My name's Alastair Tye Samson. I'm an independent filmmaker currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.

I freelance as an Online Editor and motion picture finishing nerd. I'm passionate about using Autodesk Smoke and Avid Symphony to make films, television shows, music videos and TVCs more awesome and finessed.

A feature film I produced, JAKE, is currently in release. I continue to independently develop a slate of short films and features with my collective Hybrid Motion Pictures.

This is a collection of my work, my photos, what I'm listening to and what is inspiring me.

Posts tagged with ‘film’

My 2014 48Hours film just got through to the Auckland finals and I realised that I never posted my film from last year!  PARALYSIS won Best Cinematography and made it to the Grand Finals by way of being personally picked by Sir Peter Jackson as a wild card entry.  Thanks PJ :D

Compulsory elements…

Genre: Horror
Character: Vic Meyer, insomniac
Dialogue: “Did you hear that?”
Prop: Card

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955320/

Four years ago (to the day tomorrow) we rolled cameras on our first feature film, JAKE.  Written and directed by Doug Dillaman and produced by Doug, myself and Anoushka Klaus, this has been a roller-coaster of an experience.  JAKE is completely self-funded and to describe its budget as “micro” would be too generous.  
Today we printed the final version of the film to tape.  Tomorrow it screens at the Academy Cinema to cast and crew plus some media types.  
I think the most poignant moment of watching the final version of the movie down in the various sound and picture finishing suites was seeing the number of names in the end credits.  None of them were paid a cent.   I don’t even really know how to begin expressing how grateful I am to all of them but I will do my best tomorrow at the screening.  
I’m extremely tired - this last month has been insane.  Film making is hard.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying or not doing it right.  But we did it.  JAKE exists.  And we’re not broken.   So cheers to my collaborators and cheers to the films that come next!   
It has all been worth it.  I can’t wait to do it all again.
For updates and lols as JAKE goes out into the public follow http://jakethemovie.tumblr.com 

Four years ago (to the day tomorrow) we rolled cameras on our first feature film, JAKE.  Written and directed by Doug Dillaman and produced by Doug, myself and Anoushka Klaus, this has been a roller-coaster of an experience.  JAKE is completely self-funded and to describe its budget as “micro” would be too generous.  

Today we printed the final version of the film to tape.  Tomorrow it screens at the Academy Cinema to cast and crew plus some media types.  

I think the most poignant moment of watching the final version of the movie down in the various sound and picture finishing suites was seeing the number of names in the end credits.  None of them were paid a cent.   I don’t even really know how to begin expressing how grateful I am to all of them but I will do my best tomorrow at the screening.  

I’m extremely tired - this last month has been insane.  Film making is hard.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying or not doing it right.  But we did it.  JAKE exists.  And we’re not broken.   So cheers to my collaborators and cheers to the films that come next!   

It has all been worth it.  I can’t wait to do it all again.

For updates and lols as JAKE goes out into the public follow http://jakethemovie.tumblr.com 

Pre-drinks at the AFTAs

Pre-drinks at the AFTAs

Our entry in the 2011 v48Hours furious film-making competition. 

Written, shot and edited in 48 hours.

Jodie Hillock plays Larissa, a tough-as-guts homicide detective who is as straight as an arrow. Less can be said, however, for her partner Victor played by Leighton Cardno. 

Set in a futurist present, the pair are sent on a routine enquiry which doesn’t exactly go to plan.

This year the compulsory elements were…

Genre: Mystery
Character: Bobby Young, an ex-bully
Prop: A bent bit of wire
Line: “What have you got?”
Technical element: Freeze frame ending

Back on the horse: for the last few weeks, when time permits, my film-making partner-in-crime Doug Dillaman and I have been shooting pickups for our feature film Jake. 
While I loved our time during principle photography and adored the huge cast and crew that we had, I have to admit it has been pretty fun to get back to our run-and-gun roots.

Back on the horse: for the last few weeks, when time permits, my film-making partner-in-crime Doug Dillaman and I have been shooting pickups for our feature film Jake

While I loved our time during principle photography and adored the huge cast and crew that we had, I have to admit it has been pretty fun to get back to our run-and-gun roots.

So, I watched Thor…

When my general manager sent out a mass-email inviting all staff to a 3D screening of Thor, I quickly and politely declined.  Not my thing.

Over the next few days leading up to the work-outing, I got given a lot of grief around the coffee machine (our industry’s water cooler) for being a “bit of a movie snob” and for having “weird taste” —- sigh.  

"Come on! It’s got a really high rating on IMDb!” I got told, as if that actually meant something.  Jokingly, I replied that if the movie was over 90% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com that I would come along. 

I immediately pulled out my phone to check…  

Huh.  91% fresh.  Will you look at that?  Snap.

After all that, I wouldn’t say I went into the movie wanting to hate it, exactly - I just knew it wasn’t going to be my thing.  

But then a funny thing happened. Sitting there with my 3D glasses, popcorn and frozen coke (because if I’m going to do a popcorn movie, I’m damn-well going to do a popcorn movie) I started cracking up.  At first at how bad the dialogue was - 

Dammit, Jane! You’re an astrophysicist, not a storm-chaser!

Yes, actually. 

The thing is, I kept laughing, and I get the feeling Thor was laughing with me.  The movie, that is, not the god. 

This movie knows just how camp it is (very) and it not only doesn’t give a fuck, it basks in it.  In a lot of ways, it reminded me of trashy kids action movies from the 80’s.  Masters of the Universe is an almost too obvious comparison.  It’s a ridiculous premise, but the goofy gags that come from a fish-out-of-water God on Earth are undeniably fun

To a film-maker or student, there is a lot to dislike.  The movie is littered with unmotivated dutch angles for it’s entire duration, and while the production design of Asgard wears the movie’s budget on it’s sleeve, the actual photography throughout is very, very average.  

But at the end of all that, it’s the fun that I walked out of the cinema with.  I’m really, really glad that my co-workers hassled me into going.

Maybe I should stop being such a movie snob ;)