Hello

•September 10, 2008 • Comments Off on Hello

Welcome to Spud Gun Films — taking pocket video to the next level.

Talk to Me – Stills Gallery

•June 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Various screengrabs from the Camstick footage, some of them a fair height above the Neutra VDL house (our Silverlake location)

Video for The Frequency

•June 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Here’s our new video (“Talk to Me,” shot in May 2009) for outstanding LA band, the Frequency (Marc Cazorla & Alex Stiff). This time we downsized from cell phone cameras and used a PI Camstick, which was no bigger than a pack of gum and had no viewfinder . . . but the occasional accidents of off-skew framing worked out really well. We opted for the “one shot” format, and placed two almost identitcal takes side-by-side. The sunset-orange filter was stuck on with putty, and the location is the modernist Neutra VDL house in Silverlake, Los Angeles (designed and built by Richard Neutra — many thanks to resident curators Sarah & David). High winds created the kaleidoscopic effect at the end — we velcro’d the camera to a helium zeppelin for what was supposed to be a smooth and majestic aerial finale, but the breeze got the better of us hence the somewhat manic-looking ending. Thanks also to Sadie and Erin, Chuck, editor Nick Rucka, & Nadav at The Post Office.

Helium

•April 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while since the last post — more coming soon, promise. In the mean time, here’s a gallery of helium balloon-related pics: left-to-right — the Nokia balloon cam we invented for Rob Dickinson’s “Oceans” video; a still from an excellent Australian balloon car illusion we found on YouTube; and the balloon house from Disney/Pixar’s Up, which reminded us of the 2006 “Oceans” shoot. And just for good measure, here’s a link to Goldfrapp’s “Clowns,” in which Alison G sings of balloons in a clever, often gobble-de-gook-like way.

Car Mount Test #1 – stills

•February 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Car Mount Test #1

•February 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a test, shot on and around the Sunset Strip. We wanted to take the wobble out of shooting from a moving car, and it worked out really well. We used an Arkon cell phone mount and a Nokia Nseries N93 (the footage of the set-up was shot on an N93i). For the best viewing experience, check the “Watch in High Quality” box on YouTube, or the HQ tab on the pop-up.

Filter Test #1

•November 10, 2008 • Leave a Comment

We shot this footage in Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree, California, using an opaque filter over the lens of a Nokia N93. The  music at the beginning was “found sound” — someone unseen was playing a piano in one of the old wooden movie set buildings — then we’ve added a loop from Garage Band.

Quantum of Oceans?

•October 2, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Nice to see we inspired the Bond machine. Well, allegedly — in that we’re alleging it. Judge for yourself with these YouTube stills. The video for “Oceans” by Rob Dickinson was shot on a Nokia N93 cell phone in the Mojave Desert; June 2006; budget — the cost of lunch at Denny’s. Quantum of Solace was shot in the Atacama Desert; March 2008; budget — $224.87 million. The question is this: would Rob Dickinson beat Daniel Craig in hand-to-hand combat?
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