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.

September 13, 2014

Ray Honeycutt video

Here's the video Chris and I made in Austin, TX for Red Book Connect a few months back -


In other news, we're figuring out a new title for our script before we put it back up on the Blacklist website. Hopefully this draft will score better, in which case we'll move on to actually trying to get the movie made...

August 23, 2014

Film Threat's review of The Hands You Shake

Check out Film Threat's review of the movie!

http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/78465/

For the past few days we have been putting together a 30 second ad for The Hands You Shake in order to start a Youtube ad campaign. We have done a horrible job marketing the movie online so far, as we've been focusing on future projects, but we're going to take a break from writing for a bit to spread the word about the movie. Hopefully, in time it will take off like Bad is Bad, which has over 625,000 hits so far on Youtube alone.

In other news, we recently completed another draft of The Iron Eagle (our high school football script), which included some big revisions. The previous draft scored a 6/10 and a 7/10 in two separate reviews on The Blacklist, a website in which industry professionals read and review scripts. These are decent scores, but we don't want to move forward with the project until it is getting rated at least 8/10.

June 24, 2014

The Hands You Shake - Now online for free!

Hard to believe it's been three full years since we started working on The Hands You Shake, but now at last, it is available to the public! A couple weeks ago we premiered the movie at the Studio City Film Festival and picked up awards for Best Director and Best Actor (Chris). Now it's time to put the movie in the hands of the world and see if it deserves more attention.

Bad is Bad has garnered over 580,000 views on YouTube, and gotten us a lot of exposure. We hope The Hands You Shake will meet or exceed our first feature's popularity over time, and pave the way for us to get our next movie off the ground.

Go to TheHandsYouShakeMovie.com to watch the film. And don't forget to spread the word, as from here on out the movie's success will depend entirely on word of mouth!

After completing these two features, we feel that we have completed our "film school." We made two movies from the ground up, with practically no money, while working in just about every department of the production. In an effort to broaden our education, we intentionally wrote the two movies to be very different in terms of pace/style/tone, and weren't afraid to take a lot of chances creatively.

At this point, we have so much more confidence in our ability to tell a story on screen than we ever would have if we had stuck to short films or waited around to make a feature on a big budget. We write everyday, and often acknowledge how much further behind we would be in our craft if we hadn't gotten to see first hand all of the things we wrote that worked and didn't work over the course of two very different feature films.

We are very excited about the prospect of filming either of our two most recent scripts, but we are not interested in making another no-budget feature film. To do these stories justice, we need a real budget in place, and that is our goal now. Because of this limitation, it may take a long time to get the next movie off the ground, but in the meantime, we will be getting better at our craft everyday.

In other news, Hot Schedules will be flying us to Austin, TX this weekend to shoot some more Ray Honeycutt antics at the Keep Austin Weird Festival. Expect some funny photos and videos soon, as well as more regular updates to this blog!

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!