Why Flying Moose Produces Short Films

Performers: Nicholas Pelzcar and Olivia Lehrman

Producing short films on a shoestring budget is difficult, maddening, even crazy. And yet, we can’t stop making them. Why?

It’s always been our goal to create stories with moving images, and what we learn from producing short films has a direct impact on both the storytelling techniques and technical systems we bring to all our projects, from performing arts demo reels to corporate communications.

Why Flying Moose Produces Short Films-2Performers: Olivia Lehrman and Ben Brussel

Flying Moose Pictures participated in the first annual PlayGround Film Festival. The production of our short film Ecce Homo had a ridiculously short schedule—less than three months from the moment we were awarded the filmmaking grant to the day we premiered the film. Despite the rushed production, the film was well received. After the festival, we continue to re-edit and refine it.

  • Create a true visual film, not simply film a play, by “opening up” the play’s text with additional images, characters, scenes, and action.
  • Create a period film with high production values.
  • Expand our production network by employing a crew of highly talented film professionals.

We were so delighted with how Ecce Homo turned out that we competed for, and won, another grant to produce a film adaptation of the award-winning short play Aegis for the second PlayGround Film Festival in May 2013.

The Story

Aegis is a comedy that follows the employees of a marketing firm as they compete to come up with the name for an enormous, “proactively green” sports utility vehicle. Under the direction of an abusive boss, they use modified acting exercises, or “Applied Marketing Dramatics,” to complete the task.

Our Goals For Aegis

Why Flying Moose Produces Short Films-3Performers: Jeremy Kahn and Warren David Keith

Rewriting the stage play to make it current (it was originally staged at the Best of PlayGround Festival in 2004).Adapting a stage play into a film is a challenging process of ripping out much of the text that we love and makes the story successful on stage and replacing it with images and action. A film is a visual storytelling medium; a long soliloquy on stage might be rendered on-screen by a single close-up. Our adaptation of Aegis will require:

  • Trimming the dialogue to the bare essentials.
  • Extensive rehearsals to develop the script, refine the action, and plan the shoot.
  • Designing and capturing engaging visual moments between characters
  • Juxtaposing still images, green screen composites, and 3D computer animation against the live action to create a second, purely visual narrative that supports and comments on the live action. Check similar work in our portfolio: click here.

Technical Goals

Some of our goals for the new short film are more technical.

  • We will continue to improve our digital pipeline for all phases of development, pre-production, production, and postproduction. We have identified software to assist us in storyboarding the film; visualizing and tracking camera setups; tracking location audio; and integrating notes and script into the editing platform.
  • Hugely advance our production capacity for designing and executing composite visual effects shots.
  • Keep a sharp eye on recent, amazing developments in camera technology and shoot the film on a camera with superior image size and dynamic range.

See You At The Festival

We have already started to gather our creative team and crew. Many of our colleagues from the production of Ecce Homo will join the new production. In addition, we are consulting with Oscar-winning visual effects supervisors Scott E. Anderson and Stephen Rosenbaum to assist us in planning the many composite shots for the short film.

Pre-production will continue through December. We will shoot in January.

See you at the festival in May!