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.

Consider subscribing to our Youtube pages or a quick follow of this blog, we’ll try to make it worth the click. Enjoy and until next time!

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

New Equipment! DJI Phantom 3 Test Video – Drone

DJI Phantom 3 Test Video

What’s up everyone, I totally forgot to post this when I completed it about a week ago. I have here test footage of our new favorite toy in our disposal: a DJI Phantom 3 standard drone.

In early August when my family and I went up to rural Minnesota to celebrate my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary (Here’s the video for that event in case you missed its release: 60TH Wedding Anniversary) my uncle and cousin brought up their drones to play around with.

He had two drones with him, one is the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, while the other less used one was the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. That first night a few hours after we finished the grueling 10 hour drive from our home in Illinois, my uncle brought the drones out to fly. My cousin set up the professional to fly then showed me on his Ipad the auto take off button which he then pressed.

The drone quickly rose up and once reaching four feet in the air stopped to hover in place, the take off looked clean and easy to do. My cousin then took the drone off over all the farmland and forest around us; it being golden hour at the time the footage looked pretty damn good.

As my cousin flew around the countryside, I looked at the standard drone sitting in its original box on the ground. I asked my uncle what the difference between the professional and standard drones was. He said that the standard only shoots 720p footage but they’re basically the same. He then said I can actually have the standard drone since they don’t use it. Without hesitation I said I’ll be glad to take it since I had been wanting a drone for a longtime to expand Insane LLama’s shot opportunities.

That night I decided to look up online to see all the differences between the standard and professional editions on the DJI website. First thing that stood out was that the standard version actually shoots/records 2.7k footage, where my uncle got the 720p from was that it only displays that ratio on the screen or when live broadcasting. I only want to use the drone to film establishing shots for our films so that was great news to hear.

Fast forward a few days later when I was back home in Illinois, it was time to fly the new drone for the first time. The user manual was missing from the box so I ended up having to look for it online, which one can easily find on the DJI website. I read the whole manual to learn every feature and detail about the drone; which after re-reading the more important sections a couple more times I was ready and confident in flying the Phantom 3.

I went out to my backyard and set the drone in a more open area so it wouldn’t hit anything when taking off. As the manual said I pressed the power button twice then held it until the green bars filled up, which upon filling the drone beeped loudly and powered on. I used my Ipad to connect to the drones Wi-Fi signal, which when done you can use the Ipad as a screen for the drones camera.

I pressed the auto take off button and the drone had lift off. First thing I noticed was how easy and precise the controls were to fly and also move the camera around. I flew the drone all over the neighborhood, experimenting with getting interesting and beautiful shots with the camera.

One thing is the small drone is actually pretty loud for its size, with most people quickly looking up towards it when I flew over them. During this and a couple later flights I captured some photos and also recorded some high quality footage.

Here are the photos

Neighborhood Drone Shot

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More importantly here’s the test footage I shot! Enjoy!

Link To Video – DJI Phantom 3 Test Video

 

Hope you can get a grasp of what this drone can do with the photos and videos. I’m extremely grateful to my uncle for being so kind in giving his spare drone to Insane LLama. Since getting it Eliot and I have been thinking of many great shots we will do with the drone. We’re hoping the drone will increase our production values and more importantly give us another tool in shaping the stories of our films.

Well until next time. Consider following the blog for future post about drones and our short films, maybe also check out the Insane LLama Youtube channel which can be accessed through the drone video posted, we always have interesting and entertaining content being released for everyone to enjoy. Thanks and bye!

New Equipment! DJI Phantom 3 Test Video – Drone

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!

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

Savage – Preview Stills

It’s been a while since our last post, but in this past month Insane LLama has been hard at work at our next big short film. I’m proud to announce Insane LLama’s newest short film: “Savage”.

This past weekend all of us here at the LLama went out and shot this movie in two days. The shoot was amazing and we are extremely proud of how everything is looking since we started to edit this piece this week. We are very eager to get this movie out to to you the audience; but we will do everything we can during this post-production period to make this the best short film it can be.

