Jambu Update

Despite the snow this week that’s been keeping us out of class, our crew has been planning and filming when we can.  On monday afternoon, we solved one of our biggest obstacles:  filming with a spider.  We were all ecstatic when we saw it and we ending up getting some really cool shots of it!  Now, we’re planning out when to film the smaller of our two party scenes, which will be a lot of fun, but a bit challenging because there are some complicated shots and we’ll need detailed art direction to create the perfect atmosphere.  We’ve been nervously awaiting the day that we film this for months and there has been a lot of talk as to how we will film and edit it, but when we finally get there, it will hopefully be fun to shoot and it will turn out good.  We don’t have many scenes left to film in school, so scheduling will become more of a problem in the next few weeks, yet the most difficult thing to schedule right now is our next movie night!  Last time we watched “Black Swan,” one of the main inspirations for our movie, so we all learned a lot and had a good time.  I am hoping to start filming more often, but a main priority is getting to the top on music trivs.

-Pontis

Wax Jambeautiful Ladies

Hi, this is Mary and I am marginally excited to play Lacy in Nemesis. My character is the main antagonist to Marley (played by Lauren LoRusso). Lacy is the epitome of everything Marley hates, which even scares Marley a bit.Lauren has really stepped into her role as stuck-up-snob, in fact the role has really come easily to her. As for my role in the production, I have shot a few times with our (wax jam)beautiful crew.

Today our crew is filming a scene with Lauren, and the rest of us are hard at work! As Mr. Alan pointed out, we have been blowing up the twitter game. Also our esteemed directors—Brendan, Jamie, and Pontis—have been working incredibly hard on getting editing done.

Over the weekend we had a movie night for crew-bonding and work on character development. Our movie is loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s William Wallace. Therefore, we watched another movie based on this short story. (refer to our twitter for pictures of this miraculous event)

Photo on 2014-12-18 at 11.23 #2

(BTW this is Pontis as Elton John)

It’s Time

Hi, this is Lauren, I’m excited to get our movie started and to play Marley, which is a very interesting role that I will have to do a lot of preparing for.  I have a lot of good expectations for our movie, since we have a lot of good workers on our crew who have a vision for this movie that they will work hard to achieve.  I also can’t wait to act alongside Mary Healy and Caitlyn Cooper who will bring a lot to this movie, and it’ll be a lot of fun to film with them.

Hopefully our crew will get together soon to have a movie night where we are planning to watch “Black Swan” and hopefully one or two other movies that will help us all and provide inspiration for not only my own character, but also for different shots and directing styles that the directors will benefit from seeing.

Our crew so far has gotten really close already and I think we’ll be really great friends by the end of filming, and hopefully we’ll make a great movie along the way!

-Lauren LoRusso

That’s a wrap!

Whelp, it’s finally over folks. It’s been one amazing year, and I think it’s safe to say that we are all unbelievably proud of the finished product. Personally, I was rather nervous about how it would play, but looking back, our showing was top notch and we couldn’t be happier. 

This year was absolutely incredible and I couldn’t be more honored to have worked with this crew throughout this amazing, yet sometimes stressful process. They have taught me so much about what it means to really be a leader. I know how much work it requires, and that a lot of key decisions are something that a director has to make. 

I have been blessed to share this experience with all of them, and I know that every single one of the members of this crew will go on to do absolutely staggering things. Thank you so much Peter, Maria, Jamie, Stacy, Val, and Caitlin. You guys are awesome and I will miss working with you.

El Final

We never thought this day would come, but..

That’s a wrap on The Haunting of Emily White!  All of our hard work and extended nights have finally payed off. Thinking about how close everyone has become over this past year makes it more difficult to say that this is the end. With only X amount of classes left, we’re holding on to the last days we get to spend as a crew.

I want to thank every single member of Wax Jambu for being the most accepting and loving group of people that I had the honor to make a movie with, including Mr. St. Martin and Mr. Alan. The dedication that you two have to your students means to world to us as aspiring artists, film-makers, and friends. Being in the film program is one decision that I will never regret, and I plan to hold on to the memories it has made for me for the rest of my life.

This movie is something that we are so proud of as a crew, group of friends, and family. On behalf of Wax Jambu and I, we thank all of the other crews for the countless support you gave us as extras, bunker buddies, and friends. Also, thank you to Clementine and Strawberry for tolerating our obnoxious dancing to Stevie Nicks, Cher, and the millions of times that we have pierced your ears with all of the “YAAAASSSSS”‘s and “STAAHP RAHN”‘s.

