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'Roulette' -AE's new film

Posted: Tue, 14th Jul 2009, 2:05pm

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Recently, I've been posting quite a bit regarding my new film, 'Roulette', which is currently is production. I'm going to take a leaf out of Atom's book here and drum up some hype for the film. Here, I shall be posting screenshots and updates throughout the summer as I try and finish this hopelessly ambitious (for me) project before I go to Uni in September.

Without giving too much away, 'Roulette' tells the story of Jake, a student who finds out that his luck is a lot more predictable than everyone else's. The film follows him as he discovers his 'condition' and then tries to learn to cope with it, getting in to some serious trouble along the way. Genre is kinda difficult to pinpoint; I think of it as a Teen/Crime/Thriller/Love Story.

Anyway, here's some screenshots of the RAW footage, unedited and un-colour-corrected.
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Our main character: Jake Aspin.


Jake's friends: (from left to right) Greg, Ed and David.


The group's English Teacher. He gives Jake some good news.


Jake secretly has a crush on this girl, Sophie Halliday, who is in his Maths class.


Harry Stamper: Owner of a local backstreet casino.


...I just like the lighting in this one...

More updates and pictures will follow!

AE

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Posted: Tue, 14th Jul 2009, 2:10pm

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YES!

ADULTS PLAYING ADULTS!

For this alone, I give you serious respect, as it's so rarely achieved by filmmakers your age.

This is looking pretty cool and you're clearly putting a lot of thought into it based on your previous posts.

Colour me excited.

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Posted: Tue, 14th Jul 2009, 2:26pm

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The funny part about this is, Your username sounds American and there's a kid wearing a "Brooklyn" shirt in one of the pictures, but I knew this had to be a UK production because of the hairstyles. Ha, anyways, Looks good MATE.
Posted: Tue, 14th Jul 2009, 2:51pm

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That's so freaking awesome man!!!
It's really cool to see your characters come to life, they all look great and fit the part.
Posted: Tue, 14th Jul 2009, 5:11pm

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You do know that "Harry Stamper" is the name of Bruce Willis' oil drilling character in Armageddon, right? razz

But seriously - looks interesting - and I have to 100% agree with Tarn on the Adults playing Adults part. Bravo.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Jul 2009, 12:19pm

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UPDATE:
We've filmed some more of 'Roulette' these last couple of days, so I thought I'd share some screenshots of our raw footage with you all.

Since these moments take place at key places in the story, I can't really reveal too much about them yet.


Again...I just like the lighting biggrin


Chris looking malicious.


You have no idea how tough this shot was the achieve.


Sophie gets emotional


This one came out a little dark, but nothing a contrast pro filter can't fix!

Anyway, I hope that will tide you over to the next update...whenever that may be...

AE
Posted: Wed, 22nd Jul 2009, 12:25pm

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Wow dude. Nice.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jul 2009, 12:57pm

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thanks man smile

More updates soon!

AE
Posted: Wed, 29th Jul 2009, 1:58pm

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UPDATE:

Well, we've now reached and passed a big milestone; over half of 'Roulette' has now been shot! In pages, that's 31 out of 52, so there's still some way to go but I'm more confident now.

So, with all this filming going on, I've got a few more pictures to show you all. Please keep your comments, criticisms and questions coming in.


"Oh Shi-"


The Lads enjoy a night out, filmed in Reading highstreet. We met a guy who once bet his socks for a Snickers bar and ended up getting the bottom half of his clothes burned in process.


A painful phone conversation


Deep in thought


Really pleased with how this one turned out; a light white balance adjustment made the flourescent light comes out green.


I can confirm that 'Roulette' will have a Tanner Productions' trademark "feet-shot".

Keep your comments coming!

AE
Posted: Wed, 29th Jul 2009, 2:40pm

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Groovy. How much longer do you have on the shoot, do you reckon?
Posted: Thu, 30th Jul 2009, 1:39pm

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The filming has to be finished by August 18th, because I go on holiday that day. However, I'm still missing a location for a Roulette game (supposedly set in a backstreet casino), and an office, for two more scenes.

AE
Posted: Fri, 31st Jul 2009, 8:22am

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HEy, that looks really good. Nice attention to light in some of the shoots. Looks moody. I'll definately have a look at this when it's done!

Good luck with the filming!
Posted: Wed, 16th Sep 2009, 11:36pm

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UPDATE:
Well, after many a headache, I've finally shot the dreading casino scene (yay!). And, in other news, the other long scene we have to film is scheduled for Friday. So, the wheel are still on the project...just. I'm about to go to University to start my Film Production course, so I'd like to get all the filming done by then. However, I suspect I will be coming back several weekends in the near future for pick-ups and reshoots.

Here's some more RAW screenshots (unedited, not colour-corrected):


Jake plays Roulette. The 'backstreet casino' ended up being filmed at a soon-to-be refurbed Sports Bar, currently being used as an after school club for kids.


This 16-inch Roulette wheel was a great eBay find. It's solid wood and metal, which looks much more genuine compared to the bakelite versions you can get.


This should please Tarn, another adult playing an adult; in this case, Peter Jeffares as our Croupier.


As part of a deal I made with one of the other members of the cast, I had a cameo in this scene, playing 'Nervous Man'. You can tell I did drama GCSE, huh?


It's a tense scene this one...

