Tuesday, September 1, 2015


After years of struggle, setbacks, blocks, drama, and delays. R.E.D.D. is finally finished.

Digital premiere dates, DVD release dates, and Festival Screenings are coming soon.





Monday, February 23, 2015

The Long Journey to The Final Cut

We started off so strong and ambitious. Enthusiastically posting video blogs on our progress. And with any project of any kind you face delays and blocks. It's how life is. Things change along the way and you have to find ways to adapt and overcome. That's normal.
We faced cast changes. Had to cut some parts and write in new ones. Mainly to fix storyline problems. We ended up cutting scenes and reshooting alot due to that, and to mistakes, the weather, and life in general.
We ended up not being able to use Addy Miller. The schedules just didn't match up. Though we'd love to work with her in the future.
And again with the weather. From dealing with the seriously hot to the seriously cold. It delayed us quite a bit. But we pushed through.
Once I started in post the real work began. My over ambition wanted to attempt FX shots that I'd never done before. I became obsessed with figuring it all out. How do I make this shot happen? How do I make it like it is in my head? And how can I plus it? How can I make it absolutely perfect.
Then life happened. That's when the posts slowed to a stop. And without getting too in-depth I'll sum it up. Me and my wife got separated and decided to get divorced. If you can avoid such a stress I recommend not going through this. The drama, the stress of it, and the pressure I was putting on myself in my work and in finishing the movie was coming down on me. And because of it I ended up getting ill. Hospital visits due to stomach pains and other health problems I don't want to get into was slowing me down. And since the production relied on me entirely, when I slow down, the movie slowed down. It became a struggle to get through post and I definitely didn't want to post updates if it was just going to be about my medical condition or my divorce. I mean what a frickin drag.
Months became years. Slowly I was getting through post and all the fx work. It wasn't until late last year that I was able to fight through the crap and really concentrate on finishing what I started. Getting to a final cut.
I was excited again. I knew for sure we could get this movie all wrapped up by this winter. Did we do it?
Yes and no.
The movie is at a final cut. It is complete visually. I've watched it. And now that I have my full concentration on it I realize that my work on the sound portion of it is not up to par. My problem is I take on everything and I have trouble asking for help. I'm a control freak. Even when I'm physically ill and can't do anything, I push people away insisting that I can still do it. And as much as I tried to work on everything at once in post I have to admit that the sound mix needs special attention. Translation, I need help.
Thankfully I was contacted by an old friend who has more experience in sound editing than anyone I know. And although the movie is technically finished, the sound mix goes back to the drawing board. The sound mix is so very important. As my old mentor use to say, people can watch a movie with bad sound then afterward tell you that they thought the lighting was bad. It can effect your movie in ways people don't even realize.
The reveal of R.E.D.D. is on the horizon. I thank everyone who continued to support me and my crew even in those long ass breaks between posts. New emails will be sent out to get updates on everyone's contact info so we can get your perks ad DVD copies.
Still working on the new website which we hope to have up soon.
And again if you haven't yet please go like our new Facebook page.
Some of you had asked why we started a new Facebook. We started the original one back when REDD was just a short film and a concept and now that it has evolved into a full fledged feature film we needed a new Facebook page that better represents what it actually is now.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Latest Instagram Post (July 8th, 2014)



You have to fight to hold on to that vision. Cuz when you're one guy making a movie on his own it's easy to let the details beat you down. Building the ship, the greenscreen, setting up the lights, picking the right lens, directing the scene, compositing the shot, placing explosions, timing the fx, scoring the scene, and color correcting a 10 second shot in a 4 minute scene that's crucial to the theme of your story. All in the hopes that somehow the audience will click with what you're trying to say. And if somehow I fail, I'll just have to get ya with the next movie.

http://instagram.com/p/qLTQBvvdAd/?modal=true



Currently still in post approaching completion. Looking at a full release online and on DVD this Winter 2014.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Art Of What Not To Show

