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Dom D
05-29-2012, 10:11 PM
This last weekend my film finally got back on track- albeit temporarily. Friday was spend doing glammy shots of a show girl backstage. All went more or less according to plan:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4024.jpg

But on Saturday and Sunday we were shooing in the country up in the hills. The 2 days shoot involved vintage cars, four murders, one sex scene, one gang rape, gratuitous nudity and much bloodletting so even under ideal conditions it was always going to be a weekends hard yakka. By about five in the evening I began to have dark forebodings that these would not be ideal conditions:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4035.jpg

A heavy mist was moving in. In another hours time it would be so thick we couldn't see two metres in front of our own noses. With the mist came a heavy saturating rain That let up for only brief periods:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4153.jpg

The ground turned into a quagmire. We couldn't take a step without pulling up a kilo or so of mud with us. The set was dotted with 800w lights that weren't taking too kindly to the weather while our 200 odd metres of exstension cable sunk into the mud. Our lead actor decided to wander off in the dark by himself and stepped straight off a vertical 5 foot high embankment injuring his knee in the process. Meanwhile our lead actress had to spend most of the shoot sans costume, almost literally freezing her tits off.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4096.jpg

My script and storyboards quickly became saturated so whenever actors asked for prompts for lines I had to spend a couple minutes disentagling the pages:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4120.jpg

We eventually wrapped up at about two thirty in the morning managing not to have killed anybody. It was hell but in a weird kind of way it was fucking awesome. I would totally do it again:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4211.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4135.jpg

Ian Jane
05-30-2012, 09:00 AM
I dunno what a yakka is but those pictures are very, very cool.

Dom D
05-30-2012, 07:25 PM
This would be Hard Yakka:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1nTocAoXss&feature=related

Mark C.
05-30-2012, 09:34 PM
Sounds like fun Dom! Looks like you got a decent budget.

Dom D
05-30-2012, 11:11 PM
On sets fun when there's time. Budgets not so great. Only $11,000-ish with about $8000 of that going in payments to cast and crew which people generally don't do on something this size but as this is our third feature we figured it was bad karma to have everyone on deferred payments again. Amazing how cheap you can work these days. Camera's a stills camera in movie mode and the lights are cheap, very dodgy red heads from China. Other than that it's pretty much all begged, borrowed or stolen.

Dom D
05-31-2012, 12:04 AM
And here's how the actual footage came out. Considering how tough it was I'm pretty happy with it:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0527_00005.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0527_00009.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0527_00001.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0527_00007.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0527_00008.jpg

Ian Jane
05-31-2012, 09:56 AM
Looks slick. Nice shadows, pretty lead actress, cool cars. I'm intrigued.

And now I know what Hard Yakka is - you learn something new every day.

What kinda still camera are you using to shoot the video on? My Nikon doesn't do that but I'm thinking of upgrading to one that does in the not too distant future. You're happy with the video quality on it I'm guessing?

Mark C.
05-31-2012, 01:02 PM
Keep us updated, I might be curious to see this, it looks like you stretched that 11 grand pretty good.

Dom D
05-31-2012, 01:37 PM
We're using a Canon 5D MkII which is pretty pricey but the cheaper DSLRs look much the same to me. I'm half sold on them. They look more like film than video usually does but come with a heap of problems. They focus like a still camera, the codecs is inefficent so you need a big computer to edit, the compression is a bit dodgy and on the 5D (the 5D has a full frame sensor) the depth of field is too shallow. You can see these problems in some of the stills. The depth of field issue is obvious in the fourth image with Rod and Jasper fucking on the car. Focus is set on her face but is so shallow that even the hair behind her head is looking soft. And you can see a minor example of some of the compression issues with the way the light falls off in the top left hand corner of the shot of Jasper undressing in front of the car. It kind of steps down rather than being smooth. I can remove a lot of that in post but it's still a bit ugly. All that said they are awesome for the money.

Ian Jane
05-31-2012, 01:52 PM
Gotcha. Thanks for the input.

Dom D
08-10-2012, 02:53 AM
Organising my albums from the shoot today. Some pretty cool stuff in there, alot of which I'd forgotten about:

My lead actress who's pretty damn awesome:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_9941Annaeditsml.jpg

My femme Fatale:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_9047-1500x1000.jpg

These two are camera phone shots but we've got to work in awesome locations:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_20111205_202153.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_9394.jpg

Our very low tech method of shooting:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_0485-Copy.jpg

This scenes my favourite in the film:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_9057.jpg

This shots just pretty:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_4033med.jpg




EDIT: Whoops.... was toying around with my photobucket account. Should have occured to me it would do that. I'll get round to replacing someday soon.

Ian Jane
08-10-2012, 08:52 AM
Very nice compositions, even on the camera phone shots.

