Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Okay, so day 27 was actually two days ago, but I’m just now getting to writing about it. Lots of good stuff to cover though, so I guess I’ll jump right in. Last week, I started on a slap comp for the big explosion. I really just wanted to see how everything was going to work out and make sure the idea I had for it would play out. I posted a still on our facebook page and other sites and received some good feedback like adding reflections and some more glow. On Sunday, day 27, Alex came over to finish his stuff. He had buzzed all his hair off and wore his same costume from the last movie. He didn’t look quite the same, but close enough. While shooting that scene, we tried to emulate one of the shots from the first Leap. Just a way to tie the two films together a bit more.
After shooting, I dumped the footage to Frankenstein and started making my offlines. We went to the store and picked up some food for later. When we got back, I cut the scene and we started Alex’s ADR using the Yeti mic. For a piece of consumer gear, I’m really impressed by it. Not quite as good as the system I had on the last film, but very close. ADR this time with Alex took just over six hours-a big improvement over last time. After his ADR, we also recorded his commentary.
Just for fun, I spent the day today watching both Wulf and Leap. Rise of the Beast is (no pun intended) leaps and bounds above those two movies, which is really cool.
Tonight I have my friends Mic and Twinkle coming over to shoot a few inserts. We’re going to have to use the greenscreen because there’s snow everywhere and the scenes these are going into are outside.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Day 26 of filming.
We had Chelsea and Alex come over for our last night of greenscreen. Her boyfriend Thomas came too so he ran BTS. We managed to bust out all the shots in just over an hour, so not too bad. After they left, Alex shaved and cut off some of his hair to make himself younger. Then we shot one of the “Transition Scenes” that takes us from Leap to Leap 2. Next time I see him, Alex should have all his hair cut off and look just like he did in the last movie and we’ll get the other Transition Scene and then do all of his ADR.
As far as the bad guy stuff, I’m hoping to do it early December. I’ll probably be renting a conference room from a local Super 8 motel. It’ll cost $50, but I’m hoping to swing a hotel room location out of it too. We’ll see.
I created a follow focus for the camera today by wrapping some white electrical tape around the lens. It works like a charm!
In the news of Derek, I heard an awesome testimony last Saturday at church that I want to incorporate into the flick. I came home to start adding to my notes, but when I went to dig up the folder on my laptop, the Derek folder has vanished. Just the Derek folder. All my other movies were still there: Wulf, Leap, Leap 2, Eden, The Flood, Sodom, and Ruby White-all there. In light of this, and my experiences on the first Leap, I’ve coined a new term-Digital Demons.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tonight was the night we had originally scheduled to shoot the holding cell scenes. Unfortunately we lost the location and were unable to find a new one, so I decided to go greenscreen. Unfortunately Chelsea was sick today so we initially decided not to shoot. Alex’s work has been getting on him about being unshaven, so instead we decided to just shoot his part of the scenes, that way it he can shave and keep his managers off his back. Fortunately he brought a friend tonight, so we had her wear Crystal’s sweatshirt and run lines with Alex. She also acted as a Fake Shemp for when Crystal is tossed into the cell. Next week when Chelsea is better we’ll shoot her part.