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tcindie
2007 November 13th, 19:42
Well, as you may or may not know, I'm working on a bunch of special effects for a short horror film. Sunday was our first shooting day -- with my shiny new HV20, the first footage shot on it is for this film.

I've never (and still don't) consider myself much of a camera operator, but along with doing the FX work, I'm also DPing the shoot (could be a risky proposition..)

Anyway... I did a very quick and dirty assembly edit of one of the effects sequences. Imported as DV rather than HDV to make things go faster for this assembly edit, and I didn't bother to remove pulldown -- I'll save that for the REAL edit.

I also didn't do any additional coloring, speed altering, or audio work. So this is raw footage ... cinemode 24p 1/48 ~f2.6.

Still needs a lot of work before the finished look, but to share something -- It's the newest post on my blog:
http://will-fx.blogspot.com/2007/11/head-hitting-concrete-sample-footage.html

UPDATE:
Thought I would add a couple behind the scenes pics from this sequence...
http://216.17.37.184/myspace/day1-bts1.jpg
http://216.17.37.184/myspace/day1-bts2.jpg
Take a look at the scene number space on the slate to get an idea of what the maturity level on this shoot is.. :)

Erik Bien
2007 November 13th, 20:28
Looks good, although I'm wondering why you didn't go for the Coen Brothers' trademark slowly-spreading pool of blood at the end? :hv20-smilie79:

tcindie
2007 November 13th, 20:36
We did.. but it was coming out SOOOO slowly (the mixture was too thick) I'll be doing a cutaway and coming back to it when it's spread further... There is actually a bit of blood that does appear under her head in this clip though it's tough to see.

tgiffilms
2007 November 13th, 22:50
for some reason I'm having trouble viewing this clip. I just watched another vid on VIEMO so I'm not sure what the problem is.

hmmm

Kyser
2007 November 13th, 22:52
Me too!

Kyser
2007 November 13th, 22:54
Oh wait... it worked!

Not bad. Can't wait to see the finished product.

tcindie
2007 November 14th, 00:43
for some reason I'm having trouble viewing this clip. I just watched another vid on VIEMO so I'm not sure what the problem is.

hmmm

That is rather odd.. I uploaded it as a quicktime H.264 encoded file, but they do their own conversion so I dunno. Hmm..

um3k
2007 November 14th, 15:59
Needs more bounce, if you ask me. Heads may not be superballs, but they're not beanbags, either. I could be wrong, though.

Asthuriel
2007 November 14th, 16:44
Dammit, that was great.

How is that everyone's clips always look vibrant and nicely colored, when mine always look dull and gray when I watch them in the pc? bleeeh.

tgiffilms
2007 November 14th, 17:10
Alright, don't know what was going on with my PC but I finally got it.

add a little David Kronenberg to it! looks good so far.

tcindie
2007 November 14th, 17:43
Asthuriel:

This is shot in cinemode, with a custom picture setting that has all the levels (color, contrast, saturation, etc) turned all the way down. There's lots of light on the scene...

24p with a 1/48 shutter speed. Aperture is f2.6 in most of the angles. Only reason I can think of that it would be well colored is from the amount of light thrown on it.

As for the stills posted above, they were taken with a Nikon D40, I didn't do any additional processing to those either other than resizing for web use. I had nearly 200 photos to upload and I was tired from the shoot, so I didn't bother with level adjustments or anything. Just in case that was what you were referring to about vibrant colors.

Thanks for the compliments guys. Glad you like it. :)

the_amo
2007 November 15th, 11:41
Actually, I didn't see any Fx in the clip O.o

And I think it's maybe too shaky, but I saw the video ion an old PC jumping so I'm not sure of that ;D

tcindie
2007 November 16th, 02:35
It is a bit shaky, but it's supposed to be. ;)

If the video is choppy that is probably because I didn't remove pulldown for this clip, since it was just a quick edit (mostly for myself) to ensure that the scene will cut together and to share the effects shot..

The fact that you DIDN'T see any effects is a HUGE compliment. Any good effects shot should be as invisible as possible -- in that it shouldn't look fake, it should blend in as much as possible with the rest of the shot. So thank you. I'm quite glad you didn't see the effect. :D

As for the film.. well tomorrow is the second shooting day (of 6 or I think 7 days total now, I think we just added a day). I'll be gearing up late afternoon, and heading to the set around 4:30ish, and will be on set for at least 12 hours.

This is some of what I've been busy getting ready for tomorrow:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2359/2036316569_463e4e3942_o.jpg
I'll see about posting a photo with the prosthetic applied and fangs in sometime over the weekend.

Still have a number of things left to get ready for tomorrow, but most of it involves cutting up lumber to build some rigging and a prop, and I seriously doubt the neighbors would appreciate my running power tools in the garage at this hour (half past midnight). *sigh* Ran out of time today..

Numbox
2007 November 17th, 08:28
Looks nice. I just hope it turns out more like Robert Rodriguez's films, rather than stupid Hollywood horrors.

tcindie
2007 November 17th, 15:56
Well we didn't have a dedicated still photographer on set last night, but I was able to get a couple decent shots with the prosthetic applied...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2011/2039320467_c00c283c96_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2319/2040116582_56be209bf8_o.jpg

Michael Davis
2007 November 18th, 02:26
Except for the slightly visible "seam" on the bridge of the nose in the last still, that forehead prosthetic looks as good as anything I've ever seen, in any movie. The skin color matches perfectly. That's really well done.

Frank
2007 November 18th, 03:05
Except for the slightly visible "seam" on the bridge of the nose in the last still, that forehead prosthetic looks as good as anything I've ever seen, in any movie. The skin color matches perfectly. That's really well done.

Yeah, especially since they probably won't be dwelling on this fellow's face; more likely a quick glimpse and not brightly lit, either. After all, it's horror, not a monster movie.

tcindie
2007 November 18th, 07:50
Yeah, the blending edge on the nose was totally hosed, so we cut down the bridge a bit, and decided the ridge made by the thick seam was better than the rough edge that was there before:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2043/2043293482_794cca5501_o.jpg
Note: This photo was taken before the prosthetic color and skin tone were a perfect match..

I appreciate the compliments guys. Glad you like it! :D

So.. because of that, and.. just for fun....

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2298/2042511835_fe60ef86ab_o.jpg
(Not a screen grab, just someone playing with the still camera between takes..)

Michael Davis
2007 November 19th, 20:19
I appreciate the compliments guys. Glad you like it! :DCredit where credit's due, mate. That honestly looks as good as anything I've seen in a movie (or television), regardless of budget.