Youtube Saturday: Getting later

Yep, it's THAT time of the week again!

Once again, we bring a late edition of the weekend specials, and for that I can only apologise. So there you are.

But anyway, I am inspired to post some videos of a more technical nature.

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Getting high production values

The Zombie of War DVD cover may look like it'd be good, but the film has mixed production values, which stop this film from being enjoyed properly. Shame.

There’s lots of ways that you can increase the production values of your projects. But what does it mean? Well, according to Wisegeek:

In the movie industry, the quality of a film is referred to as “production value.” Generally, films with a higher budget will have a high production value, because of the greater investment of resources. It is the goal of most movie makers to make films which are stylish, attractive, and use high quality special effects in combination with exotic locations. These high production value films can be quite costly to make, representing a major gamble on the part of potential investors.

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A weekend to forget!

The infamous scene from Office Space sums up how I recently feel about computers

I apologise for the lack of Comic Caption Sunday, this was down to the weekend. Let me explain…

My main computer (which I have AVID installed upon) started to go wrong. Everything I tried to remedy the situation only made it worse, to the extent where I literally had to reinstall my entire system. But this is just the beginning of the story.

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Even coming up with a basic script can seemingly take a long time...

Filmmaking is a funny thing. For some, when there’s nothing to do, or you’re already in the industry (working enough to live on the wage), you do filmmaking all the time. Projects may seem to scream by (depending on your role in the production). Other times, a project can last for ages, especially if you’re in multiple areas of production (say for example, both pre-production and production). But as long as the project is moving, you’re fine. It’s when projects seem to either slow to a crawl, or stop altogether that things start being problematic.

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Youtube Saturday – remixed!

Yep, it's THAT time of the week again!

This youtube saturday, I’ve decided to look at remixes on the web. Though specifically for a user called cassetteboy. His humour is low brow, but it’s also generally quite entertaining. He mostly works on high profile most-watched TV programs, some which I don’t go near, but I do feel that he looks to take the mickey rather than to celebrate the programs in question. So here we go:

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Just in case you were unsure – I didn’t hate the Green Lantern film (via My Not So Fictional Life)

Emily King clarifies her feelings on the Green Lantern film. I feel pretty much the same way – the cut of the film from the cinema had holes in it, which I hope get filled when the DVD release comes out with more footage. The hole such as, “how did Hal Jordan know about the plan to use that power source?”

Just in case you were unsure - I didn't hate the Green Lantern film  I don’t. Maybe in my look at Green Lantern last week it did sound as if I found the film to have hardly any merit. But it is fun to watch. It is not as appalling as Transformers 2, but it’s not quite as good as the recent X-Men: First Class. I can’t really watch anything these days without a part of my thought processes analysing the scriptwriting, direction and editing behind a text. I’ll occasionally dwell on the quality of the acting too. Anot … Read More

via My Not So Fictional Life

Welcome, to the world of tomorrow!

The Victoriana logo (drawn by Georgina Greves)

So, having our biggest project to date filmed last Saturday (in terms of cast and crew), we’re even more revved up than before about filmmaking.

Preliminary credits for Victoriana are as follows:


Arthur Spear as Stanley O’Finney

Vicki Stone as Alexis Stone

Hannah Brewis as Maisy Tregew

and Tim Hart as Dominic McWater


Kristian Greet – Director/Assistant Editor

Paul Blewitt – Cameraman/Editor

Emily King – Continuity Keeper/Producer/Assistant Editor

Patrick Blewitt – Clapperboard guy/Miscellaneous

The shoot was quite successful, although it has become apparent that a load of ADR work is needed (Automatic Dialogue Replacement).

But as I said, we’re all pumped for future projects at the moment, so watch this space. But I’ll let you know of a few future investments that I intend on making very soon:

First is a monitor. Being small budget, virtually any one would do. Why do we need one? A monitor helps the director (and other cast and crew) see what the image will turn out like while on set.

A Director's monitor - because good acting can be ruined with bad camerawork!

Second is a copy of Pro Tools 9, though I may have to wait a little longer for that. I’m also not that musically inclined, so I may have to get people to do the music production for me.

The Pro Tools 9 logo. Similar to AVID's other logos.

Third is the Chroma key kit. Again, I’ll have to wait longer.

Chromakey kit - We've already got the lighting though...

Then there’s the field recorder. This will actually enable us to go out and create a library of Foley sounds, which may mean another resource for you guys (we may decide to put them up on the site for free downloads, we’ll see).

The R44 Field Recorder by Edirol. I've settled on this one for sound capture - although it will be a while before I can acquire it

I’ll also be after a few radio mics.

Lavalier mics for wireless sound - good for when you can't get the mic close enough to the actor!

After all those (or possibly somewhere in the middle of them), I will also be acquiring some camera movement devices (A working dolly, a jib, etc).

Then I will be seeking to upgrade equipment, such as the need for a better camera.

Filmmaking can sure be expensive, although so rewarding!