Passing Planes Productions Archive

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Klaus – A Christmas Thriller Short Film

To all of my friends at The Utopia of Daniel: the IndieGoGo campaign for my undergraduate thesis film has officially arrived!

This is one of the most humbling moments of my filmmaking life. It goes without saying (hopefully, haha) that a lot of time and effort went into making this campaign unique, informative and rewarding. I’d very much appreciate if any and all readers would take a look at the campaign.

So click on the link, learn about the project, see the rewards, and contribute what you can (sharing the project counts)! 

http://igg.me/at/klaus

The Klaus cover art was designed by my friend and Macaulay Brooklyn colleague, Sarah Allam.

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These Past Few Weeks

So, I figured that a Summer 2013 update was in order for all of the UOD followers out there. These past few weeks have been fairly hectic for me, but in a very good way!

One of the big things I’ve been working on has been an internship with the Investigation Discovery Channel. Last summer, I met a wonderful women who was the executive producer of an ABC show called Final Witness. I wasn’t able to work with her then due to time constrictions, but after staying in touch with her throughout the academic year, she was able to bring me on board her new project with Discovery ID.

The show is called The Bad Old Days, and it’s all about telling the true tales of crazy murderers and their unfortunate victims from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Beyond that, I’m not really able to say anything else other than I’ve been working nonstop as assistant to the locations manager and general pre-production, production and post-production assistant. The cast and crew has been doing loads of great work, and I’ve been learning quite a bit about shooting in and around NYC.

A beautiful sunset seen onset in upstate NY.

A beautiful sunset seen onset in upstate NY.

 

Other than that, my company, Passing Planes Productions, has been working on a few projects with some local businesses and companies. I don’t want to give anything away yet, but I should have some promotional and business tour videos up and available within the coming weeks. Be sure to like Passing Planes Productions on Facebook if you haven’t already!

A couple of other final updates include:

– I’ve made a Vine account–be sure to follow Danny Boy Scarpati

– A few ideas for some summer short films are in the works… stay tuned for more

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One Final 2012 Update–Happy New Year!

‎2012… What to say?

It’s been the worst of times and the best of times, at least in my opinion.

I could recap all the bad things that have happened in the past few months, but I don’t feel it’s necessary. What I do feel is necessary is talk about the GOOD of 2012: communities coming together, people volunteering more often, a nation working hard to rebuild and recover from a poor economic state, the breaking of dozens of records (like the highest free fall ever from space), the world NOT ending, and of course, the release of Gangnam Style. We’ve all survived a lot, and it’s good to know that we’re going into this new year together.

God Bless you all, God Bless the United States of America, Happy New Year to you and your families, and enjoy my last “new” film of 2012 (it’s something that was never finished, but deserves to be seen). I’ll see you all on the far side!

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Merry Christmas to All! I bring tidings of a new short film!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have a fantastic holiday with friends and family–I think everyone deserves some cheer right about now (after all of the bad things that have happened in the past few months). I’d also like to give a big “Happy Birthday shout-out” to one of my main men, Jesus (that was pretty corny, I know). Can’t forgot about the man who made this holiday possible.

My sincere wishes of good tidings, comfort and joy go out to each and every one of your families and friends, as well as to the many families and friends of those who were not fortunate enough to be able to be here today. It’s sad to say, but I keep praying and hoping that all us NYers, NJersites and CTites will be back on out feet strong and better than ever soon.

As my gift to everyone who sees this page and/or reads my blog, here’s a short film that my friend Andre and I made before he left for USMC bootcamp at the beginning of November. I was made with Halloween in mind, but Hurricane Sandy made sure that THAT didn’t happen, so it’s our gift you today. Enjoy, and please share if you like!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. 

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“One Way” Goes Live as Fall 2012 Semester Ends

Today, December 21, marks the official end of my third semester at college (not to mention the end of the Mayan calendar cycle). Things have been going very well so far, and I’ve only had issues with two of the classes I’ve taken in the past! All in all, not a bad first third of college, haha.

This date also marks the announcement of one of my newest short films, One Way. I wrote, directed and edited it, all for my Film Production 1 class at Brooklyn College. I originally had larger plans for it (I wanted to shoot over the span of two days to get lots of coverage and a few extra scenes), but Hurricane Sandy prevented me from doing that. Regardless, I’m very proud of the way it came out, and I’m even more proud that I can call it a film and know that’s what it is–it was shot on a 16mm Bolex film camera.

I sincerely hope you all enjoy the film. Please SHARE it with your friends, and LIKE my production company’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/PassingPlanesProductions.

 

UPDATE (12/22): One Way is now live and available to watch on Vimeo! Enjoy.

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My 50th Short Film Has Arrived!

I’m extremely proud to announce that my 50th short film, Trunked, has officially released on Vimeo and YouTube!

Trunked follows the story of three friends that take a fishing trip upstate. They expect to take a little break from life and enjoy themselves for the day, however after certain perilous events ensue, they realize that not all friendships can survive the transition from high school to college.

This film is by far my greatest achievement in independent filmmaking. It took me about four months to draft, finalize and perfect the scrip in my Screenwriting I class at Brooklyn College (this is also the first film I’ve ever written a complete script for), and then another two months to shoot and edit everything. This was also the first short film I’ve shot with my new professional HD video gear.

For these reasons, I consider Trunked a learning experience above all. Making an indie short is not easy, and I learned a lot about the process with this film. Gathering actors, matching up schedules, securing locations, notifying the public about what you’re doing and dubbing audio in the editing process are not easy tasks.