Once again, much love and thank you’s to every single one of you. And to my crew: never stop being the people that you are. The talents that each of you have shape the great individuals that you are. Embrace your gifts and amazing personalities as we all go our separate ways next year. I love you guys!

🙂

-Maria

Almost here

So our deadline is almost here, and we are so pumped.  All of the work is finally being paid off! We have had some set backs, like teachers constantly walking into our shots after school or loosing some of our edited footage that we later had to re-shoot and re-edit but hey, in the end we figured it out.

The dream sequences in the movie are superb, people are going to be anxious in their seats! I cannot wait to see the reactions from everyone.

 

Valerie

18 days

As expected, the Bu sleepover was an absolute success. We got some incredible shots of the very last scene in the movie, and Maria gave her best performance all year that night. We also got to finish up a lot of clips of different dreams and other scenes that we still had to get. But more importantly, Peter’s aunt made us amazing vegan desserts and Maria made us homemade banana peanut butter ice cream, so we had delicious desserts and watched Frozen (!!!!!) for the rest of the night. Even though shooting for almost 5 hours was a lot of work, we also had so much fun goofing off throughout the night. A pancake breakfast in the morning was a perfect end to the sleepover, and we’re already talking about having another one.

Ever since we got our April 16th due date a few weeks ago, the pressure has been on. But despite all the stress, things are finally starting to come together. We’ve been coming after every day after school to film and edit, and over the last two weeks, we’ve got some of our best shots EVER. Last week, we filmed a flashback scene in the woods with Emily, Rachel, and Liz, and everything went exactly as we had hoped. We even found an abandoned swing that Emily swung on. The lighting was perfect (bright but a little shadowy), and even though it was freezing out, we had such a great time getting those shots done. The dream-like feel of the scene allowed John to get really creative with the camera, which resulted in some beautiful shots. After we finished that scene, we moved right along to film a dream that takes place in a graveyard. We tried to get that one done as soon as we could (not only was it freezing, but we also probably weren’t allowed to film there), but even though the shoot was longer, the footage was amazing. The sun was starting to set and it gave the whole scene a hazy, dreamy feel to it, and we’re really proud of how that turned out. Up until now, Pontis hasn’t been in many scenes, but that day let her really show off why she’s the perfect Emily.

Finally, we overcame one of our biggest obstacles today: figuring out how to get the writing on the wall in St. Martin’s room. I suggesting using an overhead projector a few months back, but we put the idea on the back burner. But when our other option (using a long strip of paper) didn’t work out, I suggested it again, and the outcome was amazing. It really looked like someone wrote on the wall, and we’re so proud of how the shots look.

Even though we’re sad things are coming to a close, we’re also so excited to finish this project, and we’re so happy with everything we’ve done so far. Our late nights after school almost every single day are really starting to pay off, and we couldn’t be happier.

Until next time,

Fergie

It’s crunch time here for the ‘Bu Crew seeing that we received our very fast approaching due date, April 16. Everyone in the crew is suffering from anxiety, but we’re all confident that we’ll get it done on time. Peter and John are trying to stay after at least every day to edit, and so far it’s working out great. We have five scenes completely done and four scenes left to shoot. It’s been pretty difficult to get the last couple of scenes because A) the shots can’t be in the snow and B) we need to get night shots at the school. We’re praying that the snow melts soon because the outside shots are scheduled, and so are the scenes at the school. Things are looking stressful, but hopeful.

On a lighter note, we have the ‘Bu sleepover coming up tomorrow at Peter’s aunt’s house! Peter’s aunt Sharon rocks for letting us (the loud and obnoxious movie junkies) “sleep” in her living room. I’m really excited to get the some of the night shots that take place in Rachel and Jessica’s “house” done. After we finish those we’ll be up all night enjoying a movie marathon. Jamie and I are so excited to introduce the crew to the wonderful Disney movie, Frozen. ‘Let It Go’ is constantly sung by us all. 

