[04 Aug 2007|12:00am]

meesto
Very nearly done with post production. Been a long hard bit of work, but we are almost there!
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Support from major software for visual fx. [20 Mar 2007|07:33am]

meesto
The good people at The Pixel Farm have graciously allowed us to use PFTrack on Blackspot!

And BlastCode Labs have done the same with Blast Code Megaton for Maya!

Time to get to work.
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Very handy software! [08 Feb 2005|10:57pm]

meesto
I was searching about tonight to see if I could find a converter to take AVI Type 2 video files into Avid OMF and sure enough there is such a piece of software. Cheap at only US/E$99 to register, this handy utility from Focus is the DV File Converter v1.5. It's specifically for DV and will do a lossless conversion from one format to the other. Just what we were looking for! It only runs on Windows, but that's OK. We can load in the selects and process them and hand them off on DVD discs. How cool is that?
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The shoot [24 Jan 2005|01:10am]

trickofthedark
We did it. Lot's more info and pictures to come, but here's some to start.
Image heavy.Collapse )
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First location shoot. [08 Jan 2005|11:29pm]

meesto
Nearly 6 60-minute miniDV tapes and 65GB of data later we are now looking back on our first location shoot as a seriously good experience. What a fantastic crew to be working with and a big "thank you!" to the weather for giving us a breather in the remarkably wet 'summer' we seem to be having.

Now it's time to archive and prep our footage to cut something together.

Stay tuned.
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Screen Test update [24 Nov 2004|08:27am]

meesto
The screen test has been edited together and is looking pretty sharp. Thanks to Ben's fantastic storyboards it was a breeze to go through all our footage and put together our test scene. There's a load of post work to do to the shots now that we have them all identified and marked with colour grading and making them work as day-for-night.

There are a number of things which I think we would do differently knowing what we know now, but I think the only way to gain the experience we have is by just going and doing it. I am positive that when we do our principle photography work in another 5 weeks that we will be making some damn fine material.

In the meantime please be patient as we slog through a little roto work and wait to hear how the audio comes together.

Oh - and for the record. Final Cut Pro rocks.
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Screen test grabs [21 Nov 2004|07:35pm]

meesto
 
Before and after colour correction shots (Click for full-res images).

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Screen Test! [14 Nov 2004|03:54pm]

trickofthedark
On Saturday we all went out to a lonely road to do a screen test. We wanted to test out all the equipment and try shooting day for night (to be tweaked in post afterwards), shooting evening for night, and shooting at night with lights. We shot one complete scene and bits of others, which was about five pages of the script, or about 23 different camera setups.



Lots more...Collapse )
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Another low light test [10 Nov 2004|12:29am]

meesto

Here's another test image...Collapse )
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Low light tests [09 Nov 2004|07:00am]

meesto
Here are a few images we produced to see how little light we could use to get a decent image on the Canon XL-2. Some more tests are needed, but we are getting a sense of just how little light we can get away with having.

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Lighting tests in and out of the car. [07 Nov 2004|02:14pm]

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Several more photographs...Collapse )
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Day for night. [04 Nov 2004|12:23am]

meesto
Here is a quick test I did this evening at around 7:30pm looking out over our deck. I had to wait till dusk as the sun comes streaming down until the very last moment at the front of our house.

Before and after images...Collapse )
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Our Sponsors... [02 Nov 2004|07:03am]

trickofthedark
Huge thanks to our sponsors!

Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop will be giving us makeup materials for the special effects.


Hallensteins

Hallensteins will be giving us clothes for our actors to wear; two sets: pre-horror and post-horror.
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The Cast and Crew... [02 Nov 2004|07:02am]

trickofthedark
The cast...Collapse )

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The crew...Collapse )
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Our Film... [02 Nov 2004|06:59am]

trickofthedark
Accidents happen: a dark night, a long drive, roads can be dangerous. When two friends break down on a dark stretch of rural New Zealand road they hope they're in for an uneventful night.

The night has other ideas...
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Laptop for DDR production work... [31 Oct 2004|05:16pm]

meesto
This request goes out to the cosmos:

We need a powerful laptop computer with a large hard drive, ethernet and firewire ports so that we can record our video and audio direct to disk and use Serious Magic's DV Rack software to monitor, frame, and calibrate our shots.

Here's the minimum specs that we need for our laptop:Collapse )
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Shooting Day for Night [31 Oct 2004|11:12am]

meesto
Shooting at night? Which lights can we afford to use? What batteries or power supply do we need? How many ohms, amp hours, volts and watts will be used?

These are questions which, lately, have been keeping me up at night.

Here are some of my thoughts and findings on this... Collapse )


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Welcome! [28 Oct 2004|06:02am]

trickofthedark
Hello, Ben, Freya, Luke and all. This is the base community design. I'll start coding the real design now so hopefully it won't look all blank like this for very long. But meanwhile I invite you to:
create an LJ account, join this community and choose an icon.Collapse )
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