Personal Demons Adventure Trailers Continue!

Will this madness ever be stopped? Presumably! I’m a lot happier with this one! Took about two and a half hours to film and edit, the writing and audio work was done beforehand so I’m not exactly sure how long that took.

The Curious Case of Samuel Twain (Trailer) & Personal Demons (Trailer)

This is just part of getting the look together for a new MSPA forum adventures thing I’m working on! Hopefully it’ll mean I make a few more videos in the future, so look forward to maybe hearing about those when I remember to post them on here. Oh! I also did some volunteer work recently which was quite good for this tour thing, they had paintings, performance art and audio stuff that was great. Plus a short film segment. Interesting stuff!

Anyway, on to the video, that first one was done in a few hours and I’m pretty sure I didn’t write anything. The idea was originally due to watching the Renegade intro video and wanting to do something with a similar kind of tone, and also the idea of the outlaw hunting outlaws was interesting to me, as well as just generally that idea of the loose cannon cop. So, originally I’d decided to do kind of a cop show format, with the first episode introducing the character and a murder scene, the identity of the victim being decided by users. But then, reading the thread for the contest, I found a post that had an idea for a story where the main character was a superhero by day, supervillain by night (by equal turns both good and evil, like Taffin) and decided to adapt that.

Afterwards it was just a matter of coming up with powers that I could easily portray on a limited budget, and working out the visual and general aesthetic of the production. I’ve continued working on it, and I’m getting a little closer, but I’m still not quite sure I’m there yet. This is the next video, which is more fully scripted, and took a few more hours to shoot and edit (though still took place over much less than a day).

I’ve been working on the next trailer which promises to be slightly better and a little different in tone, as I’ve been taking notes from people I’ve shown the videos to. That’ll be up soon, hopefully! The project starts properly on Wednesday, August 1st.

I also believe that I forgot to mention this.

This is something that I made, unfortunately the jar seen in the video has since been thrown to the glass recycling bin and shattered, otherwise I could have produced my long-awaited remake of the Time Travel video I did ages ago.

I should do another video some time soon, shouldn’t I? I already have a lot on with all this audio editing, but… One little video couldn’t hurt. I’ll see what I can do for you fine people after I’ve finished the podcasts. I still have to cut the interview down to size!

Podcast Update

You know that Call of Cthulhu podcast I was going to start, and those first two episodes I’m sitting on? They go up this weekend, along with at least episode three.

Cthulhu on Parade - Podcast Artwork

EDIT: They went up, but iTunes has yet to accept them into its loving embrace. In the meantime, you can check them out at the blog I set up here.

I promise to you that I shall do my very best to remember to finish editing the rest of the episodes as soon as possible! I’m working my way through re-listening to the first two so that I have a better sense of where things are. I’m really pretty pleased with how they’ve turned out and things can only get better from here, guys!

As a little bonus, here’s something you should have been watching.

Do you have any idea what’s on YouTube?

For starters, this:

But now, let’s just have a quick look through some of the movies that you can watch for free on YouTube. And by you, I mean me, in the future. But also you should check these out.

“M” – Here.
“His Girl Friday” – Here.
“The Boss Of It All” – Here.
“Bad Taste” – Here.

Also, Amy has a blog! She reviews stuff. It’s pretty good. Her opinions on The Princess Bride (which we just watched) are pretty much the same as mine, also we saw Thor and that is pretty great too! I suppose I’d better do a little list of podcasts before too long as well, again. Also, I made another video! This one is another effects type thing, with some more overlay stuff really, I’m not entirely happy with it but it represents the change in weather recently since the last video, more than anything. All got a bit bleak all of a sudden! Thankfully that seems to be turning around.

Hopefully I’ll have another video ready before too long! I’ll try and get down to some different places with the video camera and do some more exploring for locations. Still not entirely sure whether to go live action or LEGO figures with the main video that I’d been working on.

I made a video!

