Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A message from sylviatoyindustries: Congratulations!

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

Your movie

keskarel navapeac <> Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:43 AM
To: Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson, Diana Slampyak, Nidal Yousef, Nima Nejad, Steve Lewis, Sapna Gandhi, Michael Lewis

with luck, it is going to the encoder today. the screening copy will of course not have a watermark - the final copy on Vimeo will. i will make copies of the master sans watermark for everyone.

congratulations. job well done.

The Keskarel the Movie production team

Keskarel - Post-production

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

the titles to your movie
8 messages

keskarel navapeac <> Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 9:23 PM
To: Diana Slampyak, Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson, Nima Nejad, Nidal Yousef, Sapna Gandhi, Steve Lewis, Michael Lewis


please watch this today or tomorrow and let me know if you want your name presented differently. this is only watchable by us. there's a special effect for the dryer scene and the ending left to edit. i want to be able to give this to the pro encoders by Friday or Saturday. (now deleted)


The Keskarel the Movie production team

YouTube Service to me
show details Aug 28 (2 days ago)

YouTube help center | e-mail options | report spam
Fooldron has made a comment on Keskarel (Titles):
These credits are WAY too slow.
You can reply to this comment by visiting the comments page.

Diana Slampyak  Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 6:18 AM
To: keskarel navapeac <>

Looks good to me for me. But didn't you spell Chris' middle name wrong?

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone
[Quoted text hidden]

keskarel navapeac <> Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 7:42 AM
To: Diana Slampyak

thanks - i will check ...
[Quoted text hidden]

Nima Nejad  Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM
To: keskarel navapeac <>

Looking great !!!!

[Quoted text hidden]


YouTube Service to me

YouTube help center | e-mail options | report spam
Fooldron has made a comment on Keskarel, a Quicktime storyboard - Titles, 2d Pass:
Still way too slow. If you are married to the typing out of the words, then they should type in at about 80 words per minute or faster. Otherwise I get REALLY impatient. Impatient enough that it makes me want to stop watching it.

Are you trying to cater to the length of the music? What about typing it out faster while it scrolls up? That way I can read without having to wait for the words to finish appearing.
You can reply to this comment by visiting the comments page.

Sapna Gandhi Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14 AM
To: keskarel navapeac <>

looks great! not sure if you knew this but I am obsessed with the wash/dry cycle as a literary theme and LOVE the visual! great music too...

Sapna Gandhi

keskarel navapeac <> Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:46 AM
To: Sapna Gandhi

hmmm. then we will be sure to have a wash/dry sequence in Indigo Lady, or 3: one for blood after the pig scene, one after the rape scene, one after Donald tracks in mud.

i hope everything is coming along.
[Quoted text hidden]

Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM
To: keskarel navapeac <>

I really like it Sylvia, but I think it takes to long for the letters to
finish typing.
[Quoted text hidden]

keskarel navapeac <> Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:12 AM
To: Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson

hey! it's fixed. hope all is well.
[Quoted text hidden]
[Quoted text hidden]

Friday, August 26, 2011

A message from sylviatoyindustries

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

The real deal

keskarel navapeac <> Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 3:21 PM
To: Mike Lewis, Diana Slampyak, Nidal Yousef, Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson, Nima Nejad, Sapna Gandhi, Steve Lewis

thank you all for getting me the best 60th birthday present imaginable. i have made a director's cut for one of my online portfolios (the curated one), and will never be able to thank you all enough for something that in spades is exactly what i wanted. i'm so proud of and thrilled with my director's cut of the storyboard.

now i need to move over a little so everyone else can get the movie they can be proud of. i will be in producer role, and mike's and chris's roles, if they are willing, will be directoral. i will try to get at least one person who wants & needs a PA internship.

i think it is likely that we will not have to reshoot the LA clips if i can tweak them well enough.

mike thinks we can shoot the movie in a week or less. we probably have most of what we need. i'm pricing reflectors - there are some kits on sale for under $15 on Amazon at the moment - i will ask mike to check them out and see what he thinks. i can't afford the kind and quality of shotgun mic that i have to have, but mics are not that expensive to rent. i have a mixer that i've never used, but there's a mini-mixer on my Juiced Link XLR mic adapter and it's probably better than my Eurorack.

i am hoping to enlist the cooperation of Hayes Valley Merchants Assn so we won't have to have obtain permits. At any rate, we won't be shooting until after the Board of Supes drops the daily rate for permits, which is supposed to happen in October.

where we shoot the apartment scenes is an issue, but i've already talked to some friends who own the places where they live, and i don't think space is going to be a horrible problem for us. it's likely among all of us, we have contacts who own or have access (legal access) to property that's unoccupied. i know i'm overly optimistic, but that's what it takes: "watch my movie, which was completed in 8 months and cost probably less than $500, AND IS ALMOST COMPLETELY IMPROVISED." glass 3/4 full, my friends.

to be continued to completion.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A message from Sylvia

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

I am calling this "The Director's Cut"

keskarel navapeac <> Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM
To: Nidal Musallam, Nima Nejad, diana slampyak, steve lewis, sapna gandhi, bymikelewis, Christopher Robinson

this is not the final cut - there is some repair that needs to happen and a revised return-the-keys scene if there's time, as well as my getting up the nerve to ask Nidal's nephews and their band whether I can get an MP3 of their music so all the accents in the movie are in the same vein as the music in Nabila's which IMHO helps make the movie. for your information, this version is on and will remain on my portfolio on I will keep it distinct from the final version, and rename it if necessary if it creates confusion re: any of the company member's resumes.

