Category Archives: Film

Obligatory end of year post [WARNING – may contain nuts!]

Feeling enthusiastic about the coming year? I am. Very much so. I don’t mean to sound smug, but unlike the previous [bleak] most recent years 2014 was a productive year for me. I stuck to my goals and completed all but 2 of them; including relocating to Sweden to continue to pursue my happiness, giving up a perfectly good job,… Read more »

Like meets Like writing game

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This post is a minor break from my Nanowrimo – which has been going well by the way – thanks for asking. ūüôā ¬†but I hope you enjoy it. So the game we played today in my¬†Writing Group – was something I’ll call ‘Like meets Like’ – inspired by how film pitches to studio execs often begin with very simple… Read more »

Production plan for Open Movie VFX film using Blender

Production plan for Open Movie VFX film using Blender: This video –¬†Open VFX Movies¬†– has a very interesting take on using Blender (the open source 3D programme) as part of your production workflow for VFX films) Screenplay (CELTX) Concept Art (Krita and the GIMP) Storyboarding (CELTX Animatic (Video Sequence Editor in Blender) and Crappymatic (Animation with animated characters) Shooting (prepare… Read more »

Transcoding DSLR footage and Radial Dolly

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Great article video on using FCP Studio’s Compressor app to Transcode footage for your editing workflow. Obviously the same principles apply to working with iPhone 4 footage etc. The article: http://filmmakeriq.com/2010/01/the-dslr-filmmakers-workflow/ – and check out all the other articles on the site. There’s some really useful material on there. The video: Here’s a great example of what can be shot… Read more »

Of iPhone 4 film shoots and more

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Yes, I’ve been a busy film geek of late. Not only have we attempted to shoot a short film entirely on the iPhone 4, but I’ve been getting to grips with FCP Studio and learning how to edit the footage; as I am sick of trying to do it in the totally unintuitive and limited iMovie 09 or iMovie app…. Read more »

Tiny Inventions workflow

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Wow! WATCH THIS dark and amusing ZODIAC KILLER inspired short animation: Something Left, Something Taken- Full Version from Tiny Inventions on Vimeo. then if you have 30 minutes and you love After Effects and want to make animation – check this ‘making of’ out: RGTV Episode 47: Tiny Inventions from Red Giant Software on Vimeo. Check out their website too:… Read more »

iPhone 4 filming

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So a while back I got hold of an iPhone 4 deliberately to play with its HD filming capabilities; because I was dismayed at the utter lack of filming over the last 15 months of hell in my old job and also wanted to negate any excuses that I might have for the future: such as, I haven’t time to… Read more »

PIONEER ONE – interesting social media promotion model

Fans of science fiction, and those interested in low budget media production, may want to check out PIONEER ONE, a 2010 American independent film project / Web TV series by Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith (the duo behind the other torrent delivered film THE LIONSHARE) that is being funded purely through donations and created for release via BitTorrent networks. The… Read more »

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS on hold, but script available

Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is still a no-go project sadly. Despite it being the first on his list to do after HELLBOY 2 as stated back in 2007. Madness is a short novel about an Antarctic expedition made by scholars from Miskatonic University who discover strange, ancient life forms that are unknown… Read more »