Amoeba Films

Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator
Shorts

Adrenaline Film Project :: Short Doc

Actually, they should call this the Caffeine Film Project.

Write, shoot and edit a 5 minute short in 72 hours. Kind of like the 48 Hour Film Contests, but this one has a few Hollywood mentors (Jeff Wadlow – Cry Wolf) and a green light system at every stage of production. A perennially sold-out venue at the Virginia Film Festival.

I had participated a few years, won a few awards with some fairly outlandish films. Taste of Evil was a noir detective story set in a refrigerator, where a jar of Miracle Whip tries to find out who killed the ketchup. Hard Boiled was a gritty crime flick where the mob boss was the Easter Bunny. I love the weird things you come up with when you’re sleep deprived.

This year I wanted to make a documentary about the process. The producers decided to make me a participant. So, I had the same time crunch as the teams.

We juggled four cameramen (myself, Rich Tarbell, Jacob Canon and Kent Wiley), pulled in footage and lost a bit of sleep. The resulting film unintentionally won the Jury Runner Up Prize. Not bad for a doc in a narrative venue. This version included the awards and was incorporated in the next days’ screening. As if we hadn’t lost enough sleep.

Incidentally, I had some energy to spare – so I also wrote the script for another team – whose film Attack of the Trailer won the Audience Award (an unsuspecting couple preparing for a dinner party gets sucked into a series of B-movie trailers). So, all in all, it was a productive weekend. Sleep when you’re dead.

Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Billy Barnwell :: Feature Film Promo

Did he die of auto-erotic asphyxiation? I dunno. The guy was a bit of an enigma.

As you probably know, were’ making a feature film this summer about the beloved children story Billy Barnwell’s Favorite Friends. What we’re learning about its reclusive author Hugh Chalfont comes mostly from old Atlantic Monthly articles and word of mouth from those who knew him (it’s not all complimentary).

This is an old interview we dug up (in a couple hours) to celebrate the film launch party in June. Some great insights on his blacklisting by Joseph McCarthy, possible Communist leanings, plus a rare poetry reading from his book Weeds and Other Flowers. A true American original.

Word is it was a mink that smothered him. How, we can only imagine.

Should be interesting when we actually get to filming the real movie.

Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Fiber Optic Angel :: Short Film

Is it too kinky to fall in love with a holiday ornament?

I helped form the Filmmakers Republik to get artists to collaborate. And it’s still working. After making our “bleeding TV dinner” of a zombie movie, we bought back our souls with a redemptive holiday short FIBER OPTIC ANGEL.

M. Trevor Przyuski brought this script and song to the table – and pulled some strings at KMart. Jessica Baraff stepped in when I insisted we re-record the song. And Jason Hatfield rolled in to ring a bell.

It was a great opportunity to work with Sara Eshleman who I’d seen on stage and had been itching to get into a film. Todd Fletcher had just come off the UK horror feature “Portrait of a Zombie.” And we finally got Ike’s Underground on film.

Shot in a day and two nights on the Canon 5D & 7D.

One of the largest challenges was recreating the store-bought angel, life-size.  Sarah’s angelic looks, matched with hair from Anne Marie & Co, Jessika Flint’s sparkly makeup and a few rolls of LED holiday lights under the skirt did the trick.

 


Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

The Making of Fiber Optic Angel :: Behind the Scenes

No, this isn’t quite the Osmond family Christmas.

M. Trevor Przuyski had written and recorded this song a while back. I liked the song, but thought it needed a feminine touch. Jessica Baraff was writing music for PYROMETHEUS, so I pulled her away from that task to add her estrogen to this holiday flick.

That’s us in Trevor’s living room, recording on Garage Band. (My usual choice of sound engineers, Lance Brenner, was on a six-month round-the-world cruise.) The tree and woodstove gave us the right piney vibe for ornament-inspired holiday film high jinks.

Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759