The Surprise Party FAQs
What if I’m having problems playing the embedded video?
First and foremost, make sure you have the latest version of Flash installed. If the video is choppy, your computer may not be able to handle the HD footage. Make sure the HD option is switched off and try playing the film again. Slower connections may also need to pause the video and let it load for awhile (or completely) before playing.
If you repeatedly run into issues with the media player, go to the film’s Vimeo page and look in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. There you’ll find a link to download the original mp4 file of the movie. After the download is complete, I recommend using the VLC Media Player to open it. It’s totally free and plays almost every video & audio format that’s out there.
How long did this take to shoot?
Three and a half days. There were also a few pick-ups we did throughout post-production, but nothing major.
What did you shoot with?
A Canon HG20 high-def camcorder. However, if you’re in the market I’d recommend something other than the AVCHD format for a long list of reasons.
What’s the name of the song that plays during (insert scene here)?
Click here for artist and song information.
Why is the blooper reel password protected?
When our last film went online, it was the first thing a lot of people clicked on. It wasn’t that much of an issue with that particular movie, but the blooper reel for The Surprise Party contains some pretty significant spoilers. It’s just our way of trying to make sure people have watched the movie first.
I’m pretty sure I’m entering the right password, but it still isn’t working.
Send me an email and I’ll help you out.
What if I want to watch the blooper reel but not the movie?
If you want dessert, you have to eat your vegetables.
What did you use to edit the film?
The Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth, etc.)
Where did you get your sound effects?
I’ve got an external drive where I’ve created a library of all the ones I’ve collected throughout the years. With this particular film we recorded the majority of them ourselves. A lot of the others came from Soundsnap.
I have a question that isn’t answered here.
We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to drop us a line using the contact page.