19 June 2011

LIFE // ghost girls and madonna on vinyl

So I've been working on this book about a girl whose friend dies and comes back to haunt her. It's my first stab at a full-length horror story, and it's turning out pretty well. But a couple days ago I decided it would also be interesting as a short screenplay. Emily agreed to be in it initially, then got camera-shy and decided against it. So it went from being about two friends to being about two twins. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think... if you can't tell, the straight-haired me (Maia) is alive, and the curly-haired me (Alma) is dead.









We had about fifteen minutes or so (of about thirty overall) filmed, but we just didn't have the equipment to suitably make it conceivable that there were two people when there was really just one. So here's the first five minutes — after this it began to fail, but this bit is okay-ish. I think I need a legit video camera, not just a Vado, before I become a serious indie filmmaker, haha. And some friends who are more willing to act. Besides, you know... just me.








So we gave up on that and started making pancakes instead. Em has this awesome vinyl record player, and Madonna's "Like a Virgin" record, so we put it on and felt very vintage and awesome. They were good pancakes, too.





Inexplicably, there was a baby snail on my strawberry. It was kind of confusing.


And we swung, because swinging is fun. So is, as Emily puts it, "gifing."
Pretty sure this is an awesome gif. If it works. Which it might not. Poll?

And watched SNL while writing blog posts. Very good day.


pea ess: We straightened my hair for Maia's role (to differentiate between the two) and it's LONG. I mean REALLY long. I feel like Rapunzel. I had no idea my hair was really this long, since most of the time it's curly. I haven't straightened it in months. I was kind of in awe of my own follicles.
Getting a cut on Tuesday, but I'm going to keep the length and just get my layers back. The top ones are supposed to be about two inches long... right now they've grown to about fourteen inches. Yeah. It's bad. Pictures tomorrow.


RESPONSE TO COMMENTS
1- I know, I do look like I'm smiling when I cry. It's partially the angle and partially my face. I promise, I had legit tears and everything.
2- I use iMovie '11 and love it. :)

31 comments:

  1. Wow! I love it! I think that is really cool! Now I might have to make a scary movie.... :D

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  2. OKAY. I'm always camera sky, and I said I was sorry! GOSH. :) the trailer looks good

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  3. love love love love love
    i'm actually really surprised you made both of those videos (no offense or anything!), they're really good! i love the warm feeling in the photos, too.

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  4. those videos are creepy. ha. :)

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  5. oh my gosh! this is sooo awesome! haha it actually scared me :S

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  6. oh, and pee ess (lol) What editing system do you use? I have seen a few videos like that, with the mountain picture and the ending credits, but never found it. Thanks!

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  7. You're pretty good at acting. ;) I love making videos with friends, it's awesome. You might want to try frowning a little more when you cry though, but you did amazing.

    Can't wait for part two!!

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  8. Oh.My.God luved it girl! You should have made the rest though X| Also, I'm dying to get iMovie 11 {for my birthday perhaps?}.

    Ah, the joy of making movies :D

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  9. You gotta show the rest of that video! I LOOOOVE the last scene in the second video

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  10. If this wasn't the most epic post in the world then I don't know what to think. But, it WAS the most epic post in the world!!!! I LOVED both videos, and even started crying when Maia did. I also jumped when Alma opened the closet door. I jumped when the creepy music came on when you were switching shots. I'm not into horror, at all, but I gotta say, girl: that was GOOD. When you publish your book, I'm going to read it. Oh. So. Totally :))
    -Jocee <3
    P.S. By the way, what editing software did you use for the trailer? It's awesome!!

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  11. That sounds so fun. My summer has pretty much been about me reading in my lair of a bedroom until dark, when I have rehearsal from 6-10. I'm glad somebody is having fun :)

    http://boatsonthehorizon.blogspot.com

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  12. Interesting story, but sounds like it would be good.
    You're great at acting. And your hair is definitely really long straightened.

    For the GIF, it works, but doesn't loop, so it stops.

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  13. Serious like of the second Alma vid.

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  14. wow....interesting. But you should probably re-do the "Alma's dead" scene--you look far too happy. I don't know if that's just how you cry, but it really looks like you're smilin'....just sayin.
    But pretty good idea!

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  15. Wow that was really good! The sound effects were just perfect. I kept turning down the volume and then turning it back up! Wow! I loved it!

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  16. So creative! I love you with straight hair, look amazing!

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  17. Super scary. But I loved the special effects and the video quality. Plus, I think you did a very good job as well. Rock on!! :P

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  18. BAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHhaha that was awesome!!!! You should make more. :P I liked the ending..."Hey sis, you miss me?" - It was perfect!!!

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  19. Oooh very creepy, very unique, very creative. I can totally see this being a movie someday. I see it now as a commercial on TV. Eep! I have been contemplating writing a horror-ish story as well. I know what it's going to be about and everything, but then again I kind of don't want to mess around with demonic stuff (TOTALLY not saying you are or anything! It's just that I *cough* scare my own self sometimes). ^_^

    Best of luck with the book!

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  20. Wow, awesome but scary trailer! Can't wait for more!

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  21. I LOVED the video, my friend pretty much peed her pants she was so scared-no lie. So I guess thats a god thing for you ;)

    -hannah

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  22. haha! great videos, loved them!
    and those pancakes look GREAT! :D

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  23. ahhh i need to see the rest of it!
    it seriously scared me.

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  24. I can't get either of your videos to play or load :( Is it just my internet connection or what? Most disapointed. If anyone knows what might be wrong please tell me!!!
    ~
    Autumn

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  25. Got it to work!!!! loved it!!!!!!Totally want to watch it all! Great job playing both girls Olivia!!!!!!
    ~
    Autmn

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  26. well I thought your crying looked sincere. Nice acting! What made you want to do a horror movie? Horrors = nightmares.

    But most of all, good job on the pancakes!

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  27. (Sorry just stalking your blog because It's cool!) I love your trailer/clip! Good work, I know just how hard making a movie trailer is- I had to make one for my Media Coursework at school (I had to pretend to be a(n) (un?)dead victorian 8 year old who'd been "Left Behind" (Title!) on a family trip to the woods (She actually just got lost and died but hey ho) and so turns into a psychopathic crazy girl. It was surprisingly fun!! Anyways I shall go because this comment is getting long and waffly and I'm probably boring you to death!
    Much Love keep up the good work!
    Fizi Kizi xx

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