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Old November 5th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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Thank goodness for the extra week

Script in hand, shooting this weekend, then a whole week to edit instead of a few hours. I may even have to throw a few effects in. Love the extra week!
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Old November 7th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #2
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Agreed

I’ll tell you what this first week got me. I hit brick walls on two good ideas (they weren’t mine) and it took me ‘til just now to come up with a third one. So I agree--thank goodness for the extra week!
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Old November 7th, 2008, 01:45 AM   #3
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I'm lovin' it too.

Having Sunday to shoot is a BIG help. Especially since all day last Sunday was spent writing story/script.

Having a ball.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 12:52 PM   #4
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2 scenes left to film, gonna have to reschedule one of them due to weather. and I already had to reschedule another one due to weather! Lousy unpredictable MI.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 06:53 AM   #5
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More time is a double edged sword. You have to do more with the short, and I like the excuse of only having 48 hours to make a short. I'm losing sleep over this one.

Hope I don't get disqualified, but I'd rather not ask because it's already in the short.

Living on the edge...
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Old November 10th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #6
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Done shooting. Rough edit pretty close. And lots of time left. This is definitely the most ambitious I've ever been for DV challenge.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #7
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I'm finishing filming this evening (one afternoon and one evening in total), then edit.
It's really great that we had a weekend to film, because it's a lot harder if you're a full time worker.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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Hope I don't get disqualified, but I'd rather not ask because it's already in the short.
We should have a discussion about specifics between challenges--been meaning to talk about “greeking” (hiding or changing corporate trademarks that have not been cleared) but never seem to get around to it. You’ve probably noticed that we’ve gotten a little lax so whatever it is, you’ll probably be fine, Dick. Or not. ;)

Man, that’s great that some of you guys are nearly done! I'm getting excited about watching your films.

I don’t remember what it’s like not having my back against the wall. We got a couple hours of sunshine today after days of rain so I grabbed my camera and the actor and shot as much as possible. They’re mostly hand held shots, which I promised myself I wouldn't do anymore, but I think they'll work okay with the story. The rest will have to wait until Friday, and a critical component in this deal depends on a guy who hasn't returned my emails.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 10:41 PM   #9
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You’ve probably noticed that we’ve gotten a little lax so whatever it is, you’ll probably be fine, Dick. Or not. ;)

Man, that’s great that some of you guys are nearly done! I'm getting excited about watching your films.

I don’t remember what it’s like not having my back against the wall. We got a couple hours of sunshine today after days of rain so I grabbed my camera and the actor and shot as much as possible. They’re mostly hand held shots, which I promised myself I wouldn't do anymore, but I think they'll work okay with the story. The rest will have to wait until Friday, and a critical component in this deal depends on a guy who hasn't returned my emails.
I'm counting on the lax part. BTW, my whole short is hand held. These crime dramas have made the jiggly camera okay. My story, I'm sticking to it.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 09:55 AM   #10
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Just finished my rough edit. Barely made the 5 minute limit. Wish I had time to ADR/Loop some audio, oh well.

Lorinda, if you watch 24, CSI or Fringe (or most any other action drama or show) you'll notice a LOT of hand held shots. It gives your shots a more organic feel.

I chose to shoot a lot of scenes hand held for the look and to shoot more setups quickly.

However, the shows are using much larger/heavier cameras which smooths out the handheld shots where hand holding a smaller 6lb or so camera can become quite shaky if you're not careful. Although NYPD Blue was very shaky at times not to mention the Bourne movies.

It's art. It's subjective.

Now to score this puppy and get it uploaded before Sunday!
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Old November 13th, 2008, 02:50 PM   #11
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However, the shows are using much larger/heavier cameras which smooths out the handheld shots where hand holding a smaller 6lb or so camera can become quite shaky if you're not careful.
I attach an 18" monopod to my little HV30, to get a steadier shot. It's the poor man's steadycam.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #12
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Should I be freaking out that I barely started today and won't finish shooting 'til tomorrow?
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Old November 13th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #13
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Yes.
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Actually, I won't be done shooting until tomorrow, either, so you've got company, Joseph. Looking forward to seeing what you've done this time!

Jim, you nailed down the problem I have with hand held shooting. Mine always looks like home video to me because of the camera shake, plus, today I looked at some stuff I shot and it's tilted! I have to tilt my head, too, or it almost makes me dizzy...
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Old November 14th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #14
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Corporate Trademarks

Is there a problem with corporate trademarks? I didn't quite understand the comment about 'greeking' (I'm a little new to this).

Handheld: We have an Indicam (love it) but I didn't have time to set it up. We finished shooting on Tuesday, about 6 hours of shooting/driving/rehearsing/setup time total (1 afternoon and 1 evening) to get 35 minutes on tape. Takes me about 20-30 minutes to balance my XL2 on the Indicam sled (on a good day) so I could't afford the time. Call me goofy but it seems camera shake becomes more 'aesthetic' the longer the lens you have...
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Old November 14th, 2008, 04:16 AM   #15
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Heheh, appreciate the company, Lorinda. And let's just say that I took a very abstract approach to this DVC's theme, and it's quite a departure from the previous two.

Oh, and based on everyone's comments, I think hand-held will be the other theme this time around ;)
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