(Last post from Kickstarter)
IS REDD READY YET?
That's the big question isn't it. Delays galore, personal matters, and the realities that come with being a one man movie maker have all contributed to the slow pace of reaching completion. Yes I've been tweaking fx shots, edits, sound and score as I've trudged through post while working the day job.
Ironically one of the things that has become part of the day job has been making Kickstarter and IndieGoGo videos for other people. Since the end of the original Kickstarter campaign I got hired to do alot of Crowdfunding videos.
But as I look at the editing timeline I do indeed see a near complete movie. So what's the major delay now?
Writing.
The writing never really does stop. It started in my head, went to a script, and as you collaborate with your cast and crew and deal with production realities, the story gets tweaked. You find there are things you can't do, things you didn't realize you could do, and because of that the story changes. Not the complete story, but how the story is told. As long as we can stay true to the very essence of the script we're good.
But that writing, that tweaking continues on into post. Right now I'm looking at cutting a couple of scenes and plot points which are not necessary to the story. And that's the rule, if you find something that doesn't push the story forward you have to cut it. These are scenes and ideas that at one point I thought contributed greatly to the plot. But now that I see the movie coming together as a complete product, I realize they're not necessary, and may very well hold the story back.
Forget how much effort you put into those scenes, writing them, shooting them, scoring them, doing the FX for them. If it has to go, it has to go. But that doesn't mean I'm not gonna take a bit of time to whine about it. And so I continue through post, making sure the scenes are tight, and rearranging bits here and there to make sure we're telling a coherent story minus those unnecessary bits, no matter how cool they might have been. Now we'll have something to show in the deleted scene section.
We've got some pretty nifty Vlogs coming up and possibly some news on what fests and venues we may hold some screenings at. But first things first. As soon as we've got the complete final cut we finally send out the DVD's and digital downloads to you our lovely Kickstarter and IndieGoGo supporters.     
More soon!
Feel free to follow me on Instagram. I seem to post alot there about our day to day production work including pics and vids from R.E.D.D.
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Patrick A. Prejusa

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

STILL ALIVE!!!



HOLY CRAP! 2013 was a heck of a year. Especially the last half. The REDD blog's last post was July 25th.


After that the updates just stopped. For that I greatly apologize. We kept up with a few updates here and there on Facebook, and I'd post an update on Twitter or Instagram here and there. But I failed to do full updates on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. I apologize for that and won't let it happen again.
Truth is since July life got turned upside down for me. I won't give you the full on sob story, just know there was alot of drama in my personal life, and alot of reality hit many of my crew for that last half of 2013. It happens especially when undertaking such an epic endeavor. We've continued to work post production for REDD and we've gotten alot done all the way til now, but we had to fight to really get to work on this thing.
Now things are back on track and we're able to concentrate alot more on finishing this. AND WE'RE SO CLOSE!!!
Right now we're still tweaking things in post and we're deep into sound editing and ADR. Still a bunch of FX shots that need to be worked on, but an end is actually in sight. I'm aiming for April to finally get this shown to our Kickstarter and IndieGoGo peeps and then the rest of the world later that Summer.
Here now are a few different updates I've posted on my Instagram over the past few months. I promise we'll be doing more frequent updates all over the place. On the blog, on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, as well as on reddmovie.com which we're actually working on a complete overhaul of that site to prepare for the release of the movie.
A sample of some of the color corrected footage.http://instagram.com/p/c3LrGKvdJM/
Editing the Vampire Scene http://instagram.com/p/gJA82gPdHs/
One of my fav shots from REDD. http://instagram.com/p/hxBRQ8vdMe/
Video of some Sound FX work. http://instagram.com/p/h9pFN2vdC8/
Pic of an ADR session from late December. http://instagram.com/p/icgKbKPdBH/ 
Thank you so much to all of you who've kept up with us and shown your support. We greatly appreciate you and can't wait to finally finish this for you.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Proportional Response

I've been showing clips to several different people. Doing a bit of beta testing. A few chosen people have even seen the completed movie. The consensus is the same. "It's really good."

And that's why we're still working on it. Mainly because I'm perfecting the score, doing some minor re-shoots, and perfecting the FX. But also because "really good" isn't good enough for me.

I'm aiming for amazing.  If I aim high, then even if I miss, at least we'll land somewhere above "really good."

So one of the things I haven't been able to do is get alot of the final fight scenes to be really big. I needed alot of actors to play Grimm Soldiers in the final battle scenes. But I've been unsuccessful in coordinating everyone's schedules to get the amount of people I need.

So since I can't get an army of actors in, why not make it an army of Robots.  And all I'd need to do is build just one and multiply it in post.

I started with left over coffee containers, empty juice bottles, and some mini pads I bought for cheap at Goodwill.


Yes, that's a Planters Peanuts Bottle.

Put it all together with hot glue and cheap wood screws. Added a few details from plastic lids and caps.

Did a first coat of  black spray paint.

Then a coat of metallic silver. Letting it dry for 24 hours between coats helps keep it from chipping.

A final coat of off white on the body. It looks a bit orange thanks to the sun going down.

A final coat of black for the chest plate and shoulders.

After I'm done in post we'll have an army of flying robots.

This only cost about $7.


Before you know it this movie will be completely finished.