25 June 2010

Greenscreen shoot today

We did some test shooting today using a 5D and a HD201 in the studio. We had never used the Canon before so it yielded some interesting results when comparing 720P and the 35mm sensor images. While the 5D is certainly no RED, it does have a lot of advantages in post workflows and comes up with a great looking image. The before and after pics are of Cat, they're a bit rough but will tweak more in AE to correct a few mistakes in the spill etc and lively the image up a bit. Thanks to everyone today who made it possible!

23 June 2010

Darklands Trailer Nearing Completion

The Darklands trailers are still in progress as you can see above. Had a few tech issues with a 4K red timeline on my old mac that can just handle a 720 HDV workflow! (work out the spec maths here), not to mention learning advanced AE on the go (and the multitude of mistakes), still plugging away but very close to finishing soon. Its going to be worth the wait when its all done.

22 June 2010

More from Uber Memoria 61-100

Some more un-screened takes from the 2007 Uber shoots redone in AE with VFX lighting etc. The new stuff I'm about to film soon will (in most cases) will invite the actors back from these early shoots into the same poses but framed in different locations so its more or less a continuum of the idea of remixing memory through the image. The shot above is Krystal near the wreck of the Australian WW1 warship Cerberus.

21 June 2010

Uber Memoria 61-100 (Series 7)

First images from Uber Memoria 61-100. This new suite is comprised of 40 new works shot in 2007 and 2010. Returning to the old series format earlier this month, I found this sequence of footage I shot in a dilapidated house in Woodend, Victoria around late 2007. These were captured after a shoot I was doing for a friend and by the off chance just after we wrapped I asked the makeup artist to stand in for a few uber styled frames. The room was filled with rat poo and possum pee so it was in a pretty discussing state. And look what happened...

20 June 2010

More from Golden Winters

One of the things I was unhappy with from the Uber Memoria X suite was the limited scope of how I could light and play around with each part, as the uniform blue scheme had to hold up throughout the works in order to get the type of effect I wanted. Bringing these types of shots back to daylight again allowed me to be more faithful to the German source paintings and talk directly to that particular reference point. Here are some more pics from the first suite, hope you like them. Had a few questions this week about workflows, I'm cutting in a 720p FCP timeline then exporting out as an XML to AE for grading with Film Magic Pro, lighting with Optical Flares 1.2 and adding airborne particles with Particular.

19 June 2010

Gothic Memoria X: Golden Winters

These are the first pics from the new Gothic Memoria X: Golden Winters series. They are created from takes I didn't use from the Uber Memoria X shoots in October-November 2008. There will be six suites of ten works each (eg. GM X-XVI) and locate a lot of new and old footage together that references late 18th century German Romanticist paintings in context to a Gothic sublime. These are created in lead up to Saturn Memoria beach and landscape shots I'm filming on green screen next week. Its nice to be working with Dr Phil, Cat and Sarah again... (Andrew shot these images by the way when I was on the sailing ship - pictured centre left - with the A Cam).

16 June 2010

More from Golden Summers...

Some more stills from the Golden Summers series. There are a total of x30 new works in the suite, have finished all of the sequences today and rendering out (now) in AE but will take about a week to compile at 32 bit. Filming some scenes in my new feature called 'Saturn Rising' starting next week using greenscreen and 720p (nice and simple) and syncing the sound for the Darklands trailer as well, both of the trailers are due at the end of the month. Expect a lot of new things coming over the next few weeks...

8 June 2010

Uber Memoria XII: Golden Summers

Over the next few weeks I'm reworking some of the never before seen footage from the early 2007 Uber Memoria shoots to be compiled into the next Uber series titled 'Uber Memoria XII: Golden Summers' based on the Australian Impressionists work around the same name. I'm quite excited to be revisiting some great footage that I never had time to finish. All of the Uber, Gothic, and Nocturnus series created between 2007-2010 are also being re-mastered into 32 bit on Blu Ray release with a few new additional features added along the way. Will post more pics as they come through...

2 June 2010

Its Done: Uber Memoria XI

Uber Memoria XI: A Far Cry From Nowhere is available on DVD today, here are some stills...