Dom D
09-30-2012, 03:00 AM
Finally managed to complete filming on my feature yesterday. It was only a 15 day shoot but it took a full year to schedule all of those 15 days. Had a few adventures like crawling around on a 3 story high gorrugated iron roof gaffer taping garbage bags to block out unexpected skylights but generally not a terrible day. We were shooting interior car shots in a studio with a smoke machine, people swinging redheads to simulate passing cars (two exploded scaring the shit out of everyone) and a couple of people spraying water on the cars to simulate rain. They look better in motion because it's all flashing lights, billowing smoke and dripping water but the stills came out looking okay too:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_2968.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_3031.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0930_00000.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/IMG_3001.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0930_00007.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Still0930_00006.jpg

Ian Jane
10-01-2012, 10:14 AM
Good stuff, very nice compositions.

sukebanboy
11-12-2012, 05:03 AM
Looking good....

Dom D
11-15-2012, 03:50 AM
Just started work on putting together the advertising for my film. This being 2012 and all I decided to start with the films facebook cover photo (thus the strange stretched proportions):

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/facbookprofilenewtitle2.jpg

Considering we haven't done a photoshoot yet (that's just a still from the film) I'm fairly happy with that. Good jumping off point for the real work ahead. Putting it together got me feeling nostalgic for the work I put in on my first films advertising so I went back into the archives to have a look. Unfortunately it all seems to be lost somehow. But some of the stills I came across were cool. It's a film with a fair few troubles but I always liked it visually. The colours are great and the girls are hot:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Bad%20Habits/bad2239sml.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Bad%20Habits/DAY2100sml.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Bad%20Habits/JamieawakesafteraveryconfrontingeveningphotobyFeli cityYoung.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Bad%20Habits/SisterMarieFenchisanunwhoisarmedanddangerousphotob yFelicityYoung.jpg

And a young, nervous looking me on my very first day directing. Probably an odd choice to spend my first day directing anything be a lesbian scene in a feature film. I don't look too terrible considering I spent the night before vomiting my guts up.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Bad%20Habits/053.jpg

sukebanboy
11-15-2012, 05:45 AM
Probably an odd choice to spend my first day directing anything be a lesbian scene in a feature film

Nope...not odd at all...If only we all were so lucky!!

Dom D
11-15-2012, 07:07 AM
Ah there's nothing sexy about shooting a sex scene. I find it pretty awkward at the best of times and that was definitely not the best of times. I was super nervous to be in charge of a crew to start with. I'd told everyone I'd done a bunch of shorts but I'd actually never shot anything so had no real idea how the whole business worked. On top of me being a bit useless one of the actress' had never kissed a girl before and wasn't overly keen on the idea. And when it came to the straight sex scenes the actors in those weren't getting on great with one another.

Since then I've pretty much cut sex scenes from my films. I still shoot a lot of nudity and whatnot but it's never consumated. With my last two films I've written some of the most frustrated characters in history.

sukebanboy
11-15-2012, 08:08 AM
LOL!!!

You are living the dream man...at least TRY to make it seem like you are enjoying it!!!!

I know the reality of shooting it is not the same as the movie in my head..but let us down gently!!!

PS.....can I ask how you managed to wrangle being director of a movie with no experience???...THAS the kind of information I am looking for!!!

Mark Tolch
11-15-2012, 08:11 AM
Haha, this is such a great thread. Good stories. :)

Dom D
11-16-2012, 05:06 AM
LOL!!!

You are living the dream man...at least TRY to make it seem like you are enjoying it!!!!

I'm enjoying it at the moment. I like writing and I like post. At the moment I'm in post which is just me and a few other geeky guys sitting round our computers sending each other stuff we're working on. Shooting is hard! Ridiculous long hours, massive amount of pressure and far too much time spent with actors. I am legendary for my short fuse with actors. Never had a problem with a techie (well there's one DP who doesn't like me very much but one 1 in 6 years ain't bad) while it's rare for me to get on with an actor.


PS.....can I ask how you managed to wrangle being director of a movie with no experience???...THAS the kind of information I am looking for!!!

No tricks to it. I saved up $8k and decided that's what I wanted to do. I think not having gone to film school or had any experience at all was an advantage in a wierd way. I had no idea what I was getting myself into so I just went and did it.

So I got the money and then advertised that I was making a film online and my inbox filled up very quickly with people who wanted to work on it. That I was a guy with no visible experience wanting to shoot a nunsploitation movie didn't seem to stop anyone from wanting to spend a couple weeks of their life slaving for me for no money. If anyone asked I just said: "Yeah I've done a couple of shorts but [shrug of the shoulders] they weren't great. This one will be better!" It might seem bizzare that I never once got a follow up question but actually what I learnt quickly was that people working on films don't necessarily have any interest in films at all. They just like making them. Which I find incredible cause I hate making them and just do it because I love films. Anyway the last thing the crew want is to have me giving them my back catalogue on DVD to go watch so they avoided that by not asking any questions. Even now making my third feature I don't think anyone involved has seen any of my previous films.

sukebanboy
11-16-2012, 08:44 AM
Lol DOM...You are a legend!!!!

