Tag: Short Film

A Little Update

I’ve really been slacking on posting to the blog and I apologize. I have new music recorded and this is actually the first year since 2008 that I haven’t released an album or a mixtape, but I’ve been working overtime on getting my first short film made. If you haven’t been keeping track, it’s called Hit the Hitman. The above video is from a couple of weeks ago, right after we made out Kickstarter goal.

Making a movie, even a short film is really fucking involved. You have to plan and pick out everything, from the dishes to the music and everything in between. It is possible to just show up someplace and start shooting, but the type of film I want to make which involves creating a world unto itself, means that I have to look at and make a call on the smallest thing, like should we get a costume hemmed or what kind of lighting should we have for the scene. It’s kind of crazy but I’ve actually really been enjoying it.

As far as preproduction, my favorite part was doing the story boards. I literally drew every shot as if I was making a comic book or something, but just not as detailed because it’s just not necessary. But the thing that surprised me is how much I like working with actors. Coming up with how and why a character speaks or reacts to something is a really collaborative process and I compare it to when I’ve had musicians or singers come in to work on one of my songs. You have an idea of how something should be and then someone can come in and give you a different look at it that can totally elevate the whole project. It’s one of the coolest things that can happen creatively, IMO.

Anyway, I hope to step up my postings in the coming weeks. I’m trying to better manage my time so I can do all of the things that  I love, one of which is listening to, making and sharing new music through this website.

Hope to hear from everyone in the comments as things progress and I hope that you’re excited to see our movie. If you’d like to get on the film’s Facebook page go here.

Thanks and PEACE!

~E Major

Lets Make a Movie!

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Read more about the Kickstarter and help us make Hit the Hitman!

A lot of rappers love to say “we make movies!” but I’m ready to do just that. Most, if not all of you on this email list are subscribed because you are a fan of my music or another artist on Under Sound Music. This will be my first major endeavor into making a short film and I want it to be a project that I share with my fans, friends and family!

Our film is called Hit the Hitman. It’s kind of a dark comedy that I wrote after I read an article online titled “Man Hires Hitman to Kill Hitman Hired to Kill His Wife.” What I thought the article was about was actually wrong but was actually pretty funny so I wrote a short script    and    shared it with my brother who got on board as the lead character. I’d tell you more of the plot but this is one of those things where if I tell much more then I give it away!

Making a movie isn’t like making music. In fact, making music is just a small piece of what it takes to make a movie. It takes a lot of people and of course that means that it takes money! We started a Kickstarter for this project and we’d love for you to be part of it. For your participation we’re offering some great rewards; everything from a mention in the credits to a signed poster and DVD.

Please take the time to check out the Kickstarter page and if you think it might be cool to see a movie written and directed by E Major, donate and make it a reality. Every dollar helps get us closer to our goal.    We’ll    be updating as we go to let everyone know how things are progressing and we’ll do a video when we’re at 50%.

Thanks for your time and I hope you join us in making this movie more than a dream!

PEACE!

~E Major

Watch: Hilton Carter’s New Short Film, “VICTOR”

VICTOR from Hilton Carter on Vimeo.

While the homie Hilton Carter has been gearing up to shoot his next picture “One Last Run,” he decided he’d keep busy by shooting a short film. That film is VICTOR and you can watch it right now!  It’s the story of  a struggling comedian as he fights writers block while staying at a hotel in between gigs. As he’s the easily distracted type, Victor finds himself sidetracked by everything from some time with the ladies to getting high with a suicidal cat (which I voiced BTW).

So check it out above and let us know what you think!

~E Major

Hilton Carter’s “Moth” Selected for HBO’s Black Film Festival

Hilton Carter and Heaven Murphy on the set of “Moth”

We’ve covered director Hilton Carter‘s film “Moth” extensively here on our site so many of you that frequent us will already know about it.  If not, go check the trailer.  The Penn Badgely produced film is Carter’s first official short film and it’s beginning to get a good bit of attention for the aspiring auteur.  We’re proud to announce that “Moth” has been selected for premier at the HBO American Black Film Festival in Miami, FL June 23rd to the 26th.  The film is one of five finalist in the short film category.  Be sure to check back with us for more on “Moth” after the festival.  And of course check back daily for everything that Under Sound has to offer.

Michael Sterling Eaton’s Friday the 13th

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Director/Photographer/Musician Michael Sterling Eaton

FRIDAY THE 13th: A NIGHT WITH THE COOL KIDS and MOS DEF from Creative Control on Vimeo.

It’s always cool to see an old friend doing some really cool stuff.  I met Michael almost 10 years ago now through a mutual friend and it’s been cool to hear about and see his path as he found his calling.  Michael works on many photo and video projects including national campaigns for Billabong.  Check out his site here. He’s working on this short film that features Mos Def and many of you probably know that Mos is one of my all time lyrical idols.  I’m really happy to see this project in the works and I hope everyone checks it out when it drops.

Peace,

~E Major