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The rough cut saga

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We are so close to having our rough cut done it’s crazy. Five more scenes separate us from a full narrative storyline, and then the fun can really get started. When our rough cut is completely done, things like graphic effects, soundtrack/score, opening introduction, and end credits can begin to be crafted to fit the style we’re going for. 

We’re getting super excited to not only see things begin to come together, but also because we’re beginning to see glimpses of what the final product will look like. Check back with us next month to find out more about our film!

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Influence.

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Clear direction

Don’t always stick

to the script

Take your time

and be

efficient

Find a clear way

to communicate

your goal

Spend time

wisely

Avoid fights

on set

Stay hydrated

Respect and

Take Care of

Your Team

- Walt Scott Roseboro III

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A month in...

It’s been exactly a month since we finished up the filming of Yucca, our first feature film. We’ve been hard at work ever since, and we’re happy to report that all media has been converted, organized, renamed, backed up, and backed up again and again. Our first two acts worth of media is now completely in sync, and the third act is well on it’s way.

We’ve also started our rough cut, the first cut of our film to establish pacing, beats, and the basic story of the edit, as well as deciding what effects should go where. We’re excited to say that we have 4 of our 42 scenes completed, putting us a couple weeks ahead of schedule! 

We’ll be focusing our time on creating the rest of the rough cut first, then transition over to a trailer edit while we find a musician to help create our soundtrack. After we’re done with our trailer, we’ll take our rough cut and begin smoothing it out, adding effects, and getting it ready for picture lock. 

We may not have hit our goal for fundraising, but we’re still plugging away trying to make the best possible movie we can. Any funds donating beyond this point will help us pay for sound editing, and a composer to give us great quality audio and music to go along with our fantastic footage.

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In the can!

Yucca is in the can! Between the rain, the wind, a bit of snow on a mountain top, and tons of sunshine, we did it! We filmed what will be a great movie when all is said and done, and we can’t wait to get started on the post-production process. It will still be a while before the project is done, but a gigantic hurdle has been passed in the filming process. We’ll still be doing updates to this page, but the frequency will be going down as we enter into our rough cut. Check back for more!

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This is it.

This is it.

On Wednesday May 8th our team officially begins production on Yucca. Even though we didn’t hit our goal, we still feel confident in our ability to deliver a great end product. Our actors are beyond dedicated, our locations are incredible, and we have some of the best humans ever on our crew. We’ll try to share as much behind the scenes stuff as we can, but with our rushed schedule, we may just be posting stuff after we’ve wrapped. Follow us on Instagram @meddle.media for the most up to date postings.

Thank you so much for all of your support on this project, we can’t wait to get started.

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The Brands of Yucca

While writing this story. I found it necessary to create fictional companies. Among those created for Yucca were Cholla Whiskey and Calm Palm Luxury Camping. Take a look at some of the logos created for the film below.

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Meet the director

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Chelsea Murphy may be new to the world behind the camera, but she’s no stranger in front of it. Murphy attended the Renaissance School of Arts before moving to New York to study at the New York Film Academy. Chelsea then moved to Los Angeles and studied at Playhouse West School of Meisner and Repertoire, where she also took a film labs course. She wrote and starred in her first short “Itanglish”, which had a successful festival run, including screenings in Japan and Italy. Yucca will mark Murphy’s directorial debut.

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We need extras!

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We need extras! We're looking for anyone who wants to be part of a film shooting locally in Morongo and Yucca Valley to get ahold of us via meddlemedia@gmail.com

We shoot on May 10th, 12th, 17th, and 18th. Come out for a day or all four! Bring your best festival attire and come join in on the fun! Eat our snacks, have a free meal, and be in a locally shot film!

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The Dogs of Yucca

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“Never work with animals or children,” great advice passed from one generation of filmmakers to the next. There is, of course, a plethora of films, television shows, podcasts, and much more that go against this advice, and many are better for it. Yucca is no exception. Additions like a drugged out cult centered around a small dog, and the emotional impact of a conversation had with a Shepherd bring out the weird emotional core of Yucca. Red and Shiloh may not have had more than a few scenes between them, but as we all know; there are no small parts, only small(er) actors.

