Weekly Review: Stranger Things (Season 2)

It’s been one year since Will Beyers was rescued from The Upside Down. His family and friends are trying to heal and return to normal, but another creature from that parallel universe is coming to wreak havoc once more.

This review will discuss the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

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Pin 5:29 – 60 Second Version

If you’ve been following the production of Jason Rugg’s Pin 5:29, then you’re in luck because the 60 second version of the film is finally here!

Check out the film below.

There may very well be a longer version that is released at a later date. This longer version would explore a more atmospheric pacing in the beginning to give a more detailed backstory leading toward the eventual end.

Stay tuned!

Pin 5:29 – Production

While 31 Days of Reviews was dominating my blog, I didn’t have much time to write about the newest production I’ve been a part of. Throughout October, I jumped back into the producer’s chair for a new short film by Jason Rugg called Pin 5:29!

I don’t have a ton of insight about pre-production because I was incredibly busy with other things. The other producer on the film helped with casting and some script doctoring. I managed to be able to help with securing the location and planning for the actual shoot day, making sure everything ran on schedule and all that.

On the day of the shoot, we had an early crew call. This allowed us to get the equipment set up and start practicing all the things we would have to do. It helped us to be a lot more prepared. When the actor showed up at his call time, we were able to brief him, get him in costume, and jump right in.

Everything was in the same location, just different rooms. This made it easier to transfer equipment from scene to scene. It was just a matter of moving things. We had craft services set up in a nearby room. I think the location served everything really well.

For the most part, we shot in chronological order. I had it organized as much as possible by what lens we would be using to get each shot. There were definitely some interesting shots included in the shot list for this one. You can get a peek at one of the interesting shots in the picture below.


There were a couple of hiccups along the way, something I attribute to having one less set of hands than what we were planning to have. In the end though, we finished everything pretty close to the scheduled time, and the director is very happy with it.

From what I’ve seen in editing thus far, it’s looking really good. The director is excited about it. I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to show it off. We’re aiming for a 60 second cut at first. There may be a secondary cut that is a tad longer, but for the time being, the 60 second cut is the main focus.

Stay tuned for Pin 5:29!

31 Days of Reviews 2017 – Reflection

It doesn’t matter how many years I do this, or how much I prepare, doing a review every single day for 31 days is tough.

This year I did more prep than I ever have before. I knew that time just was not going to be on my side with my wedding being the same month. Even with all the prep I did, I still could have done more.

No matter how much prep I do, it always gets draining around the 20th of October. I always seem to hit a slump around that time. I usually have to push myself for a couple days before I get my groove back around the 25th. It’s been a trend the last several years.

I really do enjoy doing the 31 Days of Reviews. I’m a genre enthusiast. I’m a woman filmmaker who has a focus in horror films. This is kind of my thing. I enjoy discovering hidden gems and sharing them with people who might not have known about them otherwise. I really do enjoy doing this. It’s just a lot of work.

If I’m going to do this again next year, and I know I’ve said this every year, I will need to prep more so it doesn’t hit me all at once. The prep work that I did this year really helped. I think I just need to start earlier with that. Maybe I could start now? Who knows. I guess we’ll see.

Weekly Reviews will resume as usual… starting today actually. Happy Wednesday! Regular content from my career will resume as well. Stay tuned!