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DON'T. STOP. RUNNING - Second teaser for a microbudget feature

Hello all - hope you're well. Just wanted to share the link to the second teaser trailer for my microbudget feature DONT. STOP. RUNNING. We're nearing the end of post-production now, and sound design/music has started. It's been a long old journey - with a shoestring budget - but somehow we're getting there!

DON'T. STOP. RUNNING is a British action adventure movie about two estranged brothers - thrown together for a treasure hunt - who soon find that they are the ones being hunted. As they race across a harsh and unforgiving landscape they realise that if they want to survive they’ll have to work together.

We shot mostly on the BMPCC (with a range of MFT and c-mount lenses), a GH4 (some underwater stuff) and a GH3 (a crash-cam). Almost all the film is exteriors, most of them in the middle of nowhere in the English countryside.

See what you think - We'd love to get some feedback on everything we're doing - positive or negative!

There's loads more info on the site if you're interested - and blog posts on casting, auditions, writing, etc. etc. etc...

http://bit.ly/dsrteaser2

Cheers,

Alex.

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Here's the list of posts we've got so far (detailing the making of a microbudget feature) over at www.dontstoprunning.co.uk:

Rehearsals
Casting
10 Steps to Make a Feature
The Script (pt 1 and 2 - writing for microbudgets)
Some background info...

And we've got more to come, on funding, distribution, tax relief (exciting!), costumes, day to day on the shoot... etc. etc.

Hope some of it is useful to other people making the same journey.

Cheers,

Alex.

May 15, 2015 at 2:14PM, Edited May 15, 2:14PM

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Alex Richardson
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Alex, are you gonna master in 1080p? Or upscale to 4k? The grading looks great.

May 16, 2015 at 5:34PM

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Mich Fawgel
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Mich - I've just read your comments on the board 'Why I regret shooting in RAW', and I'm pretty appalled at the nastiness you've come out with towards another NFS user. It's also interesting that you have little to no online presence, and seem to have only joined this site in the past couple of days - primarily to write abuse to someone who has shared their filmmaking experience.

Take it elsewhere.

Alex Richardson

May 17, 2015 at 5:03PM

Thanks Mich - glad you like it! I'm still learning Da Vinci, so I'm currently grading the teasers (there's another one on the website) in After Effects through Camera Raw.

We don't yet know what the final output of the film will be - guess it depends on what happens with distribution!

May 16, 2015 at 10:07PM

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Alex Richardson
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(If anyone has any suggestions on bits of the grade that don't work - all feedback is very welcome!)

May 17, 2015 at 5:07AM

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Alex Richardson
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Very nice! I'm gonna watch it, when you'll release the whole film
I think the last shot with bright blue sky doesn't fit to overall look. Really pops up

May 17, 2015 at 9:53AM

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Thanks Eugene - glad you liked it! You're right about the end shot (and in the film itself, it'll be graded as day-for-evening) - I graded it like that to stand out... and I think it stands out too much now! Thanks for the feedback!

May 17, 2015 at 2:59PM

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Alex Richardson
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Hmmm... Shame it's got a bit difficult to get a post in front of people on NFS - as I'd genuinely like some feedback (and to find out if there are any posts people would find useful) - I've always got a lot from this community, and would love to give a bit back...!

May 18, 2015 at 5:59AM

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Alex Richardson
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Alex did you find the BMPCC or the GH4 nicer to grade? I thought they might be difficult to intercut and grade so that they match? Did you struggle with this? Also did you shoot prores or raw? Thank you for sharing your experience.

May 18, 2015 at 10:14AM

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Mich Fawgel
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Mich - I read your response on the 'Why I regret shooting in RAW' page and wasn't very impressed... Here you're polite and interested, and there you just ripped that girl apart... Better to stick to the polite questions dude - you'll get much further in the industry.

In answer to your question - I haven't graded much of the GH4 stuff (we used it as an 'in-water' camera), but the BMPCC blows it out of the water for me. I shot in RAW on the BMPCC throughout. When it comes to the grade proper, I won't be doing it - we've managed to get some time on a Baselight with a professional colourist, who'll do a much better job than I could...

...And the moral of that is - if you ask nicely, and politely, people will help you out. If you go around being nasty to some people, nice to others, it'll bite you on the ass. Something to consider.

Alex Richardson

May 18, 2015 at 10:26AM

True Alex, but didn't you ever have the struggle with the BMPCC feeling soft? I could never get it sharp enough or maybe you never had that encounter?