Guess you are not really an "actors" sttyle of director then!!!

Thanks for the replies....$8K is no small sum.....If I can ask a personal question (you dont have to answer if you dont want obviously)...did you make the money bac from the first pic you made?..Can you give us a ballpoark figure as to how much...just curious as it was your first time and you didnt really know what you were getting yourself into by the sounds of it!!

I can understand people just wanting to work for you without asking too many questions..Shit, if I lived over there I would probably be BEGGING you for something to do on a film!!!


So I advertised that I was making a film online and my inbox filled up very quickly with people who wanted to work on it

I want to try this...but not as brave as you......Took a lot of bottle to do this I think!!

Dom D
11-16-2012, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the replies....$8K is no small sum.....If I can ask a personal question (you dont have to answer if you dont want obviously)...did you make the money bac from the first pic you made?..Can you give us a ballpoark figure as to how much...


Oh fuck no. I was just happy when DVD sales covered the cost of the pressing. To be fair the film never really got a chance. It was finished about the time the DVD biz kind of imploded. It was briefly linked to a distributor but that distributor went under stealing a hard drive with some pro res files I wanted on it. It took about a year to work out that they were actually kaput and weren't going to be releasing the film. By that point I was working on my second feature so didn't really have the focus to get the film out there myself. In the end I just replicated a bunch of DVDs myself and put them on my website to sell. Then my website, which was a wordpress thing, kept getting hacked and taken down so it's only recently that it's been consistently up and available for sale. People still place orders occassionaly though I'm not too sure how they hear about the film. Though oddly reviews will often pop up on line that we didn't know about which is always nice. Like one of my actors just found this one recently: http://severed-cinema.com/b-reviews/burlesque-dank-films

I consider all money spent on a film to be a write off. So on the last one we raised most of the budget through crowd funding and fundraiser stage shows. Actually stage shows are great for raising a bit of money to do stuff with. A thousandth the work of making a film but a great way to get your writing out there and make some money at the same time.

Dom D
11-16-2012, 06:14 PM
.Took a lot of bottle to do this I think!!

A lot of that bottle came from my girl. I definitely would have pulled the plug myself but she insisted on seeing it through. If you want to do it don't do it yourself. I know some people who do but I'm not sure how they manage it. I need a producer who has their head on straight to keep everything in line. We always try to make sure that whatever we're doing one us remains rational at all times though we switch, often even during the same night, which one that is.

Dom D
11-16-2012, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the replies....$8K is no small sum.....!

Sorry one more... $8k was what I spent back then and the new one cost even more- doing the 40s is not cheap- but I reckon nowadays you could do it for a couple grand. Get a Panasonic GH2. The kit lens is probably fine. Get some cheap red heads from China. Basically lit Only The Young Die Good entirely with cheap Chinese red heads and they're great. They blow often and loudly and will destroy your fusebox but they're the cheapest light you will get. Get a softbox with a multihead fitting that you can stick domestic globes into. A cheap tripod. Pirate AVID- I work in Edius myself because it's fast but for a feature you should use AVID. And you're good to go. Total cost about $1800 if you can keep your locations free. Oh and about $100 a day for catering depending on how many days you need.

sukebanboy
11-16-2012, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the replies Dom...fascinating insight into the low-to-no-budget film world.....

Sad to see that low budget movie making is not a guaranteed investment returner....(wonder if it ever was)..Studios like FULL MOON and TROMA are obviously a bit more wealthy than yourself, but must still be a struggle!

Just a couple more queries....

So, why did you decide to make a period movie??...Surely more headaches and money worries?

The Trailer for ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG looks great..and far better than trailers for a LOT of movies I see....Apart from having a decent producer, what would you say are the most important things that helped you progress to this level of filmaking seeing as you had no experience before?


Last one.....

In about 5-10 years time where do you realistically envisage yourself as regards to the movie making?

...Thanks for taking the time to answer these Dom.....Your story has really interested me...especially seeing how well you do this stuff without any film school etc (I know you dont need it, but i just saw a trailer for a movie called JURASSIC SHARK..the people making that one seem to be very lucky with people seemingly just throwing money at them to make , basically, a badly acted movie with cartoon CGI)...whereas you started up yourself and did everything from scratch...really good reading and informative!

Dom D
11-17-2012, 02:29 AM
So, why did you decide to make a period movie??...Surely more headaches and money worries?

Definitely but there were a few good reasons creative, commercial and practical. Creatively I'd had the script sitting round for years and been desperate to do it. It's my favourite thing I've written. I think one of the reasons my second film wasn't as good as I think it should have been was because I was pining to direct OTYDG instead so when it came time to do another I knew I had to do OTYDG this time or I wouldn't be giving it my all. The script was originally written to be budgeted but it wasn't like it had car chases or explosions so I thought it was doable. It did clock in at 116 pages and I needed to cut that down to 85 before it was something we could tackle but apart from length I didn't have to downsize it too much.

