This past weekend I had the privilege of participating in a 48 Hour Film competition. For those of whom don't know what that is, it's basically where you have to make a short film in the span of only 48 hours. It's quite a challenge and took a lot out of me. I'm still feeling some of the effects of all that work, although that's mostly because I'm always tired.
I started on friday, got up to the starting area, and drew the genre: drama! I was very ecstatic. As soon as I could, I let Tyler know what I got, and we started planning. I wrote out a first draft and he wrote out the second, punching up a couple of spots for me. After that I had to storyboard, stayed up until about 4 or so doing all of that. When it came time to film, that was one of the easiest parts! Both of my actors were very professional and so there weren't really any bumps getting the filming done.
After that, editing! Easily another one of my favorite things to do, thankfully I was able to take a nap before I began, unlike the last couple of years. What I came out with was a 7 minute short film called, "Wish You Were Here".
Since the competition only allowed for 7 minutes, I actually had about 2 1/2 minutes or so of footage that needed to be cut out, so around 9 1/2 minutes in full length. With that, I'm announcing an extended cut for this project to come out very soon. We're going to try and remaster the audio and some of the visual aspects to give you, the audience, a better look at what we created. It's technically our first foray into live action as a group, so it's all very exciting stuff. I hope you will all enjoy the production when it comes out!
SPEAKING of remasters, I'm currently working on a remaster of the first 5 episodes of Brimstone Terrace, our animated series. Tyler has given me some new shots and what not to make your viewing experience of Brimstone as high of quality as possible. We're not quite sure when this will all come out, but I can assure you that you won't have to wait too long. You should be seeing a trailer for the re-release show up on our YouTube channel within the next couple weeks. Now that I'm pretty much done with the 48 hour project, I can focus all of my attention on making Brimstone better than ever!
We're also hard at work with episode 6, we have a few surprises in store for you that we hope you love. It's been quite a journey doing this series, from my point of view starting in about September-ish, I've seen the project from about beginning to end. I'm pretty excited to see the response to this episode, especially now that we have an excellent partner of whom we can release Brimstone through!
Hello! Welcome! Come have a seat. Oh, it appears you are already sitting. Well then, I'll just carry on.
So I can imagine some of you are coming here and you're all like "WHAAAAAAT". But don't worry. I'm here to help with your confusion. So lets get started with a few questions you might have.
What is Illumination Cinema?
Illumination Cinema is a production company formed by Christopher Strong, Jamie Zin and I (Tyler W. Moore). The three of us have collaborated a few times and all love the art of film. So why not join each other in an effort to better each other's work? I mean, come on. If you want a decent description of who we are, I'd suggest checking out the About section. Very informative.
I don't know who any of you dateless butt-sweat factories are. What kind of stuff do you do?
We try to make a variety of projects. Right now we're running an animated webseries. But we also work in live action. In fact, we mostly work in live action. We create series, short films and eventually feature films. It's all very exciting.
Also, I'd lay off on the insults if I were you. You're the one who looks like a melting John Goodman action figure. #SorryNotSorry
But hey! Some of you might already be familiar with our work. So those first few paragraphs were a total waste of your time. Let's get down to some of the more important points.
A lot of things are going to change with how we handle things. You see, something important to know about us is that we aren't "YouTubers". Sure, we use YouTube. YouTube is a fine medium, there is a copious amount of respectable filmmakers using it as a platform for their work. But in our opinion, it's not the right place for all of our work.
So what does that mean? Well, when it comes to distributing our work online, most things are going to be based around this website. We'll mostly use YouTube for posting our animated content due to our partnership with Channel Frederator.
When it comes to our films, we feel that working for months, even years on something and then just posting it online is a little anticlimactic. So we sort of prefer taking it to festivals first, if possible.
This website is still a bit of a work in progress. I wanted to take a bit more time with it, but things picked up a bit faster than anticipated. So here it is! Browse around a bit. Like, Follow, Subscribe on our stuff and just generally stay tuned for more. We've got a lot planned over the next couple years. I think it'll be pretty cool as it all goes down.
-Tyler W. Moore