Ambient Film Production had a great time with the cast and crew of The Muse just outside of Keene, New Hampshire last summer. We were there to document and promote the film with behind-the-scenes interviews, footage of the shoot, still photos and more. The Muse, described as “a haunting musical journey”, is a horror film about a washed-up musician who sacrifices his sanity for musical talent.
Here is a 7 minute piece that attempts to capture the atmosphere of, not only the action on the set, but the movie itself. It features interviews with writer/director Rufus Chaffee, actor/producer Mike Pfaff, actress Marguerite Insolia and others.
Here is our brand new Demo Reel for this past year! Featuring the likes of legendary director / special effects artist Douglas Trumbull and our coverage of the Berkshire International Film Festival, author Tony DiTerlizzi from our promos for Simon & Schuster, world renowned photographer Greg Heisler in our national TV spots for Hallmark Institute of Photography, State Senator Stan Rosenberg in a film for the Arts Extension Service of Umass Amherst and Joseph G. Nason in a feature length WWII documentary, plus much more. Thanks for watching!
The Arts Extension Service of UMass Amherst is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. That’s 40 years of providing resources and training on how to run an institution or an artist-based business, plan a community arts program or a community for the arts, developing arts leaders and embracing technology in areas like distance learning, webinars, and adoption of cutting edge ideas in education like certificate programs and online degrees.
To commemorate this occasion UMass Amherst turned to Ambient Film Production to produce a five minute video that would capture not only the importance of this anniversary (through interviews with key figures such as State Senator Stan Rosenberg and President of Americans for the Arts Robert Lynch) but would convey it’s legacy and worldwide impact.
Here is a pre-release version (the final version was screened at the National Endowment for the Arts symposium at the Umass Campus Center on September 26, 2013).
Here is a trailer we made for the 1922 Danish film Haxän directed by Benjamin Christiansen. Created for Pleasant St. Theater’s 2009 Horror Film Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts. Also used as a promo for Ghédalia Tazartes’ original music set to Haxän which premiered in Paris at Fondation Cartier April 21 2011.
ALSO: A short teaser made for the Pleasant St. Theater Film Noir Festival. The aim was to mimic the animation of classic Film Noir text and trailer style. Presented in Noho-Scope.
Occasionally we’ll be posting some experimental camera tests and equipment reviews. These might be straight forward discussions on equipment or just images and music. It’s always fun way to try out a new piece of equipment and share the results. Here are a few, with more to come. Thanks for watching!
I've always wanted to shoot a title sequence. So this was just a experiment to create one for a nonexistent show. The titles themselves are nothing special. The fun part is creating atmosphere and mood and prepping the viewer for the "program" to come. My idea was to make a sort of "British, religious, mystery, horror" thing. It's no Saul Bass but it was definitely a fun exploration of this unique department of filmmaking.
The DVD is not dead! Here are two that we have produced recently that are definitely worth mentioning. One is for Leonard Nimoy’s photography book: Secret Selves. Produced at The R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, Mass. Ambient Film Production designed the menus and did some repairs on the editing of the “making of” segment on the DVD.
The other is for Hollywood veteran Mike Haley. You might not recognize his name but Mike has acted opposite Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford (to name a few) and worked with directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols and John Cassavetes (did I mention he’s partied with Arnold Schwarzenegger?) and that’s just skimming the surface. Mike turned to Ambient Film Production to design and author an acting reel DVD for him.
Here is the beginning of an ongoing project by Ambient Film Production. The purpose is to record and showcase as many World War II veterans as possible (not only veterans but anyone involved in the war). Their stories, once they are gone, can never be re-made, re-interpreted or re-recorded. From the interviews we will create “story vignettes”: short, educational, dramatic pieces centered around a particular, unique, war story. Here are just a few examples of our first story teller: (my grandfather) Lawrence V. Losurdo, an MP who, among other things, escorted General Patton.
Note: Please do not be offended by Mr. Losurdo's use of language about rape. As I've been told many times he is from a much different generation. It should also be known that he had been diagnosed with dementia a year before this was recorded (which only effected his short-term memory).
Thanks for watching.
The Unity Skate Park committee approached Ambient Film Production in the hopes of assembling a fundraising video for a much needed skate park in Turner’s Falls, Massachusetts. Turner’s has seen better days and the youth would benefit greatly from a positive, recreational outlet such as this. Bryan Dolan (a driving force behind the committee) invited us to an impromptu skate park they had set up in what was basically an alleyway in downtown TF. With the help of master designer Todd Verlander we packed up and headed to the site to get interviews and really just scratch the surface regarding what these guys are up to and the good they are doing.
Now this was intended to be a much longer and larger piece for Kickstarter.com but Bryan notified me that the B.Good Family Foundation, whose mission is “to use micro-grants to enable individuals to make positive change in our community”, was having their fast approaching contest and that a 60 second (max) video submission was needed ASAP. So the challenge was to cut down hours of footage and try to convey their message as clearly and quickly as possible.
Voting wrapped up and they didn’t get the grant. Disappointing yes, but that wasn’t going to stop these guys... and a couple weeks later Bryan got a call from the B.Good people saying that they loved their cause so much that they were going to award them $4,000 anyway! Great news and one step closer to reaching their goal.
So a full length video may or may not ever be made or even needed.
Although it might be worth it just to see Bryan wiping out, courtesy of the GoPro.
But I will keep this blog updated with any news.
I also wanted to included some of Todd’s great photographs from the shoot.
And here are some 4K screen grabs from some of the unused footage.
Here is our Demo Reel for 2012. Presenting a wide range of material. Documentary, event, reality tv, promotional, time-lapse, slow motion, editing, titles, graphics and more.