Commercially I thought it would be a good move. My first two didn't exactly cause a massive splash and I knew to stand out I would have to do something much more ambitious. I think everyone assumes OTYDG cost a lot more than it did just because of the period detail. Ultimately the films worth what people think it cost to make.

And finally I just thought I could pull it off. We had a lot of vintage contacts through my girlfriends alter ego Poppy Cherry. People who had cars, costumes, etc. And people want to do things for Poppy in a way they wouldn't if it was just Dom and Anna making the movie so we could be a bit cheeky in the number and level of favours we asked for. Ultimately a film like this requires good will from a lot of people and thanks to Poppy we had a big pool to draw from.


The Trailer for ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG looks great..and far better than trailers for a LOT of movies I see....Apart from having a decent producer, what would you say are the most important things that helped you progress to this level of filmaking seeing as you had no experience before?

The trailers okay-ish. The film was shot MOS so when I cut the trailer I had no audio to use. Now I've got most of the audio in place I'm going to cut a proper trailer. I think the most important thing I've learnt is how to structure a shoot. My first two films were shot on in single one to two week blocks where we shot the entire film all at once. With OTYDG we instead shot a day here or a day there over about a year. Organisationally that's a nightmare and you really up the chances of your film not getting finished but the quality you get working that way is so much higher because you have time to plan and build your sets, make sure the costumes are great, hone your script etc. I also realised you've got to work with the smallest crew possible. First film would have had a DOP, Gaffer, Camera Assist, Audio Recordist, Boom Operator and a couple runners. Now I use a DP and a runner. Makes a huge difference not having all those people standing around.

After that it's basically just learning the computer programs you need to use. I'm very fast with an NLE, I'm pretty poor but can get basic jobs done in After Effects. Can do basic work in audio programs and am getting pretty slick at colour grading. The programs you need to learn to be useful in the industry are AVID for picture editing. Pro Tools for audio. After Effects for Compositing and DaVinci for Colour.


In about 5-10 years time where do you realistically envisage yourself as regards to the movie making?

Well definitely not making no budget films. I'm done. Three is enough and I don't think I can make a film better than OTYDG is for no money. The first two were pretty flawed so I needed to go again but I think I nailed it this time so no point doing it again. At the moment I'm working on 2 scripts. If OTYDG has any success I'm going to try to pick up an Executive Producer and get a seven figure sum to make one of them. I have a friend who's an incredibly talented DP who has been investing heavily in Hollywood quality cameras and kit over the last year. Together we're going to shoot a really flashy trailer for one of the scripts next year that's going to serve as our bait. It's probably a long shot but if it doesn't come off I'm quite happy to retreat to just doing stage shows and corporate vids.


...Thanks for taking the time to answer these Dom.....
My pleasure! My friends are mostly IT geeks and bankers so I don't get to talk film making half as often as I'd like.

sukebanboy
11-17-2012, 08:11 AM
IT geeks and bankers as friends.....Geez, my heart goes out to you!!!!:biggrin:

Ah....now that you have explained about teh people helping out for the vintage stuff it seems like you got an incredible amount of goodwill and were extremely fortunate (and lucky) that both your idea nd your girlfriends contacts matched..Not sure what kind of movie I could make if I relied on MY girlfriends pool of friends...LOL!!

It seems to me you are learning an incredible amount in the space of just 3 movies....Sure the hands on approach of a small no budget shoot forces you to be a little more imaginative and on your toes compared to a larger budgeted shoot.....but I guess you are looking forward to the personal trailer to relax in and the P.A. to rush around on your every whim!!!

As a somewhat connoisseur of crap, incompetent movies made by people who dont know the first thing about making movies I would have to say that trailer is WELL above other crap like the recent JURASSIC SHARK trailer I just watched!!...i am not sure how big the movie industry is where you are (Oz right???)..but it seems like everyone and his cousin can get a movie made in America!!...If that trailer of yours was made years ago you could have had HOLLYWOOD VOICE OVER MAN booming out of it...would have fit right in on ANY VHS rental I would have picked up!!

If you are looking for bigger budget and Executive Producer you have to make a demo reel or something right?..Then what?...Just shop it around til someone bites and agrees to finance it???..did you try that KICKSTARTER donation page...even that uber-rich DAVID FINCHER went on there and raised 400,000...Who the hell feels the need to give HIM money??..but he made it anyway....

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/624061548/the-goon-movie-lets-kickstart-this-sucker

(QUICK NOTE: When you become a big and famous director, off in Hollywood shooting the next sacrilegious reboot of a much loved movie...I am available for ANYTHING you might need....You could get all the members of this forum involved....we could all do our bit to help!!!...(Except maybe Ian as he would just distract everyone!!!))

Keep us up to date with developments...would love to see this one when you have it up and finished!!

