Friday 12 April 2024

New fundraiser videos coming soon

Trace and Madison are very keen to get working on their "Living off the Land" feature film project. 
We start filming very soon and we require a bunch of money to buy gas and props. There is also some location fees for the film.  
If you would like to help two eleven year old boys get their feature film made please make a donation or send your sponsorship offer email.
Our new Pay Pal is @sterlingjohnstonfilms

I will see if I can set up a link shortly.

Ramping up

I'm starting to ramp up production for this summer. I have casting calls for three feature film projects. If you are under the age of 16 you must have a parent or parent appointed guardian contact me about setting up an audition.

In other news we really need to get the YouTube subscriber count up around the one million mark so we can start contacting companies about sponsoring films and videos.  

Personally I dislike fundraising and I would much rather promote hard work equals a pay check. The industry is set up for two revenue streams. Pay per view or advertisers latching on to popular films or videos in hopes that people will buy their product. 

People on YouTube watch YouTube because it's free so they are not about to do pay preview. That only leaves advertising as a revenue stream. So help us out by subscribing. It doesn't cost you anything and it tells advertisers that you value our productions.
Thank you for your support.

Thursday 11 April 2024

Fundraising

So I'm kicking off a fundraising campaign. We are looking to raise $5000 for Madison and Traces survival in the woods film.  It's 1979 and two boys try to live off the land.

An additional $2500 for the Zombie Zone 82. It's 1982 and a group of scouts decide it's a good idea to take a short cut to their summer camp, right through the Zombie Zone. 

 $5000 for Ghost of Thunder Lake.  It's a cross between Ghost of Lake Opeongo and Greg's Map. It's 1980 and a group of friends take a sail boat out to try and debunk the local ghost story.

Every one that makes a contribution towards the production costs will get their name in the ending credits of the film..
Pay pal me 


Michael $2000
Sterling $400

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Not much going on.

 So there is not much going on at the moment. Most of the current actors are busy wrapping up there hockey team play offs. Madison is hoping to get working on his film soon. Still no donation towards his film project yet. I'm hoping to film an update video with him soon.  Hopefully Trace is still going to co star in his film. I haven't had much luck getting a hold of actor parents lately. They must all be super busy.

I'm hoping the new casting call find some super new talented actors. Things are kind of quite around here. We still haven't recovered from the corvid shut downs yet. It really messed up the flow of productions. People can show their support by way of  my new PayPal @sterlingjohnston Get your name in the ending credits under Special Thanks May be is should change it to Sponsors of this film.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

How's it going?

I'm just going to hack away with the camera gear and computer I have. I am currently finding filming locations, doing script rewrites, lining up current actors with projects and starting the next round of casting calls. All the pre production stuff is super stressful and makes for boring videos so I don't film any of it.  
I'm hoping to line up actors to do their promo videos for this summers film projects. 
Question. Do the fans want to see pre production videos? 

Wednesday 20 March 2024

New editing computer

I need to look into a new computer for editing video. Mine is 2014 so it's 10 years old and constantly crashing. I have been looking at the new Mac Pro stuff that can edit 4k video and VFX work.  $25,000 is a huge amount of money so that's never going to happen. It's nice to dream once in a while.  
My friend Dale donated a 2009 Mac Pro 4 core that can edit 2k video but I haven't been able to find any editing soft ware that will work on High Sera 10.13.6. Maybe some one has an old copy of Premier pro that will work on it.  I tried installing the new one from their website but it won't install on the old system.  
My friend George donated a 20 year old server 24 core with the new free version of Devinchi resolve but it can't play back video with out chugging.  Any ideas? 

Thursday 14 March 2024

Its a rainy day.

It's a rainy March Break day so I'm getting back to script writing. Today I'm working on Madison Williams  and Trace Trace film. We will be doing an update video one day after March Break and we will be doing a one hour fundraiser live chat to hopefully make enough money to make the film. 

I'm planning some rewrites for the Zombie Zone 82 film. I will start working on the script again soon. 

We have Ezra, Wynston, Neo Briski, Conan Bauer, Sydney Heasman, Trace Savage and 20 boys yet to cast.

I have to look into making Ghost of Thunder Lake if I can find the casting members for it. If not I will push it to next summer. 

The U12 Divers film has done very well on YouTube the first few weeks. Hopefully it goes viral. 

Thank you to all the new subscribers. It helps out 100% with the channel.  we have all moved the YouTube money from $100 every 2.5 years to $100 every 12 months. Hopefully we can get that number up higher and higher. All the YouTube ad revenue goes into future film projects. 

I'm going to try and make this years films as cheap as possible. but Zombie Zone is coming in around $4000,  Ghost of thunder lake is currently looking like $6000 and Madison's movie is still in the $5000 range. That's a lot of money to raise. If you like the films we make please consider making a contribution.  Buy Sterling a Coffee.  Buy the cast lunch. Possibly donate $10 that you didn't spend on a theater ticket to see the film we posted for free. I will post your name in the films ending credits under Special Thanks. 

Fan Mail can be sent to: Sterling Johnston Box 96, Alma, Ontario Canada, N0B 1A0  Who knows maybe we will open fan mail in a live stream. 

Friday 8 March 2024

We made the news papers again.

We made it into the newspapers again. The actors got a touch of the Hollywood Tremont, walking the mini red carpet and talking to reporters. Hopefully we get some donations to the new film projects.  We did raise $175 at the premier to go into this year's film projects. Just $9,825 to go. 
Fan mail can be sent to, Sterling Johnston Box 96, Alma, Ontario Canada N0B 1A0

Wednesday 6 March 2024

What's next?

