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Babs Do Update – December 2017

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It’s that time again for another update from Babs Do Productions! I wish this update was entirely positive, however, some things have happened since our last update and, most recently, we’ve had some alarming and troubling times.

Family

Most recently, we have been dealing with some medical drama since the end of October that came up out of nowhere after a “one in a billion”-type accident with a member of our family. Once the accident happened, things shockingly spiraled out of control and got increasingly and unexpectedly worse from what we had thought was a minor injury. Thankfully, after weeks of treatments and a complete diagnosis, things have calmed significantly with at home medical treatments and care now being a regular part of our day all the way through the holiday season and into the new year.

Feature Film 

Locations

Our last update before this was in May of 2017. At the time we had been preparing to film during the Summer months and start our casting process. However, things took a turn a few weeks later when we received a call from the owners of the restaurant we had planned to film in and the news was not good. They had decided to back out of the film for a variety of reasons that were, to our understanding, things we had already discussed and agreed to well in advance over several months prior. It wasn’t a matter of money as they were the ones who offered to let us use the restaurant for free in exchange for all the publicity that the film would bring. It wasn’t a matter of the film production itself as we had been stopping in regularly after hours to test and discuss ideas and concerns as we finalized the script and other pre-production tasks as we went along. What ultimately brought an end to our production at the restaurant, according to this troubling phone call, was that the film was going to be a “horror” film. Before we could even say anything, the line went dead and that was that.

Yes, “The Diner”, as we currently call it under its working title, does have some scary moments and there are some supernatural elements. However, the film is rather unique and, without giving anything away, we feel confident in calling the film a “supernatural thriller” which is more accurate than simply labeling it a “horror” film. Despite the offer to do a table-read of the script with the owners of the restaurant, we were unable to get another chance to state our case. It was a strange rejection and one that still haunts us even now as the whole thing made us wonder if any of those things said on the phone were really the reasons we were rejected. In any case, it cost us our location, our time, and an entire Summer so that we could find another restaurant location to serve as our “Diner”. It wasn’t an ideal situation but we’ve heard of these things happening to films before so, if anything, we can at least say that it’s happened to us too and that we have passed through this filmmaking rite of passage.

Casting

We had started casting in August, keeping things rather under wraps and through strictly professional channels on casting websites like Backstage and SFCasting as well as a couple others closer to our filming area. Considering our budget, we had decided to try casting primarily for local non-union talent but quickly realized that to satisfy our diverse casting needs, we would have to do more and made the decision to become a SAG-AFTRA production. Since then, we are happy to report that we have received a veritable tidal wave of submissions for all of our characters! We were ready to restart the casting process in October and were already worried about scheduling issues with the upcoming holiday season, however, fate stepped in and delivered an immediate hold on everything as described above under “Family”.

Also, to our actors and actresses applying for our film, we are currently planning to hold auditions early in 2018. Many have submitted for “The Diner” already and, to those who haven’t submitted yet, please do as we have a very diverse cast and aside from being highly location-centric, this film, more so, is all about its characters.

Script

Despite everything, we have taken extra steps during our downtime to constantly work on new drafts of the script. The fundamentals haven’t changed much, however, many new ideas and practical considerations became very apparent to us while doing tests at our main locations. The most recent draft is still being ironed out but it’s the best version yet and will most likely be our shooting script, barring any last minute changes or other ideas springing up during production which is quite common and very much expected.

Production

Much about our production is staying the same with a RED One MX being our main camera of choice for the film. We have several lenses to choose from including modern Rokinon Cinema lenses as well as a selection of unique and high quality SLR lenses to choose from to aid in the overall look of the film. Perhaps the most significantly changed aspect of the film is our lighting as we had mapped out an entire lighting diagram for the first restaurant but now the second restaurant will require an entirely new line of thinking and a wholly different bag of tricks. Thankfully we have been in situations like this before on other films with having to switch or drop locations at the last minute so we are well prepared for just about anything. We will also be staying green with strictly LED-based lighting solutions and, surprisingly, new tools and solutions are seemingly coming out every day to help make this film look its best.

Other News

The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film

Aside from the development on our feature film, our previous short form web series, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film” has won 21 awards! We are so honored to have received so much praise and accolades for the film thus far and the film festival run is continuing into 2018! We have received many invitations to submit to other festivals and many other opportunities have opened up for the film along the way. Being a fan film, we know that options for distribution are limited unless Nintendo reaches out to us but, if nothing else, we hope that people enjoy watching the film and have fun with it for as long as its film festival run lasts.

