One man on the brink of nothing is about to change everything…

Production

Premiere party!!!

Hello all!

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally going to have our premiere party in Denver!

I’ve been working on this film – from the very beginning when it was just me highlighting passages in my favorite book of short stories, to the end where the credits finally roll on the film in a few days – almost three years. It’s been my life, and I’ve been through a lot since it started…I’ve been building on this film, pixel by pixel, in every second of my spare time during college, and it’s been a long process, but here we are, and it’s finished.

The showing is going to be at the Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, May 20th. Doors will open at 5 pm, and the show will start at 5:30. There will be gifts for the cast, crew, and contributors, and the showing will last about 45 minutes (there will be two other pieces showing that I’ve directed recently, totaling up to about 11 extra minutes). Here’s the link to the facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/268038716627709/

This really couldn’t be done without the support of a great many people – the finished film can be credited to no one person, but many people, and I’ve been blessed to have them work on this project with me.

Hope to see you all there!

Jacob Collins


Colorista II and Cease Fire…

The past few months have been spent performing color grading (among other things) on Cease Fire, and the process has been made easier with Colorista II. If you haven’t heard about it, you should check it out on the Red Giant website: Magic Bullet Colorista II.

As a software plugin, it has really taken off, and earned some well-deserved notoriety lately, through work done by Stargate Studios, on shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead, and ABC’s PanAm (read the Red Giant article about it here: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/news/stories/20/).

The software itself has an ease of use that really makes it worth learning, it puts major studio production tools into the hands of the consumer, and it’s multi-platform, working in the timeline in two of the major Non-Linear Editing programs, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere / After-Effects. What’s so awesome about that is that when I work on the grading on my macbook pro, I don’t have to worry about my editor picking up right where I left off without issue on his PC laptop – the workflow carries over, and makes it easier to use both Windows and OSX without compatibility issues.

One thing that I actually have begun to love about Colorista is the slew of tools that it comes with, and how you see the results right away:

“Skin overlay” shows you if your skin tones are within the acceptable broadcast range of quality – use it, and keep your people looking real, and right.

“Pop” feature – this one is key…in this film, the characters need to look, well, worn out, and a little aged. Pop, in the negative, would actually make some people appear more youthful by softening their appearance, but in this case, when used in the positive, it adds years to a person’s features; “Hulser”, played by Kevin Deming, needs to look a little bit older, and “Pop” does the trick.

Working in the timeline is huge – FCP’s Color is a standalone program, and while you get access to some of its tools, there is a functionality to Colorista II that really is just more helpful in general, primarily by giving you access to almost everything it does within the timeline, thus making workflow more continuous and efficient.

And the secondary key is absolutely one of the best versions of this tool that I’ve ever seen…

These are just a few of the features that I’m really digging into, but there’s a ton more – absolutely worth giving a shot, and it’s on sale right now, if you’ve got a few bucks to put toward a worthwhile tool of the trade.

Stu Maschwitz also has a gret tutorial on Colorista II on the Red Giant Vimeo channel, which can be found here: http://vimeo.com/13271908.

Once the film is finished, I’ll be posting before/afters – could be a little while, but worth it.


Crossing oceans…!

http://goo.gl/EjSRV

And for those of you who don’t speak italian:

http://goo.gl/d8wpf

Thanks to Luca for the article! 😀


Kickstarter prizes – promo art…


All artwork copyright © Jacob Collins 2011


Just a little ways further…

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.

And please, tell your friends to come by and keep up via the Facebook page as well! http://www.facebook.com/frankherbertsceasefire


We made the Onion!!!

Check out the article on the film and our kickstarter campaign here:

http://www.avclub.com/denver/articles/local-filmmaker-funds-adaption-of-frank-herbert-st,57711/

Please come by and say hello at the Cease Fire facebook page!


Red Giant Software sponsorship – AWESOME!!!

For those of you who are interested in the post-production and special effects side of the modern film industry, this is big news – we’ve gained an official software sponsorship from Red Giant Software! This is a big deal, because this company is behind some of the most intense special effects plugins known to the film industry. They have a list a mile long of films that their software is used in, including Grindhouse, The Aviator, Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, Hellboy, Spy Kids 3D, Double DareNike commercials, Good EatsESPNDisneyCNN, Good Morning America, FooFighter videos, and MTV shows.

Just some of the effects we’ll be using include:

Knoll Light Factory, created by Academy-Award winner John Knoll, the co-creator of Photoshop and Star Wars effects guru

Magic Bullet Suite, co-developed by industry guru Stu Maschwitz, formerly of Industrial Light and Magic, co-founder of The Orphanage, and author of the popular The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (a must-have book for anyone who is even considering making their own films independently)

Trapcode plugins, which can be seen in popular movies like Terminator SalvationAngels and Demons, Sin City, Spider Man 3, Quantum of Solace, The Day after Tomorrow, etc.

Red Giant is a company about creativity, and innovation – they take magic and make it accessible to us via real-world applications. To say we’re happy to have them sponsor us is an understatement – they embody vision, and we’re no less than excited to have them behind us on this project!

Please check out these websites for great information and products!

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/

http://prolost.com/

http://www.trapcode.com/