Monday, April 28, 2008

The Graduates Premiere

Wow. Last night The Graduates premiered to 170 of our closest friends- the cast, the crew, their families and friends, my family and friends... n2404803_34008676_7978n2404803_34008698_5179
Everyone responded incredibly well, and the night was a blast. We went from Cinema Village East to the No Malice Palace for the after party. It was great to be able to hang with the cast and crew without The Film looming... I felt like I could finally relax a little and just enjoy being around everyone. IMG_0111IMG_0056
The after-after party was back here at our apartment, where we cooked out on the grill and celebrated until we were all whipped. n800485_40115212_3757
Before the screening I gave a brief little hello, where I mentioned how I felt like making a film was a lot like making a baby. The first several hours are fun (yes, ladies, it's like that), but the next nine months are torturous, and you end up tired and cranky and, in my case, eating for two. In truth though, I love every minute I spent on this film, and it's incredibly gratifying to see other people respond to it so well.

Really this is only like mile 13 of the marathon because we're going to be traveling with the film, going to festivals, trying to generate buzz. And like a marathon I will be sweating all the way to the finish line. But unlike a marathon my nipples are not bleeding from the experience. Yet.

You can help us along this journey to the big screen- forward the link to the trailer to everyone you know.

I'll have more trailers and clips and other surprises along the way, forward those, too!

And thanks for your support. Hope you get to see the film soon, and hope you love watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.


Monday, April 14, 2008

"Deleted Scenes" Featured On Gawker

Hey- in case you missed Gawker on Friday, my short film Deleted Scenes was featured under "Things We Actually Like"...

Check it out here: Gawker: Things We Actually Like... Nick Douglas, poster of the article, had this to say:
"Know how Walker Percy wanted to hate the manuscript some lady handed him, but he loved it and thus A Confederacy of Dunces got published? That's how I feel about this short film, in which a director and actor argue while recording commentary on their latest film. This is the sort of script I would have killed for when I was doing college plays."
Much appreciated, Nick Douglas...

Also, let me take this opportunity to whore out my new feature: be sure to check out (and forward, forward, forward!) the opening sequence of The Graduates, coming soon!

The Graduates (opening sequence) from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

Friday, March 21, 2008

U2 3D OMFG, or Why I Love Bono and The Edge

I don't know what I can add to everything being written about this groundbreaking experience, but I have to express something. Maybe that's the truest expression of what happened in that theater- I now feel the stomach-churning adrenaline-fueled need to write, run, draw, make out with someone, walk around Central Park, hug a homeless person...

I don't like gimmicks. I don't like cheap tricks, or movies that aim low. I was worried this would be a concert film with half-assed 3D tacked on to make the film seem more relevant than it is... Oh, so naive.

The 3D effect carries you into, above, around and inside this concert seemlessly, to the point where you are the camera. You can touch Bono, make eye contact with the stunning Argentinian girl on her boyfriend's shoulders ten feet away, you can rock back and forth with the 100,000 joyous fans, and you can do it in what feels like the exact moment it's actually happening.

But the visuals are no gimmick. If this was Linkin Park or worse, Madonna, the 3D would serve to distract you from the content (or lack thereof). It would be the bright, shiny object they flash at you to take your eyes off the vast hollowness of the product. In U2 3D, however, there is a completely different dynamic at play.

U2's light/stage show is designed to integrate with the content of their music, which, like them or not, you have to admit is rich. Pop/Rock about religious and ethnic unity never before moved a crowd the way Bono does. But how do you craft a visually stunning story to play 80 feet tall behind songs like, "Sunday, Bloody Sunday," "New Years Day" and "Where the Streets Have No Name"? I don't want to give anything away, but the basic focus is on religious and international unity, people seeking it, imagery of loneliness, togetherness and peace...

So where does the 3D come in? The language of U2 is that of grand concepts. Like their sound and their light/stage show, the single clearest projection in lyrics and concept is Grandness. Some of the grandest concepts are the simplest- peace, unity, forgiveness- and the hardest to obtain.

When the sound, the lyrics, the light/stage show all come together, the only thing that could possibly add to the grandness of the experience is if they all breaks through the 4th wall together, smashing through and defeating the accepted truth that performers are separated from us (in 3D, they're not).

In other words, the U2 3D experience says technology can break through accepted truths and help lift us toward grander truths, like every human's right to dignity and every human's ability to create the peace most strive for. By pulling us into the concert, U2 3D also says that we can break through as well.

It sure sounds like I'm reading a lot into a tech-heavy concert film. So, if you don't believe me, go see for yourself. Please.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Help Me Create A Tag Line for THE GRADUATES!

Hey guys- as editing plods along, I need to come up with a tag line for the film. Tom and Josie came up with the great title, The Graduates, which barely beat out their other suggestions: Blueballs: The Movie... Smokin Hot OC Nights... and my personal fav, Halfway In.

So now I have to create a tag line to go on posters and promotional materials. I would love your help in doing so. Here are some examples from great movies:

American Graffiti:
"Where were you in '62?"

Can't Hardly Wait:
"An event 18 years in the making"

Mean Streets:
"You don't make up for your sins in church, you do it in the streets."

Fast Times at Ridgemont High:
"Fast girls, fast cars... fast carrots?"

Ferris Bueller:
"One man's struggle to take it easy."

So, I'm going to put up a great prize for the person who comes up with the best tag line. I don't know what the prize is yet, because I just pulled that prize/contest idea of my ass, but it will be great. I love you guys.



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Positivity Photography
A time when beer pong and warm caramel are like chocolate and peanut butter.


Posted by Positivity Photography on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 9:38 AM
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Positivity Photography
How about simply...

"There's a dude on a wet banana in it!"

Posted by Positivity Photography on Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 10:55 AM
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How about,
"Sex, Drugs and Drinking Games, It's time to take the training wheels off"

"Even your mom gets laid in this one"

"Tom Cryan is in this movie"

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 9:27 AM
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Ryan Gielen

"EVEN YOUR MOM GETS LAID IN THIS ONE..." is going on imdb immediately

Posted by Ryan Gielen on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 4:41 PM
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Ryan Gielen
Holly had a good one:

"Maybe life isn't as simple as bros before hoes..."

Posted by Ryan Gielen on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 4:40 PM
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Ooo, that's a good one

Posted by Rob on Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 10:26 AM
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i like that one too!

Posted by laurel on Friday, January 25, 2008 - 1:37 PM
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Dude, if both Ben AND Megs like it, I'd say I'm a motha-fucking shoo-in. Gimme my PRIIIIIIZE. (A character with a name will do.)

Posted by Holly on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:20 AM
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Actually, I just checked IMDB. You're a deutsch.

Posted by Holly on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:23 AM
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Tony King
The Graduates - Rockin' out with their cocks out.

or... He who laughs last thinks slowest!

or... Careful. We don't want to learn from this. (This one is from the comic Calvin, I think.)

or... Without ignorance, knowledge is useless.

or... Nothing is so simple that it can't get screwed up.