Hey guys! It happened again!

Hey! We did really well at Skills Saskatchewan again!
In fact, we won it!
Woooooo.
Exciting, right?
Our task this year was to create a one minute thirty second long video about how technology effects the trades and technology sector, so well… Here it is.

Jeez.

Well. I can’t even explain why there haven’t been any posts since November. Basically, we’re lazy and maybe drunk 6 of 7 days of the week.
We’ll get back to you on that one.
Anywho, some exciting news! First of all, our fine film “Torched” is up on Vimeo(I’ll post the link below) so all you folks who haven’t seen it yet can take a look there. In an act of shameless self-promotion, yet again, if you want a shiny DVD copy of it, email us (overactiveimaginationstudios@gmail.com) and we’d be more than happy to send you one.
Also, we finally finished editing on a project we filmed last January. It is basically a parody of your typical political drama, but done with a high school student council. It’s equal parts West Wing, Community and JFK assasination, with another Reservoir Dogs reference tossed in for good measure. Hopefully that will be online for your viewing pleasure in the near future. It also uses entirely creative commons or self-written music, and therefore we can legally put it online and sell it and stuff. So!
You all have that to look forward to.
Til next time.
And, as promised:

We’re Back! (Again)

So hey there, another two month break, as usual for this time of year. I’ll try and make it brief here again, I suppose.
We recently finished up doing music for the NBCHS production of the Laramie Project, we have another encore performance at the Dekker Center for the Performing Arts, I believe on January 12th, if you wanna come out. The music is very surreal, some original stuff and some covers, all done by Sam, Eddie Keller and I. Not to mention the production itself kicks some serious ass, its the best high school acting I’ve seen well… Ever, so please, come see that last performance, its a blast.
And filming starts on Monday(finally) for our TV pilot! We actually have a moderately large cast for this one, 5 or 6 main characters, so it should be less work for all of our actors. AND drastically more work for Sam and I. Boo-yah.
Anywho, I promised brevity, so brevity I shall deliver.
PCE OFF

AAAANNNNNDDDD We’re back!

So!
Long time no see.
As usual, we’ve been rather busy the past few weeks, doing assorted projects and things, but I guess I’ll update about that later. However, just a few housekeeping things here…
Firstly, over the next little while, I’m gonna be working on cleaning up the blog and adding a “Corporate” page or some shit like that; Sam and I do a lot of work for people who want a documentary made about something they’re doing, or for people who just want general videography stuff done, or even most recently, we’ve done some teaching. So we had someone tell us that we should make a corporate page so we can post all of the corporate work we do, kind of have an online portfolio. That should hopefully materialize soon-ish.
Second, you’ll notice that on the right side of the page is a Pay-Pal “Donate” button. Now, we are not hoping that some poor soul is stupid enough to hand us a bunch of money for no good reason. However, we have some very wonderful DVD copies of our newest film, Torched(see the Films page for details), and because of assorted copyrighted music stuff, we are basically asking that you donate something to the artists(however much you deem to be reasonable) and we’ll send you a copy of the film. The movie is a blast, and truly just a lot of fun, so please consider it.
AND of course, our upcoming projects. Sam and I are writing music for the NBCHS production of the Laramie Project (by Moises Kaufman); the play is basically about members of a theater company conducting interviews with the citizens of Laramie after the death of Mathew Sheppard. Sam and I are working on doing some nearly unrecognizable covers of assorted songs from the 90’s(Nirvana, Elliott Smith, etc.) along with some original stuff, and it should hopefully add quite a bit to the overall impact of the play.
We have also been hired by the City of North Battleford to create a documentary about North Battleford for the centennial, which we are celebrating in 2013. Along with this, we will be writing a play which looks at the many different perspectives of citizens in 1913, as North Battleford became a city. Getting hired for something like this almost makes us feel like professionals or something, its nuts.
Lastly, pre-production is underway on a one-off episode of a TV show that we’ve had in our heads for a while; we are going to be making a 22 minute pilot about a fictionalized North Battleford High School SRC. Tone wise, it should come out to a cross between the West Wing and Community, and because of the location of the SRC room within our school, we have given the project the temporary title of “The Tech Wing”.
Heads up for it in the coming weeks.
Anywho, I’ll try to get right back on the horse here, and update a bit more often as the projects are coming along.
Sean

Torched: Premiere!

Well folks, Torched is premiering this Saturday at 7:30 at NBCHS! To mark this special occasion, we’ve put together a nice little trailer for y’all to take a look at, with the final uploading of the film itself to be done on Saturday night.
Ladies and gents, it’s one for the books, trust me.

Torched – Coming Soon

Well, Sam and I have finished filming and finished editing our next film, Torched.

This was our first larger scale project in a while, and is pretty much a straight comedy. It follows Nick Kennedy and Myles Woodrow who find out that Nick’s precious Schwinn has in fact, been torched. They start up a secret organization of vigilantes, dubbed the Vigilante Activist Group, and set out to find the fucker who torched his Schwinn.

SOOOOOO tagline, and pitch over with, it’s pretty fuckin hilarious.