I don’t consider Trunked a masterpiece in independent filmmaking. It’s cheesy, a little corny, and a bit slow for my standards, but there is a LOT of thought that went into this film, and I couldn’t be more proud. I guarantee that if you watch it twice, you’ll notice things you didn’t notice the first time.

I hope you enjoy my work, and please, please share the short film on Facebook, Twitter and/or whatever social networking platforms you use. Thank you very much. Making movies wouldn’t be any fun if you fine men and women didn’t watch them. =u)

 

 

Also, in case you’re interested, we made a short little video log about the day we shot upstate in Bedford, NY. We were up there all day getting the prefect shots at and around my uncle’s house.

 

And last but not least, stay tuned for a full-length commentary by yours truly and the actors/crew. =u)

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Trunked Teaser Trailer

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m extremely proud to present to you the teaser trailer for my upcoming short film this summer, Trunked!

I couldn’t be more excited to get together with all of these wonderful people and make this bad boy happen. As a “blog exclusive,” I’ll tell you all a little bit about the people behind this short film.

It’s written, directed and edited by yours truly. And I think you know enough about me.

The other stars, Eric Kramer and James O’Connor, are Christ the King alumni who were involved in CK Broadcasting and CK Musical Theater. We’ve known each other since the beginning of high school, and both of these guys love acting. Just like me, they couldn’t be more excited to get started on this.

The camera operator, Andre Aspirany, is my childhood friend. We’ve known one another for over nine years now, and we’ve been making movies for over five. If you haven’t already, check out our YouTube channel to watch some of our stuff. Andre is very passionate about making films, but his life goals lie with our country, the United States of America. Andre is going to be shipping out for training with the US Marine Reserves in a few months. Needless to say, I’m extremely proud of him!

The music composer, Jessica DiMari, is a fellow student at Brooklyn College. After meeting her this year and learning that she was a fellow LOST fan, I knew that I’d definitely enjoy working with her! She’s a student at the BC Music Conservatory, and the pieces she’s already written are absolutely terrific. Naturally, I can’t wait to see what she’ll create for this film.

Besides these main people, there are a few others that are going to be involved in the film in some way, shape or form. We plan to start shooting in a few weeks (towards the end of June or beginning of July), and with any luck the film will be done by August. I hope that you all share the teaser trailer for all to see, as well as my production company’s Facebook page. See you soon, bruthahs and sistas!

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A summer update short

Hello everyone!

Yestarday, my friend Andre and I made a short video in which we described our plans for Summer 2012. As some of you may know, I recently launched my own production company, Passing Planes Productions, so I’ve been trying to get people to like our page on Facebook. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the page at facebook.com/PassingPlanesProductions and LIKE/SHARE it.

As for the update video, I’m linking it below for all to see. It was uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo, so take your pick!

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Passing Planes Productions Facebook Page officially launched

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce the launch of the Passing Planes Productions Facebook page! After months of deliberation, I’ve chosen a name for my own Howard Beach-based production company. Now, it’s up to you to like and share it. CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE HERE!

The working title card for Passing Planes Productions.

I plan to write more notes on the page about the history of the name, future projects in the works, and things of that nature. Please stay tuned in for more information, and please share the page with all your friends! That step is VERY important, as you can imagine.

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Career decisions and technical choices

For those of you who don’t already know, what I want to do with my life is make movies. I feel that it’s what I was born to do. I’ve already made around 50 short films over the five years that I’ve been making videos (I’ve been involved in audio/visual work, acting and broadcasting for closer to eight years), and I plan to get started on some very serious projects this summer. Since the semester is nearing an end, I’ve been thinking a lot about all sorts of things lately.

First of all, I’ve been thinking about what I want to call my production company. My good friend, Andre A., and I first joined YouTube not long after its creation. We began working on films together at that same point, and since then we’ve made videos under two channel names: Gamstas and VGMaven. We always loved video games and named our channels with that in mind (“Gamstas” basically meant two guys who loved playing video games and “VGMaven” stood for video gaming mavens).

As my friend Andre comes closer to leaving to train for the Marine Reserves for a long while and I come closer to beginning my career after college, a proper production company name is in order. I’ve been thinking for months about what the best name is, and after much deliberation I’ve finally come to a name that I think is perfect. It describes my entire career so far and what I’m all about, but I don’t want to give it away just yet. I’m going to design a Facebook page and (hopefully) a website this summer, so you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out just what it is. =u)

I will let you know that one of my original ideas was “Lone Shadow Productions,” but after some thought, it and other similar names just didn’t feel right.

Aside from the production company, I’m almost ready to make my first big purchase in the world of A/V equipment. I’ve gone from shooting on MiniDV and editing on camera to ripping footage from MiniDV to Windows Movie Maker to recording live via editing software to consumer-level camcorders like the Sony Handycam… PHEW! Now I’m finally ready to go professional. Since I’m on a college budget and can’t afford the $10,000 camera that everyone wants, I’m going to be buying something that fits my budget but works extremely well for me.

The main camcorder I’m interested in now is the Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder (along with other technical goodies), and I’m hoping to get myself a copy of Final Cut Pro very soon. Other than that, there’s some other A/V tools I’d like to get, but these are the big two things I’m yearning for.

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone who follows my blog, YouTube page and LinkedIn page know where I stand right now. Like I said before, you’ll all be hearing and seeing more in the coming weeks/months, so be sure to stay tuned. Until then, live long and prosper, bruthahs.