Dom D
11-17-2012, 06:03 PM
If you are looking for bigger budget and Executive Producer you have to make a demo reel or something right?..Then what?...Just shop it around til someone bites and agrees to finance it???..

First step is to get an agent.Plenty of those about and I'm a good candidate for commercial (by which I probably mean corporate) work these days as I've built up a broad skill set from having to do so many roles on my films and did a big job for a hospital a while back. Agents will have connections to exec producers. After that the film industry down here has a lot of structures in place to help get a movie made. It's not the goldmine that you see in "Not Quite Hollywood" but it's still pretty attractive.



did you try that KICKSTARTER donation page...even that uber-rich DAVID FINCHER went on there and raised 400,000...Who the hell feels the need to give HIM money??..but he made it anyway....

We used one of them. I'm not sure if it was kickstarter or another. But it's not the cash machine it appears to be. It's a lot of work and people don't really want to give money to projects that don''t feature anyone they know. I think we got about $3k from crowd funding which is about what we can raise at a fundraiser show. A fundraiser show is a lot more fun while, to be honest, crowd funding feels a little like begging. We wont do crowd funding again.


(QUICK NOTE: When you become a big and famous director, off in Hollywood shooting the next sacrilegious reboot of a much loved movie...I am available for ANYTHING you might need....You could get all the members of this forum involved....we could all do our bit to help!!!...(Except maybe Ian as he would just distract everyone!!!))

I'll bear it in mind:biggrin:

sukebanboy
11-18-2012, 01:50 AM
I'll bear it in mind:biggrin:

Argghh...just as I expected...you are going to sell out at the first opportunity in order to reboot / remake / destroy a beloved film from the past and incur the wrath of the fanboys in order to make the big $$$$$$!!!!!

...don't blame ya actually!!!


Glad to see Oz has a decent structure in place to help young filmakers...not sure the UK is a place where this could happen these days...but I am no expert on the matter!!

The kickstarter type deal IS a kind of begging I presume...but i guess a lot of people do not have the resources or contacts to raise even a basic level of funds...You mentioned FUNDRAISER SHOWS that you did, what would did you do for these??...Was it movie ights or concerts or womehting else??

The next question is a hypothetical one for ya....IF you could get the funds together, is there a DREAM PROJECT you have in mind?.(.Don't worry about the budget, in a dream situation, I can take care of it for you!!)

I am interested to know what your first thought would be....(NOTE: if you say you would remake or reboot a movie that needs NO improvement, you will get minus points!!)

Dom D
11-18-2012, 02:48 AM
The fundraising shows are just burlesque events- vintage strip tease. We arrange nights like that semi regularly anyway but the difference is the performers work for free- which they're happy to do because everyone knows we'll work for free for them when they need a fundraiser. Bars will donate the space for free because we bring in drinkers. Get 130 people at $20 bucks a head plus make another grand with a raflle and it's a decently profitable night. Here's the poster for our event:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/320703_258332350856806_100000401297747_840636_2369 85_n.jpg

EDIT if you're interested in the sort of live stuff we do there's a run down on my girlfriends website here: http://www.poppycherry.com/shows/ You just have to scroll down a bit.

Dream project at the moment: It's 1960 and my hero, who's a 12 year old boy, mother disappears. It looks like she's just run off with a lover but he's starts turning things up that make it look like maybe she was murdered. And maybe, just maybe, it was his dad who is definitely having an affair with a hot piece of tail who happens to be one of the kids teachers who he himself has a crush on. He starts investigating the disappearance himself. Imagine if Kyle MacLachlan in Blue Velvet had been a defenseless 12 year old and the monster who was threateninghim was the father he shared a house alone with. It's all about the kid learning about sexuality and the dark side of human nature while at the same time dealing with the grief and intrigue of losing his mother. It'll be a hard film to make given the nature of the material and age of the protagonist but I think it'd be interesting. Sort of "Parents" meets "Blue Velvet".

sukebanboy
11-18-2012, 07:56 AM
WOW!!!

i can see how you were able to raise the money now!!..Thats definitely something I would pay to see!!

I would, unfortunately, not be able to raise ANY money that way...my other half would object too much (actually, off the record, i think the punters paying to see it would object more....though dont tell her I said that!!!)...i would have to come up with something else....

DREAM PROJECT

Sort of "Parents" meets "Blue Velvet".

Yes...i would DEFINITELY pay to see this too!

Any thought of packing up and moving to Hollywood.....You already have (almost) three movies under your belt.....I am sure you could probably get SOMETHING to get your foot in the door....

RE: your girlfriends website.....Spat out my beer when I read the "find out more" part...just above "gallery" there is something titled "pasties"

These are pasties where i am from..

http://www.cornishpasties.org.uk/crantockbakery/chicken-pasty.jpg

Also (OFF TOPIC)...can you PLEASE tell me how you got together with a fantastic girl like that!!!..You need to write a book about that ....I consider THAT a greater skill than the best movie ever made!!

