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

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The Photoshoot – Short Film

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Ambient Inflection – Cycles

Ambient Inflection - Cycles

Here’s Ambient Inflection’s latest release: ‘Cycles’.

This batch of music and visuals has been in progress since March of this year, been fun to experiment with some new styles with this release. Making these ambient videos teaches me a lot of new effects and techniques in my editing style which I then put towards Insane LLama’s narrative work.

Please know that this is electronic music; but there are also a few songs I did actually play guitar for.

So put your headphones on, maybe light up something, and enjoy the show!

Link To Video – Ambient Inflection – Cycles

Ambient Inflection – Cycles

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

Throwback Thursday – Facility Duo

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is back after a small hiatus! This time we go back to spring 2007 to look at a series called Facility. The shorts that started an era for us!

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April 2007 saw Insane LLama create the short ‘The Alamo’, showcased in our previous throwback. The Alamo started what we consider modern Insane LLama and jump started our thirst to create short films. Nearly a week after The Alamo was released we all got together to film a new short; which ended up being ‘The Facility’.

The Facility is about an agent played by Spencer Morris who is tasked with infiltrating a secret cloning facility. Spencer successfully gets into the facility but once in is attacked by the clones played by Eliot and Evan. A massive shootout ensues with Spencer taking out many clones, but when one goes down, brand new clones come out to attack. After some battles Spencer tries to escape but is knocked out and taken hostage. The end scene sees Spencer confronted by the two original clones where they tell him their plan and that there will be a bomb going off, blowing up the facility and killing Spencer. After unmasking Spencer, Eliot and Evan leave, which then Spencer reveals he kept scissors in his pocket that he uses to get loose. Facility ends with an intense decision by Spencer to decide which wire to cut to stop the bomb.

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This short was mainly made because I (Evan) had gotten some stock muzzle flash effects. The effects for the short were the first special effects we had ever done; which you can tell now by how shitty they are. I had no clue how to use Adobe After Effects and after browsing Videocopilot’s website for a long time I finally figured out how to do the effects.

Once completed we all thought the short was pretty fricken badass. Here’s the short for everyone to enjoy!

Link to Video – The Facility

We had enjoyed making The Facility so much that literally about two days later the sequel Facility 2 was made.

Facility 2 starts off right where the first one ended with Spencer cutting the wires to the bomb. Spencer regains his composure and finds a pistol in a closet, which he uses to break the lock to the room. The movie cuts to the main clones Eliot and Evan outside where they wonder why the bomb didn’t go off. In response they send in two clones to check out what is going on. A shootout erupts with clone Eliot getting  shot and killed by Spencer. Soon a fist fight breaks out between Evan and Spencer, with Spencer eventually winning and shooting Evan in the head.

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Spencer makes his escape out of the facility where two more clones attack him. Spencer does a pretty cool slow motion jump off our patio, which upon landing a clone throws a grenade that explodes. Spencer easily avoids the explosion and escapes into the nearby forest, while the clones retreat to alert the generals or lead clones. Facility 2 famously ends with a cliffhanger where Spencer hears a twig snap and turns around to see what it is.

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Facility 2 basically followed the same plot and structure as the first one. The biggest and most ambitious aspect of the second Facility was the grenade explosion effect. At the time we thought it was pretty dang cool with even friend and follow LLama Brad Delfeld saying that the grenade won him over. Like most early stuff when you look back at them now it’s obvious that the effect was badly done.

Here’s the video.

Link To Video – Facility 2

With Facility 2 ending in a cliffhanger we planned to make a third and final installment of the trilogy. The third one was in planning a pretty ambitious project for us with a massive battle at a big dirt hill in our local park planned. For unknown reasons the final chapter was never made, which is very unfortunate.

The Facility series is some of our earliest planned work where we learned a lot in the process. The series also started a period where we did many guns and shootout videos since what kids wouldn’t want to create action gun flicks.

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Here’s to the Facility series! Well that’s our throwback to some of our classics. We hope you enjoyed reading a little about our past. Be on the lookout for future Throwback Thursdays; we’re starting to get into the good stuff of our past. Thank you and see you next time!

