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I got to see a few seconds of rough-cut movie footage tonight, and I was almost in tears... it looks like a real movie. It doesn't look like something we shot in some guy's basement. It doesn't look like something I have to preface with "well, we didn't have any money, so...". It doesn't look like something that needs a context, which is really, really big.

And yes, it is way too early to know what the finished product is going to be like-- we haven't even shot all the principal footage yet, and then there's a ton of postproduction work-- but damn, it is encouraging to see it look so good this early in the game.

It strikes me that I'll be doing the sound for this as well. I'm actually going to have to set up the studio again: there's a large chunk of this movie that's shot MOS (no sound), like everything so far, and probably half of what we have left. A lot of it is action footage too, so there's going to be a lot of Foley work. I may hit up some friends who want to have the experience of being a Foley artist when we get to that point; there won't be any money made, but there will be food and possibly booze involved as well as credit and a copy of the movie when it's done. And when it's done, I'm gonna see if Romeo will host it in HD on the web, either through his site or Vimeo or something similar. The idea of being able to produce a solid level of content and be able to distribute it on the web in HD (probably 720P24 Divx or Quicktime) is nigh-unto orgasmic for me.

Sorry if that's TMI. It's still a really, really cool thing.

We continue shooting next weekend. This week I have to prep two blood effects, make one prosthetic, finish the stunt knives, and make up a blood knife. Seems like a lot.

And curse you autodidactic and iamheavenrender for turning me on to blip.fm.



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Oct. 13th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
apparently i need to watch some movie shots to know what romeo is looking for in my "performance". yay, shooting this weekend. umm, actually no one asked me when I was availalbe.... romeo is sleeping now, when is this supposed to happen? I work at ComoZoo on Sat night won't be home until 10pm.... i wonder if that would work.

Oct. 13th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
I think we're shooting Friday & Saturday-- I don't know what scenes of yours we are shooting, if any. Romeo's the one who knows.
Oct. 13th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, I was on the set of a music video today at a real, honest-to-goodness production facility.

You know what? The difference between the way the set was run and the way we made our movies can be summed up with one word: Money. They had it; we didn't.

They did shoot faster, though. Far fewer takes. That was interesting.
Oct. 13th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
That's not surprising. I've been on a few movie shoots where they had budgets, and the process stays very muchg the same, just with more people.

Curious about fewer takes though.
Oct. 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
It wasn't so much that the process wasn't different, it was that the entire experience was so much like our micro-budget affairs. Everything from the director, to the DP, to the actors, to the pressure to move on...it was like coming home again.

The lower number of takes seemed to be predicated by the need to move on and hit their schedule.
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