Sunday, October 20, 2013

No Love Lost: A 48 Hour Film

     On August 2nd, 2013 Evanture Films drew a genre from a hat at Regal Cinemas for the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival. The 48 Hour Film Festival travels the world looking for filmmakers to make the best films they can in only 2 days.
      I drew Romance and we had 48 hours to make a 4 - 7 minute film. They assigned a line, a prop, and a character that we had to use, and this year L.A. beat the record for the most groups to participate in a 48 hour film festival with over 130.

      We were assigned to use the character Ed or Elly Marie, the line "I don't care, you decide," and the prop was a wrapped gift.

     This was my second 48 hour film festival, but my first time participating in it as a director/producer. I along with the cinematographer wrote the script that night. We decided instead of doing a cliche romance we decided to take a chance and go for an action romance.

      The next day after having about 2 hours of sleep we woke up early and "literally" all day, that night the cinematographer edited the film and I worked on the special effects. It would've been great if we had a sound mixer, but overall this was a great challenge and experience.  The day of submitting it we were extremely lucky to have an excellent musician compile an original score for the film that really took it to the next level.

     "In this unique action romance film, Brian & Ellie are a couple that work for a newspaper company. Brian is Ellie's boss who has secretly been working with Senator Tanner. As Ellie, an investigative journalist, begins to write about the Senator's corrupt actions, Tanner sends a hitman to silence the young couple."

Here's the link to the film.

Here's a link to the IMDb page and we would greatly appreciate it if you rated it on IMDb.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Last Hit

This October, the production of an Evanture Film, The Last Hit, will begin. It will be submitted to the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014!

A Hitman who has fallen in love comes to the point where he must choose between Sonny (a mob leader) and Janie (his girlfriend). Things become even more complicated when Sonny assigns him his "Last Hit."

Things don't go as smooth as usual when another gang has a hit on the same person, and Sonny's gang starts to see the Hitman as a possible loose end. With everyone seemingly against him he must try and make it out of the mob in one piece.

    Evanture Films TM

Coming Soon
Written & Directed by Evan Morton
Director of Photography: Aaron Whitney

Production-October 2013
Post Production-December 2013
Official Release-2014

Monday, August 12, 2013

Evanture Films on the Rise

Evanture Films recently completed the short film Neighborhood Watch and has submitted it into upcoming film festivals.

Neighborhood Watch is a movie where a writer's story comes to life as Mr. Whitterman's house is robbed and he hires a young detective, who has nothing more than a hunch on how to catch the robbers.

Click below to view Neighborhood Watch's trailer

Neighborhood Watch Teaser

Here's another link, this one is to Neighborhood Watch's IMDB page

More Recently Evanture Films has participated in the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival, in which they had 48 hours to create a short film.

Evanture Films created No Love Lost

No Love Lost

This movie is about a relationship between Ellie and Brian, Ellie is a journalist and Brian is the owner of the newspaper press. Brian tries to protect Ellie from exploiting someone he had a secret alignment with, Senator Tanner. Ellie goes too far in her writing and both Brian and Ellie become targeted by Tanner's hitman in this Romantic Action Film!

Click the Link below to see the Teaser to No Love Lost

No Love Lost Teaser

Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Festival 2013

We had to use as a prop: a wrapped gift
We had to use as a character: a journalist Elly or Ed
We had to use the line: "I don't care, you decide"

We had 48 hours to write, film, edit, and submit a short film (4-7 min)

Behind the Scenes

Originally when I chose Romance out of the hat my DP and I were 50/50 on choosing another genre from the second hat, but then there would be a chance of getting stuck with operetta, in which every line would have to be sung.

(Short Gist)
I came up with the idea to do a Romance action and then the DP and I wrote a script, got 3 hours of sleep and then filmed all day on Saturday and stayed up all night editing and on Sunday we had some amazing music done by our friend Danny.

I was very happy to have so much help from my friend Rachel, she really helped with casting and letting us film & meet at her house for the movie. She did a wonderful job casting and acting as well. She really helped out so much and we were very thankful to have had her on our team.

I was very happy with how everything went when we were shooting on Saturday, the actors and crew did a wonderful job working together and time management was used very effectively during the production.

We were really glad to film at Tara Bar & Grill, we weren't the only team to film there, just the best :) We greatly appreciated their hospitality and were very happy to use there location/business in our film.

My friend Ian really stepped up and helped us out to the best of his abilities all day on Saturday and really can't express how much we all appreciated that.

This was definitely the hardest part, trying to go through a whole days worth of footage in one night, label it all, do a strait-cut, get the music done, lock up the effects, double check credits and titles, and we need to make sure we have all of the paper work ready to submit as well. We got this all done and we are looking forward to the screening.

