much film did you shoot?
In 2004 I
shot seven rolls of Super-8 film equaling 350 feet and cut it
down to a 3:00 short. Since I think of every frame in
SBL as a still picture, I guess I shot 4250 pictures.
a film editor. What made you decide to direct?
been interested in directing but shooting on film is so
expensive. Buying a house was more important to me. While
cutting a short for a friend I realized that I could shoot my
films with the new affordable HD cameras that were coming out.
I bought one and started shooting but I still had that dream of
shooting on film. That’s when I met Norwood who reintroduced me
to Super 8. I shot Stop for $25.
did you shoot your film?
The film was
shot all over
While driving around, if something caught my eye, I would stop
and film it. Since I was under no presser to finish filming, I
took a year to film the extra footage. I did cheat a little.
Two shots where filmed in Palm Springs during the summer. It
was so hot (118 degrees) that my Super-8 camera broke. Those
two shots cost me $200 – the cost of fixing the camera.
music fits so well with the images. Is it an original score?
original. I meet Jasper Randal while cutting a short film
called Tackle Box. I was so impressed with the score he
composed for that film – I knew he would do an excellent job on
mine. I remember the first time he played the theme for
SBL on the piano. Even in its simplest form he captured the
mood and feeling of the short.
recommended that we use live musicians so we rented a small
studio owned by Peter Rotter and hired six union musicians.
Thanks to the American Federation of Musicians - Festival
Agreement, I was able to afford musicians that have played on
John Williams’ scores. The score was the biggest expense in
making the film and was worth every cent!
lessons learned while you where filming?
Never use old
film even if it’s free. I did – and when the film came back
from the lab, I thought the images looked great until I cut the
shots into the footage of Stop and Blink. My
heart just sank. The grain from the free film was so
noticeable. I couldn’t go back and re-shoot my
did you do?
I just cut
everything together and hoped that no one would notice the grain
shifts between cuts. Oops, now you’ll notice it!
did you get people to see it?
In 2005 I
entered the film into 23 film festivals and was accepted into
just four. I think only 30 people saw it. Festivals,
particularly the small ones, are not a best way to get people
to see your work. I think the internet is superior. Sites like
Yahoo! Videos are great places to upload your films.
SBL as one of their “Cool New Videos”. I got over 66,000 hits
in one day and now 350 people are subscribers to my films.
your next project?
In October of
2005 I directed a documentary on The Fright Gallery. It’s about
a group of friends that get together every year to create an
original Halloween spectacle unlike anything you have ever seen
or heard. I have posted a couple of scenes on
have received very positive feedback. I hope to have the
documentary done by October 2007 and yes, I shot it with my new
Sony Z1 HD Camera.
If you have a
question about the making of Stop Blink Look, e-mail Erik
firstname.lastname@example.org. He will post his answer on this web