Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I recommend the oxiclean dub, mighty mend it, the gopher, and mighty putty.
rest in peace billy mays.
The second thing I mentioned was Kung Pow. It splices new characters, scenes, effects, and audio into a 1970s martial arts film. The result is equally as ridiculous as the show posted above.
Monday, March 28, 2011
So for one of my classes, I had to watch the movie Paris Je T'aime (Paris, I love you). What I found to be really interesting about this movie was that it was made up of 18 short films. All of the movies dealt with some sort of relationship, but they were all SO different. Each "vignette" was directed by a different director so they all had a different feel to them as well. What was really cool was that even though all of these short films were so different, when they were put together they formed a whole story - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts kinda thing. I think its cool how you can have one comprehensive unit that's made up of things that are so different than each other.
In other news, we'll be filming our gdk tomorrow and wednesday. We unfortunately had to change the date from this saturday. Tomorrow will be a long day.
question, do we have class on thursday?
Getting to important things: From what I heard, we had some good shoots this weekend for our group. Good job team, Team Good Job. I couldn't be there because the show I DP for was doing some heavy filming this weekend. Let me tell you about it.
There were some long shots that are going to be a pain to edit. It's an argument scene between three people, so we pulled it off by doing handheld everything and getting a long master take, then three close-ups. It's a bit sloppy in the camera movement -- kind of Office style if you want to think of it that way -- but we didn't get any of the equipment in the shot so far as I'm concerned. The crew who weren't helping on set acted as extras. It went pretty well, aside from Stacey Lawrence's flubbed takes. That's right, I call people out by name. (It was funny, though.)
We filmed in the dining hall. Did I mention that? We filmed in the dining hall. Our location manager is a baller.
As far as professionally made stuff goes, I think I told you about Battle LA already. What about Sucker Punch? Clearly the post production work is excellent, and we're not going to see the movie for the storyline. But that doesn't justify the fact that the acting is just plain awful. Even from the trailer I knew that we were going to see some pretty wonky line delivery. Had the cast been a little more dramatic instead of running around killing things the entire time, it might have been a more decent film. But on first watch, it's just okay for now.
Finally, I've got to complain. Our second project isn't Field Production at all. We're taking pre-made footage and remixing it. I know editing, you know editing. It's first grade, Spongebob. I don't get it.
Wocka flocka flame, I'm out.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
We shot Saturday at a house on South Aurora, and sure, the house was a disgusting mess. BUT it was the perfect location. Our audio came out good and the lighting is amazing thanks to my awesome roommate (Rachel Rothenberg) who is practically a lighting goddess.
So basically all we have left to shoot is the outside stuff, its about 3 very short scenes. So please keep your fingers crossed that we have some decent weather soon.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Here a quick and dirty (and ugly:-) composite I just did against your background. I shot myself against a green fabric, with light coming from my window (too cold outside, hehe) , flipped it contrasted, desaturated and tinted the image to match the "light" on the parking lot. As a detail I added a "reflection" of the background in my glasses like we mentioned in class.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
If anyone is free Saturday the 26th from 330 until 10 at the very very latest and wouldn't mind lending a hand we'd really appreciate it. We just need a couple (or at least 1) extra person on set to be audio, or be a PA. anything really. Just text me or becca if you'd like to help out. Seriously though, I'd love you forever.
Here's a screenshot of what the final composite would look something like from our test in class today. I just did some minor color correction and desaturation to make the characters blend with the background better.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If you want to watch one of the craziest movies ever, please take some time and watch Enter The Void.
Its a French movie, about a drug dealer named Oscar, who gets shot in Japan after being chased by security guards. He then has an out of body experience that leads him to follow his life after death.
This movie is shot in first person for nearly the entire movie, and is just visual masterpiece. Some of the scenes in the movie literally blow my mind, and i hope your mind can feel the same effect after watching this movie..
btw anyone have a half decent bracket left? and go miami bball!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Anyhow, I saw Battle LA the other day. Great visual effects. It was a shame that the story didn't let us see much of them, though. Most of what I got to witness was the gritty landscape of the destroyed city, which is rubble and rubble and rubble and rubble and rubble. I would have loved to see more robot aliens. From the six frames I saw of them, they looked very cool. Okay, and there was that scene where they cut through one of the aliens to find the weak spot. But other than that, it was a good use of special effects for some pretty mediocre reasons.
The story and everything else was eh and meh, though. Aliens are colonizing the Earth. Great! Let's kill them! But why? Well, they're killing us. But why? Because they may want our water. Hmmm, okay, but why? For fuel. Ohhh. Well, you could have made that a little clearer earlier on in the movie; unless you were afraid that the explosions and the helicopters were going to be compromised. Less story, more helicopters! Isn't that how it works? No. Also, the actors weren't subpar, but what they were acting wasn't hard by any means. Children could have done it. It was mostly screaming and grunting. Children can scream and grunt. That's all babies do, I know that. Just ask my two year old nephew. Awwww. I'm sidetracked. Spring break.
I gave it a 4/10. I'd watch it again only if my roommate and his drunk frat brothers were watching it on Netflix. They're suckers for this kind of stuff. Again, meh and eh.
