Sangre Joven 506

April 18, 2011


Sangre Joven 506 – a short by Donnell MacKenzie

April 18, 2011

Quiet on set. Loud on the wrap.

March 18, 2010

I love being on set.

I love shooting, I love AD-ing, I LOVE directing, and I was born an actor. When it comes to being on set I never back down for a challenge. We had a mock set in pre production class and I had a lot of fun. It definately wasn’t my first time on a shoot, and I was glad to see some of my comrad’s get some exposure to how a set is actually ran. I could notice inexperience but also a general sense of apathy from some of my class mates. When it came to volunteering for crew positions there was a less than enthusiastic response, this worries me as these are my peers, whom I have to rely on for a passionate working environment.  I want to make connections here in this program that will lead to a productive and successful life in film production… Thats why I’m so pumped about every aspect of film making, I’m here because I LOVE FILMMAKING.     Every little job, can be very rewarding.

I had fun in the in class set experience, I got a chance to DOP, and Act, when I was shooting I would have rathered do a “oner” by handheld, but it wasn’t what the director wanted. .. This got me thinking… I kinda want to Direct and DP my own work. I love having the max control.


Breaking down, 3AM

March 9, 2010

The script 3AM by MArshall Axani is a great script, I like the twist in the end. I’m going through the breakdown prossess to have it produced. At the same time, I’m also producing my own film, which went on camera on March 5th. Doing two breakdowns at once can get confusing and conflicting. However I’ve been able to use what I’ve been learning in pre production class to help me burn through these breakdown sheets. It’s like I do my homework, then that homework helps me do my personal work.

My film is called Done With Art. It has a bigger cast than 3AM and more obscure locations. We’re filming in a public washroom in York’s campus which is really risky, so we’re doing it late on a saturday night.


Strip board’s for life

February 11, 2010

After the last pre production class where we learned about how to make a strip board, I had a way better idea of how to efficiently plan out a shoot. It’s a great tool for the industry, I love how all of the old school film making techniques don’t really change, only adapt to technology. It’s funny how one day they’re going to run out of old school methods and the technology will no longer need to catch up. In fact we’re in that age now, Tech/advancements have proven to be steering the direction of filmmaking as we know… I know most people at least-say that visual effects aren’t enough to make a good movie alone, however these are the people who did end up paying the 14 bucks to see Avatar even though they walked in KNOWING they were going to hate it, but wouldn’t pay to see a stimulating film like a Serious Man… Why, when we can be jaded and only watch mainstream movies alone in our bedroom with no pants on… And never tell our friends about it.

Thinking about how many factors weigh into scheduling, I’m amazed that big budget films like Lord of the Rings can actually be pulled of, with so many locations, big name actors, and choreography, not to mention extras and make up for all! What a head ache!    I CANNOT WAIT

Man, what a cool guy.

Here’s a link to the pitch I’m waiting to hear back from… It’ll be an experimental alt film… Very strange.



Break it down now!

February 4, 2010

Oh yeah, just like that baby.

I love a good break down now and then. Normally when I breakdown a script I have a smoke, sit down either alone or with one other person, and firstly read over the script. You can’t just scan for words like “old man”, or “blue picture frame”, the story needs to make sense. The story needs to make so much sense that you are watching the movie in your head.

Take a good old fashion pile of breakdown sheets, box of highlighters, post-it notes, pencils, pens, rulers. And GO.

I love this stuff. That’s why I chose to come to film school, cause I have a pretty good idea at what the work load is going to be like and I really can’t wait. Living out of a suitcase and a huge RV… I’m down.

The last film I directed was called A Bitter Taste of Love.  Building the shooting schedule was a nightmare, right in the middle of the busiest time of the year. and my actors had jobs and schedules I had to work around. I was able to shoot at different times of the day and really made it work.


January 24, 2010

A neat little trick they use in the bizz, is different colored scripts for different draft stages. It all starts on standard white paper. Anytime a scene is reworked, it changes color in the script, if its one page that needs to change, they pull it right out and add in the next color.  What’s lame is that they only use solid colors. I mean granted it’s a great system, keep everyone on the same page, yada yada…

This is how it would go if I made the rules: FIRST DRAFT – Everyone in the crew would be in the same room for a mandatory script reading- where one person would dictate the script in its entirety, anybody who needs a copy of a script would then hand write their personal copy.

The handwritten first drafts would be collected by a PA, who would be in charge of reading all of the script interpretations, and amalgamating them into the SECOND DRAFT. Which is typewritten by a different PA, so as to eliminate any bias, on Leopard print paper.

The THIRD DRAFT will come at the request of anyone who has a problem with reading the script through the animal print. It will be edited on a computer in font size 8, and printed on zebra print paper.

Side note: These styles of paper can be found at any scrapbook store.

Any script changes after that will be sent out only by text message, finished with “Pass it on”