The Making of Joe’s Knob

Short comedy about the perils of conforming slavishly to fashion and following celebrities, no matter what they get up to.

Synopsis: Three fashion keen girls meet to discuss their friend’s latest plastic surgery. When she arrives to show them they are initially shocked at the results but become envious after they discover the ‘enhancement’ is vogue amongst celebrities.

Written produced and directed by David Kline and Mark Evans
Prosthetic make-up created by Robb Crafer

How we did it.

Went to the pub, with writer/producer/director and pint swilling companion David Kline, several jars later, we start talking about plastic surgery, nose job’s in particular, which became a ‘Joe’s Knob’ which became a ridiculous sketch.
A script lands through my letter box the next day. Dave has written the 1st draft, a few tweeks and its done.
My next door neighbour own’s a local shop, a kids art place/cafe, perfect, we have a location.
An ad is placed on talent circle, we get plenty of interest, we’ve got our actors.
Dave does the casting, he also know’s a prosthetics guy, Robb Crafer, who worked on ‘Wolfman’ a block buster, werewolf movie, staring Benitio Del Torro, no less, its taking shape.
With sound recordist Ben Mills, and camera assistant/editor Hanna Daisy-Paine on board, and with Dave’s constant dialogue with Rob, about knob size/shape etc cast and crew are assembled.
A date is set.
Crew and cast are called at 7.00am Sunday, we need to get the end scene shot first as it has the most prosthetics, tricky as Rob has already warned us that it will take 3 hours to fix the knobs. We have until 10am to shoot the whole thing, as kids will be arriving for a birthday party.
We want to shoot in the morning, edit in the afternoon, and publish to the internet, in the evening.
How we are going to do this is ?
Shooting 25p on a Sony HDW750, recording the images to tape, but at the same time recording to compact flash, on my neat little box called a Nanoflash.

Me loving my Nanoflash

Me loving my Nanoflash

We record Quicktime files 4:2:2 HD, then straight into Final Cut on my MacBookPro.

Lucy Leigh being fitted with a penis, courtesy of Robb Crafer

Lucy Leigh being fitted with a penis, courtesy of Robb Crafer

Prosthetics take three hours, so we have to shoot the whole thing in about 20 mins, kids waiting at the door for their party.
I used a Kinoflow Bar Fly for a key light and used the shops lights (practicals) to keep the level up.
10.30am, we are wrapped, and back to mine to start cutting.
Hanna chopped it together in about two hours, a rough cut.
Monday evening, (we didn’t quite make the Sunday deadline) we add some transitions and titles. Compress the file to H.264, Dave takes a copy on DVD and uploads to you tube!
Job done, because of the rush we were missing a few shots, but Hanna skilfully cut around it, the Actors and crew were great, big thanks to all involved……special thanks Claire for the egg and bacon buttes!

Christie-Leigh Emby

Christie-Leigh Emby


From left Tamzin Dunstone, Janine Gateland

From left Tamzin Dunstone, Janine Gateland

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