Hey there, recently our short film The Passing got an honorable mention in the Fresh Films Northwest film festival. Out of over 150 entries, we are one of 10 honorable mentions, selected by their jury. To celebrate this event. All 10 films (along with some others) will be shown at the Whitsell Auditorium in downtown Portland, OR on November 17th at 1pm. This is a free public event that anyone can attend! So bring your friends and family to this great chance of seeing our and many other great films! There will be a short ceremony to recognize the filmmakers and following the event, there will be a free presentation by the animators from Laika about making their newest film, ParaNorman. We all hope to see you there and if you end up attending, feel free to stop one of us and chat a little. We’d be more than willing to talk with some fans!
Feel free to read more about the festival and who it putting it on here!
Director Shafer Gilson created this short film in his free time, as an excuse to get out and film something. It ended up being a very fun project to work on and ended up being completely completed in less than 24 hours. This is another example of our great partnership with Oligopolist Records and Studenets. Their new song, “Lore” is featured in the video. Watch it below and feel free to share it with anyone who you think might be interested!
Hello everyone. I have been working on this website for awhile and I decided its time to finally make it public. So here we are. This website will contain all work and updates regarding the film company, Skeletons and Tea. You can find information on all of our past, current and future (to a degree obviously) work.
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This video we were working on for a school project, then it slowly evolved into something more. We ran into a lot of issues with scheduling as our actors were very busy with other things and frankly had better things to do than film this minor film. With the deadline fast approaching, we decided to take what we had and make create a trailer for the film that would have been made. We have talked about the possibility of continuing filming this summer yet we decided that this trailer is actually better than the finished product would have been. That is not saying that this project is finished. It is shelved for the moment, but that does not mean that we may not bring it back at a later date.
This film is about how America is not as Great as we wish to believe. That so many of our stereotypes and reasons we believe America is such a great county are in fact, false. We talk about the hypocritical nature of America as we shame other countries for things they do and yet we are in the process of implementing here. This is not to say that America has always been this way, or that we are a bad or evil country. This is just saying that America and its citizens should take a look at itself and what it is doing before mounting the high horse that we so wish to ride.
Skeletons and Tea recently acquired two new pieces of equipment which will consist of our main filming equipment. When filming The Passing we used equipment from CAL, Metro East as well as what our camera man had. However as time has progressed and we are forming into an actual film company, we had need for owning our own equipment.
The first piece of equipment that we got is the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. More and more, indie film makers are using DSLR camera for HD filming. They provide a much cheaper and yet more than adequate alternative to full functional film camera (which cost tens of thousands of dollars). The Canon T2i is a great camera for the money and will help us out a lot. It will allow us to film in full 1080p HD footage. Its ease of use will allow us to film easily in whatever situation we end up in.
The next piece of equipment we got is a lens for the camera above. After doing a lot of research, I found out that the first lens that any film maker wants and needs is a simple 50mm lens. So we simply went with that. The EF 50mm f/1.8 II to be precise. It has no zooming capabilities, but with the style of filming we will be doing, it will not be an issue. I read a lot and the 50mm is always the first lens that film makers want as it is neither too narrow nor too wide for the human eye and it works well with the most amount of people.
The next piece of equipment will most likely be a bag or an external mic. I have been doing a lot of research on external mics and have a few that I am seriously considering. Hopefully we will be making that purchase soon and have it ready for when we need it.
Currently we are working on another film project. It will be very different from The Passing, yet good none the less. This project has a much stricter time schedule so we shall be having to consolidate and work hard over these next few months to get it finished by the date it needs to be done. You could expect to see some more information about this project in a few weeks to a month.
This project will be a documentary, aside from that we will not be releasing any current information. New information will be released in the coming weeks. We are currently in the pre-production phase of the film and as thus are still working out ideas and details. Very soon we will be moving onto straight production and we will be able to release more information as well as some possible content (pictures and video footage). Stay tuned for more information!
On Thursday the 23rd of February, we took our most recent film The Passing to the Five Minute Film Festival and won two awards. We took home $450 in prize money for winning the Judges award and tying for the Peoples Choice Award. It was a great event and we were truly shocked when we won. The other films were great and it was awesome to see some of the projects our peers are working on. To everyone who came out to support us, thank you. Having so many of you there truly make the night a good one. For anyone interested in learning more about the Five Minute Film Festival, please visit them here.
Hey everyone, we are currently in the process of getting this website up and running. As thus, anything you see on here is not valid until the site goes live. We are attempting to get everything to a workable point before we actually send the link out. If you come across this website, then I apologies for the current state that it is in.