Thursday, May 25, 2006

Okay, what beats what again?

Check out a short film we did several months back. Rules of the Game...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Dog Food Productions licks its wounds again!

Last night at the Angelika Theater in Dallas, "The Alibi", our entry in the Video Association of Dallas' 2006 24-Hour Video Race, lost to some worthy competitors. But, hey -- we finished and advanced, so that's something. And somethin' is better than nothin'. You follow me? We here at Dog Food Productions love nothing more than to pass on the vast wisdom we've attained, so here are a few things we learned this year:

1): You're in the Video Race. Locked in; you've paid the registration fee. You've got a couple of people committed to joining you. It's getting close. Real close... only a few hours before the midnight starting gun. You say you checked that your capture card was talking to your editing software? Oh yeah, when? Two weeks ago? Okay. Better check again, pal.

2): Next year, a set would be nice. Or maybe the interrogation room of a detective agency really does look like a teenager's bedroom. I dunno.

3): Here's an equation for you: (Low light) + (hastily set up angles) x (time to properly adjust the camera) = lousy cinematography. Avoid, unless you're Gordon Willis.

4): Allow time for overdubs or at least for fixing rank amateur sound problems. 'Cause you're gonna have them. 'Cause you're... you know, a rank amateur.

5): The director is called the "director" because he is not an actor. If you've got a part to fill, pull someone off the street and pay them if you have to. But don't let the director find his way to the wrong side of the camera, at all costs.

6): Don't stop filming unless you've got a rock-solid ending. One will not miraculously materialize in the editing when it's after 11:00 P.M.

And most significantly, we learned that:

7): Apparently, Richard Lane has worn a girdle at some point.

But I'm pointing out all the negatives. Truly, I think we made another stupid, funny short that fit the criteria with no cheating and got it in on time. So I proclaim success. I proclaim it! There, it's been proclaimed. Only a heretic would disagree with my proclamation.

Now, I'll bet you're all thinking that this site will go dark for another year or two. Well, you'd be wrong, heretic! This will be the busiest year yet for Dog Food Productions. Watch this site daily... er, weekly... well, occasionally for updates. You don't believe me, do you? Well, I guess you'd better just check back in a few days and find out, huh? Yeah, I guess you better just do that.

Oh, and my wife Jennifer said that in the credits I should have thanked our cat, Chet.

Yeah, thanks Chet. Thanks loads.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Back in the Race!

Two years isn't a long time to wait for an update, is it? Hey, rehab and detox takes different people different amounts of time, so cut us some slack. We're working the program, okay?

Anyway, after skipping last year, Dog Food Productions once again competed in the 24-Hour Video Race. This year it was from midnight-to-midnight, May 12-13. If you're not familiar with this exercise of pain and suffering, the Video Association of Dallas does it every year. You meet at midnight on Friday, they give you a line of dialogue ("That's what I'm talking about."), a location (statue or other public art), a prop (measuring device) and a theme (cover story). Then you have 24 hours to make a 5 minute film that incorporates those elements.

We're happy (and a bit stunned) that not only did we finish, but we advanced to the finals in our team category. I know, I know... recount, right? God bless you dangling chads. (What I can't use a joke from six years ago?)

The finals are Tuesday, May 23 at the Angelika Theater in Dallas. We really don't expect to win. Mainly because we couldn't get any more incriminating photos of the judges. These ones we had only got us to the finals, they can't help us anymore.