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MB3 Production Thread: SHOOTING HAS BEGUN!

Are you interested in this project?

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Are you kidding me?!?9%[ 4 ]

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Posted: Sun, 21st Jan 2007, 10:09pm

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I am pleased to announce, that as of January 19, 2007, we have officially moved into the production phase of The Magic Banana 3. The script has been finalized, and production meetings are commencing. Shooting is scheduled to go through July, and the film release date currently is January 26, 2008.

A plot synopsis of the film can be viewed at the MB3 website: www.freewebs.com/magicbanana3. If hosting can be found when we have the money, we will hopefully be able to get our own domain name.

The movie portrays a wide variety of genres and emotions, from dramatic themes to comedic dialogue and intense action scenes. I will continually post updates as we go further into production, but I will edit this thread consistently to give you new information and photos as often as I can.

CURRENT SCHEDULE
January 2007 - July 2007: Principal Photography
July 2007 - August 2007: Rough Cutting Period
August 2007 - November 2007: Editing Period and Visual Effects Start
November 2007 - January 2008: Visual Effects Period and Sound and Score Mixing


SCRIPT FINALIZED!!
Sorry for the quality. Was taken with a built in iSight.



MIC ARRIVES!!
Our lovely new VideoMic is here. On with the show!



SHOOTING SCHEDULE!!
Here's the [current] shooting schedule for MB3. It'll be a long few months.



LOCATION SCOUTING!!
This is such a cool place. I think we're going to use it as much as we can.



The current length of the movie looks to be about an hour and a half (judging by the script), but we will see as we get further into production and then post.

If you have any questions about the project, let me know and I'll answer you as soon as I can.

Also, on a final note, we are looking for some people to volunteer to do some visual effects for the project later on in the year, so if you are interested, please PM me.

Cheers!
NickD

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Posted: Mon, 22nd Jan 2007, 3:51pm

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UPDATE: I met with my producers yesterday, and we are purchasing a new tripod and a mic within the next couple weeks. Official principal photography should start at the end of January.

As shooting progresses, I will post pictures, and occasionally video clips for all of you to enjoy.

Stay tuned!
NickD
Posted: Thu, 25th Jan 2007, 12:57am

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UPDATE: We're almost prepared to begin filming. A new RODE VideoMic is on the way, complete with a Dead Cat wind muff, and a new tripod should be purchased within a week or two.

We're also finding some new items for our grip that can be used outdoors, and are casting extras that are needed for a few larger scenes.

Props are coming in fast as we try to prepare for the massive amount of prop work that will need to be done on this film.

I'll keep you updated!
NickD
Posted: Thu, 25th Jan 2007, 5:56am

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Just be sure to release the movie when it gets close to done, because from my experience, these production-type threads can turn nasty...
Posted: Sat, 27th Jan 2007, 6:55pm

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Thanks for the tip Ben biggrin

UPDATE: OK, the mic has arrived complete with the windmuff. Now all that is left is to purchase a tripod and some tapestock and then we are good to go.

NickD
Posted: Wed, 31st Jan 2007, 2:36am

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UPDATE: Filming begins on Friday, so I will try to have pictures up as soon as we have begun for your satisfaction.

Thanks so much!
NickD
Posted: Thu, 1st Feb 2007, 12:17am

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UPDATE: I've updated the original post with a picture of our very long shooting schedule. 2 days till filming!

Cheers,
NickD
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:53am

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Good luck man!

I've been doing a similar project, although it's set up like a tv series instead of a movie. It's a mixture of the Real World and the Office, and I've also set up a filming schedule that lists all the details for shooting. It's a pretty large undertaking but it's nice to have it all planned out and do it on a real production schedule.

Is this your first large scale project like this? Regardless, I hope your filming all goes well.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 7:42am

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Where is it being filmed? If it's somewhere in southern California I would be glad to help, and I go to Brooks so I have access to some nice equipment (lights, tripods, mics, etc) even though I am restricted to first year student rentals only.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 3:27pm

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zguy95135 wrote:

Where is it being filmed? If it's somewhere in southern California I would be glad to help, and I go to Brooks so I have access to some nice equipment (lights, tripods, mics, etc) even though I am restricted to first year student rentals only.
Woa u go to brooks? cool. Just a question, is it hard to get in? It is my dream only to get into it.
(so this is not spam)
Ya, how did the first day of shooting go? Hope to sse some pictures up.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 3:27pm

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Lloyd66: Thanks for the encouragement biggrin

zguy: Sorry, it's being filmed in Colorado. What I mainly will need help on is the VFX when we hit post later in the year, so if you are up for that let me know.