It stars Sam and I, with Micah Fedorchuk playing our bike burning bitch, and Dylan Sylvester as his partner in crime. We’re hoping to organize a premiere, and actually build some hype/do some marketing for once, so we’ve started the creation of promotional material. We are currently working on a trailer, a slew of posters, and other promotional materials, which start with this; an interview with our very own, Micah Fedorchuk.

Micah talks about what has inspired him to work harder, he gives thanks, and explains the meaning of life.

Sean and Sam’s Top 10 Films

Well, I am in the United States, and I have discovered Barnes and Noble. Every year in July, these folks do a 50% off of all Criterion Collection films sale thing, and I was a little overwhelmed. So, I went searching for the cream of the crop films that I needed to see, available through Criterion. Now, I discovered that on their site, Criterion have a list of filmmakers, Richard Linklater, Edgar Wright, Steve Buscemi among them, who pick their 10 favorite Criterion films, so as to encourage sales by you know, famous people endorsing them and such.

So, out of curiousity, I put together a top 10 list for myself, and then extended this to a co-operative list between Sam and I. I know, no one cares. But hey, it’s kind of interesting to try and play a game of spot the homage.

Or if you’re a jerk, find the places we outright stole things. Many of these films are on the list simply because of the massive influence they have on our movies, or because they represent the best work of a director who has that influence. So.

In no particular order:

1. The Royal Tennenbaums, dir. Wes Anderson

 

Wes Anderson, with the most killer cast of all time.  Generally speaking, Wes Anderson is just a massive influence, and this is his best, although that could be disputed. Beautiful music, and the design and visual appeal of these films is such a huge draw for us.

 

 

2. Reservoir Dogs, dir. Quentin Tarantino

Yet again, Tarantino is a huge influence, and Reservoir Dogs is his best. Pulp Fiction is just too… Goddamn long. But the opening scene at the diner is legendary, and I don’t think Stuck in the Middle with You has ever been the same for me. And oh man, the COMMODE STORY?! Probably one of the largest influences on Newton’s Cradle, and the heist and crime genre is extremely attractive to us, largely because of this film.

 

 

 

3. Barton Fink, dir. Coen Brothers

Best Coen Brothers movie. Period. There’s soooo much to look at, not to mention that this film probably features some of the finest acting in the Coen’s films, by John Tuturro and John Goodman. Not to mention that the era is immensely likable, and they do an extremely good job of keeping interest in essentially what is a non-plot. It was really a starting point for us when we wrote Life of the Mind, and it shows. Think title, people.

 

4. Withnail and I, dir. Bruce Robinson

The single most quotable film of all time. This is the gold standard for a relationship between two characters, the chemistry between the two actors is just absolutely legendary. Bruce Robinson actually based the entire film largely on his own personal experiences with two friends of his, and you can tell. The entire film is extremely personal, and ultimately very sad near the end, with the original draft of the script ending in Withnail’s suicide. AND MY GOD, UNCLE MONTY IS CREEPY.

 

5. Scanner Darkly, dir. Richard Linklater

Phillip K. Dick. Richard Linklater. Robert Downey Jr. Woody Harrelson. Rotoscoping. COME ON PEOPLE, USE YOUR HEAD. To be fair, Keanu Reaves. BUT STILL.

 

 

 

6. L.A Confidential, dir. Curtis Hanson

Yet again, we are just in love with the era. Not to mention Kevin Spacey. Film noir is one of the biggest influences on our films, but really there’s just too much good stuff to possibly agree on anything pre-1960. But this is the movie that sparked that interest. All three main characters are extremely well done, both in writing and in acting, and it really does hold the movie together.

 

 

7. Hard Core Logo, dir. Bruce McDonald

Bruce McDonald started out making documentaries, and returns to that style here. The cast has infinite chemistry, with McDonald himself and the documentary crew working into the film as a character itself. The film is incredibly well written, very Canadian(which is usually a turn off, but it’s Canadian without trying to shove it down your throat), and has incredible pace. The ending is just… Devastating. But perfect. And was actually written and decided on while shooting, with the actor playing Joe Dick suggesting it.

 

8. Annie Hall, dir. Woody Allen

I saw this movie at the end of Grade 9 and was just stunned. Woody Allen was, for all intents and purposes, me. It’s hilarious, very honest(as horrible as that can be) and just… Well, a damn good movie. I could go on forever about Woody Allen films; Stardust Memories is nearly perfect, and Deconstructing Harry is equally amazing in how truly painful it is to watch. Meanwhile, some of his earlier stuff, particularily Play it Again, Sam, is just hilarious and not too heavy. However, I think Annie Hall hits the balance right between the spectrum of Allen.

9. Hot Fuzz, dir. Edgar Wright

The level at which they accomplish the parody is incredible. It is the goal for any parody we could ever hope to do, and we use what we call the “Hot Fuzz-esque” montage in pretty much everything we film. Go figure, its a fucking excellent film.

 

 

10. Brick, dir. Rian Johnson

A stunning debut film, yet again with a film noir-ish tone, but with some contributing elements of spaghetti western(listen to the music). A very clever play on the formula to make it fit within a high school setting. They play on that just enough to make it clever, but not obnoxious, and funny but not unrealistic. An absolutely huge influence, especially in adapting genre’s to fit adolescent actors. As a side note, the general unknown nature of all the actors actually makes this film for me, for whatever reason.

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