Friday, December 9, 2011

CONTINUUM UPDATE: Production Stills

More Continuum stuff guys! Check out the new production stills!

Don't forget to LIKE the Official Facebook page for Continuum!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Continuum Update + Behind the scenes photos

If you've been following my twitter or the Continuum Facebook page you'd know that the filming of my
feature film is just about 50% done and the soundtrack creation process will be starting pretty soon. A full trailer should be done before the year is over. The expected release will be around mid to early 2012.

Here are some production stills/Behind the Scenes photos:


Production has sort of slowed down though due to snow and scheduling issues, so I'll be shooting a couple music videos on the side along with Continuum. Expect to see some music videos for Auburn, Moe Rock, Fly Henderson, That Guy Soda, Soundsick, and more in the near future!

To stay updated on Continuum, check out the facebook page, and follow my twitter!

My Film "Time Fax" Made It to the Finalists of the Cinema Out of Your Backpack Film Festival.

I don't know if you guys remember my film "Time Fax" (well the 3 minute sneak peak), but recently, Time Fax made it to the finalists of the Cinema Out of Your Backpack Film festival. Now Time Fax can officially be considered an "Official Selection of the Cinema Out of Your Backpack Film Festival." So that's cool!

Time Fax - Official 3-Minute Sneak Peak from Ben Hughes on Vimeo.

Check out Time Fax on the Cinema Out of your Backpack website!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Feature Film On The Way + AUBURN MUSIC VIDEO

Hey guys, I've been working on about 5 music videos lately, plus I'm just finishing up a script for a full length feature film I'll be making, called Continuum. Synopsis:

A new street gang is slowly rising to power in the Twin Cities, they call themselves the Faceless Assassins. They aren't your ordinary street gang. After 18 year-old Raven's best friend Josh is killed by this new gang, Raven's life goes downhill, and crime continues to rise. When Raven discovers the ability to travel through time, she realizes that she might just be able to prevent Josh's death, and prevent this gang from ever forming. However, she can't control her powers, and putting a stop to the Faceless Assassins is nearly impossible. But, with the help of an ex-cop, a physics professor, and her friends and family, she might just turn this crazy plan into a reality.

The film will be shot entirely on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera, using only the cheapest of lenses and equipment.

(While this film involves Time Travel, I promise, it is nothing like my other film Time Fax. I actually had this idea well before Time Fax)


The movie will be released early 2012. Shooting officially starts on September 2nd, 2011.


I have also recently just finished the music video for Auburn who is signed to Beluga Heights/Warner Music Group (Same label as Jason Derulo).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Long time no post! Hello! New news!

June 6, 2011 - 3:37 AM
Hey guys, I haven't been posting here in a while. I just haven't gotten around to it, haha.
Updates updates updates!

About the 48 Go Green 2011, well I didn't do too good in it. It was pretty much a waste of time, but hey, at least I got a short film done finally! Definitely not entering it next year though. They're pretty unorganized, and the whole "green" theme makes it nearly impossible to write anything good (Being the only writer who didn't get  a word down on paper until midnight didn't help). The script was OKAY, but our shooting was so badly planned and locations and actors were inconsistent, and we skipped a lot of crucial points in the script, so it ended up making the movie go from okay to bad. :/ And the audio levels clipped a lot near the end. :(

I reached 2000 subscribers (2,807 as of 6/09/11), and got plenty of music videos done for artists such as Kovan, Sam Leon, Duet Preme, Dos & Money B of Thumbs Up Ent, and Mike Dreams & Ryanne Noelle of 7th Ascent:

Music videos for Ophishal Flyboy and Persian pop sensation MOE ROCK coming soon.

I recently got an ultra rare... holographic level 87 Charizard! Not really, but I did get an ultra rare Anamorphic Lens adapter for my T2i. This thing is awesome, but SUUUPER hard to work with. You have to focus with the adapter, AND the lens that it's attached to. The Anamorphic adapter's focus ring isn't the best, and it's real easy to screw up your shot with this thing, but when you hit focus perfectly and get the lens on just right, the footage is amazing. I also purchased the ProAm DVC250 Camera Crane/Jib with a stand and external monitor. It is freaking amazing. Click HERE to see the test footage.

