June 19, 2011
Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

June 18, 2011
Equity

After numerous delays due to weather both in Kansas City and New York, I finally landed, and then an hour later set foot in New York’s LaGuardia airport.  Five hours later cameras were rolling, and 8 hours after that, we had wrapped our first night of shooting.  The lights, the gear, the talent, the heat.  Everything culminated in what will be whittled down to a solid minute of film.  Our shooting and adventures continue through the weekend and will wrap early next week.

Element 35 will be handling the post production for Equity.

To learn more about Equity, please check out:  www.EquityTheMovie.com

To learn more about Element 35, please check out:  www.Element35.com

February 4, 2011

Take a look at this short film I made for our vignettes series at Element 35.  It’s a glimpse into the hobbies of James Pigg, a really cool dude, and my grandfather.

January 28, 2011

I received my Songs About Time Limited Deluxe Edition today, and decided to put it ‘neath the lens.

December 8, 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen: SH!TWITCH

December 2, 2010
SH!TWITCH Release Date

SH!TWITCH finally has an official release date.  Be sure to direct your favorite web browser to Element35.com on 12.08.10.

November 22, 2010
New Music Up in The Lab

It’s been quite some time since I’ve composed any original music, but last night I lassoed the ol’ digi-ivories with a USB cable and let ‘er rip.  Came up with a little ditty that you can aurally ingest over at Element 35’s “The Lab.” [follow the link at the bottom of Element35.com].  I also composed a short-propaganda film to accompany the tune.  Keep checking The Lab as we’ll post new content there on a daily basis.  If you like it, become a fan on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Element-35/155806937787005

Sleep tight.

BP

November 11, 2010
My two favorite hand dryers on one wall.

My two favorite hand dryers on one wall.

November 6, 2010

Lock the doors.  Put the kids to bed.  Start collecting quarters with states on the back of them.  SH!TWITCH is coming soon!

October 27, 2010
Director’s Notes

L’Huile d’Origan [subtitled] is now available for viewing on Element35.com.

 

This is the first of any sort of journalistic writing I have ever posted on the internet.  I’ve always avoided Notes on facebook, feeling that they were reserved for meaningless drivel, or asking a bunch of girls for their phone number because you “lost” your phone.  I write this minutes after I’ve posted the newly subtitled version of L’Huile d’Origan on to Element35.com.  It feels, a bit, like I’m finally putting this project to bed, so I figured I would wax nostalgic about the journey that the “French Film” has been.  What was conceived after an evening of jazz consumption on the plaza in Kansas City has ended up consuming many more hours than I could have ever imagined a 15 minute film could have.  The small four person crew (the cast, myself, and my good friend/other half of E35 Ryan Bruce) ventured into the stiff and frigid Manhattan, KS air on January 10th, 2010.  I had penned the script and Erin (who plays Miranda) had translated it into French.  The original plan was to release the film with French subtitles.  A subtle slight to the audience, and a nod to the Woody Allen film, “Bananas.”  After completing the first edit of the film, I realized two things.  1) The opening credits accounted for nearly 35% of the running length of the film.  2) The movie looked pretty intriguing without knowing what the actors were saying.  I didn’t have much confidence in the dialogue I had written, and felt that leaving out the subtitles would let the visual dynamics of the film play the main role.  After the film was released, the most oft delivered bit of feedback I received were requests to subtitle the film.  I initially panned the idea, feeling I had finished the film, but something struck a desire in me to finally do it.  Upon screening different fonts, weights, shadows, outlines, and all other design elements of logistically subtitling the film (Helvetica wins out.  It always does.  Thanks to the infamous Manderson for a great conversation and insight that led to the final decision) I was finally able to sit back, watch the film and follow the story.  It is definitely a different experience, a more character driven piece, but one that is, I think, much more enjoyable.  The entire experience; from having people stare at us strangely in a coffee shop as we clap to sync audio, to digging up old high school audio recordings to use for the closing credits, to filming some of the most ridiculous promo videos to date, has truly been a enjoyable learning experience.

 

Thanks for watching.  Thanks for the feedback.  Thanks for reading.  Now that Element35.com is active, I think the majority of my “professional” goings ons, will find themselves there.  Leaving BRETPALMER.com to be more of a personal page.  Which is good.  Because I’m Bret Palmer.  And I’m a person.

 

Please spread the film to your friends if you’d like.  There’s plenty more on the way.  

 

SH!TWITCH is next.

 

BP

 

Oh, and the title means “Oil of Oregano”

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