Friday, August 31, 2007

The Budget of S.A.T.

When S.A.T. is finished, we expect it to look like we spend several hundred thousand dollars doing it. But how much money did we really spend?

In this page we’re going to list all the things we’re spending money on. Although the idea behind S.A.T. is to do an extremely low budget film, in no way does this means that we’re not going to have to put some of our own money.

So here is a list of all the things we’re buying to make S.A.T.

Red Binder: $7.79
This binder is our Production Book. If you don’t know what a Production Book is, wait for the video on this subject, soon to come.

Separators for Binder: $8.29

Yellow Ticonderoga pencils: $1.99
Red Pencils $3.29
These were bought as a visual reference to choose which ones to use for PENCIL MAN. We liked the big and thick Ticonderoga pencils.

BB Gun #1: $4 + Shipping: $1.99
BB Gun #2: $17.99 + Shipping: $1.99
Base Shipping Charge: $5.99
Total Guns: $31.95

Lunch for Visual Storyboard: $59.48
The day we made the Visual Storyboard (coming soon as a video) we had lunch in the restaurant, the bill: $59.48

Steadycam components: $16.54
For a picture of all the receipts, please click here.

Foam Bricks: $3.78
6 in total. To be used with pencils as a visual reference of how the pencils would hit the wall.

(TOTAL SO FAR: $133.11)

Metal Washers: $0.98 cents
Although the bag came with 16 washers, we only used two to fix the Uzi we're using in the last scene.

Aluminium briefcase: $20.00
This one is where the Student carries the gun and three bullets.

Velcro: $3.00
We're using velcro to stick the pencils inside Pencil Man's coat.

3 dozen of My First Ticonderoga pencils: $29.46
1 dozen: $5.70
2-day shipping: $10.95
Tax: $1.41 (for a total of $29.46)

(TOTAL SO FAR: $186.55)

Updated on October 5, 2007.

Aluminum Foil paper (50 sq. ft.): $3.29
This with the black tape, to make the bullet holes of the car.

Black tape: $6.98

Foam Mounting Squares: $2.99
To stick the "bullet holes' to the car.

Masking tape: $5.49
You always need masking tape for various purpose.

Black Paint: $6.79
Orange Paint: $4.39
This is to paint the orange tips of the BB guns black for the shoot. By law, all BB guns need to have the orange tip at all times. So when we finish the shoot, We'll paint the tips orange again.

2 Glue sticks bags at $5.29 each: $10.58
We're using the glue gun to stick a pencil to a shirt, when Pencil man gets hit.

(The new updated budget is: $220.08)

Updated on October 8, 2007.

2 MiniDV tapes DVM63AMQ $9.95 each + tax $1.64 = $21.54
Used for the first shoot day.

Food/water for 1st day shoot: $18.45

4 MiniDV tapes DVM63AMQ $9.95 each + tax $3.28 = $43.08
Used for the second shoot day, and we still have three tapes left for our third and final shoot day.

The new updated budget is: $303.15

Update Nov 15: The following was bought for the Restaurant scene:

Pelican 3pc Replace Foam: $53.95 + tax: $4.45 = $58.40
This is the foam we used to create the inside of the briefcase where the gun, magazin and three bullets are kept.

At the 99 cent store we bought:

Chef Classic - Cook Knife
We bought two, as one had to be "cut" to use when it "kills" a - (too much information).

2 plates
For Onions and Tomatoes

1 Pasta Keeper
For the pasta!!!

1 Bowl
For the pasta sauce.

And some junk food...

99 cent store total: $10.79

Shirt for Bad Guy: $5.50

Fishing Nylon: $10.81

Work Light 500W: $14.97
Work Light 250W: $7.97
(+ tax: 1.89) Total: $24.83

Tomato sauce x2, Onions, Tomatoes, Pasta, & Water: $18.27

The new updated budget is: $431.76

As of today Nov 15 (that we've shot everything), $431.76 dollars is the final budget to produce (shoot) SAT.

Obviously this budget does not include 'man hours' spent on SAT. And we still have all the post production ahead of us. I guess if we had to 'pay someone' to edit, do visual effects, music, sound design, etc; the budget would probably explode! But because we're doing everything ourselves, we can spend as much time as we need to on the post-production process, as it is there where all the magic happens!

Note: We'll continue to add more expenses until we finish SAT.
(Hopefully, there won't be any more).

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Welcome to the oficial page of S.A.T.: The Short Film

What is S.A.T.?

S.A.T. is a short film which is being made by Damion Lewin, Robert Gaston and Juan Falla.

When is it coming out?

S.A.T. is currently in post-production. The release date has not been determined as of today May 2008.

What is the porpouse of this website?

This will me a mixture between website, blog and videoblog. Here, you will be able to read articles and watch videos about the making off this short film. Articles will be posted randomly by any of the three minds behind S.A.T. Videos documenting the making of this short film will also be uploaded.

Can I write to Damion, Robert and/or Juan?

If you have any comments or questions about the process of making S.A.T., please write to the following E-mail:

What camera are you going to use? Are you going to shoot it on film or digitally?

S.A.T. is going to be shot digitally. We used the Panasonic DVX100.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Who is behind S.A.T.?

The A Team

Damion Lewin:

Damion daydreams of being Bruce Lee. Traveling the world in search of all the wisdom of the various martial arts would be his slice of apple pie. He animates, designs, and also surfs.

Damion has been a 3D animator/compositor for 13 years. He began his career in cartoons as a Visual EFX Supervisor and later branched out into Creative Director of broadcast motion for television networks. He’s worked overseas in 6 different countries, including China.

In SAT, Damion will be Head of Visual Effects. As well as operating the camera when needed. He will design the 3D objects for the film. And, he will play UZI MAN in S.A.T. To see some of Damion’s work, please click here to visit his website.

Robert Gaston:

Mr. Gaston is a Sound Master. At nights his alter ego MakinaDomination takes over and rocks the planet, playing guitar in a Rage Against The Machine tribute band called “The Battle of Los Angeles”. Some say, he has been arrested several times trying to get inside Tom Morello’s house.

Robert also writes and sings his own original music, and performs throughout the Southern California area.

During the day, he creates original music and sound design for broadcast television.

In S.A.T, he will be doing all the sound and music; and will be playing the character PENCIL MAN. To listen to a sample of Robert’s work, please visit his websites.

Juan Falla:

Juan could eat chocolate ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. His office is filled with comic book characters keeping him in the unrealistic side of life. He is such a bad actor, that Damion and Robert forbade him to act in S.A.T.

He wrote the script for S.A.T., he will also produce, direct and edit.

Juan has edited many music videos and promos, as well as an award short film called “Snap”. To watch some of Juan’s work, please click here to visit his website.