Thursday, June 26, 2008

Where I End and You Begin

Moving on to something a bit more serious. I'll try and give you the short story behind this project I'm about to share with you.

So the film is titled "Where I End and You Begin" it is written and directed by yours truly. The concept for the film was fleshed out when I was given an assignment a little less then a year ago. The assignment was called "Intimate Window" and required students to go out and make their own films given the pre-determined criteria. Typically for something in this vein, you'll normally see five to ten minute shorts that tend to have some sort of emotional weight tied to the protagonist and his/her/it's story line.

During the initial screenings, I was actually impressed with the creativity that was flexed in the 2 and a half hour presentation. I mean, we had a week to put everything together. I'm talking about casting, producing, writing, directing, editing, financing...all that great stuff, in the matter of a week!
This was my first time actually putting something together for the big screen. So naturally I was excited. I remember writing the treatment for what later turned into an 18 page script within the hour of the announcement. The first draft of the script; finished the same evening.
The following day I showed the script to a producer friend of mine and immediately assembled a team. What followed was a mix of "happy" and "wtf" feelings all mixed up in a bag full of "huh?" that lasted for 7 very long and agonizing days. Lol! Maybe some other time I'll try and journalize the "day by day" process for the making of this film. Yep, it's that good. Better then any reality show I've seen.

Actually; funny story. I ran into one of the finalist for that Fox show "On The Lot" when I was carrying equipment down from my apartment. His name was Trevor and he lived only 2 doors down from my overly priced 1-bedroom flat on Hollywood and Wilcox. He was moving out and noticed my lanyard. He laughed a little after explaining that he was fellow Alumni and told me to watch the show. I did and never watched it again. The end.

So here is the full trailer for "Where I End and You Begin" my first crack at directing material for the silver screen.

Credits: Produced by Lu Liu & Jeremy Thomas. Starring Chris Moss, Brian McKinley & Jeremy Thomas. Director of Photography: Dave Brewer. Sound Designer: Robert Lehman. Script Supervisor: Monica Jackson. Written, Directed and Edited by John Darko.





Thanks for watching. If you would like a full copy of the film, shoot me an email johndarko1@gmail.com and I'll see if I can get you one. Toodles. I'm hungry : )

Budget for this film: Only the rental cost for the crane we used. Everything else: Guerrilla!

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

on the lot was not a very good show from what i remember. cool trailer.

JoosePet said...

Great writing skill John Darko. I love the blog so far, keep it up. Nice movie.

jcorn said...

I'm really digging this trailer. It makes me want to see the movie, engaged me and liked the interplay with the action, music, the whole feel. Nicely done! Sorry to be slow in getting back to you, have had a ton of deadlines, sorry.

John Darko said...

Thank you guys. The trailer doesn't give away much, I edited it that way. The film actually has a scary twist at the end, something I didn't want to give away to people who have not seen the short yet. Also when I say scary, I don't mean like BOO! scary either HAHA.

Anonymous said...

love this.

Katie said...

I remember watching this with you at your place. Member the quesadilla sleep-over?? Miss you dude.

Grinn said...

Looks right up my ally. Perhaps you could find someplace to post the full thing. Actually, if you want, I have a server you could upload the thing to (assuming you can squash it down to 50 megs or so). Shoot me a Shout on Digg (I'm grinndaddy on there) if you'd like to do that... Free of charge, of course.

Anonymous said...

looks like it has it's own niche as far as visual imagery goes. well done john. love the site as well.

Jeff Holdt said...

Hey John. Loving the blog status man. You are linked on a major blog site, that's how I got here. I'm from Virginia but wanted to make it out to Hollywood or Hollyweird as you so call it. I'll give you a buzz or two, try to review this site as much as I can because you are going places brother.

Erin Diener said...

on the lot was not a very good show from what i remember. cool trailer.

Dorseynfeu said...

love this.