My film Broken came 9th out of 21 films entered into this annual film competition. Very pleased with the result to be honest as it is a hard competition to win. The North clubs took the top spots but proud to represent the south and OVFM. The comments received from the judges were well thought and I need to raise my game when it comes to story telling! Looking forward to starting my new project now.
Still want to make this film - but the North vs South competition film 'Broken' will be made first.
Click here to read script
I recently decided to have a go and write a script for my film club's North vs South competition. This were clubs up and down the country enter films based on a fixed title. 2015's title is 'Broken'.
Click here to read script
Brian Eastty who has appeared in 2 of our films has agreed to come back and play the husband and he will be casting the wife for me.
Storyboards have been done but on my iPhone using an app called StoryboardQuick. Very good but I can print or send them to anyone unless I buy the desktop version at $299! So I will be doing them again just using InDesign, photos from the locations and 2D characters.
Locations will be my mother's kitchen, my garage and a field nearby.
There are 2 props needed. The metal detector which I can either rent for £33.00 a day from HSS hire around the corner or buy a 'starter pack' from ebay at £36. Will probably buy one as I plan to shoot at the weekend so HSS will charge for two days as they are shut Sunday.
The second prop is a little trickier. The alien object the husband discovers. I have done a CG render (see gallery) and my good friend Graeme has agreed to make it. Very exciting!
The competition entry date is 31 October 2015 with the show being on 6 December. Plenty of time to make so hoping to shoot when the weather stables... probably June/July.
I still want to make 'Retirement' although I have renamed it 'Restructure' so if all goes well I may make 2 films this year !!!
Started a test render at the weekend (still going !!) for the end scene of my next film.
Want to learn how to do camera tracking. I would like to see if I can do a camera move (simple tilt upwards on a jib) with an actor against a green screen with markers on it !! Me and green screens - will I ever learn!
First part is to see if I can pull off a completely CGI scene of an office floor that is full of empty desks which reveal themselves as the camera moves up and the lights come on ....
Will post the result as soon as soon as it finishes rendering.
Actor Brian Eastty has agreed to play the title role of this almost silent film.
Finally finished Census. Did the extra work on the Big Ben scene to bring it full screen for more impact - added Mark Pover's soundtrack and corrected a spelling mistake!
First DVD sent to actor Brian Eastty - all worked well - DVD cover was a bit dark but DVD face came out better than expected.
Have sent it in to the Colchester Film Festival for review. It's a bit too high brow/prestigious for my little effort seeing as one of last years entries had Martin a Freeman starring in it ... It was free to enter so nothing to loose.
Will need to sort out some new DVD's for the OVFM top ten and for the Strawberry Fields Festival. Entered 'Eco' into that one but didn't get picked - so you never know.
'Baked' the Big Ben sequence without the UI or 'Bad TV' filters (pre-compose in AE world!) then brought it into a new sequence and re-applied them.
Rendered out a new sequence and all works well. Brought that back into the Remote Control sequence and now wait to see how that looks on FCP.
Will have to adjust the actors reactions to the new length and possibly have a full screen 'hit' of Big Ben for more impact - currently it's seen on a Mac monitor from the Dad and Daughter POV.
Almost there ...
After watching the film all the way through the feedback is that the Big Ben sequence is too quick.
So have gone back and extended. Also made the DMP bigger to allow more 'movement' within it. In order to fake a small amount of parallax I added some foreground rocks.
The long shot is that this is too much for Motion to cope with once you add all the filters and live action footage of debris and dust. Think it's down to the pixel size of the main background. At the moment it won't render properly.
Therefore tonight I will render out the background with live action added and all the motion effects. Then open a new project and add the UI effects and filters and do a final render and see if that works okay. May need breaking down more but see how we go!
End titles down so just this sequence to resolve and it's all done.
After some silly time wasting with the last VFX, Census is almost finished.
Soundtracks and end credits to be added and it's done.
Seem to have mislaid Mark's soundtrack for the scientist scene - I am sure I saved it - but will ask for another copy.
May need to make more of the Big Ben scene as it goes by quite quickly. But let's see once the music is added.
Still can't believe I have got this far ... :)
Took 4 hours to render the still. Looks good.
Brought it into Motion instead of AE or Shake as Motion has some complete UI animated graphics that I can just add without too much effort.
Added some live elements from Detonator HD, some Bad TV filters to grain it all up and look like crap space footage!
Did a test export and is looking okay. I think I will add the 'Rovers' shadow and possibly a hint of a solar panel.
Need to go back to the film to see the timings and tidy the edit up to match. I need to show the Mars footage on the Mac screen I made up for the Census clicking page with the two actors faces 'screened' onto it like a reflection.
Then it's done!!
After much research and playing about, I have finally started a render of the Big Ben in Mars scene!
Created a matte painting of sorts of a Mars landscape using actual NASA images of Mars. Made it twice a long as required so I can move it a little in Motion or After Effects. It won't have any parallax doing it this way but seeing it's supposed to be a bad camera on top of a rover I think we can get away with it.
Once the render has completed - leaving it over night at least - going to add some real dust falling from parts of the Big Ben model, as well as some atmosphere etc to bring it to life.
It will need some colour correction as well - basically a more orange/warm colour and then some UI graphics and it should be done.