Dennis Spielman

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30secs with deadCenter Filmmakers 2016

Here’s the recap video of all the 30 Seconds (or less) with various filmmakers showing movies at the 2016 deadCenter Film Festival that I have been posting on Twitter and Facebook. In my 30 Seconds Series, I gave each person 30 seconds to talk about the film they were involved in. Think of each video like the filmmaker is making elevator pitch as to why you should see the movie. All the videos are are done as a one shot. The fun thing about this project, besides the short nature, was as soon as a video session was done, it went straight online. If you missed any of these films at deadCenter, many of them are set to play at other festivals and some may even get distribution on Netflix. Whatever the future holds, enjoy this recap and keep an eye out for them!

deadCENTER Film Festival 2016

The star of this week’s video is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, deadCENTER! Director of Programming, Kim Haywood, and Artistic Director, Lance McDaniel, talk about the festival, what people can expect from attending it, and what’s new with this year’s event. Plus filmmaker, Jacob Leighton Burns shares his favorite part about deadCENTER. The festival runs from June 8th through the 12th.

While at the festival, be sure catch my feature documentary, District Up! Showing one night only at in the Plaza District on Friday, June 10th at 8pm!

If you wish to help Uncovering Oklahoma, consider becoming a patron for advanced and exclusive content. There’s bonus content like the full length, uncut interview with Jacob Burns, in which we talk about his movie, Electric Nostalgia (which you should also go see), as we get rained on part way through the interview.

Thank you for watching!

Food Truck Festivals of the 405 and Watch Party

Get to know the major Food Truck Festivals of the 405!

Brian Bergman starts the segment talking about the largest food truck festival of them all, H&8th Night Market. Douglas Sorocco and Graham Colton talk about The Exchange on Film Row. In Downtown Edmond, Jill Castilla talks about Heard on Hurd. Then in Norman, Megan Williams talks about Beats and Bites at Riverwind Casino. Each of them describe their event, their favorite part, and what makes their event unique from others.

To discuss the smaller food truck events, Executive Directors of the Plaza District and Western Avenue Association, Cayla Lewis and Rachael Taylor, respectively, share what else one can find in the Greater Oklahoma City Metro.

Testing the setup for the party

I filmed the part with Cayla and Rachel last night at the private watch party I held for the cast/crew of District Up! I had about a dozen guests able to make it and they all enjoyed it! There’s not much else to talk about the party, but I do want to share off these pictures of the treat setup my wife put together.

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Next Friday will be the World Premiere! I’m looking forward to it.

OU Ghost Tours and The Happily Entitled

Consider visiting the University of Oklahoma in a different light. Take the OU Ghost Tour to learn lore, legend, and other unexplained events about the University of Oklahoma campus. Founder of the this nighttime walking tour, Jeff Provine, talks about the monthly tour, how it got started, and what you can expect.

After the ghost tour, female-fronted indie-rock from the heartland, The Happily Entitled, answers some questions about themselves and their music. Then they introduce the world premiere of their new music video, Friction, which I filmed and directed! The song is from their upcoming EP album.

The music video tells the story of a lovers dreamy quarrel, starting at the end of the battle, going backwards to bed. Lead singer, Mackenzie Pulse, uses her song to call her love, played by drummer, Dustin Fox, back to her in a surreal manner.

This project got started when Mackenzie reached out to me on Uncovering Oklahoma about promoting their upcoming EP album. We have a mutual friend, Jennifer Maynard of Willow Way, which I have featured in both a Tuesday Treat and on a Blanket Fort Music Session. Mackenzie was interested in doing either one of those for the upcoming album release in June. However, I have a policy of not doing Tuesday Treats on things not out yet and because the album won’t be out for awhile, I suggested making a music video together. I said I could picture a few scenes for both Friction and Veruca Salt. I offered to meet up, face to face, and talk about some ideas and see if our creative visions/styles would be compatible and offered as a back-up, if our styles didn’t mesh up, to do a Blanket Fort Concert.

Selfie Dennis with Happily Entitled
I meet up with Mackenzie and Dustin at Junction Coffee, which is a wonderful coffee shop in a double decker bus. (I did this video about Junction Coffee if you want to get to know them.) I pitched them the idea a story-based music video, but the story was told through backwards slow-motion and they liked it. There was good vibes between us.

I meet with them a week later with a laid out idea of a guy journeying to fright his girlfriend’s darkness. We brainstormed some scenes and did some production planning for the video.

Everyone gets ready to film the first shot for the Friction music video
On Friday, May 13 we shot the music video. We started the outdoor battle scene first around 11am at Sutton Wilderness in Norman. Originally, Dustin was supposed to defeat his girlfriend’s darkness, but my wife suggested that the fight end in a draw, which was what we went with. We all liked the draw idea much better.

It took us awhile to get rolling, but once we got that first shot done, which was of the two meeting and the dancers dancing between them, the rest of the day flowed well. I fostered a creative collaborative day and invited everyone to suggest shots as we traveled from location to location, which members of the team did, like with the scene of the dancers in the forest. We just went from one spot to the next, filming a scene, and moving along. It very chill shoot with a great small group of people. We finished shooting around 5pm.

Selfie with The Happily Entitled after interview
I finished a first draft of the video and had Mackenzie and Dustin watch it and make changes. I had wanted to finish it then and do a band interview, but we both didn’t have the time that day. This worked out for us because I showed my wife the music video the next day and made some improvements. I meet with the band again, this time Chris had joined us. I showed them the new cut of the video and we didn’t make any changes! After that, we filmed the interview segment.

I’m really proud of Friction. This was my first proper music video in ages, with the last being Twinprov’s Deathly Hallows Rap (Dirty Harry Potter), which I technically consider a concert music video. Friction is my first story music video. Let’s go with that definition.

I hope you enjoy the videos! Right now, I’m not in talks with anyone about shooting another music video, but if it happens, I will let you know.

First Draft Edit of “Friction”

Editing Friction
I finished the first draft of the music video, Friction by The Happily Entitled! On May 20 I plan to meet with the band to do the final edit. The music video is scheduled to be released on Thursday, May 26th, along with an interview with the band.

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