Wednsday, June 13, 2012
Can you believe it’s June already? I can’t. Time has certainly flown by. On to the updates!
Came up with a new title for my Ruby White film. “Ruby White and the Antediluvians”. Has that Indiana Jones sound, tells what the film is about, but still raises intrigue. Bible scholars will know that the title references the pre-flood world, and that’s the topic our heroine will be dealing with.
Bad news. The graphics unit in my Macbook Pro went bad. I can’t even hook up an external monitor 😦 This means two things for me. First: I won’t be using the Mac to cut the film (Leap: Revelation). Second: I was about fifty pages into the script when it happened. Stupid me, the last time I backed the script up to the Celtx cloud was at the start of the month. I’d written 20 pages since then! Fortunately I discovered that I may be able to recover the data by turning the macbook into one big firewire drive. I ordered a six pin to six pin cable and should have it next week sometime.
In the meantime, I’ve set up an older laptop that my Grandpa gave me with Ubuntu and Celtx. It won’t help me edit, but I’ll be able to finish the script at least. All that’s left is to wait for the cable to arrive, grab the Celtx file, and off I’ll be 🙂 I’m using this time to study more and jot down future plot points.
One of the big themes in this film is family and how families interact with each other. Christ summed up the ten commandments by saying “Love God and love others”. The first four commandments tell us how to love God: Don’t have any other Gods before Him; Don’t make idols; Don’t take His name in vain; Remember the seventh day Sabbath. The last six show us how to love others: Honor our parents; Don’t kill; Don’t commit adultery; Don’t steal; Don’t bear false testimony; Don’t covet what others have.
I list them all here for a few reasons. First-ask anyone to name 10 movie stars/music artists. They’ll rattle them off. Then ask them to name the ten commandments. Most can’t, and if they do, not in order. Point made. Back to the original thought, we have to put our love for God above our love for others, including that of our own families. Society today has inverted this concept and says that we must love others and then we love God. In dealing with the concept of family, one of the questions the film raises is, “What happens when you do put your love for God above that of family?” The Bible says that families will turn against each other in the last days. It’s nice to think we’d stick together, but that’s not always going to be the case. Also, what would you do if your spouse started to suffer the bowels of wrath while you remained protected? How does one handle that?
While this is a movie for the fans, it is also the most sobering of the series and raises some serious questions, most importantly, “Are you truly ready for Jesus to return?”
Wednsday, September 29, 2010
Day 21 of filming.
I had a meeting this morning with one of our locally owned Russian stores. Basically, they said we could film there as long as I put the owner’s 17 year old son in the picture, even if it’s just a small role. I’ll make him the younger brother of the girl that runs the store where the Leap crew gets supplies. Since I’m currently without a car, I had a half hour bike ride to get to the store, but it paid off. The owners were really cool and even gave me a ride back to my place after. I love my Russian friends!
After I got back, I contacted Alex and we shot a few of his scenes, including his punching out a car window, and then spent the rest of the day getting background plates for the car chase. I’ve already cut all of today’s footage, so next I’m going to slap comp the car chase and see how it works. I’m stoked!
On the front of other movies, I’ve been busy doing research and fleshing out the stories for “Derek”, my movie that attacks modern spiritualism and reveals it for what it really is, and “Ruby White and the Cross of Christ”, which is is loosely based on the archaeological research of the late Ron Wyatt. My buddy Trex has also started writing his action/adventure movie so things are looking good for shooting three movies back to back a year from now.
Friday, September 10, 2010
We manage to do a bit of shooting last weekend. We shot some of the escape scene. Initially we were going to be filming the opening chase/fight and the mountain scene, but due to actor availability, it fell through. I did manage to cut my finger down to the bone too. That was fun. It didn’t bleed so I didn’t get stitches. So here we are in the middle of September. Summer is over and fall is upon us. The goal is to finish up all of our outdoor shots this weekend. Then we just have to do the market stuff and the CDF Hub stuff. We’re so close!
I spent the day today giving my editing suite a facelift. I love the look of the darker interfaces because I edit mostly at night. Vegas 9 came with a slighter darker interface, but it wasn’t enough for me. I went online today and downloaded a new Windows XP theme that shrunk the start menu and turned everything dark. Then I told Vegas to use my XP theme instead of it’s own. Finally I went through and customized my track and envelope colors. I have to say, I love it! I also went into the settings for After Effects and darkened it to match Vegas. That way when I switch between programs, my eyes don’t have to re-adjust. Finally, I moved my TV monitor onto the same shelf as my computer monitor. It just felt like time for a change.
Had Mark the composer come over again the other day. We cleaned up and finalized the emotional music we were working on as well as started on Shane’s Theme. It’s sounding good! Once we get the Hub stuff shot, I can send a DVD to my other composer to start on those scenes.
Future projects: I think I mentioned this before, but in case I didn’t, here goes. The summer of 2011 will be a busy one. I’ll start off acting as a DP for my former producer for his action adventure movie. A week later we’ll start shooting my action adventure. I’ll take another week or two off and then shoot my movie that attacks spiritualism. I figure that way I can release both of my movies at the same time. By running camera on three features back to back, I’ll be that much better of a DP by the end of it all. Plus, I’ll be able to edit two movies at once. If I get tired of one, I’ll just switch over to the other. Hopefully I’ll have my new edit setup by then.
So that’s about all I have right now. We’ll keep you posted!