Visual Effects shot #25

April 28, 2010 2 comments

Hello faithful blog followers.  Is it just me or is Probe seeming to get longer and longer?  Oh… that’s what she said.

Lots of stuff going on right now.  Production is in double time right now as I stay awake late into the night working out visual effects shots.  I now can relate to filmmakers who say they absolutely loathed their film until the moment it was released to the fact that they spent so much time working on it.  Cheers.  Check out the fantastical work of shot #25, where I spent around thirteen hours perfecting.

Also, I just got back from visiting Kris, who is producing the music for Probe.  We spent a bit of work refining his original tracks, and we’ll continue working on it this evening.  I’m taking some heavy references from the “Moon” sountrack released last year.  David, our sfx designer, is also working nonstop on creating original sound effects for the film, and he’s doing a great job.

My original deadline for the film to be done is next friday.  Hopefully it will be done by then!  (fingers crossed)

Another Probe joke: I decided that the director’s cut of the film is going to be called “Probe: extended edition”.  Oh jeez.  Whose idea was it to name this film Probe?!

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Behind the Scenes II

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Go go vimeo video go!  it’s the last day of the film shoot, and it’s Joel’s birthday. Witness the extravagant celebration by an exhausted film crew!

In other news, Nate and I came up with a name for the probe, who remains nameless in the movie.  But who would want to be a nameless physical object with enough firepower to destroy manhattan?  No, such a thing requires a name.  And so we named the Probe “Merlin

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Probe Transformation Test #1

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Lots of Vimeo videos on the blog.  Fun stuff.  Anyway, Nate has been working diligently on getting the probe rigged and animated for its starring moment–the scene where the probe transforms.  Now, for those of you who aren’t looking for a spoiler, better not watch this video.  In fact, don’t even look at the picture and in fact you probably shouldn’t even be reading this.  For the rest of you, check out the first draft of the probe transformation sequence.

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Color Correction Featurette

April 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Greetings faithful blog followers!!  Here’s a special treat for you all to show you what we’re doing here in the Probe Production labs.  Color correction!  That’s right!  I’m finding I have a huge enjoyment of this, because it takes our original footage–which looks really poor compared to the post effect, and correct the color and add background blurs and effects.  Check out the awesomeness! 

Also, coming soon is a previs of the Probe transformation scene.  Be excited!

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Filming day round two

We’ve found our building!  Tonight at 9:30 PM, Eastern, we’re shooting the final scenes at an old building in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee.  The production team will be gathering to get those final shots done.  We’ll probably be up until the wee hours of the morning, which is great because tomorrow is my birthday, so my first moments of being twenty years old will be filming for Probe.  Wheee!

  Meanwhile, Nate is working hard on the Probe transformation sequence.  He rendered out this engaging turntable of the Probe with its ventilation shafts open.  Check out those beautiful spec maps!  I’ll update the blog here tomorrow with some pictures from our production shots.

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Production Photos

Our first round of filming is done!  Check out these awesome production photos conveniently uploaded to Facebook.

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Behind the Scenes: Round 1

Check out the works of the probe production crew, behind the scenes!  That is all.

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