Film School: First Cinematography Dailies

YouTube Preview ImageThis quarter I’m enjoying a hilariously fun course in cinematography with 15 of the coolest peeps around. About a week ago, we shot our first 16mm footage on the Arri S camera, and a few days ago got to take a gander at our work. While watching the projection, my classmate and friend Pablo Velazquez-Martin recorded the projection with his phone and cut together this very fun little video of all our pieces. Hilarity ensues. Enjoy!


Short Film: Bring It On Down

Adapted from my poem “Bring It On Down”

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This was shot in about 12 hours in two locations. It’s an adaptation and interpretation of my poem by the same name, which won second place in the 2013 writing competition at Santiago Canyon College.

Isa Espy, as “The Girl”
Dani Jae, as “The Mother”
Dan Belzer, as “The Father”

Written, Directed & Edited by Jason G. Ward
Assistant Director: Thientam Nguyen
Art Director: Kelley Frisby
Director of Photography: Charlie Wang
“Stuck” Composed and Performed by Nerris Nassiri
Special Thanks to: Fabian Wagminster, Sam Icklow and Bill Barminski
Filmed entirely at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Shooting “Bring It On Down”

UCLA Short film Bring It On Down
Left to Right: Dani Jae, Isa Espy, Charlie Wang, Kelley Frisby, Jason Ward, Dan Belzer

Today was the first of what I hope will be many great experiences at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television: I shot my first original short film without supervision. That isn’t to say I didn’t have help, however. I owe a great deal to the efforts of Charlie Wang, my Director of Photography; Thientam Nguyen, my Assistant Director, Kelley Frisby, my Art Director, Nerris Nassiri, my Score Composer, as well as my incomparably talented cast: Isa Espy, Dani Jae and Dan Belzer. But with all the thanks out of the way, I bet you’re wondering: what was the experience like? Head on past the jump for the full(ish) story.

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Bring It On Down Set Photos

And the set photos, of course :)

Getting Ready!Cast and Crew (mostly) get dangerousCast and Crew Beat the TimerStill didn't beat the timer!The Timer Won :PGetting Experimental
Illumi-naughty!Abuse by BrushTorn up!Things get seriousThis shot's gonna hurtShooting the Pattern
From Mother to DaughterDown for the Count?Ready to FallDaughter like MotherDown she goesSetting up for the shot

Bring It On Down Set Photos, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
These are from a new short I wrote and directed. Included in my amazing cast and crew were:

Thientam Nguyen, Assistant Director
Charlie Wang, Director of Photography
Kelley Frisby, Art Director
Dan Belzer, “The Father”
Dani Jae, “The Mother”
Isa Espy, “The Girl”

And special thanks to Sam Icklow for making sure we had access to the sets and equipment we needed to make this happen.

All the Fun…None of the Poop!

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