Directors blog update

Directors Blog update.

Hey everyone, I guess my blog update is way over due.

Just in case you all didn't know we have completed the Homeowner film. It was submitted to Storyhive last week, and should be online for viewing on Feb 29th. We will need all your help when that comes for votes.

Overall it was a lot of fun making this movie, we had a great time. The filming went pretty smoothly, there were a couple of shots that I wanted to get that we didn't but, it was very minimal. Luckly our awesome First Assistant Director Talia was awesome and kept us on track, so our days were on time. The SFX Makeup was awesome and our ghost looks really good.

The Post Process went okay, considering we had some drive issues, and the footage was acting all weird. After some emergency situations editor Martin Dunne and I were able to get everything sorted and back on track.

Sound went great with Daniel Kaga killing it in audio, and Blake Matthew turning out some great musical scores.

There are some more behind the scenes photos and video links on the movies website, be sure to head over there to take a look.

Thats all for now. But we may host a live Q&A in the near future if you would be interested let us know.



OH yeah, BTW. We got the Storyhive grant to make Homeowner. Forgot to let everyone know on the project page.
So its full steam ahead


So the Pre-production is in full swing already. We are a tenitive date for shoot as Jan 9,10. That's scary because its only a month before we have to hand in the project. Which makes it pretty tight for editorial, sound and colour but there isn't much choice. With only a month before Christmas we would have major problems finding a location in time, and then most of the crew would be on holidays.

This Saturday we have our production meeting. Again, It's early but I want to give everyone lots of time to prepare before we get there. We have a great crew with many people returning from Weirdo Hero and some new faces.

Met with Tina Hsu our costume designer and Byron Kopman our DP last weekend. Some great convo's about wardrobe for the Mary character and how we will use different looks at different parts of the story.
Byron and I talked about how we see the movie lit, and different camera angles. A few tricky bits are how we can shoot into the kettle without seeing the reflection of the camera. Thinking VFX but also considering some old school camera techniques to get around it. I have also changed a shot from a long push in in 24fps actor mixed with time lapse around her. This was going to be too tricky to pull off in the time we have, so I'll change that to different cuts of the same sort of gag. It will speed up our day and keep the edit points so we can shorten or elongate as needed. There is a 1.5 minute phone convo between Mary and her Sister Jen (Briana and Kim) that plays over top of this so we are sort of stuck to this time frame.
We also talk about how we can tackle the gag in the first page where the camera bring Mary into the door, she does a happy dance and then we move to the living room and then into a time lapse for evening. all without cutting the shot.
Depending on the location we might have to try and fake it in real time with some lighting techniques. Byron is going to think about it and see what we can come up with.

SFXMU has started with a life cast of our Ghost Actor. I'll post pics and announce who we cast for that role in my next update.

Ryan Curtis

Proproduction directors blog

Might be counting my chickens here, but thought I would share with you some of the things that are going on in a directors head while they are prepping.

We are hoping to shoot the short film very early Jan. Might have to do it right after new years kind of thing. The film (if we are accepted) is due Feb 8th. So it doesn't give us too much time for post.
I should have most of the editing done in my head before shooting. Our shoot schedule will be two 12 hour days, I am feeling pretty confident that we can tell the story in this time.
We do have some VFX in the movie, but its mostly going to be split screen stuff, maybe a greenscreen shoot of our ghost.

At this point the script is about 11 pages, the film can only be 10 min max. Usually it takes 1 minute per page of a script. But I do have a lot of overlapping action so it might time out. Gonna need to talk with a script supervisor to know for sure.

We will shoot on RED Epic for 4K. Last movie I did finished in 4K, and although its nice to have it was a real pain. As this will be air'ed in HD I wonder if I should even bother. Its such a pain to move such large files around. I just outputted my last film, 40 mins to a tif seq and its over 2.5 TB. Unweildy.

Location is going to be a little tricky to find. It's something I want to get start on finding right away. We need to find a house, single level. Needs to be empty, or have the ability to be emptied. Need a long'ish hallway that leads to a bedroom. A big enough kitchen to play out our scenes, and the layout has to make sense for the script. Not going to be easy to find. I'll keep enough flexibilty in the script to change as needed to the location, but some things are must haves.

Our short turnaround in post might mean that we need to start the music before we have even started shooting. I might time out the script and use that as a template for the composer to lay out some beats.

SFX makeup should be fun, I would like to do something with the ghost that is cool. Will need to make sure that we have time for applying the makeup without throwing off the shooting day, that can always be tricky. gonna need a talent 1st AD to sort that. Worried that our schedule might dictate the level of complexity our SPX MU will be. If it takes 8 hours to apply the makeup, that means that they need to start MU at midnight, to be ready to shoot at 8am. that ain't gonna work.
Best case scenario it takes two hours. we can have our ghost in before call by an hour, and then shoot some non-ghost scenes while waiting.

For our guest stars, they are on phone calls with our lead. There is one call where we hear both sides of the conversation. I would love to record both sides at once, and want to have a phone quality sound on both. Normally they record in a studio and then dumb down the quality so it sounds like phone, but we don't have that luxury. Thinking Skype might work just fine here.

I have one more small telephone voice role to fill too. Need start thinking on who we can ask. Also need to cast the ghost,., hmm.

Thats all I have for right now, I'll try and keep updating as the process goes along. Remind me if I forget.

Ryan - Director