May the Fourth be Evil

War by Edwin StarrWar 1

Top Gear – San FranciscoSanfrancisco top gear

Let’s Boogie – DJ AbdelLet's Boogie

Fly Like an Eagle – Steve Miller Bandfly like an eagle

Bloody Tears Castlevaniavideo game musicVideo game 2

So, in tone I admit I’ve come to find it easier to get ideas out for negative ideas.  Maybe it’s just a weird sense or humor, or perhaps a cartoony desire for disproportionate reactions in my drawings. Either way, one notable thing for this post is that I have not created story boards the last few days. I came to realize  that it was a requirement of 5 to 7 days of work and not a strict 7. To be perfectly honest before this I was under the impression my classmates simply weren’t doing there work. Lo and behold they were meeting requirements, and I was just mistaken. Though I will say for this final song, I made more boards sense i realized I could spend more time on one song.  Well, that and I just felt like I needed this many boards to not make the ending feel so abrupt. Before he was just going to be dragged into the tv and kill the skeleton, but I felt it wasn’t satisfying and extended it out with more action.

Overall for this project I admit I’m still doing something I don’t take much personal pleasure in, but I guess I try to take solace in knowing I’m working on a skill I usually wouldn’t. Though if I’m to be honest, I find drawing depressing as it is, given that I never even when I was regularly drawing ever saw improvement through a whole semester of a drawing class.  Yes, I can draw much better than this, but in the end, my inability to be where I want to be made me give up, and most likely after this project is over I’ll go back to not drawing. I would love to take this and get to work on some old comics I had started, but I think that would largely be a fruitless effort.

 

4/27/17 part 2

So, but necessity I had to split this into two separate blog posts. Last week when I thought everything was there, it would appear the number of pictures and html embedding broke my limit, and a lot of songs and text I had written ended up cut out. Today it was even worse, I didn’t have the space for embedding or even all of my storyboards.

So a few things I want to go over. I admit, last week I absolutely hated this project. o be perfectly honest I should have never agreed or even brought up the idea of doing storyboards. At this point, personally, I am more comfortable with the project, but more in the fact that I’m more accepting that for me to get it done within the time I’m supposed to work on it, the boards by necessity have to look bad. Another side of it is that I have come to accept that even songs that aren’t inappropriate for class, aren’t necessarily songs I shouldn’t use for my own sake.

 

Paris Rooftops: Sly 2sly 1sly 2

Internal Debate

So, at this point, I’m still debating how I want to handle this matter. In class on Tuesday I mentioned two possible ideas for the final project. Option 1, using music as a frame of reference to write the script for a scene, and option 2, once again using music as a frame of reference, I would create storyboards for a potential scene.

The reason I’m still debating this matter is due to my own limitations. You see, I am a very action oriented person. That’s not even so much a matter of fighting, but as much dynamic movement and demonstration of a smooth sequence. You would think based upon this I would lean towards the storyboards (and truthfully I am), but I would be remiss to not acknowledge my own limitations.

This was something I knew prior to taking the class, but critiques from my classmates in story boarding reinforced it. Something that was commented on was my images looking very flat and still. Even in my attempts to show a character doing something as simple as sitting up, it would look like they were already sitting up. Have I taken drawing classes? Yes. Have I attempted following a line of action? Yes. Unfortunately, without reference I have limited ability to properly capture something, and even then my actions tend to look very still.

What I’m essentially getting at is that I need opinions. On one hand, I feel like writing a scene is more up my alley, but the other half of me thinks that in the spirit of the project, I should take the time to give drawing another try despite my on and off relationship with it.

What I know for sure is that regardless of what route I go, I know that the song below is definitely the first I am going to adapt in some form or another. To be honest though, I love this song but they have one of the worst group names of all time.

It’s Finally Over

I’ve been miserable. The work load has been exhausting for me. Maybe not even just working the on the short, but having to work on the short on top of the documentary, on top of 3 animations, on top of continued to develop film. Today with everything finally finished, I am at ease for the first time in weeks(well about at ease as I’m capable of being).

I’ve said this before(though not on this blog), but if we had gotten every film date we had planned on, the short would have been done before Spring break was even over. Still though, I’m just glad this is done. In the end how I feel about it will come down to reaction. I’m going to just have to see how everyone feels.

On notable tidbit is that in this final version, it’s the ninth cut of the first scene, the fourth cut of the second, and the ninth cut of the final scene. Suffice it to say as time went on there were a lot of reworking and revisions. But once again, we’ll see how relevant it is based upon reaction.

Oh yeah, and before I forget, yes, for one reason or another the documentary is longer than the short itself.

The Return(and what happened before)

So, spring break has come to a close. Mixed bag I think would be the best word to describe it.

Just as spring break began, we wrapped up  filming the very first scene. About two days after this, I planed on getting about half of the second fight done.

