Hey Y’all!

 Just like everyone else, we here at Trove Studio are prepping for the holidays!

All of us are departing for a few days to enjoy this time with our families. However, we will back next week. In the meantime, I thought, what is one thing everybody loves over the holidays? Well of course, binging our favorite TV shows while once again immobile due to insane amounts of food we have consumed.

Therefore, I put together a list below of some of the classics to put you in the holiday-ish mood.

 

1)    Friends Season 3 “The One with the Football”

We all remember this one, right? It contains another one of Monica and Ross’ childhood traditions of a touch football game. No one actually does any of the obligatory thanksgiving traditions. Instead the gang spend the majority of the day participating in the ever-present sibling rivalry between the Gellers.

2)    How I Met Your Mother Season 3 “Slapsgiving”

On this thanksgiving, excuse me, Slapsgiving, Barney receives yet another hardy slap from Marshall as part of their slap bet. The kicker is that for the better half of the episode Marshall relinquishes the slap to someone else in the group- so Barney spends most of the night antagonizing people in order to get the slap over with. By the end of the night Marshall delivers another head spinning slap on Barney and all is well at Slapsgiving.

3)    Gilmore Girls “A Deep- Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

The Gilmore Girls, as popular as they are, are quadruple booked for thanksgiving and must somehow make it to all four celebrations without entering into a food coma.

4)    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Need I say why?

5)    The Office “Dwight’s Thanksgiving Theme Park”

Didn’t we all love it whenever Dwight would whip up some crazy idea that ultimately was a ginormous mess while simultaneously warming our hearts? That’s basically everything packed into this episode of The Office.

 

Well I hope these serve you all well over the holidays whether providing some comical relief or a nice way to end the day with friends and family.

Paying Tribute to Stan Lee

November 12 will now be earmarked as another sad day in the entertainment and film world. As it lost another legend, Stan Lee- comic book writer, producer, and publisher. Stan Lee passed this Monday at the age of 95.

Creator of such iconic stories that we all love such as Spider Man, Black Panther, The Fantastic Four- course I could go on and on. In order to pay tribute to him, I wanted to a give rough overview of Lee’s career.

 

This man sent Marvel into the status of No. 1 publisher of comic books, which then later developed into one of the leading multimedia companies in the Entertainment Industry.

 

Lee got his start as an assistant at Timely Comics when he was 16. It was here that he began working under Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the creators of Captain America. Not long after, Lee was promoted to Editor at Timely Comics and continued writing for the company as well.

Then in the 1950s Timely, (then named Atlas) trying to keep up with DC Comics, gave Stan Lee the chance to create his own collection of superheroes. Need I say much else? This opportunity is what really sparked the fire in Lee’s career. It brought the creation of his best stories.

And In 1961 the world saw the debut of Fantastic Four. Not long after came some of his other most reputable characters; The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider Man, and Thor.

 

Lee’s characters were known for their humanity and vulnerability. They garnered such adoration because these externally strong characters were coping with the same daily insecurities as us mere mortals.

 

Regardless of some struggles that Lee faced in his finals years he will be remembered as one of the most successful writers and creators in the Entertainment Industry.

 

If you’d like to see the fun side of Lee, Click Below to watch a short compilation of his movie cameos!

Vivian Nguyen

Hey Trove fam! We have to introduce you to our new assistant editor Vivian, she is pretty awesome! What makes her so awesome? Well, just asking her what she finds interesting about herself she said, “I feel like I have an ability to make the most mundane activities seem interesting. I’ve spent the last year getting to know myself a lot, and I’ve accepted that one of my superpowers is having a natural positivity towards anything I invest time in. I love helping people get excited about simply... living. “ Wow! What a statement right? Everyday Vivian shows up to Trove with a smile on her face and she is just so inspiring as a person, you can’t help but want to be around her! :)

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Some of her hobbies consist of trying new restaurants and then going home to try to replicate the food she just tried. She also likes to watch “Chef’s Table”; hmm maybe this is where her food inspirations come from? She even likes to bring us some new food and drinks to try in the office, another reason why we love her. :)

Besides watching Chef’s Table, of course she likes to watch other tv shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “This Is Us.” As for movies “Short Term 12”, “Her”, and Wong Kar Wai films. Basically anything emotionally heavy and character-driven, she loves it!