BACK ON TOPIC:

What made you get into making films in the first place and which film makers would you consider "influences"....also, which movie would you like to remake (if you had to...at gunpoint!)

Dom D
11-19-2012, 04:47 PM
WOW!!!

i can see how you were able to raise the money now!!..Thats definitely something I would pay to see!!

I would, unfortunately, not be able to raise ANY money that way...my other half would object too much (actually, off the record, i think the punters paying to see it would object more....though dont tell her I said that!!!)...i would have to come up with something else....

DREAM PROJECT


Yes...i would DEFINITELY pay to see this too!

Any thought of packing up and moving to Hollywood.....You already have (almost) three movies under your belt.....I am sure you could probably get SOMETHING to get your foot in the door....

RE: your girlfriends website.....Spat out my beer when I read the "find out more" part...just above "gallery" there is something titled "pasties"

These are pasties where i am from..

http://www.cornishpasties.org.uk/crantockbakery/chicken-pasty.jpg

Also (OFF TOPIC)...can you PLEASE tell me how you got together with a fantastic girl like that!!!..You need to write a book about that ....I consider THAT a greater skill than the best movie ever made!!

BACK ON TOPIC:

What made you get into making films in the first place and which film makers would you consider "influences"....also, which movie would you like to remake (if you had to...at gunpoint!)


Also (OFF TOPIC)...can you PLEASE tell me how you got together with a fantastic girl like that!!!..

You can pretty much find anything on the web these days. It's undeniably sad but I am a huge fan of internet dating.

No plans to go to Hollywood. I figure it's probably no easier to get a small film made (1 to 10 million budget) over there than it is here. And though obviously I wouldn't say no, I've got interest in making a big film.

I was rewatching Lost Highway the other day and was shocked at how much I'd stolen from it over the years. Definitely has to go down as the number 1 inluence.

sukebanboy
11-20-2012, 06:27 AM
So, i just got off the phone with David Lynch and he told me he would let you make EITHER "lost Highway 2" or a REMAKE of the original.....Said you could cast anyone you like in it...

You should let me know your answer and get back to me with what you think might be some good ideas and I can get back to him ASAP...he is a busy man you know!!

Dom D
11-21-2012, 05:35 PM
I only remake horribly bad films- just Killer Nun so far- so I'll go the sequel. Tell David I've got ideas.

sukebanboy
11-25-2012, 01:41 AM
I only remake horribly bad films- just Killer Nun so far- so I'll go the sequel. Tell David I've got ideas.

I'll let him know.....although you may have to have a pretty dcent pitch as I heard that a few other directors are interested in doing it too (Brett Ratner and Marcus Nispel are 2 i heard on the grapevine)

Think you can do a better movie than those two???!!!!:biggrin:

Dom D
02-12-2013, 06:43 AM
Getting a crack at directing something that's slightly less guerilla than usual. It's a music video shot on a RED camera which is way more quality than I've been allowed near in the past. Only hired on to direct this by the producers- so I'm only partially responsible for the content- but it's killer fun to get to play with real toys for a change. Just got forwarded the first still from the first days shooting today. Can't wait to see more becuase I think it looks pretty keen. Back on set tomorrow to do some surreal lost-in-a-wasteland scenes.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/allthemountains_zps3bce7bec.jpg

Ian Jane
02-12-2013, 09:57 AM
Congrats, sounds like a pretty cool project to get to work on.

sukebanboy
02-12-2013, 10:06 AM
Name of band and song?...anyone we have heard of???

Dom D
02-13-2013, 06:02 PM
You've never heard of the band because this is their first track. As to the song... well, it's kind of diabolical. Sort of a Nick Cave without the talent dirgey thing. Can't find anyone who likes it. The annoying thing is when I was first hired on they were making a video to another track that everyone agrees was pretty damn good. Then he hired a publicist and the publicist said "if you're making one exspensive video clip then it's got to be to your best song. Do the dirgey one." Having wrought the change the publicist then fires his client and heads off overseas. Or something. I'm pretty shakey on the details.

The old song had a really simple clip of a guy walking down a street while security cameras followed him and it looked like easy money at the brick factory for all. However the new song tells this fable of a man who''s found dead on a mountain, makes a lazarus like recovery and then from his hospital bed tells his story of the afterlife. The afterlife is a barren wasteland with a hotel in the middle of it that's decked out in vintage Hollywood glam. So... tricky. Though more interesting to me 'cause I don't have to pay for all this new shit eg hospitals, hotels, extras, moving a crew five hours away to a wasteland. These things add up. And the company didn't rebudget for the client because they didn't want to lose him. He was acting kind of flakey. Talking about his mate who offered to shoot it for ten bucks and a slab. Anyway, I'm looking at all these costs mounting up and at this point I think they must be pretty much working for free.

