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Singularity

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor  •  Narrative Short  •  RED Epic  •  December 2011

This semi-experimental short is about time travel, tears in space-time, and an imagined meeting between Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein. Wow! The film was shot by a mostly Tacoma crew (with a lot of crew from the High Bar), and directed by Brian Parker, veteran filmmaker and Digital Media instructor at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.
 

Phoenix Run – Web Series

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor  •  Web Series Pilot  •  2 Camera RED Epic  •  December 2011

Robyn recently found herself wondering why she’d never worked on a zombie video, since: a) we’re huge zombie fans, and b) independent zombie films are pretty dang common. And then, right in the middle of the Walking Dead mid-season hiatus, Phoenix Run came along. Let me tell you, we know zombie films, and Phoenix Run is good. A fantastic crew, including Robyn, shot the 12 minute pilot episode on two cameras: a RED and a RED Epic, and it was a lot of fun to be on the set and watch the zombie magic happen. The series stars Conner Marx, a brilliant actor and super nice guy, and this is actually the fourth project Robyn as worked on with him! (For the curious, they both worked on Jenny, While You Weren’t Looking, and Door to Door). The Phoenix Run footage looks creepy and gorgeous, of course, and we can’t wait to see what happens next. They’re planning on releasing the first episode in February and shooting the next two episodes later that month. Stay tuned!

Suspect

Marco Scaringi  •  Producer
Robyn Scaringi  •  Media Manager, Production Accountant
Narrative short  •  RED  •  December 2011

Suspect has the distinction of being the first and only film school project that Robyn has worked on since she was in film school. Marco was nearing the end of his studies at the Digital Filmmaking Program at Shoreline Community College, and he produced the short film, Suspect, as his final project. An extremely ambitious project for film school, this also marks the first time us Scaringi’s have taken a crack at crowdfunding, and Marco saw the need to take advantage of some of Robyn’s production accounting skills as well as her media management skills for the project.

As you can see from the picture, Suspect is a noir film, and you might just recognize some of the cast. Like Jason Robison, from our favorite found footage horror film, Eyes in the Dark. Or Rich Morris, from both Pretty Face and Green My Eyes and a recent episode of Grimm. Another fun fact about the film: Suspect was untitled until Robyn read the script and suggested the title to Marco.

Sirens

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor, Media Manager  •  Narrative short  •  RED  •  November 2011

Sirens storyboard

Loosely based on the story from the Odyssey and written by England-born director Alen Blake, this story starts when a man is inexplicably drawn to strange music he hears in the middle of the forest. Although most of the cast and crew were new to Robyn on the set, she had the unique opportunity to train two PA’s turned newbie script supervisors when it turned out they had less media than expected for the RED and Robyn had to dedicate more time to doing DIT. Never a dull moment on a film set, right? Despite the set-back, the power of the RED combined with a good script once again produced some amazing footage, and we know the final film is going to be a good one.

While You Weren’t Looking

While You Weren't Looking Logo
Robyn Scaringi  •  Asst Editor, Digital Loader
Marco Scaringi  •  Featured Extra
Narrative short  •  RED  •  November 2011

While You Weren’t Looking is a narrative comedy short about a kid who sneaks away from her overprotective mother and has a shopping cart mini-adventure in a local grocery store. We were extremely lucky to get to be a part of this picture because the crew was made up of Seattle’s A-List filmmakers. And no wonder: WYWL’s writer/director Jeremy Mackie is one of the best gaffers in town, and an incredibly nice guy to boot, so it wasn’t tough for him to recruit such a top-of-the-line crew.

The main production staging area for While You Weren’t Looking was in a Blockbuster store that went out of business in 2009. The abandoned Blockbuster had a special meaning for the crew because nothing could better symbolize the death of traditional commercial movie retail and the rise of down-home local independent filmmaking than our presence there. But it had an even more ironic meaning for Robyn & Marco: we both worked in a Blockbuster for years, and it’s where the two of us met. We both left ‘The Buster’ (as we like to call it) to eventually get into actual filmmaking.

