Card Play – Short Film

New short film from Insane LLama! Titled ‘Card Play’ and Featuring: Eliot Schultz, Zach Williamson, plus Mike Pinkerton.

Three guys get involved in a high stakes game of cards, with each card flip building the tension even more.

Camera: Sony A7s with an Atomos Shogun

Lens: Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine lens

Sound: Rode NTG-3 to a Tascam DR-40

We had actually shot this film back in early January and were pretty far in post-production before I (Evan) had to turn my attention to my senior thesis films. Well after a grueling month and a half of thesis work I was able to return to Card Play this past weekend. The film had been our first time making anything after a semi-long break and was intended to prepare us for the other big January film we were making: ‘Communication’. We also used the shoot to test out our newest lens we had obtained: the Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine lens.

In that case pretty much the entire film was shot with that lens and it turned out great! I had to get use to the smaller space to work with but the more we shot the easier it was. Give the film a watch and tell us what you think, we love feedback. You can watch it through the Youtube link below or simply on the embedded video also below. Enjoy!

Link To Short Film – Card Play

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Card Play – Short Film

Cloudy + Chippy – Short Film

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Eliot and I made a quick new short film the other night… Well sort of, it’s not very much and I’d say isn’t really up to the standards of what we are capable of now. It’s more of a test of a couple things I wanted to try out.

I wanted to try out a effect or more of a seamless transition between two characters with the camera panning between them. Well it didn’t work as I expected but the good thing is I now know how to do correctly for whenever we want to try it again. Basically what went wrong this time is there was a slightly different look between the two shots I wanted to seamlessly transition between, but the bigger problem is the camera picked up a pretty good amount of noise in the video, making it hard to transition between the two shots.

Next time I got to make sure the shots are identical which can be accomplished with sticking with one camera set up and not the two I did this time. I also got to make sure my camera settings are correct next time to avoid the noise; which I believe I missed in this test because I messed with the brightness and contrast settings on my Atomos Shogun.

If there is noise I could just use a post-production noise remover which I did try out this time and fixed part of the problem. The issue with this fix is it adds many hours to the videos render time, which I couldn’t afford this time since I had other projects in line that needed to be rendered out quickly.

The video was also a test for some LUT’s I wanted to try out through the Shogun. I’ve never utilized LUT’s in the past and through a School project I’m currently working on I got to experience how they can be useful in giving a film a better look or more importantly capturing better S-Log2 footage through my A7s.

There’s all kinds of LUT’s that can be downloaded for free off the internet; colorist or just people in general are always creating some, which most usually give out for free. There’s film emulation, stylized filters, and color space LUT’s out there to use, with all of them being useful for achieving that look a filmmaker wants.

I’ve been looking into the color space ones such as Rec. 709. This color space is known as the current HDTV standard for broadcasting television and many films also utilize this space. This standard is going to be replaced by Rec. 2020 in the upcoming years with UHD televisions coming into the market; but for now Rec. 709 will be used.

I tried a couple S-Log2 to Rec. 709 LUT’s out through my Shogun and a couple gave a good look. I ended up liking and choosing one which I selected to burn straight into the footage instead of applying in post. It didn’t change the footage drastically but mostly just spruced up the colors to my liking.

I will definitely be experimenting with LUT’s and production color settings more in the upcoming future.

Anyway back to the actual short film which is titled “Cloudy + Chippy” for the two characters Eliot plays. Chad the main character has two versions of himself: one the sad cloudy type and the other a more joyful chippy guy.

This is a 5.1 surround sound project since I’ve gotten quite accustomed to working with 6 channels when sound designing/mixing. It’s basically much more entertaining creating pans through different channels and experimenting layering sounds and effects through multiple speakers. I believe most of the work that will be coming out from us now will utilize surround sound; especially since I’m led to believe that Youtube supports 5.1 even with its heavy compression methods.

