It has been a while since I updated this site. Here's the long and the short of everything you might have missed. Last fall, I directed a one act play entitled Glass by Saul Zachary. It was very well received by viewing audiences. For the duration of January through March, I was playing the parts of the Boatswain and Lord Adrian in my college's production of The Tempest. I have also recently become the vice-president of the Grinnell Films Club, which is a group of students dedicated to making movies together. Our most recent film, Images, has been accepted to be screened at the college's film festival which is this Saturday. After the festival is over, I'll post the film on my videos page for your viewing pleasure. Additionally, I just finished doing sound design and running the sound board for a student run production of Lord of the Flies. I also designed and built "The Beast" for the show and choreographed the show's stage combat. Because I am, for now, considering the pursuit of a design career, I will be creating a new page featuring some of the sound clips I composed for the show. Everything is awesome!
My good friend Ryan Brooks and I have decided we want to create a horror film. We're thinking that the story might revolve around students exploring an abandoned mental asylum. We shot stuff the other night at UMSL and I took the clips and made a trailer which I will post ASAP. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures below!
DVD is finished. I'll be sending out copies to my family for free. Today I had a script idea. I wrote down the first scene and showed it to a friend. He said that unless I planned to direct, the script was too explicit in its directions. He's right. I need to get used to writing a script without including camera directions for a director if I want to write for others. I have to leave some creative control for the director. Anyway, now that I'm done with the DVD, I'll post my short film to my site. Look for it on my videos page!
The DVD of my film are nearly done. The DVD of the entire FilmFest is done and for sale from Mr. Goble. My individual DVD was done except for a small setback involving the Bloopers section. I am about to try re-burning the DVD now.
Wow. The end of the year is here. It's also the end of senior year. Which means I'm leaving Ladue and its awesome facilities sooner rather than later. My short film was very well received and I'll post it to my videos page after I finish selling DVDs but don't tell the people I sold the DVDs I said that. This year, as stressful as it was at times, has simply flown by. It seems like only yesterday I was comparing script ideas with Alek, Lizzie, Will, Antonio, and Mr. Goble. Now, my film has debuted and soon I'll soon finish up the DVD. Many thanks to my actors: Sam Israel, Hope Williams, Alice Hsu, and Graves Gladney. Many thanks to Alek, Lizzie, Will, and Antonio for their help with technical equipment and advice for improvement. And a HUGE thanks to Mr. Goble, Mrs. Davidson for their faith in me and their continued support of the video program at Ladue. And last, but certainly not least, a large thank you to my mom and dad for their patience and everlasting support of my exploration into this art form. As to my future of video making, I definitely plan to continue. The college I'm attending has an annual film festival which I plan on taking part in. Perhaps this summer I'll post some of my videos to YouTube or Vimeo. In the meantime, keep checking this site for more videos, whether they're official commercials or just creative projects.
Well...the film is due this Friday and I wrapped up reshoots yesterday. I'm confident I can finish my film in time for my school's film festival on April 18th. It's at 7 PM in our school's auditorium. Tickets are $5 each and I encourage anyone to come out and see my film and the four others that my classmates have made. Five films for five dollars is a deal you cannot refuse. We will be honoring the actors that night also. Hope to see you there!
Graves Gladney reacts to the (fake) punch thrown by Sam Israel.
Shooting a fight scene is insanely difficult. Even cutting it down to one punch by Sam's character to knock out Grave's character was hard. Everything has to be in just the right place: the camera, the actors, EVERYTHING! I can only imagine the difficulties in trying to tackle something the size of the police versus Bane's thugs showdown in The Dark Knight Rises. It took a lot of effort to get this scene but I think I finally got it right.
It's late and it's Thanksgiving, but before the Tryptophan overtakes me and knocks me out for the night, there are a few people I have to whom I have to deliver a large thanks. First up, my actors. Sam, Hope, and Alice: thank you so much for putting up with my crazy antics and dealing with distant locations. This film would not be possible without you guys. Secondly, my fellow directors and part time crew: Will, Alek, Lizzie, and Antonio. Thank you guys for putting up with me and dealing with everything from strangers on scooters to ill-timed sprinklers, you guys have dealt with it all. Last, but certainly not least, this student film program could not have been possible without the support from Mr. Goble and Mrs. Davidson. Huge thanks to the two of you for trusting me enough to be a worthy director. Thank you all!
Sam Israel and Hope Williams reveal their characters' emotional pain in a shared close-up.
I need to update this more often. Maybe I should write it down somewhere...oh, wait a minute...I just did! Anyway, filming has been really intense over the past few weeks. My actors are proving to be tremendous. As I finished some editing last night and watched what I had put together, their performance almost brought me to tears. I appreciate all they have contributed to this project and it's hard to believe that soon the shoot will come to an end. December is fast approaching and except for maybe some possible reshoots, they won't get to see our work until it hits the big screen in April. Everything is going so well.
Sam Israel and Hope Williams receive some direction regarding the best way to express intense emotional pain in a medium two shot when the cut-off point is the at the knees. Antoinio Zapian Luna is working the boom pole.
On Monday, we shot the opening scene in my garage. The lighting wasn't the best; I will need to bring a portable light kit with me to the reshoots. It wasn't terrible, however. My actors are fantastic; their skills are equivalent to if not better than many professionals. It's too bad the sprinklers went off in the middle of our shoot, it kind of ruined some of the audio. I also experimented with a shot involving Sam in the rearview mirror of a car and as he drove away, I managed to capture Hope in the same shot. It was wonderful. . .and beautiful. . .and interrupted by a crew member wearing plaid on a scooter. *sigh* Still, using what I had, I put together a rough cut that has been met with positive reviews and made my mom cry. It is a sad scene, so success!
My name is Keith Hoagland and I am a student who enjoys listening to music, reading, writing, making movies, and acting.