Artificial Ink @ Asheville 48HFP 2019

Artificial Ink participated in the 2019 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, which marks the fourth year that I’ve competed, but the first year as a branded team. Artificial Ink received the genres “Sci-Fi / Road Movie”. Although the official rules say that teams only need to choose one of the genres, we decided to try both, and I think it turned out pretty darn decent given the parameters of the 48 Hour Film Project.

The images above are screenshots from the 48HFP entry entitled PHOBOS CON. The short film will be online within the next few weeks as the Director’s Cut is ultimately finalized. Personally, I am of the mind that the 48HFP reaps whatever it sows as a project, but there were a few credits snafus and edits needed before the film inevitably lands on the internet. Team Artificial Ink also had the pleasure of being featured on the local news, ABC 13 WLOS, owed primarily to Garin Wilson, the Director of Photography, who works for the broadcasting company.

Roughly twenty different films screened together for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, which was hosted at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon Avenue. Team Artificial Ink played on Tuesday 6/25 at 10pm and Wednesday 6/26 at 7pm, which all screenings sold out per usual for the 48HFP. There was plenty of steep local competition, but I think we held our own, though the point of the event is always to gauge progress in the production process from the previous year.

Most of the team was able to attend the premiere screening, as depicted above, from the left to right: Timothy McCarthy, Lyle Henry, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, Ted Kendrick, Jeffery Ray, Whitley Albury, Zach Echols, Garin Wilson, and Joe Kendrick. The behind the scenes photographs below were all captured by Jeffrey DeCristofaro who had a minor acting role in the film as the designated character Grant MacDonald, window washer. The other elements included a line of dialogue, “This isn’t what I signed up for” and prop of “a kite”. Overall, it was another challenging but educational experience in passionate guerrilla filmmaking.

“Elevator Went” by Wyla // music video

In early June, Artificial Ink Creative assisted in the production of the music video “Elevator Went” by Wyla. The concept revolves around a dreamscape scenario where the band frontman Ed Madill experiences various political calls to action. The final product will have an online launch within the next few months.

The crew on the project was limited; directed by Rome Widenhouse, produced by Ted Kendrick, sound recording by Braethun Bharathae-Lane, with cameo acting roles by Erich Reinhard, Joshua King, and a host of extras who contributed to a crowd sequence. I was responsible for securing and maintaining locations, and can’t thank The Plug venue in downtown Asheville enough for their hospitality, as well as the Asheville Outdoor Special Events department for their assistance.

12th Level Intellects: Jan-Feb. ’19

The 12th Level Intellects podcast continues on its biweekly geeky schedule with new episodes every other Monday on the Watchtower Database. The show is hosted by myself, Ted Kendrick, along with James Strecker. In the latest batch of episodes, we discuss newer cinematic theatrical releases such as AQUAMAN and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and DC animated properties like the first half of YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS which premiered on the DC Universe service in January, and the REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN direct-to-video feature film which was an adaptation of the legendary comic book story arc of the same name. Featured guests included Brian Day to discuss YOUNG JUSTICE, and cartoonist Erich Reinhard to chat about his comic inspirations that don’t have capes.

THE REPLICA RAID II // production

THE REPLICA RAID II short film went into production on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, and everything was going on schedule until the infamous WNC summer rain interrupted the afternoon. Despite the setback, the sequel to my 2017 experimental project THE REPLICA RAID took some big steps towards actualization. We have a second day of production set for July where we will create the final elements.

The day would not have been a success without my excellent crew, particularly Thomas Goddard (Dir. of Photography), Cat Wityk (Line Producer), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Ethan Saut (Stunt Driver), Haley Martin (Location Manager), Betsabe Fregoso Lee and Joey Lee with Peak of the Mountain Productions (Drone Operators), and Production Assistants: Daniel Ballard, Erich Reinhard, and Garin Wilson of Wilson’s Productions who captured the amazing behind-the-scenes photos below.