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This is Shiloh, a six year old black Shih Tzu. Although not really a desert dog, Shiloh thrives in his mostly indoor environment. Preferring a life of leisure, Shiloh’s dog cult leader status was tailored made for him. When he does go out, Shiloh loves adventures, people, and meeting people on adventures, but mostly he can be found lounging around the meddle studio or chasing after his favorite blue ball.

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Meet Red. Red is an Australian Shepherd, and the only one at meddle who’s a Californian native. Before moving to Joshua Tree, meddle was run from a tiny house in the San Bernardino mountains. This was an environment that Shiloh could handle, but an Australian Shepherd could not. A few weeks after purchasing 2.5 desert acres, the search began for a puppy, and a few weeks after that, Red was exploring his new home. Since then, Red’s become the ruler of his little kingdom, spending most days exploring in the sunshine, or napping under the shade of a Eucalyptus tree.

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You can catch both Red and Shiloh in the film when it’s released. Keep an eye out for them when you see it!

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Meet the writer

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Brady Trainor is a storyteller. Born in the midwest, Trainor began working with skate footage before migrating to a more narrative structure of filmmaking. In high school, Brady found an environmental outlet for narrative and PSA-style work. Although a filmmaker by trade, his real talents lie in writing. Trainor’s emphasis on story, irregular structure, and character development set him apart from other screenwriters, and keeps audiences guessing throughout his films.

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Meet the Cast

meddle media is super excited to introduce the faces of the feature film Yucca. We’ve put together an amazingly talented cast that includes Monroe Cline as Summer, Jey Reynolds as Pete, Dale Van Slyke as Kevin, and Nicholas Harsin as Zach. Don’t miss these four when they star in Yucca, filming May 2019.

Monroe Cline as Summer

Monroe Cline as Summer

Jey Reynolds as Pete

Jey Reynolds as Pete

Nicholas Harsin as Zach

Nicholas Harsin as Zach

Dale Van Slyke as Kevin

Dale Van Slyke as Kevin

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Funding Yucca

Although low budget, Yucca still needs some funds to get it off the ground. We have an amazing cast, an awesome crew, and an incredible filming location. No question about it; this is going to be a fantastic film. We’re asking for any type of donation, anything at all to help us create this film. Check out this promotional video put together by lead actor Jey Reynolds and producer Brady Trainor for more information, and click the link to make a donation today!

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In Memory of...

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We never think we’ll lose those closest to us, at least not suddenly. When it happens, it takes us time to accept that this is the reality we live in, that we’ll never get to see those we’ve lost again. Walter Scott Roseboro III was supposed to direct Yucca, but now he’ll never get the chance. 

I first met Walt in film school. Back then Walt had mostly done music videos, and I had mostly done environmental PSAs and skate videos. We were roommates with our friend Jon the second half of college, and we stayed in touch after school was finished. Together, Walt and I had a plethora of ideas just waiting for the right time to be made into reality. Even when I moved to California, and he moved back home to Philadelphia, Walt and I remained close, so much so that he was the best man at my wedding. 

My best friend was murdered by a lunatic on November 7th, 2018. He was six days away from his flight out to California to go over pre-production with me. Even days before his death we were in contact, making last minute plans for when he came out to the west coast. 

I miss my friend, and wish every day I could have done something else to stop what happened. I wish I could talk to him one more time, but it’s out of the question. All I can really do now is dedicate Yucca to him, the movie he didn’t get to make, and hope that he’s found peace.

See you on the other side, friend.

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vapor elements

While looking into vaporwave, I decided to dip my toe into editing around the genre. Take a look at some of the elements I used to create the newest video in the Little Bits slow motion series below!

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moving quickly

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With the script now final, it seems like every day something else is getting done. Scene breakdowns, shoot days, prop lists, and more are already completed. We're moving much faster now!

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