Final Draft: Don’t Come Home

Here’s my final video project this semester.

It’s by no means perfects, but I’m proud of my accomplishment.

I don’t know where this came from, I opened my mind to creativity and now it has manifested. I don’t even like horror very much, usually I get too scared, but as I thought of what viable set and props I had it became apparent that would be the most successful route to take. I created this as campy B horror film.
My main influences were: Kill List, Maniac

I also took some influence from the music of Marilyn Manson, and Rasputina.

feel free to comment.


Third is not really a charm

So here’s another draft of my video.

It’s still lacking some essential scenes and components, which I hope to have shot and edited by this weekend. I ran into some compatibility issues with Premiere (I was working on a newer version, and then started working on an older version and there was no way to open it with that). I re-cut all the video components into their little pieces to manipulate them more effectively, but the audio layers were all mixed and I was unable to remove some effects I dislike. I hope to finish recording the spoken audio tracks (all in one go, for consistency of audio quality) to layer on top, and redo some additional audio from my original tracks.

Over all this project would have gone much more smoothly if I had filmed before Thanksgiving and spent time editing then, however I was unable to do that and I fear the final product will look rough as a result. It’s been a learning experience certainly, layering more complex things than I’ve ever tried to do before. If I had time to work on special effects I think I could be very good.

I’m already planning another video to be shot over the coming summer. My friend has always admired cinema and has a good story board for a post-apocalyptic dystopian horror movie, I’m so excited to collaborate with a large group of interested people.

13 Things Homebodies Say And What They Actually Mean

this couldn’t sum me up any better…

Thought Catalog

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1. (After being asked, “What are your plans today?”) “Nothing.”

Contrary to popular belief, “nothing” can actually mean something. Technically the homebody could’ve said “I do have plans” because doing absolutely nothing was in fact their itinerary. Lounging around lazily? Yeah, I penned that in my schedule weeks ago, and I’m currently knee deep in nothing, aka unavailable.

2. “…                                  …”

^^That’s complete silence, which is usually the response you get when you text or call a homebody with some kind of invitation that they don’t want to officially decline.

3. “Hey what’s up? Sorry, I was sleeping when you text/called me!”

This is the lie that follows the complete silence mentioned in the previous point. You’ll get this several hours after your initial attempt at contact, when the homebody is…

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Early Brainstorming for a Short Film

I can’t decide what to do. I was up well past 3am last night pondering what I could do to create an interesting and compelling short film. I’ve come up with several interesting ideas, but I’ll save that for a post where I can fully flesh out the idea. Here I’d like to start by framing my project with some movies who’s styles I’d like to emulate.

1. MANIC (2012) – Specifically the remake starring Elijah Wood. Please do not misunderstand, I do not recommend this movie to anyone who does not love graphic, highly disturbing horror films. When I first saw this movie, a couple friend suggested we go to the midnight movie at an Independent theatre where I was living at the time. Usually this was a great experience, we went to the hookah bar and chatted for a few hours, drinking coffees. I knew nothing more than the title of the film and something about mannequins. It took five minutes for me to realize my mistake. It is a haunting first person experience, full of dreamy angles, shifting focus and reflections.  I hope to borrow some of this cinematic style, and none of the thematic elements.

2. Natural Born Killers (1994) – I first saw this movie two years ago, while carving pumpkins for Halloween. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it sooner, it blew me away. I love the narrative style: the use of flashback, the trippy cuts and colors, the way it all unfolds in fits and stops. Once again, I don’t want the story to be an action/horror, but I’d like to borrow some stylistic elements.

3. Paper Heart (2009) – A mock-umentary film starring Charlyne Yi and indie hero Michael Cera, the characters (who retain their real names) ask a bunch of people about their experiences with love. This kind of format/concept lends itself well to all my ideas so far. Let me elaborate: I want the film to pull heavily from reality, while still having some fantastic elements. I want to express a certain childlike sense of wonder, already I have several scenes envisioned in my head which I could insert into any number of different plots.

4. Another influential piece of media I’m heavily considering comes from a Bright Eyes song: An Attempt to Tip the Scales, from the album Fevers and Mirrors. After the song plays, it transitions into a radio interview with singer and artist Connor Oberst. At first it seems to be very standard, but as it goes on it becomes increasingly surreal. Though it was probably scripted, it doesn’t come across as being contrived. Some elements are true and others are fiction, yet all serve to provide deeper insight into the themes and ideas communicated in the album. It makes me recall a quote I mentioned several posts ago, from Picasso:

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

This is something I’d like to draw into my short film, if possible.


Okay, sometimes I get lost for a couple days digging through all manner of ridiculous videos on YouTube. This one really takes the metaphoric cake though, check it out.

They fly away on a pigeon. I’m sure it’s supposed to be some kind of romantic, but all i can think of is how filthy that pigeon is. Also I know a guy at school who distinctly reminds me of the German speaking guy, not gonna be able to look at him the same way anymore… Happy Monday everyone! 🙂