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02/13/2006 01:24:31 AM · #1
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This is a short film depicting my grampa's real life, a sort of spiral between the past and present. Hmm... You'll have to watch.

The style of this is raw, jumpy, slow and 'sincere' if that makes sense. None of the talking was rehursed or anything, I just asked him questions to lead him to the points I wanted to reach. Don't wanna tell you my points, just want you to watch and see what happens. It is quite a step away from some of the other things I've done.

Awhile ago I asked here for some pictures for inspiration. You'll see a sort of tribute to jjbeguin in there...

You'll also notice some of the footage was used in my Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder film, just for ease in the school project though so I didn't have to shoot new stuff. ;-)

The music is some Robert Johnson blues from the 30's.

Enjoy

33.5mb DIVX
28.6mb WMV

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02/13/2006 02:00:19 AM · #2
clap clap clap standing ovation. truly impressive.
02/13/2006 02:26:54 AM · #3
thanks joey, used up all my tissues, toilet rolls.
beautiful, give grandpa a BIG hug from me.
02/13/2006 02:35:00 AM · #4
Super job!
02/13/2006 02:40:47 AM · #5
Did I hear right - He's Canadian and he doesn't drink beer?!

I give him credit though - He drank Scotch and he didn't pass oot like his buddies. ;-)

Great job, Joey! Very touching. I am sending the link to my brother who is putting together a video bio of my grandpa. My grandma passed away in '87 and he remarried, but now they live in a retirement home.

ps - your grandma was a hottie. ;-)
02/13/2006 03:13:41 AM · #6
Joey,
I said it before and I'll say it again. You've got mad skills! That was beautifully captured.
I don't know squat about filiming, and I'm so impressed that you thought of all the angles to shoot in.
Job well done!

Are you doing documentaries now? Is that an area you plan on growing in for the future?
02/13/2006 03:46:39 AM · #7
perfezione, il mio caro. i love it. :)

*edit: one day i shall learn to spell.

Message edited by author 2006-02-13 03:53:53.
02/13/2006 05:05:49 AM · #8
Very nice. I envy you your video ideas. I have a hard enough time trying to set up photographs, a whole movie is beyond me.

I do have one question though...He says he's still adding to the house. What is he building, another Winchester House?

It's nice to hear about stories from our elders. I still love to listen to my dad tell stories of his time in the Navy.
02/13/2006 06:35:53 AM · #9
Someday, your children will thank you for making this film. What a wonderful way to capture your Grandfather's life. Bravo!
02/13/2006 06:48:33 AM · #10
Another amazing video!
02/13/2006 07:29:52 AM · #11
Joey,

Very nicely scripted I love your opening sequence and story. You have done a beautiful job of preserving a small peice of your family heritage! Have you entered any of your shorts?
02/13/2006 09:20:15 AM · #12
Joey, cool stuff, great job! I can see how this would've taken a lot of time to put together. You could even add some more cuts in, like showing a shot of a flask when he was talking about getting back to the barracks, or a shot of unfinished bathroom tile, though the unrelated snips of life are great to look at too.

I love that old music. I think that type of music was featured in a flick called O Brother, Where Art Thou?
02/13/2006 10:24:58 AM · #13
Great job Joey. The whole thing flowed very smoothly and the music was perfect! Love love LOVE the music! A very touching & endearing story - one I'm sure your family will cherish for many years to come. From a film perspective, it had a very honest, down-to-earth, documentary feel. Well done. <clap clap clap>
02/13/2006 04:52:26 PM · #14
Excellent job Mr. Lawrence! Very well composed throughout.

The only criticism I can think of is the tooth brushing scene - it just seems shorter than the other interludes.

I would actually watch a longer version of this if there was one. Very emotive. Your grandfather deserves a lot of credit as well - he is great for the camera.

Again, well done!
02/13/2006 05:16:14 PM · #15
To say that's a step away from your other stuff is an understatement, and in my opinion a step in the right direction. Not that your other movies were bad at all. This one, however, is a leap forward in subject, direction, lighting...everything. I could have watched that as a full length 2 or 3 hour documentary no problem. Awesome job.
02/13/2006 10:17:40 PM · #16
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:


ps - your grandma was a hottie. ;-)

Thank you... It's were I got all MY stunning good looks. ;-)
And good luck on your own project

Originally posted by IndigoButterfly:


Are you doing documentaries now? Is that an area you plan on growing in for the future?


