So “I’m taking the bus” is finally here on my site, we made a short festival run and garnered two awards (see below) now we can run it here, enjoy!

 

    I just completed a “Commercial Spec Spot” that I Wrote and Directed, which is currently being considered for several film festivals, it has been accepted into two so far, the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival in Austin, Tx, and the The IndieFEST Film Awards in La Jolla, CA. I am very excited to see how many festivals it gets accepted into and how it does at the ones it winds up in.  This project owes its completion to a special bunch of people with whom I have the pleasure of working with. We form the “Film Club” to collective dream up, create, write, produce, and shoot short projects. This is an incubator in which people who may or ay not have live action production experience, but thats the whole point, to give an outlet for those that need it and provide a place for those who wish to try. All of our members do in fact have production experience but much of that is post production and VFX experience. Only a small number have actual on set live action experience outside of the post world, this then provides an outlet for that. It has the capacity to enrich and expand their experience and let them grow as artists. We are self funded, and self motivated. This is our first production, we have recently shot our second production, and are underway for our third production. Unfortunately I cannot as yet publish the finished piece until the festival circuit is done, so if you want to see it along with a bunch of other good work go to the festivals mentioned above, and support this kind of production so we can continue to bring you great media. I can however show you some stills from our production. Credits below the image gallery.

Update – The spot has been accepted into the  Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival as well, so thats three so far! Whoop !

Up-Update – Our little spec spot was entered into and accepted into 5 festivals total, so far we have won awards in two of these festivals,

The IndieFEST Film Awards we won an “Award of Merit” and at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival we won an “Award of Recognition”

we are still waiting to hear about the last festival on Nov. 11

 

Laurels

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I’m Taking the Bus

Writer / Director: Lyn Caudle
Voice Talent: Ray Chase
Voice Talent: Paul Allen
Technician #1: Rod Douglas
Technician #2: Joe Johnston
Assistant Director: Shane Wapskineh
Director of Photography: Jeff Masters
Prop. Master: Alan Chan
Wardrobe: Bill Nusky
Electrician: Nick Shirsty
Assoc Producer Tom Danen
Assoc Producer Gregg Wrenn
On Set Sound: Brandon Tharp
Second Camera: Brandon Tharp
Still Photographer: Kelsey Craig
Craft Services: Amy Grieshaber
Sound Engineer: Frank Pittenger
Music / Final Mix: Frank Salazar

Special Thanks to MPS Studios Dallas
for their generous support.

 

“War of the Worlds” 1953 is one of my all time favorite movies, and the 2005 version is not too shabby either. Many of you who, may or may not follow my flickr photo stream, (if you don’t you should) will know is that one of my projects is photographing toys in an appropriate environment. So for my latest photographic endeavor I decided to build some “War of the Worlds” models and photograph them in and around iconic Dallas locations, another of my favorite subjects.  So what if the Martian war machines rolled through our city……

These models were photographed in situ, at the time of capture, that is to say at the same time as the locations, it is a forced perspective trick that has been in use for many many years. This was a factor that I was unwilling to compromise on. This way the light is correct, thats the single most important thing for work like this.

A fair number of people who have seen these, asked where I got the images of the war machines, suspecting that I found them on the web and just photoshopped them in to existing pictures or built and rendered them in a 3D application, like Maya or Softimage. Nope.

I shot two sometimes three images, one for the Model in place on a stand and then move the model out of the shot and shoot a “clean” BG plate, and occasionally shoot a smaller model or move the model and shoot that as well. Once I had the images I removed whatever was holding the model via photoshop and using the “clean” BG plate to aid in cleanup then add smoke, fire, debris etc. I wanted a considered approach. I wanted to travel around a look through the lens and see the model in the frame, at the location and see if it told a story or had impact, not to mention just basic line up. This was for me a much more fun way to do this. I have made prints of these 18″x24″ and hope to do something interesting with them soon. If your interested in a print let me know. lyn@lynspace.com

Above I said I hoped to do something with these images soon, well soon is now, I have 4 of the 18″x24″ prints in the summer salon show at Kettle Art, in the heart of Deep Ellum for the next few weeks, the rest of the series of larger prints are currently at the Get Reel Goods store on Elm in Deep Ellum. I also have smaller 8″x10″ ish prints available at Makers Connect in East Dallas. So send all your Sci FI Dallas Art loving friends and family to these places and check it all out.

Below are a couple of progressions as an example of how these came together.

in the shop Progression_01 Progression_02 Progression_03

This series has been recently published on the DIY Photography and Faith is Torment websites, thanks tons to those guys and gals for posting this.

 

Fell free to comment and tell me what you think of the series.

 
There is also the Flickr Album if you would prefer to view it there.