Archive for July, 2008

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Showcase: Dr. Horrible

July 23, 2008

I know this isn’t exactly low-budget or indie in the super-low-budget sense that I typically cater to, but it’s by Joss Whedon, got some great actors and is just a fun short with a musical twist. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, this is essentially a cross between a musical and the Spiderman-esque romance story. It’s a fun, funny watch worth checking out if you’ve got the time. I don’t know anything about the inspiration or what it was made for, but they had some big VFX houses work on it, not to mention the known talent involved, but I got to see it free online, so I’m happy :). For some reason the pages with the full episodes don’t seem to be available anymore, but if you can find them then please do let me know and I’ll post the links up here.

Links: IMDB, Site

EDIT: You can now watch the entire show at Lifehacker, plus read their interview with star Felicia Day (she sounds awesome!)

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New Resources!

July 21, 2008

Alright, it’s been a while and the site’s design is still in the works, but I’ve got some good news to share.

Firstly, in recent events, today I went to a screening of Apocalypto followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Dean Semler, the DP on Apocalypto and many other great films (Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome, Waterworld, Dances With Wolves to name a few). It was interesting to hear stories from the set and listen to someone talk about their business from a still-active, first-person point of view.

On to things I can share with you… Andrew Kramer’s done it again with TWO great new tutorials from Video Copilot, the 3D Offset possibly now my favorite of all his installments. So definitely check those out, even if you’re not an avid or current After Effects user. A basic interest will surely be inspired by this guy and his knowledge. Among other online tutorials, I checked out CreativeCow.net today and found this one by Grant Swanson, which is absolutely brimming with tips and tricks and knowledge surrounding the main theme of the tutorial: making DV footage look more cinematic. It’s basic, quick, and works beautifully. Best of all, most of it could even be done in other programs like Premiere or Final Cut, if After Effects isn’t available where you are.

I’ve got a few more resources lined up to check out, but not having done so yet, I’ll hold off on posting about them until I’ve reviewed their quality. However, one’s a video on DVD vs. Digital distribution, a hot topic these days, and the other’s a video of John Knoll, VFX Supervisor on Pirates of the Caribbean talking about the role of VFX Supervisors in modern cinema. IndyMogul‘s posted some good stuff in the last few weeks and are always worth checking out, and though I haven’t read it yet, this article on Color Correcting might be good for anyone interested in the idea. I’ll be sure to post at some point about other findings I come across as I come across them, but for now, enjoy the wealth of stuff I’ve posted this time and best of luck in your films. Happy filmmaking!

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Featured on Microfilmmaker!

July 3, 2008

You may have heard me mention my friends over at Microfilmmaker Magazine before in some previous post, say announcing their review of my last film, or something like that. Well, they’ve come through for me and the low-budget filmmaking community again and published an article I wrote about self-promotion and distribution in the DIY, low-/no-budget filmmaking arena in their most recent July issue.

The magazine is a great resource for all kinds of things from simple DIY instructions to cheap or free music for your film projects, reviews of films to reviews of software tools and packages, as well as articles by people working (and playing) in the industry. Check it out, it’s a great resource, and they happen to like my stuff so far, so obviously, they’re good in my book :P.

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AV site launched!

July 2, 2008

I’m proud to say that finally, after a couple of years of procrastination, I’ve finally taken the jump and bought my own freakin’ domain name, set up a site, and am learning how to customize a WordPress theme for my own site.  In layman’s terms: I’ve launched the AnimiVirtus.com website, and am working on redesigning the simple stock design I’ve used as a temporary start-up style.

I’d love it if those of you who’ve bookmarked this blog could change your bookmarks to the address of the main site, as I will not be updating this blog here anymore, in favor of switching the whole thing over to the site.  I’m aiming to post more on the blog, trying to go for at least some form of dependability, as opposed to sporadic postings every few months.  For now, though, look forward to a few posts throughout the week, some cool little announcements, and eventually, the full site’ll be up and usable.

Link: www.animivirtus.com (ahh, it feels good saying that :P)

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Healthy Computing

July 2, 2008

I found this and thought it was pretty cool of Microsoft to put out. I’ve been warned about the dangers of non-ergonomic computing numerous times by my teacher (and health teacher of a mother), and try to be healthy about my computing habits, but it’s easy to fall into that nice comfy little slumped position in a puffy chair, and it’s fine every once in a while, but it’s good to keep your posture, as well as exercise, keep those muscles strong enough to support a straighter posture. Here I am sounding like my mom, trying to get me to exercise back in high school. Now I bike everywhere and eat healthier than I used to. Anyway, I know VFX artists and many other people in computer-bound jobs would benefit from this, so I figured I’d share. Enjoy, and stay healthy :P.

Microsoft.com via Coding Horror.