We’ve been working all summer at the special fx, and have had some interesting things happen along the way:
The Digital Animation department has joined up to do some work for us in RealFlow for the first scene, which is great!
Rotobrushing has been a long, tedious process, as it always is (for anyone who doesn’t know, if you don’t have a greenscreen behind your subject and you want to put them in a different environment, you’ll end up using Adobe After-Effects Rotobrush to get the job done). A small chunk has to be processed this way, doing hands-on work for 24 frames of footage per second, for almost 4 minutes of footage. That’s approximately 5,760 frames…it’s a lot of work, but completely worth it.
There was a scene that required the interior of an aircraft, which had eluded us since the beginning, almost a year ago. I had spent the last 8 months looking hard for this shot, and it finally came through…persistence is everything.
And, I had found a deal for a great price on prizes for our Kickstarter contributors, but the deal went away before I could get it, and it set the whole process back a bit. The process is now going forward, posters are completely done, and USB drives are almost done, pending artwork color approval on my end.
This is it for now – things are moving along, as they should. Granted, the process is slow, but this sort of thing takes time to do right, and there is just no point in doing it any other way.
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It was a beautiful shoot last week – Tom Doyle as Colonel Page, and Jessica Paddock behind the scenes in Production Design, making the barracks environment complete. Tomorrow, we shoot the final dialogue of the film, with Jon Diack as General Savage and Shawn Rickel of Big View Ranch as “Mister” Sladen.
I wanted to take a moment to post and let people know what’s going on in the immediate future…
We’ll be resuming principal photography in Dillon in a week and a half, and we’re going through all the pre-production on this project right now, just to make sure that this shoot goes off without a hitch.
Something I’m really taking seriously is making sure that things go smoothly in Dillon, and that we have not only a fun time, but an efficient time, and that we get everything done that we need to get done…this is a pivotal scene, as it is Hulser’s transition from the solitary existence we meet him in, into the world that he came from.
Keep watch here, folks – the days ahead are going to fly by, and we’ll be posting details as things move along.
Happy New Year to all you sci-fi fans out there, and be sure and stop by and see us on facebook!
So, today has been an eventful day, to say the least…the contract that states that we are approved to go ahead with this project came through, which means that this project is completely legitimate, as opposed to the “almost but not quite” legitimate it was just before. This opens a lot of doors for this project, and gives us as filmmakers a chance to really reach a huge audience.
As far as actual mail goes, I received my WGA certificate for registering Frank Herbert’s Cease Fire some months ago, and also received the official permit contract from Denver Water regarding Dillon Reservoir, which is going to be a key location in this film.
Really, the contract showing up has me completely rejuvenated, even after the draining activities of the last three weeks.
Thanks to all of you for your support, and keep an eye on this site…
This shotlist is in chronological order, as that’s how I write them initially – this will later be updated with the non-chronological working shotlist.
A few things about this shotlist: I wanted to make it as easy as I could for everyone, so I’ve included framing, lines signifiers, 24 or 60p, where the 180 is, the action in the shot, everything that is necessary for most people to know on a general level.