Archive for December, 2010

Camera – The Rig

Posted in Pre-production on December 29, 2010 by gtpmsm

Eschewing the DSLR craze, I opted to shoot Main Street Meats with an antiqued 35mm adapter rig.  The bottom line is, I just love the look.  And I am not just talking about selective depth of field, I mean it is a very organic looking picture– soft and beautiful in all the right places.  And you have to treat it like film, which means lighting, focus pulling, etc.  For a film inspired by 80’s slashers, what better thing could be done than to shoot it through 20-30 year old lenses?  I have a set of Nikon primes I have accumulated over the years and we used every damn one of them at least once.  Yes, the rig is heavy, cumbersome and a pain to handhold.  (Even more of pain to handhold and run with.  Or run backwards with on uneven ground with roots and brush looking to trip you up while tracking a bloody machete.  Ask Craig.  And he is a guy who doesn’t mind riding on the hood of a tow truck to get a shot.)  Is it an ideal set up?  Nope.  For super ultra low/no budget films you use the best tools you have or the best tools you can afford to have.  For this project, the pros of an adapter rig outweighed the cons. 

I’ll post some raw screen grabs in a few days.

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It’s our pleasure to serve you!

Posted in Pre-production on December 16, 2010 by gtpmsm

Here is some custom graphic work from William J. Meyer, the wizard behind our awesome teaser poster.  Using the artwork from a vintage meat ad from the American Meat Institute, circa 1950’s, he doctored it up to read “It’s our pleasure to serve you!”  The rest of the text, “–makes firm flesh on your bones,” — that was all already there.  You just can’t make that kind of stuff up.  Check out more of William’s work at www.robotika.org

“I Want Chunks!” Meat Shop Scenes – 12-5-2010

Posted in Production on December 6, 2010 by gtpmsm

Chunks, chunks, beautiful chunks… from the bone to the stick, lickedy-split!  We shot the first scenes in the Meat shop.   Steve Golla as Floyd, Morgan Boland as Cherry, Mike Pusateri as Meat Customer #1 (Belligerent Guy), Christopher Elst as Meat Customer #2 (Excited Guy), Jeanne Leep as Meat Customer #3 (German Lady) and Marcee Doherty as the very angry Meat Customer #4 (Angry Girl).