The Great Gig in the Sky

Today we’re sharing how a key visual effects shot was done. We have a shot where our lead character, Suzie, sees a meteor flying overhead. (Gee, I wonder if it’s more than just a meteor?) Instead of green-screening it, we decided to do a sky replacement. To do that we shot a low-angle of our actress against a blue sky…

Throwback Thursday: Fight Scene Rehearsal

Even a brief fight scene requires a lot of practice. Accidents can (and do) happen, but you want to take every precaution you can to ensure the actors’ safety and make sure that they never do anything that they’re uncomfortable with. In this video, filmed earlier this year, fight coordinator Allan Gagner goes through the choreography of our short fight…

The “Bunker” Scene, Or: Writing Yourself into a Concrete Corner

Filmmaking always presents challenges. As we currently work our way through post-production, I thought I’d share with you the story of how we tackled one of our biggest challenges: the “bunker” scene. A few minor spoilers: The bunker scene comes after the characters are first attacked by the Wasp-Men. I wanted a scene where they could find shelter and discuss…

Editing Wizardry

I can’t even imagine how people edited films before the invention of non-linear editing systems like Premiere Pro and Final Cut. Sure, I see it done in the special features of classic films and read about in books like Walter Murch’s In the Blink of an Eye, but NLEs make it so much easier. In the following clip, our editor,…

Flashback Friday

Hi everyone. We’re editing right now and I plan to do a big update on the editing process soon, but for right now I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes photos with you, taken by the amazing Katherine Bree Walker.

The date's not going the way she had hoped

The date’s not going the way she had hoped

A boy and his telescope

A boy and his telescope

Picnic

Picnic

Something's coming

Something’s coming

The crew

The crew

Getting ready for a dolly shot

Getting ready for a dolly shot

High angle shot

High angle shot

Stand-in

Stand-in

Either the director is standing in for a Wasp-Man or he finally got tired of Chris's jokes

Either the director is standing in for a Wasp-Man or he finally got tired of Chris’s jokes

First Day of Shooting

After many delays, Wasp-Men From Mars! started shooting this past Saturday. It was the first of six planned shoot days. For fun, we’re showing you the first take that we shot. In addition to the flubbed dialogue, you can see the audio transmitter sticking out from under the James/Diogo’s jacket early on in the shot. But that’s okay, that’s why…

Costumes and Shoot Dates

The Wasp-Men From Mars shoot is coming up. The first day of shooting is April 16th. We have rehearsals and costume fittings planned for the next couple of weeks. We plan to take plenty of photos and videos for you as we prep for the shoot. Speaking of photos, want to see how the Wasp-Men costumes are coming along? The…

Announcing the Wasp-Men Cast!

Hi everyone. Sorry that we’ve been silent for the past month or so. We’ve been really busy with scouting locations, making rubber monster costumes, and of course, casting. And today we’d like to introduce you to our cast! Ashley Rose McKenna – Suzie Ashley is an actress and singer currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed…

Wasp-Man Head Sculpt, Plus Concept Art

Over the weekend, Julian sent us some photos of the work that he’s done on the Wasp-Man’s head. It’s still in progress, but since Julian posted the photos on Twitter, we thought we’d share them with you, too. This is a rough sculpt; the teeth are not final and it does not include the mandibles, which will be sculpted separately.

Julian’s fellow Face Off contestant Adam Milicevic created some Wasp-Men concept art for Julian a few months ago, back when we were trying to nail down the final look of the monster. Adam posted some of the concepts on Twitter earlier today. The final Wasp-Man costume will be a combination of many elements from Adam’s designs.