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Five Things To NOT Do Making Your First Film – By Matt Croyle

Matt Croyle – Writer/Director of ‘Potential Inertia’

As I near completion of my first feature film, I’ve learned quite a few things about what not to do while making one. If you’re considering making a movie, here are five important things you must never do.

1. DO NOT SHOOT WITHOUT A FINISHED SCRIPT

While ad-libbing scenes can be a fun and creative way to create scenes with actors, and while there have been some great flicks made by simply having a treatment or outline, this is not how you want to make your first film. Chances are the actors you can afford to cast are not the wonderfully trained ad-libbers they think they are. The more structured — your first filmmaking experience is — the better.

Also, shoot the script. Shoot what is written on the page. Anything else can be done in pickups or re-shoots. The bulk of the performances on your first film will be shaped entirely in the editing room.

2. DO NOT HIRE PEOPLE FOR YOUR FILM THAT CAN’T COMMIT THE TIME TO DO IT

When you are making your first film people will have a tendency to view it as some sort of hobby or extracurricular activity — even those folks you ask to come aboard, to be part of it. Until they see some progress, or a rough cut, most won’t see it as a serious endeavor. Do NOT bring people into your project that aren’t going to be available on days you need them. That family day at the amusement park should have to wait until you get the shots you need. The actress who can’t find a babysitter needs to find one, and show the fuck up when she’s called to set.

3. DO NOT USE ON-CAMERA AUDIO

Audio is the most important part of your first feature, because chances are it’s not going to be a cinematic masterpiece. It’s going to be a stepping stone. Clean, external, audio will make your production stand out next to the kid shooting his on the camcorder. According to one of the board members at SXSW, clean audio makes a huge difference in whether or not a film is chosen to screen there, regardless of what it looks like. In other words: Your movie can look like crap, but as long as it has clean audio, that people can hear, and isn’t distracting, your movie is already better than one that looks amazing except for the fact that people can’t hear anything.

4. DO NOT ALWAYS RELY ON EXISTING LIGHT

This is a given, especially with DSLR technology. Some cameras are great in low light, but sometimes you have to light the shit out of things in order to get that clean digital look. This can always be adjusted in post by adjusting gamma, brightness, and contrast. Light, light, light.

5. DO NOT KILL YOURSELF

Making movies is a very difficult thing to do. Your first flick should be super-fun and engaging, but do not beat yourself up over things you can’t control. Making movies is fun. And if it becomes not fun, then you should probably find something else to do with your time. Relax. Enjoy the process. Good luck.

 

Copyright © 2014 Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


Jamie and Jimmy’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:26am
On Saturday September 13, 2014 we were at the Butler Vagabonds Center in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Jamie and Jimmy. Jamie and Jimmy were married at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Church in Cabot PA. Guests began arriving at the Butler Vagabonds Center at 2:30 pm where they enjoyed cocktails and […]

“A Life Less Ordinary” or (I Am Not You) – by Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:25pm

This is an essay. This is an essay about being ordinary. This is an essay about being ordinary in a world where you are supposed to be ordinary — a world that teaches you to follow the status quo, to follow expectations derived from centuries of people telling other people what to do — and when and how to do it. This is your life.

Social norms are not written down. You tend to follow them, but they’re not written down. How has this happened? To quote Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Take a moment and clear your head. Clear your head of everything that surrounds your daily life: your family, your job, your bills, your mortgage — everything outside of your own body that externally defines you. Push it out of your mind. Is it gone? Now, look at yourself without those things. Who are you? Who are you without those external forces in your life? Do you know? Do you recognize yourself at all? A better question: Do you even want to recognize yourself without those things?

You are a person. You are an individual. You came into this world with very little information, with no character, without knowledge, without hope. The mind of an infant cannot process what hope is. It’s only after you’ve been nurtured that you gain a sense of it. And while you’ve been nurtured into a full-fledged human being by your surroundings, you still grew with a sense of wonderment and self. Do you remember seven, eight years old? Perhaps specific instances, a few flashes, but do you remember how you thought, how you felt about the world, how you felt about yourself? Have you forgotten who you are?

