Archive for the Video Category

‘What’s Left’ Video (2012)

Posted in Movie Music, Music Video, Video on September 1, 2022 by darkjade68

Another video I threw together in 2012, this one for Kymlee’s song ‘What’s Left’

Ballet Photography & Cinematography by my Nephew Damon Mahoney

Landscape Photos/Sunsets & Flowers from my family home shot by my Mom’s Boyfriend

‘Peter’s Song’ Video (2012)

Posted in Film, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Music, Music Video, Short Film, Video on September 1, 2022 by darkjade68

A song I liked by an Artist named Kymlee Murphy

Back in 2012 I created this Video of her song using footage from my Short Film ‘If Not Now…’, footage my bro shot of me at a park, and some footage I shot in the home I was renting

All Right’s to Video Footage belong to James Mahoney

All Rights to This Recording belong to RMR

All Rights to the Song Belong to Kymlee Murphy

‘Since You Went Away’ (2012)

Posted in Music, Music Video, Video on September 1, 2022 by darkjade68

Messing around with videos back in 2012

Music by Elliot Anderson

Lyrics & Singing on the fly by myself

Action Figure Voices also by myself

Nickelback – If Today Was Your Last

Posted in Music, Music Video, Video on May 29, 2020 by darkjade68

From Screenplay, To Scene Drawings, To Comic Book Pages, To Web Series – “White Jade”… 13 Years In The Making

Posted in Legends Productions, Video, Web Series, White Jade with tags , on November 12, 2015 by darkjade68

wjFrom Screenplay, To Scene Drawings, To Comic Book Pages, To Web Series – “White Jade”… 13 Years In The Making

In 2002, I moved to Eugene, Oregon for the second time

The first time had been to begin pursuing Film Making via Experimental Film Making with my Brother

But the second time was to work on Short Films with my Brother

To my frustration, my brother was unable to work on projects, due to his personal life which was falling apart… Something he had failed to mention whilst wooing me to return to Oregon to work on Film/Video Projects (I don’t mean to sound heartless, I had just moved my whole life there to do it, couldn’t get work there, etc. In the end, I think he really needed me there, so I’m glad it happened)

Out of frustration, I wrote a Short Film about two brothers…

Convinced him to give me an hour or so of his time…

And this was the Outcome

“If Not Now…”

“If Not Now…” was shot in about an hour and a half

My brother had never seen the Screenplay

I then submitted it to a New York Film And Video Festival, and got in

What does this have to do with “White Jade”?

During my 7 months time there, I stumbled into a Chinese Restaurant one night by myself, and a Film Story Concept came to me

But this story wouldn’t take place in China… It would take place in Future Japan

This story, was “White Jade”

White Jade Cover Book 1I went home after dinner, sat down, and wrote an 80 page First Draft…

…and sat it aside

My thinking was maybe I’d sell it someday, and use the money to fund my own Film Projects

That September, I went to New York with my Dad, and watched my Short Film “If Not Now…” on the big screen… It changed my life… I was a Filmmaker

Sadly 3 months later, I would end up in the hospital for 10 days

It was a combination of a 1 month long flu, and not being on my medicine for a year (I have an irregular heartbeat, but during 2002, I couldn’t afford my medicine)

The result, I weakened my heart… But this isn’t a sob story… And don’t worry, my heart was strong again within a few months

The problem was, they installed a device to protect my heart while it was weak, and this device ended up traumatizing me

Long story short, it zaps you if your heartbeat gets too fast, but it malfunctioned and read my irregular heart beat as a higher beats per minute… (This medical stuff will be over in a minute, I promise)

As it turned out, the device just needed to be adjusted, but by the time I found out, I had already received several shocks in a short time period, and have dealt with anxiety issues since

I’m not trying to make you sad here, it was just a bad series of events/accidents

Anyway, after the trauma, which was in July, 2003, I stepped away from Film Making, and turned to Screenplay Writing

The first thing I did was pick up my 80 Page First Draft of “White Jade”, and poured a couple hundred hours into Editing it into 2004

The finished product was 124 Pages (In film, one page equals a minute of Film)

I then wrote, and sent out a Query Letter (A short letter designed to tantalize an agent with your Story Concept) to several Agents, to no avail

