Suspense Drives the Tension in “Apocalypse Diaries”

Excellent review of the webseries “The Apocalypse Diaries”, which I produced with director-producer Clea Frost through our production company, Webovision TV. The review is here. Reviewer Lance Trachtenberg writes that The Apocalypse Diaries’ “suspense-laden storyline drives the tension meter up” and “each tension-steeped episode proves it.” Now that’s some sweet reviewing! You can view all 8 episodes  of “The Apocalypse Diaries” by going to the website right now! Scroll to the BOTTOM of the page and watch the episodes going UPWARD (the last one is on the top–don’t watch it first!) This was the first web series we filmed with my Canon HFS100 HD camcorder, which was perfect for the effect Clea wanted to achieve. Yay Doomsday!

“The Apocalypse Diaries” Now Online!

Hey Everyone,

I recently produced a web series with my friend and Webovision TV partner Clea Frost, “The Apocalypse Diaries”–the video blog of Jen Cross, and the story of something terrible that happens in her home town of Los Angeles. It’s gritty and realistic, with excellent performances by Laurel Marlantes and Graham Hamilton as a young couple faced with a horrific future that could someday be a reality. The link to the first installment of the series is here  and also here  so check it out if you can!  UPDATE: All the episodes can be found here.

Zombie Pre-Production: Adding Backgrounds

Hey everybody,

Today it’s all about adding stuff to the walls to suggest a school janitor’s closet. I thought old hygiene posters or other things you’d see relegated to the closet at a school  would be a good start. The pictures will most likely need to be moved so they can be positioned behind the actors–i have enough room to get short depth of field, especially with an adapter. I’ll throw a few more up there, but I think this is good enough to start evaluating some camera angles and determining the minimum number of setups needed. It’s also enough so I can get the lights on and see how things look.

Camera's mounted on the ceiling

Zombie Pre-Production: A Blank Canvas

Here’s where I start—this is a garage-converted-to-office that must be transformed into a high school maintenance closet. The embarassing sheet covers sliding glass doors to the room’s real closet, so I have to cover them up. I have some posters and things and I may need something large to just stack up against the wall. But that comes next.

This room’s about 9×16, so I plan to build the set 9×12 and have 4 foot on opposite end of the room for lights, equipment, etc. (i.e., behind the 180 degree line.) There’s carpeting on the floor; since that’s not appropriate for a janitor closet and I plan to have a trash can slide on a wheel dolly across the floor. I’ll need something harder. Other than that, this room will rock as a fully-controllable set.

Zombies Take The Schoolyard Set #1Zombies Take The Schoolyard Set #2
Zombies Take The Schoolyard Set #2

Announcement– There are Zombies at the Schoolyard!

When it rains, it pours. But watch out, that acid rain thunderstorm you got caught in has turned everyone into Zombies!! I am going to direct a short film of my own with my colleagues at WebovisionTV entitled “Zombies Take The Schoolyard.” 

It’s a <10 minute comedy-horror piece that follows the exploits of two high school kids who find themselves trapped in a maintenance closet at school after the Zompocalypse finally comes. Yeah, yeah, I know, 2 kids in a room… can’t I write anything else? Maybe. But for right now, I’ve converted my back garage into a school janitor’s closet so I can control everything. I’ll be using my Canon HFS100 HD with a sweet Jag35 Pro depth-of-field adapter and documenting the entire process (if the devil in my guts will comply) right here, including pre- and post-production. If all goes well, maybe I’ll figure out how to re-arrange the garage for the sequel, “Zombies Take the Stripmall” or perhaps the brandable offering, “Zombies Take Burger King”.” Staytuned!!