Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Soundtrack Review

"Last night I went to see the premiere of a new indie movie, The Graduates. The film takes place in Ocean City, MD during Senior Week, when all the graduating high school seniors go to the beach for a week to party and try and get laid and focuses on four friends and their adventures. I was excited to see the movie for two reasons: 1) I am from Maryland originally and very familiar with Ocean City and Senior Week and 2) The soundtrack was supposed to be chock full of New York indie bands, as the director now lives in NYC. As the producer says. “The film represents a revolutionary partnership arrangement between indie movies and indie bands, including profit-sharing and publicity efforts.” The soundtrack features songs by Plushgun, Mad Tea Parties, and 13 others. The music really was a great fit with the movie and one of my favorite scenes (shows the boys riding bumper cars and playing skeeball) was greatly enhanced by the music. So, check out the movie when it screens near you and buy the soundtrack! More info can be found at the film’s website."
- Devorah Klein, Big Apple Music Scene

Soundtrack Case iTunes 1

Friday, November 21, 2008

Larry Keel Beautiful Thing in NYC

My first film was a doc about Larry Keel, this underground bluegrass legend. He's playing in NYC in a couple weeks. This is the perfect show for NYC and hopefully it'll do a little good for the non-existent NYC bluegrass scene.

Keel Poster NYC

Keel can crossover- he's got a deep, terrifying voice; plays incredibly fast; references jazz, funk and roots music... He's alt bluegrass. Go see the show!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Indie Filmmaking Tips & Tricks 3: Cheap Fixes

Indie Filmmaking Tips & Tricks 3: Cheap Fixes from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

Indie filmmaking tips and tricks from the set of The Graduates. (dir Ryan Gielen) Cheap fixes: duct tape, food coloring, sand bags... You use what you have. On The Graduates I had a lot of big ideas that had to be shrunk down to match our budget. Luckily I was surrounded by really clever people. On this particular night, our gaffer Jarrod came to the rescue creating a "closet" with a c-stand, a beach chair, and a tiny light source. Mix them all up and boom: we have a closet door with slits big enough for our pervert character to stare through. Check it out.

Click HERE to check out the opening sequence of The Graduates!

Indie Tips & Tricks 2: Background Imaging

Indie Filmmaking Tips & Tricks 2: Background Imaging from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

Click HERE to check out the opening sequence of The Graduates!

Indie Filmmaking Tips & Tricks 1: Fake Blood

Indie Filmmaking Tips & Tricks 1: How to Fake Blood from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

Click HERE to check out the opening sequence of The Graduates!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

"Deleted Scenes" Featured On Gawker

Hey- in case you missed Gawker on Friday, my short film Deleted Scenes was featured under "Things We Actually Like"...

Check it out here: Gawker: Things We Actually Like... Nick Douglas, poster of the article, had this to say:
"Know how Walker Percy wanted to hate the manuscript some lady handed him, but he loved it and thus A Confederacy of Dunces got published? That's how I feel about this short film, in which a director and actor argue while recording commentary on their latest film. This is the sort of script I would have killed for when I was doing college plays."
Much appreciated, Nick Douglas...

Also, let me take this opportunity to whore out my new feature: be sure to check out (and forward, forward, forward!) the opening sequence of The Graduates, coming soon!

The Graduates (opening sequence) from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Deleted Scenes Now Available For Free Download Online

Thanks to Vimeo’s awesomeness, here is Deleted Scenes, my short, in its entirety! I love you, vimeo. Hope you enjoy... (runtime: 24 minutes)

Deleted Scenes (a short film) from Ryan Gielen on Vimeo.

Deleted Scenes was shot with a budget of about $1,000. The entire film was shot in one day. The black & white scenes were shot a couple weeks later, at night, around my neighborhood in Spanish Harlem.

Deleted Scenes has played at festivals across the country and has won and been nominated for a couple awards.

Brian Seibert
Josh Davis
Holly Lynn Ellis
Jerry Goralnick
Logan Tracey

Written by:
Ryan Gielen & Matt Rho

Directed & Produced by:
Ryan Gielen

Produced by:
Matt Gielen

Cinematography by:
James Silverman