The goal with this video was to take 2D paintings of an original concept and turn them into an animatic of sorts, in a relatively short period of time. A demo that would keylight the cinematic potential of the concept.
I had no knowledge at all of 3D or CGI, and no time to learn. But After Effects was a possibility. With the help of online tutorials (thank you, Video Copilot!) I dove in, and found that years of writing for a very cinematically produced radio show gave me the head for directing, blocking and editing. That was good, because I had no time for story-boarding.
Likewise, my production partner is a very skilled musician and audio producer, but had never used Final Cut. It was a challenge, and a race with our heads to the gun, but the project was done on time, and resulted in a strange hybrid that in some ways surpassed what we expected. Enough to get a sense of wonder going and to show the scale of the project. Mission accomplished!
Narration by Sam A.Mowry, Voice characterizations by Richard Topping and Marc Rose.
Student short film. Shot on Letus Extreme with Sony EX-1. Nikon Lenses. Color timing in Magic Bullet Looks. Starring Sarah Reece. Written and Directed by Natalie Daly. Cinematography by: Eric Mortinson & Natalie Daly. Music by Roman Kolyvanov. Voice talent: Sam A. Mowry.
This 60 second political ad by Emmy Award winning animator Mark Greene is designed for use in US elections. It is available to any campaign or organization who wants to use it... Voice work by the amazing Sam Mowry. Go see him at voiceofsam.com.
Trailer by: Galen Huckins
Voice Talent: Sam A. Mowry, Katie Taylor
Nine mighty operatic wailers and a 14-piece orchestra rattle Hollywood Theater, giving voice to a big, gaudy 1961 screen classic that pits mythology's greatest hero against legions of Hell fiends!
Opera Theater Oregon and Filmusik have hatched a two-headed mythological monster, soon to claw its way, amid a clamor of horns and operatic wailings, into the main auditorium at Hollywood Theater. "Hercules Vs. Vampires" syncs a Technicolor cult classic with live performance of a new opera by Patrick Morganelli. Picture 'Clash of the Titans' with a singing Kraken, and you've got the idea.
This gorgeously-produced Technicolor gem is action-packed and wildly operatic in scope. The film follows a quest through hell by Hercules (Mr. Universe 1958 Reg Park) and Theseus (George Ardisson) - the object to rescue the beautiful Dianara (Leonora Ruffo) from eternal enslavement by the vampire-master, Lyco (Christopher Lee).
The project, one of the most ambitious ever attempted by OTO or Filmusik, was made possible by a grant from REGIONAL ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and WORK FOR ART.
Directed by Katie Taylor. Music direction by Erica Melton. Technical direction by Galen Huckins.
Michael Miersma (Hercules)
Camelia Nine (Dianara)
David Simmons (Theseus)
Claire Craig Sheets (Persephone)
Bobby Ray (Lyco)
Helen Funston (Zarathusa)
Katie Taylor (Medea)
Ian Timmons (Keros)
Paul Sadilek (Procrustes, the Rock Monster)
...and featuring the glamorous girls and boys of the OTO-Filmusik Technicolor Orchestra
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Five teams submitted proposals to compose the new opera that soundtracks 'Hercules.' The winner was LA's Patrick Morganelli, a seasoned film composer whose resume includes work with Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director and producer Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART, PEARL HARBOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS) and producer Stephen Zapotoczny (WE WERE SOLDIERS, FIGHT OR DIE), and with composers Christopher Young (SPIDERMAN 3) and Michael Giacchino (LOST, STAR TREK).
"This is a labor of love for Patrick," says Taylor. Morganelli is, as it turns out, a huge fan of director Mario Bava and was very excited to resoundtrack one of his films.
On Friday, August 12, the Richmond Neighborhood Association, Portland Parks & Recreation, Filmusik, and the Hollywood Theatre team up to present a free Filmusik production of Gamera vs. Guiron in Sewallcrest Park, SE Market St and 31nd Ave. Gamera is part of the Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Movies in the Parks program. It will be the most creative and exciting event on the entire Portland Parks & Recreation outdoor movie program.
This classic 1969 Japanese monster film features Gamera, a giant jet-powered flying turtle, squaring off in epic battle against the fearsome Guiron, a space monster with a knife for a head and the ability to shook shuriken out of his nostrils.
The entire soundtrack will be performed LIVE by Filmusik, a collaboration of Northwest musicians and performers who perform live soundtracks to classic films (filmusik.com/). All of the dialog, music, and sounds for the film will be performed LIVE in front of the movie audience by voice actors, sound effects artists, and a chamber orchestra. Willamette Radio Workshop will perform all the dialog, even for the monsters; Drammy award winning Foley artist David Ian (Unchained Productions) and veteran sound effects artist Pat Janowski (Live Wire!) will magically create all the roars and explosions with an arsenal of movie sound props; and the Filmusik chamber orchestra will perform an originally composed soundtrack - - all for FREE.
The film will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30) and free popcorn will be provided. Megafauna, an eclectic modern jazz group, will perform before the film, starting at 7pm.
This event is funded by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust and is sponsored by the Hawthorne Umpqua Bank Store. Filmusik: Gamera vs. Guiron is produced in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre.