New Website

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So after more than a year I have changed the design of my website once again. Why? To shift the focus back to the content. I wanted my work to be front and centre so people can understand my visual edge as a filmmaker much quicker.

Content Lottery

So whereas before I had a fully fledged menu across the top where you could very accurately navigate to music videos or short films and then choose a film etc. here, all my most recent work is displayed in a grid format which gives very little information about the nature of each project. The thinking here was again, content first; I’m hoping people click on the thumbnail that visually strikes them the most and will therefore connect with. However, if you know about my work then the names of each project are underneath so you can very quickly find what you are looking for. Similarly if you came to find out about projects then that is exactly what the blog is for:

WordPress and Site Pages

I hope to update this blog much more regularly. Each post will be posted my new site as well as on my wordpress site. I would like to encourage people however to use this website foremost as means to read my blogs as it keeps you close to the content, but for the foreseeable future I see no reason not to utilise both platforms.

The only other page on the menu bar on my new site is the filmography, a quick way to see all my credits, view my showreel and find external links. The one stop shop for all things Dan Allen.

Other small additions are a very simple contact form and a donation link for those generous people who have enquired about supporting my work and my YouTube Channel… which leads me to:

YouTube and FCPX Integration

Over the coming months I am looking for ways to incorporate more of my YouTube and Final Cut Pro X work onto my website as whilst my websites have always been used as a platform to showcase my film work, my FCPX Training has become a big part of my work and i want that to be reflected on my online portfolio.

Roundup

One side note is that until my main domain is transferred over, my ‘.com’ address redirects to the true domain of ‘.net’, although I am hoping for the site to be hosted at both domains soon.

Anyway, please use the contact form on my website to submit any issues or bugs you find on the website – there is a contact link at the bottom of every page.

Dan.

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Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Challenge!

 

This weekend I took part in the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge. This was my third time entering the competition and it was both knackering and extremely fun as always!

I only tend to have the financial resources to make one or possibly two short films each year, which is why I find it incredibly fun and challenging to enter this competition with the objective of spending as little money as possible: coming together as part of a team to develop a film through production in the seemingly impossibly short space of time.
Charlotte Rose Palmer and Jamie Weston, who produced my upcoming short film ‘Glove Compartment’ with me, were part of the team, as 1st AD and Production Designer respectively. The super talented Clive Double, special effects and make-up, produced a monster for the project which was awesome!
Lily Staff, who I haven’t worked with since Husky produced the film alongside myself and Clive.
There were lots of other awesome people involved across all departments with the exception of post. For whatever reason we were not a good looking enough team to attract the eye of visual effects artists, sound mixers and colour graders. Nonetheless I assumed all such responsibilities and somehow, at 1pm today, April 14th 2014, delivered the finished film.
Given more time, it would have been nice to have developed and matured the special effects in the film, asI only had time for one attempt at each effect. So, building up a post production team would definitely be a focus for next time.
The result of our combined creative juices and our given parameters is ‘The Offer on the Table’ –  a Sci-fi / drama / horror about two women who, as a result of financial desperation enter a virtual reality game which imposes greater dangers than they first expect.
I was personally excited to explore the fringes of horror in relation to science fiction as well as establishing an emotive character base which I think we pulled together fairly well. Although having not D.O.P’d my last several films it was both exciting and frightening as well as occasionally prohibiting, not having a direct and assured visual consultant to work with and bounce off of. Our given information (from which we have to construct our film), was:
Title: THE OFFER ON THE TABLE
Line: Got back home around 3_00am. Very tired now. And cold.
Prop: DICE_ WE SEE A CHARACTER ROLL TWO DICE
We decided to go with digital dice as a way of reimagining our parameters through the genre field.
As a 48 hour film project goes, I think its important to prioritise, so for me it wasn’t about fine tuning the effects as much as I would have liked to, but ensuring all the different aspects were in balance with the narrative and the story being told, which is, albeit, a little heavy for a five minute film!

 

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CREDITS:
STARRING VERITY FISHER, LILY STAFF, JAMIE WESTON, MIKE ALLEN AND CAROLE CONNOR AS THE CREATURE
DIRECTED AND EDITED BY DAN ALLEN
PRODUCED BY DANA LLEN, LILY STAFF AND CLIVE DOUBLE
STORY BY MAJOR ZEUS
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CHARLOTTE ROSE PALMER
DIRECTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY DAN ALLEN
1ST AC CHARLOTTE ROSE PALMER
PRODUCTION DESIGN BY JAMIE WESTON
SPECIAL EFFECTS AND MAKE-UP BY CLIVE DOUBLE
SOUND RECORDING BY MARCEL GLOVER
SOUND MIXING AND EDITING BY DAN ALLEN
VISUAL EFFECTS BY DAN ALLEN
CATERING AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS MIKE ALLEN AND BERNADETTE ALLEN
STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEMMA GIORGIO AND PHIL PANTON

Audition – An Update

Audition Screentest Laurels

Audition has been available for public viewing since December. But in January I took the executive decision to re-upload the film. This is something I had never done and felt incredibly uncomfortable doing. However, the original upload had broken audio levels, which meant that dialogue and music was breaking and crackling because the overall levels were set to high. The film had already amassed over a thousand views and I’d already shared that link as the main link for the film. 

But luckily, what I had been doing was primarily sharing a subdomain: http://watch.auditionshort.com
Because of this, i could easily redirect this domain to the new upload, and I new that ensuring the next thousand viewers experienced the film how it was intended to sound, ultimately went more to me. So i bit the bullet and I re-uploaded, and it just hit 4K views! I haven’t yet taken the old one down, using it as a safety net and directing people to the new link.
Audition has also recently screened at two festivals, Screentest the National Student Film Festival, while being nominated at CineMe for the ‘Set the Scene’ competition.
I’m thrilled with how things are going for Audition thus far and its nice continuing working with two films, at different stages of production, those being ‘Audition’ and ‘Glove Compartment.