Demo Reel

May 31, 2010

Hi –

Just wanted to let you know that my Demo Reel has been completed and is available for viewing on youtube. Just google Susan Rodgers Demo Reel 2010 and it’ll pop right up.

Happy viewing!



The Waiting Game and Zumba

May 20, 2010


Just killing some time while video imports into Avid for my Demo Reel…I figured it was time to create a demo reel, since I actually now have some product to include. So stay tuned – I’ll post a link on my website and upload it to youtube. That being said…hmmm…I actually need to update my website. Lots has been happening so I might as well fill y’all in as well. Although at the same time…I’m not a lot closer to making any of those Features…but I know that takes time. I am hearing some rumblings that an Exec Producer may be coming on board – but I haven’t chosen a project yet. I suppose if you’re going to live and breathe a movie production for the next few years, you ought to pick one you love. My personal favorite is the hockey movie, although of course it needs umpteen thousand rewrites and a super duper story editor. But those characters are my favorites. I’d be curious to know which project intrigues you the most…feel free to leave a comment.

Okay, well, the laaaassstttt file is now being imported into Avid, so I will soon be off to happily edit. Need to practice on Avid lots cause you never know when a job opportunity will pop up, and I’m a basic picture editor at this point. As a matter of fact, I’m stalled on my drumming doc until I can hire a more advanced editor to help me finish (sorry, if you’ve been waiting for it, but I’ve been working on that project entirely alone and it’s only healthy to involve some type of collaboration). I could use an investor (do I mention this in every blog post? What’s wrong with me – I feel like I am becoming a beggar!). But seriously folks, the doc is looking beautiful…but it will take a bit to get it finished. A bit of money (manna from the heavens, anyone?) and a more experienced editor. Sorry if I am beating a dead horse here via repetition.

What else is going on in life? (Seeing as the import is only at 24%) Well…went to the gym last night. Was a good workout. Went there instead of to Zumba because my little baby sister had hurt her back and so needed to be cautious about exercising. The gym is more selective than Zumba, cause like at Zumba the music carries you away into that magnificent realm of jumping and dancing and that whole out of body endorphiny experience, and you, uh, forget yourself. I can imagine what I would look like on camera flailing around at Zumba. Ha! Arms waving, trying to bend over to do that shaky shoulder thingy…must be hilarious. But at Zumba you don’t care in the moment because all of us look that ridiculous. Except Krista, the FitChic in charge – she’s got rhythmn, so if we all pretend we can dance like her, we get through the class! Music…gets you Zumba-ing, your heart pumping, helps you feel better. That explains why I always feel I must add powerful songs to film, or spend some time choosing instrumental music. Some Directors disagree, and think that music detracts from the film experience. Not so me – as a matter of fact, what was it I watched the other day, and the music just didn’t suit, it was terrible…well, I’d best not say but in fact it almost made me want to turn off the film. It was that unsuitable. Details, people, details. The score DOES matter. Thanks to local band Lazy jacks for allowing me to use one of their songs in Dreamers – it works beautifully. BTW, did you know that SCOURCE is a word? If I remember correctly, scource is the name for a song that starts in the film, say on the radio in a scene, then, turns into full-out SCORE. Think Tiny Dancer in one of the bus scenes in Almost Famous. (LOVE that film. Cameron Crowe rocks!).

OK the import is at 95%, so I will sign off and say so long. Go watch something and pay special attention to the score – would love to hear your thoughts on this, too.

s’long –


PS I started watching Glee, and I like the show, but I have to admit that the covers sometimes seem to be a concession – wouldn’t original music be better? Think Fame…ok, so I’m dating myself, but that was one of the strengths of the original Fame film and tv series. Also, there’s gotta be a better way than playing entirely the pre-recorded versions of each song. The lip synching is kinda cheesy and doesn’t really work. It’s like the Producers are compromising picture for sound. I agree that sound is of utmost importance, 70% of a film, but in this case it detracts from the story. Just a thought. Couldn’t help myself. Cheers.