We are going to be sparse on plot details in this post; just know this is a period piece that follows an Englishmen, Spaniard, and black slave. The cast of the short did an amazing job and we would like to thank especially Zach Williamson and Brandon Somerville for coming out and putting everything they have into their roles.

Stay tuned to the blog in the upcoming weeks to see more details of this project and hopefully a release date in the future.

As always we have some stills from the movie to show everyone. Enjoy!

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Savage – Preview Stills

Visual Confirmation – Short Film

Visual Confirmation

New short film from Insane LLama! Even better it’s a fight scene!

A crime boss sends two people to kill another man, but he also wants the death confirmed on camera.

Featuring Eliot Schultz, Zach Williamson, Mike Pinkerton and Patrick Phan.

Big thanks to Patrick for coming on short notice and doing some great stunts for us.

Feedback is appreciated if you do give it a watch. We definitely had a lot of fun making this one. Enjoy!

Link To Video – Visual Confirmation

Visual Confirmation – Short Film

10 Years of LLama – Mike Filkins

10 Years - Mike Filkins

We’re back with the next installment of Insane LLama’s 10 Years of LLama. A series where we look back and celebrate the people that have helped us these past 10 years since our formation.

This time the history of the legendary Mike Filkins is examined and explored. Who was Mike Filkins? What was Mike Filkins? Is Mike Filkins Mike Filkins? What happened to ‘The Rise and Fall of Mike Filkins’? None of those will be answered, but we will give Mike’s history acting with us at Insane LLama. From the beginning…

Mike Filkins ‘Filkins’

YEARS ACTIVE: 2008 / 2010 – 2012 / 2014

MEMORABLE ROLES: ‘The Briefcase’ / ‘Pizza Killer’ / ‘Bloody Coke 2’ / ‘Nerf Force’ / ‘Pac-Man’

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Mike Filkins met Insane LLama’s co-founder Eliot in the third grade and a friendship was formed. Filkins would eventually start coming over to our (Schultz’s) house; eventually like most friends who came over, he would find a way into our movies. I (Evan) can’t identify or remember Mike’s first time’s being filmed, he was most likely in some random early footage, but the first short film I can identify him acting in was a school project from the year 2008.

Filkins would be the lead anchor on the Intense News station, where he covers a story about some thiefs (which he also portrays) who steal a television. This short is the only edited and completed one with Mike Filkins in from 2008 and basically all of early Insane LLama.

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Filkins would return a few years later more grown up in the short ‘The Briefcase’. He would appear out of no where to tackle fellow actor Andy O’Brien and famously deliver his lines of “Get out of here, it’s a trap”. Filkins had an even more well-known sequence later in the short as he is carted in while tied up, eventually getting shot in the head by the antagonist played by Eliot. Andy would follow Mike’s death with an agonizing shout out of “No”, but to no avail.

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Filkins would make 3 more appearances the following year of 2011, two small and one more major/leading. The two minor gigs consisted of the shorts of ‘Nerf War’ where Mike would defend the enemy bunker and get lazily shot in the head, and the other ‘The Problem’, where Mike basically stands guard and again gets shot.

Mike’s more major and more memorable role of the year took place in the short film ‘Pizza Killer’. Playing opposite of the other Mike, Mike Gjelsten, Filkins again was part of a news station. He is the stations sports anchor that Mike G turns over to at one point to get the latest sports news which Filkins quickly replies back “I think someone is winning”.

Later eventually both Mike’s are captured by the pizza killer with only Filkins escaping and surviving. Yet Filkins also ends up getting killed in the end when a pizza cutter is thrown at his face. The role was Filkin’s largest with the most lines he had to deliver at the time, which he did an okay job at, opening up more possibilities for his future shorts.

