs, no sound track, no score, no montage scenes, and so forth. Unfortunately, we learned pretty quickly that trying to shoot an uninterrupted 7-minute guerrilla-style walk-and-talk scene with 5,000 people all wondering what the hell you’re up to is pretty much impossible, and because our audio guy didn’t show up, I knew trying to make this scene work the way I’d intended wasn’t going to happen, so we improvised and came up with this. I think it turned out well, given the circumstances. I’m most impressed by Nate and Vanessa’s work — they did nearly all their conversation unsupervised, as I was trying to keep Zampas from getting busted by the cops. The initial conversation between Tad and Emma is taken from one 8 minute clip with no additional coverage or direction. Also, the song used is “Josh Likes Me” by the band Mom; it was later replaced by “Boredom” by PATH.