Spaghetti Western about cupcakes: A Mouthful of Cupcakes

I can’t believe it’s been two whole years since I made my first film “A Mouthful of Cupcakes”, a Spaghetti Western! It all started when I was binge watching some old Sergio Leone flicks like “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dollars.” I liked how there was so much tension and stuff going on between people not talking and looking at each other funny. Having been inspired, I started looking for people shooting westerns in the Boston area. But alas, none were shooting. So I took fate into my own hands, wrote and produced A Mouthful of Cupcakes.

That was a hell of a learning experience, from learning about film making to paperwork with SAG. Luckily, youtube has a whole bunch of videos about those topics. Didn’t have fancy gear either, but that didn’t stop me. I shot it with my trusty old iPhone 5 and recorded audio with an iPhone 3.

Then the editing began… I wished someone would have warned me how time consuming this would be. The entire shoot took less than 8 hours, but the editing took weeks, mostly because there were so many little things to tweak like color correction, then finding the right music, sound effects, and then rearranging the scenes for comedic effect. It felt like working on a painting or something, I’m never really done with it.

In the end, it was a great learning experience and collaboration with friends. Since then I’ve spawned several projects including a couple of presidential campaign videos  and a quickie about actors. But man, I loved this project and the people involved. A sequel has been written and I can’t wait to start working on this again. It’s gonna be a Kung Fu Spaghetti Western!

 

“A Mouthful of Cupcakes” – Western from Harry Phan on Vimeo.

 

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