DreamStalker Films

Another 48 Hours…

by Herr Direktor on Mar.06, 2011, under Film News, Promotions/Events

As many of you may already know, DreamStalker Films just completed our third 48 Hour Film Challenge for A3F.  But more on that in a bit.  As I look at our site it looks like once again I have gone too long without an update… So here’s what’s happened so far for DSF in 2011:

How the Production Assistant tells the Director to shut up.

In January we completed a very long day of filming on Slayer Wars 3.  Special thanks to Chrissy for all her hard work in her return as “Darth Empiric” despite being very pregnant (she delivered a healthy baby girl less than two weeks after the shoot) and to Shannon for sticking through it most of the day despite being sick.

Chrissy Palmer as Darth Empiric

I have just completed the final cut of the “Voice” version of “Laptops’ Revenge”.  There were a few shots that just incredibly slowed the pacing (and this version was already a lot longer than my Director’s Cut) and I wanted that fixed before submitting it to any festivals.  I am burning copies of that to go out for submission to Filmstock and the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival next week.

A couple of weeks ago we met with Ryan Lunt and offered him the job of Propmaster for our upcoming Steampunk project later this year. Ryan has already created some amazing and original things and we look forward to working with him on this project as well as possibly creating more original DSF props in future films.

Last weekend we took on the A3F 48 Hour challenge again, as I mentioned earlier.  This time we spent more time in pre-production for “Fair Seasons” than we have in the past.  This was primarily due to needing to get costumes together and props (not to mention preparing the cameras and equipment for shooting in the rain).

Ryan Lunt creating wings for "Fair Seasons"

It was a cold and wet shoot but we all got through it.  Thanks to the actors and crew for sticking it out.  Unfortunately, due to the lateness of when we started (and me leaving the ND filter active on one camera) we had some rather dark shots toward the end.  Despite this, we finished filming and had all the footage captured by 8:00pm.

Before going to bed at 4am, I completed the rough cut and began compositing.

The Four Seasons in the rain.

Beginning again at 8am Sunday morning, I was off to finish visual effects while Derek Lookingbill ran Unit 2, re-recording all the dialogue for the film (as our original audio was plagued with planes, traffic, and annoying kids).

While Scott Kos composed music for the film (blind as he had no internet that day) and Shannon Griffith and Alanta Noel drove to pick it up, I finished compositing and editing as much of the new looped audio as possible.

At the time I had to stop in order to get it rendered and burned to a dvd in time to make the deadline I was less than halfway through adding the looped audio (and what was done was far from perfect), had not done a final mix, no sound effects were added, and the soundtrack was very haphazardly added.

Spring Vs. Winter

So, needless to say, we don’t consider the film finished and will not post it here until it is completed.  The film did not make the top 20 for the competition, as expected and did not premiere at their event.  I’ll post it as is here after it is finished.  Expect it in a few weeks (minimum), because I need a little break and I am currently brainstorming ideas on the Steampunk project while working on a draft for “Reunion”.

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DreamStalker Films 2010 Final Push and Recent Updates

by Herr Direktor on Oct.25, 2010, under Film News, Site Updates

Hey everyone, it has been awhile since I’ve had a chance to update the site so, I thought I better do it now before I get too busy again.

First, a general company update: DreamStalker Films is now a two camera film company! We now have two Canon GL2’s. The nice thing about this is we can record multiple angles (like close ups on two actors) at the same time. Hopefully, after we have a second tripod this will further help us cut down production time. It has already saved us some setup time and allowed us to quickly go from a tripod to a glidecam shot.

Now, onto the updating on our short films.  Has everyone taken a few minutes to watch our newest completed short, “Laptops’ Revenge”?  If not, now is a good time as I have gone back and corrected some of the issues of the last version to create my director’s cut.  Also, at several suggestions, I have created a brand new alternate version of the film, with audible voices for the laptops.  Be sure to check out both and let us know which version you prefer (so we know which one to send out for competitions).  Vote for your favorite by either sending an email to dreamstalkerfilms@gmail.com with either “DIRECTOR “or “VOICE ” in the subject line or giving a thumbs up to the one you like on YouTube.

Our other short film in production is a music video for the song “Who Are You(Spooky)” by our friends, Amoric.  I have just completed a very loose cut of the video and will be doing a final edit once Amoric has the newest recorded version of the song all ready to go.

Shannon Griffith in the Amoric video "Who Are You (Spooky)"

Two shorts shot on film nearly a decade ago are still being worked on.  The fanfilm, “Fall of the Sith,” is slowly acquiring finished lightsaber f/x, while sound effects are being done for “Schoolyard Ninjas” (both shorts were written and directed by Jay Montoya).

