Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Went to Best Buy today to play with the Canon T2i. At this point, with things looking like I’ll be funding the picture myself, It’s the best bang for my buck. I shot the test footage using a 4GB Class 2 SD card. Yes. A class 2. It worked just fine. I tried a couple of different techniques and when I got home, I was surprised to find that I had minimal rolling shutter issues. I had thought it was going to be a lot worse.
I loaded the footage into Vegas, created offlines of everything, cut a demo, and brought it all back online. No issues. I imported the Vegas EDL into After Effects and played with the grading and such for a bit. Again, no issues. I’m still amazed at how well my seven year old computer can handle the HD stuff! I’ll post some pics and a video of the test here in a bit. So far, the only issue I’ve had has been when rendering. The computer suddenly says it can’t find the HD clip. I still can’t figure out why.
Now I just need the $900 for the camera and a decent card. Contributions are always welcome at starspictures.info =)
I spent all day yesterday working on some of the visual effects for the opening of the picture. After my STARS logo, a bible verse appears on the screen. Then it fades out to space. A satellite drifts by. We then cut to the view of the satellite: a shot of the pacific northwest. Smash zoom to a city in Washington state. Then the opener begins.
I’ve completed the modeling of the satellite in Blender 2.49 I still need to texture and animate it, but it was actually pretty easy to build. I found a reference photo online to use as my guide. It’s modeled completely out of primitives. I’ve finalized the earth zoom. It was accomplished using some photos from the NASA open source satellite software (you can use them for free) and Andrew Kramer’s AE tutorial for the Earth Zoom. Doesn’t look half bad either.
So why am I already starting on VFX? I’m hoping to be able to put a demo together with a final version of the opening of the picture and some footage from the camera I want to use, in order to show people that I’m ready to do this film. Like I said, I need $900 for the camera setup and $100 for a 1TB HDD. I shot the last picture for $200 and it’s made $2000. It’s practically guaranteed that I’ll be able to pay back anyone who wants to spot me the $1000 to get the setup I need. At $10 a copy, I’d only have to sell 100 to make back the camera cash =)
So that’s where I’m at right now. Please continue to keep the production in your prayers. God bless!