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A Full Rotation – December (Finale)

Hello The Internet,

Well… it’s here. We made it. I don’t know what else to say right now, except that it is with great excitement that I present Film Army’s last post of 2013 and the final installment of our webseries/feature film experiment, A Full Rotation.

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In January, we had an idea to produce a feature length film by shooting 10 minute episodes every month to tell a story in real time. It seemed like a crazy idea, a logistical nightmare and almost impossible to keep up with. And yet, 12 months later, we’ve finished. It’s been such a crazy year that has just flown by. It’s still a bit surreal to think it’s all over and done with and that there’s no episode I need to prep for next month. There’s no production schedule I need to figure out anymore. It’s just… done. We’re wrapped and every episode is available for the world to see. I can say that A Full Rotation has been the most ambitious and rewarding project of my career to date in scope and duration.

And none of it would have been possible without the support and encouragement of our viewers, our friends and our colleagues in the art community. We’ve met so many new, wonderful people over the course of the year as we produced each episode and I proudly call them all friends. I eagerly await a chance to work with them again.

If this project has taught me anything, it’s that there is no place for excuses anymore. If you want to make something, you find a way to make it. You may need to make some compromises but if you’re not willing to do that then come up with another idea in the meantime. Create constantly. Even when, in all honesty, it’s a crazy idea. The crazy ideas are usually the ones that create the best stories.

A huge shout out to The Brunswick Project for lending their music to our finale. They embarked on a similar mission recently by producing one song every week for an entire year. It only made sense to join forces and end off with the brilliant music of this local duo.

But our work isn’t finished. In 2014 we will be taking our episodes and combining them to form the feature length movie they were destined to become. There is some polish to be put on in the way of colour correction and ADR, but when it’s finished, we’ll have a film ready to go! And you watched it come together right here at Film Army. It’s been an absolute blast to document our journey every month and it’s even kept me sane… I think. Being able to rationalize what we worked with and what we learned every month made it so much easier to process the overwhelming amount of work and stress that went into this project.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for watching and supporting this crazy little project from beginning to end. With 2013 behind us, we look toward 2014 and set our sights and our dreams even higher. And when we look back at what we’ve accomplished this year, that’ll make for a big year ahead of us.

Have a fun and happy New Year, The Internet. We’ll see you in 2014. In the meantime, please be safe and be kind!

A Full Rotation – November

Hello The Internet,

It’s that time of the month again! Last month’s episode of A Full Rotation found our hero’s love life self-destructing. In “November” we see how Joshua reacts to the catastrophic events. Will he attempt to fix his wrongs or just wallow in his own self-loathing? Don’t let the suspense kill you, find out right now:

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This episode marks our second last installment, which is pretty surreal to me. What’s even more surreal is that it’s over by the end of next month. But, I’ll save my reflections for then. For now, let me say how happy I am that we were able to pull off our airport scene. I’ve always loved that moment in movies where the hero runs through the airport to catch the love of his life and I wanted to use that idea from the very start of this project, but I had always just assumed that because of the logistics of filming in an airport, we’d have to cut it. However, armed with a DSLR and two gutsy crew members, Gavenesh Patel and Parker Mott, we took A Full Rotation‘s guerrilla style to a whole new, maybe-get-arrested level. Luckily, we’re all still free men (as far as I know as of this writing, at least). Is it the scene I envisioned in my million dollar budget brain? No. But when you’re running and gunning as fast as possible in a location you’re definitely not supposed to be shooting in, you make compromises. I am, however, incredibly happy with what we got.

I’d also like to thank the talented Peter Campbell who played Joshua’s father, Richard, for stepping in on short notice. He was a pleasure to have on set and I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role.

Stay tuned next month for the final episode of our wild experiment! In the meantime, please be safe and be kind!

Cheers,
Dain

A Full Rotation – October

Hello The Internet,

It’s unusual for me to be writing to you so frequently. I kind of like it. Now that we’ve caught up with our story of Joshua Rider after last month’s lapse in releases, we’re back on track with our latest episode, “October”! Things heat up, quickly, in this episode as we kick off with finding out who Joshua called at the end of the last episode. Ethan finally confronts Cossette and Joshua makes some important choices. Jump aboard because we’re entering a our final act of A Full Rotation.

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Making a film on a budget and a strange month-to-month deadline isn’t the best way to ensure quality or consistency. This month’s episode is an indication of that. That’s not to say I’m unhappy with this month’s episode. What I mean is our episodes are only as good as the people we have available to us. Sometimes we have a boom op, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes Adam’s behind camera, sometimes it’s someone else. We’ve lucked out and had the pleasure of working with some great people to stand in as camera ops and boom ops. However, audio is my mortal filmmaking enemy. And this month’s episode is one I definitely plan to revisit when it comes time to assemble the feature and rework the audio on, from foley to ADRing complete scenes (note: the first scene with Bailey is an audio nightmare!). That’s the blessing and the curse of the way we chose to tackle this project. The first presentation of the episodes might not be perfect, or as perfect as I’d like them to be, but we get a second chance when it comes time to make the transformation from webseries to feature film. As we come close to the end of the year, and the end of the project, I realize that I’m excited to go back to the start and really put the polish on some scenes we didn’t have the time, talent or resources to do so at the time they were released.

Well, the next time we talk A Full Rotation it will be our second to last episode. Kind of wild, huh? Try not to get too emotional, it’ll just get me going. We shall see you next month, The Internet! In the meantime, please be safe and be kind.

Cheers,
Dain