The Making of “Worm”: A Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

I think I may have finally found my calling; a niche within the film and video production industry that I would feel most pleased to occupy. It’s making behind-the-scenes videos! I’ve done a few in the past (Automaton, String Theory, Powers Unleashed), but all of them were casual, spur-of-the-moment projects that came together from random bits and pieces of footage I happened to shoot with my small pocket camera while on the set.

This particular project has grown from a similar format to a full-fledged short documentary. We shot Worm back in May, and I originally intended to put together a 2-3 minute behind-the-scenes video montage using the footage I filmed at the auditions, rehearsals and on the set of Worm. Then, I thought that it would be nice to shoot an interview with director David Quakenbush, where he could talk about the process of making that film, from conception to production. I figured it would give the video a little bit more structure. David was happy to be interviewed and gave me a lot of great material to work with (incidentally, we shot his interview in an alley outside of the Gothic Theatre, where Powers Unleashed: The Rhoda Powers Story was about to premiere at the Denver 48-Hour Film Project Screening).

As I was editing the featurette, I realized that there was potential to turn it into a much more interesting and all-encompassing behind-the-scenes video with more interviews from cast and crew.  So, I approached Heath, Jessica, Tim and Greth, and all of them were enthusiastic and completely on-board with the idea. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to interview others, including Shay Kent, the film’s producer, although she does make an appearance in the featurette.

Since I wanted to keep the production fast and casual, I filmed the interviews with my Canon 7D in various locations over several weeks in August and September. Outdoors, indoors, basically – wherever it was convenient to meet with people and not take up too much of their time. The rest of the clips in the video are a combination of auditions and rehearsal footage that I shot with my Panasonic AG-HMC150 in David’s studio and on-set footage shot with my Canon SD780IS point-and-shoot, as well as some additional footage by Jonathan Fulton (who was a grip on the film) from his Canon T2i. So, the range of cameras and image quality was all over the place!

My friend Greth did an amazing job with the score for Worm, most of which is also used in this documentary. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way this project turned out, considering that there has been very little, if any, prior planning. Having gotten a taste of what it’s like, I’m definitely looking forward to doing more of these types of BTS videos in the future. These types of projects combine my own love of filmmaking with my long-time fascination with how films are made and things that take place on the set – little mishaps, inside jokes, problem-solving, and most importantly – the friendships that are formed. My goal with these BTS videos is to provide a small glimpse into how much fun it is to work on independent films and to connect with talented, creative and hard-working people. And hopefully, it will also give some inspiration to other aspiring filmmakers and artists to pursue their dreams and to work on more creative projects.

Worm is scheduled to premiere at the Emerging Filmmakers Project at the Bug Theatre in Denver on October 18th. If you are in the area, come check it out along with other short films by talented local filmmakers. Meanwhile, enjoy the exclusive behind-the-scenes look about the making of this quirky and twisted little thriller! And feel free to leave any comments or questions.

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  1. Alan August September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Great job.

    You could also do promo videos to fundraise for films–and even ask for a percentage of the money raised.

    • Vadim September 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks Alan! That might definitely be something worth looking into.

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