COLD WAR KIDS, Most Recent Project

Posted by vern | Posted in Video | Posted on 27-06-2008

I’ve recently been cooped up finishing my main project of the moment for the Cold War Kids and their new album.

Here’s the teaser I did for them, just came out on their site:

The final, finished project will probably/hopefully be distributed with their second album when it comes out in September. I’m really looking forward to it.

On Spending (Wasting) Time

Posted by vern | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 26-06-2008

As you may or (probably) may not know, we’ve given this blog a little work-over today.

Making a film, I’m quickly realizing, is an extremely time consuming and extensive process. I have a list of about 35 things to do in the next couple days and about 100 other things to just straight worry about after that.

I just realized that Jeff and I just sent 4 thought-filled emails back and forth as to whether or not we should include a period (as in a “.”) at the end of the header sentence (or is it a sentence???) at the top of this blog.

THAT, you might call, is thoroughness becoming of aspiring directors, or, most likely just pathetic.

Either way, enjoy the period.

AND I JUST REALIZED I JUST SPENT 15 MINUTES TYPING AND POSTING THIS BLOG ABOUT US WASTING TIME TALKING ABOUT PERIODS…

CASTING, The Callbacks

Posted by vern | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 26-06-2008

So we’re in the middle of actor callbacks. For me, acting is the biggest priority with the film. I feel that if we have the best actors we can find, we can get away with so much more in film. If the audience believes what the actors are saying and doing, they wont even notice that my elbow is in the shot or Jeff’s underwear is hanging from the cabinet.

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Other No Budget Films

Posted by vern | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 26-06-2008

(I don’t know these people, but I respect their tripod)

Our $10k budget is so small, nobody out there even recognizes it as an actual budget. As a whole, we are instantly lumped into the same category of filmmaking as the – $300 DV Camera that you buy at Circuit City and return within 30 days to get your money back after filming your fellow highschool friends and Star Wars lovers fight off invading monsters coming out of the backyard shed – trick.

Where aluminum foil is a special effect.

It’s the “No-Budget” Feature Film.

I’m doing a little research, trying to find other movies out there that have been done for around $10k. Here are some I came up with: Read the rest of this entry »

Hobos & The $10k, No Budget Feature Film

Posted by vern | Posted in Storytelling | Posted on 26-06-2008

Our $10k budget is so small, nobody out there even recognizes it as an actual budget. As a whole, we are instantly lumped into the same category of filmmaking as the – $300 DV Camera that you buy at Circuit City and return within 30 days to get your money back after filming your fellow highschool friends and Star Wars lovers fight off invading monsters coming out of the backyard shed – trick.

Where aluminum foil is a special effect.

It’s the “No-Budget” Feature Film.

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Dancin’ In The Streets

Posted by jeff | Posted in Video | Posted on 24-06-2008

Another slowly linked video from my trip to Europe. This one occurs in Dublin, Ireland (again), and is immediately after our tour to the Jameson Factory. They give a free shot to everyone, and 6 free shots to “tasters”. I, Jeff Stone, was one of those. DeAndra assisted me, and then we danced.

An adult film? Not quite.

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 16-06-2008

Apparently, in our casting process, our craigslist ad was posted in the “adult gigs” section.

Thankfully, we didn’t have too many replies…

We did have our first two successful audition evenings, which took place last Thurs-Fri night. Some potentials. Another call going on this Wednesday evening at 6p in Long Beach.

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Hobo…the magazine?

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 16-06-2008

Has anyone else heard of this? And if so, why haven’t you told us?

(taken in Westwood, with DeAndra’s trusty cell phone cam)
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Poland!

Posted by jeff | Posted in Travel | Posted on 13-06-2008

Since I’ve been so busy since returning, I never put up any photos from our trip. Here’s a small taste—


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Why I’ve Been Away…

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling | Posted on 11-06-2008

It’s been a slow posting season lately–for many good reasons. I’ll give you a quick list:

1) shoulder surgery–typing with only one hand makes things much slower…

2) working 10-12 hours a day finshing up editing the X-Files: I Want To Believe end credits. I don’t know anything about the movie, but see it for the end credits alone. 3 weeks working on it…

3) getting “A Man Called Jon” (our first feature) off the ground. We’ve been planning casting calls, recruiting crew, planning our budget and slugging our way to a great script.

4) renovating the site. vern designed a new splash page with his wife’s designs and I updated the winnebago experience page with the design advice of ramsey mcdaniel (design credits, other than film, include the direct tv logo among many others…).

5) creating the “a man called jon” feature blog, which we’ll be updating with all sorts of goodies from the film as we go along.

6) did I mention I’ve got one arm?

7) I’m starting a new job today: I can’t really tell you what it is, but it’s pretty huge. Huge.

I’ll post you on our progress on “A Man Called Jon”, and try to get on here more. See the feature blog as well (all the time).

So What’s This All About…

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 10-06-2008

(This post comes by way of DeAndra on now defunct A Man Called Jon blog)

The long awaited synopsis of “A Man Called Jon”. 

Jon is a regular guy in a regular city with a regular life, until one day his phone rings, and with the words of a familiar phrase, he begins a journey he has been avoiding his whole life.
In Jon’s attempt to escape this journey, he experiences many unfortunate events, which bring him into contact with some interesting characters.  Each character affects him in a very significant way, and he, in turn, impacts their lives without even realizing it.
Ultimately, Jon’s struggle in the belly of the whale helps him to realize that no matter how much he avoids the path set for him, following it will get him where he needs to be.

Disconnected Labrum

Posted by jeff | Posted in Friends, Storytelling, Video | Posted on 05-06-2008

Sundance Film Festival 2008 I tore the labrum in my shoulder.

Monday, June 2, 2008 I had my shoulder stitched back together.

I’m typing with only one hand, so can’t give too much detail. The pictures can do the talking. I’m also on vicodin extra strength meds, so I’m feeling super.

Some of these photo are from the inside of my arm, so if you’re squeamish, don’t look.
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My Friend Ron

Posted by jeff | Posted in Friends, Storytelling | Posted on 03-06-2008

Periodically…well, very often, my friend Ron sends me links to hobo related stuff on the net. Mostly, it’s stuff making fun of hobos. (He’s secretly jealous that he isn’t one).
For instance:

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