Monday, July 29, 2013


It was a year ago yesterday that the 4-letter word "JUMP," the secret element to the 2012 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival's 21-Day Film Competition, delivered the concept of Guts Guts Guts Guts' short film "Clipped," changed our lives, and inspired a new generation of film and music that lives on in the hearts and minds of all of Earth's people. The following day, these important words were committed to a Microsoft Word document:

13. Interior, Dancefloor

JP and OTHERS are lined up boy/girl/boy/girl on a dancefloor at a wedding. An obnoxious wedding dance song is playing, but they are having an enjoyable time. The group is following the instructions of the song.
JP VO: There's no celebration. 
SONG VOX: Ladies, shake your butt!
The ladies shake their butts.
SONG VOX: Boys, you've got to jump!
JP JUMPS and his mood immediately changes.
SONG VOX: Now, everybody, scream!
Everyone lets out a fun scream, except for JP who yells with primal anger. Extreme Zoom in on JP's mouth as the dance music fades.

A week later, the word "butt" became "rump" (because, duh, it rhymes better), and Kirk recorded a barebones version of the song in Garageband during his lunch break. That night, we rented out a tiny Karaoke room in Koreatown and shot Scene 13 with the 120 BPM of a baby "Rump Jump" playing for our dancing actors. The song would eventually have some party beats and sound effects added to the mix, but within the original synth sounds and vocals remained the soul of the tune.

After Guts Guts Guts Guts had a private premiere of the finished "Clipped" for the cast and crew that helped make it possible, we made a pilgrimage back to a nearby Karaoke house, where an impromptu version of "Rump Jump" was performed. Here is that magical moment:

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Gary's Got Game" Gets Guts Guts Guts Guts' Glory

Three-quarters of Team Guts Guts Guts Guts and Superstar Matt Ringler were in attendance for their world premiere of "Clipped" this past Saturday night. We may not have left Philly in flames, but we did leave them a decent tip...

Getting down to business, we are pleased to say that our Project Twenty1 submission was officially nominated for an award in the Best Editing category. While we didn't end up taking the award home, we are extremely proud that our care in obsessively piecing together this ten-minute tale was recognized by the judges.

All four members of Guts Guts Guts Guts shared editing duties, but I think we can agree that the bulk of that groundwork was laid by Wally Chung, who patiently lead us through the process when things got frustrating and time was precious. Thank you also to our entire cast who provided a lot of useful and entertaining footage to sift through while searching for the right puzzle pieces to drop into the frame.

Finally, congratulations to Team JB Productions for giving the Best Editing award a deserving place  to reside. "Gary's Got Game" was a great film that we all enjoyed and it was a pleasure for us to be mentioned in the same list of nominations. Keep up the good work.

Our next step is determine the future of "Clipped," namely, how we can get it to your eyeballs. More on that once we figure it out.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

PFAF Program - Page 13

It's very exciting to see "Clipped" in the festival's full-color program. No, the novelty hasn't worn off yet for me.*

I'm also happy that they pulled a cool still from the film for the sidebar photo as it was one of my favorite shots of the production. Kirk set that one up by making Matt lay on the Brooklyn Heights sidewalk for about a half hour while people kept walking around us giving funny looks. The natural light was amazing as the sun was setting across the river.

Framing Matt's face upside-down was also a great choice that adds to the disjointed psyche of the character (JP) at this point in the film. In this shot, JP starts to smile, but to the viewer's brain seeing it inverted, initially processes it as a frown. Why is JP laying on the sidewalk having so many mixed emotions? Come down at 5pm and find out!

* PFAF's standard policy for programs is to list just one member of the team, and I was the lucky one. Just so there's no confusion, we are very much a team of four Guts, and would've preferred equal billing.