Mind you we managed to talk the client out of a helicopter trip to shoot volcanoes and lava flows and shit. And a 2 minute intrumental set to a visual akin to the time tunnel in 2001. He said it was a really easy effect 'cause he saw how they did it in a documentary one time. We said we didn't quite think 2001 visuals were really within our scope. So he agreed to cut the instrumental. The 2 minute instrumental, it turns out, was the sole contribution of the second member of the band who wasn't at the meeting at the time. Not sure how he feels about it but the fact I haven't met him yet must say something.

Anyway did the wasteland yesterday. I was super excited about this because we had about a square kilometre of sand dunes and a steadicam operator. Well turns out those sand dunes are next to the states number 1 wind surfing beach. So yeah, there was a fair bit of wind around and the sand just picked up into a mini blizzard that lasted the whole day. The steadicam was the first thing to go. Something about sand and mechanical objects not mixing. The tripod constantly threatened to follow. Turns out it's super tricky changing lens when there's sand flying about everywhere. Who knew? Meanwhile we're lugging gear into the blizzard through 30 degree heat. I'm still fishing sand out of my eyes. And we're losing people as we go as they succumb to sand and heat and all the while we're making little dumps of equiptment across the dunes as we decide we don't need it. Finding those dumps at the end of the day was a lot of fun.

Anyway, sore, super sunburnt, covered in sand but pretty damned happy with the days shoot. I think we nailed it.

sukebanboy
02-13-2013, 08:27 PM
Sounds like you are having a BLAST!!!:biggrin:

Would be interested to see it when its done....(Don't worry, will watch it with the SOUND OFF if it's really that bad!!!)

Dom D
02-14-2013, 04:57 AM
Not exactly an image but this seems to have become the unofficial thread for me to rave on about shit that I'm doing so here's the first official trailer for my new film Only The Young Die Good!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHqoh5r1r2g&feature=youtu.be

Working like a madman at the moment to get this finished by Sunday for the first screening while shooting a music vid at the same time. Sleep when I'm dead and all that.

Ian Jane
02-14-2013, 10:12 AM
Not to kiss ass or anything Dom, but that trailer is really well done. Makes me wanna see it, which is the point, so mission accomplished. Hope the premiere goes well for you.

Mark C.
02-14-2013, 11:09 PM
Very Cool, can't wait to see it! Nice Job Dom.

sukebanboy
02-15-2013, 05:10 AM
Yep...gotta go with the "Really well made trailer" view on this one....Bit of a "Lost Highway" vibe on those dark road shots!!

Dom D
02-15-2013, 05:41 PM
Yup I've been wanting bumper level road shots since seeing Lost Highway and The Church years ago (actually is it The Church or The Sect that has the cool bumper shots... I remember watching them obsessively for ages anyway). This film was the first time I had a DoP with the gear to pull it off. Had an awesome night zooming round the bush together getting that footage. Of course it looks cooler in Lost Highway because they wouldn't actually be car headlights but something much brighter. They were also able to loop their five to ten seconds of footage together into a continous take which was something I couldn't do.

Pretty happy with the trailer. Editing something like that is not really in my wheelhouse. I don't have great technical skills and trailer editing is very technical but after spending way too much time on it I think it came out good. Though some of the audio sounds like it's been run over backwards by a computer. Have to work out what happened there...

Dom D
02-28-2013, 07:11 PM
More screen caps from the music video I'm doing> Got to sit in on the edit for a couple of hours the other day. Almost done.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/857140_10200685074313862_1050548554_o_zps7df6abac. jpg

I'd never use a shot this effects heavy in a film but for a music video what the hell? I think it looks kind of funky.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/857759_10200650400047027_650525703_o_zps60b2c07d.j pg

Getting a beach to look like the Sahara.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/885385_10200686518189958_1514469177_o_zps80109b00. jpg

Another effects heavy shot. Though less obvious this time.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/886962_10200696233512835_413925069_o_zpseece7ab7.j pg

Me directing with my hands while my lead actor looks on dubiously.

Ian Jane
03-01-2013, 10:07 AM
That actor kind of looks like Ronald Reagan.

sukebanboy
03-07-2013, 09:09 AM
You need to get Ian to change the title of this thread to the DOM D THREAD or something similar....Some people may be expecting a thread all about Wild mountain Gorillas!!:biggrin:

sukebanboy
07-02-2013, 01:57 PM
So, anywhere we can view this music video...or is it one of those well kep secrets of the industry!!!:biggrin:

Dom D
07-02-2013, 05:53 PM
That's a damn good question and I shall look into it! It's a funny one. We needed to do a couple of pick up shots so I was waiting on a call to come in to do those. A few weeks went by and I had other things going on so I wasn't thinking about it and then I bumped into the editor and asked him when we were going to shoot the last stuff and sit down and finish the edit. "Finish it?" he replied, "dude it's done. The client loved it." So yeah... Not seen it yet though I am nervously curious to see whats been done. Mostly nervous. The chances of the whole thing being naff are huge. Actually got an offer to do another one by the same company sitting in my Inbox and have spent the last half an hour trying to decide.

