Wednesday, December 25, 2019

THE GREATEST SHOW: Holiday Music Video 2019!


My wife and I have made a few music video's for various holidays as gifts for people over the years.  So as we neared the 2019 Winter Holiday Season - she began to write a treatment for a new Christmas themed one.  In the past most of the videos that we have done have been either for her side of the family or for mine.  For this one she was pushing to be more ambitious.  This one would be for both, which means that we would invite all of our siblings to get involved.  On paper this sounds great but aside from her brother, none of our other siblings live close enough to come and shoot here with us.  So everything would have to be shot at their respective locations and then sent to us.  So that is what we did.  The shoots spanned over the course of the next 2 months in California (Glendale and Sherman Oaks), Illinois (Metamora, Germantown Hills, and Peoria Heights), and Oregon (Portland).  Overall we ended up with around 5 hours of raw material for a song that is slightly over 5 minutes.  Which means a lot of things ended up on the cutting room floor.  So I hope to pull together some sort of behind-the-scenes/deleted material montage at some point.  Stay tuned for more on that, if all goes well.  Post-Production took place in Los Angeles and the final music video was locked 2 days before we traveled to Illinois for the Holidays.  Just in time!

Check it out HERE!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019: Total SCREAM Music Video!

With all of the other projects going on this year I wasn't sure if I would get around to digging into the archives for a Halloween clip.  Luckily, that did not end up being the case!  This years clip comes from the fake "Ad Campaign" for our incomplete Scream Fan Film - in the form of a music video.  If you look closely, a few flashes of old  material reveals our original title and the bare bones version of the costume as well.  It also features a lot of early scenes that were shot that probably never would have made it into the final movie.  Not because they were bad scenes.  Just because we improved in our film making and writing as production progressed.  They certainly gave us some fun highlight bites to use though!

This video was shot and partially edited early in production of the movie (sometime in early 1997) but finished sometime in 1999 as production was coming to a halt.  We actually ended up shooting another video altogether later on for this song - will have to track that down and post it as well if/when I find it.  This one features Heath Adams performing the song "What About Us" by the band Total with Brandon Zimmerman playing a very early incantation of our Ghostface costume.  I'm not sure where we found the song or why it became a "promotional track" but it mattered enough that we shot 2 versions of the music video.  Happy Halloween 2019!

Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

10/8/16: DOCUMENTARY Bluray Details


After over 3 years of work on this project (4 if you count the PROLOGUE) it is finally coming to a close!  It features more content for a Wedding than I ever fathomed could/should exist.  This is a project that most likely will never be fully viewed by anyone but its creator (Myself, haha).  It has been lingering on my subconscious through 2 other Wedding Documentaries, countless TV shows, and several short music video projects.  While it may have stressed me out on more than one occasion, I still don't regret going all out with it.  I definitely went overboard with the Bonus Content.  We just had so much footage leading up to, on the day, and on our Honeymoon (2 Years Later).  I just wanted to give it the proper respect I felt it deserved.  See details and Specs below:

DOCUMENTARIES: 

10/8/16: "THE DAY WE GOT MARRIED" DOCUMENTARY (117 Minutes)
"MISHI & ZIM’S EUROPEAN HONEYMOON" DOCUMENTARY (165 Minutes)

THE REELS:
10/8/16: THE REEL 

MISHI & ZIM’S EUROPEAN HONEYMOON: THE REEL

A few early but complete cuts of Alternate Reels have also been included: "Our Wedding In Twin Peaks", "Death Wolf" (Alt. Rock Version), "Life Is A Song" (Our O.C. Homage that never was!), and also a short experimental version of the Honeymoon Reel to the tune of "Paper Planes!"

BONUS MATERIAL: 

PROLOGUE: THE YEAR BEFORE (A First-Hand Account of the Making of the Wedding Via the Bride and Groom spanning from September 26, 2015 to October 7, 2016), VIRTUAL BRIDAL SHOWER (Co-Produced by JTZ Productions), A BACHELORETTE PARTY Glimpse, A BACHELOR PARTY Glimpse, THE FIRST DANCE: Behind-the-Scenes Montage, THE LAST ELEVEN DAYS: EXTENDED DOC, DESIGN & DECOR BUILDING VIGNETTES: Save the Dates/Bridal Party Requests, Welcome Sign, Gift Box, Table Numbers and Frames.  Art & Design Reel, “PICTURES OF PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES” Reel (A Montage of the Documentarian's), PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES: “David & Michelle: Grow Up” (Cocktail Hour Photo Montage), HALLOWEEN 5: The First Five Years (Standard & Instrumental Versions), Engagement Photo Montage, and HALLOWEEN X: The Next Fives Years, 23 DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES, A MINI-MOON: MINI-DOC, and THE EPILOGUE: RETURNING TO THE L.A.

Also included are several TRAILERS: 10/8/16: STANDARD BLURAY TEASER, 10/8/16: UNRELEASED DIRECTOR TEASER, THE BRIDE OR THE GROOM? By JTZ, THE HONEYMOON DOCUMENTARY TEASER, and SPRING 2019: IV TEASER (Our 2018 Baby Reveal)

Overall it clocks in at somewhere around 600 Minutes of total produced content spanning three 50gb Blu-ray Discs.  Similar to many of my "releases" it isn't really a release but more of "marking" of the projects finalization.  It was a lot to handle at times but I'm very happy with the end result!