I also made a video "Distracted Driver Exterminator" which is a commercial that addresses the risks of distracted driving, with a little twist to it. This video was for the Minnesota Teen's Against Distracted Driving Commercial contest. My video didn't make it to the finalists, but look at the videos that did... fishy eh? I've got bigger contests to deal with such as the REAL 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT, not the 48 Go Green garbage.

Now that we're done with the old news, time for the recent stuff!

I have started location scouting for my feature film "Time & Space (working title)" that I'm going to be shooting this summer, hopefully. I have found some pretty awesome spots I must say.

Also, tomorrow (technically today, since it's 3 AM) is the kick off of the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project 2011. I like these 48 hour film festivals because they are the best at getting me off my music video making ass to make a short film. Also, since I had to pay the $140 entry fee. After I pay that fee, I can't postpone the video and HAVE to do it. I entered the 2010 48 Hour Film Project also. Check out my entry from last year! I'm pretty satisfied with it, storywise, compared to my 48 Go Green entry anyway. The real problem here was the audio levels, and the cinematography, pacing and little stupid mistakes that could have been fixed.

This year... that's all going to change. I'm not going to make the same mistakes I made with the past 48 Hour Film Projects. I'm going all out, so get ready for the best film from Ben Hughes Studios you've ever seen. (I'm going to look like a dumb-ass looking back at this post if the movie turns out to suck... lol)

That's all folks!

(P.S. The date system on my new website design is screwed up, so I'm just going to write it on the top of this post)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

48 Go Green Film Festival... UPDATES

Sorry I haven't been posting much on here in a while, I've been busy. Here's a quick update as to what's been going on with Ben Hughes Studios. A couple of months ago I reached 1000 subscribers on YouTube, weeks later I was accepted into the YouTube Partner Program. I have been shooting plenty of (too many actually) music videos, I bought the student version of the Adobe CS5 Production Premium package, and I finally made another short film! BUT, things didn't exactly go as planned for this short film, mostly as a result of poor planning and time management on my part.

The film was made for a fairly new film festival called the 48 Go Green.
The 48 Go Green film festival is a film festival in which you have to create a short film with a "green" theme in 48 hours. Doing so definitely wasn't easy. Writing, Shooting, and editing was hectic. I had no idea whatsoever on where to start with the script. I spent hours sitting there coming up with nothing. The other writer came up with a general idea, so by 1 AM, I decided to just go off that, as I was extremely low on time. By 5:00 AM, the script was finished. It wasn't exactly what I had expected or wanted, but it was a script, and that's all that mattered. By around 8:00 AM, we had half the actors gathered, and ready to shoot some scenes. Locations were nearly impossible to find. So in the end, I actually used my house for every single indoor shot in the film, but I was careful with the shot placement so you couldn't actually tell that everything was shot inside my house unless you live there. Some actors had other things to do during the day so half the cast and I spent a couple hours doing nothing and watching Inception as time slipped away. By night time we got everyone together and rushed the ending. We had to shorten down some scenes which helped explain the story a little bit more, which was definitely a problem.
Editing was another story. I barely got it in on time. I was lucky that the deadline was extended because the 48 Go Green website was down. But I made it, and the movie was finally finished. Here it is:

I'm not going to lie. I'm definitely not satisfied with the movie, but hey, at least it's a movie.

Thanks everyone who helped out with the movie. Guest starring Ophishal Flyboy!

Again, I'm going to try to make more movies as much as I can!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2010 Demo Reel! 2011 will be better!

The new year is here, which means a new beginning for Ben Hughes Studios. My videos will only get better.

I finished my 2010 Demo Reel. You can watch it in the sidebar, or click here or the link below!

I promise more short films will be coming in 2011.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Is here. Big things coming.

2010 has been a good year, but I got a lot less done than I had planned. I hope to change that this year. In 2011, I'm going to try to get one video that isn't a music video done every 2 weeks AT LEAST. I've been so caught up with music videos lately that I almost forgot what my real interest is, which is MAKING MOVIES.
So what I'm saying is, that for every music video, there is going to be a Ben Hughes Short or other video along with it.

I'm making my 2010 demo reel right now, and its looking epic.

While you're here, check out some of my unfinished videos!