February 25 BOSCPUG: Sundance Filmmakers Joe Oxford & Bradley Stonesifer ("ME + HER"), Ben Consoli on FCPX 10.1
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
Sundance at BOSCPUG - Plus the new Mac Pro & FPCX 10.1
Producers, Editors, Filmmakers: Get out of your production offices and editing suites to network, swap stories and business cards, discover talent and crew for your next project - and interact with members of Boston's Production and Post community.
Meetings are open to public and ALL beginning through advanced Digital Story Tellers are welcome
- A Conversation with Director JOSEPH OXFORD and Cinematographer BRADLEY STONESIFER of "ME + HER" (Official Selection, 2014 Sundance Film Festival)
Cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer (Left) & Director Joseph Oxford (Right)
A Don't Miss! We welcome both director Joseph Oxford and cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer for a special conversation on DIY Filmmaking and screening of "Me + Her," a live action fantasy short where all of the main characters and sets were built out of standard cardboard boxes on a one fifth scale - and shot using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera.
Bring your questions for Joe and Bradley to engage with you – there will be plenty of time for questions!
ME + HER. A Cardboard Love Story:
When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by JIll's torrid illness, Jack must think outside the box to assure they will be together again.
The 12 minute short film took 18 days to shoot and was shot in RAW using 10 terabytes of footage in all. Once initial shooting was completed, footage was transcoded to ProRes LT for editing and then back to RAW files for color correction using DaVinci Resolve.
“The very first “Jack” puppet was made in late 2007. He was quite a bit cruder, but the central design changed very little between that and the final version of him we shot in the summer of 2013.
Jack didn’t start out as “Jack,” the main character in ME + HER. He started out as a vague idea for a music video that never happened. He sat on my desk, staring at me as I rendered out animation sequences for another failed music video (I started and never finished a multitude of music videos), and I began to envision the world he would inhabit and crafting his story.
In early 2008, I left Los Angeles to work as a PA in Connecticut, then Northern California, then New York, working on Jack’s story all the while. I returned to Northern California for Christmas 2008, decided I would stay there, finish this short script, build all of the sets and characters, and shoot it. I estimated the whole process would take me a year. Maybe two tops.
I was off by a couple of years and a few dozen crew members.
I had built (and, in a lot of cases, rebuilt, and re-rebuilt) the majority of our puppets and about 60% of the sets by early 2013. In March, I moved the operation from Sacramento to Los Angeles (the birthplace of Jack). Budgetary constraints made it impossible to have all of the sets erected at the same time, so the build/shoot schedule was broken up over a 7-month period.
The first block of shooting took place mid June, the next block in early September, two days in early October, and the final block at the end of the month: 18 shooting days in total.
I joked a lot about how “if I knew it was going to be that much work, I would have never started.” Which isn’t true. It was ambitious. It was frustrating. It strained my relationship with a lot of loved ones. The end result is something I’m truly proud of and could never have accomplished without the support (and tolerance) of my friends, family, and a great deal of talented crew members that believed we were making something special.
Reflecting from the finish line, I can only hope that the rest of the collaborators view the complete film as something special to them as well. We all poured ourselves into the process and am forever grateful and humbled." - Joseph Oxford
ABOUT JOSEPH OXFORD
Joseph Oxford moved from Northern California to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking after graduating college in 2007. Since then he has worked on sets in a multitude of capacities ranging from production assistant to art director. "Me + Her" marks his directorial debut.
ABOUT BRADLEY STONESIFER
Bradley Stonesifer was raised in a small agrarian town in central Maryland. Born into wide open space, his love for the outdoors resolved early on as staple of his intrinsic character, learning right away the indispensable knowledge of self-sufficient living from his mother and father.
Growing up as one of four children, he spent his school days immersed in athletics and art. Finding respite in all things complex and technical. Photography presented itself as the perfect medium through which to express his creative energy.
Graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, Summa Cum Laude, his tireless hands-on approach to camera and lighting laid the groundwork for his generous work ethic, admitting, he never wanted to have a to ask someone to do something he couldn’t do himself.