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Music is another love of Vivian’s she enjoys making playlists in her free time! Sound is what got Vivian started in the film industry. She helped establish “Sofar Sounds” in Athens Georgia, where she was a videographer and video editor. “I discovered a community of people who wanted to help create this platform for artists to express their musicality. I transitioned into filmmaking through a similar collaborative process, but that’s where I discovered my passion and appreciation for editing”, she says. We definitely feel that Vivian is in the right field for sure!

Since starting at Trove, Vivian has found that she really appreciates the balance of professionalism and interpersonal conversations between everyone. “I think that level of comfortability is important for a company’s growth,” says Vivian.

Some of her goals for the Film Industry over the next two years are to focus on being the best AE any Editor would need. Eventually, she would like to be pass over that knowledge and work her way up to be a full time Editor. In the meantime, Vivian is still trying to figure out what her “editing niche” is and enjoying the creativity from looking at the color orange (Trove Studio)! :)


Halloween Traditions and Hauntings: Are You Being Haunted?

Hey Everyone! It’s October and this week we are celebrating Halloween! Here in the studio we’re excited for the horror movies, haunted houses, makeup and costumes! We went around and asked our Trove team about some of their Halloween memories.

Alan, one of our interns and PAs, said as a kid his family didn’t really do halloween, but the best memories he has are carving pumpkins and dressing up as Mushu from the Disney movie “Mulan.” His dream pumpkin to carve would be Shrek and Fiona, but to set these pumpkins apart he would leave them out all year! Alan says, “I just feel like that is what you should do with a Shrek pumpkin, you know?” Alan doesn’t have many plans this year for Halloween, but he might try to go to a Anime convention in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

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It was a lot of fun talking with Ashley, Trove’s Producer, about her halloween experiences. She remembers her mom dressing her up as a witch EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Ashley's favorite costume was being a Genie, but she said it was not very good once you had to get bundled up for Maine’s cold weather. Something really cool about Maine -- other than the weather -- was how crazy everyone is about the Salem witches.

Going from one extreme to another Ashley then moved to Florida. She said, “Halloween is just not Halloween in Florida. It’s way too hot!” Even though halloween is not the same in Florida, Ashley really enjoyed her nephew dressing up as Buzz Lightyear from Disney’s “Toy Story”.

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Now living and working in Atlanta, Ashley hopes to dress up as Cardi B this year. Cardi B is definitely going to be a really fun and popular costume this year. What do you all think?

Speaking of Disney, we have another PA who might be afraid to go into the Disney’s Haunted Mansion or she just wants to give the dead their respect … we are not really sure. (Shh, don’t tell her name is Shelby.)  As a kid Shelby would carve pumpkins and watch the movie “Hocus Pocus.”

Hocus Pocus is just the essential ‘scary’ movie you watch as a kid, you know!” Shelby said. Of course, we had to ask who her favorite Sanderson Sister is. She went with Mary, the witch with black hair, because she’s so funny. She thinks Hocus Pocus is a great movie because it’s a story about family, and even though it’s kind of sad it has a great ending. Her favorite part of the movie is when the Sanderson Sisters sing “I’ll Put a Spell On You.” “I love that song so much.

I even sing it when it’s not halloween.”

Shelby’s favorite costume so far for Halloween, was when she and her boyfriend went as Bob and Linda from Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” her favorite show.  This year Shelby is planning to dress up as Lara Croft from “Tomb Raider”, Leeloo from “The Fifth Element, or the block furniture characters from Kanye West and Lil Pump “I Love It” music video. The goal is to be someone really cool or something just plain funny and stupid, said Shelby.