I sat it down again

But in 2005 I picked it up again, and hired an Artist to draw me some Scenes from the Script…

Scene 4 of 4 Ti LiThese scenes were meant to be used as what I called ‘Eye Candy’

I would use them as Visual Aids to show the Story Concept to Investors who might consider purchasing the Screenplay

For some investors, reading the Screenplay isn’t enough for them to understand the Writers Vision

She drew me 4 Scenes… The one above, and

Scene 1 of 4 NayokoScene 2 of 4 Ben and Ti LiScene 3 of 4 NayokoI was so impressed with the drawings, that I decided to convert the Screenplay into a Comic Book, and hired her to Draw me a Cover, and the First 8 Pages

Page 8I loved them…

I then shopped the Comic Book Pages to two or three Comic Book Publishers, including “Dark Horse Comics”

Once again, to no avail

And so once again I sat the project down

Until 2012…

I had begun a Creative Writing Blog in 2011 (This Blog), and in 2012 Self Published a Poetry Book, a Novella, and an 8 Page Partial Comic Book, using the Pages that she drew in 2006

In 2013 I kinda took a break from Writing, as I had achieved my goal of averaging 1,000+ Words Per Day for a year and a half

But in 2015 I hit a point where I wanted to get back to Film Making, and so I created a Film/Video Production Company Called “Legends Productions”, which I intended to use to make Web Series, and Video Projects on YouTube

This is when I finally came to the realization that the only way I’m going to ever see “White Jade” realized, was to do it myself on YouTube

And thus, I’ve divided the 124 Page Screenplay into 16 eight minute long Episodes, and will begin shooting very shortly

The reality is I’ve wanted to be a Filmmaker since I saw the Original two “Star Wars” Films in 1977, and 1980, pursued it in 2000-2003, and basically sat down Film Making for the past 12 years

But with YouTube, and “Legends Productions”, I hope to return to it, and I hope all of you will join me on the Journey/Quest

“White Jade” is just the beginning…

Thanks for listening/reading

dArKjAdE/James

Here’s some info. for yah

Legends Productions YouTube Video Channel

Legends Productions Blog

White Jade Comic Book & Web Series Blog

Legends Productions Facebook Page

Legends Productions Twitter @LegendsProd

Legends Productions – “White Jade” – Pre-Production – Take One

Posted in Legends Productions, Video, White Jade, YouTube with tags , on November 9, 2014 by darkjade68

LP WJ Pre-Production 2Legends Productions – “White Jade” – Pre-Production – Take One

Day 1

So the first thing that I started to do in Pre-Production, was to figure out what I would need to Produce the First Scenes of “White Jade”.

A) A New Video Camera

CameraA Video Camera came first to mind. I own a $4-500 Digital Video Camera which is ok, but I really feel it’s not going to cut if I want to raise my game in regards to Video Productions.

The first ones I looked at ran from $2,000, to $3,000… Yeah, they’re not cheap.

But this one above is on sale for $899.

So this is the First Amount that I would put into my Kickstarter Budget.

The Kickstarter Budget will include a List Of Costs associated with the portion of scenes I intend to film first with my funding from the Kickstarter Project.

kickstarterKickestarter Project;

I will be generating a Kickstarter Project in order to fund the initial Production Costs of the “White Jade” YouTube Video Project. Included in these costs will be my ‘Production Costs’, as well as the Costs associated with the ‘Rewards’ the Contributors will be receiving… Such as DVD Copies of the Filmed Scenes, Copies of my 8 Page “White Jade” Partial Comic Book, and whatever other cool things I can come up with.

B) Boom Mic

BoomA Boom Mic. Generally you don’t want to rely on the Built In Video Mic for your Video Production. Depending on the set up, I found some running from $59-$179.

So $179 will go into the Kickstarter Budget, allowing for the Maximum Cost.

Running Kickstarter Budget Total = $1,078

C) Lights

LightsLights. The price can vary here too, but I believe this one ran around $59.

Running Kickstarter Budget Total = $1,137

As  you can see, Costs can add up pretty quickly in production.

