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Old June 9th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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Golden - opening scene - VFX heavy micro budget

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First post, helloooo. This is the opening scene to an independent feature I'm making. Just about to start casting. Sending out breakdown notices to sfcasting and breakdownservices in the next few weeks under the SAG ultra low-budget agreement.

This was shot with the HVX200 - brevis 35mm adapter and an 18mm Nikon Prime. Visual effects created with discreete logics inferno. Uses Kessler Crane and indislider.

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Old June 11th, 2009, 01:26 AM   #2
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Dean, this looks awesome! I can't wait to see more footage (and also learn more about the story)!

When are you aiming to have the project completed by?

I'm in the Bay Area, so let me know if you need an extra hand!
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Old June 13th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Dean, this looks awesome! I can't wait to see more footage (and also learn more about the story)!

When are you aiming to have the project completed by?

I'm in the Bay Area, so let me know if you need an extra hand!
Excellent thanks Brent! I'm aiming to shot over the late summer and fall and complete post by halloween 2010.

The story is a morality tale about Greed Gold and Ghosts. Imagine The Shining meets Treasure of Sierra Madre with the cast of All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 08:04 PM   #4
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i think obviously sound really pushed this piece. I love the buildup.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 11:11 PM   #5
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how micro is the budget if you're using a crane and discreet smoke, connections maybe?
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Old June 14th, 2009, 03:09 AM   #6
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how micro is the budget if you're using a crane and discreet smoke, connections maybe?
Hi Roshdi, the tools available to the indie filmmaker are amazing theses days, from 35mm adapters, after effects and HD prosumer camcorders the "workers finally have the means to production."

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I'm amazed at how much production value a simple crane can add to a piece, you just don't expect it in a micro film.

But you are right that I do have access to an inferno and I am an experienced Visual Effects Artist but almost everything I've produced can be created from affordable off the shelf software like after effects / shake. Might take a bit longer but still very achievable.

Like wise with the sound too, programs like Acid / Soundtrack pro and loop libraries are invaluable.

I'm so grateful that we live in a time where we can now edit and master 1080p on laptop.

Vive la revolution digital!

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Old June 15th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #7
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I totally agree with you. Recently i composed a cinematic track using sonic fire pro and mixed in nuendo. A couple of people thought it was a studio job. I also did an animation in 3d but used a 2d toon shader and another person thought i drew the whole thing.

Yes you are right that we live in a digital revolution, i remember back in the day with digital 8 was like wow. Now you can shoot 1080 HD, edit, mix, add VFX and Distribute all without leaving your desk. Thats a nice piece you got there, i love sound mixing/editing and the build up at the beginning is amazing. You used soundtrack pro? pretty nice.

You're like me in one aspect, i tell people its not just the tools but the operator behind it.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #8
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Those fx look pretty damn good.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #9
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Those fx look pretty damn good.
Sweet, thanks Dennis!
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Old June 20th, 2009, 08:26 AM   #10
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This looks like it is going to be great!

Cant wait to see more
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Old June 20th, 2009, 08:47 AM   #11
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Nice job, really grabs you fast. I love the premise of an abandoned gold mine. Very original.
Best of succes to you.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 09:47 PM   #12
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wow awesome effects!
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:52 AM   #13
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Thanks Ryan, Paul and Derrick!

I've been busy casting and I have some amazing actors onboard. Can't wait to share the details with you! Going SAG was the best decision I ever made.

Woohooo.


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Old July 31st, 2009, 03:32 AM   #14
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Okay, things are moving forward, I've just uploaded the new website. I've added a synopsis and bios of myself and the new producer! w00t!

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Old August 2nd, 2009, 05:52 AM   #15
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I love how it starts slowly and gradually gets more exciting. Even with the effects becoming heavier by the second, they never seem to become fake. Great work.
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