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Wrap on Day One

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 19 2014 · 77 views

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


NYCC and Skipping Class

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 07 2014 · 75 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.


It's Coming Together

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Oct 03 2014 · 55 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!



Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Sep 22 2014 · 92 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.


Seducing Scarlett Johansson

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Sep 13 2014 · 145 views

If you've been reading Essays, Not Rants! you'll have realized that I was a huge fan of the movie Chef, in no small part to the food. I love cooking (and eating), so a movie about it was a pleasure.

Having recently coming across the recipe for the Pasta That Seduced Scarlett Johansson, the girlfriend and I decided to make it for dinner.

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Dang. It was good.


Hey TMD, what'd you do this summer?

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Sep 10 2014 · 66 views

Made a video:


Required Readings

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Sep 01 2014 · 113 views

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Just ordered them off of Amazon and they're all for one class: Militaries and Militarization.

Yeah. This'll be fun.



Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Aug 24 2014 · 212 views

Summer was good to me, man.

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TMD, elsewhere.

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Jul 25 2013 · 67 views

Now that we can link to, y'know, the whole Web 2.0 thing that happened years ago.
So. Me. Elsewhere.
Here's my YouTube channel. You can see videos I did for school or even a much older video of my response to getting a mullet.
I'll probably post some of them individually.
Enjoy reading Essays, Not Rants? Here's the main blog (BZP's just a mirror!)
There ya have it. Or me, as the case may be.


Voya Nui sucks, man

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Jul 22 2013 · 125 views

Especially when you're forced into a macabre game against your fellow staff members. Hopefully we won't resort to cannibalism this time.


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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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