Category Archives: Films

Delicious Pound Cake

As the seven previous readers of the Henceblog know, much of my senior year of my undergraduates degree was spent putting together my senior thesis project: Delicious Pound Cake, a story about cake and the apocalypse.  The story of how production began and the story of pre-production can be seen with the Cakelog video series, but overall the creation of Delicious Pound Cake went by smoothly without much of a fuss.  Except that about a week before production began I had around half a ton of plywood fall on me and crush my leg, and that we got into a bit of a location snag for our general store (getting the proper papers signed in time, it wasn’t too terrible a problem, but it was something).

So, for the entirety of production I was on crutches, and for a sizable portion of production I was on painkillers. The funding campaign never took off as much as I would have liked it to (mainly because of lack of visibility and lack of funds for those who could see the campaign), and that coupled with general lack of organization on my part and business form all involved (this was, after all, still a school project) caused us to be a bit scattered during filming at times, and caused me to overlook a few pivot things.  But, in the end, the project was completed, and it went into the festival circuit.

That’s around where the previous Henceblog left off. Well, the festival circuit wasn’t kind to Delicious Pound Cake. Or maybe it was so kind it decided to leave it alone, but at any rate the film never made it into anything. So, I decided to put it up online so it can be free for anyone to watch anywhere. That’s where it is now, and that’s what is embedded below for your viewing pleasure:

Delicious Pound Cake from Vvinni Gagnepain on Vimeo.

I now understand why Delicious Pound Cake didn’t make it into any festivals, I think the script was a bit lacking, and the overall apocalyptic idea was just barely underdeveloped (enough, though, to make it very difficult to understand, and enough to create a few glaring issues [like this one: how is it that all of the spices and the like in the general store are all unharmed EXCEPT for the vanilla? Shouldn’t all of the spices have been vaporized in a nuclear blast?]).  However, I do think it’s a fantastic senior thesis, and I also think it’s one of the best movies I’ve made (not THE best, mind you, that honor belongs to Lamplight Breakfast on a Burning Kitten).  We all did the best we could, and I still think that it should have gotten into at least one festival. But oh well, Next time.

Existence is Invalid

We take a quick break from re-uploading old information to the Henceblog for this: An animation test for my upcoming animated short “Life on Mars”.

I wanted to see a few things: 1) If the “twinkling” of the stars, the “atmosphere” of Mars, the Solar flares, and the rover animation would be too much when put together; 2) If the pixellation of the Rover eye would factor well into everything; and 3) To figure out a decent workflow with After Effect/Final Cut.  I believe everything worked out well, and you can all look forward to “Life on Mars” this Valentine’s Day.

Tracy McKnightly and the Case of the Dead Cat

Because most of the old posts were removed when the site went down, I’ll have to try and get some of the old posts back up.

This mostly means re-posting the links to all of my films on vimeo.  So, we begin with the earliest possible film that I currently have uploaded online: Tracy McKnightly and the Case of the Dead Cat, filmed in the winter of 2005 starring the recurring detective Tracy McKnightly.

Tracy McKnightly and the Case of the Dead Cat from Vvinni Gagnepain on Vimeo.

There are plenty of issues with The Case of the Dead Cat, from the clear technical issues to the scattered script, but in the end it’s okay.  Not the best of the earliest Henceforth work, but it’s still good to see where I began as a filmmaker.

A Sad Day

Well, quite a bit has happened since the Henceblog went down, and I’ve released a few films since then as well.  The first film would be “A Sad Day”, based off of a series of short scripts I wrote about a man named Stumpy who can’t do anything right.

 

A Sad Day from Vvinni Gagnepain on Vimeo.

“A Sad Day” was created by me and a fellow filmmaker and board game-maker Will Culbert as part of a three minute film festival for the Santa Fe Reporter.  Over 300 films were submitted to the festival, and we were lucky enough to be one of the fifty final films chosen to be shown in the finals.  We didn’t walk away with any awards, but to simply be a part of the festival was a great thing.