2018 sizzle reel

Here’s my 2018 sizzle reel!

All photography, video, editing, sounds and music by Andrew Dunlop.

© 2018.

Award-winning film!

So my film, “How to Get Away with it” was officially selected to premiere at the 2018 Prison City Film Festival in Huntsville, Texas at the beginning of March. Not only did the premiere go well, we also won an award for Best Feature Film! An amazing achievement for the cast and crew! Below are a few pictures from the festival of Sean Marjoram (Director of Photography) and I accepting the big award.

Book trailer: ‘Playing Me’

A trailer for a romance novel by author Jenny Lynn. “Playing Me” is about a rock star who falls in love with an up-and-coming artist on the same record label. The label uses his stardom to craft a fake relationship between the two to boost sales. However, the two musicians eventually fall in love.

Click HERE to read it or buy it!

The trailer consists entirely of stock footage so I was primarily editing it, sending the edits to Lynn, then tweaking it more and more. I also composed and recorded the music myself. The bass line is from a song I wrote in 2010 called, “Gallows of Your Heart”. When I sent the bass line to Lynn, she said she loved it and wanted it for her trailer.

Get ready for 6000 pictures of sharks…

Okay, so it took me 11 months to upload pictures from the aquarium. BIG DEAL. I’ve been a little busy.

The story goes… on the last day my Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada family pass expired, I decided to go — without my family! It was a frigid late January Monday night (-30 outside). I brought my nice camera and to my surprise — there were only five other people at the aquarium that evening. It felt extremely exclusive and private.

More pics of other aquatic life coming soon.

Kia car contest

My radio station wanted to give away a car this fall by giving keys to 20 people, one of which would start the engine. To promote this cool contest, a couple of the hosts took the vehicle for a test drive.

No exterior shots of the car were taken as this model was not the exact model or vehicle color to be given away for the contest.

Princess Margaret Home Lottery – show home

Here’s a video I shot in the summer of the Princess Margaret Home Lottery’s grand prize giveaway: A 6,000 sq foot mansion.

It’s not my thing.

I need at least 6,010 square feet to feel at-home.

Stills from my movie!

Everyone that knows me would tell you that I’ve been working on a movie for the past three years. Literally, almost every day for the past three years. Well I’m happy to announce that it is FINISHED! DONE! And it’s wicked!

Actually I finished it at the end of July. I’ve been submitting it to film festivals since then. I don’t expect to hear back from any of them until November at the earliest.

You can read more about the movie here: howtogetawaywithit.ca. Check out some stills from the film below:

Publicity stills:

Post-prod Update and four screenplays

screenplay

I am in the middle of working on the final sound mix for How to Get Away with it. It’s really fun to see this world I constructed come to life with [mixed] sound and dialogue.

Pain in the ass too.

While other filmmakers might be mixing audio separately for scene 1, 2, 3, etc., I’ve been lucky enough to pigeonhole myself into making a 100 minute feature that takes place in the same location — almost in real-time. Yay. This means that the sound at 00:00:00:01 has to be more-or-less the same as the sound at 01:41:19:09.

I’ve never worked on a project of this magnitude before, so the fact that I haven’t crumbled to bits just yet is promising. I’m so close to finishing this beast (2017 is MY year). And this was supposed to be the easy film. Hah!

In addition to that, 2017, for me, will be known as the year of four screenplays (okay, maybe five — but definitely four). For the past six months I’ve been outlining four new screenplays based on original ideas of mine which I’ve been writing extensive notes on for some years: One in particular has been gestating in my notebooks since 2005. Two of the four ideas will be rewrites — I’ll be updating older screenplays (one drafted in 2010, the other in 2013) to face contemporary issues and to bring the stories in line with my more-evolved style of writing.

Thematically, the screenplays are starkly different, with topics from across the spectrum of human endurance:

  1. Sci-fi drama
  2. Psychosexual noir mystery/thriller
  3. Survivalist thriller
  4. Action revenge drama

Of course I won’t elaborate on the plots at this time, until I have something to show. I can’t wait to show you!

Andrew

Sound booth

Here’s how I spend my summer nights: stuffed inside this homemade sound booth — recording foley. It took me about a week to assemble this shantytown-esque sound booth; the inside is lined with kitchen liner, which, surprisingly, cuts down A LOT of reverberation.

For more info about my film, check out Howtogetawaywithit.ca.

Andrew

Correcting eyelines (VFX)

There were several shots in How to Get Away with it in which an actor’s eyeline did not match the natural eyeline of the scene/conversation. This was caused by the non-linear shooting schedule and continuity errors…and of course this being my first time dealing with a project on this scale.

The errors are sometimes obvious, which requires a visual effect correction.

In the future I’ll provide a more detailed explanation, but essentially what I did was duplicate the shot twice, creating a ‘repositioned eye’ shot (moved over slightly to the left or right) and a ‘cut out’ shot (with the eyes cut out).

I had to add extensions of eye-whites, shading, red veins and room reflection, to give the eyes a natural appearance.

Sorry for the shoddy video — I realized I had created the example project using 30fps instead of the negative’s 24 and, interlaced. OOPS. I’m too tired to start it over again.

Anyhow, thanks for reading!

Andrew

Teaser for How to Get Away with it

I completed the trailer to my first feature film in July. The film is still in post-production, with a picture lock expected at the end of the month. I am editing the feature and also edited the trailer. The color correction was done by Director of Photography Sean Marjoram.

Supermoon

The supermoon will kill us all. August 10, 2014.

In Space No One Can Hear You Chewed

A short stop-motion video of an astronaut being devoured by a giant burger on a small planetoid. I have not made a stop-motion video in a while, so one thing I learned from this experience is that the camera must be absolutely stable during each exposure.

George R.R. Martin interview

Game of Thrones creator and author George R.R. Martin swung by the Newstalk 1010 studios to discuss the success of his historical fiction series of books and developing ‘Thones into a TV show. This interview was recorded in March of 2012.

Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark)

Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) from HBO’s Game of Thrones stopped by Newstalk 1010 to talk with Ryan Doyle about how amazing the first season of the show was and the highly-anticipated second season, coming soon. This interview was recorded in March of 2012.

Chris Hadfield Interview

John Moore from NEWSTALK 1010 interviewed Chris Hadfield back in the fall of 2013. I was fortunate enough to shoot and edit the interview, and meet the famous astronaut. © 2013.

Baby announcement

“New Baby” Announcement: My wife and I came up with the idea, figuring I drink coffee like a maniac, she adores DavidsTea and our baby will be jonesin’ for milk.

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