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With more opportunities, 2012 would be Filkin’s most active year with Insane LLama consisting of 6 short films. He would make a return to a NERF themed short as officer Casey, part of the Nerf force, opposite Tim Carlson’s officer Chad. The short film ‘Nerf Force’ followed Tim and Filkins on one of their patrols, akin to the show ‘Cops’. Filkins would be asked to improv dialogue about being part of the force while being heavily dress up in armor and Nerf gear. Nerf force would be one of Filkins better roles.

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Filkins later would portray a gardener mixed up with a hitman in the short ‘Two Hitmen’. Most of the film consisted of a montage of Filkins and Eliot doing all kind of random activities to earn a hit job from Mike Gjelsten. Some of Filkins finest moments were captured during these activities; examples include him singing, playing numerous games, and being caught reading ‘Twilight’.

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‘Pac-Man’ came out in the middle of the year which saw Filkins opposite Mike G again. They are friends who get caught up in a bizarre scenario involving Eliot and a Pac-man machine. Filkins would be asked to change into a silly onesie and witness the opening of the portal where Tim Carlson appears almost naked playing a guitar.

Filkin’s most memorable role of the year would have to go to his portrayal of a suburban white kid buying drugs off of Jawon Taylor in the highly anticipated sequel of the Bloody Coke series: ‘Bloody Coke 2’. Mike’s character take’s some of the drugs which looks like cocaine. Mike had to portray his character being under the influence of the drugs, which from the performance, we’re unsure which drug Mike was really trying to act off; but in turn a very comedic and memorable Filkins role was created.

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The last two shorts consisted of small roles for Filkins. ‘The Walk’ my first video for film school and ‘Cupcake’ another short for a film school class. Minor but he did exactly what was needed out of himself for the roles. Big thanks for helping out on my school work.

In 2014 Mike made only one appearance, which would be his last role with us. Mike saved some of his best for this one last role. Near the end of summer 2014 we played the hat game, a tool we use to help us think of movies to make. Basically everyone writes down ten movie titles on a piece of paper, which all then get mixed up in a hat and then drawn out one at a time. Brackets are made and the titles are voted down to a final five. These final five titles we use to think of a short film to film. Filkins always loved the early short of ours called ‘The Room’, so he wrote down ‘The Room 2’, which somehow made it to the final five.

The Room 2 was made and completed, which upon Eliot and I viewing was quickly discarded to never be seen again from how bad it was. Viewed now it has some entertainment, mainly in the dramatic and over the top performances, specifically Mike’s famous delivery of the story about being dropped into the lion pen at the zoo. It was a memorable performance to go out on for Filkins; but who knows maybe Mike Filkins will appear again in a future short.

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Now to the best part of these look backs, the video montage of some of Mike Filkins best and most memorable moments from over the years with Insane LLama. We liked how this one turned out. Enjoy!

Link To Video – 10 Years of LLama – Mike Filkins

To end the post, like we usually we do, here is some words from Mike Filkins himself. Big thanks to Filkins for taking some time out of his day to answer the following questions.

MIKE FILKINS LLAMA PROFILE

1) Who are you and what do you do?

I am The Mike Filkins. Right now I’m studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. In the future I’ll hopefully be working in industry doing stuff with brains.

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

In third grade Eliot was in my class. We started hanging out a lot at the Schultzs’ house and part of that is being in short films; it’s what we did for fun.

3) What was your first role or short you remember being involved in?

I was in a lot of very bad ones that were the product of late night brainstorming and filming that never got edited so those were the early ones I was in but I don’t know any of their names.

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

I think all of Pac-man is my most memorable moment. That was a very weird night, an extremely strange film, and it still ended up being one of good ones.

5) Favorite Insane Llama short film?

I can’t choose only one. My favorites are “The Room” and “Frosting Beard”, generally any of the funny ones with Brad Delfeld are awesome.

6) Favorite Llama actor to work with?

The legendary Mike Gjelsten. When we were on-set he would always do something crazy that would make it into the films and it’s cool re-watching those films and knowing why we added certain scenes or filmed them the way we did.

