Behind the Scenes on the Next short Film....

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by AWalkerStudios, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. AWalkerStudios macrumors member

    AWalkerStudios

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Austin
    #1
    As pre-production is nearing completion, I thought I'd go ahead and create a thread for this next short flick that I am working on. My plan is to have an indepth behind the scenes documentary to go along with the short and to get running feed back from you guys.

    A little background on this project. Over my Thanksgiving holidays I popped in my copy of Saving Private Ryan and gave it a viewing again just for kicks. After watching it again, I felt inspired to capture that same feeling in my own short war flick. So I went ahead and began pre-production.

    I wanted this one to look entirely realistic on an extremely low budget. I began asking around for producers and eventually found one. A buddy of mine, Pablo Veliz will be providing quite a bit of equipment for this picture. Pablo Veliz has directed 4 features and has won official selection at Sundance. We will be shooting on an HVX200 and there will be a sound tech to make sure we don't have the same problems we had on the last video.

    As made evident by my last short, dialogue is something that needs to be improved. I can't write dialogue worth a damn so I contacted an author friend of mine to write the script based on my treatment. Writing is currently underway.

    To create a hightened feeling of suspense and to keep the production costs down, no germans will be seen in the video, only a sole paratrooper. We will be relying heavily on VFX to create the french town and the machine gun implacements, not to mention the bullet hits and muzzle flashes. To do all this, I brought in an experienced VFX artist to do all the matte paintings, tracking and compositing. Since these types of shots will require many on set elements such as static tracking points, I thought it would be interesting to show the behind the scenes aspects of this short.

    I don't want to give away the story for now, but look for some production photos soon.
     
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

    Stampyhead

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2004
    Location:
    London, UK
    #2
    Looking forward to it. How did you find all these specialists to work with you?
    If you need someone to write music let me know...
     
  3. AWalkerStudios thread starter macrumors member

    AWalkerStudios

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Austin
    #3
    Specialists

    I've worked as a Production Assistant, Script Supervisor and background extra on many local projects including 8 local commercials and several episodes of Friday Night Lights.

    Definitely need music, hit me with what you can do. Got any samples I can hear? Do you record on the computer or can you record a live instrument?
     
  4. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Location:
    NJ USA
    #4
    Please do keep us informed. Sounds like a great--and very challenging--project.
     
  5. AWalkerStudios thread starter macrumors member

    AWalkerStudios

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Austin
    #5
    Stampyhead's music is gonna be great! Can you say string quartet?
     
  6. acearchie macrumors 68040

    acearchie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    #6
    Although Im no where near as professional as you, I would be really interested to know what programs you are using?

    Thanks and Good Luck!
     
  7. AWalkerStudios thread starter macrumors member

    AWalkerStudios

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Austin
    #7
    I'll be editing this one on Final Cut Pro 6. Although my last vid was edited in iMovie HD.

    The VFX guy is using Shake and Lightwave 3D I believe
     
  8. acearchie macrumors 68040

    acearchie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    #8
    Ive just made the jump myself to FCE and I am finding it quite complicated. What helped you to get to grips with it all in FCP6?

    Any updates on the film?
     
  9. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

    pdpfilms

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Location:
    Vermontana
    #9
    what helped me with FCP was just starting out doing simple things- learning to drag and drop into a sequence, trim, add transitions, add filters, etc. Then, as you see things that you like in film or television, you see if it's possible in your program. Hunt around, read the manual, and you'll most likely be able to reproduce a similar effect.

    unless it's CG stuff.
     
  10. AWalkerStudios thread starter macrumors member

    AWalkerStudios

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Austin
    #10
    Exactly what he said. FCE is all about practicing the basic skills and building new ones. Shoot a random video and experiment with the different tools in FCE.

    New updates in my film? I am very close to casting my main character for the actual combat scene. The writer dropped out and I now have to write my own script, which is alright, it just means a little more work for me. I've already added another level complexity to the story and it now has a title:

    "The Purple Testament."
     
  11. acearchie macrumors 68040

    acearchie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    #11
    Keep the updates coming in...

    And thanks for the useful tips in FCE!

    Thanks
     
  12. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

    bigbossbmb

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2004
    Location:
    Pasadena/Hollywood
    #12
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    go to prolost.blogspot.com and scroll down to the entry called "the BBC are dv rebels". The video will be very helpful if you want to do a war flick.
     
  13. AWalkerStudios thread starter macrumors member

    AWalkerStudios

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Location:
    Austin
    #13
    WWII rough footage.

    minimal color correction and some sound tests done. This project is turning out bigger than I expected... We're in the red for money so I'm wrapping post production on a VERY promising 20min comedy so I can get some publicity out there to get money to wrap this one.
     

Share This Page