Well here’s the short film’s link while also being embedded on this post, choose which ever you prefer, but I suggest clicking the link since it will be higher quality. Feedback on how the seamless transition effect can be perfected or just what you think of the short is appreciated. I can also answer any questions about LUT’s or using them through the Atomos Shogun.

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Cloudy + Chippy

Cloudy + Chippy – Short Film

The Photoshoot – Short Film

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It’s been awhile but Insane LLama actually has a new short film! ‘The Photoshoot’.

Post took much longer on this than expected with some complicated errors popping up; but it finally worked and it’s here for everyone to see.

Mike goes to Eliot for some acting head shots and the experience isn’t what he was expecting.

Featuring: Eliot Schultz and Mike Pinkerton.

Feedback is appreciated, especially since we haven’t been at this for awhile. Consider subscribing to the Insane LLama Youtube channels for future videos or maybe follow this blog so you will be updated when new videos or whatever else we have come up. As always, enjoy!

Link To Video – The Photoshoot

The Photoshoot – Short Film

The Big Shorts Movie Posters!

I’ve been busy this past week making movie posters for all of Insane LLama’s big short films. These are the planned scripted short films we make that take months of preparation with pre-production, etc.

Starting with ‘Black Dream’ earlier this year I started to make movie posters for our short films, especially since I found out our own Mike Pinkerton has printing rights to our schools industrial printer. There’s something cool about seeing a movie poster for your own film hanging on your wall. It inspires you to make the next one even bigger and better.

Anyway, here’s all 8 of the posters in order from when the short was released. Enjoy!

The Signal Poster

A Dealer's Iniquity Poster

Junkie Poster

The Actor's Cut Poster

Deal With The Devil Poster

Nobody But Me Poster

Black Dream Official Poster

Savage Poster Final

The Big Shorts Movie Posters!

Throwback Thursday – Takedown

Throwback Thursday Official

Wow… Yes you see that right, it’s actually a new ‘Throwback Thursday’ post. I (Evan) became extremely busy these past few months with school to the production of our latest big short film ‘Savage’ which kept me from doing our weekly post like throwback.

Well here we are in August, there’s no films to be shot, no classes to focus on, no clients with videos to be made. So it’s ample time to post a new Throwback Thursday!

When we left off in April with the last throwback we were looking back at 2007 when Insane LLama really took making movies more seriously. To be more precise we looked back at the two short films that basically started us with the Facility duo. Continuing after that we started to make short films on a more regular basis, especially once school got out in the summer of 2007 and we had way to much time on our hands. There were a couple other short films made during this time, but they were nothing special so I guess I’ll save those for another throwback post once we scrape everything out of the barrel on our history.

In this post we go to late summer 2007 when a Hollywood film starring Matt Damon came out. This movie of course is the kickass action flick ‘Bourne Ultimatum’, the last release of the Bourne trilogy before the whole Jeremy Renner ‘Legacy’ and now return of Damon in the unoriginal named ‘Jason Bourne’.

The Bourne series was a favorite of all my brothers, father and myself; with us seeing the first two installments in theaters when released. The third segment was no different with all of us pretty eager to see how everything ended in the series. We went and saw the film the weekend it came out. The movie easily met our expectations and you can say may even exceeded them. Young Eliot and I were easily inspired by the feel of the movie, from the shaky camera to the blue color correction (Both later incorporated into our own movies). Though there was one aspect that inspired us the most: the fight scenes. The hand to hand combat in the movie was just completely badass and invigorating. It was like nothing we had seen from Hollywood action films before, the intensity, the brutal feel, and the sound design.

We were definitely inspired… Which brings us to.

Takedown 1

Takedown. The very next day after seeing the third Bourne, Eliot, my older brother Ethan, and I decided to do our best to emulate the style of the movie. We were basically going to make a fight scene.

What ensued was our most ambitious film yet with hand to hand combat between Eliot and myself. We also tried some stunts which included one where I throw Eliot across a table knocking down some cleverly placed empty bottles and containers.

