I’ve already spent a month in the editing room, cutting Winter Storm, and I just realized that the tile card needed a serious revision. Although it’s not a big departure from the previous one, it does make a huge difference in the context of the short.
I employed the branches of the below tree, which has succeeded in carving out a role for itself in the film.
Before giving away too much at once, I must return to the chopping block but don’t forget to check out the Winter Storm Facebook page and hit that ‘like’ button for regular updates. Thank you!
I cut this promo for the West Coast Clinical Summit at EEG Info. It introduces James Hood’s music, remixed exclusively for the 80 level expansion pack of Inner Tube 3.0 (Cygnet). James, aka Moodswings, has been making “transformational” music for the past 20 years. His electronic landscapes are the prefect fit for this game, where the player uses his/her brainwaves to fly through different tunnels. You can find out more about neurofeedback (brain exercise/therapy) here.
This post ties right into my Keepin’ It Real blog. My short, June Gloom, is almost done and I don’t mind sharing a couple more frames before the finish line. The below frame is from a 3 seconds long clip, right after the long shot of the prison pickup. I felt a need for the prison to be in it in order to reinforce the location and help the story line. Since it’s a handheld shot, I started with motion tracking along with establishing a cut off line. The red squares are the trackers and the purple line is my vertical guide.
I prepped my prison picture in Photoshop, a combination of a still and a screen-grab of the actual footage. I composited the jpeg in After Effects and made it into a 3D layer. I assigned a virtual camera to the layer, which had created the desired perspective (after some adjustments to the x, y and z axes).
But it was too sharp, as you can see, so I added a lens blur to soften the image and the edges. I also created a null object with the tracking info and linked my jpeg to it. Now my prison was nicely moving (shaking) along with my footage.
Lastly, I changed the depth of field settings of my AE camera to the one we used during the shoot for a more realistic feel. It’s not as noticeable here as it is on the big screen but the closer parts are actually more in-focus then the further ones.
Another great day for the Gloom! I just picked up the finished posters and they are gorgeous. To me at least…
I couldn’t find a more fitting month for our screening than June of 2011 and I’m really looking forward to it. The good news is that all the backers who requested artwork won’t have to wait until June, as we plan to start mailing these posters out shortly.
We’ve been making a lot of progress on June Gloom and even though the short is in the hands of the sound mixer and the music composer, I find myself still working on stuff. What kind of stuff? Things like finalizing the poster and DVD artwork and finding a decent printer. Creating title cards, quotes and end credits for the film (the actors’ cards are looking mighty good). And for the most part, some tedious special effects work. The funny part is, there are no special effects in this film…
Let me explain with an example. When we set out to shoot this film, we couldn’t find a taxi cab for our budget. Sooo I posted an ad on Craigslist for a Crown Victoria and we had our cab for $100/day plus gas. Then we dressed up the car with decals and a TAXI sign for a few bucks more. But we were still missing the main company logo so I marked its location with a piece of black tape for post work.
What further complicated things is that we got shot down by the cops at the prison (I couldn’t afford the hefty location fee) and we had to steal the following shot from behind my car. As you can see, there’s also a post next to our man in the shot.
So I spent some quality time adding a post and a cab sign (my design) to our footage in order to maintain continuity. In other words, I’m keeping it ‘real’. Click on the image below to see the final clip.
Give the people what they want, right? Backers of my short film (the $50 and above categories) will receive these babies, so why not allow them decide on which one they’d rather have?
Obviously, these are not the finalized posters but we’re pretty set on their layout. So knock yourself out, critique them all you like, and may the most gloomtastic design win. Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
We’re closing in on our completion date of ‘The Gran’ Scam of Things’ and what would an awesome short be without a proper poster? Half as awesome!
I must admit, we already had a proper poster in the works but I couldn’t stop myself from making my own version. Two is better than none, if you ask me. And alongside with all the work that is being done, like music and sound editing, we’re also running a fundraiser this month on Kickstarter. Type in gran scam and please donate if you can because every buck makes a difference.
Sometimes, when you try really hard to come up with a new design and step out of your comfort zone, ultimately all you end up with is a glorified Tide detergent logo.
I’m being sarcastic here of course, but I can’t help comparing this to the famous detergent box. In reality, this piece is a counter attack on the blue design that I use on my website. Let’s see if it’s strong enough to wash out the blue.
That’s actually not entirely true, because nowadays motion graphic artists create their own idents (station identification) to showcase their talent. It’s a fun and creative way of putting a signature mark on show reels and sometimes on projects. At any rate, I created these two designs as ident mock ups, but unless they start moving or Popscure becomes a TV station they are really just logos. Actually, if Popscure was a TV channel, these designs wouldn’t necessarily have to move.
Come to think of it, I could have created this bad TV retro look in After Effects a lot faster and easier…
…but it was well worth it because I’m still having fun with Photoshop.