He has been fortunate enough to have films premiere at some of the major festivals around the world. “The Vicious Kind” at Sundance 09’, “Almost Kings” at LAFF 10’, “Spork” at Tribeca 10’, "God Bless America” at Toronto and SXSW 11 & 12’, “Me + Her” Sundance 14’. The Action comedy “Hit & Run” opened to over 2800 theaters in Oct. 2012.
His Favorite kind of project is the one that is presented with a world of inconceivable challenges, always seeing the beauty in the process. Electing to construct his own circumstance and opportunity in a challenging industry, Bradley is tickled every time he has the favorable moment of spending the day with a camera in his hands.
- Filmmaker Ben Consoli: What's New in Final Cut Pro X 10.1
- PLUS OUR BIG DIG RAFFLE WITH OVER $4,500 IN PRIZES!
We'll be giving away Davinci Resolve 10 ($995) from Blackmagic Design: RX 3 Advanced ($1199) and RX 3 Standard ($349) from iZotope; Keying Suite 11, Magic Bullet Looks, and PluralEyes (total value $1,397), courtesy of Red Giant; PLUS other cool filmmaker prizes. Want to win? You have to sign up and be present!
- THEN, join us for an industry reception featuring Refreshments + Networking next door at SALVATORE'S to enjoy a few cocktails and continue the conversation!
The Bright Family 2K Screening Room
BOSCPUG is proud to work with Emerson Visual and Media Arts to offer an evening of production and post-production conversation in the intimate and state of the art Bright Family 2K Screening Room at The Paramount Center at Emerson College.
Named for the family of Kevin Bright '76, the Bright Family Screening Room seats approximately 200 people. It features the latest film and 2K digital video projection including 35mm. The dramatic double-height Gallery and Lobby connects to the Paramount Mainstage.
TIMES: 7PM-9:30PM (doors open at 6:30PM)**
**Meeting begins PROMPTLY at 7PM!
Bright Family 2K Screening Room
The Paramount Center
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
Enter the main entrance to The Paramount Center at 559 Washington Street. Go up the elevators to the left and to the 4th floor. There will be front of house staff to greet you at the Bright Family Screening Room.
Venue Box Office: 617-824-8400
SPECIAL VALIDATED $10 FLAT RATE PARKING:
*SALVATORE'S (545 Washington Street, directly between The Paramount Center and The Boston Opera House) offers validated discount parking for a $10 flat rate between 4pm-5am at LAFAYETTE GARAGE, across the street from the restaurant and inside the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston) - stop by before BOSCPUG at Salvatore's for a bite to eat or coffee/drink!
Emerson also recommends to park in the Millennium Place Garage at The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, 47 Boylston Street (617-574-7252). Note this parking is not vaildated!
- Orange Line: Take the Chinatown Exit
- Red Line: Take the Park Street Exit
- Green Line: Take the Boylston Street exit
MBTA info: http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/
Special thank you to the Department of Visual & Media Arts at Emerson College for hosting our Fall BOSCPUG Meets.
Questions? Email Dan Bérubé at dberube at bosfcpug.org
The Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG) is a story driven, globally connected community of ready-to-collaborate digital filmmakers and broadcast professionals focusing on the craft of Visual Storytelling and related tools for digital cinema and distribution. BOSCPUG regularly brings top industry filmmakers and creatives to Boston to share and discuss their latest work and their workflows. BOSCPUG also regularly holds affordable production and post-production workshops. BOSCPUG is a professional, creative outlet to pitch ideas for episodic content creation and to discover talent, crew and distribution for your projects.
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ABOUT BOSTON CREATIVE PRO USER GROUP - BOSCPUG
The Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG) is a story driven, globally connected community of ready-to-collaborate digital filmmakers and broadcast professionals focusing on the craft of Visual Storytelling and related tools for digital cinema and distribution.
BOSCPUG regularly brings top industry filmmakers and creatives to Boston to share and discuss their latest work and their workflows. BOSCPUG also regularly holds affordable production and post-production workshops. BOSCPUG is a professional, creative outlet to pitch ideas for episodic content creation and to discover talent, crew and distribution for your projects.
Connect with the BOSCPUG at: http://boscpug.org
Email: Daniel Bérubé