Now for updates on our features, Slayer Wars 2 & 3… that’s right each sequel to DSF’s very first film has a runtime long enough to be considered feature films.  Now, maybe everyone can understand why it is taking so long to film these (and how incredibly long it will take to finish the visual effects)…  SW2 has been through two rough cuts (and is about due for another) and is slowly getting lightsaber and force lightning f/x added. Also, if you look at the Slayer Wars 2 page, you can see that I have finally completed the poster for the film. (For artists wondering it is Prismacolor markers on Bristol paper)

Meanwhile, since my last update, another two days of shooting on SW3 have been completed.  With this, we have added a new set for the film that we should be finishing up with at our next shoot (in November, I hope).  We also added a new castmember, our friend Kane Black.  Kane is a local filmmaker and actor and we are happy he agreed to join DSF for our final fanfilm.

Kane Black as Kwon the Ninja Jedi

Going forward, the bulk of the rest of Slayer Wars 3 will be filmed over the next year at our new place starting sometime after the new year.

Additionally, we still have two more deadlined short films to complete before year’s end (one with a one week deadline, one with one weekend).  If you are interested in being in or helping with any of these projects, please contact us.

Also if you or anyone you know is looking for post production film experience (especially in visual effects but also in editing or sound) and especially if they have experience, please contact us.  We are in need of those that can do visual effects and cgi.  This is a good opportunity for anyone going to school looking for work experience to add to their resume.

That’s all for now, expect another update sometime in January.

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“Laptops’ Revenge” – Brand New Film Live

by Herr Direktor on Aug.08, 2010, under Film News, Site Updates

Welcome back fans!  It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a chance to update the site so there’s a lot to go over.  First, I am proud to announce our second completed short film of 2010, “Laptops’ Revenge”  is now live!  This project has pretty much consumed every waking moment (not already consumed by my day job) for the last couple of weeks.  It was a difficult pre-production and the most complicated post-production I have ever had to do on a deadline.  So thanks to everyone for their patience on this, and thanks especially to the entire cast and crew that made the actually shooting of the film fast and painless.  Watch the video below and  check out the full page for the film here.

Second, I’d like to update everyone on the Slayer Wars 3.  In June we shot the last external day sequence for the film and the last night of several that it took to complete the Zombie Onslaught of the VSJ HQ sequence.  I’d like to thank everyone for both shoots, but especially for coming out and shooting in the very, very hot day (especially little Beverlee for enduring the heat under the dreaded Jar Jar mask for much of that time).

Completion of these shoots marked passing the halfway point in the shooting of the entire film.  We have since been on hiatus on this project for two reasons.  1) To give us time to complete some quick short films before the end of the year.  2) To allow the hot Phoenix summer to pass the hottest months.  3) Finally, to give us some time to figure out where our sets will be for the last half of the production schedule (we’re still working on this, but I think we have some good ideas).  We should be going back to Slayer Wars 3 hopefully by mid-September to complete at least one of the sets that takes up the bulk of what is left.

Additionally, I have continued to work with local band, 49 ‘Til Midnight.  I recently videoed 3 songs for them at their studio in Tempe (You can see the A Camera footage on our YouTube page).  I recorded A and B Camera footage and hope to have those all edited together to make a full video for each of the three songs soon.

Next up for shooting, a short shoot for a video of the Amoric song, “Who Are You (Spooky)”

Keep checking back and become a fan on Facebook for all the most up to date info from DreamStalker Films!

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Update: 49 ‘Til Midnight’s 6/5/10 Whole Performance Now Available Here!

by Herr Direktor on Jun.20, 2010, under Uncategorized

Hey DreamStalker Films Fans!

Just a quick update on the 49 ‘Til Midnight project:

I completed all of the editing on the 6/5/10 gig in the last couple of days.  All of the individual original songs (10 in total) by the band are now posted here on dreamstalkerfilms.com and on YouTube.  Click here to go to the 49 ‘Til Midnight page and see them all!

In other, music related news… DSF has just begun pre-production on a video for our long time friends, Amoric.  More details to come as we move into production.  Click here to check out Amoric’s site.

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New DreamStalker Films Videos Featuring 49 ‘Til Midnight

by Herr Direktor on Jun.13, 2010, under Film News, Site Updates

Welcome, DreamStalker Films fans!  We have a brand new section on the site for Music Videos/Performances.  The section has been set up to showcase local bands and composer’s works filmed by DSF.  We’ll be adding music videos that we will be producing for artist Scott Kos, composer of most of the DreamStalker Films.

Now, however, we are proud to announce live performances by local AZ band, 49 ‘Til Midnight, available on our website.  The first 3 songs from their 6/5/10 show are now live, check out the new 49 ‘Til Midnight page on DreamStalker Films here and be sure to check back on the site soon for more songs from this show!

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The Phoenix Comicon 2010 Experience – The DreamStalker Films Perspective

by Herr Direktor on Jun.01, 2010, under Promotions/Events

Shannon Griffith, Joe Benzer, Alanta Noel, and Derek Lookingbill at the DreamStalker Films booth.

First of all, I have to say a HUGE Thanks to everyone for their support of our fledgling company this last weekend at the Phoenix Comicon!  Especially to Shannon and Alanta for coming out and working the booth with us (and alone when Derek and I were at the screening or getting our geek on with Stan Lee) for the entire Con.  Thanks also need to be said to Jason, Dori, and Everett for hanging out on the last day and making it so all the tons of stuff we had left we could get back to the truck in one trip.

So here’s the rundown… Friday was our first day at the table.  The day was a bit slow as far as selling product, but we made some film connections and spread the word about DreamStalker Films.  Shortly after we had opened the DSF Booth, our short film, “The Family That Decays Together…” premiered at the Film Festival during the local films block.  Derek and I were there to hear the audience reaction.  We heard laughs and “ahhh”s in all the right places, so seems to have gone over well.

Saturday was a much busier day at the whole Con, and our booth was no exception.  We sold more DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol. I DVDs this day than any other at the Con.  Thanks to Matt showing up we were also finally able to sell our first Car Decal.

Sunday, was pretty busy still at the Con, most likely due to Stan “The Man” Lee being on hand for autographs and pictures that day.  We sold some more DVDs, despite not being able to offer any more free Slayer Wars DVDs along with them as our supply had run out.  Also, thanks to some supportive family members and Jason coming down we were able to sell some more decals as well as several T-Shirts.  Additionally, we had some added products this day thanks to Dori Perry: DSF Dice Bags!  We were able to sell one of these nifty products, too!

Dori with one of the DSF Dice Bags she created.

On Sunday, Derek and I had the honor of getting our picture taken with Stan Lee.  Check out us sporting our DSF shirts with “The Man” and a copy of our DVD we gave him.

Overall, we sold 35 DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol I DVDs, 3 T-Shirts, 4 Decals, and 1 Dice Bag.  Not too shabby for a pretty much unknown independent film company.  More importantly, we spread the word and made a bunch of new contacts for potential fans, filmmakers, and actors.

For everyone that were not able to make it out to the Con or didn’t have any money at the time, there are plenty of DreamStalker Films products left.  Looking to the future, we will have these items available by PayPal on this site, but for now, if you’re interested in a DVD, T-Shirt, Decal, or Dice Bag, contact us at dreamstalkerfilms@gmail.com.  If you’re a veteran DreamStalker Films cast/crew member, ask about our discount especially for you!

Stay tuned for the next post with an update on Slayer Wars 3.

I will wrap this post (finally, a week after the PCC) with this picture:

‘Nuff Said!

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Comicon Update! Specials for the Final day of PCC!

by Herr Direktor on May.29, 2010, under Uncategorized

OK everyone who’s heard about us or talked to us at the Comicon and decided not to pick up any DreamStalker Films items, be sure to come by tomorrow for the final day at the Con!

Our special deal for everyone on the final day will be:

$15 for any T-Shirts, any sizes, and get a free DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol 1 DVD or a DreamStalker Films Vinyl Decal

OR

Say the exclusive website passcode: “Fifty-Seven” and get a T-Shirt for only $10.

OR

Say the exclusive website pass phrase: “Remo” and get 2 decals or 2 DVDs (or one of each) for the price of one!

Act fast while supplies last!

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Phoenix Comicon 2010 – Final Pre-Con Update!

by Herr Direktor on May.25, 2010, under Uncategorized

Greetings DreamStalker Films fans!  The Phoenix Comicon starts tomorrow night!

Here’s the details:

Location: Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency

Times (for the Exhibitor Hall where the DreamStalker Films table will be located):

Thursday: 6-9pm

Friday: 12pm-8pm

Saturday: 10am-7pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Derek and/or I will be at the DreamStalker Films table T120 for the entire event along with actresses Shannon Griffith and Alanta Noel (and perhaps a few other actors from DreamStalker Films).  We will be showing a DVD Reel with all of the completed DSF projects from “Slayer Wars 1″ through “The Family That Decays Together…” along with some behind the scenes videos and a sneak peak at upcoming films.