However, these three items are really more of Legends Productions long term investments, and will be used for many productions to come, above, and beyond the “White Jade” Video Project.

Some Additional Costs;

  • Travel (Related to Cast And Crew) = $400
  • Food (To Feed Cast And Crew While Onset) = $100
  • Wardrobe (For Initial Scenes) = $150-300
  • Makeup = $40

Running Kickstarter Budget Total = $1,977

As the Production Costs grow, so does the Kickstarter Budget.

Generally the Rewards associated to Kickstarter Projects, or at least in my minimal experience, double the Kickstarter Budget. If this runs true, then we’re already looking at $3,900+. But I’ll have to see if the Rewards portion actually tack on that much, it’s been a while since I did my Book Editing Kickstarter Project, back in 2012.

Day 2

book-editors3On Day 2 of Pre-Production, I decided I really needed to buckle down and try to determine 1) How Long Each Portion Of The “White Jade” Video Is Going To Be (Meaning It’s about a 124 Page Script, which in Film (Or Video In This Case) = 124 Minutes. Originally I figured I’d do 3 Videos, each around 40 Minutes Long. But now I’m reconsidering. I believe I will instead break them down into around 15 Minute Videos. This will make “White Jade” a 12 Part Video Series.) And 2) How Much The First 15 Pages Of Script Translates Into In Regards To Cost.

And so I printed out a copy of my “White Jade” Script, and started to highlight the sections of scenes.

Page 7The really inexpensive scenes will be the ‘Red Light Room’ Scenes.

Why? Because I can basically film them in my living room (Once The Room Is Set Up Right), with Red Lights Set Up, and two actors.

Sadly I determined that The Red Light Room Scenes represent around 4 or 5 Pages of the first 15 Pages of the Script.

And here’s where the Budget starts to jump again…

Day 3

LP WJ Blue Samurai ArmourSo as I’m breezing through the Script, I’m like oh no, Samurai Armour, Lol

Let me break by saying this, first of all, when you’re doing an Independent Film/Video Project, some say, don’t do a ‘Sci-Fi’, Lol

Why? Costs.

But in this case I’m not just doing a Film/Video that takes place in the future, this story also incorporates elements of the past…

And so… Samurai Armour.

And, it gets worse, Lol

In the first 15 Pages there is not only a Samurai, but a Hand To Hand/Sword Fight between the Samurai, and our Lead Character Nayoko.

The only thing that chilled me out during working on the Costs, is the wise words of someone I hold very dearly, who had suggested that I think of “White Jade” as a 5 Year Project.

Granted, I hope to Film the First Scenes of “White Jade” in the next 3 to 12 Months, but still thinking of it as a long term project, did help.

Page 5Now don’t get me wrong, I love Samurai Armour (This Blue Armour Pictured Runs Around $2,500), but the expense, coupled with the need to incorporate it into actual Combat Scenes, makes it a bit Costly, and Challenging.

Yes, the initial Armour that I found ran from around $2-$3,000 Each.

LP WJ Red Samurai ArmourIf I needed just one piece, that would be a bit less daunting… But, I need one for the Character Aki (Depicted In The Comic Scene), as well as… Well… I don’t want to give away too much of the Story… But lets just say, I will need some Red Armour as well. (This One Ran Around $2,900)

But, you’re not dealing with someone whose just going to latch onto the first Products he finds…

And so I searched on, until I found some Armour that Cost $2-$300… And I’m like, what’s the catch?

And the catch is, the Armour may be $2-$300, but the Freight is about $500. (They Come From China)

And me not being too familiar with International Freight Costs, wasn’t sure if they actually cost that much to Ship, or if this is just the Manufacturer’s way of Capturing More Cost.

LP WJ Red Samurai Armour 2Either way, in just a half an hour or so, I was able to potentially cut the cost of a suit of Samurai Armor, from $2-$3,000, to $7-$800. (This Armour Above Is $700 With Shipping)

The Manufacturor of the less expensive Armour also offers a discount on Shipping when you order more than one… So the overall costs should go down.

But I have much more research to do.*

*Be Sure To Follow My Legends Productions Blog, White Jade Blog, Legends Productions Twitter, And Legends Production YouTube Channel

Thanks For Your Interest, And Support

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