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After talking about halloween costumes and traditions, we then got on the topic of hauntings and people being haunted here at Trove Studio. We heard Alan tell about his Grandma’s haunted pacemaker randomly going off after she passed away. Alan said, “usually the pacemaker will make a weird noise when his dad is upset or going through a hard time. “

Ashley told us about how her cats like to hide in her box spring. One day her box spring was making weird noises … and it wasn’t her cats! Her apartment was built in the 1920’s, so it really could be anything. Maybe a cat died and was haunting her because she loves cats so much? Who knows?

Although, the best story of them all, of course, was from Ben, our director.

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One late night, Ben was at the studio while no one else was here. He was working while listening to the audio book “The Demonologist” by Ed & Lorraine Warren. In the audio book the Warren’s describe the difference between ghost and demon possession. According to the book, when a demon is bothering you, there’s always a bad smell and something gross around like urine or feces.

So Ben’s just listening along and then decides to go check the mail outside. Everything was normal and nothing out of the ordinary. He got the mail walked back inside and … stepped right in some kind of feces. To this day, Ben doesn’t know where it came from or what caused it to appear. Maybe it was because he was listening to the audio book or maybe not?

On another occasion, we went into the studio in the morning and Ashley had a weird liquid that smelled really bad on her call sheets. We looked at the ceiling and all around ... no leaks or spilled cups of water or coffee. Maybe it was the demon again …  What do you all think? We would love to hear your comments below. :)

We hope you enjoyed reading about what some of us are doing here at Trove for Halloween and our big haunting here! If we’re filming for you this October, a lot of us like Reeses, Kit Kats, Nerds, and Milky Ways ... Ben just tried a payday for the very first time and doesn’t care for it, but he also tried a Take5 and said it was surprisingly very good -- so those work, too! ;)

We can’t finish up the blog without mentioning some great events going on in the community. What we recommend for October are the haunted tours at SweetWater Brewery, Edgar A Poe Experience at Wrenn’s Nest and Marco Ramirez's "The Royale" for people looking for something decidedly less scary (“not scary”). Go check them out and have a frightening October!

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Color For Fright: Our Use of Color In a Halloween Trailer

Hey Trove friends, thank you as always for tuning in to our blog here at Trove! This week we have been working with color! How so? You may wonder. Well… we’ve just finished working on a haunted house trailer based off Edgar Allan Poe’s classic stories. Some of the stories featured are “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “Fall of the House of Usher,” “Mask of Red Death,” and “The Raven.” What’s awesome about working on a trailer with known stories is that you can push mediums like color to enhance the narrative.

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Color is important because it affects viewers emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. Perfect for anything horror related! Color can build harmony but also can create tension depending on what color scheme you use. Some of these color schemes consist of monochromatic, analogous, complementary, and triadic.

Briefly, what are those color themes? Monochromatic is one color hue that is altered by the change in tones and shades; creating an awesome use of contrast. Analogous is when you use a set of colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel; which is pleasing to the eye. Complementary colors are opposite colors on the color wheel; and are used when there are internal conflicts. Triadic is the use of three colors on the color wheel evenly spaced; they do not have to be right next to each other. It is important when using these color theme that one color is more dominant in the scene and the other two colors are complimenting the more dominant color.

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Specifically, color can draw your eye to a certain subject. Directors tend to do this in a story because they have a message they want to send to viewers.

We created a scene from the “Tell-Tale Heart” and most of the room is yellow. In color psychology yellow can be used to indicate intensity and frustration. As viewers are focusing on certain actions in the video they get the impression that the character is frustrated and the situation is intense.

In the story itself, the author is going insane as he’s telling the story of how he killed a man. Therefor we used yellow and show aspects like the door knob shaking to give the impression that things are about to break through the surface, making viewers feel an adrenaline rush.

Certain colors can be used for characters to indicate their personality type or their intentions. In another scene we have the villain from the “Mask of Red Death”; and he’s in a red cap, blood on his face, and holding a bloody apple.

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In the scene the villain is standing in front of a dinner table and smoothly shows the audience the apple. At first you might not realize that the apple has blood on it. Although you don’t see the blood, the audience knows something is not right due to the red hue of the room. The red tell us that there’s a sense of desire but that he’s simultaneously dangerous.