As I reported before, we will be selling DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol 1 DVDs, T-Shirts, and Car Decals.  Come by and pick something up and sign up for a mailing list.

DSF Shorts V1 DVD Cover

Additionally, our newest film will premiere on Friday as part of the Film Festival, so be sure not to miss it for the first time on the big screen!

Friday 1:40 PM – Premiere of “Family That Decays Together…”

After you stop by the DreamStalker Films table be sure to wonder over to table T70 and check out Paleocomics by artist Zach Reddy.  Zach designed and created our website as well as upgrading all of our DreamStalker Films logos from my hand drawn designs to the professional ones we use today.  He’s an incredibly talented artist and will be selling his work.

Be sure to stop by the Probed: Signals table at T113.  Probed: Signals is an AZ created webseries by Joel Cranson.  Be sure to check it out, these are some really talented people, and they too will be selling DVDs (which will be one of my first purchases at this event).

This will be our last post before the event, but be sure to continue to come back as we may be adding posts and pictures while at the Con.  Hope to see you all there!

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Phoenix Comicon Update and Slayer Wars 3 Day 12 & 13

by Herr Direktor on May.05, 2010, under Film News, Site Updates


T-Shirt Design

Welcome back everyone!  It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had any updates here so we could get everything prepared for the Phoenix 2010 Comicon May 27-30.  Here are the DreamStalker Films’ details on the event.

Firstly, DSF will have a table for the entire Comicon, located at the Phoenix Convention Center in the Vendor Room, table T120 (look for the DreamStalker Films banner).  We’ll be showing the DreamStalker Films DVD Reel with all of our completed films, trailers, and special features on a small T.V.  We will be selling copies of the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol. I DVD ($5 each), DSF logo T-Shirts ($20 each for S, M, L, XL, or XXL -Small pictured left as modeled by Shannon Griffith and the logo above), and DreamStalker Films logo car decals ($5 each, pictured below).  Additionally, the first 10 people to buy any item will receive a free copy of the original Slayer Wars: Uber-Special Edition.  Don’t worry if you’re not one of the ten, everyone else that buys anything will receive a ticket for our prize drawing that will be on the last day of the Comicon when we’ll be giving away another ten copies of Slayer Wars!

A box full of the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol 1 DVDs

While you’re there sign up for one (or all) of our e-mailing lists so you can keep up to date on everything DreamStalker Films is up to and volunteer to help out with upcoming projects!

Secondly, on Friday, May 28th, at 1:43 pm, DreamStalker Films’ most recent film, “The Family That Decays Together…” will premiere at the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival!  Be sure to check it out, and then, feel free to stop by the DSF Table and talk to the creators about it (and pick up your own copy of the film on the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol I DVD ;) )

Finally, a Slayer Wars 3 update:

Last weekend we had two more nights of shooting on Slayer Wars 3 that went extremely well.  We got more great footage for the Zombie Onslaught of the VSJ HQ Scene and it’s really coming together now.  I’d like to thank everyone who came to be extras and help out this weekend (especially the whole Noel clan, Morgan, and Matt who made up our zombie cast this weekend and made it easy for me to fill up each shot with zombies).

Our next shoot will be on Sunday, May 16th, 7PM.  This will be a short shoot (I hope to wrap by 9) that will allow us to get the last shots we need with Jake, which are only a few but at least one is going to be rather difficult and is important to get right as it’s the whole reason I wrote the scene.  So, any of our principle actors that can show I hope to see you there, and we’ll also need at least a few zombies, so anyone else that can come would be appreciated, whether they have played another role in the film yet or not.

The shoot after that is planned for the morning of Saturday, June 5th, which we’ll be filming the scene that will be at the very end of the film.  Tentatively I am thinking of also filming that evening in what would likely be the final night for the Zombie Onslaught scene.

Alright, that’s all for now (isn’t that enough?)…

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“The Family That Decays Together…” to Premiere at Phoenix Comicon! – UPDATED

by Herr Direktor on Apr.15, 2010, under Film News

The screening of the film for the festival will be on Friday, May 28th, at 1:40pm.  Be sure to come check it out.

We’ll also be screening another version of the film all weekend long at the DreamStalker Films table (T120) where we will also be selling DVDs and T-Shirts.

More updates to come on the Comicon as well as a blog about Slayer Wars 3 Day 12 and 13, so stay tuned…

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