I do, on occasion, shoot music videos. They’re a bit different from short films because they can be a lot more visually driven than story driven, so there is more room for improv and just making interesting/pretty images. It wasn’t for a band, but actress/model/dancer Kris Walker lip syncing and performing to the song “Comanche” by In This Moment.
It was a couple of very early, cold outings to get that nice combination of fog and early morning light, plus a bit of hiking around the park with camera gear (and her in flowy garb and high-heeled boots), but the result was definitely worth it.
Locations were mostly improvised around Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville – it was just a matter of finding the light and some interesting backgrounds along the water, back in the stone quarries, along the abandoned railroad tracks, and in the wooded areas.
The power and intensity that Kris brings to this performance is phenomenal, and I love the atmosphere we were able to capture.
Canon C100 Mk1
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
Canon t2i – converted to infrared by Lifepixel
Canon 28-80 “kit lens”
Hoya 72R Infrared filter
Manfrotto MVMXPRO500US XPRO Aluminum Video Monopod
Here is our entry into the 2017 54 Film Fest.
Many thanks to our great cast and crew, as well as to Heidi Jones and Julie Hickey-Jones for allowing us to use their awesome home.
Did I say great cast and crew? Well, we won some awards!
Best Cast, Best Writing, Future Feature (given to the film they think has the most “legs” to be made into a feature), and Best Director: Carrie Thompson.
Like most of our films, this one has a nice mix of humor and creepiness. When you can get your audience laughing one minute and uttering, “oooohhhh” the next, you know you got something.
This is our entry into the 2016 Grindhouse Grindout. We had 6 days and 66 minutes to write, shoot and edit either a short film or a fake trailer (our choice) from a genre we selected. We selected Found Footage.
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This is a recent entry into the 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Festival. It screened on Sunday, October 23 at Scruffy City Hall during the Regional Shorts block of the festival.
Directed by Sam Comer and Carrie Booher Thompson and starring Carrie Booher Thompson and Lydia Weeks, with a special appearance by Mr. Bean (the parrot) and Joy Varville as his voice.
This one took home a few awards:
Runner-Up Best Visual Effects, Best Actress for Carolyn Corley, and Runner-Up for Best Film
We had a nice mix of old and new faces in this year’s 54 Hour Film Fest entry. Steve Trigg, Carolyn Corley, Asya Angelique Mounger, Tyler Gregory, and Jeff Snell (of “Dick Chicken” fame from last year’s 7-Day Shootout) joined the SofaCouch team for the first time and they all knocked it out of the park (see above re: Carolyn winning the Best Actress Award, which was actually presented as “Best Female Actress” – an appropriate name for someone associated with SofaCouch MovieFilms). And SofaCouch “regular” Tiffany Tallent brought it, as always.
As usual, our crew was small, but efficient. Carrie Thompson did a wonderful job directing. Randy Thompson kept things running smoothly. Laura Miller held the boom like a champ, and Jeff Snell pulled double duty running the slate. Sam Comer (me) did camera, lighting, and editing.
The elements for the 54 hour were:
Prop: A map
Line of Dialog: “I knew I’d see you again, I just didn’t know when.”
Action: A spin
We drew “Sci Fi” as our genre and went with something along the lines of a PG-rated Black Mirror episode. The story was written by Randy, Carrie, Tyler, and me in the first three or four hours after drawing the elements at the kickoff. We shot from early afternoon into the wee hours of the following morning at the lovely home of Greg and Kenlyn Stewart (you may recognize it from previous other SCMF shoots. They’ve always been extremely generous in offering their time and space for our projects).
All the effort was definitely worth it for a fine little film, and we’re always pleased to get some recognition from the judges.
Based on true events, “Latent Image” is about a relic of the Cold War getting into the wrong hands, and old-school agents of espionage doing everything they can to keep it from one another.
We had 54 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film of up to seven minutes in length in a selected genre with these required elements:
Selected genre: “Action/Spy”
Prop: A compass
Line of dialog: “This isn’t my first time”
Action: A dance
Unfortunately, we did not get the film in within the allotted time (missed it by mere minutes), but it was still eligible for screening at the festival. It looked nice on the big screen at the Regal Downtown West Theater, and the audience response was very positive.
Director: Carrie Thompson
Story by: Sam Comer, Carrie Thompson, and Randy Thompson
Written by: Sam Comer and Carrie Thompson
Director of Photography, Editor, VFX, Sound Design: Sam Comer
Boom Operator and PA: Laura Miller
Very special thanks to Greg and Kenlyn Stewart for their hospitality in letting us use their beautiful home!
This is the SofaCouch MovieFilms entry into the 2014 Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festival.
This year, they did things a little differently. Well, a LOT differently. In previous competitions, we were given some basic elements like a prop, a line of dialog, a location, etc. We had to use those elements in whatever way we wanted, but they had to be used in order to (hopefully) ensure all creative work was done in the 24 hour time period.
After some weirdness last year (nearly 30 films about a bounty hunter – and most of them confused “bounty hunter” with “hit man”), they decided to mix it up even more. They went with a log line. Basically, This character does this action involving this object. We chose “A narcoleptic construction worker goes on a buddy trip involving a toe with nail polish.”
Thanks to Carrie Thompson for once again directing with me. Also thanks to Randy Thompson for not only acting in the film, but being a great production manager. Remi Demeere took on duties as both boom operator and makeup artist. Laura Miller was our production assistant, going out of her way to get props all over town.
The rest of the cast included Jeff Delaney, Tiffany Tallent, and Crystal Brauener.
The film was written by Carrie Thompson, Andrew Tallent, and me. I was director of photography and editor.
We didn’t win any awards, but the audience response was fantastic, and we’ve gotten some nice comments since the screening.
So, here is “The Dozy Doozer”