Wow so much happened in 48 hours, and we submitted our film to IMDB so No Love Lost will be there very soon.

Friday, August 9, 2013

How I Am Lucky to be ALIVE

      I've been riding my motorcycle for 8 months now, and it's really been an amazing experience to say the least. Going for beautiful rides up the coast, feeling the breeze in the air, lane splitting between cars, but I learned an important lesson.

      "It's not if you fall, it's when you fall." Yesterday I was the day that I fell…

        I was riding with a buddy of mine up skaggs/Lake Sonoma and this is a windy road with a lot of twists and turns. My bike is a little 2009 rebel 250 and sometimes when I would go too fast around curves I would scratch the foot pegs from leaning too much. My buddy had a larger bike than I did and it was more suited for those types of turns, but it was my fault for going too fast with my bike around the bend and I shouldn't have tried to push it that hard.

      Around one of the longer turns I was (going 55mph) trying to lean the bike without scratching the peg and I felt the bike/tires lost traction, then I began to feel the bike slide under. 

     The bike and I fell on my right side and skidded about 15 feet, things happened so fast, in a matter of seconds my life flashed before my eyes.

     The next thing you know I'm on the ground with a torn up jacket, torn up jeans, and I'm very shook up. I limped over to my bike and began to squeeze the horn and my buddy came back for me.

     He took a look at me, we took off my helmet and jacket and there was abrasions on my arm (elbow), my hip, my knee, and a little bit on my ankle. I thought, and my friend told me, that I was not only lucky to be alive, but that my bike wasn't too damaged as well. 

     My friend waved down a trucker and he gave me antiseptic and my buddy patched me up pretty well. Living about an hour away from where this all took place, I got back on my bike with torn up clothes and a little bloody and I rode back home.

     I went home and called the doctor's office and they said if I could walk that I could just come into the doctors the next day, which was today. I came in, and you guys should be happy I didn't take pictures of what it looked like in there, it was nasty.

      A hole in my elbow and a patch of flesh on my hip, but they cleaned it up and as long as nothing gets infected and I take my antibiotics and pain medication I should be ok with some scars. The doctor said if I came into ER yesterday they would've stitched my elbow up, but it's too late for that now.

    At the end of the day, I am very luck to be alive. This jacket saved my shoulder which had no damage what so ever. My neck and back were/are completely fine. I wouldn't want to imagine what I would've broken and gotten torn up without this jacket. Good chance I wouldn't have a right arm.

     I was also lucky to not have hurt my leg too bad, because I was just wearing jeans. They got torn up and my knee has a little abrasion and is swollen, but my elbow and hip took most of the blow.

      The trucker was kidding around and said "good thing you wore underwear today," because my pants were torn, I had a delayed laugh.

     I learned an important lesson and that's no matter how much someone loves adrenaline it's better to go easy on the gas and have a long smooth ride, "the ride of life," than to have a fast short ride with a disastrous ending.

    I have so much to live for, I'm only 20, and I'm on the way to becoming the filmmaker I dream to be. Nothing will get in my way for my passion in film will outweigh/out-power anything or anyone that comes my way.

      One more thing to look at is the steel toe boots I wore, they were torn down so you can actually see the steel. Good thing I wore these because my foot could've gotten crushed by the weight of the bike falling on it, worse case scenario would be a shattered foot which could mean losing it… But thankfully I always wear those steel toe boots.

      So I made it out of the doctor's today, and should recover quite well. I am so thankful to be alive, I love all of my friends and family so much, all of there support means so much to me. I have so much to live for, such a wonderful future ahead of me to strive for, and so much left to prove to the world.

      As I've said for sometime now, "sand only falls from the hourglass, it never rises and that's why every grain of sand count." 

      In other words life is short, live it to the fullest, don't forget those who have helped you become who you are or will be, and live life with love and you shall love the life you live.

     Hope this story connected with some of you, and it shows how quick something could happen to change one's perspective on life. Never take anyone or anything for granted, especially life it self.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

La Liga Urbana: Street Soccer

La Liga Urbana is an organized street soccer league that hosts 5 on 5 pick up games. It started in Southern California and has worked it's way up to Northern California. They are trying to build a soccer community, they want this league to grow city from city. Eventually it will become large enough to host tournaments, gain sponsors, and have cup/cash prizes.

Here is the 1st video of La Liga Urbana in Northern California.

(Select 1080 HD for the highest quality)

Feel free to share this video with friends by posting it on Facebook or any other social network you use because we are trying to get as many views as possible.

Here's the link to the La Liga Urbana's youtube page, which has videos from Southern California as well and more videos are on the way!

Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoyed the video and we're looking forward to expanding not only this league, but the sport of soccer itself.