Ragnarock’s Cabin is now Online!
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Kevin Straw films is pleased to announce that our first feature length film “Ragnarock’s Cabin” is now available on Viemo On-Demand Service! A Comedy Thriller about a newly-wed couple’s ruined honeymoon when their remote romantic cabin retreat is crashed by a gang of rowdy friends. To make matters worse someone out there is killing off the cottage goers, one by one; and the most likely mastermind for these misdeeds – A Blue Puppet? Ragnarock’s Cabin includes all the classic thriller elements and even some new twists, but hilariously put together with a cast of characters that are more interested in having fun then finding the bodies. Film in Canada by Kevin Straw Films

Masnesia Teaser and Casting Call!
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KSF next Feature Length Production is taking us the that nearby solar neighbor, Mars! Marnesia is a sci-fi drama about a lone astronaut’s struggles on the surface of Mars.   Watch the Teaser Now   Filming is expected to start in March and take place evenings and weekends are we are starting our Casting call as we have to get costumes fitted for the actors.   CASTING CALL: Non-Union Volunteer – Please Indicate Interest with email to film@hayphoto.ca with the Subject “Mars – ROLE – Your Name” and include a recent photo [Please keep the size reasonable] and a link to your Demo reel if possible. Slides will be sent out and a video audition will be required for initial screening of Candidates with a follow-up Physical Audition of those short-listed in Late January/Early Feb.   SAM (LEAD) – Sole Surviving Member of an expedition to Mars, waking up on the planet in a crashed Capsule, he is suffering from Retrograde Amnesia and doesn’t even know he is the sole person within 225 Million Miles! Adult Male – Good Physical Shape ~28-45   JACKIE (Co-Star) – Is she an alien or a figment of Sam’s troubled mind? Adult Female – Average to Thin   JACKIE YOUTH (Supporting) – A younger version of Jackie, this is Sam’s Daughter. Female Youth – Average to Thin – Will Match looks to Adult Jackie.   TOM (Supporting) – Tom didn’t make it to Mars, well not Alive, so he slowly stinking up the place, […]

Webseries Research: Part II

In Webseries Research: Part I, the discussion was about the length of each episode, in Part II its about the various elements between episodes, specifically Intos/Credits/Cliffhangers and overall proper Season Arcs.   Intros/Credits   The Guild is the most popular and well known web-series in existence at this time. And is a good example of what to do for a web-series. The episodes are in that sweet spot of around 5 minutes of story content per episode. However if you look at the overall length of each video its around 6-6.5 minutes as there is the intro (20 seconds) and credits (25 seconds). Which makes up around 11% of the viewing experience. This would seem to be the longest I would suggest (10% viewing) from my experience, if we go back to “The Inspector” for a comparison its 1.75 minutes of intro and credits each episode, and given that the episodes are shorter in season 1, you are talking ~40% of each episode isn’t story content. What ends up happening is you find yourself skipping from episode to episode jumping over the credits cause they take forever… a viewer shouldn’t have to do that, just sit back and relax and watch all the episodes.   Cliffhangers   There are, in my humble opinion, 2 types in webseries; the intentional cliffhanger and the time-forced ones. Both are very similar and found almost at the end of each episode in a web-series, a hook to keep you wanting to come back to […]

Webseries Research: Part I

In 2014 its our hope that we start a web-series or two; and reduce our short-film productions. The reason behind this is simply, we love making films, and short films are nice when you want to try something out, but they are unfortunately short lived (no pun intended). So to that end I watched several web-series to learn and decompose what makes them good, what makes them bad. Although each had its various charms and quirks one area I noted really defined a web-series was time; the length of each episode.   Original thinking of Web Series timing was based on successful YouTube videos of 3-5 minutes. However its hard to tell a continuation story (series which builds on previous episodes) in only 3-5minutes, so eventually episodes in later seasons got longer and longer. Now a days it seems some episodes in web series go upwards of 45 minutes (a normal TV episode); this I feel is too long to be consider a “web-series” in its pure form.   In the end It was found that most successful webseries tend to end up playing just over 5 minutes of story each episode (story is plot vs intro and outro credits, but more on that later). Reason it seems 5 minutes is the shortest an episode plays is that any shorter and you’re basically splitting the story into too many sub-episodes that end up getting interrupted by “next video” without really moving the plot forward. A GREAT example of this a […]

Snow Wars – Short Film
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Here is my holiday special. This short is about a very troubled woman and her appeasement for Snow Men; which is fine until people start talking about sending her away and then the snow men strike back!   All in all its pretty silly murder-humor, with only a quirky title that allows for endless puns on set…   I hope you watch and enjoy.

Marsnasia
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So…   HayPhoto.ca Film Productions in Association with Kevin Straw films has started pre-production work on the feature film… Marsnasia (or Marsasia – still working on how to spell that exactly). Now you may be wondering what the film is about, well I’ll give you a hint for now… it happens on Mars   Stay Tuned as Casting Calls and Crew Calls etc will hopefully be out by year’s end.   Best!   KS

THE KEY – Digi60 2013 Film Festival
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A Short Film we made for Ottawa’s Annual Digi60 Film Festival   Its a very abstract film about a young homeless girl named Samantha and her search for the Key to a Door Way of Discovery.

Nook – Season 1
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Made originally for the SPARTA film challenge this is the first season of NOOK (episodes 1-3) which follows the story of a Young Half-Elf who although banished decides to fight for the Kingdom of Nook against the Three evil Witches.  

Ragnarock’s Cabin – Indiegogo Campaign
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Head over to Indiegogo and help fund our First Feature, Ragnarock’s Cabin! SYNOPSIS What was to suppose to be a quiet honeymoon retreat suddenly goes south for Mel and Dan as they find their picture perfect cottage, well not so picture perfect after all. To make matters worse once they get the place cleaned up a group of friends return (return!?!) to find the newlywed couple in THEIR cottage. Apparently the cottage has been a double booked and with neither side willing to leave they tough it out for the night, but in the morning things go from bad to worse as people start disappearing and then bodies start piling up and everyone accuses everyone else of being responsible! When will the madness end? Who is the killer? And what does that blue puppet have to do will all of this? This is ‘Ragnarock’s Cabin’, a independent Dark Comedy Thriller filming in Canada this fall! Who is HPFP? And why are you guys making a movie? HayPhoto.ca Film Productions is a Ottawa Based independent film group who likes to make movies. We have produced/work-on/supported over a two dozen short films and assisted on several features. So we decided, why not make our own? Now you might be saying “Hey! $4000 isn’t a lot to make a movie!” And your right! However, we already have a benefactor who is providing to us with a stat-of-the-are camera, a Sony NEX-FS700, and supporting lighting and sound gear; which is generally a major cost […]

BTS – Nook @ Sparks Street
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What’s an Elf, a Witch and HPFP’s camera crew doing on Spark’s Street you ask? Why they are filming Nook a Sparta Short Film/Web-series about an elf who just takes on all the world’s problems… And makes them worse. We were lucky to get Jennifer Stanhope to take some BTS shots of us on our final day of shooting for the Sparta film challenge! Poor Patrick, we worked him so hard he had to take a nap… J/K, but will his Elfish character make it? Join us at the Mayfair August 25th 2013 at 11:30am to find out!