Takedown 3

We tried our best to make the fight as realistic as it could be, which watching now may seem a little off with punches seeming weak and not hitting their target. Us being young didn’t know the tricks we know now to make everything seem better. Which includes speeding up footage and the most use tricked in fights which is to cut away a few frames between the punch being thrown and hitting its target.

During the end sequence in the bathroom we decided to go all out, which during the melee I hit Eliot’s head on the toilet hard by accident. He played it off and continued, with Eliot’s character eventually being defeated by me. I kill him off by slamming a door against his head multiply times. This part made our close friend Zach Schnieder laugh his off literally every time he viewed it, even to this present day.

Takedown 2

For how young we were and inexperienced the short came out pretty damn good. The film did pretty successful on our Youtube channel when it was released. It became one of our most viewed shorts and gained us quite a few subscribers by our standards.

Like many of our early films it was taken off the main Insane LLama channel when we purged all of the shorts that had aged and contained younger us.

Don’t worry though it has been re-uploaded on Insane LLama Young, Old and Shitty for everyone to view its glory. Watch it and be entertained by some kids kicking the shit out of each other. Here’s the link with it also being embed here. Enjoy!

Link To Video – Takedown

Well I hope you enjoyed this look back at Takedown and early Insane LLama history. I’ll hopefully be back next week with another throwback. I also hope to do a better job giving insight into the short, this week I’m strapped for time and need to pack for a trip to Minnesota since we’re leaving very soon.

Thanks and continue doing what you do!

Throwback Thursday – Takedown

The Actors of Insane LLama

Actors of LLama

Insane LLama has had a lot of people come and act for us over the years, from our friends in the early years, to the trained professionals in recent years. A lot of these people we have come to consider regulars for us because they are ready to act for us in a moments notice.

We don’t really have exact terms to be considered one of our regulars; but for a loose definition we’ll just say that they had to be in 4-5+ short films and also been in a short film we made just for fun on the spot. Most of the professional actors we have worked with in recent years worked in our planned bigger short films which most of the time have a script written in advanced.

These latest years saw only two people really become a regular with us; which include the talented Zach Williamson and Mike Pinkerton. That doesn’t mean we won’t be getting any new folks to come along, we have our eyes on some actors we want to work on a regular basis and are always looking to expand our ranks of people we can rely on.

So far since 2006 there have been 21 dudes (We really need to find some of those ladies) which we have considered a regular here with us at Insane LLama. Last night I got bored and actually made posters/covers for all 21 of these true friends.

Here are all 21 of them for everyone to look at and closely scrutinize their faces. In alphabetical order of their first names. Enjoy!

Aidan Evans

Andrew Milz

Andy O'Brien

Blake Kiefner

Brad Delfeld

Connor Hague

Eliot Schultz

Erik Schultz

Ethan Schultz

Evan Schultz

Jawon Taylor

Jay Halvorsen

Mike Filkins

Mike Gjelsten

Mike Pinkerton

Remy Coup

Spencer Morris

Tim Carlson

Will Carlson

Zach Schneider

Zach Williamson

The Actors of Insane LLama

Latest Behind The Scenes Round-Up – July 2016

Behind The Scenes

Insane LLama has been busy working on our short film ‘Savage’ these past few months. We have here our latest batch of behind the scenes photos and videos.

In case you’re not following the official Insane LLama Instagram, here’s a link so you can press that follow button and be up to date on all of our latest news.

Link To Instagram – Da LLama Gram

Here’s the latest round-up. Enjoy!

 

Big Thanks to our own Mike Pinkerton for taking most of these photos. We hope you enjoyed this latest batch of behind the scenes photos/videos. We’re hoping for future projects to have more in depth and expanded behind the scenes coverage so everyone can get a true grasp of our productions and the amount of work we put to make these stories come to life. Thanks and see you next time!

Latest Behind The Scenes Round-Up – July 2016