Congratulation. You all and your work look fabulous. Good job, as my 23 year old boss used to say.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A message from Sylvia

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

The Final Cut

keskarel navapeac <> Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:34 AM
To: Christopher Robinson, diana slampyak, Nima Nejad, Nidal Musallam, sapna gandhi, steve lewis

it looks great, since i have  had to go back to the source files - yay! no more aspect ratio chazzerai ...

Steve & Sapna: although i still want to make a webisode with what we shot, i've used clips from "all three days" and you have a lot more screen time. the loud scene that's heard by all the neighbors turned out to be from the second day - Steve's reading of the 'get thee to a nunnery' speech. it's done split screen, ie, Keskarel, Hamlet + Ophelia, and the Videographer synced. it's really, really, really cool and it's killing me not to post it now.

Nidal & Diana: the scene where Diana gives back her keys is probably out because K is NOT happy about going back. if there's time (i.e. i get the edit done enough, we should reshoot it in more continuity with K's conflict and ambivalence.

you guys (Chris included) are so fantastic.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Keskarel - The Penultimate Scene

Keskarel A Quicktime Storyboard has wrapped. Thanks to all the people who watched this happen - it helped a lot! We will be in post-production for the next few weeks, and will have our first screening in September. in San Francisco The final version of the movie will here on Vimeo, free and downloadable until sylvia stops paying the bill, which she can do for quite a while, since this movie cost less than one thousand USD! Long live video!

Later today, sylvia will post the remaining rushes from this past week. In the next few days, the final cut (save the very last scene) will be posted. And the complete movie will be available for downloading after the screening in September.

There's a good chance that this October the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will lower the daily permit fee from $300 per day to $100 per day for budget sub-1/2 million productions. But we are hoping that we can avoid some of the permit expense by getting the permission of other merchants in the Hayes Valley neighborhood where we're located, in order to shoot scenes that we left out of the storyboard, mostly for the sake of storytelling economy. We have kept this "movie" lean, and hopefully, crisp - nobody wants to hear "trim the fat." But cinematographer Mike Lewis, who's directed or co-directed a few scenes, has some great ideas for further developing Keskarel's inner conflict by exploiting sensory details that are already in our scenes.

Techside: sylvia found a boom stand 85 or 90% off for $20 (knock wood!) and a starter lens kit (a decent wide-angle lens and an adequate telephoto lens) for the Vixia HG 20 (knock even harder: $35, down from $140!). She finally bought replacement bulbs for the worklights she's used to make some of her crazy performance art videos, and has two nice 500 Watt studio light sets. We need a better mic to use with the new boom stand, but sylvia is looking for the best one she can find at a bargain. Besides, we don't have any reflectors - we've got to get those first. And fortunately, she's already got four nice Shure XLR lavaliere mics and a Juiced Link XLR adapter.

Thanks for reading - and watching!
Keskarel, A Movie

Friday, August 19, 2011

Keskarel - update this week: We are done!

congratulations to the Keskarel for wrapping the shooting of our Quicktime storyboard. our AD, Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson, is out of town, writing the screenplay 'Keskarel' from his outlines and the storyboard. we made this video greeting card for him. the final version of 'Keskarel A Quicktime Storyboard' will be posted on Vimeo in September 2011 after its screening in San Francisco. in this video: Michael Lewis (cinematographer), Nima Nejad ('Mikael'), Diana Slampyak ('Keskarel') and sylviatoyindustries (a woman of many hats). also absent is Nidal T. Musallam ('The Landlord'), who had a previous engagement (i.e., closing Nabila's and going home for a well-deserved rest).

thanks, everyone!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

the good news, the bad news

keskarel navapeac <> Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM
To: diana slampyak, Nima Nejad, Nidal T. Musallam
Cc: Christopher Robinson

the good news is that Chris, who has only one more semester of school (YAY) is beginning to write the screenplay based on all the crew's wonderful work.

the bad news is that Chris's mom had a very bad fall off a ladder. fortunately for her, Chris is a good caregiver who is off for the new few weeks.

unfortunately for us, he likely will not be here on the next couple of Thursdays so that he can shoot the last footage that we need and share a big whoop with us when we wrap. luckily, we have our good friend and guest shooter, Mike (YAY).

i want to do the final edit or the bulk of it while i'm on vacation at the beginning of sept, and hope everyone is available this Thursday night, which Nidal says will work for him. i'd like to do this Thurs rather than the 25th in case i need Diana again (well, i always need Diana, but i mean for shooting).

YAY! we are so awesome.


The Keskarel the Movie production team

Friday, August 12, 2011

A message from Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson: "Okay Sylvia, my writing of the script begins now ..."

Gmail keskarel navapeac <>

Hey - the Template and a formatting sample are attached

Christopher Robinson  Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM
To: keskarel navapeac <>

Okay Sylvia, my writing of the script begins now, god willing I can get
it done with nimble swift fingers and a stout heart, in the time I
have allotted myself. I am going to fly to Seattle on Wednesday. My
mom fell off a ladder, broke her pelvis and fractured two bones in her
arms. Its scary when you realize your parents are no longer immortal.
I'm going up to help her adjust to crippled life. I have a lot of
training in things like this so it may be perfect that I have this
brief time off from school to aid her. Writing the script will be the
perfect endeavor, I like to be as productive as possible when I stress
out, otherwise I feel like a nut, so you can't say something like:
"Chris you can wait to do this if you would like your mother's much
more important than our movie." Then I would say: "I know Sylvia, but I
want to get this thing done." Then I would reflect on this, my answer,
and reevaluate my whole life and my role as the dutiful son.
In moments of stress, worry, anxiety it is wonderful to know you have
good friends, interesting, dynamic friends so I will say thanks for
giving me this opportunity and thanks to your husband too for
listening to us rant about the script. I hope you are doing well, I'll
talk with you very soon.