That Roulette table, by the way, is home-made and consists of two interlocking sheets of chipboard, with a 3 ft x 6 ft Roulette mat, secured in place by dowels and wooden edging sprayed black. Red felt was then cut to size and stapled down, and the Roulette wheel placed on top. The whole thing (minus the Roulette wheel) cost about £20.

So there you are. Hopefully I'll be able to post a couple more pics soon once we've done Friday's shoot. Then, we'll only have about 10% left to film!

Until next time,
AE
Posted: Thu, 17th Sep 2009, 12:12am

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Bryce007 wrote:

The funny part about this is, Your username sounds American and there's a kid wearing a "Brooklyn" shirt in one of the pictures, but I knew this had to be a UK production because of the hairstyles. Ha, anyways, Looks good MATE.
The guy in the Brooklen shirt almost has the same hairstyle I do! And I'm American! biggrin Except for my movie I have to get a flat top/buzz cut.
Looks great so far AE. Can't wait till its done!
Posted: Fri, 18th Sep 2009, 7:18pm

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Slight set-back; the woman who was lending us her office to film in today has cancelled on us indefinately, so there won't be an update for the weekend I'm afraid.

Now I once again have to find another office somewhere...

AE
Posted: Fri, 18th Sep 2009, 8:29pm

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Avenging Eagle wrote:

Slight set-back; the woman who was lending us her office to film in today has cancelled on us indefinately, so there won't be an update for the weekend I'm afraid.

Now I once again have to find another office somewhere...

AE
Curses! That really blows.
Posted: Thu, 12th Nov 2009, 5:05pm

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UPDATE
Well, after some very late nights, the trailer for 'Roulette' is done. Just wish fxhome had accepted it to the cinema sooner...

http://fxhome.com/cinema/view/3946/%27roulette%27---trailer

Enjoy,

AE
Posted: Fri, 13th Nov 2009, 1:24pm

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Great trailer! When can we expect more? smile
Posted: Fri, 13th Nov 2009, 1:35pm

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Yeah! Just wanted to use the opportunity again to express how I really really like this!

It's something that the fxhome cinema has been lacking for a long, long time. Something that feels fresh and looks like it has potential to be actually good!

Very excited!
Posted: Fri, 13th Nov 2009, 2:28pm

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Wow! That was very good, enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the entire film!
Posted: Sun, 6th Dec 2009, 10:42am

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UPDATE:
At last, the elusive office scenes have been shot! I ended up having to cart three of my actors 85 miles to my University to do it but they were OK with that. This now means that 98% of the film has been shot; 51 of 52 pages. Only the final scene of the film needs to be done now, and I'm expected to shoot that when I go back home for Christmas in a couple of weeks time.

For now though, here are some frames from the raw footage.

We arrived on set only to realise we had cracked one of these tumblers that we needed for the shoot.


This one has been nicknamed 'The Batman Shot'. Do you think it works?


Jake looks stern. I'm started to shy away from 'over-the-shoulder' shots; I'd much rather do 'by-the-side-of-the-head' shots like this instead.


I like the DOF on this one biggrin


It's been a long and agonising process to get this far. But the important thing is that I think it was worth it. This ambitious 52 page script is almost done, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. As it happens, I reckon it's going to end up a staggering 70 minutes long, but that's still a huge achievement I think.

I'll post a few pics of the final scene when I get it done.

AE
Posted: Tue, 8th Dec 2009, 10:31am

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Excellent stuff! Still looking great. Good to hear that your actors are dedicated to the project, too.

With the running length, when it comes to editing make sure you are harsh. Be an utterly evil SOB to your own work. Make sure the only stuff that's left in there is stuff that serves the story, or the characters. Cut anything superfluous, even if it's your favourite shot. Even if it was the most difficult scene to shoot.

In the end, all the matters is the final story and how it is told to the viewer. Anything that gets in the way will harm the final product.

I know Sollthar found this with Nightcast - the first cut was considerably longer than the final version that ended up on the web and on DVD. While I thought the original was a fine achievement, Marco's nevertheless managed to tighten the pacing and overal enjoyment factor of the movie by taking a more critical, objective view to the edit.

Seriously, the editing room is where a movie lives or dies. smile
Posted: Wed, 20th Jan 2010, 9:20am

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UPDATE:
Here's a quick update on where 'Roulette' is at and why it's taking so long, presented by me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_hSGl8XnKc

Thanks for all your support so far!

AE

P.S. Special thanks to fxhome for making VideoWrap available over Christmas, I think it's awesome!
Posted: Wed, 20th Jan 2010, 3:01pm

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Good work and good luck, AE! Sounds promising!
Posted: Wed, 20th Jan 2010, 3:09pm

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Looking like this is coming along really nicely. Can't wait to see it.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Jan 2010, 1:48am

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This is looking really good! After seeing the trailer I am very excited to see the full film! So I hope it doesn't take too long. smile
Posted: Thu, 28th Jan 2010, 1:51pm

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Looks good, very ambitious, looking forward to the finished film.
Posted: Thu, 28th Jan 2010, 1:52pm

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Any further progress on this yet, AE?
Posted: Sat, 29th May 2010, 2:42pm

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UPDATE:

- The film is done. 12 months in the making. 170GB of raw footage (Standard Def). Final duration 70 minutes, 20 seconds; 105,500 frames.

- Released this Tuesday (1st June)

- Trailer #2 is up on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQdnw6eHey8

I'm glad to finally be putting this project to bed. Afterall, it only took me a year...

Look out for it in the cinema next week biggrin
AE