As the final icing on the cake, the first time Robyn walked into this now defunct Blockbuster, the shoplifter alarm went off, and the entire crew eyed her suspiciously. She laughed as she realized that she had managed to embody the rebellious tone of the film, and she knew: While You Weren’t Looking was going to be a great film that she would not soon forget.

Door to Door

Robyn Scaringi  •  Digital Loader  •  Narrative short  •  RED  •  October 2011

 

There’s nothing quite like working on a shoot like Door to Door to remind you why you got in this business in the first place. This was an extremely professional crew, a talented cast, and a really good, honestly funny and entertaining script. Robyn was constantly laughing while she was reviewing and verifying the footage, and she was reminded what a sucker she is for a good comedy. Bottom line: Robyn knows in her gut that writer/director Daniel Brockley is onto something great with Door to Door, and we cannot wait to see the final film!

 

Room 13

Robyn script supervising
Marco Scaringi  •  Production Coordinator
Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor
Narrative short  •  Canon 7D  •  October 2011

Room 13 was a fun way to start out our October because it was the directorial debut of well-known Seattle actor and personal friend to both of us, Paul Eenhoorn. The short film stars some of our favorite Seattle actors, Trin Miller and Ernie Joseph, in a story about a romantic connection forming in the last place you’d expect — during an undercover sting operation. Robyn script supervised the heck out of this movie and even snuck in a little DIT action on the final shoot day. We’re eager to see the final product, and like always, you should watch for it on the festival circuit in 2012.

This is Ours

Robyn Scaringi  •  Digital Loader, Script Supervisor, Asst Editor
Marco Scaringi  •  2nd Asst Camera, Lighting/Grip
Feature Narrative  •  RED  •  August/September 2011

This is Ours logo

This is Ours is an independent film shot on location just outside of Leavenworth, WA. Produced and directed by Lindy & Kris Boustedt, the filmmakers behind Perfect 10. We both worked on the film, and it was so wonderful to work with another married filmmaking couple, especially with people as passionate about the craft as Kris & Lindy. The crew was very small for a full-length feature (only 11 people!), so we wore many hats on the set. Marco was second assistant camera as well as lighting/grip, and Robyn filled the roles of script supervisor, digital loader/media manager, and assistant editor. We made a short video to help Kris & Lindy fundraise for the film, check it out below.




Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass

Marco Scaringi  •  Key Set PA
Robyn Scaringi  •  Media Manager
Narrative short  •  RED  •  August 2011

Bobby Ellis is an 80’s high school comedy short, and exactly the sort of film we both jump at the chance to work on. It had a nice mix of Easter Weekend and This is Ours crew, and most importantly, Robyn got the opportunity to play with RED footage for the first time. Nothing makes Robyn’s nerd side happier than occupying all 6 of the Firewire, USB, Ethernet, and ExpressCard slots/ports on our MacBook Pro. Except of course, setting up an overnight transcode through RedCineX on our Big Mac at home! Ah yes, it’s films like Bobby Ellis that make Robyn want to nerd out as a DIT for the rest of her life.

Fat Kid Rules the World

Marco Scaringi  •  Production Office Intern
Robyn Scaringi  •  Assistant Accountant
Feature Narrative  •  Arri Alexa  •  July/August 2011

Now Robyn has always been very organized when it comes to our own family finances (and, of course, with video editing), so when the opportunity came along to be the second assistant accountant for the latest big feature shooting in Seattle, Fat Kid Rules the World, she took it. Robyn learned a ton, and honestly, she really liked working in the accounting department. It was also pretty cool to work on Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut. On a side note, The High Bar also did an episode on Lillard, which Robyn also edited and DIT’d for, check it out.

Happy Monday

Robyn Scaringi  •  Producer, Editor
Marco Scaringi  •  Producer, Supporting Actor
Narrative short  •  Canon 5D  •  June 2011



For the second year in a row, we decided to go for the 48 Hour Film Challenge, this time co-producing, and the resulting short film is a wacky dark comedy about 3 competitive wedding planners, in what can only be described as ‘a very bad Monday.’ We were able to put together a fantastic Seattle film crew, including fellow Seattle Central alum Olin Padilla as director. Watch above to see the fruit of our labor, and keep an eye out for “Happy Monday” in the the 2011/2012 festival circuit.

