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Eleven Years

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Dec 26 2014 · 56 views

It's been eleven years since I joined BZP.

Woah.

That's over a decade.

I was in Peru, the day after Christmas — or was it late Christmas night? — looking for stuff on 2004 sets when I decided to go back to BZP and register. Actually, I registered Christmas night but decided I wanted a more contemporary username so, um, I registered again (this time not capitalizing what came after the Ta-, oops) on the 26th and now here I am.

Did a lot those first couple years. Made Metru-Nui Adventures (which you can see here if you're so inclined), first three episodes were posted when I was in the Dominican Republic, Brickshelf tells me fourth and fifth were from Antigua, and by the time the sixth went up I was in Trinidad. How's that for a multinational production, haha.
There was a comedy too, Good Makuta, Bad Toa that's forever lost. And who knows what else.

Eleven years. Craaaaaazy.


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Semester's End

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Dec 22 2014 · 68 views

Done with the Fall of my Junior year! Yes, this is late, but that's because I've been busy with people who are leaving for winter break (though why they'd wanna leave the city is beyond me). In any case, this means time to relax and work and make money.

Celebratory fistbump with celebratory-purchase-Iron-Man-in-Space-Armor!

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(Celebratory mixing-alcohol-with-video-games comes after I clean my room)


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Excuse Me Skull Spider I Have A Final Paper To Write

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Dec 15 2014 · 149 views

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Now kindly unclaw yourself from my cork and let me at my Inspiration Juice*.

Filed under: Creative Uses for Skull Spiders

*TMD's Creatively Named Blog does not support the unwarranted use of Inspiration Juice for paper-writing as it is a delicate practice and takes a great deal of skill to arrive at the optimum level of Inspiration.


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Belated Halloween Picture

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Nov 06 2014 · 99 views

We basically went as ourselves.


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CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 28 2014 · 168 views

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE!

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE!

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE!

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE!

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE!

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE!

I DO NOT HAVE A GIF FOR HOW EXCITED THIS MAKES ME



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Funded!

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 27 2014 · 98 views

Ghosts That We Knew is officially funded! As in all production costs are covered!

I owe this to a couple of you for helping with the movie; expect to get a link to see it when it's done sometime in December.

Still want a chance to get in on this? Any additional funds will enable me to go bigger with post-work for a more polished finished product. There's one more day for it!

Again, thank you all.



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Wrap on Day One

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 19 2014 · 96 views

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Help feed me and my crew (and get updates along the way)! Every dollar helps!


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NYCC and Skipping Class

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 07 2014 · 89 views

I'm skipping class on Thursday.

...to go to New York Comic-Con, particularly the LEGO panel.

I'm fairly excited, especially given that I didn't go last year (and wasn't this year until Good Stuff Happened), so, yay! Also there are a couple other interesting panels happening that day I wanna go to, so score.

Of course, I'm missing out on Narrative Investigations and Militaries and Militarization, two classes that are absolutely fascinating. But hey, as a friend of mine told me; make New York work for you.

So I am.


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It's Coming Together

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 03 2014 · 70 views

So last week I got a location (friend of mine's apartment) and we're gonna shoot there. So that's settled and that's awesome because now I have a place to make my movie. Great.

Most of my preproduction paperwork is squared away, so that means I just have to wait for approval from NYU so I can shoot on the 18th/19th (holy frappe that's in two weeks). I also got to fill out my pick sheet - I'm renting a DOLLY. This is exciting.

Crew is also coming together. I've got a meeting with the art department (yes I have an art department!) tomorrow morning to hash out costumes and some set dressing stuff down. So that's gonna be exciting.
My crew's twelve deep now, and we've doubled up on some jobs: Director (me), Producer, Director of Photography, AD/Gaffer, Grip, AC/Production Designer, Art Direction/Script Supervisor, Art Direction/Make up, Sound Mixer, Boom Op, and two Production Assistants.

Funny thing is, back in the army I was a Corporal and, technically, be in charge of a squad of twelve, how's that.

But then I've got my cast too (and that's coming together) which means I'll have a solid 18 people involved in this production, with a total of 12 on set at a time.

And I've gotta feed them. The budget I'm given may not be enough for food along with vehicle rental, additional equipment procurement (C47's black out sheets, etc), and art and costume stuff. So I'm thinking of starting a Kickstarter to raise a couple hundred more to keep my crew fed and happy.

But woohoo, it's coming together! Yaaaay!



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Pre-Production

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Sep 22 2014 · 101 views

Is so much work, man. Got forms on forms on forms to fill out, crew members to assemble, roles to cast, and locations to find.

D'you have any idea how friggin' difficult it is to find an apartment to shoot in in New York (when you don't have one)? The apartment itself isn't so much the issue as is the "hey friend, I need to film a movie, can I take over your home for a weekend wherein I redecorate it, bring in 12-15 cast and crew people, and I shoot for 12 hours a day?" Surprisingly, it's a hard sell, even if I offer to cook and clean afterwards.

Harder still is getting much pre-production work done. My Director of Photography needs to know the layout so she can perfect the shot list, my Gaffer needs to know it so he can make a lighting plan (all of which I need to submit asap to be approved to shoot), and we need to know what the bathroom layout is so we can put together our plan for that (also very necessary to be approved). So there's that.

And I'm holding out on my next draft of the script (5th!) until I've got a location so I can adjust accordingly.

My producer did book us a space for auditions, so that's taken care of, but that means we have to comb through the 300-odd submissions I've gotten for my six roles. And we just know that'll be fun.


tl;dr, TMD is making a movie for class and has a lot of logistics to do. He's come a long way from Metru-Nui Adventures.







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josh

twenty-three


grew up on a ship


studies Storytelling

at New York University


frequently found writing in a coffee shop, behind a camera, or mixing alcohol and video games

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