Here’s the link to the new official IMDB page for “The Review”: Link

Our Youtube Channel

We have been mentioning work on our Youtube channel for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it for some time for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s working on the feature film, doing family activities planned in advance of our Summer production location halt, or taking care of a family medical emergency, we just haven’t been able to dedicate time and effort into it. This is all going to change as we have various videos planned and a dedication to film, edit, and upload a mix of entertaining and educational content for your viewing pleasure! One of the projects is a much delayed and very exciting “Fatal Frame” based video that will most likely be our last video on the subject. We’ll definitely share more once the videos are done and we plan to work on these around the feature film so that we have a nice mix of things going on all at once. Whether this leads to a Patreon or similar setup is still up in the air but if there’s any interest for that kind of thing from us, please let us know, we want to make cool stuff for you!

Summary

All in all, this year has given us many twists and turns and some good stories for the future! While we’re still dealing with some things in our personal lives, Babs Do Productions is still on track to make movies and tell some amazing stories and even though 2017 wasn’t the year we thought it would be, it certainly has prepared us for an incredible 2018! Until then, Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!

Babs Do Update – May 2017

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Hi, everyone, it has been a very busy new year since our last major Babs Do Update! We have been preparing so many things all at once and making strides in the industry on a seemingly daily basis, as well as coming up with a massive store of content for our online endeavors! Now, for our updates:

The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film

Our multi-award-winning film, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film” has been having an explosive run in film festivals with a current total of 15 award wins, including several First Place awards! We have many more film festival submissions in the consideration stage, along with several invited submissions, that stretches the film’s run well into 2018. We are so grateful to the festivals that have accepted our film and we are completely blown away with all of the honors and awards the film has received so far and we can’t wait to see where the film goes from here!

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Our First Feature Film

We have been making all of the preparations and signing a whole lot of forms to get our first feature film off the ground. Purchasing all of the necessary equipment has been a big part of this process as well, including testing out new tools to make the film really shine. Now, we’re officially starting the casting process! We’ve put out notices in some local groups where we’re filming and we’re going to be looking for talent online very soon.

Our Youtube Channel

There are so many projects we have planned for our Youtube channel it’s unbelievable! While we don’t think that we’ll do something quite as elaborate as “The Review” in the near future, we do have some more videogame-based videos planned, as well as a couple of “Fatal Frame” videos that have been on the backburner while we’ve been working on our first feature film.

The Next Step

Our first feature film is our main focus at the moment and we are very eager and excited to get cameras rolling! Casting will ultimately determine when that will happen so we’re looking forward to seeing what talent we find along the way. We want to provide more updates as they come but things are happening so fast that our social media channels will be the best way to stay up to date with our progress. If you haven’t Liked, Followed, or Subscribed to one of our channels yet, now may be a very exciting time to do so! Thanks for reading and, as always, stay tuned for more!

Big Update – August 2016

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Hey, everybody! It has been a while since we updated the site but we’ve been so busy updating our social media while our newly award-winning film, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film” has been making the rounds on its film festival run. Here’s the updates thus far:

Stock Footage

We sell stock footage online at Pond5.com and while we have had pretty steady sales, we never expected to sell footage to a major broadcast network! Yes, that’s right, we sold some footage not too long ago to a certain broadcast network for a certain show that we’re not allowed to mention but it’s one of the bigger shows on TV right now! We’re very proud of this achievement and we have the whole contract that we’ll frame in the near future. In addition, while we have traditionally sold very high quality 1080P HD content, we have moved up to 4K and have several hundred clips waiting to be trimmed and edited into stock footage as well as an assortment of remaining 1080P clips. Expect those sometime in the near future but until then, we have a wide assortment of stock media already available that would be great additions to any production.

Youtube

Our channel has been steadily gaining subscribers and views and we’re very pleased with the positive reception to the channel altogether. The exciting news is that we are preparing to make more videos for Youtube specifically and we plan to keep adding more to the channel as time permits. To start, we have three “Fatal Frame” related videos that we’re planning to film soon that will be nice bonus treats for fans of “The Review” and “Fatal Frame” in general. We also have a large multi-episode videogame series that is just about ready to go but may have to wait on that while we work on the……

New Feature Film

We have finished the last draft of the script for our new feature film project. While we can’t say too much about it, we can say that we have already been steadily working on pre-production for it and have been scouting locations around the Northern California area. This will be our first major project filmed not only in 4K but on a RED Digital Cinema Camera! We will also be using the fantastic Sony A7S for its low light performance and 4K imagery which might already tell you that we’re making a dark horror film. Don’t expect monsters or blood and guts though, this movie is going to be scary in a very unique way that’s almost akin to an episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more as we go along through pre-production!

