Friday, 31 July 2009

Shot 31 test frames FAO Manjesh and Joseph

You can use the last pic to frame up the bird. Just remember to set the aspect ratio to HD (1.33)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Datamoshing article

View my tutorial HERE.


This technique could be employed during some of the jacked in sequences where communication is breaking down.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009


Saw Moon last week; bloody amazing. Here is another interesting article.

Wow! The possibilities for immersive motion pictures by the way

Drag your mouse around to move the camera like in google map street view.


My friend Tom McCarthy has agreed to write the screenplay for my grad film based on my outline. We will continue to collaberate throughout the process but I'm so glad to have somebody who knows what they're doing to take charge of the script.

Tom has written a couple of short films, co-written a feature with his brother (Outcast) and is just finnishing his first solo feature screenplay.

He's given me some reading to help with the process, it's all pretty much cyberpunk;

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Vurt by Jeff Noon
Strange Days

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Test shots

The Last Temptation of Christ

"The dual substance of Christ - the yearning, so human, so superhuman, of man to attain God - has always been a deep inscrutable mystery to me. My principal anguish and the source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh... and my soul is the arena where these to armies have clashed and met" Nikos Kazantzakis

Characterisation in graduation film

There will only be one rounded complex character, that of the male lead. The other two speaking parts will be flat characters representing the oppositions in the leads conciousness. The main opposition is between the flesh of biological life (represented by his partner) and the weightless freedom of digital life (represented by a software daemon character). The lead has a contempt for the flesh and tends to regard it as a breathing machine for his brain.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Philip K. Dick

Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world, a world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. And that led me wonder, If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe, it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown of communication... and there is the real illness.

from How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later. Philip K. Dick, 1978

Sci-fi Treatment

/ Post-human / The Nature of Reality / Isolation / Voyeurism / Loneliness / Paralysis / Greed / Hunger / Fractured Thoughts / Dream States / Jealousy

A derelict industrial basement ties together leaps to unreal ephemeral locations. Industrial basement will be given context of a decaying unoccupied future city through 3D matte paintings.

High contrast desaturated cold look for reality and high key look for cyber-memories and places.

Two characters. A couple who have been living in isolation for some time. The guy uses cyber memories and experiences as a drug like crutch. The girl resents his increasing use and refuses to use herself until, lashing out, she jacks in but goes in too deep, losing any sense that she is in an artificial reality. The film starts with the guy trying to pull her out of her cyber-trance by going in after her. The back story is told through him reexperiencing recorded cyber-memories. As time goes on he becomes more desperate and hateful and eventually, not seeing another way tries, to shock her out of it. The film ends with a feeling that he may have permanently damaged her or even killed her in the process. No dialogue is used in the reality portions and the cyber portions are confusing.

Ideas stolen from Red Dwarf books and Neuromancer.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Great site for film locations

This site has a great community of people writing about and posting pics of their urban exploration experiences.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Adobe Kuler

This online app from adobe was used for finding colour complementaries for skin tones in the Blockbuster Film Look tutorial and seems to have endless palate creation possibilities.

Adobe Kuler

Colour grading tutorial

Ignoring the cheesy chat there is some really interesting stuff here about grading in favour of colour harmony's.

Blockbuster film look tutorial.

Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit a short film by Matt Cameron, Ian Forbes and Doug Slone

Friday, 3 July 2009

Random textures in Photoshop

F.A.O. Joseph
To get a bit of texture in this sky gradient I created some random noise by rendering some clouds then blurred the results for a low contrast effect. I then blended it using soft light, backing the opacity off until I got a subtle result. I then added some large grain to the clouds layer for some finer detail. Hope that helps.