Juice Production Newsletter #5

One of the patron rewards is a 27” x 40” Juice poster. With this week’s newsletter, we are excited to reveal the film’s official poster design, featuring our main character Violet. The photograph used for the poster is actually a frame from the film. I added orange and teal color grading, as well as a slight vignette, in order to emulate the grungy and dark vibe of the film. Underneath Juice’s title, you can see the billing block for the film.

Grierson's "First Principles of Documentary" in Night Mail (1936)

Through analysis of Basil Wright’s Night Mail, the spectator can see the influence of Grierson’s “First Principles of Documentary”, as well as the opposition to these principles, within G.P.O. films. In order to provide a thorough discussion, this essay will focus primarily on Grierson’s second principle of documentary, as well as Night Mail’s “interpretation of the modern world” between the small, or individual, scale and Grierson’s desired large, or impersonal social, scale.

Juice Production Newsletter #4

I would like to spend the majority of this week’s newsletter giving recognition to the fantastic cast and crew of Juice. The film would not be possible without their commitment and hard work. I have found that sometimes it can get a bit confusing reading the credits after a film with official titles such as “best boy”, “rigger”, or even “property master”. As I introduce you to each member of our cast and crew, I will explain what their credits mean to alleviate some of the confusion of who-does-what on a movie set.

Juice Production Newsletter #3

I recently came across an article written by Jason Brewer with a quote that I loved regarding film success, “You need to think like a blockbuster and grind like an indie.” A conscious effort should be made to share your work via the platform that was created to do just that, social media. After all, if you don’t even share your own projects, how can you expect them to be seen?

Juice Production Newsletter #2

Have you ever noticed while watching your favorite film noir, neo-noir, or non-noir-genre movie that the ground is wet even if it hasn’t rained in the scene? Wet pavement is a classic element of film noir movies and does wonders for exaggerating the contrasted lighting and distinctive drama/crime theme of the story. Particularly in low-light or nighttime scenes, like our CCI alley set in Juice, wet pavement is used to reflect light and bounce it back to help illuminate the subjects of the scene.

Juice Production Newsletter #1

Juice is a sci-fi, film noir, futuristic, short film taking place in the world of CityComInfo (CCI). City is the people, Com is the closely watched communication between the people, and Info is the information that “they” choose the public to receive. In response to the government-halted heroin epidemic of the future, a new drug is being manufactured to satisfy the junkies’ enduring want to feel that same high. Juice is a drug that hooks people with a single injection. The high itself is much more potent than the heroin of the past. The film Juice follows a young addict in a growing withdrawal and the fatal decisions that she makes to get high once more.

Musical Theatre Exercise: "Eight Reasons Why Men Lie"

I have started going through my work from previous semesters' classes in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. In my organizing, I came across a script that I had written for a Creative Processes of Musical Theatre class in 2015. I remember enjoying the project and having fun with the script. We were given a random prompt in class and then assigned to transform it into a musical number. My random prompt was to "give eight good reasons it is OK for men to lie". For the exercise I decided to take a comedic, and eventually romantic, viewpoint on the "eight reasons why men lie".

The Silver Saucer Logo

The Silver Saucer Logo is Silver Saucer Productions' opening and closing logo to be used at the beginnings and/or endings of films. For this film, I worked on the editing and post-production effects. I am extremely happy with how the color-grading turned out. The logo gives the perfect alien/outer-space horror movie vibe that we were looking for.

“Club Silencio” and the Construction of Identities in Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, USA, 2001)

The reality within and about cinema is frequently blurred. Movie-going audiences are often led into a narrative, naively believing every moment of the images flickering before their eyes. While some films allow the audience to indulge in this comfort, David Lynch’s bizarre 2001 masterpiece, Mulholland Drive, calls attention to the construction of identities in cinema and the illusion of realities. Mulholland Drive’s “Club Silencio” segment (1:45:31 to 1:53:15) demonstrates how formal and stylistic elements in film, such as narrative structure and editing, can tease the audience by creating false realities and identities, all the while warning the viewers of this construct.

An Analysis of Setting in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (USA, 1941)

After failing many times over at what should have been a successful life, Charles Kane drives his relationships to exhaustion in Orson Welles’ 1941 classic, Citizen Kane. His insufferable obsession with affluence and paralleled lack of tenderness in old age ultimately causes Kane’s downfall and loss of friendships and love. Material items begin to fill these gaps and Kane’s fixation with success transforms into an unhealthy lust for extravagance that imprisons both himself and Susan Alexander in Xanadu, which can be explored through analysis of the film’s setting.