Morgan Taylor's Suicide

It’s Been A While

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 at 11:16 pm

It’s been a while since we have posted and I just wanted to fill everyone in on any new revelations I have had.

First: We have completed filming 99% of the interior scenes in the film which leaves us will a little less than half the film left to shoot. So here’s hoping!

Second: I have pitched the film to a few older generation people and the overwheliming response is “CRINGE!” I think it’s the word suicide. In one pitch I told the whole plot minus the suicide bit and the person loved it. So I think it’s about time our PR started going a new direction with the film. From here on out the movie will simply be called MORGAN TAYLOR. Yes there is the potential for a suicide in the film, but it is much more about the beauty of life and our connections to others. I hope this comes across.

Third: I’m heading back to Mouthwash for a second. Many people think that we were on the front lines of the digital revolution because we came up with the idea to put short 10 minute episodes online before many of the big studios were doing this. Yes other shows came before us, but we were among some of the first to call ourselves webisodes without attaching ourselves to the old distribution model (i.e. companion webisodes for primetime shows or shows like Quaterlife that ended up on TV). However this was purely accidental. We just wanted to make a show that was easily watchable online since that is where we watch most things. So…It seems it is in our nature to create content for the next generation of media distribution. I guess that is it. Maybe you will see another web series from us someday, but while the studios learn how to appeal to the web, I’m going to work on learning how to fill a theatre.

That is all.



Tracking Shots Are Hard

In Directing, Eric on February 6, 2009 at 12:12 am


I’ve done tracking shots with Dollies and Jibs in the past but never was one as hard as this. We flew through a pillar and picked up the actors on the other side, then while they had a slight argument the boom had to flip from below them to above them, all while hiding from the camera. From here things got complicated and I’m not even going to try explaining. Next time I’m allowing 3 hours min. for any potential tracking shot. Anyway I’m tired now.




In Alorah, Directing on January 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

Let’s all stop and think how cool it would feel to ride backwards on a wheelchair through a curvaceous dorm hall and shoot a film scene with a wicked cool fig rig and the constant possbility of falling to your death or, worse yet, catching the boom in the frame.

I’m exaggerating the death fall, but the boom-frame certainly was a low point of the night that ruined a perfectly sweet single-shot scene. I feel bad, but at the same time, there’s something inspiring the way we can know that everyone is committed to getting the right shot, the best scene, the work done. We all know that many people on this project, myself included are sacrificing time and other opportunities for this film. The best we can get is the best we should get. No settling for crumbs here. No excuses. Also, I will never make the boom mistake again.

And about line memorization, since it was an issue tonight, I understand why it’s usually not a problem. usually, the takes are short and you can film them as many times as you like and nobody need frett over a botched tongue-twister. This night, if it can serve as an example, was actually a brilliant opportunity to dispel the nonsense about “getting away with it.” In a long, cumbersome, delicately-timed shot, line memorization is the last thing anyone wants to stop for. But far more importantly is the fact that lines, or lack thereof, will affect any actor’s performance in the worst and most avoidable way. An actor barely acts if he or she is thinking about words. And also, I’m sure our friend Michael Caine said something sometime about being performance ready everytime you arrive on set. Smart cookie, that Michael Caine.

Anywho, the end result still looked great. The actors definitely stepped it up, and I’m looking forward to Muffin’s side-project. I think it’ll be loads of fun for the actors and keep them engaged with the project… I wish we had more material and more time to devote to these talented people, but at least they can make jokes on the side.

K, Pau Hana.