Recently I drove down Mulholland drive and ended up at the Mulholland Overlook to shoot a time-lapse of a gorgeous sunset over the San Fernando Valley. There was a rare bit of weather that night and the result are some bright colors reflecting off of dark clouds. Take a look below for a limited time before I pull it down! I also made an extended version (that I prefer) which slows down the process.
32 second version:
Shot this on a GoPro Hero 3 at 1920×1080 23.98p. Actually captured the whole 45 minute sunset and sped it up in Resolve in Post.
Turnabout Media, which has featured A ROSE FOR SARAH on their playlist in the past, is once again touting work by young Directors. Check out the tweet, make sure you follow and view all of the brilliant independent film!
Six years ago, in the cool early spring of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, I set out to Direct what would be my last “student” film at Columbia College Chicago. It would be for a comedy directing class, one I particularly enjoyed, taught by Terry Miller. The short would be based off of a silly idea I had in high school about a boy’s stuffed bunny rabbit who springs to life as a serial killer. Sort of a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy where TOY STORY meets CHILD’S PLAY. But why would this silly short film take so long to finally get edited and released? Well, that’s a whole different story.
Four years ago, Reaves Washburn, Ryan Mitchelle, Andre Avanessian and myself sat down at Jinky’s Cafe on Ventura Blvd. to discuss a short film I had been writing. It came from a neighbor’s story idea, about an assassin who botched his assignment and now has to face a certain death himself, most likely at the hands of his own student. The idea fascinated me and the great thing was it could be written in a contained atmosphere,which would keep the budget down for us poor LA transplants at the time. ASHES came to fruition.
I put most the film’s budget on my credit cards, probably totaling around $3,000.00. With the guidance and producing skills of Reaves, Ryan and Andre, we were able to put together the pieces to shoot a great short and I’m extremely satisfied with the end result. Drew Lahat’s cinematography really draws you into the cold-blooded nature of the story and the acts that occur on screen, highlighted by music from Mike “Unleaded Logic” Mertes and Elena Deg’l Innocenti, who was also gracious enough to lend us her home for shooting.
It took 6 months to edit so by 2011 was ready to go. I tried submitting to short film festivals all over the country but it never seemed to garner any attention. So alas, here we are, in 2014, where I am releasing for all to see on Vimeo!
While some of you may have seen it in the past, Shawn Montgomery’s Short Film “A Rose for Sarah” has been remastered in 1080p HD. Check it out now on Vimeo and on its very own page HERE on BeyondTheNametag.com complete with production notes and photos.
Turnabout Media (@turnaboutmedia) has now featured it on its own playlist! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for all of the latest Independent short films from all over the world!