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Premiere of ARCHITECTS OF CRIME at LA Shorts Film Fest 2016

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, our film ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiered at the LA Shorts Fest… one of the Academy Award-qualifying film festivals.

We had a blast unveiling our film for the audience at LA Shorts Film Fest, and to our fabulous cast and crew who were in attendance.

Daniel L. Abrams, Hilliard Guess, Indra Bartona, William Derrick, Ko Massiah, Christopher Derrick, Peter Lucas.... filmmakers, producers, cast of ARCHITECTS OF CRIME, LA Shorts Fest - LA Live, Regal Cinemas
Daniel L. Abrams, Hilliard Guess, Indra Bartona, William Derrick, Ko Massiah, Christopher Derrick, Peter Lucas…. filmmakers, producers, cast of ARCHITECTS OF CRIME, LA Shorts Fest – LA Live, Regal Cinemas

 

Hillard Guess, William Derrick, Luther Mace, Christopher Derrick - ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere, LA Shorts Film Fest - LA Live, Regal Cinemas
Hillard Guess, William Derrick, Luther Mace, Christopher Derrick – ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere, LA Shorts Film Fest – LA Live, Regal Cinemas

 

Ana Zimhart and William Derrick at LA Shorts Fest, LA Live - Regal Cinemas
Ana Zimhart and William Derrick at LA Shorts Fest, LA Live – Regal Cinemas
Peter Lucas, William Derrick - ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere at LA Shorts Film Fest, LA Live - Regal Cinemas
Peter Lucas, William Derrick – ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere at LA Shorts Film Fest, LA Live – Regal Cinemas
Christopher Derrick, Hilliard Guess, Mario Perry, Indra Bartona - ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere at LA Shorts Film Fes - LA Live, Regal Cinemas
Christopher Derrick, Hilliard Guess, Mario Perry, Indra Bartona – ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere at LA Shorts Film Fes – LA Live, Regal Cinemas
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Filmmakers, producers, cast, and crew for Architects of Crime premiere, LA Shorts Fest, LA Live – Regal Cinemas.
Ana Montgomery Photo LA Shorts Fest AM28135
William Derrick, Marcos Efron, Bobo at ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere, LA Shorts Film Fest – LA Live, Regal Cinemas

 

Waiting for the film to play on the big screen - William Derrick, Hilliard Guess, Christopher Derrick
Waiting for the film to play on the big screen – William Derrick, Hilliard Guess, Christopher Derrick

 

Main title card for ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere at LA Shorts Film Fest - LA Live, Regal Cinemas
Main title card for ARCHITECTS OF CRIME premiere at LA Shorts Film Fest – LA Live, Regal Cinemas

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First Festival Selection for Architects of Crime

,Proud to announce that our science fiction film noir short film Architects of Crime is an official selection of the 2016 Action On Film International Film Festival.

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The Festival Game

We’ve had films in festivals before (F*ck You, Pay Me! screened at the  Hollywood Black Film Festival, Amsterdam in the Picture, and the Seattle Science Fictions Shorts Film Festival, to name a few). We even took home top prize. Which is an accomplishment, to say the least. It’s a tremendous honor to have your film screen on the festival circuit. It’s were you get a different type of exposure; the audiences are more inclined to appreciate alternative storytelling styles and endings.

One of the things that sort of sucks about making indie films and shorts (and particularly writing screenplays) is the target audience isn’t the actual viewing audience. It’s a small collection of people who then make a decision if a wider audience is going to see your film. And the big reason you seek the “I like this” decision for the Hollywood so-called taste maker ranks is that marketing dollars will be spent on your film if they get excited about your work.

Oone doesn’t need Hollywood’s permission or sanction to get your film seen by audiences, not with YouTube and Vimeo and all the other streaming platforms available. However, where Hollywood has the market cornered is marketing and advertising. It’s as if  Hollywood film distributors are actually niche ad agencies *it’s a wonder that a company like Publicis doesn’t snap up a film studio with its intricate distribution machine).

You have to do a great deal of self-promotion to raise awareness of your film just using social media. Selection and subsequent screening in a film festival adds to the audience awareness critical mass that you’re after.