Until next time,

Caitlin

Getting Started with Special Effects

At first when watching the Special Effects tutorial named “Demon Face” I was utterly confused and overwhelmed with the amount of information and instructions that were being given like the airhead girl I can sometimes be. I was so lost but then I had suggested that we split up the video to take step by step notes. Having said that, I took and read all of the other notes and now finally am able to fathom it all. It all seems so complex when in reality all it is is a matter of knowing what is what and where everything is. John, the expert on the crew when it comes to special effects, for he has learned ahead of time how to work with effects started experimenting with certain shots adding in special effects.

So excited to see how we work with the Special Effects in the final edits of our film!

Valerie aka Liz

Jambu Lovin’

February vacation is coming to a close, and it’s been quite the week. We’ve been filming almost every single day and got a chance to shoot scenes outside of the school, which was really helpful. On Tuesday, we shot a bunch of scenes at Caitlin’s house, and we’re using her bedroom for Jessica’s bedroom. First we shot Jessica’s half of the phone call scene between her and Marina, and it was a relief to have that scene totally done. Marina’s half was the first scene we ever shot, so we’ve been dying to finish it after two months of filming. Next, we shot the scene on the first day of school where Jessica first wakes up. In the scene,  her mom wishes her good luck before her mom leaves to visit Jessica’s grandmother, and we used Caitlin’s mom as Jessica and Rachel’s mom. Not only does she look a lot like Rachel/Caitlin, but she proved to be quite the actress! She had such a natural motherly instinct that you would never know that Maria and Mrs. Barry had never met before. Mrs. Barry’s instincts were so good that she even kissed Maria/Jessica on the head before she left the room, which took Maria by surprise! We’re really grateful that Mrs. Barry was willing to act for us, and it made the whole scene so much more realistic. Finally, Caitlin got a chance to act for the first time all year when we filmed the scene where Rachel comes into Jessica’s room after Jessica has a nightmare. Caitlin had the perfect combination of annoyance and concern, and did not disappoint during her first scene ever.

Thursday was a really big day for us, and we got a lot of our scenes with Pontis done! She’s amazing and knows her character really well, so we were happy to have her for the day. Surprisingly, the hardest scene to get done wasn’t our big opening scene, but a smaller scene that takes place in St. Martin’s room. In the scene, Jessica and Marina see Emily for the first time. It was difficult getting the girls’ reactions right, and we struggled with figuring out a way to make their surprise realistic and believable. After spending a really long time trying to get that one small scene done, we decided to move on to something else so the girls could try something else instead. That was a really good decision because the next scene we shot was that big opening scene, and everyone was amazing in it. Caitlin and Valerie were perfect when they were pushing around and bullying Emily, and Pontis did a good job of being tough but also sensitive when she was trying to fight back against Rachel and Liz. The empty school let us do a lot of cool shots and try a lot of things that we would not have been able to do on a regular school day, so the girls could yell and scream all they wanted without worrying about disturbing anyone. We also finished up a scene that takes place in the library where the two girls realize they’re late for extra help with St. Martin, and it was also a relief to get the entire library scene done after shooting parts of it for the past two months.

Finally, today we shot one scene at Peter’s aunt’s house, and we’re using her house as Rachel and Jessica’s house (except for Caitlin’s bedroom as Jessica’s room). The scene takes place when Jessica is at home doing homework and Rachel comes home from work. Jessica asks Rachel about Emily and the two get into an argument about it. As always, Maria and Caitlin were amazing at playing two sisters, and their acting in this scene was some of the best we’ve seen all year.

Because John was away this week, I got a chance to use the camera a lot more than I usually do, which was really interesting for me. I also brought my own camera so we had two going at the same time, which made shooting a lot easier because we could get a ton of different angles and shots without wasting time. And because a lot of the scenes we shot take place at Jessica’s house, I had a lot of fun decorating her room and adding a lot of little touches here and there. I Photoshopped pictures of Stacy and Maria together to frame and put in Jessica’s room, as well as adding books and DVDs and other items around the room. We really got a chance to play with the color blue around her room, and tried to find ways to incorporate the color without overwhelming the scene. I also got to decorate Emily’s locker back at the school, and the journal I’ve been working on for the past few months finally got some screen time in her locker. I also hung up a poster of Stevie Nicks, put some other journals on the shelves, and Peter brought in Fleetwood Mac vinyls to hide at the bottom of the locker. We’ve never shot with Pontis or Caitlin before, so it was fun to finally get to see what all of the costumes and props I’ve picked out look like in action.

With a sleepover in the works and a lot of big scenes coming up over the next few weeks, the Bu crew has never been happier.

Fergie