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    You folks answer everyone elseís questions, now I need help on multiple levels. So, Iíll start with the story Ė

    My protagonist is the nicest person youíll ever meet. But, he falls into a trap with a blonde bombshell and she blackmails him. I donít want him to be married or dating, because heíd never cheat. Heís just a perfect human being. So, how do you blackmail a God? Who would the antagonist tell about the trap she laid, if not the closest person to him?

    Locations: Iíve put numerous large ballrooms, a castle, a very large chase scene on horse and buggy in the script. I swear theyíre necessary and will be thrilling to watch. But, thereís no castle in my area of Jersey, and I canít afford the buggy (I was thinking about getting one from Amish country) I figure I can use CGI horses if necessary. But, how do I make my living room (itís basically 15 x 25) look like a large ballroom? I need the castle to have those large stone stairways. But, again no castle in the area? Should I cut out the castle and buggy? Just put the actors on CGI horseback? If I put them on CGI horseback, can I shoot them in my garage? If not a castle, then what? Do you think a log cabin would suffice?

    Shooting: Iím thinking dollies. But, I canít afford them. You think attaching the camera to hot wheel tracks would work? What cars do you think would have the best traction? Iím using my Canon XL-1. But, thatís 29 fps and I want to slow it down to 24. Instead of running it at 100%, what speed do I have to use on the timeline to make it 24? I donít think it will mess up the sound. But, if it does, how do I fix it?

    Thanks for any help.


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    Re blackmail - what if your protagonist is protecting someone near and dear to him? Someone who has done something worth hiding but who he loves anyway? Not a spouse/significant other but perhaps a sibling or parent? So the blackmail is about revealing the truth about person X, who the protagonist has sworn to protect, super hero style?

    Castle - It's probably (ok, certainly) a long-shot but how about the Cloisters in upper Manhattan?

    Dollies - a wheelchair maybe? Or a rolling office chair? Imperfect but perhaps worth considering?

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    "what if your protagonist is protecting someone near and dear to him?" - But, that would mean an extra actor. Also, the protagonists parents are deceased. In the Stanislofsky method you act by living. The actor I have lined up to play the protagonist, his parents are dead. I wouldn't want to have to replace him with someone else whose parents are still alive.

    Does Cloisters allow you to shoot for free? I mean it won't be a large party, maybe thirty. The more I think about it, the log cabin is sounding better and better. Maybe I'll just use my house and shoot from different angles. This way you won't be able to tell the living room is also doubling as 3 different ballrooms. A room does have 4 sides. My God if I change the set I can keep the camera stationary and maybe use play doh or cement as the Castle. Castle here I come.

    A wheelchair or office chair won't work. We have really nice wooden floors and I don't want to scratch them. That's why the hot wheels track was a good idea. The room is 25 feet long with only a few obstacles. I can move the camera at least a foot before hitting a curve.

    Good Ideas. This is going to be a movie's movie. I'm on my 7th revision and it's that much better. I just have to work out a few of the flaws, like the fact the blonde bombshell isn't a blonde at all. She dyes her hair and it freaks the protagonist out. Because it's common knowledge that blondes have more fun... But, brunettes...it's frigging shocking. How's that for a reveal? I thought the ending of Us Sinners had it going on, it's nothing compared to hair dye.


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    i see what you did there


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    Oh really?


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    lol.
    If you can't get CGI horses, you might want to consider getting iron ponies in stead.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter B View Post
    lol.
    If you can't get CGI horses, you might want to consider getting iron ponies in stead.
    Nice. But, how do I get the iron ponies to buck back and forth? Do you think if I attach strings or rope (painted green so I can CGI them out) I could get away with that? Or do you think I should get green outfits for a few actors and have them move the legs to get them to move? I just want this to be the best it can be.


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