We’re so excited!

ARCHITECTS OF CRIME – Behind the Scenes

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DoP Shane Daly and his team get ready for the next take; Peter Lucas, Rhona Bennett, , , Shane Daly (L to R)
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20 stories above the streets of Los Angeles a crime is about to take place… the rooftop video village; Co-writers/co-directors Chris & Will Derrick review the framing, while producers Hilliard Guess and Indra Bartona observe. DoP Shane Daly and his team finalize the camera set-up.
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Ana Zimhart kicks the shit out of David DeSantos during a take. DoP Shane Daly captures the action.
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Ana Zimhart reveals the blackmail footage as David DeSantos looks on as his fate is sealed.
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Ana Zimhart precariously walks the balance beam.
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Co-writer/co-director Will Derrick gives a last minute adjustment to Rhona Bennett and Peter Lucas
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The Derrick Brothers and DoP Shane Daly work out the scene breakdowns and framing options.
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A take in progress; Will & Chris Derrick watch Rhona Bennett and Peter Lucas on the monitor; DoP Shane Daly captures the take.
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Co-writer/co-director Chris Derrick reviews the framing of Rhona Bennett’s close up. DoP Shane Daly lines up the shot.
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Ana Zimhart prepares to flip off the water tower.
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DoP Shane Daly, high up on the building, readies his camera team to capture Ana Zimhart (climbing down the ladder) scale wall — in the one and only take.

These are a few more of the behind the scene photos for ARCHITECTS OF CRIME. MovieMaker magazine was gracious enough to hi-lite our work on its Instagram feed.

Looking at these now, several months later, the project looks ambitious, but every film project one directs can be considered ambitious because of the number of people you have to persuade to be on your same page. This means no one is above the film; that’s why egos must, under no uncertain terms, be checked at the door. The greater (or shall I more fragile) the ego at the department head level or above, the more trying directing a film can be. Everyone’s name goes on the film, and why does that no satisfy one’s ego? Why does that fail to give one satisfaction, because if it did then the yelling, screaming, and sabotaging wouldn’t happen.

We are forever thankful and grateful to our collective team who helped make this happen.

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes – Architects of Crime, Part 2

As we prepare our press kit for the Sundance Film Festival submission, we had a chance to review the behind the scenes stills (you forget these things in the midst of post).

It’s only in the behind the scenes photos do the technicians and crafts people get a chance to be “seen”. Yet every filmmaker knows the Fitzcaraldo-esque journey that you embark on each time you walk on to the set is team effort.

Lining up the shot for Ana to scale the side of a wall!

Lining up the shot for Ana to scale the side of a wall! Copyright © 2015, ShadowBoxer Cinema, LLC.

DP Shane Daly using Artemis Camera App to review which lens we should use for Rhona's OTS
DP Shane Daly using Artemis Camera App to review which lens we should use for Rhona’s OTS. Copyright © 2015, ShadowBoxer Cinema, LLC
Rhona Bennet (as Roxanne) scolds Peter Lucas (Dr. Aktinson).
Rhona Bennet (as Roxanne) scolds Peter Lucas (Dr. Aktinson). Copyright © 2015, ShadowBoxer Cinema, LLC
Ana Zimhart practices flipping of that structure for a shot in our opening title/intro sequence
Ana Zimhart practices flipping of that structure for a shot in our opening title/intro sequence
We're 20 stories above Los Angeles designing the staging for the crime that's about to go down!
We’re 20 stories above Los Angeles designing the staging for the crime that’s about to go down!

 

Will has new ideas for the blocking.
Will has new ideas for the blocking.
Will gives Peter a math lesson
Chris explains the shot to Shane
Will and Chris watch the actors rehearse the opening scene in the lab.
Will and Chris watch the actors rehearse the opening scene in the lab.
Chris and DP Shane Daly determine which lens to use to get the shot
Chris and DP Shane Daly determine which lens to use to get the shot
Will lines up a shot in Atkinson's lab
Will lines up a shot in Atkinson’s lab
Shane and his team line up the shot
Shane and his team line up the shot