The Latest Projects

It has been a little while since the last update. I had a few fun projects with Late Night at the Plaza recently. One was for a Bond themed episode and one was for a throwback episode. It was a lot of fun working with Sally and Logan again for the Bond video and we got to work with a few new people for Hungry Hungry Hippos. I look forward to working with everyone again!

Back to the Future Day

Every filmmaker has a few movies from their childhood that made something click. Movies that pulled them into a world and really want to be those characters. Movies that made them say I want to make something like that someday. Something that makes people feel the way I did.
 

Back to the Future is 3 of those movies. To me, it's possibly the best trilogy ever. Each movie had its own charm but some things that always stayed the same: The chemistry between Doc and Marty was amazing, the action was intense, and the music was epic! To Robert Zemeckis and all the cast and crew, thank you for inspiring me and the world.

This is a very special day. Happy Back To The Future Day!

-Chris

Women in Horror

Mirror Mirror

Through characters played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' or Scarlett Johansson in the 'Avengers', Joss Whedon is helping open the gates for strong independent female characters.

In a similar vein (though in no way are we trying to compare Joss's amazing writing skills to ourselves), we're approaching serial killers in films a little differently. Our killer is a woman, and she kicks some ass.

We want to flip the conventional male serial killer's victim pattern. Does she choose her victims? Yes, and very carefully, but she won't pick you because you're blonde with blue eyes, or because you remind her of her serious mother issues. She'll pick you because, well, you probably annoy the piss out of her and the general public.

The point is, she's really good at what she does and we're proud of that.

The horror genre is definitely seeing some amazing leadership from women in recent history. Jessica Cameron, the Soska Twins, who are all Canadian too, are very inspiring. Not only are they at the helm of some great projects, but they are putting some very strong females in front of the camera as well.

We were fortunate enough to meet Jessica Cameron and hear her passion for the film industry and her incredible drive to push boundaries. I really admire Jessica's commitment. I hope to be there someday.

Here is Jessica's response during an interview with Dread Central. She was asked about the challenges she faces as a woman filmmaker.

JC: I think it would be a shorter list to name the things that are NOT a challenge. Honestly, it’s tough. Every room I walk into, I have to prove that I deserve to be there as much as the male counterparts. So many still in our genre don’t want to take women seriously. I have even had other directors and producers assume that I could not possibly be a real horror fan, to the point that they have quizzed me! (Yes, I pass every time, silly boys.)

You can find the full interview at Dread Central. Click here.

We still have a ways to go, but things are definitely looking better than before. Especially with some amazing and passionate people leading the way.

-Chris

 

Me and Jessica Cameron

Me and Jessica Cameron

The Little Things

The Little Things Poster

We've stepped up our game to make something with a little more meat! In conjunction with Late Night at the Plaza, we are in the works of making a horror/comedy short film about the day in the life of a serial killer. We follow Sam as she does what she does best and even get a little insight as to why and how.

We met our lead actress Sally Cacic through Late Night at the Plaza and had a great shoot this past weekend with her and some other amazingly talented people: Katie Sullivan, Laura Allen, and Kyle Lovstrom. We look forward to gathering more of our cast and crew and pushing forward to get this out to the world! Stay tuned!

SALLY CACIC

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Sally Ruth Cacic (born 03 December 1985) is an Australian actress of mixed Croatian and Irish descent, whose family emigrated to Australia from Yugoslavia during the 1970's. Cacic is best known for her roles as "Casey" in the 2014 Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) film candidate "Crossroads," Sarah in independent horror film "Dead End," premiered during the 2014 Calgary Horror Convention, Mary in "Within" (pre-production) and Sarah in "Blot" (pre-production).

Born in Western Australia, Cacic and her family lived in small rural Australia before relocating to Perth, Western Australia, with her parents and two younger siblings when she was twelve. Great niece of world renowned Australian bass-baritone opera singer Bruce Martin, Australian singer and actress Patricia Pritchard-Bona and Australian music composer and pianist Kim Martin, Cacic was exposed to performing arts and music from a very young age. Her first exposure to film acting was in 1988 at just three years of age, when she was chosen to appear in a furniture store commercial aired on state-wide TV. Following training in classical ballet and jazz piano during her childhood years, she later appeared in the Perth stage production of "A Chorus Line" as a chorus dancer, when the show toured Australia in 2002.

Cacic relocated to Canada in early 2011. Here she attended West-Canada based acting school "Company of Rogues," where she was trained in the teachings and interpretations of Constantine Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagan, under the direction and mentor-ship of School Director and American-born actor Joe Norman-Shaw. Cacic also underwent vocal training in accent coaching with award winning dialect coach and actor David LeReaney. While still completing her training at "Company of Rogues," she won the role in "Crossroads" and "Dead End."

Cacic has also appeared on Calgary-local show "Late Night at the Plaza," in 2014 and 2015. She appeared as the first guest of the show during their pilot episode in 2014 and was interviewed by host Logan Cameron and co-host Kyle Lovstrom on the iTunes release of alternative rock song "How It Feels To Be Running Out Of Time," a collaboration she performed with band "AF Satori." Cacic guest starred again in 2015, this time performing as an actress during the live show on episode 2 of the second season, and is set to star in upcoming films "Within" and "Blot," due to be released at the end of 2015. Cacic resides in Canada and is an active member of the Calgary film community.

Go to Sally's IBDb page here.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6522322/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

 

Element 3D V2

Element 3D V1 completely changed my game: it allowed me to go to a new level and create worlds and animations that would have taken me hours upon hours to learn in another program. Best of all, I could do it in the After Effects environment I was so familiar with.

Element 3D Version 2, I'm happy to say, is a huge leap forward... again! With the much-anticipated release, we now have another game-changer courtesy of the Video Copilot team!

Some of the new features:

  • Shadows and Improved Ambient Occlusion
  • Dynamic Reflection Maps
  • 3D Noise and Deform tools: Bend, Twist and Taper
  • Aux Animations for controlling animation inside of AE
  • Per-Material Transfer Modes
  • Per-Material Wireframe
  • Sub Surface Scattering Materials
  • New Bevel tool for beveling edges
  • Brand new Interface with dozens of improvements
  • Physical Shader System (One of my favorites)
  • Auto Texture Loading (Oh Yeah!)
  • And many more!

 

 

Below is an example of how some of the new features help create our entry for the Doritos Crash The Superbowl Contest.

 

Auto Texture Loading

I like to purchase models from sites like Daz 3D. Texturing objects used to be a very painful process. I love the new feature! Just make sure you have your OBJ, MTL, and the mapped textures in the same folder, and Element will do the rest. Beautiful!

 

This is such an amazing update, I can't wait to see what they do next!

Go to Video Copilot to get Element 3D V2. You won't regret it.

-Chris