UPDATE: Filming has officially begun. I will try to get you pictures from our first shoot at the end of today or tomorrow.

Cheers!
NickD
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:12pm

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Sweeet. Can't wait to see the pics.
But what vfx do you need help on?
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:20pm

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Lets see . . . we won't know the actual amount of shots for sure until we reach post, but here's some of the things we'll need some help on:

Lasers
Blaster Impact Explosions
Lightsabers
Explosions
Muzzle Flashes
Extra Blood (DetFilms stuff, etc.)
Some optics
Color Grading

That's all I can think of for now.
NickD
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:31pm

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Can't you do most of that stuff in effects lab? And you can use stock footage for half the stuff.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:35pm

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It's mainly the workload. When you're looking at a film that's feature length, and you're writing, editing, directing, etc., and trying to get it released in just a year, you don't have time to do everything.

So I'm trying to get some people to help me with the effects so that I can focus more on the editing, and so that I'm not packed in with too much stuff to do for the project.

NickD
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:42pm

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oh i see. Well maybe once I get more experiance in it, I would be willing to do some of it. But I need to practice on it a little more.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 4:53pm

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Hey thanks a lot biggrin

Will update shortly.
NickD
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 5:27pm

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Wow, you guys have producers and everything...not bad !

I am also planning to film a short film this summer...busy writing the script...

its basically about neo-nazis trying to cause a world conflict with the help of a WW2 nazi-secret weapon, which was thought to be non existent...

wish you all the best with your project, keep us updated.

cheers,
d.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 5:28pm

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Thanks devilskater biggrin

Good luck with your project too.
NickD
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 8:04pm

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KA Productions wrote:

zguy95135 wrote:

Where is it being filmed? If it's somewhere in southern California I would be glad to help, and I go to Brooks so I have access to some nice equipment (lights, tripods, mics, etc) even though I am restricted to first year student rentals only.
Woa u go to brooks? cool. Just a question, is it hard to get in? It is my dream only to get into it.
(so this is not spam)
Ya, how did the first day of shooting go? Hope to sse some pictures up.
Its not that hard to get in, but staying in is the tough thing. I believe around 70% of the students wont make it through the three years, its really intense. It costs a pretty penny too, but you don't get access to sound stages, backlots, over a million dollars in pro equipment, teachers who know what they're talking about, etc for free... I'm gonna have a nice student loan to pay off, but it'll be worth it to me.


It looks like your production is really well thought out smile. Definitely get some pics of the first day of shooting. I might be able to help in post too.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 9:05pm

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whats it about?
Posted: Sat, 3rd Feb 2007, 9:23pm

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Check the plot summaries on the site:

www.freewebs.com/magicbanana3
Posted: Sun, 4th Feb 2007, 5:44am

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cool
Posted: Sun, 4th Feb 2007, 5:02pm

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UPDATE: Just to let you all know that we have new web-hosting over at Impossible Productions (thanks TimmyD!!). Go over and check it out. It is still under construction, but is coming together quickly. Thanks!

www.mb3.impossibleprod.com

Cheers,
NickD
Posted: Mon, 5th Feb 2007, 6:48pm

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UPDATE: We've been doing some location scouting recently and would like to show you one of the locations we've got in mind. Check the original post in a little bit for a new picture.

Also, shooting pictures are coming later today.

Finally, I'd like to let you know that we are now blogging at our site, and that soon this thread may not be used for updates anymore, so check the blog at mb3.impossibleprod.com

Thanks!
NickD
Posted: Mon, 5th Feb 2007, 11:11pm

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UPDATE: Well here you go! The shoot is underway! We filmed a couple of days ago for the first time on the project, and quite naturally, our first shoot consisted of the last scene in the film. Ironic, but typical. I have tons of pictures, but have only uploaded 2 for this post. For more, check out the film blog over at mb3.impossibleprod.com.

Thanks everyone!
NickD



Posted: Tue, 6th Feb 2007, 12:45am

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Great site. Checking out now. But keep us updated, cause this looks great.
Posted: Tue, 6th Feb 2007, 12:47am

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Thanks KA. Glad to hear you're interested.
Posted: Tue, 6th Feb 2007, 1:13am

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Always will man. Well I finished seeing your site. It looks great. I like the location you found in the gallery. Looks like a great place to film.
Posted: Fri, 9th Feb 2007, 4:07pm

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UPDATE: Sorry. No pictures this time wink

Just wanted to let you know that we will be filming again this weekend, so stay tuned!

