DEEP PLAYA SUNRISE – A BURNING MAN EXPERIENCE {SHORT FILM}

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SO WE MADE A FILM AT BURNIGN MAN 
What started out as a short narrative about a man with profound hearing loss searching for hearing aid batteries at Burning Man, took shape into a much more complicated version of intimacy between our two main characters.
We wanted to tell a story about a relatable festival experience, those intimate moments when you meet a special stranger and peel away into the darkness, getting lost together. We wanted to capture that feeling, that magic.

If you’ve ever been to Burning Man or similar festivals and had that experience, then you know about this feeling. If you haven’t, well, it’s kind of…incredible. And certainly worth pursuing.

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SO YOU WANT TO MAKE A FILM AT BURNING MAN?

Here are a few tips before buying a low light camera and jet setting to the Playa.

1.     You are uninsurable.

Our insurance bid was volleyed back and forth like an office joke and after a few weeks of dead ends and a dozen rejections, we gave up the goal of basic liability.  Our workaround, my girlfriend lent me a  $1000 to rent a camper to lock up our gear, we had a semi strict no drinking policy on set (a few people were sent home) and we tried our best to keep our actors away from sharp objects, things that blew fire or mutant art cars that could flatten them instantly.

2.     You crew will form a mutiny.

It’s amazing what baking in the sun all day and the onset of hunger and dehydration will do to your spirits. We had a meltdown and full production collapse on the first day of principal photography (we only shot 4 days).   The moral of the story, craft services, plenty of water, and someplace cool to sleep goes a long way.

3.     Your actors will disappear.

       We had a full night shoot planned after a grueling morning, one of our actors went to her camp for a nap and never came back. In her defense she had a dead walki-talki and there was a miscommunication on where to meet, hey it’s Burning Man.   Our solution, we used a stand-in and put her in the wardrobe and got the shots we needed.

4.     The Playa will consume everything.
We came the year of unprecedented sand storms. We had to push filming from 4 days to seven days as complete whiteouts, kept us locked in our camps.   The storms shredded my yurt and all my personal items were strewn across the camp like a flea market.  Our Sony low light camera had extensive damage despite a Costco crate full of dust-off and a strict no-lenses-swap regime, and we managed to lose 11 out of 12 walki-talkis but we did end up finding our actress.

We learned filmmaking is difficult, the difficulty is compounded when your project is in the “Spirit of Burning Man” aka – NO  PAY and even the most simple of stories will take a year of your life and plenty of reshoots to make cohesive. But in the end, it will all be worth it, at least we think so.

We hope you like our gift to the Playa. See ya out there.

Produced by Staving Heartist Films & Sights and Sounds Media House
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This film was created with the donated work of the following people
CAST
CHRIS HOLZ TEMPLETON
RACHEL EMMA PRINGLE UNICORN
JOHN HALCYON STYN AS HIMSELF
LUA FEBOLI SINGER
JULIE LAERKHOLM FIRE SPINNER
UNICORN STAND IN ALLISON WEST
CHARLIE UNICORN DJ DIVA DANIELLE

CREW
WRITER/ DIRECTOR JOSH YEO
DIR. OF PHOTOGRAPHY DILLON SCHROER

1ST UNIT CAMERA OP SETH BUNTING
2ND UNIT DP CHRISTOPHER PITCHER
2ND CAMERA OP GALEN OAKES
UNIT PROJECT MANAGER ARIN AMSLER
DRONE OPERATOR JOSH YEO

1ST AD DUSTIN PUTTUCK
1ST AC QUINN STARR
2ND AD ANNA KRUER
ART DIRECTION KRIS KISH
PROPS AND WARDROBE ARIN AMSLER
BTS PHOTOGRAPHY DAVIDE DE MASI
ADDTL PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEl BEACH

3RD UNIT DP (SCENES) JOSH YEO
3RD UNIT 1ST AC BRIAN MCALLISTER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JOSH YEO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SETH BUNTING

CO PRODUCER CHRISTOPHER PITCHER
CO PRODUCER ARIN AMSLER
CO PRODUCER KRIS KISH
LINE PRODUCER ANNA KRUER
ASSOC. PRODUCER EMILY GAGEN

EDITING JOSH YEO
ADDTL EDITING SETH BUNTING
ADDTL EDITING BRYAN BIGLER

OUR MUSIC PlAYLIST
STEVE GIBBS – ADRIFT
ZOETROPE- KING OF THE MOUNTAINS
LIGHTS AND MOTION – SILVER LINING
LUKE HOWARD – THE END
ODESZA – IPLAYYOULISTEN

TRANSPORT (SOLAR BEATS)
TAD SNYDER
BIANCA BERGER

SPECIAL THANKS
EMILY GAGEN
MICHAEL BAILEY
ANITA BAILEY
WILSON LING

About Dustin Hollywood

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