The Big Meet made a resurgence at a little boutique film festival organized by Puzzle Piece Entertainment at The Study in Hollywood and received the best film award!
Itâ€™s a privilege to have had three films I shot on the festival circuit this year. They were all very unique films with specific aesthetics tailored to the story. The choice of camera was essential to the final look and feel of each film. I shot in standard definition with 2 Sony Betacam’s for the Republic of Rick, to give it the 90â€™s TV documentary feeling the director was looking for. Teacher of the Year was shot in 720p HD to garner the authenticity of a slightly more modern documentary. And despite recognizable actors, helped evoke a feeling of true documentary even though itâ€™s a satire. A Red Camera did make an appearance for The Big Meet, where we were going for a slick and modern Hollywood Noir, with rich blacks and vibrant color. I’ve written about each of these films in previous newsletters. In the breakdowns below are links to those articles, frame grabs, a festival list, web links, and press links for each film. Enjoy!
Republic Of Rick. A Texas secession satire based on Rick Mclarenâ€™s (Dave Abed), quixotic attempt for Texasâ€™s independence in the late 1990â€™s. Check out the detailed article here.
Republic of Rick was nominated at the Slamdance Film FestivalÂ for a grand jury prize for best narrative, nominated for a jury prize and winner of the Frels Award at the Victoria Texas Indie Fest, selection at Arizona Underground Film Festival, selected for Worldfest, selected for the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival, selected for the Victoria Film Festival, selected for the Film Columbia Festival, and selected for the Chesapeake Film Festival.
Teacher of the Year. Surrounded by the eccentric faculty of Truman High School, Mitch Carter, played by Matt Letscher (Her, Boardwalk Empire, The West Wing) wins the California Teacher of the Year award and immediately receives a tempting offer that may force him to leave his job where squabbles with principal Ron Douche, played by Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, MADtv, RENO 911!) escalate beyond control. Check out the detailed articleÂ here.
Teacher of the Year receivedÂ the Audience Award for Best Comedy at its premier at theÂ Newport Beach Film Festival, a Jury Award for Best Screenplay at theÂ West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, was awardedÂ Best Feature Film at theÂ Cincinnati Film Festival, recieved the Programmers Choice Award for Best FeatureÂ at theÂ St. Louis International film festival, was selected into theÂ Napa Valley Film Festival,Â Austin Film Festival,Â The Las Vegas Film Festival, and theÂ Dances With Films Festival.
The Big Meet. A grungy screenwriter takes a meeting with a Hollywood executive and makes a “killer pitch” … But is he actually a killer? Check out the detailed articleÂ here.
The Big MeetÂ won the Earth Award atÂ the Cinerockom International Film Festival, was selected into theÂ LA Shorts Fest, the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, theÂ Hill Country Film Festival, and theÂ Womans International Film & Arts Festival.
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After premiering at the LA Shorts Fest,Â The Big Meet, a short film I shot for director Christian Elder, continues to screen at festivals. It won the Earth Award at the Cinerock International Film Festival in October,Â was a selection at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival in March and has most recently been accepted into the Hill Country Film Festival coming in May in Texas!
For a more detailed article on the film and frame grabs goÂ here.
A short film I shot for Writer and Director Christian Elder, â€œThe Big Meetâ€ has been selected for The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival aka LA SHORTS FEST. This festival is Academy Award accredited with 44 participating films having been nominated in its history and 13 taking home the Oscar. Its good to be in such company.
The venue is NoHo 7 Laemmle Theatres in North Hollywood. â€œThe Big Meetâ€ will be screening on closing night in the program starting at 7:45 on Thursday, September 12, 2013.
Trailer,Â Article I wrote about the Making of,Â LA Shorts Fest,Â Facebook Page,Â Official Website,Â IMDB