I would like to grow in all types of film, whatever project comes up that I can enjoy and put something personal into.

Originally posted by NathanW:

What is he building, another Winchester House?

It is a ranch house. I thought not actually showing the house in the movie would work better, since it is left up to the imagination. I also think this works well because the house was not just a house, but home he built just for her. The look is unimportant

Originally posted by zapgrafx:

Have you entered any of your shorts?


There are a few competitions floating around that I will enter. I will have to check the copyright on the music though.

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Joey, cool stuff, great job! I can see how this would've taken a lot of time to put together. You could even add some more cuts in, like showing a shot of a flask when he was talking about getting back to the barracks, or a shot of unfinished bathroom tile, though the unrelated snips of life are great to look at too.


Yeah, the unrelated clips are the idea. It is a contrast to his stories. He spends all this time trying to please her when she is already gone. I think if I showed some clips of the things he is taking about, it would kind of state the obvious and ruin the rawness of the film.

Originally posted by Alienyst:

Excellent job Mr. Lawrence! Very well composed throughout.

The only criticism I can think of is the tooth brushing scene - it just seems shorter than the other interludes.

I would actually watch a longer version of this if there was one. Very emotive. Your grandfather deserves a lot of credit as well - he is great for the camera.

Again, well done!


Thank you, I like that idea

Originally posted by rscorp:

To say that's a step away from your other stuff is an understatement, and in my opinion a step in the right direction. Not that your other movies were bad at all. This one, however, is a leap forward in subject, direction, lighting...everything. I could have watched that as a full length 2 or 3 hour documentary no problem. Awesome job.


Thank you

02/13/2006 10:33:02 PM · #17
Originally posted by Joey Lawrence:

I will have to check the copyright on the music though.

I think TheSaj can help you with that...

heeheehee
02/13/2006 10:44:01 PM · #18
i was hanging on every word he spoke.
this reminded me of my own grandpa so much.

thanks Joey
really great work

02/13/2006 10:47:14 PM · #19
What a great piece of work. Truly wonderful. When you're accepting your awards some day, we can look back and say "Remember that short film he did about his grandpa?" Thanks SO much for sharing this. And you have wonderfully supportive and cooperative relatives.
02/13/2006 11:22:29 PM · #20
This is an beautiful tribute to your grandparents. This is something you will/should treasure always. I lost my grandparents over the last couple of years and this brought back so many memories of them (not that I needed more). Never loose this film, your children will love you for passing this to them someday!
02/13/2006 11:32:13 PM · #21
Hey Joey...

Again what an inspiring and wonderful tribute to your grandpa.

I took some time years ago and interviewed my grandma... it kind of ended up being a small book by the time we were finished but I was in awe of the things she had gone through. It certainly brought us closer and to this day I know things about her that no one else had ever bothered to find out.

I think its beyond wonderful that you have shared your creative passion with your grandpa and allowed him to share his life and story with you.. it makes for a beautiful journey together.

I'd also watch this if it were a couple of hours long as well..
~hugs to you~

*edit* the music is perfect btw and if you like that style.. you'd likely love Blind Willie Johnson... I have some if you want it.. just pm me sometime i'll pass it on.

Message edited by author 2006-02-13 23:49:45.
02/14/2006 05:57:53 PM · #22
Originally posted by Shecoya:


I took some time years ago and interviewed my grandma... it kind of ended up being a small book by the time we were finished but I was in awe of the things she had gone through. It certainly brought us closer and to this day I know things about her that no one else had ever bothered to find out.

Yes I have a full camera tape of his stories now... They have so much to tell. :-)
02/15/2006 11:45:19 PM · #23
Well let me put my .02 cents in here.

What I get out of watching this video is the strong sense of duty he had toward making your grandmother happy by meeting her physical needs. I especially liked his reference to if he had been alone he would have been happy in just a little shack.

I also enjoyed the details of his story telling. How he felt about enlisting in the military so he could travel. But I think my favorite part was the final part where you showed the pic of him and her when they were young and in love. Showing her made the whole story come alive for me.

Your gramps is lucky he has a talented and caring grandson like you. So many boys your age could careless about their parents, let alone grandparents.

Amazing Joey. Keep up the good work.

You know I'm a believer.

Kelly

02/16/2006 12:36:36 AM · #24
:)

Message edited by author 2006-02-16 07:31:03.
02/16/2006 12:53:45 AM · #25
Very good - very good! You have talent don't ever let it go.
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