Monday, February 4, 2013

Shoot wrapped- post production begins!

Miles and I

On Friday we wrapped the shoot! I had assumed that upon screeching the words "that's a wrap!" a sudden sense of relief would shower down upon me- but this was not the case. On Thursday I am actually DPing my best friend Miles' junior thesis (he was actually my AD and gosh darn he is amazingly organized and focused!) So, I've been busy preparing for that. Last night I updated the shot list and drew out some schematics for camera placement. After about an hour of that I went into a trance-like state, jamming out to crazy accordion music, dancing alone in a little editing room below my dorm into the wee hours, playing out his movie in my head over and over again... ohhhh yeah.

The actors surviving!
But back to my thesis! Both days were a time crunch which seems to be that of the inevitable. I did basically get all of the shots I wanted... I mean, a few times we did have to cut some shots, but being the oddity I am, I managed to find a way to get them anyways. (On top of that I added in some inserts we hadn't been planning...!) The second day was much more stressful. Within the first minute of the shoot we flip-flopped the schedule. Heck that was confusing. Rather than shooting the outdoor scene last, we decided to shoot it first due to the fear that the sunset was coming earlier than we had planned for. But the worst part of the day was shooting outside. Everyone froze to death. It was around 10 degrees F.

My DP and I checking out the set-up!
I am beginning to cut a rough of the film. My biggest motivator to get it done is the music. I have a composer from France who will begin to work on the score once I send him my first cut. Music is one of the most important parts of a film for me. Almost all of my favorite films are loved due to their score more so than anything else- for instance, Amelie, Coraline, and Nightmare Before Christmas. (I sure as heck love those movies for their overall package, but I particularly am drawn to the whimsical music.)
Key grip and gaffer!

Due to limited time and tight scheduling I had to cut out my very prized beginning and end dolly. It was a hard sacrifice to make, but I made an exciting trade off: I am going to animate the beginning and end! One of my close friends (Irene) is going to do some drawings for me and then I am going to do the animation in After Effects.

Anyways, I gotta go back to workin on my friend's thesis! Wish me luck!

Most of the crew~

1 comment:

  1. Very informative. Didn't realize you had to rearrange the inside and outside shoots.10 degrees, wow dedicated actors and crew. Can't wait to see what you do with the animation and the After Effects. Very exciting. Also will be interesting to hear what your French composer comes up with. I think this will be a very unique little film.

    Glad you were able to dance and play the accordion in the editing suite. That made my day!