The Hakamada Incident

06/18/2014 - 03:29
“Loneliness is painful for me certainly, it is painful, but it is not as meaningless." Iwao Hakamada   In the following days, Vacant Cranium will begin the campaign to document the horrendus occurences involving Iwao Hakamada. On March 27, 2014, Hakamada was released from prison and granted a retrial by the Shizuoka District Court. A statement from the court said there was reason to believe evidence had been fabricated in the original trial and that keeping the 78-year-old jailed while waiting on the retrial would have been "unbearably unjust". Hakamada was admitted to a Tokyo hospital the day after his release to be treated for a possible case of diabetes. According to a family member, Hakamada's mental health has badly deteriorated due to…

Croatia World Cup Qualifying

11/21/2013 - 09:05
CroatianSports sent us out to obtain coverage of the Croatia-Iceland matchup. This game would decide if Croatia would advance to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. You can find news from the game and more at Page will be updated as more footage becomes available. Stay tuned.


08/05/2013 - 21:29
Evicko is a new short directed by Ziya Demirel, and co-produced by Vacant Cranium. It has received recognition overseas, and is now coming to North America to fill your crown.     IMDB (Credits and More)   Festivals and Awards Sinepark Short Film Festival Best Film Best Drama  Best Cinematography Atif Yilmaz  2nd Place (short film competition)  Akbank short film festival Hisar Best 10 films of 2013 Drama Film Festival Short Competion

Without Reverence

04/30/2013 - 10:23
Without Reverence is a short western from the mind of Mark Ashmore. A majority of the funding for the film was done through indiegogo.    Here are some various pictures from preproduction, and production:     This post will be updated with information as it becomes available.

SXSW Information

02/14/2013 - 01:48
Bad Dream will premiere at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center on March 11th from 11:30AM to 1PM. There will be additional screenings at Stateside theatre Wednesday, March 13th 11:00AM-12:30PM and again at the Rollins Theatre on Saturday, March 16th 9:30PM-11PM. View our page for more information and scheduling programs. View Larger Map For press that wish to receive a screener before hand for reviewing please send an email to

Accepted at SXSW Festival

02/08/2013 - 22:55
You can check out the sxsw page for our music video on the sxsw site. The date and screening time is not yet announced but will be available at the provided link once announced.


02/03/2013 - 06:41
We will have more information as soon as it is available. Until then stay cool.    

Under Construction

01/26/2013 - 21:54
The site is functional for the most part, but please bear with us as some of the functioning and design of the site is not complete.

Corrections with Looks in FCP

12/31/2012 - 10:34
This is an old entry I did way back, but I figured why not share it here as the starting blog. This relies on having the addon Magic Bullet Looks installed. The addon is available for Final Cut, Premiere, Avid, and even Photoshop. What I like about the program is that it allows you to do gradient adjustments as you'll soon see.   Here I have an untouched 7D clip. The shooting conditions were horrible in the fact that the key was basically backlighting our subject. We had no choice but to shoot from this angle due to space constraints and the fact that there was a tarp that appeared on shooting date (blocking our shooting spot).  Having it outdoors made it extremely difficult because we get no bounce from light hitting ceilings, walls, etc. The subject…