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

Definitely, I learned a lot about creativity and working with other people to create their vision. It’s hard to come together, see a project the same way, and then try to actually go make it. I became better at improvising lines on the fly which has made my rapping and lying games much stronger. I also learned how to not laugh as much while filming. I’ve killed a lot of scenes that way.

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

Lately, I’ve been slacking. I used to watch everything as soon as Evan posted it and I’d be the first comment/like on Facebook.

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

It’s awesome that Insane Llama is still going strong after 10 years. I’m happy that I was there for most of it and I love watching the videos and will continue doing so for a long time.

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

I hope to be watching the films in theaters in sooner than 10 years, so in 10 years maybe Insane Llama will be on to winning awards. It’s be really cool if the actors in the films now like Eliot, Mike, and Zach make appearances on the big screen.

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

If you’ve only started watching the new films in the last year or two go back and find some of the old stuff on YouTube and see how far Insane Llama has come.

Bonus) Worst actor in Insane Llama history is?

Andy O’Brien. He happens to be a theater major and is very good at acting but it really just speaks to how amazing all the other actors are and how much shit we like to give Andy.

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Here’s to Mike Filkins!

That’s it for this edition of 10 Years of LLama, stay tuned in, we still have a couple more people we’d like to celebrate in these upcoming weeks. Consider following the blog to get updated when a new edition comes out, we also got all kinds of other post that might keep you interested. Also think about subscribing to the Insane LLama Youtube channels for video content for you to enjoy.

Thanks, until next time.

 

 

10 Years of LLama – Mike Filkins

The Emotional Crime Stories of Mike Pinkerton – Short Film

The Emotional Crime Stories of Mike Pinkerton

Here’s Insane LLama’s latest short film! Titled ‘The Emotional Crime Stories of Mike Pinkerton’. Watch as Mike Pinkerton must solve the ultimate riddle and figure everything out before he is caught by ruthless cop Zach Williamson.

Starring Mike Pinkerton as Mike Pinkerton and Zach Williamson as Zach Williamson.

You will definitely want to tune in for the next episode of this show!

As always feedback is appreciated as it helps us out a lot. Consider subscribing to the Insane LLama Youtube channels for future content for you to enjoy.

Here’s the short film. Enjoy!

Link To Video – The Emotional Crime Stories of Mike Pinkerton

 

The Emotional Crime Stories of Mike Pinkerton – Short Film

Savage – Casting Call

Savage Casting Call

CASTING CALL – SAVAGE – INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM

NON-UNION

INSANE LLAMA PRODUCTIONS

WHEN: Sunday, May 8th 10:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, KS164 Audition Room A. 283 N Cypress St, Orange, CA 92866

SHOOT DATES: End of May or Early June. Exact dates will be set soon.

LOGLINE: In the late 17th century three men wash ashore upon a strange wilderness where a power struggle ensues from their differences. Unbeknownst to them, they are being watched.

CHARACTERS BEING CASTED

1) Amadi – (20-35) A black slave who has been captive for most of his known life. He is calm, compassionate but unsure. He see’s the situation as an opportunity.

2) Juan Lopes De Rosa – (20-45) A loyal soldier of the Spanish empire. Frantic and entitled as he tries to establish dominance and control as the situation unfolds.
– Knows and speaks Spanish is a plus but not necessary.

OTHER INFO:

This will be a great and exciting shoot where we plan to have a fun time; yet like our previous work the shoot will be intensive but relaxed. This is a great opportunity while also a chance to establish a lasting collaboration and friendship between Insane LLama Productions and you. Many of our previous actors are still in contact with us after wrap and many were casted in further projects.

We allow actors a lot of room to work with to play around with their character. Collaboration is key.

CONTACT:

If interested in any of the characters respond with which character you want to go for and also your email address by either of the following:
– Reply Below
– Private Message me
– Email schul156@mail.chapman.edu

I will respond as quickly as I can with your audition time/slot and the script will be attached.

Please notify me if you can’t attend your audition or need a different time. We really dislike no-shows which wastes our time.

Thanks and see you at the auditions!

Savage – Casting Call