With the diving film completed and published it's time to kick off new projects. I picked up a Betacam Sp tape deck. I'm crossing my fingers it works as it should. The plan is to import all the rough footage from the 2001 film Swim Zack Swim and edit from scratch the feature length version. The film was deleted from the computer before it was exported to tape way back 01.

I have many casting calls going for this summers films. I'm setting up auditions for future actors.  

Saturday 2 March 2024

QHR Report U12 Divers March 2 2024

U12 Divers

We had a very successful premiere screening of the U12 Feature Film today. Everyone really like it. We had a full theater with only 10 seats to spare.
 A great big thank you to everyone who donated some money towards the theater rental.  It was fully covered and we have $170 towards one of this summers productions.
I will be posting a QHR Report covering the event later today.  
Great big thank you to the Gorge Cinema. If you Re ever in Elora it's a great place to watch a feature film.

Friday 23 February 2024

Casting Call

I'm looking for three actors age 20 to 40 to play ambulance service driver, paramedic and doctor.  They all turn into Zombies. 
One late night commitment and one evening a month later commitment.

Must have drivers license.
Must be fit for chasing people.
Filming in the Fergus Elora Ontario area. Date TBA. Most likely April and July. 
Everyone working on the film project is a volunteer. 

This is a feature film project with a running time of 75 mins when completed. 

If you would like to set up a meeting to talk about the project please email director Sterling Johnston 


Thursday 15 February 2024

new wardrobe for film projects

If anyone is interested in helping out for this summers film projects we could use some new 80s shorts for the film projects. I have a few large cast projects where we need about 150 pairs. They can be found on eBay. We need size 24/26 and 26/28. 28/30  eBay shorts link
Any colour combination is good. red white black, green and so on. You get the idea. 
Also boys Levi's regular fit sizes 10,12,14 paints 80s three stripe track paints. 80s boys t shirts and so on. We will put your name in the ending credits. If you are not sure if we can use them or not please feel free to email me sterlingjohnstonfilms@gmail com 
You can send fan mail and gifts to, 
Sterling Johnston Films
Box 96, Alma, Ontario 
N0B 1A0

Saturday 10 February 2024

Zombie Zone 82 Casting call

We have an exciting opportunity for 20 boys age 8 to 14 to act in Zombie Zone 82. 

It's 1982 and a group of scouts desided to take a short cut on their way to the groups summer camp. They cut right through the zombie zone. 

Filming this summer the film will be rated G or PG when completed. This is a feature film with a running time of 75 mins. Wide range of roles will be handed out four weeks before filming. 

No acting experience required.
Must be comited to completing the film once started. Approximately 80 hours. 
Must have good swimming skills as we will be working in and around water.
Must live in Ontario Canada.
A parent or parent appointed guardian must be on location.
Everyone working on the film project is a valinteer.

To set up a meeting to talk about the project or to set up an audition, please email director Sterling Johnston. sterlingjohnstonfilms@gmail.com 



Sunday 4 February 2024

Website update

I'm thinking websites are going the way of the dinosaurs and their a waste of money. Everyone uses apps now days or Facebook pages or just the YouTube channel.  Yep so Im not going to build a new website. Don't really need one.  I have my blog for additional information and people can visit any time they want. 

Tuesday 16 January 2024

New films in 2024

The reality is that I don't have any money to spend on new films. My plan is to make one or two films this summer when the actors have time.  
I'm going to see about setting up an introductory video for Trace. He's a good kid with amazing natural acting talent.  The question is who is going to be his co star.  

Saturday 13 January 2024

Diving film on Youtube

I'm looking at a possible date of Feb 9 to post the Diving film on Youtube.  I should edit a film trailer and post it.  I'm hoping to get 100,000 views the first week.  I was hoping for that with Greg's treasure map but it's been months and we just got past the 4,400 mark. The film is picking up as the word gets out that it's a good film. 

Saturday 6 January 2024

Rough edit

I finally have the rough edit of the diving film completed. Need to add the ending credits and stuff but a few more polish edits to go and the pool rental diving scenes to film. What a long gurney this project has been. 2019 to 2024. Endless Fundraising, Pandemic shut downs, cast changes and camera destruction but I'm getting so close. I finally got the pool rental booked at $450 for two hours. Fingers crossed all go well and we can finally wrap this production up. A great big huge thank you to Michael for donating the money to cover the pool rental cost. 

Tuesday 2 January 2024

2024

Well it's 2024 and a new year of film production. I'm just going to try and make as many films as I can. We will be posting update videos as we will film them. I still have my website off line as I'm looking for new web hosting and the money to cover the cost. I just gotta find something around the house here to sell.   

Tuesday 26 December 2023

old Sony x160

Hey everyone. I'm wondering if anyone has an old Sony PXW X160 camera kickingbaround that they would be willing to donate. If you do please send it to Sterling Johnston Films Box 96, Alma, Ontario Canada. 

Friday 22 December 2023

Old Canoes

I need to purchase a bunch of old Canoes for the movies we are making this summer. Currently the prices are down. I get get some 14 and 16 foot canoes for $300 each.  Just wondering if anyone is interested in helping purchase them? 

Wednesday 20 December 2023

First film of 12

The first draft of the first film is written. The script should be finalized in the next few days. The 12 Gifts of Christmas is a working title for now. The plan is to film it over Christmas break and into January. 
If you live in Ontario Canada and you would like to support the girls film we do eccept non rubber checks.  Please make checks payable to Sterling Johnston. Box 96, Alma, Ontario, Canada N0B 1A0