After seeing the villain and maybe feeling uneasy, you look at the bloody apple, which is meant to be a distraction right before the lil’ crow caws his head off and gets you truly shook. The gestures along with the color distract the audience by showing them a danger that they may be trying to discern, then as they are mid thought -- CAW!

The last scene we’re going to talk about today is from the “Fall of the House of Usher.” There’s  a dead girl who’s in a blue tinted room. In the scene there are cracks in the ceiling coming apart with plaster falling down. The dead girl’s hair flies up and she starts screaming “Mad Man, Mad Man!”

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Blue is the color of a dead body and in this case signifies death. It can also signify calmness, but the scene is not calm. Our director, Ben Wade, wanted to use a little reverse phycology by making the scene feel as though it may be calm, but it’s revealed that she’s manic and dead. The hope was to leave the viewers feeling uncomfortable and on edge as she screams.

The goal of the whole trailer is to take you on a literal mind trip through Poe’s subconscious, eliciting feelings of discomfort and suspense along the way. What would we do without color to strengthen the emotional and psychological reaction?


At Trove we believe the use of color is important in film and video. The use of color can create an aesthetically pleasing video, and it can also strengthen your storyline. To learn more about color, check out our blog post titled "Hue Knows What I Mean: Color in Film and Video Production".You can check out our Edgar Allen Poe trailer here.

Alan McKelton

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Hey Trove Followers! We would like to introduce you to one of our newest team members. To start out our first candidate is Alan McKelton! Alan is a Production Assistant here at Trove from Detroit Michigan. Alan came to Atlanta, Georgia because he realized the opportunities of what Atlanta Video Production Companies had to offer while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Clayton University.

 

While attending Clayton University, he studied video and even got a minor in French. Funny enough, French films are what got Alan into the love for the film industry.

 

He admires some of the French “Bad Boy Culture” and their sense of style. He even has a love for French fries (which was not created by the French and has nothing to do with video).

 

Anyways, other media that has influenced Alan’s sense of “style” are horror movies like “The Anti-Christ”, and thriller film “The Double”, and Sci-fi book “Nova”.

 

After college, Alan began looking for internships and found Trove Studio! Since beginning his internship, Alan has enjoyed how laid back and cool everyone is. Yes!

 

His favorite project at Trove was interviewing the union members for Actors Equity Group because of how passionate and caring they are about the theater groups here in Atlanta.  

 

Some of Alan’s personal goals with Trove Studio are to work on some Cinema projects and become a Light Technician. Alan would like to create and work with films that push mediums such as color, light, and that are deeply personable.  Who knows, maybe they’ll even star some French Actors?

 

 

Fear and Now: How Horror Movies Reflect Societal Unease

Fear and Now: How Horror Movies Reflect Societal Unease

Hello there Trove-ians, and thank you once again for tuning in to another Trove blog! This week, I’d like to open by discussing a film that I saw recently that forced me, a strapping, brave, and confident twenty-five year old man, to sleep on the couch with lights on because it … it just scared me so much.

That film was “Hereditary.” Flying under the radar, it’s been met with laudatory critical acclaim, and for good reason; the movie is incredible, an intense fusion of searing family drama and shocking, traumatizing horror. The movie is terrifying, to say the least, but what gives the film that special resonance that all great horror movies possess is that it’s actually trying to say something.

Moving in the Right Direction: 5 Essentials of Being A Great Director

Moving in the Right Direction: 5 Essentials of Being A Great Director

Greetings and salutations my friends, and welcome back! For those of you who checked in on the Trove blog last week, we did a piece on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and spoke a little bit about it’s director, Stanley Kubrick. But, after writing said blog, I didn’t really think to explain … what a director is.

Whether you’re a bonafide media buff or couldn’t care less about television and film, there are names you just know. Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Michael Bay (it caused me physical pain to include him with the previous three, but unfortunately he’s a pretty well-known director. God I hate myself). We know who these guys are, but some of us don’t really know what it is they actually do.