First things first. I am NOT you. Do NOT judge me for not being you. I CHOOSE to not be you. I’m not saying there is no merit in being you. You are awesome. I’m just different.

I’m searching for something. I’m searching for something more than just the everyday motions we go through: Get up. Take shower. Go to work. Do “job”. Come home. Hang with kids. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Life needs to be more than that to me. For some it’s fine, even admirable, but my mind is not content with that. I am not “better” than anyone else, but ordinary lives are forgotten. I don’t want to be forgotten.

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself with some extraordinary task? When was the last time you expressed yourself in a way that truly shows the world who you are and why you deserve to be remembered? I think the everyday motions we put ourselves through has numbed us to the point of complacency in thought and expression, and I think it is up to us to find a way to bring a passionate expression of who we truly are into the world.

I’ve recently started living “on my own” for the first real time in my life. Earlier in my “adulthood”  living “on my own” would consist of a significant other. This is the first time I’ve been truly on my own. So, I’ve enlisted a couple of roommates — not your normal household setup for someone in their late thirties — to help on the start of this venture, and we’ll see what happens. I have started my life four times: Birth, my divorce, the split of my son’s mother, and my last fiance. With the recent death of my father, and with my mother not having long to go, it’s fitting that this journey may, again, take a new beginning. This new beginning won’t be a normal one. I will do it with the reckless passion I’ve always had for life and its pleasures, its heartaches, and its overrated expectations.

For those of you who question who you are, what you want and need — I urge you to close your eyes, strip everything away from your life as you know it, and look at yourself. Who are you? Who were you? Who do you want to be? Do you know?

 

Copyright (C) 2014. Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


“A Life Less Ordinary” or (I Am Not You) – by Matt Croyle

Official Web Log Of Matt Croyle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:25pm

This is an essay. This is an essay about being ordinary. This is an essay about being ordinary in a world where you are supposed to be ordinary — a world that teaches you to follow the status quo, to follow expectations derived from centuries of people telling other people what to do — and when and how to do it. This is your life.

Social norms are not written down. You tend to follow them, but they’re not written down. How has this happened? To quote Emerson:

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Take a moment and clear your head. Clear your head of everything that surrounds your daily life: your family, your job, your bills, your mortgage — everything outside of your own body that externally defines you. Push it out of your mind. Is it gone? Now, look at yourself without those things. Who are you? Who are you without those external forces in your life? Do you know? Do you recognize yourself at all? A better question: Do you even want to recognize yourself without those things?

You are a person. You are an individual. You came into this world with very little information, with no character, without knowledge, without hope. The mind of an infant cannot process what hope is. It’s only after you’ve been nurtured that you gain a sense of it. And while you’ve been nurtured into a full-fledged human being by your surroundings, you still grew with a sense of wonderment and self. Do you remember seven, eight years old? Perhaps specific instances, a few flashes, but do you remember how you thought, how you felt about the world, how you felt about yourself? Have you forgotten who you are?

First things first. I am NOT you. Do NOT judge me for not being you. I CHOOSE to not be you. I’m not saying there is no merit in being you. You are awesome. I’m just different.

I’m searching for something. I’m searching for something more than just the everyday motions we go through: Get up. Take shower. Go to work. Do “job”. Come home. Hang with kids. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.

Life needs to be more than that to me. For some it’s fine, even admirable, but my mind is not content with that. I am not “better” than anyone else, but ordinary lives are forgotten. I don’t want to be forgotten.

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself with some extraordinary task? When was the last time you expressed yourself in a way that truly shows the world who you are and why you deserve to be remembered? I think the everyday motions we put ourselves through has numbed us to the point of complacency in thought and expression, and I think it is up to us to find a way to bring a passionate expression of who we truly are into the world.

