Those 2015 Jams

2015 is already here. Can you believe it?

Last year was one of the most productive years to date – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We went to a few film festivals, wrapped production on Second Death, completed Disconnected and Arlo: The Assassin and shot some new photos while we were at it.

2014 was great!

Now it's a new year and we’re ready to do even more. Our resolutions for 2015 are simple really:

  • Be more creative.
  • Collaborate more.
  • Stray from negativity.

Easy stuff, right? Well to help us along the way, we’ve created a playlist to keep us motivated and on track.

What are your resolutions? Tell us below.

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5 Indie Gifts You Can Order Now!

The madness that is the “Gift Giving Season” has already begun and just like every year, the frenzied crowds of angry shoppers are out in full form!

Yesterday, while minding my own business in a local shop and searching through the various Christmas themed isles that were scattered throughout the store – I found the perfect gift: A slightly damaged Gilligan’s Island box set. From a distance it caught my eye, the bright yellow arrow that read “ Clearance” drawing me in further. I reached out for it, my eyes looking down to notice that it had been marked down ever further - $5. What? Are you serious? The entire show from beginning to end for $5! My heart was pounding as my fingers stretched out to reach for it – I was so close. But then, in that moment, just before I had it in my grasp, a pudgy 85-year-old woman punched me in the eye and stole my perfect gift.

Okay, she didn’t really punch me but she might as well have with the look she gave me as she smugly took the box set from me and tucked it under her purse in her cart.

I left the store with nothing – vowing to only shop online from now on.

So, without making myself any angrier, I would like to present to you:

5 Indie Gifts You Can Order Now! 

 

 

1.     Cute Butt Club Girls – Stickers by Mel Stringer

Photo: Mel Stringer Art

Photo: Mel Stringer Art

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Butts have been a popular topic for 2014 and what better way to celebrate that than with some awesome stickers from illustrator and all around amazing creative – Mel Stringer. Check out the rest of her shop for zines, cards, prints and more. 

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2.   Bliss – Digital Album by CHN$W

Photo: CHN$W / Elio. 

Photo: CHN$W / Elio. 

$4.00 - Click Here 

I originally stumbled across this guy’s vlogs on YouTube and then soon found his music. Seriously, check it out! Bliss is beautiful. It’s like the sounds of jazz and hip hop had a little baby and that’s one cute baby.

Cawboi is my personal favorite!

Check out his Bandcamp: Click Here

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3. Cosplay - Photo Booklet by ChekiCardPhoto

Photo: ChekiCardPhoto

Photo: ChekiCardPhoto

$7.00 - Click Here

This is something I gifted Meghan a few months back and she really loved it. If you or anyone you know is a fan of cosplay or the convention scene, then they'll love this straight-forward, full color collection of instant photos from all around. 

Check out his shop: Click Here

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4. IDK Windbreaker by Dustin Cavazos

Photo: Dustin Cavazos

Photo: Dustin Cavazos

$40.00 - Click Here

If you don't know who Dustin Cavazos is - well, you need to hop on over to Google and do a quick search immediately. He's an amazingly talented songwriter and musician, focusing his talents on the Dallas area and doing a bang up job at it. Not only is his music amazing, but he's completely involved in his community and is always giving back to his fans. The weather is getting cold so why not show some Dustin Cavazos pride while you're staying warm. 

Check out his Website: Click Here

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5. Circles - Zine by Dustin Buck

Photo: Vintage:Nine Studios

Photo: Vintage:Nine Studios

$5.00 - Click Here

A little self-promotion never hurt anyone right? Circles is an abstract, black and white photography zine hot of the Xerox and ready to be tucked into your stocking! 28 pages, 28 circles. Oh yea! 

Check out our Shop: Click Here

 

What's that perfect gift you've had your eyes on lately? Let us know in the comments below and click that little heart if you enjoyed our 5 Indie Gifts You Can Order Now! 

Arlo: Day Three - That's a Wrap!

Alarm clocks buzzed and before we knew it, we were in the car heading to set to film the final scenes of Arlo: The Assassin. 

It was another oddly warm day for December, the temperature in the mid 60’s, with the sun beaming down freely - without a cloud in sight. It was the type of weather you never get when you’re filming outside. Which make sense, because we were stuck inside all day.

We arrived at the location, followed soon after by our cast and crew who were eager to get to work and excited to finish the film.

Meghan began working on Carly’s hair and makeup – giving her an awesome Rachel Tyrell, Blade Runner hair-do, that went perfectly with her character’s attitude.  This was Carly’s first day on set and you could see the excitement in her eyes – it was like a kid in a candy shop. Any free moment she got, she was quickly out of her seat practicing choreography and going over lines with Logan.

Carly Rucker as the Grinning Girl.

Carly Rucker as the Grinning Girl.

Rachel preparing for her scene. 

Rachel preparing for her scene. 

Lights were placed, debris was scattered, actors were dressed and it was time to work!

The first scene we shot involved Rachel’s character, Gut Buster, getting the upper hand on Arlo before he takes her out. Rolando lit the dark room all red, with a slight hint of blue coming from a door in the back, which gave the entire scene a very ominous and awesome look. The two actors scuffled with each take, their fight looking better than I had imagined! Both Logan and Rachel did such a good job with the scene that Rolando was able to quickly move from angle to angle, capturing what was needed in just a few takes of each motion.

Rachel said goodbye and it was onto the next scene.

Now it was Carly’s turn. Finally. The Grinning Girl/Arlo beat down! This was the moment we had all been waiting for and we were eager to get to it. Before rolling, we looked over the choreography once more and added a few additional moves to the fight, blocked out the scene and then called “Action!” – Yes! Carly and Logan moved from one take to the other, nailing the fight and their lines perfectly.

Unfortunately, I can’t get into the last scene too much. I don’t want to spoil anything – so that’s as much as I can say about that. Sorry!

Before we knew it, I yelled, “Cut!” and that was it. It was 3:30 in the morning and we were exhausted and covered in dirt, our feet were aching and everyone had developed a cough – but even with all that, it felt good at the same time.

That was a wrap.

The last shot of the day is always a weird one. You start to think back about all the shots you got and you begin to doubt yourself a bit – questioning if you captured everything you needed or not. It’s also a weird moment because you know once you yell, “Cut!” – it’s over. That’s it. The family mentality that you’ve built during the production comes to an end and everyone goes back to his or her daily routines. It’s odd and it’s a feeling I’ve never really been able to explain. I think I just love being on set – I love the energy, the people, the excitement and most of all I love the challenge that making a film brings, so when that ends - it's a really strange thing. 

Arlo: The Assassin has been a fantastic experience and I cannot wait for you all to see it. This is without a doubt, the type of film I’ve always wanted to make and I think that it will show in the final film.

I’d like to thank our cast and crew for all their hard work and determination to make the best short film we could possibly make.

Arlo is coming Christmas Day.

See you then.