I know that could easily come across as a set up to say that we failed, but funny enough, rather than half, we finished the entire fight, which actually put us ahead of schedule.

Unbeknownst to me however, the rest of spring break would not nearly be as productive, so us being ahead lasted until classes came back, at which point we became behind where we planned on.

This however is not any individuals fault in particular. Sometimes it would be conflicts in work schedule, sometimes it would be issues with location(such as AMF being locked even to students on the last day we had to film and could still be on schedule.), and sometimes it was issues of weather preventing us from continuing on into another scene.

Then, break ended, and we got quite a bit of footage shot…then the fight started…

You see, we for smoothness were attempting a dolly shot, and were going to use a rolling bookbag, but we realized that the ground being uneven would ultimately prevent this. So, seeing our error, we removed it from the way it was rigged in the bag, but it was stuck for a brief period, and in our attempts to remove it, the settings on the camera changed.

As a result, the footage  we had came out terrible. Both Judah and Chris gave wonderful performances, but the footage was low resolution and terribly pixelated due to the setting changes.

So that brings us to today. Right now, I have a very rough cut of the film. The majority of what is missing is shots still needed from the final scene, along with some simple supplementary shots to act as transitions. With the weekend coming up, along with filming today, I think this will able be done before our deadline.

Oh yeah, during filming what we have of the final scene the police showed up. They didn’t say anything though. I guess they figured out what we were doing from a distance and didn’t feel the need to ask what we were doing.

 

Below is a list of things I worked out that still need to be done.

 

Show scene of Judah getting text.

Show scene of Judah going to his car and driving off. Shot at close angles to cover up it being on campus

Judah walking up to the front door of the compound. Have Judah hold back for a moment so I have time to add in sounds of a car parking and locking. Then have him walk up to the door and reach his hand out.

Close up shot of Emily’s face, with light coming on and off of it to imply Judah opened and close the door

Shot of Judah taking his hand off the door, scene proceeds normally, all dialogue shot in one go.

Extended  close up shot of Emily, then having her go into her stance at the very end.

 

Reshot Chris walk

Reshoot fight parts already done.

Shoot rest of film from there.

Add Credits

 

 

The last thing I want to touch on is the documentary. Currently a script for it is working and unfortunately there’s not too much to say as of yet.

Well…

There an element of regret that comes with every decision. Sometimes it’s out of necessity though, and in this case I didn’t really have a choice.

We had scheduled last Thursday for a filming day on Tuesday, and we had to throw everything out, we had to reassign roles, and shorten our idea for the sake of time.

The weather limiting our ability to film outside, along with the fact that all location scouting done was for outside, along with Spring break coming up there was no way we were going to be able to finish everything we had set out to.

Despite the changes being more manageable, with location issues I’m still not optimistic about our chances. I do believe we’ll have something done, but I’m not optimistic about how this is going to go anymore.

As right now, with the changes, I’ve got new choreography to write, with three of the four fights written having to be thrown out. I’m not particularly worried about this angle of it, just thought it would be relevant bring up.

We’ve also begun a marketing side to this project, with us readjusting out efforts into getting several poster designs made. Posters will be handled by multiple individuals and my intended goal is for in the end to have at least 2 different usable poster designs(3 being best case scenario).

We’ll see what happens from here on out. For me personally I’m not worried about getting things rewritten as much as getting all of the reworking done on time, but as I said,we’ll see what happens.

Slow Spot

Last week during out meeting, we got a lot of things hashed out. For one, everyone involved drew out concept art for their characters, and all parts involved seem like examples of pieces we will be able to provide for each other.

We also decided on a more concise story. As we expounded upon plot points, we came to the conclusion what we were coming up with would end up too long and/or complicated. Especially after Shawn wrote a scene break down during out conversation and I added up all the time for each scene. Because of this, the story has become a lot more straight forward and will be more manageable withing out production schedule. (or at least I hope) Another step we took was giving Chris more responsibility in writing the story, and having Matt help get it into script form.

As the title of the blog alludes to however, we hit a slow spot due to everyone in the group besides me having a review that took away our meeting day on Tuesday. Since we could not meet, I sent messages to certain individuals on tasks I wanted them to work on in between then and Thursday.

On my end, I got most of the fight choreography done for the film. As of right now, it spans about 3 pages and covers 3 of the five planned fights. I will acknowledge some slight challenge however in writing certain styles I’m not used to. For Muay Thai in particular I looked up quite a few videos and articles as a sort of refresher. Overall I’m happy with how it came out. The link below is to the doc containing the aforementioned choreography which is the bulk of the work I’ve done in the last week.

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xi_dGQvq8ZUtGpMN37LR0cOJ31eJHwBoJmcbSCtR-1I/edit?usp=sharing