The Weatherman

The Weatherman, a short film by Ingrid Serban and Kim Rollo Emanuel…. all I’m going to say is that you might enjoy this if you enjoy silliness. I’m a little nervous, I admit it, to share this with you, but I laughed a lot making it and laughter is good.

Quick story of how I came to make it.
4 years ago I met Kim at the farmer’s market. He makes the best skin care ever and I’ve been using it ever since.
We soon became good friends and he confessed this wacky idea he had some 30+ years ago about a man who changes weather patterns with his special skill.
With the help of Emily Rudisill and Elena & Phoebe who are Kim’s business partner and employee, we made that crazy idea into a film.

It’s almost midnight so I must get on with sending you this email.

Big thanks again to Cassie Jaye for the use of her camera and to Dan Damman(my office neighbor and awesome filmmaker) for lending me some really nice lenses and Forest for helping with the edit and encouraging me to create original sound effects.

Tell me what you think of it.

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xo
Ingrid

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Murder in North Beach

Hello,

I hope this letter finds you well. Along with this month’s film I’ll give you a quick recap of the month.

I’ve been preparing some more for making our feature documentary about vampires. As it stands now, I’d like to go film it in the fall and winter in Romania.
I had a great meeting with 2 doc filmmakers I really admire whose latest film was featured by the New Yorker as part of their new film series on Amazon. Zach and Alyssa are super cool and knowledgeable and very generous with their expertise.

Last week, I was hired to go and direct/film a feature doc in the Santa Cruz mountains. That was crazy! I learned and sweated A LOT. I can tell you more about that later.


And now, to the business at hand, this month’s film: Murder in North Beach.
I love a good murder mystery. I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie, especially of her “Hercule Poirot” series, of AC Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” (I really like the 80’s British series with Jeremy Brett) and the Australian series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” on Netflix.

Murder in North Beach by Ingrid Serban and Cassie Jaye

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How it all began:
One evening, I went over to my neighbor Kristie’s house. I was hanging out in her kitchen and just couldn’t get over the lighting in there. It was so perfect! I took a few photos that night and decided to do something there. A few days later, I woke up with an idea. I went to my desk and wrote it; a murder mystery short film to take place in my friend’s kitchen. You can imagine my excitement at this little wish come true. I wrote a part for myself in it too so the playfulness of this project just went up another notch. And it does’t stop there! As I’m writing and thinking about names for my characters, it’s very clear to me that the name of the victim should be Ms. Molinari.
A couple of days later I’m walking down the street and I happen to look up just in time to see Molinari’s Delicatessen in large letters on a wall. Chills and giddiness and meant-to-be-ness!

Murder in North Beach, short film

Long story short, I asked my dear friend Cassie Jaye to co-direct with me (she is my favorite director ever) and Evan Davies to be the cinematographer. Allie Larkin whom I love like a sister googled special effects makeup techniques and did a pro-job on Ms. Molinari’s neck as well as script supervised. Forest played the role of the detective, made lentil soup for everyone and is also the music supervisor.
I asked Kristie who’s kitchen we filmed in to play the leading role and the other neighbors to play either themselves or the dead body.
Scott Steiner recorded all the dialogue and lent us his house to shoot the murder scene in.
No one had acted before! It was crazy fun.

Murder in North Beach, a short film by Ingrid Serban and Cassie Jaye

Challenges we worked with:

Evan had pulled a muscle in his thigh and was in a lot of pain but  still carried a heavy camera with no easy rig AND pulled focus all by himself. He’s a super human!
Not having acting experience on a film set poses all kinds of challenges too. I love working with non-actors.

The craziest challenge of it all was that Kristie worked for … I still don’t know what it’s called, but some sort of place where they take dead people and “process” them for organ donations. Not pretty. Just as we started filming someone died in strange circumstances and Kristie had to do her job. Imagine shooting scenes in-between phone calls to mortuaries, a crazy boss yelling at her over the phone and a possible real ghost floating about. Kristie was a trooper!

Murder in North Beach, a short film by Ingrid Serban and Cassie Jaye

All that said, the production was really fun for us and the neighbors, Evan’s leg recovered and I would work again with these guys in a heart beat.
I would really like to re-write this story in a longer format, maybe a 20-minute episode. Or turn it into a series? What do you think?
It’s not perfect, but it’s a sketch of something we’d like to create later down the line.
I had a lot of fun acting. Hope to do that again soon. I’ll talk to the writer and see what she can do. 😉

Thank you SO much again for watching these films and giving me your feedback!
I think it’s time to think about festivals.
Which one is your favorite film so far?

love,
Ingrid

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Humphrey Robot Makes a Wish

With under an hour before the midnight bell rings, here comes Humphrey, a sweet robot who’s greatest wish is to have a friend.

There’s so much more work I would like to do on this film but I ran out of time. I would like to spend more time on the music and so much more. But, like I set out to do, I’m going to be ok with it being imperfect. I think Humphrey’s got a beating heart.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll write a blog post about how I made this film and composed the music which proved to be the seed of the entire story.

(For the password of this film, please email me. I will add you to my mailing list and send you the password to watch Humphrey’s film.)
The direct link to watch “Humphrey Robot Makes A Wish” is here https://vimeo.com/168893740
(a little under 4 minutes)

Humphrey Robot Makes a Wish, an animated film by Ingrid Serban

It’s been a very busy month with not only making this film but creating a kickstarter video for Forest. You can see it HERE. I’m pretty proud of it. It’s a release on vinyl of his most beloved album, “Walk Though Walls” plus two new songs that I sang on (boy did I sing. ha! … I’m not kidding. There are some notes in dog hearing range.) If you’d like to support his (our) music you can go to the campaign and make a pledge.

One more pat on the back for me. Forest’s fund raising video is my second one of that kind and Kickstarter is featuring it as a project they ❤ . Two out of two! I’m setting a high bar for myself.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1601953676/forest-sun-new-songs-remastered-vinyl-and-more

Forest Sun on Kickstarter

Thank you SO much for watching my films, listening to my music for writing me and encouraging me. You’re the best!!

love,
Ingrid

PS. A ton of thanks to Cassie for lending me her camera and to Al for making that adorable extroverted goat.

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February Film

The Arrow and the Song

Here it is!
I finished filming last night and edited today.
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https://vimeo.com/157232053

This film is an illustrated poem. I found it by chance and loved it at first read.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I shot an arrow into the air,
It feel to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.”

Can’t wait to hear what you think!

Love,
Ingrid

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