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Jan. 26th, 2006

Lots of fun things scampering through my head like baby marmots.

With versatility comes complexity. Not vice versa.

Film projects: feeling a bit renewed after watching the Grayson extras. Brings back that whole no-budget sensitivity, reminds me about the fun of doing short films, the whole magic of illusion. I need to finish the screenplays that I have sitting in my folder, two in particular.

Then I need to figure out how to shoot them.

REALLY strong on the short aspect. I love the idea of doing a feature, but it is so completely a different animal than doing a short, in much the same way that doing a sprint is different than running a marathon. Some of the things that I want to do are in the couple-of-minutes category, like probably three minutes tops. One of them is a little longer, maybe ten minutes. I'd like to have at least two of them done by this time next year.

Sounds simple, right?

Camera crane: Build vs. Buy. I built the camera dolly, and it works remarkably well, considering. The dolly track is the big issue, since the seams are the things that really screw up the dolly action. And I was surprised at how freaking precise everything needed to be: a hole drilled a millimeter off center would mean a wheel not touching the track properly.
My camera is pretty heavy, weighing in at 15lbs bare. Add a battery and some auxiliary stuff, and a 25-lb load isn't out of the question. Most of the DV-style cranes are designed for cameras under 5 lbs. There are a couple of cranes designed for heavier cameras, but they can get expensive; so far the Kessler is winning in the price/load category. At the same time, I know that I can design and build one for less, and probably be happier with its strengths.
What worries me is the precision with which some of the stuff needs to be drilled and machined. And the welding of the aluminum.

Feh.

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avindair
Jan. 26th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
REALLY strong on the short aspect. I love the idea of doing a feature, but it is so completely a different animal than doing a short, in much the same way that doing a sprint is different than running a marathon.

God, I'm completely there with you on this one.

I can't see making another feature for a looooooooong time after this. I like shorts. I like the pace of them, the turn-around time, and the fun

Pray for Daylight has not been fun. Pray for Daylight has been a test of endurance.

Next up? Squirrels mating in a cage...
magicmarmot
Jan. 26th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
I would love to do another feature, but only if there were time, money, and a lot more resources available.

And dear god, no more vampires. I vote scantily-clad-hot-elf-chick-ninjas.
avindair
Jan. 26th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
I had a nightmare about showing Pray for Daylight at a convention last night. It played really well, and afterwards we -- cast and crew -- were all on stage to answer some questions. A young man in the audience asked "So, when's the next one."

I let out a series of Homer Simpson screams. You threw your glass of water at the young man. SpousalUnit fell on the ground and sucked her thumb. Rick's hair turned gray in an instant.

The young man blinked, tilted his head, and said "There will be another one, right?"

It still gives me cold sweats.

No.

More

Vampires.

If the Cassie Banning, Saveau, and Garret series continues, let it be as either novels or comic books. But films? No. No. No no. No. There's not enough beer in the world.

No.
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