The Wannabe-Filmmaker’s Guide to Making a Short Film — 7 days to go

13 07 2012

This has taken forever.

Obviously not forever, but months — half a year, to be precise — certainly seems forever.  I’ve been planning this short film project for almost a year now.  It was supposed to be filmed in the winter of last year, but due to many, many issues, most of which were my fault in one way or another, it has been postponed again and again.

Until now.

My cinematographer, Joe, has finally given me the thumbs up to proceed filming on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of this month, which is next weekend.  We, thus, have 8 or so days before filming begins.  This isn’t so much a guide to making a short film as it is a document about how things are going (probably for the worst) to the lead-up to the shoot, our progress, and planning.

A bit about the project: it’s a silent film titled June.  The story is about a ghost who, in the middle of the night, tries to communicate to his still-alive lover by attempting to play piano.

Here’s our confirmed cast and crew so far:


Ghost: Kam
Man:  Jordon

Director: me!
Cinematographer: Joe
1st Camera Assistant: Chris


To be filled in:
Art Director
Camera op.
1st AD

I think that’s it.  There actually might be more crew positions, but I’m not super knowledgeable about crew positions like Joe is.  As you can see, we still have many crew positions to fill.  Most of them are being handled by Joe, who actually knows film people, whereas I, the writer, know, well, writers.  I did find the actors though!  I get points for that, right?

Other things:


We also have food to take care of.  We’ve got an idea of what we want, but need to get ingredients.  Since the shoot is next week, we can put that off until the day before.


Almost have everything.  Need to get some flowers, a 5×7″ picture frame, and a (preferably) red point and shoot camera.  The last one might be hard, apart from going to Bestbuy and buying one, then returning it when we’re done.


Right, I gotta re-record some music for the film.  Thanks for reminding me, me.


We need a few people to help transport people and equipment.  My dear friend Elaine is up for it, which I very much appreciate.

As Elaine told me, I have a lot of work to do.  I thought about this all earlier, and I wondered if all short films are this rushed and crazy.  I think so.  But then I think about people like Jason Karman, who seems super organized and has things planned months in advance and I think, “But…. wha?!  How????”

Here’s to the film project that will, fingers crossed, come together in seven days.  *fingers crossed*

“Gymnopedie No. 3” — Erik Satie

9 01 2012

A piece that will likely be in my short film I’m shooting on Saturday.  It’s so simple and mournful that I couldn’t imagine anything suiting the scene better than this.  I know I’m being vague because I’m not explaining the scene, but if you really do want to know, click on this to find out more details:

Help me fund my next short film!

8 12 2011

Hey everyone!  Here’s my next film project that’s in the works at the moment.  We’re looking for some help from all of you so take a look and leave a donation for some swanky stuff!

Our Story
Hey!  My name’s Aaron and I’m a filmmaker/musician/writer from Vancouver, Canada.  Here’s a bit about my project which I wrote and will be directing, tentatively titled, June, named after Tchaikovsky’s Baracolle piano piece (if anyone has other suggestions for a title, let me know!)Do you believe in ghosts?  Do you believe in love in the afterlife?  June is a short, silent film about a man named Luke who tries to play piano in the middle of the night to communicate with his lover, Sebastien, who is alive.  The only problem: Luke is a ghost.  Will he be able to contact Sebastien before the end of the night or are his attempts simply futile? June is a tragic, sad, but beautiful story about the lengths we go for love.

The Impact

This project is one that I hold very close to me, one that I want to spend a lot of time to make perfect as a work of art.  The painful experience of losing a loved one and being haunted by them (metaphorically) is something to which everyone can relate.  In essence, June is universal in its message about love and loss.

As well, there are many romantic gay-themed films out there that feature typical gay people or that have all-too familiar plots.  Although June is a romance film with two gay characters, it’s not a gay story per se; there are no stereotypes, no dramatic coming out scenes.  I believe this is an honest, simple story, which are hard to find amongst gay/lesbian cinema today.

What We Need & What You Get

We’re looking for a total of $2500 for equipment rentals, food, to pay our cast and crew, and post-production services including video transferring (it’s really expensive!).  As of now, indiegogo is our only funding source.

There are lots of amounts you can choose to donate!  And for the highest amount, $250, I will either write you a one-minute ditty about you or perform a cover song of your choosing and post it to youtube for the world to see how fantastic and generous you really are!  Only a limited amount of people can claim this, so get on it!

Other Ways You Can Help

Help spread the word about the project!  Blog, tweet, mention it on facebook/myspace (for those still using myspace).

Pyotr Tchaikovsky — June: Barcarolle

26 10 2011

In preparation for my next short film, a part of the film features a ghost playing this piece (or at least trying to).  When I wrote the script, I specifically had this piece in mind for the part in the story as I thought it fit perfectly.  It’s a piece that I’ve heard many times in the past but never learned to play myself, and when I had the revelation of having it in my script (and soon to be film), I took to learning it, which was quite easy, I admit (though the middle section took a bit more time to get right).