One day, during the Fall of 2015 we had a pitch day at Voxelbomb.
Voxelbomb was started by two friends of mine. They both loved to work together and make dope shit. That's John Haughie on the left Chris Lang in the middle and me, Ken Phipps on the right pushing the plunger. We all worked together at Cisco, and liked working together so much that we wanted to work together nights and weekends too.
After not much thought, we decided it was idea that we all could get behind.
We storyboarded, animation tested, a little, but it was a cold and dreary time of year... so we planned our shots an so we waited until we could count on the weather to be fairly consistent. We also had a fairly large branding/web-site redesign for a toy company that we took on. Check it out here SureThingToys.com So Freeway Matador was put on the back burner to simmer...
Around March of 2017, we decided on an actor change. (Sorry, Tarik) We just needed unlimited access to someone, so on a good day we could just pop out quickly to pick up some shots anytime. Chris was pushing for me to do it, so what the hell ...
I was headed to Ocracoke Island in NC for Easter break, with my wife and daughter.. They love the beach. I however, do not... well, I do.. I just don't like sitting there doing nothing all day. So, I headed out to the thrift store and the craft store and fabric store. Time to make the "traje de luces."
Making and baking some custom air freshners. First, I tried the real ones but were too strong smelling and a little bit too big. I grabbed some inkjet printer Shrinky Dink paper, figured what size I needed, then printed following their directions.
Trim out the extra areas and bake according to the directions.
Olé we are in business..
FROM THIS POINT ON
I again suggest please take a look at our short film now. .....
If you keep reading this "Making Of" story you may see spoilers. So instead of being spoiled, go watch it and then come back.
It's still a good story and yes the sad part is.... unfortunately still coming.
And if you watched it, Chris, John and I sincerely hope you had a laugh. Or, at least a chuckle at a fat guy in a funny suit. We'd also appreciate you sharing it.
Ok, back to the story...
Chris and I started filming May 1st, 2017. First, some test footage and backplates
It was a good day. Weather was nice and cool, and kinda overcast, The filming went smoothly, we were laughing and talking shit as always.
Three days later, May 4, we had a morning shoot, it didn't really go that well. Chris had left the drone memory cards at home, and the Matador hat wouldn't stay in place. Chris ended up thinking that my facial expressions were the best during this shoot, 'cause I looked "all Matador" serious. Too bad all of it hit the cutting room floor. I kinda thought of it as a costume test, and clearly my performance needed some practice.
Our next day of filming was May 27th, we had gotten some of the initial issues resolved. The Matador hat was fixed by sewing a comb on the inside, and bobby pins on the corners. We also had a plan in place for shooting with the drone. We parked at the location and climbed up the hill with the gear only to find that the weeds had grown up which made it difficult or impossible to get a good key. At least we were generating enough test footage to continue our edit. We were disappointed, but it felt like we were making some headway.
We shot again the next day near one of the busiest streets, some of the footage came out spectacular, some of it not so much. We were shooting in such a public place.. people were driving by honking and laughing. I thought it was funny to be out there dancing around in front of "Golden Corral" waving a sword and cape. The light was good, it was getting hot.