 

Throwback Thursday – Facility Duo

10 Years of LLama – Brad Delfeld

Brad 10 Years

Brad Delfeld or Snow Jenson from a past life, a man of great mystery, a man who is different than any actor to grace the Insane LLama screen; he is simply dangerous. Welcome to our second iteration of 10 Years of LLama; a series of post where we will celebrate the people who have come and gone from our short films over the past 10 years.

Brad Delfeld came into the lives of Eliot and mine early on in our years in the Chicago area. Brad was the local neighborhood bum, yes he was homeless, but he survived on his street smarts; which carried into all the various jobs he took on over the years. There were many jobs we saw Brad do: Police officer, Robot, Botanist, teacher, etc. He later died in a Panama prison in the year 1968 after being caught smuggling caffeine pills up his butt.

Let’s Start.

BRAD DEFELD

YEARS ACTIVE: 2006-2008 / 2011 / 2013-2015

FAMOUS ROLES: Frosting Beard / Baseball Vs. Quidditch / Banzai / The Room / Red Ball

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For real though, we found Brad at a local zoo and we brought him back to our house to act. He can be seen as a supporting actor in various shorts across 2007, but his first big role came in from a short called ‘Court Case’. As 2008 came, Brad appeared in multiple shorts as a major character. Some of these include: ‘The Room’, ‘Red Ball’ and ‘The Ghost’. It became apparent that Brad was more of a comedic actor, so we only used him for comedies.

Brad would get seriously injured in a stunt in the beginning of 2009, he was hit and ran over by a truck multiple times over the course of 24 minutes. Brad would be determined and recovered from the multiple injuries in a matter of 3 years. 2013 would be a big year for Brad with award winning roles in two of Insane LLama’s biggest and most ambitious projects to date: ‘Eye Burglaries’ and ‘Baseball Vs. Quidditch’. Brad would later use his earnings from these two movies on escorts and way too much PCP. In fact during the filming of Baseball Vs. Quidditch he would he huffing glue to get into character.

The low point for Brad would come in early 2015 when he was obviously high on something during the filming of ’40 oz of Freedom’. Many onset scrabbles would erupt during interaction with Brad. Spencer Morris punched Brad in the shin after Brad would not shut the fuck up during one take. The biggest incident would come during the scene between Blake and Brad, which during a knife was pulled out and used.

Blake would later be quoted – “Brad is just a mess right now”.

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40 oz of Freedom was the last time anyone ever saw Brad Delfeld; some say he lives in the south with his cat Charlie, drinking and throwing chew in all day. But we will all remember Brad as the hobo who came to act for us.

Oh. Yeah… Brad answered some questions. Enjoy!

BRAD DELFELD LLAMA PROFILE

1) Who are you and what do you do?

Brad “Snow ‘B-Sneaky’ Jenson” Delfeld. I look at plants in an effort to get my           Masters degree.

2) How did you get involved in Insane Llama Productions?

Meeting Ethan in the second grade and being an honorary Schultz Boy.

3) What is your most memorable on-set moment with Insane Llama?

All of them! Or haveing flour caked onto my face for Action Man II

4) Favorite Insane Llama short film?

Frosting Beard!!!

5) Favorite Llama actor to work with?

If I had to call one out I’d say Eliot or Spencer.

6) Did you learn anything when working with Insane Llama?

I’m pretty bad at being serious and not laughing when a camera is on.

7) Do you still keep up and follow Insane Llama?

I try to but not as much as I should.

8) How do you feel about Insane Llama turning 10 years old?

It’s a good age. Almost old enough to vote or do meth legally, I think. Right? Or did   they change the age of meth again. Gahdamn Fascist in Washington.

9) Where do you see Insane Llama in another 10 years?

Depends on where the big whigs of IL Pro (possible nickname? IL- Illinois       abbreviation and sick, nasty synonym. We’ll talk.) want it. Sundance or YouTube;        either seem plausible.

10) Share anything you want to tell the Insane Llama Audience?

The sour grapes of our past videos are turning to wine and sooner or later everyone   is going to want a sip. Don’t be a fair weather fan and climb aboard the fan base   now, plenty of room. “Everybody floats down here!” -IT

Bonus) Did you think Frosting Beard truly needed a remake?

That’s a dumb question. Does today need a yesterday? Prolly! But yes, that movie is   incredible.

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I end the post with a video of Brad doing stuff! See you next time.

10 Years of LLama – Brad Delfeld