Hello Walls - (dir. by Duncan Ferguson)
This is a short film I made during the Summer and Fall of 2012. I was reticent to post something while it was on the festival circuit, but as that’s now over, it’s time to release it into the wild - so to speak.
There are many aspects of the film I wish I could change in retrospect. Small moments that deserved more time, others that could have been cut, but at a certain point you have to put it down and move onto the next one. That being said, there’s also plenty of shots, moments, and scenes that I’m proud of in here.
Hello Walls was shot over the course of six days in Northern Virgina on a Red Epic with Cooke Speed Panchro lenses and minimal artificial lighting or extraneous equipment. We operated with a skeleton crew, and all of the actors were cast locally. Bill Henry, who plays Roy in the film, had never acted prior to this. His stripped down, authentic performance was as indispensable to the final product as the landscapes that we shot against.
I hope you enjoy it.
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If anyone is interested, I have 25 DVDs left which I am trying to sell for $12.50 a piece (w/ s+h). If you’d like one of the three different lobby cards we designed, I’d be happy to include one with your purchase as well.
4:59 pm • 6 February 2014 • 45 notes
It’s Italic Didot. I just used the same font I did for the title card in the credits. That being said, I’m not married to it and am open to any good font suggestions people may have.
6:10 pm • 8 April 2013 • 1 note
I’ve been having a rough time trying to come up with a poster design for Hello Walls. I ended up looking at a bunch of lobby cards from the 70’s and liked how simple they were. Bear in mind these are just screen grabs of mockups, but what do we think of the overall concept?
5:50 pm • 8 April 2013 • 19 notes
I left Los Angeles in May and flew to Virginia to make a movie this summer called, Hello Walls. It’s currently in the post-production process, and I need your help.
I independently raised a not insignificant amount of money in order to make this film. Those monies carried me through pre-production, production, and allowed me to complete a picture lock in the edit, but now those funds are long gone, and I still have to complete the following steps in order to secure a finished product:
- Color Correction
- SFX/Dialogue Mix & Master
- Composition of an Original Score
The problem is that I’m running up against the deadline for submission to many of the more important film festivals for which I need to apply. So I’ve decided to get creative with my fundraising and approach the internet directly.
Next Monday (9/17), I will upload a password protected version of the rough cut to Vimeo. It will be available to view for one week (until 9/24). If you’re interested in watching it, please message me here, or send me an email at duncanRferguson@gmail.com. I’ll then supply you with the password, and you can judge the material for yourself. Despite the fact that the aforementioned post elements still need to be completed, I feel the current iteration of the film demonstrates it’s potential, and will hopefully inspire your support. In that email there will also be a link to my PayPal account, and my physical real-world address in case internet commerce isn’t your thing and you’d prefer to send a money order from 7-11 (plz do not kill me).
If after watching the rough cut, you feel moved to contribute towards it’s completion, ~God Bless~. If not, no worries.
Some of you may ask, “Duncan, why don’t you just put up a Kickstarter?”
Here’s why: I kind of hate the countless videos of young people shamelessly begging for money to fund their ridiculous start ups (see: blanket forts). I guess I’d rather beg you folks through a blog post instead. On top of that, the most successful Kickstarters (for film projects) usually have a trailer or teaser as a part of their campaign, and I just don’t have the time to fuck with that at this point. So I’m letting you watch the entire thing, in an unfinished format. The whole enchilada.
I don’t take this step lightly. The idea of holding out an empty coffee cup to the vast pseudonymous still makes me cringe. But there’s only so many odd jobs I can do in the Old Dominion in order to raise cash, and I’ve come too far to turn back now.
I should also add that if you are a talented colorist, audio engineer, or classically trained musician that would like to contribute your labor in lieu of your cash, I’d be more than happy to have your involvement.
Here is a brief description of the film:
“Hello Walls is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Southern Gothic story. Set in the rolling hills and lush forests of Northern Virginia, the film focuses on a reclusive farmer named Roy Baggott, as he resists the impending suburban sprawl around the land he has recently inherited following his Mother’s death.”
And a one sentence log line:
“A man who won’t let go of the past, but can’t escape the future.”
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3:45 pm • 12 September 2012 • 19 notes
Holland Andrews - Glass Watch
Listen to the first minute of this track.
There’s a possibility that Ms. Andrews (aka Like a Villain) will contribute to the score of Hello Walls, which makes me very excited.
Mysterious clarinet is choice.
3:52 pm • 6 September 2012 • 3 notes
It took 8 days and the aid of heavy pharmaceuticals, but we have a picture lock on Hello Walls. It’s my last day in NYC. Somebody buy me a beer.
7:47 am • 29 August 2012 • 9 notes
Deal with your production related PTSD however you’re able. There is no right way.
5:03 pm • 8 August 2012 • 10 notes
Cassavetes, Ford, and Huston (among many others) shot with these lenses.
We’re throwing them on a Red Epic.
10:11 pm • 10 July 2012 • 8 notes