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July 12, 2008

Been hard at work on everything in the world these last few weeks, seems like. Some of the highlights:

Kung Fu Red: The first of many collaborations to come between myself and Anthony, we shot this the very first weekend we got our brand-spankin-new RED camera. I wanted to shoot a fight scene and he obliged. It was originally just supposed to be a camera test but we wound up liking the edit so much that we finished it out with sound, music, and color grading.

I’ve embedded the YouTube for your convenience and viewing pleasure. If you want to see it in higher quality, check it out on Vimeo.

The Descendants: Turned in the latest, and IMO greatest, draft. I’m super happy with it, I’m waiting on Dark Horse to see what they have to say.

Sandrima Rising: Working with the Dastolis and churning out finals. Some of the CG work in this is really top-notch. There’s a “city chase” sequence in the middle that I think will knock people’s socks off. My hat’s off to those guys.

fxphd: I’ve mentioned fxphd in the past, but this time around it’s even more special: Ryan and I are teaching a course this term! So if you can afford it (and for the level of training phd offers, aside from us, it’s an amazing deal), come sign up and we’ll drop some knowledge on you.

48 Hour Film Project: Already kind of addressed this. We really wound up liking the film we made, with the exception of the opening scene. We re-shot the scene and will be posting the revised version on YouTube probably in a couple weeks (I have too much going on to finish it right now). We will also probably post the 48 Hour version after that, just for comparison.

Troika: This is a project that Anthony wrote and directed a selection of scenes from in order to pitch it to financiers. As a writer I’m super-critical of my own work, and that of others, and there’s not a lot of scripts that really entertain or interest me. I like reading good scripts, but a lot of scripts just don’t cut it.

I have to say, Troika is a great script.

Among the scenes shot are a fight scene, a dialogue scene, and a car chase. The car chase was shot on greenscreen, and there are plusses and minuses to that. On the plus side, the fact that they were shooting green is the reason Anthony called me to be on-set, and that led me to being on-set for all of the subsequent shoots, and ultimately concluding that not only did I want to make movies with those guys, I didn’t want to make movies without them.

On the minus side, it was my first day on-set and I wasn’t totally committed to the project, or to them, at that point, so I came on board as a consultant for the first half of the day and then buggered out. I did have something else to do, but I can’t remember what it was and it doesn’t matter; I should have stayed there all day. So while I consulted and gave them advice, once I was gone they were on their own in a foreign land, and mistakes were made. Now, in between Sandrima renders, I’m working on the car chase stuff, and its difficulty is my punishment for leaving that day. Karma!

Still, it’s nice to have something that isn’t lightsabers to put on my reel.

He’s also written another script that he’s working on developing and may shoot in the next few months, and which I also think is great.

So that’s where I’ve been the last few weeks and why my posts have been scarce, and will probably continue to be scarce through July. I am still active on Twitter, and will be getting more active back here once all of these projects — which have bottlenecked into July — are completed.

Oh, also, Ryan and I will be at Comic Con this year, as is swiftly becoming traditional. If you see us, do say hi.

4 Comments
  1. Andrew Glazebrook permalink

    I really liked the photography on this movie ! Great work !!

  2. Brett permalink

    Interesting scene! Tho, about 20 seconds in, my eyes tell me there’s an extra “thump” that seems out of place on the foley.

    Thump, thump, thu ->thu< - thump.
    ->that one<-

  3. Daniel Broadway permalink

    Mike, if J.J. revels the Enterprise or any other Star Trek things at Comic Con, take a picture for me! šŸ™‚

  4. Robert permalink

    i cant believe you did this all on a one camera setup. the cuts where very clean and you didnt lose any of the action, i wish alot of mainstream movies where shot like this (im looking at you resident evil)

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