Thursday, May 29, 2008

Warren: A Short Film On Warren Oates (My First Video Production)

This past semester I took an intro to Video Production class and our final project called for a short film with a length of 2-3 minutes. I took the opportunity to go to Depoy, Ky...the birthplace of one of my favorite actors, the legendary Warren Oates. This is what came out of it and I thought I would share it here.
Please keep in mind this was the first time I had used a camera and also the first time I had used editing program (this was cut on Final Cut Pro) so I know it is primitive at best. Still, for those interested in where Warren came from and spent the first 13 years of his life, it might hold some interest.
So be kind to my first, and most likely last, little film and if you have some comments leave them here as I disabled them at YouTube (those folks can be vicious).
Also, I have noticed when I post YouTube clips as of late a separate window for their site opens causing the video to play in two windows. Just close out that second one...not sure why it is happening.
God Bless Warren Oates.

10 comments:

aaron said...

Here here, Jeremy, don't let this be your last. It's such an elegant, fitting and tragically sad piece, and an absolutely fascinating showcase of such a unique cranny of the world -- birthplace of a cult actor.

Steve Langton said...

I'll check this one out after I get back from work this evening and am greatly looking forward to viewing it.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much aaron for the extremely nice comments. I was a bit nervous about posting this here and wish it was better so I really appreciate the nice words.

Thanks also Steve,
I hope you will let me know what you think and I appreciate you giving it a look.

J.D. said...

I loved the melancholic tone of this short film. Very nice. The song you used was particularly effective in establishing the mood. I also like how you shot it -- it really gave me a feeling for what traveling through that town must be like. It make you wonder how many other small towns like that exist that no one ever writes or talks about.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much JD.
I love this song. It's from an old TWILIGHT ZONE episode and Vincent Gallo used it as well in THE BROWN BUNNY a few years back.
Thanks for the nice words and for taking the time to watch...

Steve Langton said...

That was very special. My wife and I really enjoyed watching your short film. She told me before it began that there's some really beautiful countryside in that part of the world and your film brought that across very well. Loved the song, and your text was just perfect (particularly the part about Oates specialising in playing lost men), and the shot of the birds flying away, followed by the pic of Warren made for a wonderful finale. I just thought "Straight Story" midway through watching, as it reminded me of Lynch's film. I'd echo Aaron's plea that you should not let this be your last. Isn't there an Elvis convention up soon? Maybe you can do something at that?
Excellent work!

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much Steve,
I am glad you and your wife enjoyed it. Very beautiful country and very lonely feeling...I would actually like to do something else of this kind in the future if I can ever afford my own equipment. I especially enjoyed the editing aspect and wish I would have had more time and experience when I cut this one...thanks again.

Rogue Spy 007 said...

Hey Jeremy. That was really wonderful. I don't know much about Warren. This was a great project. You did a fantastic job with it. Don't let be your last. I hope you will do more. You have quite a talent. You did an effective job of capturing this man.

Neil Fulwood said...

I can only echo what your other readers/viewers have said: don't let this be your only film.

You really captured the atmosphere of the place. By turns melancholy, elegiac and thought-provoking, it's a lovely tribute to a still overlooked actor and a requiem for a forgotten town. The choice of song was perfect.

I now want to dig out all of my Peckinpah DVDs and watch Warren's brilliant performances in 'Ride the High Country', 'The Wild Bunch' snd 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia'.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith and Neil for the very warm and friendly comments. I am glad you both enjoyed and your words really mean a lot. Thanks and Neil I hope you got to have your Peckinpah/Oates marathon...now that's a winner.