Jenny

Marco Scaringi  •  Talent Production Assistant
Robyn Scaringi  •  Production Assistant
Narrative short  •  RED Epic  •  June 2011
Marco, Gary Busey, and Robyn on the set of Jenny

We both worked on the short film, Jenny, which starred Gary Busey. While we were both PA’s, Marco spent most of his time gingerly holding an umbrella over Gary, while Robyn spent most of her time yelling at neighborhood lookie-loo’s to get off the set, and trying to figure out how to get several collapsible wet canopy tents into what looked like large vinyl condoms. We’ll both admit, Jenny was hard work. But it was fun to meet Gary Busey, and we were very glad we got to work with director Sam Graydon again (yet another Seattle Central alum), although not as directly compared to Pretty Face and Green My Eyes.

SIFF 2011

Robyn Scaringi  •  Editor  •  May 2011

SIFF Banner 2011

Once again, SIFF has called and Robyn has answered! This time around Robyn edited a couple tribute reels honoring (drum roll, please) Ewan McGregor! For the second year in a row though, we weren’t able to attend the SIFF Golden Space Needle Awards ceremony where Robyn’s compilations played, but such is the life of an editor. The good news is that Ewan McGregor enjoyed the reels so much, he asked for a copy of them for himself. Very nice! Watch for yourself and see if you like Robyn’s work as much as Ewan did.



The High Bar

Robyn Scaringi  •  Editor, Media Manager  •  Multicam Panasonic HPX’s  •  Ongoing
The High Bar Logo

Finally! A show to fill the void after Oprah’s departure! Well, not exactly. The High Bar is a half-interview, half-conversation between various intellectuals and/or celebrities and Seattle’s own film aficionado, Warren Etheredge, of The Warren Report. The web series is shot in various bar locations throughout Seattle, rather than some stuffy TV studio, and word on the street is that it’s garnering some interest from some pretty high-up companies. So far, Robyn’s edited a half dozen or so episodes, and she’s slated to media manage for more episodes in the near future. One of those episodes was with none other than Jodie Foster! Wow! Lots of opportunities to name-drop for Robyn recently!

creativeLIVE

Robyn Scaringi  •  Editor, Script Notes  •  Live Multicam  •  April – July 2011

creativeLIVE logoIf you haven’t heard of creativeLIVE, then you’re missing out! They offer a variety of live, web-streaming film and photography workshops for FREE! Sure, they charge to download the workshops after the live feed is over, but from what we can tell, the workshops are definitely worth it. Robyn helped make edit notes for a recent workshop, and she’s scheduled to help creativeLIVE with more editing in the near future — somebody’s gotta edit out those curse words from the original stream!

Pretty Face and Green My Eyes

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor, Asst Editor
Marco Scaringi  •  Featured Extra
Narrative short  •  Canon 5D  •  April/May 2011

On the set Pretty Face and Green My Eyes, photo by Ashley Russell

Robyn was glad she got the chance to spend some of April and May being script supervisor and assistant editor for the short film “Pretty Face and Green My Eyes” because she truly loved the script. Not surprisingly, the script was an IFP Spotlight Finalist in 2009. She was also happy to get a chance to work with writer/director Sam Graydon, another SCCC alum (graduated a year before Robyn) who made a name for himself with his short film series, “Finger of God,” and his upcoming film “Jenny,” which is scheduled to star Gary Busey.

The Kid With the Red Juice Mustache

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor, Asst Editor
Marco Scaringi  •  Media Manager
Children’s Dance Video  •  Canon 5D/7D  •  March 2011

The stars of Red Juice Mustache, photo by Regan MacStravic

In March 2011, we worked on our first children’s video, “The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache,” a theatrical dance performance based on the children’s poetry book of the same name, written by Erik Korhel. This was the second children’s poetry book adapted by acting-directing-choreography team, Lionel Flynn and Joselito Castillo. For the project, Robyn took script notes and synced the sound while Marco did DIT. For more information about the project, visit Piecemeal Publishing’s website.

 

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