Dom D
07-31-2013, 06:27 PM
Okay I didn't take the photo here but I did a lot of the post work. Though even there someone came in and massively improved what I did while also buggering up a couple small things. Including the title actually. it supposed to be Oktoberfest. Anyway this is a poster for a show my girlfriend (in the picture) and I are touring around the state this October. Looking forward to this more than anything I've ever done I think.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/oktoberfest_zpsa08f329d.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/oktoberfest_zpsa08f329d.jpg.html)

sukebanboy
10-23-2013, 11:27 AM
LOL on the misspelling of OKTOBERFEST:biggrin:

Looks neat...Wish I still lived in OZ....would be onto this show like a shot!!

Dom D
10-23-2013, 05:20 PM
It's been knackering! Strange and knackering. Right from the start we split it into 2 parts. 2 shows in the City where we felt the market was oversaturated and long overdue for a downturn and then a tour out into the 'burbs where they have huge venues, massive populations and no entertainment at all. Had to be a lot of money to be made out there. Plus the venues were happy to do shitloads of advertising for us. Like this:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/1291842_570038866365313_198249303_o_zpsf34187a9.jp g (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/1291842_570038866365313_198249303_o_zpsf34187a9.jp g.html)

Well turns out there's a reason there's no shows in the burbs. The shows died a grim and brutal- not to mention expensive- death. Meanwhile in the horribly oversaturated, due for a downturn city our crowds we're like this:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-92_zps71e2f53d.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-92_zps71e2f53d.jpg.html)

That's an audience person enjoying himself so much he just had to get naked. And we almost got shut down shortly after that when the crowd started dancing on the tables. We had a sellout 300 people crowd in one of Melbourne's oldest Town hall which we beer halled up with costumed girls doing table service beer and actual Germans serving large sausage.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-23_zpsc9d4671c.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-23_zpsc9d4671c.jpg.html)
(Backstage before the storm)

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-88_zps901a3400.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-88_zps901a3400.jpg.html)
(backstage during show)

Logistically very difficult show. We were allowed into the venue at 4. The show started at six so in that time we had to move in 100 slabs of beer, decorate the hall and move in and install the tech gear. Moving the beer in took me about 40 minutes which left 80 to install the tech including a shit load of par cans and amps and subs. Open up the boxes and they've given me totally different gear before than I've ever seen before. Plus it doesn't occurr to me till this point that I've never actually plugged a professional armchair sized subwoofer in before. How hard can it be? Plus I realise at this point they didn't deliver the 3 phase power distributor which means I've got run off the power coming out of the walls. I wish I had a photo of the cabling that required. I ran through over 500 metres of extension cabling and was still desperate for more. In the end I got the sound running just as the first people came in through the door and then had to install the lights in front of them. But the show was awesome:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-74_zpsfed4a5cc.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-74_zpsfed4a5cc.jpg.html)

Yup she's doing what it looks like she's doing. And right in the background you can see me in a Where's Waldo sort of way. That's where I ran tech from.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-42_zps56340937.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-42_zps56340937.jpg.html)

Dom D
10-23-2013, 05:31 PM
As for what the show was (these photos are from one of the suburban venues) we had:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/web871A0598_zps0e111f9a.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/web871A0598_zps0e111f9a.jpg.html)
Hula hooping.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/web871A1575_zps9b2f8b79.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/web871A1575_zps9b2f8b79.jpg.html)
Fire acts.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/web871A1150_zpsa3ed5fbf.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/web871A1150_zpsa3ed5fbf.jpg.html)
The always dreaded audience participation.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/web871A1782_zps07a1271b.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/web871A1782_zps07a1271b.jpg.html)
My girlfriend who doesn't do tricks like fire swallowing or bottle walking but does get her tits out so it's fine.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-91_zps95075a88.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-91_zps95075a88.jpg.html)

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/webimage-83_zpsd62bd557.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/webimage-83_zpsd62bd557.jpg.html)

sukebanboy
10-29-2013, 08:12 AM
Just goes to show...You can never judge an audience!!!

Nice to see GERARD BUTLER up during that audience participation photo!!!!

Must be a HUGE rush when the whole thing comes together and the fullhouse are really into the show!!

Ian Jane
10-29-2013, 08:51 AM
Great shots, Dom.

Dom D
10-29-2013, 10:53 PM
Thanks Ian.




Must be a HUGE rush when the whole thing comes together and the fullhouse are really into the show!!

Its has its highs. Then again there are nights like last Saturday when we performed in a huge suburban 1200 seat venue to an audience of fifty. While it was a landmark moment to be performing on a stage that had hosted the august likes of Vanilla Ice to be doing so to such a tiny crowd was humbling. Humbling and expensive.