Film Festivals

The Review Award Banner 2016 3 JPEG

We are proud to announce that our film, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film”, is now officially an award-winning film! It has so far been awarded a Bronze Award from the Spotlight Horror Film Awards and has been officially selected to be in the WRPN.TV “Short Tight and Loose” Global Film Festival as well as the Fright Night Film Festival! We’re very excited to see where else the film may go and what awards it might win and we are very grateful for the award and attention the film has gotten so far! In addition, we have decided to take a chance and enter the film into the Sundance Film Festival under their new Episodic Content category! With Sundance being one of the last festivals on the film festival schedule, we think it would be amazing for “The Review” to end its film festival run by being selected to be in the Sundance Film Festival. We know that the Sundance Film Festival is one of the most competitive film festivals in the world so, to help make this happen, we ask our friends and fans alike to help us spread the word about the film offline and online and to connect with us on our social media pages on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Myspace! Also, if you haven’t seen “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film” on Youtube, you can see the whole four episode series in full length game review versions and the abbreviated “Speed Run Edition” versions here:

Babs Do Productions – Youtube Channel

More information on the film and it’s film festival progress can be found here:

The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film – Facebook Movie Page

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Babs Do Update – Camera Journey at NAB 2016

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It’s been almost a month since the dust settled after NAB 2016 in Las Vegas and after various stints of travel back and forth from California to Nevada, we have some pretty big news! We’ve been hard at work doing pre-production on our first big feature film and we’ve made great progress nailing down the script and figuring out how to make it all happen, as well as looking for locations to film in. The first big question we had to ask ourselves earlier this year was what do we film it on? We have a Sony A7S with an Atomos Shogun to record 4K with it and that is more than capable of filming 99% of the film. However, because this is our first feature, we want it to look its best and have as much quality to work with as possible, meaning 4K RAW. But which camera would be the best for us? Before we even could decide what to do with that question, we knew then that we had to wait for NAB and here’s what happened.

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Babs Do Update – March 2016

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Hi, everybody! Wow! It has been a very busy time over the past months since our last update! We’ve been staying very active on our social media front since we released our film, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film” on Youtube. With several hundred recorded views and thousands of semi-views and climbing, we’re very glad with the turnout for the episodes so far. Moving forward, we have made a short “Feature Cut” version of the film that is a combination of the regular and “Speed Run” editions of the episodes along with several editing and sound tweaks as well as added visual effects elements. This new version has now been sent to dozens of film festivals across the United States and we are anxious to see which festivals the film makes it into. We’ll be sure to announce which festivals select the film right here on the site as well as our social media channels.

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Babs Do Update – October 2015

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Hi, everybody, it’s been a little while since the last update but we have very good reasons and very good news to announce. We’ve released a new film! To celebrate the release of the latest entry in one of our favorite videogame franchises, “The Fatal Frame” series, we put together a new media project for it entitled, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film”. The film is a horror-comedy with Patrick and I playing versions of ourselves and the synopsis is below:

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Babs Do Update – June 2015

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Hi, guys, man have we been busy since our last update! For starters, we attended NAB 2015 and saw all kinds of really cool stuff. Much of it has been discussed across the web with many big announcements still being talked about, namely RED Digital Cinema’s new 8K Weapon camera and Blackmagic Designs’ new low-cost 4.6K URSA offerings. We have photos from the convention but haven’t gotten around to upload them lately due to all of our other developments. We’ll be posting a big photo update on the Babs Do site as well as our Facebook page soon though.

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Project Update and Stock Footage

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Hey, guys, we’ve just posted 100+ new stock footage clips to Pond5.com and we have 200+ more waiting to be edited and uploaded. We’ve been busy over the previous months putting together a live action project as well as continuing work on our 3D animation project but we’ve also been looking for opportunities for grabbing stock footage whenever we could. We’re going to be playing with some 4K material that we filmed and we now have a Sony A7S in our filmmaking arsenal so getting stock footage in low light shouldn’t be too difficult. It will be pretty exciting to film everything in 4K once we get a 4K recorder for the A7S but, until then, we’ll be uploading mostly in 1080P. We’ve also been toying with the idea of filming RAW footage using our 5D Mark II but we’re not sure how useful that would be since we would have to upload as Prores anyway. If you have any suggestions or stock footage requests, feel free to send us an e-mail.

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Our trip to GDC 2015

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We just got back from San Francisco after attending the Game Developer’s Conference 2015. Being filmmakers in a videogame developer’s environment was interesting to say the least and what we came away with was some nice convention swag bags and ideas for the future. On display were not only tech demos but also software and hardware solutions for game developers and 3D artists in general. The most popular subject at the show was virtual reality with nearly every booth having a VR helmet of some kind with various accompanying demos. The coolest one we saw was a “Star Wars” demo where you deflected laser blasts with dual lightsabers.

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2015 and Beyond

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Hi, everybody! It’s been far too long since we made an update on the site and much has happened since our last post. Those who follow us on social media haven’t missed much but now that we’re in the new year, we felt it was a good time to give a much needed update on our progress.

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