Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We are very close to being finished. Currently, 3 extremely talented sound designers from the USC Sound dept. have been busting their asses on the sound design. We are looking to do our final mix by the end of October. A huge thanks to Bethany Sparks, Gentry Smith and Amber Beard.
Also, I can't even begin were to explain where the breakdown occurred in tracking down the rights to use the Misfits song, Where Eagles Dare. Fortunately, one of the strongest composers I have ever met stepped in and said he would compose an original score that would far exceed anything the Misfits could produce. Thanks Igor Nemirovsky!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This section of credits includes the skaters that are featured in the film: Paul McElroy, Tyler Tufty, Brian Tucci, Sam Wientzen, Bobby Worrest, Alex Henson, Greg Harris, Ronald Flores, Billy Roper and Dave Coyne.
Also, this section includes the Cinematographers that shot the skating footage: Mark Nicoles, Chris Brown and Andrew Kline. The B-roll Cinematographers: Ryan Lovelace, Robert Lovelace and James Harpold.
I am very happy with the look of the title/credits design but the painting effect takes a while to reveal information. I have sped up the animation for each slate but the credits will still run about a full minute when finished. This has been a hard pill to swallow seeing as the film itself is only about 7 minutes long. My concern is that the credits will feel long. But I believe I have come up with a solution to this problem so I'm not too concerned about it at this point.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
In January of 08 I decided to enlist some help in order to stay on schedule. I decided to recruit from the University of Southern California's Roski School of Fine Arts. Aside from staying on schedule, I was also interested in seeing what someone else would come up with if given a thorough explanation of how the process works, a limited amount of coaching and access to a wide variety of visual references.
The following shot was completely by an excellent artist named Clover. This is the second shot she has completed for the film and is currently working on a third. I wish I had found her sooner. You may find a link to her personal site in the sidebar section of this blog entitled, Links.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
You can see that I played with the shapes within the rotoscoping to accentuate the momentum of the skater. Also, towards the end, I decided to throw the Washington DC flag on the underside of his board in red. Subtle, but that's what I wanted.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This was the last shot I worked on before the old machine gave up on me. It shows the overlap transitions that I mentioned in the post directly below. I began to work this type of transitioning in at other points of the film as well. But until the new machine arrives I am restricted to tracking down music rights.
This shot took approximately 2 months to complete and consists of over 450 hand drawn images.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
There is a section of the film where Paul is talking about the OG guys that had a big impact on the scene in D.C. I added this shot to help put a face with the name.
Working on this shot also gave me a great idea on how to blend interview and skating sections. After some experimenting, I came up with a solid method of overlapping shots that really helps the flow of the film. I'll post examples soon.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I made a long sequence from still frames of marble surfaces that I had given the black and white treatment to. I then used the black layer from the roto to act as a silhouette matt for the marble layer. I also adjusted the timing so that the marble images change at the same frame rate as the roto.
The following clip was the shot I as working on when I began using this look.
I think it looks good and will be a nice way of differentiating between footage shot at Pulaski and footage from other areas of the city.
I also re-rendered a shot I completed a while ago of Sam Weitzen down at Pulaski. I posted the shot when I finished it as 236x. I think the marble worked out well.
I'm going to look into other surfaces to use as textures for the skate footage that's shot in other areas of the city. Things like street lines and asphalt, brick, concrete, etc.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I finished the skating part of this shot a while ago. I'd love to go back and clean it up but I've got too many other shots still to do. That's the problem with animating like this. You never get to the look that you're truly happy with until most of the film is practically finished.
The second part of this shot was a beast to do because of the varying frame rates and motion tracking. I had to really finesse it to make it all look like it was running at 12 fps and at the same time because it's actually at 29.97. But I like the shot. I still need to make some minor adjustments to when the outlines of people start tracking to the wall but it's almost there.
This is definitely the finished look for the interviewee though. I've only done 2 other sections of interview so I might go back and redo those to look more like this section.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I also use a combination of Quicktime and AVI files. Now when I load up Premiere it tells me that it can not load some of the AVI files because the original clips no longer fit the same format, i.e. they no longer have sound. Which is bullshit because if you open the clips they play with sound in the Media Player.
This also meant the majority of my previews were gone so I had to re-render the entire film.
Life may now continue but I still don't trust Adobe Premiere.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Since I don't drive anymore I've had a chance to survey my surroundings a little more closely. It's amazing how much stuff is all over the place in my neighborhood. I just never noticed it when I was driving.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The first line of dialogue also appears over top of this shot on the right side. I'm not completely happy with the roto job though. It was the first attempt at rotoing the interview footage so the style is pretty rough.