May 18, 2015 at 6:30PM

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Mich Fawgel
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If you'd like to see the first teaser for DON'T. STOP. RUNNING, it's here: http://bit.ly/dsrteaser1

May 19, 2015 at 5:03AM

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Alex Richardson
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It's looking great, Alex!
I would advice you have a chat with whomever's doing the audio mix though, it's not sounding proper and pulls down the overall professional feel of it. I mean, it's not bad at all, but it sounds flat and some of the dialogue could use some cleaning up. Just to bring the level of it right up there with the visuals.

May 19, 2015 at 7:01AM

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Tobias N
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Hi Tobias - glad you like it, and thanks for the feedback. I think what you're picking up on there is that the line of dialogue we're using for this teaser is a bit ropey sounding (we're actually going to ADR these lines in the finished thing, but for the time being our sound designed has had to work with an incredibly noisy track, and he's done a good job of cleaning it up!). I like the mix- but I think that might be what you're picking up on. Good ears!

May 19, 2015 at 7:35AM, Edited May 19, 7:35AM

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Alex Richardson
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Wow. The second teaser looks much more professional and coherent in terms of color timing and edit.The footage has nice production value.

May 20, 2015 at 4:30PM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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Glad you like it Einar! The production itself was microbudget, so we're very glad if it has any production value at all..!

May 20, 2015 at 5:36PM

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Alex Richardson
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Hey Alex. A question. What are your plans regarding money return and distribution? Are you planning a local Theatrical screening?

May 22, 2015 at 12:04PM, Edited May 22, 12:08PM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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Hi Einar,

We've got quite a detailed distribution plan - I wrote it about a year ago, and I think it totaled around 20 pages...! We'll approach a couple of festivals as a start, but we're not relying on them in any way, and will move fairly swiftly into the main model of our distribution once we know the outcome. I'll be writing up a post for this soon, to add to the 'making of' blogs over at www.dontstoprunning.co.uk

Alex Richardson

May 22, 2015 at 7:37PM

You've teased me! Looks great and doesn't give away too much. Definitely piqued my interested. Will check out your blog.

May 24, 2015 at 12:34PM

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Chris Prine
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Thanks Chris! Glad you liked it. There's another teaser over on the blog, and a load of (hopefully) useful stuff, with more to come.

Alex.

Alex Richardson

May 24, 2015 at 12:36PM

Hmmmm... each reply I make ends up as two...

May 24, 2015 at 12:37PM

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Alex Richardson
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Chris - Twenty Million People looks a lot of fun! Good work!

May 24, 2015 at 12:40PM

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Alex Richardson
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And why should I watch it? It's a movie for kids, right? I mean, a couple of kids are in some woods being run after by some horrible creature, or a least this is what the trailer implies? Tell me again why the mind of a grown up should be able to actually wrap itself around the concept. I understand that you were able to create beautiful images with cams costing less than $ 1000 and with little money. Fine. But do you have anything interesting to say to anybody with an adult brain? Have you thought about making a moving about a guy in his 50s who's been making tons of money, has been a jerk and suddenly has cancer and realized that he has missed life, his wife and everything else totally? I mean, do you really expect anybody to be captivated by kids running in woods just because some footage has been filmed with a cam shooting raw? Grow up!

May 25, 2015 at 8:42AM

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You sir need to re-think your post. Ripping this dude's work completely apart doesn't do anything for anyone. If you're going to criticize at least make it constructive. NFS was created so other filmmakers could collaborate and support each other through all steps in the film making process. Maybe this film doesn't have your interest, but I'm sure other people will love the idea. Take your negativity elsewhere.

Alex Kaldeway

May 25, 2015 at 9:08AM

Thanks Alex Kaldeway - it's always good to hear from the people on NFS who are actually interested in being part of a filmmaking community, rather than just taking potshots at each other, and I appreciate the support.

I'm more than happy to receive criticism - in the long run it makes us all better at what we do. The script for this film was, if anything, strengthened by a rigorous feedback process (around 30 different people read it at different stages over an 18 month period - before it was finally shortlisted by the BBC). But there's a huge difference between constructive criticism between filmmakers, and silliness that just aims to get personal. Philippe may well have a point - a certain section of the audience will have no interest in this project whatsoever... But there's not a film yet made that can appeal to everyone, and to my mind that should never be something we attempt. Make something for yourself, and then at least you know you're being honest to your own tastes and outlooks - and if you're lucky someone else might like it too!

Alex.

Alex Richardson

May 25, 2015 at 9:16AM

Thanks Philippe - I genuinely haven't laughed that hard in a week...! You're an asshat, obviously - but at least you're entertaining with it! X

May 25, 2015 at 9:07AM

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Alex Richardson
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You're welcome.

May 26, 2015 at 7:49AM

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