Thursday, June 21, 2012

Film Night- OK

As you can tell from the title, last Wednesday did not go so well. Sir Pellinore would not cooperate through the choreographing scenes and I did not bring the make-up for Guinevere or the blood which was supposed to be all over King Arthur. Nevertheless we made do with tomato puree and dirt. The scene was filmed really quickly because we were expecting to be called any minute so Merlin's part wasn't filmed and we may have to redo the entire scene. Stress level was 95 and the kids were all goofing off and being ridiculous. (It's hard to film a scene with three people when about ten other kids are looking on, "helping" and, to be frank, causing problems. lol.
Good luck all amateur filmmakers! Hurrah for amateur movies!

gwyn- Director of King Arthur and Co-director of Silent Planet Productions

Monday, June 18, 2012


We're currently working on a trailer for King Arthur and hoping to film some good trailer shots this Wednesday when I meet again with the cast. Some of my friends are also working on a movie with another group of people and apparently they're making gauntlets, chainmail, breastplates, medieval saddles and metal swords for their filming, plus giving all their cast riding lessons to have fights on horseback.  I can ride a horse but the horse I have I don't think any of my cast will have the guts to get on. (Wish I had the time they have!) I struggle enough just getting the Wednesday filming done, let alone trailer shots! But I guess that's part of directing and organizing your own film. I should be meeting with them on July 4th and I'm hoping to drag them upstairs to watch the trailer and get a few tips from them.

I bought a chain mail coif for the film (since I didn't have the time to make one) and got it just as cheap as I would have if I had made my own. (Without all the labor and time) I wish we were filming a movie I had written instead of King Arthur; Then you can write the script and plot using weapons, armor, scenery and settings that you have available without having to go but stuff. I buy everything for our movie so cash is not something I have in abundance. (Speaking of which, I really need to buy some fabric to make new costumes...) Anyway, I'll post another update after Wednesday's shots.

Gwyn -Director of King Arthur and Co-Director of Silent Planet Productions

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Film Night-Success

Last night was the first official film night for King Arthur. We filmed the Excalibur scene and I was able to play my part of the movie, which consists of going under water and holding the sword up for King Arthur to take. Yes, that's me with the oar in the center of the picture just come out of the water. To the right is the Lady of the Lake, to my left is King Arthur, to my far left is Merlin and the other girls are Morgan Le Fay and some unknown lady who came with the Lady of the Lake. Due to my being director, and also due to our overflowing cast, this was the only part available since this is my seven or eighth movie or play to act in and several other people have not ever acted. I was impressed with the acting of one of our cast as I had not expected as much before we filmed, he being a new actor. The actors from our previous production, A Winter's Tale by Shakespeare, shone out again as usual on film night. This was the only scene in which I was not to be filming, due to my acting in the scene. Next film night is the 20th!

Abigail Gwyn-Director of King Arthur and Co-Director of Silent Planet Productions

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


These were all taken at our house. Awesome pics! The last one is during the tornado watch when a tornado went through about twenty miles south of our house.