Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Famed horror website 'Bloody Disgusting' is running a news story on 'The Addicted'. As we thought might happen, we're being touted as a 'found footage' film which isn't the case... but hey, it's just cool to be in the news for our current project.
See the story here: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/28415
The word is spreading fast....
I keep the main lights off to avoid reflections on the screen while i'm working, i just keep the little lamps on which are behind the screen. My workflow has developed over the last few weeks and i now work in this way:
First, i find all the clips for a particular scene from the footage drive and move them into a folder.
Next, i audition each of the clips on the timeline and do the edit.
Before i commit to the edit, i use Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista 2 and Neat Noise Reduction to get each of the shots looking right in context. This 'grading' would usually be done after the edit, but with such severe lighting a lot of the time, i need to check it's going to grade right before i can decide which takes look best.
Finally i render the scene and watch it back starting from halfway through the previous scene.
I'm about an hour and fifteen minutes into the film now and it's getting very frenetic... lots of action, which slows down the edit a bit, but it's much more exciting than editing dialogue.
Soon, i'll be making a start on the foley recording while Jonathan works on the dialogue editing and mixing. Then, it'll be time to add the music (once Jonathan has written it) and then do the final audio mix and colour grade. We're still hoping to be ready for May 2012.
I might have started working on another script too... but that's (literally) another story.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Read the whole thing here:
Or go to the site here: http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=33162
Hopefully this is the first of many mentions of what is turning out to be a very exciting project to be working on.
I couldn't take my FS100 to Japan...not enough room... but i did take my Canon 550D. I shot this in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto using just the kit lens.
Big thanks to @robbiebronniman and andyross_music for the music.
I didn't notice any new gear this time, but there was lots of Canon C300s mounted on various rigs and Sony had the new F65 on the CVP stand.
The H Preston Media stand was absolutely rammed with people picking up bargains, so much so that I could barely squeeze past. I saw Phil from HDWarrior there playing with a C300 too.
There was lot of interest in the Atomos Samurai... Quite a big queue on one stand to see the demonstration. After my positive results from the Ninja, I'd definitely look at the Samurai when I need HD-SDi input. The audio implementation looks fantastic too from the demo I watched.
I got to the show just in time to see Philip Bloom's talk on the CVP stand all about large chip cameras. It was pretty interesting and although I didn't learn anything new, it was good to get his views on the various pros and cons of the various cameras. Poor bloke sounded like he needed a week off though...
Any other news from the show? Nope... But it was interesting to see that there were far fewer REDs and DSLRs used for demo'ing rigs than when I was there in 2010. Progress....
Monday, February 13, 2012
In this episode i talk about starting the post production process...file management and also where the idea came from for the film in the first place. There's also some examples of colour grading and a look at some of the posters designed for the 'Empire' Forum competition to come up with our official poster.
More next week...
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I'm working on the edit for a little short just showing what i've seen since i've been here. It was going to be all based around Tokyo, but today we went to Kyoto and saw some ancient temples which were pretty stunning, so i had to shoot them too. I'll probably have to wait until i get home before i get a chance to finish it, but i'll upload it here soon.
For now, check out some pics i took:
Thursday, February 2, 2012
There's a new Firmware update for the Atomos Ninja online today..
Get it here: http://www.atomos.com/ninja/firmware/
This update adds:
Record indicators added to the monitor page - 'Rec' icon plus horizontal red lines at the top and bottom of the monitor indicate that the unit is recording.
New file picker - the scene/shot/take picker has been replaced by a file browser. The unit will stay in playback mode even when a HDD/SSD is removed.
Fixed incorrect drop frame timecode indication during playback for 1080p movies.
Fixed incorrect 60fps drop frame timecode indication.
I just installed my update and it works as described. The red lines at the top and bottom save you from having to flip the screen overlay on and off to check if you are in record... a really useful feature.
Personal wishlist for future updates?
Crop mark overlay for 2.35:1 shooting
Maybe a grid (rule of 3rds) and a centre crosshair overlay?
Another idea i think would be useful is an additional foam insert for the hardcase to allow you to just store lots of disks for the Ninja as i keep my Ninja on my rig, which has it's own case... and my dock lives in my DiT case... so the nice hard case doesn't get used. But... it would be perfect to keep the disks in if there were more dedicated inserts for them.