Oh Good Productions is a group of young people from Richmond, VA with a
passion for making movies. Two members are now living in LA and attending USC.
This blog is about their attempts to make careers in the film industry.

December 30, 2013

Recutting the movie, and commercials

Apologies for the lack of updates, but finally we have news worth sharing. After getting some more feedback and taking a step back from The Hands You Shake, we decided that the story was being hamstrung by the movie's runtime, and decided to cut out 12 minutes of the movie. What we have now is a much tighter and superior final cut of the movie. It is exporting as I type, and tonight I upload it to Vimeo to replace the private link of the movie that was online for Kickstarter backers. This version will be submitted to beaucoup film festivals in 2014, and I think it will do well.

Unfortunately, this means a delay on sending out the Kickstarter rewards. We actually have the DVD's of the old cut sitting in our place right now, but it would be silly to send out an obsolete version of the film. We're getting new versions made ASAP and are doing our best to have all the rewards sent out in January, thank you for your patience!

In other news, after winning the video contest for Red Book Connect mentioned in the previous post, they have hired us to do several more videos for them featuring the Ray character, and have even made an awesome Twitter account for him. Here is the second video we made for them, this time for their online employee training product, Schoox -


We have recently finished filming a few more Ray videos as well which I'll start editing tonight. Some really funny stuff!

Also, Chris is getting close to finishing another script. Once it's done, we will have to pick one of the 4 or so scripts we have lying around to become our next feature!

October 11, 2013

Commercials

The good people at Hot Schedules chose our entry as the winner of their video contest, and hired Oh Good to make another online commercial for one of their sister companies. It's coming very soon, so keep an eye out for it! You can watch our first-place contest entry below -

We're also still working on fulfilling Kickstarter rewards for The Hands You Shake. The small posters are coming in a couple days, and I've been working on putting together the special features for the DVDs. If you pledged enough money to receive a reward and haven't received an email from Chris asking about your address, please email him at crfornataro@gmail.com.

September 06, 2013

The Movie is Done!

In case you haven't heard, we finished the movie a couple of weeks ago (with its new title:The Hands You Shake), sent it off to the first of many film festivals, had an intimate little cast/crew screening at our place, and sent a link of the full movie out to the Kickstarter backers. 
Now it has come to my attention that some (perhaps many) of our backers did not receive an email with the message I sent out to everyone containing the link to the movie. If this is you, please email me at KentLamm [at] gmail [dot] com and I will email you your link ASAP.
Also, some people have had trouble viewing the movie on Vimeo. Although Vimeo normally works well, I highly recommend clicking the download button beneath the video and letting the entire video download to your computer instead of watching it streaming. That way you're guaranteed not to have your viewing experience interrupted!
Thanks everyone!

August 12, 2013

The post-production home stretch!

It's been an entire year I've been editing this movie, and so much has happened in that time both in terms of my growth as an editor and storyteller, and in my personal life. For the rest of my life I will always associate everything that has happened in the past 12 months with editing this movie. However, it feels very good to say that, at long last, I am only days away from finishing post-production on this project.

Chris and I sent a copy to a couple of friends who have not seen anything from the movie, and received some very valuable feedback. From that, we determined that the first act of the movie was not living up to its potential, and found that it was necessary to give up on an idea that we had been very attached to, which effected the first 15 minutes of the movie. After restructuring these early scenes, it was clear that they were dramatically improved. This is the same issue we ran into on Bad is Bad. We lost all our objectivity after having our heads buried in the project for so long, and we were so attached to our original ideas that we didn't realize when they didn't work out as well as we'd hoped.

Now all that's left to do is put in the last 10-20 sound effects, create the end credits, and spend a day listening to the whole movie with good headphones to clean up any audio that's still a little dirty, and another day mixing the movie so that some parts aren't too loud while others are too quiet. Then on Thursday, we'll be submitting to AFI Film Festival, the first of 10 very big film festivals that are certainly long shots for no names like us to be accepted into, but hey, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take (according to a poster in my high school library).

In the meantime, I'll be sending the movie to a couple other people to get a little more last minute feedback. And next week, we'll finally get to start working on the Kickstarter rewards - DVD's, posters, and much more!

July 05, 2013

Getting closer...

Sorry for the lack of updates, the movie is still moving along everybody. In fact, it's only been picking up momentum as we work to meet our August deadline to finish this thing. I had a couple weeks where I didn't go to work because I switched over to a new job as a waiter, so I was able to get a lot done working long hours on it everyday. 

Not a whole lot of new stuff to report, probably the main thing is that we are now doing the music ourselves, with mainly Chris and Ellis working on it when I'm not on the computer editing. That's been moving along pretty well, with about half of it done already. It's been a fun process, especially compared to the super tedious effects shots I've been working on for the past few weeks. 

Right now I'm trying to get through all of the greenscreen shots from the movie, which is taking much longer than it should, mainly due to a guy who worked at the greenscreen studio we went to who gave us some bad advice when we were shooting there. The end product is still looking very good, it just takes a while to get it there.

Once I get through all of the greenscreen shots, I'll be done with the difficult effects shots. Then it'll be a few more simple ones scattered through the movie, then sound work, more color correction, finish the music, and we're there. However, before I proclaim the movie as done, we're going to do something we should have done for Bad is Bad, which is show it to some people and get their feedback to see if there's any changes we need to make before we start sending it out to fests. I've already incorporated some suggestions I got from the few people who've seen rough cuts, but it'll be a completely different experience when people see a polished version with music and all the bells and whistles.

To wrap this update up, I just want to let everyone know that we're very proud of the movie, and are confident that a lot of other people will enjoy it as much as we do. We once again want to thank our Kickstarter backers for making this 2 year project possible!

Editing with my favorite mug handy


May 07, 2013

When will the movie be done?

This is the question that has plagued me since we finished filming all the way back in late July 2012. Finally, I have an answer. The movie will be done in early August, just in time to submit to the first of 10 or so big film festivals that require submissions to be premieres. After we find out what happens with those 10 fests, we will be submitting to many, many more medium and smaller fests. So, odds are, you'll be able to watch it on the big screen somewhere near your neck of the woods (assuming these festival programmers have good taste, of course), but the film fests screenings won't come to fruition until many more months have passed.

However, if you're cool enough to be a Kickstarter backer, you will get to see the movie shortly after it's completed via a private link online. If you'd rather wait for the DVD, it will take a bit longer to create the box art/menus/special features, and to get them manufactured. Same goes for the other rewards. Right after the movie is done, we will be devoting all of our energy into creating these awesome Kickstarter rewards to thank our generous backers. So what we're saying is: we appreciate your patience and assure you, it will be worth the wait, ladies and gentlemen!

April 16, 2013

Teaser poster for the movie!

Note that this isn't the final poster for the movie, just a teaser to whet your appetite!