Raptor Copter was all handheld and zoomey, with the premise being a room full of grown, shirtless men fully committing themselves to acting like raptors. It was fantastic.
This is something I actually wrote in my journal tonight. If my family ever reads this thing 50 years in the future, it’s going to paint an interesting picture of life in 2014.
CAR-JUMPER - Episode 13
Here’s a weird episode we made with not a lot of free time in October. A fun way to close out the 2013 Channel 101 season.
Thanks be to the audience and the people who helped make this episode possible, Car-Jumper continues on into 2014.
It was a great screening - go check out everything at Channel 101 dot com. “It’s better than a Television Festival, it’s Channel 101.”
I’m finally in an episode! Although my “shit, shit. Dave? shit” line was cut.
Car Jumper: Episode 12
I had the pleasure of shooting the first half of this episode, with Mr. Sean O’Brien taking the second. The first time I saw all the pieces come together was at the screening last night, and it was great.
My personal stunt list this month included riding on Dave’s windshield to get the approach shot, standing on a dumpster to get a nice overhead in the parking lot, and sprinting out of the Glendale Galleria (with my kit) when mall security came to shut down our shoot. Process trailers, technocranes and permits would just make this show too easy.
Episode 11 of Car Jumper!
Everything about the “frozen jump” VFX bit was fun. davidseger wrote the effect into the script with the assumption that it’d be a simple split-screen/freezeframe deal, and then I overcomplicated it on set with slowmo and camera moves. I comped it together immediately after coming home from that full day of shooting, and dealing with the unexpected challenges (oh shit, we forgot to put drivers in the cars!) was a great reminder of how much I love gratuitous, unnecessary VFX fuckery.
I guess that’s the point of working on a Channel 101 show.
Me and McCafferty’s new Channel 101 show got voted back last night!
Skyfall…The beginning of a new adventure. One that would last 8 to 4 more times.
I shot this show on my iPhone, lite itwith only lamps and used colored plastic binders from the dolor store as gels.
Written by Mike McCafferty
Directed by Mike Manasewitsch
"How could this song in c-minor make me see major changes in my life?"
This was the biggest “fuck, why aren’t I making more things” show in the screening for me.
Channel 101 is this Saturday.
We just keep pushing the limits!
Can we just call the series “Car Jumper X”?
Anything with an X sounds fucking awesome.
CAR-JUMPER - Episode 6
Got to make another episode of a show called “Car-Jumper” - Got voted back and get to make another episode of a show called “Car-Jumper” —
This is getting ridiculous.
Sean and I shot most of this, and I also managed to cameo as the stunt double for the stunt double of a little boy in a trailer.
Yeah! Tonight at the Downtown Independent. 8:00pm or 10:00pm. Free. Incredible.
This is one of the three fantastic shows I either shot, cameoed in, or both. It’s fun to do things for a big ole’ movie-screen.
Paper for iPad is great for storyboarding. Drawing these things on
paper dead trees, scanning them and sticking them to a script was always a pain in the ass. With Paper, I draw them up anywhere, and email/MMS them to relevant parties for immediate viewing, feedback, and changes.
This was a scene from the latest episode of Car Jumper.
Cordyceps: The Show (Failed Channel 101 Pilot)
What do you do when you spend two months making something like the Courier Program and it doesn’t make prime time, and there’s only one more screening left for the year? You get some very talented friends together on a Monday afternoon, you have fun, and spend no more than one day making something. And you do it all in one take so you don’t really have to edit it.
I would also like to nominate Dave Seger for Best Cordyceps Victim. He was even better than the ant. #Channies2012
Kind of a weird year for me at Channel 101. Nothing I did seemed to click with the audience. Which is fine. I’m not the type of person that takes this sort of thing lying down and I know I’ll bounce back with another Sequence next year. But maybe, as a newer crop of talent comes in, Channel 101’s role in my life is just changing and vice-versa. Which is great. Life is supposed to be full of change. Hopefully for the better.
I shot two no-cut videos last week, and this one might be my favorite.
I can’t wait for the bus scenes!
I shot everything except the bus scenes, but I promise you that they’re incredible.