Oh the humanity! Finally an update! In this one: Finecut, Placeholder Footage, Soundtrack news. Check it out!
Was trying to think of an appropriate title for this long delayed post! How is everyone?
Sometimes you get so busy doing stuff that there's not enough time to document it and that's definitely been the case here. So here are some updates:
FINECUT. The film is in near fine cut status. It comes in at just under 30 minutes and will probably be a tad over that with credits and such. I'm much happier with this length - at times I thought it'd be more like 20 minutes and sometimes feared it'd be even less. Imagine spending all that time and effort for 15 minutes! So I'm very pleased with it's length.
PLACEHOLDER FOOTAGE. I say near fine cut because there are certain areas where I have black placeholder footage with text that describes what will be here. For instance all computer generated footage is not done yet so I have placeholder footage that just reads, "Ship on landing pad here" and "Futuristic city: flying bus goes by." (You've probably seen some photoshop mockups on this site for those!)
SOUNDTRACK. So why go thru all the trouble of putting in placeholders and such? Well I wanted to get the film to a point where it's duration is locked. This is so the composer can work on the soundtrack while the fx are being worked on. The project then benefits from parallel development instead of linear! Saving time! So I've been having weekly video conferencing meetings (via Skype!) with Chris, the composer, in England! Chris and I met online, and then in person when he came to NYC for a vacation, and now it's great to see him every Sunday afternoon via webcam! The meetings have been great and the web video/audio is so good that Chris is able to play parts from his keyboard for me to hear in real time over the net!! We've been going back and forth discussing music and sound design, and Chris has already come up with some really good melodies and themes for the characters and story! hmmm. maybe if I get enough emails from you, i'll post a short sequence of what Chris has done so far!!