Faith and Potatoes

May 18, 2010

Hiya –

Been hanging out in Charlottetown lately, which is about an hour’s drive from Summerside. It was Film Festival week on our little Island, and it was grand. Lots of fun – panels, screenings, premieres…my historic short film Dreamers premiered, as a matter of fact. It’s a beautiful little movie, only my second, shot on my EX3 in 720 / 24p.  It came together really nicely, and the last song in the film attracted a lot of attention – it is called Season Sketches, by the local band Lazy Jacks. Lots of nice moments in the movie, of which I am extremely proud. I’m really glad I shot it as well as Directed, because I love the shots. There  is one I don’t like – and instead of growling at someone else, I can just growl at myself, which is always good (not that I growl much anyway, although Steve might beg to differ. But the word he would likely choose is nag, ha!).  Anyways, we tried using a dolly track at one point and it just didn’t really work on the rough ground at the location. So that shot I don’t like, but it’s barely noticeable to the untrained eye. Yet, I am a perfectionist so it bugs me. Wonder how many filmmakers cringe when they watch their own work? 

Anyways, I love the film but I don’t think I will do any more historic drama until it comes back into vogue. I am using that movie (and the novel it is based on) as working tools in the upcoming PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, TV section, cause I want to learn to write for tv. And someday historic drama will come back into vogue and I will be ready. But today people seem to want edgy, contemporary drama. By people, I mean networks. It’s too bad because there are some beautiful heritage oriented stories that beg to be told. But for now – I am searching for an edgy, contemporary drama. Cause I think I need that in my repertoire in order to really raise some eyebrows and show what I can do. I have one in mind, a hockey based short called “The Game”. But I’m not sure it’s edgy enough. Hmmmm…I’ll keep looking.

In the meantime, I am trying to figure out what to do next. It looks like I will have some options to do some shooting – so tomorrow I am taking the EX3 out again to practice and get back up to speed. It’s been a long, cold winter and I haven’t had it out much, seeing as I’ve been kinda stuck in post all winter.  Might try to get some new scenics for the doc – I’ve decided I need more ‘PEI’ in there. Lobsters and red cliffs and such iconic images of this Island. Kinda cliche, don’t you think? But perhaps necessary. The doc is stuck in ‘post production purgatory.’ (alliteration, ha!) I applied to the NFB for a Filmmaker’s Assistance Grant and haven’t heard yet. I really need the funds because I have hit my limit in terms of editing skills. I need to hire an experienced story / picture editor as well as a sound guy to get it finished. So let’s hear it for the NFB – really hope they fund me. The doc is beautiful and snappy and fun and cool…or at least it will be, when it’s done. And to my knowledge there are not a lot of docs out there about the pipe band world, which in itself is cool and edgy and beautiful and fun…so investors would be welcome too.

So not much more going on today that I can talk about yet…oh, except that I now am represented by Atlantic Talent Agency in Halifax! Yeah, you heard me, I now have an agent…he is interested in using me for some photo shoots (his idea, not mine, but I love it!) as well as helping me in terms of finding camera work and hopefully at some point directing work. Oh, and then there’s acting…I am sooooo signing up for acting workshops. Wanted to do that when I was ten (I was the scrawny ugly kid with the coke bottle glasses who was bursting at the seams waiting for the teacher to pick me to read in class, and when said teacher actually brought out a SCRIPT I couldn’t stop wiggling, but rarely got picked to play a part!). But I did some acting at Film School, not lots, but some, and I loved it and I thought I did okay at it. I would love to sink my teeth into a good part. Would help with my directing and writing, too.

So much to look forward to! Here’s to Faith…and potatoes. Look up the movie. You’ll understand. True story. The best kind. 

Now about that next project to film…newspaper, anyone?

Cheers –

Susan 🙂