Monday, October 7, 2019

THE BIRCH

Check out the trailer for a new short-form show from Crypt TV - THE BIRCH!  Coming to Facebook Watch on October 11!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

9/22/18: KAYLA & BRANDON WEDDING HIGHLIGHT REEL

Exactly one year ago today my brother got married.  This is the story of that day...watch HERE!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Baby Lord Of The Dance: Behind-the-Scenes

https://youtu.be/KIKS9LXcfz0
A few months ago we "released" a music video of my newborn baby "dancing" to a track from Lord of the Dance, which you can still view HERE.  We made it as a late Mother's Day/Early Father's Day gift for the Grandparents.  It was shot over the course of 3 nights in June and "released" soon thereafter.  I have just recently cut together a Behind-the-Scenes glimpse for it, which can now be viewed HERE!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

8/18/18: Lydia & Connor Wedding Highlight Reel

We didn't plan on making a highlight reel for this Wedding but since we ended up shooting so much, it didn't make sense not to.  An extended Documentary version is in the works and will be released as Volume 7 in the Zim Home Video Wedding Collection later this year.  Photo above by Mishi Reyes.  Happy Anniversary Lydia + Connor!  Check out the trailer and then watch the highlight Reel HERE!


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Music from THE DAY WE GOT MARRIED (Soundtrack)

The long gestating soundtrack for our Wedding Documentary has finally been unveiled!  I was hoping to make a Spotify playlist to coincide with this post but several of the specific versions of the tracks are not available to stream at this time.  Our Wedding Day was packed with music that was meticulously planned throughout the day.  It was definitely tough to pare it down to fit on to a single disc.  Overall, I feel like this track list gives a good representation of the days musical tone.  See track listing below:


1.  The One Moment - OK GO
2.  A Field of Birds [Live] - The Tallest Man On Earth
3.  Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection
4. You Spin Me 'Round - Dead or Alive
5.  Killer Queen - Queen
6.  Clever Love - Angels & Airwaves
7.  Girls - The Beastie Boys
8.  Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
9.  How Long Will I Love You - Ben Coleman, Jon Boden, and Sam Sweeney
10. Shopgirl - Barrington Pheloung
11. Fourth Time Around [Live] - Bob Dylan
12. La Donna É Mobile - Luciano Pavarotti
13. Chick Habit - An April March
14. The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
15.  Grindhouse - Robert Rodriguez
16. The Laendler Worries of Trouble While Falling In Love [Young Greatness Mix] - Irwin Kostal, Royal Crown Revue, Patrick Hoban, Stevie Wonder, and The White Stripes
17. Shining Star - Earth, Wind and Fire
18. Jump - Van Halen
19. Time Of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
20. Underneath the Stars - The Cure
21. Fly Me To The Moon - Bobby Womack

Friday, June 14, 2019

Baby Lord Of The Dance

After discovering that my 6 week old baby loves dancing to Irish Dance music.  We decided to construct a little music video/dance performance video, as a late Mother's Day/Early Father's Day gift to our parents.  Check it out Here!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

LOGO BEHIND-THE-SCENES: PART IV (Z3 FILMS)

The fourth and final entry in this series of logo creation behind-the-scenes vignettes is the Z3 FILMS logo.  It went through several variations over the years but the four below were used the most.
Oddly enough the original "Z3" logo plate was drawn using the spray-paint brush in Microsoft Paint. It was then superimposed on top of a fiery video plate from one my first movies, The Battle of Yorktown (1994).  I used it this way, without any additional text, for several years.  Then in the early 2000's Levi Obery added the additional "FILMS productions" text to it to be used at the top of Halloween: Haddonfield Revisited (2002), and then updated and removed the "productions" part of the title for The Only Way (2004).  I would sometimes alter the colors or speed depending on the project but overall it stayed mostly the same.  I haven't needed a new logo for anything lately (since I've mostly been working in post-production for TV) but potential ideas have been creeping into my mind for years.  So after my Wedding in October 2016 - I decided to finally push through and create a new logo, for my Wedding Documentary, and for future projects.
DEVELOPMENT/PRE-PRODUCTION:  This new logo went through several iterations. My original plan was to rework the original Z3 animation with new "Films" text added.  After much experimentation I realized that this was not enough of an upgrade considering the master footage was from VHS.  So I decided to start from scratch.

PRODUCTION PART I: I used the original "Z3" logo as the basis by creating a stencil using a print out.  Then I traced it onto the back of a black canvas.  I then lit it up and animated the logo ripping through the canvas frame by frame.  Then I added some practical smoke to it (a.k.a. baby powder) for a little ambience and moved the light around behind the cut out a bit to give myself some additional options.  It was a very low budget and practical-based process but it did the trick.

PRODUCTION PART II/POST-PRODUCTION: The second part took much longer and much more experimentation.  I began to paint, sketch, and experiment with digital text for options of the "FILMS" element.  Several different versions were combined with the animated background logo plate to see which one was the best.  Eventually, after several months (maybe years) of work, I settled on my favorite and a new Z3 FILMS Logo was born (see below)!  Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the process HERE!