NickD
Posted: Fri, 9th Feb 2007, 5:10pm

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cool man! I am looking forward to this, even if the release is a year from now.. lol
Posted: Tue, 13th Feb 2007, 1:31am

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NickD, your whole productions is very impressive. Looks like you've got a devoted team with a vision, and that you guys work well together. Good job so far and keep up the amazing work!
Posted: Tue, 20th Feb 2007, 5:04am

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This is all very cool. May I ask if there is anyway to see the first two MB movies or will their be some effort to let viewers catch up when MB3 is ready to be released?

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Posted: Tue, 20th Feb 2007, 5:35am

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I am looking forward to this movie. Ill be sure to keep checking the site... to bad im going to have to wait a year biggrin
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 6:12pm

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UPDATE: Sorry, been a little while since I updated, but here's the latest. Due to weather out here in Colorado, we've had shooting problems and have only been able to shoot 3 scenes, but as a result, we've had more time to look at choreography and had more time to build up more extras and get some more money for the project (even though we still don't have a ton). Sometime in the next couple weeks, we plan to shoot a whole 10 scenes in one go, which will really aid us in getting done on time if we continue to get more snow out here.

We will continue to raise money as we go, and hopefully get enough to fund the entire project. If you are interested in donating money through PayPal to this project, please DO NOT use the donation form on the site. Rather, PM me and we will work something out.

Thanks,
NickD
Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 1:12am

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UPDATE: Hello again FXhome! It's been a couple months, and I'm back with some more updates.

Filiming has been going very well. We are about 1/3 of the way done, but are moving faster every day. Unfortunately, the 3 biggest scenes production-wise still need to be filmed. That'll be interesting, but with school out, we have plenty of time to film.

Post-production is already in preparation. We want to be ready when the time comes, so in the process of filming, I've acquired Final Cut Pro, 200GB of extra storage, and a PowerBook for on the fly editing/capturing.

We have accepted some donations, but need any extra cash as always (especially for props at this stage), so if you are willing even to sacrifice a few dollars/pound to help us, please PM me and I can get you PayPal info. As with donations, donation of work is always welcome. Post-production support would be great in the fall.

If you have any questions, let me know. We're gonna just keep chugging along for now.

NickD
Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 2:01am

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I would love to help with what I can, but I am not getting Visionlab for another 3 or 4 weeks(Five at the worst). I have After Effects 6.5 I got off ebay but it is not very fluent as the FxHome products, and I only want to use it for my purposes too.
Once I get the Visionlab though, I would want to help as much with what I could.
*Edit: Okay, I am not getting Visionlab in 3 weeks, that was just my optimism speaking, a lot longer than that

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Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 4:26am

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I haven't decided to ask until now, is there a Magic Banana I & II? If so where could I find them?
Posted: Wed, 30th May 2007, 4:42am

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Hey Nick,

Its great to hear you've made progress on your movie. If I can help at all, send me an email.

SGB
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Thanks Sammy. I'll hit you up on AIM sometime soon.
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 3:58am

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Wow! Looks like a very neat and professional production.
I'm in the market for a new microphone, myself, and noticed you talked about getting a new one earlier in the thread. Where did you get your microphone from and about how much did it cost?
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 4:07am

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I picked up a RODE VideoMic. I got one new with a Dead Cat on eBay for 150 USD total. It's amazing!
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NickD wrote:

I picked up a RODE VideoMic. I got one new with a Dead Cat on eBay for 150 USD total. It's amazing!
i highly recomend this mic or one like it. I think we got one like this, if not this one, and its just super. Great pickup, very clear sound.

Just make sure you get a boom. We made that mistake and its not fun if you have a crap boom...ours is always making noise and shaking etc.
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 2:20pm

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Thanks! And I willl try to pick up a prop boom.
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Looking forward to seeing the movie...

what camera is it being shot on??
Posted: Thu, 7th Jun 2007, 2:56am

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Just a standard Sony TRV-19, but it's turning out great.
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Ok, cool! Hope to see more updates soon. If need any help just ask and i'll be happy to help in any way I can. Though, I doubt I could do anything (filmaking-wise) better then you would do it.