Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Its moving along.....I swear!

After a 3 month hiatus on doing anything with sleep there is news to report. I moved out of my old house (and lost the edit computer in the proccess, but still have the data) so not much has been done. But I ordered a new computer today, it will be in by the end of this week, and sleep will go back to work.

I will also be anouncing our composer's name shortly, I just have to finish signing the deal memo and I can anounce a name. Hes very talented and our score will rock! Once the computer is in I will burn him a cut so he can start work, I will also be finalizing the edit and sending a few shots to visual fx for a little work, then on to foley and final mixdown/color correction and we will be ready to screen! everything is looking good, but I refuse to put an estimated time on how long it will all take, since my freelance business is picking up I barley have time for anything (plus, I mean look outside! who wants to edit when Westchester has all the disk golf a guy could ask for! if nothing else snow will fly and that will force the film to be finished)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

'Sleep' Trailer

Ok, Here is the trailer, in all its glory. Be sure to go to the youtube site and rate it and leave comments and all that bit if you'd like.


Let me know what you think.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Trailer almost out

I have been neglecting this blog a bit.....way way way too much work. I have a new freelance gig making comercials, my full time news photography and more film projects in the cue than ever. I just shot a 3 minute 16mm color short the other day (what an experience....thank god sleep was a smoother shoot!) and I have another 16mm music video working its way through the line.

It occurs to me that I will not be able to show this film to most people until things like music and EFX are in place. That will take a long time, so I am cutting a trailer to give you guys a taste of the film. It should be done this weekend or next and that will be posted to this site for the public to see.

The rough cut is more or less done. There are a few things that needs to be cleaned up and fixed, but for all intents an purposes it should go off to the composer this week or next for score. Then we can do some EFX work and ready it for festival. At this point it doesn't look like I will have the money to finish in HD, not for a while at least. Sort of unfortunate, since thats why I went with PWNY lab in the first place, but oh well. My pending move to california is going to be a bit more expensive than I thought, so I need to save that money to get down there. Also these other projects are draining my checkbook. Oh well, the one-light still looks pretty good, and any major festival we get into I am sure I'd part with the cash at that point.

I suppose that is all for now, I will be posting that trailer in WMV format (and probably mov too for all you mac's out there) when its done. I might also post a few pics from the last short we did.

Keep checking back!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

halfway to a rough cut

Thought I would give a quick update on the edit proccess.

After a while of editing, I have gotten to about the halfway point (of the rough cut) scene 2 and scenes 8-15 have been cut. That covers most of the dialouge scenes, so the rest should be more or less easy. Look for a cut in a week or two. Also it looks like we may need one reshoot :( on just one of the shots the camera was dorking out. It seems that the shutter did not close before the pulldown claw moved the film, so there is a little verticle smearing, esp. in the highlights (which with white walls means most of the image). This was on scene 3 (the hand washing scene) everything else was fine, and I can sort of cut around it since the shot itself is not very important. The only thing I need on that shot is Karen turning the tap off. I will try and recut the scene without her turning the tap off, and put the sound fx of it turning off over one of her closeups; or I could remove any shot of the tap off, and let people assume she left it on the whole time If that doesn't work adequatley, we will have to reshoot just that shot, maybe as an insert or something quick and easy.

The short ends posed less problems than I thought they would. Since the film comes second hand there is never any telling what condition its in. All the film matches just fine, except one reel. That one is a bit more contrasty and seems to have a little greenish tint in the shadows. Its possible the people who used it first flashed the negative (though I would expect less contrast from that, not more), or maybe its just a bit out of date and stored improperly. Either way the difference is so slight, not only can it be corrected in digitial color, but I think we could even correct it in photo-chemical printing if we needed too. In the rough cut I have a filter applied which matches the footage together really well.

The audio was a pain to sync up, since we have about 300 differenct audio tracks. It took three days to log organize convert (to 32bit wav instead of 128kbs mp3, and add the 99.9% speed shift) and sync to slate. Also a problem, sometimes we didn't have a slate closing in the first shot of a reel. I will need to remember this in the future. I thought rolling 5 or 10 feet would give us enough lead for the lab to work with, but apparently they cut off a bit or expose part of the end or something because there are 4 takes where the film doesn't have an image until a few frames after the slate closes. Most rolls I rolled 10 feet of leader and another 5 or 10 feet of colorchart, so the majority is fine, but those 4 or so I had to hand sync, which is a pain!

Other than that everything is cutting together beautifully. If I were smarter and realized that every take was pretty much spot on, I would have varried my coverage a bit more and only shot one take of each angle. Then again its very scary to shoot just one master, one OTS, one med, and one CU and hope that everything will work out (refer to the smear issue earlier). I think in the future if I get actors as good as this we won't be seeing more than two takes per setup.

Total editted material is about 10 minutes so far, and I think 20 minutes is a good estimate for TRT, including titles. At some point I need to get Jeff and I think Kyle, maybe Dorrell to record scene 1, and I might have more scenes like 1 written to smooth out scene transitions. I dunno. Also we will need to record some foley of Karen for some of the shots that were MOS (just breathing noise and running sounds mostly, I don't think we need ADR for any of the dialouge) Thats the news for now. Call or email me if anyone wants to see the rough cut where its at.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Film has arrived! Now I just gotta cut it

The film showed up Tuesday, and I have watched all of it several times over. I am amazed how good it looks. It's testament to the vision 2 kodak stocks, as even the scene that we overexposed by 3 stops retained a lot more detail than I thought it would. Maybe I should have over exposed it by 4 stops.

Anyway heres a few pics from the film. These are all ungraded one-light transfers, so when we get the supervised HD transfer, these will look even better! anyway I am very happy how it all turned out. I am syncing the audio up now, and that will take some time. The edit should take a week or two. If anyone wants to drop by and see the edit proccess (sheri) I think Sunday would be the best time to do that.

Anyway, Enjoy the pictures!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Film is paid for!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the film's proccessing and telecine has been paid. We are waiting for the lab to schedule us in for transfer, but once it is done, it should be here fairly quick. I expect late this week or early next. I will update when it comes in and post screengrabs of some scenes.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hey buddy...got a quarter? how about 2000?

Yeah, not much has gone on lately, so I haven't had much to update. A few quick things though:

1. upon calling the lab, apparently there was miscommunication, and they actually did want the money before they even transfer the footage. I was waiting on a call saying 'its done' they were waiting for a call saying 'heres my cash'.

2. after several months (I think we are at 4 or 5 now) a freelance gig has yet to pay up their account, so I am like 500 bucks shy of being able to afford the film)

That leaves us waiting until probably the 15th until I can clear my account with PWNY and get the film back (unless the gig pays up). Its frustrating. I was planning to have the footage back before the end of the year, now its more like the end of the month.

In other news, I got a ton of 8mm film for christmas, so I was thinking of writing a 3 minute film. I'm thinking of calling it 'Running, running, scared' what do you think? It involves lots of running and being scared. I think sheri would be perfect for it.

Also working on getting some cash for Isotac to be shot in 35mm, but getting money is a tough proposition...but with money comes better productions....and PAs....and paying actors too.