STATUS REPORT ON EDITING! Pretty much one-third of the movie is rough edited in Final Cut. I've got to work on the SFX for the opening shot, and it was a pain to get the audio to flow well. We might have to ADR. But that's not so much a problem right now. We've got a few weeks. I'm sure we can get this done.
Then it's on to the next project. Who's betting on music video?
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
George (20’s, M): A college student could fill this role. He is an intelligence operative in the company. In his discussion with Veronica, he is trying to deceive her into dropping her pursuit of the truth.
Jensen (20’s, M): I am looking for someone who is built like a track runner for this part. He initially toys with Veronica in the interrogation scene. As soon as a weapon is introduced to the scene, he becomes terrified. It doesn’t take long for Veronica to break him.
Vlad (30’s M): His role in setting the trap is to entice Veronica into falling into the trap. He slyly gives up bits of information until he has her hooked. Once he has Veronica in his bag, he sends Veronica on her way.
If you can help post a comment mentioning for what character you are suggesting someone and I will relay the information to the director.
Shooting schedule is form March24-31
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
So yesterday we took a little trip to meet with the realtor. He showed us the houses. They're so cute and perfect for our location. Here's a picture of one of the ones we're gonna use. They're still in the construction phase, so no one lives in them yet. But the room is exactly what we need (thank god)
Also! I received AMAZING news from my friend today. Apparently, next fall nickelodeon will be bringing back all of our favorite 90s nickelodeon shows from midnight to 2am. I am seriously so incredibly excited for this. They said they're doing it because of all the interest for the programs on social networking sites, mostly facebook. So get ready cause next fall, the time wasting window of midnight to 2am just got much more exciting. All That, Clarissa Explains it All, Rugrats, Kenan and Kel and more! YAAAY!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A lot changes in a week: We're done shooting most of our film and are now in (drumroll) the editing stage! Ten gigabytes of footage currently sit on my desktop ready to be sliced and color corrected and what not. I'm not sure that we'll need to do much with the video -- it's the audio I worry about. I'm thinking we'll need some serious ADR for one of the scenes; but then again, I haven't looked at the footage yet. I'll either be pleasantly surprised or not surprisingly disappointed. We'll see.
Life's good otherwise. Break is coming. Get excited. See you after next week.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Other than that, we still need to see if we can find any good office buildings, but if it ends up not happening, we've agreed to change the script around to fit our locations. That will be our backup plan, so hopefully it doesnt come to that.
Hope everyone else's GDK is going swimmingly......
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
So this weekend seems to have been a big weekend for everyone, shooting their doorknobs. Our group, (Alyssa, Matt, and I) did really well overall with our shoots. Saturday we really lucked out with the weather in the afternoon and got one out of our two outdoor scenes completed. Today we shot the opening and ending scenes, which was actually really good because of the weather.
We did run into a small glitch though concerning audio for one scene. For some reason our mic wasn't working in the beginning, we caught it right away thankfully, and were able to fix it. This does bring up a really important point. A lot of the xlrs from ppecks don't seem to work or are bad. There is a way to check this though BEFORE leaving ppecks. They have an xlr tester on the desk by the center computer, and its actually a really good idea to check the cables this way so that when your on set and ready to start shooting you don't realize that the cable is bad and you won't have any audio.
Friday, March 4, 2011
We're shooting our golden doorknob today and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I have never felt this prepared for any shoot I've been apart of because most people are so unorganized. I think we'll have a lot of fun though shooting around ithaca. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that everything goes smoothly!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
We had a little bit of a problem today when we went to shoot part of our GDK... our SD card was the wrong type. If you're planning on buying one from Karen Armstrong, then don't worry about it, BUT if you're buying it from somewhere else, make sure it's a class 6 card. Ours was a class 4 card and it didn't work. So we couldn't shoot today, which kinda sucked but we'll make it up on Saturday.
Can't wait to get shooting so we have some footage to work with!
But the reason i made a post about them, is because of the music video they made for one of their songs. Tyler the Creator who is the leader of the group, let this music video out, which was completely his idea, and completely crazy. Really like the black and white aspect of the video, and the editing is just outstanding.. Please Watch, and beware, the lyrics arent church friendly.
oh and for all the ladies in the class, Bieber has hopped on board.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I didn't watch the Oscars. To be honest, good for all of the films that were nominated or that won; but I can't stand the glorification of the ceremony. At least the Grammys has music throughout the show -- and come on, when Arcade Fire has bicycles riding around during a light show and when Em and Dre and Rihanna are singing together in front of a fire, it's going to be more exciting than anything you could imagine at an awards show. Besides, James Franco was supposedly high the entire time -- awesome and hilarious, nonetheless -- and Anne Hathaway just reminds me of that ditzy girl that I dated in high school that I broke up with after seven months because she was going to college and her ex-boyfriend was closer to FSU and it was just going to work out better that way. But I digress. I digress.
Moving on to Doorknob news: Buhhh.
We have no cast. Maybe one person. But maybe not. I don't know. We have a script and a few locations. Great. However, we need more time than "finish shooting before Spring Break." I know of Doorknob producers who aren't shooting until April. We need to make this great. We need time for reshoots. We need time for editing. We need time to work around when our locations will let us shoot. This isn't something we can rush; and to be honest, I'd think it best if we forgot that this project was for a class and if we really focused our energy toward the competition. $2000 isn't something to sniff at.