WHAT IS FILMGENERATION?
In 1999, Filmgeneration.com was intended to be a place where student filmmakers could share and promote their work. Unfortunately, the cost of hosting films in those days prevented the project from ever getting off the ground.
In the spring of 2003, Kirk Diaz, Tony Swarthout, and Greg Sweeney- three aspiring filmmakers- got tired of talking about making movies and decided to just shoot one. They would treat each short video as an exercise. The films wouldn't be perfect but they would be finished.
With each exercise, they learn more about producing, directing, acting, editing, shooting, lighting, sound, writing, and more. Filmgeneration also features the work of fellow filmmakers around the world and continues to be an outlet for the ideas that float around our heads.
After getting his BA in Social Studies at UC Irvine, Tony moved to Los Angeles to find a place for himself in the film industry. He's worked as a production assistant in feature animation at the Walt Disney Company since 2002. Filmgeneration has become his personal film school. In 2006, he completed "Missing Pieces" which became the first of his short films to be entered and screened in film festivals around the country. Currently, he is developing new content to fulfill the growing demand for Internet video material.
A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television, Kirk has created a wealth of distinct shorts for Filmgeneration that capture the angst and struggles we've faced, finding our way in LA.
Greg graduated from UC Irvine with a double major in Film and Psychology. His other strong passion is music (he is admittedly addicted to vinyl records). He currently works for Warner Bros. Studios. Greg is working towards a position as a music supervisor in film and television. You may also find him spinning at various functions around LA and OC.
QYNA (Questions you never asked...)
Q: What kind of camera do you use?
A: We have shot on the Panasonic DVX-100A and GS-120, the Sony TRV-900 and TRV-320, and the Canon XL-1s and Canon SD 400 (still camera). Whatever we can get our hands on basically.
Q: What do you use to edit?
A: Our earlier films were cut on Adobe Premiere 6.0. Currently, we cut on Premiere Pro 2, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie. Again, whatever we can get our hands on.
Q: Who hosts your videos on the Internet?
A: We use NearlyFreeSpeech.net where you only pay for what you use.
Q: How long does it take to make one of your amazing short videos?
A: Our shorts have been shot in as quickly as four minutes and as long as three days. Our simpler videos are usually shot, edited, and uploaded in one weekend.
Q: Why are the same people/locations always featured in your shorts?
A: With frequent time restraints, you work with what's available.
Q: How do you choose what to shoot?
A: We pitch ideas to each other every week and go with the one we can shoot over the weekend. That usually depends on whether we can get actors.
Q: I've made a few of my own videos. Would you host them for me?
A: We can't afford the time and money to host other people's shorts right now. The videos featured in the FILMGEN REMOTE section of the site were produced exclusively for Filmgeneration. Once you've contributed an original piece, we open up a space for you in the "PAST FILMS" section of the video page.
If you'd like to be listed on our LINKS page, send us an email.