And then promptly forgot all about posting it to this blog. Conclusion: I am a horrible monster. Here it is:

Progression

It seems so obvious, but there really is a world of difference between just having the footage sewn together with timing and beats, and then adding effects and underlying music to it. This video is definitely cheating by having everything in a kind of black and white, to artificially make the end result seem a little more polished (you can’t see how badly the camera picks up colours sometimes, for example) – but I think I managed to just about use enough effects, especially lighting and contrast enhancement, to make it interesting.

There are a few parts which I think don’t work so well, where things are too dark or the “mirror” effect at the end where it kind of ripples, which was lazy shorthand where I should have had multiple frames skipping on vertical hold, but it is looking promising for the final video, and I think I shall keep this visual style.

Not entirely sure about the audio style, although I do think the woodwind works well in this case, but my voice work leaves a bit to be desired, even after being as distorted as it has. But, with a little luck you won’t have to hear me so much for the final product.

All seems to be progressing quite nicely though, and I think I’ve found all the locations for the shots I want, so… Just going to work on scriptwriting and then maybe try and find, or make, some props.

Oh, and here’s the video:

Test Footage

Went out and shot this, edited it, uploaded it. Took a little over 3 and a half hours? Computer was acting a little strange and kept crashing. Feels good to have another video done finally, but looking forward to having something with a narrative in the pipeline.

This isn’t particularly high quality, as I didn’t want to have a massive file size just yet. The end result should probably be a little better looking than this, but I’m still working with the limitations of the camera!

Haven’t added any effects to it yet, other than a “repeating” bit towards the end which I think works especially well (made by cutting before and just slightly after the car appears, and then copy/pasting that section), and the close-up of the TV is sped up, along with a bit of the “Vacancies” sign at the end, which I think made it look a bit smoother, just as a change from the other stuff. There’s also, I think, a brief bit of reversed footage on the tunnel with the rain, which doesn’t work so well. But, yeah, haven’t added anything from the “Effects” section.

This was a fun video to make! Even if I did end up falling over in the mud and losing some of the videos I’d shot, and the camera was acting up a little even before then. Wasn’t too keen on the idea of staying out there in the rain either, and I was a little worried about getting lost – those woods are huge! Still, I’m kind of going for a bit of a “Found Footage” look at the moment, and I think it’s working pretty well.

The part of the main video involving the woods is going to be kind of a memory, a re-telling of an event, so I thought it made sense to have this kind of style to it. The beginning should be a little different, so that’s something else I’ll have to practice! I’ll try to keep you posted, but I’m not sure how much information to give away right now, since I’m not sure exactly how the story will change as I adapt it, or if I end up having to go with a different story.

Next step: Writing and Test Effects!

Lack of Updates

Well, a bunch of things happened! I had kidney stones, and then the computer blew up, and then I was just not feeling like doing much for a while.

Back now, and working on a new video which should hopefully be done by next week? I am not going to lie, in the interim I have mainly been playing a lot of Half Life 2 and Call of Cthulhu.

PS: Regarding the last thing? The games thing in February was “okay”, pretty bad to be honest, and, I am too broke to go to any of the Film Festival stuff! It doesn’t look like there’s all that much there this year to be honest though, apart from a talk thing with Terry Gilliam, and there is a Muppets thing happening and you get to make free puppets, but that seems like more of a family thing so I don’t know if I’ll go to that.

Now I’m off to go shoot video of the woods! I’ll be back and try and post a video of my findings later. This one’s mainly kind of location scouting and seeing the kinds of effects I can do with it, etc. Might be adapting another story and making audio to go along with a project, which involves woodland areas.

The Horror on the Orient Express Trailer thing is cancelled, due to having lost all the work I did on it when the old computer exploded, and also due to not having Macromedia Flash anymore. At least I still have Corel VideoStudio! E-mail download links which only pretend they will expire are the best kind of e-mail links?

I still want to upgrade to Adobe After Effects and get a HD camera, but, broke. Trying to get a job.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW VIDEO

See you in 2012, blogfans!

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