Exactly Where I Saw Them

A Film

By Tony Del Degan


Two intertwining tales of crime in Los Angeles, both told through the eyes of the city’s youth, some of whom are more prosperous — and law abiding — than others.

The Dead Toreador by Edouard Manet: An important motif within the film.

Four people are invited to what they think is a dinner party, all of them being rich or famous. As the night progresses, odd things begin to occur, arguments erupt, and tensions rise, until everything comes crashing down in a moment. Eventually, it is uncovered that the host is someone, or something, completely different than previously believed. The story alternates between this and a sublot featuring a luckless lawyer who is struggling to find cases. He meets a hitman who he uses to kill victims, the families of which then become his clients. At some point near the end, these stories connect in a clever way.

This is no book, but rather a film. This project will showcase the directing talent of Tony Del Degan, as well as the acting talent of the actors, all of whom will debut in this film. As the first project under the revised film studio 8 Leaf, formerly known as Gandersphere, this film will display a heightened maturity and understanding of production from everyone involved; you may even see it premiere at a film festival… 

Production

This is a VFX test for a pistol. I wanted to be certain I could pull off a realistic gunshot, and though this was filmed on a crappy camera, I was satisfied with the results. There will be guns in the film, so perfecting this was incredibly important; its also a basic editing skill. EWIST will be filmed on a Black Magic camera, which should up the picture quality significantly. You can also notice the smoke coming off the gun is unlocked from the shot, so when the camera wobbles slightly near the end, it stays still. This is just one of the things that makes it important to test before you commit fully to a project. Knowing what to do and how to avoid mistakes is pertinent. 

This is a composite shot, where I take an empty slate of field footage from my short film Wall, then add a mansion on top. Pay attention to the bottom strip of grass; you can really see the color correction, as well as the blending shift taking place during the wipe. The smoke rising from the chimneys was also added, giving a slight boost to the realism.

Here’s a little test for an opening clip that will play at the start of the film. I wanted to have a kind of creepy VHS tape kind of thing, as if the film is being played from a cassette, and this intro is some kind of odd distortion that’s corrupting the footage. The words will obviously be changed for the final product. As scary as my dog is, he’s not the star here.