Be on the lookout for more about THE REPLICA RAID II over the next few months, and you never know…maybe we’ll see THE REPLICA RAID III sometime in 2019.

BEATERS poster

Putting the final touches on the project, Madeleine Richardson and I generated a poster for BEATERS, our short film which premiered on the opening night of the Cat Fly Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Rome Widenhouse, and stars Cat Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost. BEATERS and its poster can be found on IMDb, and the film is available to watch in its entirety for free on Vimeo.

BEATERS // short film

BEATERS is a southern gothic short film about a young girl who escapes into fantasy when her father violently reacts to the reappearance of her long lost uncle. The film was directed by Rome Widenhouse with leading actors Cat Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost. It premiered at the Cat Fly Film Festival in Asheville, NC on March 31st to a sold out audience. Find the film embedded below via Vimeo:

 
Previous blog posts referred to this short film as “Project Scrambled Eggs,” because the short was originally titled OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, then CLUNKER, before the final title BEATERS, named for the junked out cars in the film, but also for the producing process. We really had to beat this film into finality as we approached the deadline, but lightning-fast composer Adam Mullen and sound mixing guru Tony Mozz were able to smooth the rough edges just in time for the premiere.

midnight mixing #soundtech #soundtrack #soundgrip #beaters #shortfilm

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PROJECT SCRAMBLED EGGS // intro

Though the official title is still up in the air, what I’m calling Project Scrambled Eggs is a southern gothic, dark comedy short film about destroying objects of the past to make room for the future. Scrambled Eggs will star actors Catherine Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost with much of the same crew behind UPSTAGED, our entry into the 2016 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, involving filmmakers Brittany Jackson (Gaffer), Madeleine Richardson (DoP), and Daniel Hall (1st AD).

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Director Rome Widenhouse, actress Cat Wityk, and I came up with the concept earlier this year as a practice short for the 48HFP, planned primarily to test our ability to smash an object as we were expecting to break a TV for the 48HFP (though that never actually happened). Rome gets credit for writing most of the scenario involved in Scrambled Eggs, though Cat heavily changed the direction of her character Mabel, and I like to think I brought the ending together and ironed out the rest. Per usual for work with this crew, I pulled double duty as Producer and Sound Recordist.

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We filmed the first scene on Friday 9/9 at the Widenhouse family’s property in Woodfin, NC where we parked a Honda Civic in the middle of a field and removed the hood and tires to make it look like a piece of junk. We planned to finish the shoot that next Monday, but scheduling conflicts moved the final scenes over to the following month. We only just wrapped principle photography on Friday 10/21.

Project Scrambled Eggs has entered post-production and expected to be finished by the end of the year. Based on the footage I’ve seen so far, the short could be a strong contender for a programming presence in local film festivals next year as it will definitely be a beautiful piece of work.

UPSTAGED // 48 Hour Film Project 2016

Earlier this summer, I participated in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project as Writer, Producer, Sound Recordist, and Team Leader for F-Stop Fitzgerald.

I was joined by an amazing team of filmmakers including Actress Catherine Wityk and Editor Madeleine Richardson who both worked with me at Social Construct Films. We were lucky to meet Rome Widenhouse a few weeks prior who came onboard as our Director. On-screen talent consisted of Actors Jacob Stephen, Bjorn Goller, Erich Reinhard, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, and the aforementioned Catherine Wityk in addition to many extras. The lovely Brittany Jackson was our Gaffer for light design, Jack Fleming helped as an Assistant Editor, and the one and only Tony Mozz provided sound mixing and an original soundtrack.

We were given two days to write, shoot, and edit the entire short with three elements that every team were required to include: 1) glass of milk as a prop, 2) comedian Andy Stirling as a character, and 3) the phrase “Worst case scenario…” This was all in addition to fitting into a predetermined genre. We received the choice of either Romance or Fable and decided on the latter.

When Jim is scorned by Natalia in a comedy club, he strikes a dangerous deal to win her back. Please find Team F-Stop Fitzgerald’s entry below, entitled UPSTAGED.