I’ve recently started living “on my own” for the first real time in my life. Earlier in my “adulthood”  living “on my own” would consist of a significant other. This is the first time I’ve been truly on my own. So, I’ve enlisted a couple of roommates — not your normal household setup for someone in their late thirties — to help on the start of this venture, and we’ll see what happens. I have started my life four times: Birth, my divorce, the split of my son’s mother, and my last fiance. With the recent death of my father, and with my mother not having long to go, it’s fitting that this journey may, again, take a new beginning. This new beginning won’t be a normal one. I will do it with the reckless passion I’ve always had for life and its pleasures, its heartaches, and its overrated expectations.

For those of you who question who you are, what you want and need — I urge you to close your eyes, strip everything away from your life as you know it, and look at yourself. Who are you? Who were you? Who do you want to be? Do you know?

 

Copyright (C) 2014. Matt Croyle. All Rights Reserved.


Why you shouldn’t call yourself a pagan

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am

Too many times, I hear people referring to themselves as “pagan” when the discussion of religion comes up.  You really need to stop doing this, let me tell you why. Firstly, you should know where the word comes from.  We can trace its origins way back to the Roman Empire.  Just a few centuries after […]

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Xaotik Designs - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am

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Xaotik Designs - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:00am

Any firearm that fires more than one bullet when you pull the trigger is considered a “Machine Gun” under US law.  It doesn’t matter if it fires in bursts, if its full auto, or even if it fires out of multiple barrels.  People are always looking for different ways to get around this restriction and […]

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Jenna and Gary’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:30pm
On Saturday September 06, 2014 we were at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Fombell Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Jenna and Gary. Jenna and Gary were married at 2:30 pm at Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City PA. Guests began arriving at Camp Kon-O-Kwee at 3:30 pm where they enjoyed cocktails, cookies and […]

Casey and Matthew’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:06am
On Friday September 05, 2014 we were at our favorite wedding venue in Butler County, the White Barn in Prospect Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding ceremony and wedding reception for Casey and Matthew. Casey and Matt were married outside at the rear of the White Barn overlooking the pond. Guests began arriving at the White […]

Left Behind

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am

So, one of those beard guys from the duck show wants everybody to see the new Left Behind movie.  He seems to have the brilliant idea that watching Nick Cage give one of his brilliant freak out performances as the pilot of an airplane that suddenly has half the passengers disappear will help convert atheists. […]

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War is hell

Xaotik Designs - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am

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Jennifer and Wayne’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:31pm
On Sunday August 31, 2014 we were at Shakespeare’s Restaurant and Pub in Ellwood City Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding ceremony and wedding reception for Jennifer and Wayne. Jennifer and Wayne booked our Deluxe Entertainment Package which includes up-lighting. The couple chose a light blue color to be displayed during cocktails and dinner and […]

Never Bring up what you can’t put down.

Xaotik Designs - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:00pm

 

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The Fappening!

Xaotik Designs - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:00am

In case you’ve been under a very large rock this week, you should know that a crap ton of celebrities had their shit hacked, and naked pictures were released on the internet. It was a glorious occasion to some, and completely devastating to others. First, I want to state that taking naked pictures isn’t the problem […]

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Lesley and Steve’s Wedding

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On Saturday August 30,2014 we were at the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Lesley and Steve. Lesley and Steve were married at 3:00 pm at Saint Mary of the Mount on Mt. Washington. Guests began arriving at the Power Center Ballroom at 5:00 pm where […]

She’s shy

Xaotik Designs - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:00am

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I need to visit Stonehenge some day

Xaotik Designs - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am

It’s like, what if the White Queen became the Spirit of Vengeance.  Does Marvel still publish the What If series?  This should be an issue.

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I’ve been playing around in Photoshop

Xaotik Designs - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:30pm

If I ever write a paranormal romance novel about a ghost in a castle, this will be the cover.

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On Friday August 29, 2014 we were at our favorite banquet hall in Butler County, The White Barn in Prospect Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding ceremony and wedding reception for Stephanie and Leif. Stephanie and Leif were married in front of the pond, which is located behind The White Barn. Guests began arriving at The […]
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