A new website

Welcome to the new Crimes of the Art website. This is now the online home for Crimes of the Art productions, which is the umbrella under which several of us are making movies. The goal of this project is education: we’ve got a long way to go to improve our...

A new movie

After all the fun I’ve had doing 48 Hour Film Festivals, I decided I really wanted to try doing one by myself.  Do the writing, the directing, the camera work, the sound, and even all the acting.  And by myself, of course I mean with Julie’s help. Looking...

Fighting with myself, or more experiments

I’m working on a video project that requires one actor to play multiple roles.  Those roles interact with each other, and there’s going to be times when we’re going to want multiple versions of the actor on screen at the same time. I’ve been...

Quietus

Another 48 Hour Film Project.  Here’s “Quietus”, made on the weekend of May 2-4, 2014: The required elements: Silent movie, an event planner named Sam or Samuel Canterbury, an envelope, the line “You can trust me.” I directed, but I had a...

Experiments, we’ve got experiments!

Julie and I watched “The Haunting” the other night.  This is an excellent haunted house movie made in the late 60’s.  One thing that caught my eye was the interesting distortions in the movie and the way that everything seems to have greater depth...

Favorite books about making movies

This post includes information from my previous post on what I’m reading, the Movie Edition.  But this one organizes books by topic.  It also includes only my favorites of the books I’ve read on making movies.  Consider this my recommended reading list on...

The Stapler

I’m taking weekend classes this month on film production.  This weekend was all about scriptwriting.  I had a good time, though have kind of mixed feelings about what I learned. As part of the class, we had a short time to write a script.  I put together the...

A couple photographic experiments

I love getting out the camera and experimenting with stuff.  Today: what’s the effect on depth-of-field and apparent closeness of changing the focal length of the lens?  There’s strong implications on filming here. First off, on apparent closeness....

Another movie!

Can’t believe I haven’t added this here.  Anyway, this is a couple months old now, but back in November I participated in the National Film Challenge.  In this, we made a movie in three days, including writing the script, doing all the filming, and doing...