Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Opinions From Here & There

Tapeless Acquisition Increases Shooting Ratios
Shane Ross at the Little Frog in High Def blog looks at how tapeless acquisition has greatly increased the amount of material an editor has to review; yet they are expected to do it in the same amount of time:
On EVEN STEVENS, we’d have perhaps 3 hours of footage for the 22:42 min show. But [my friend] is on another Disney Channel show where he regularly sees six to 8 hours of footage…multiple takes buried in one roll.

Trent Reznor on writing for The Social Network
All Things Considered Sunday spoke to Trent Reznor about working on the film score for The Social Network. At least two really interesting things came up; he observed that the film isn't about Facebook at all - Facebook could have represented anything - and secondly, he talks about the music used in the early scene of the movie when Mark Zuckerberg walks across the Harvard campus after breaking up with his girlfriend:
Q: I read that Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter, was very specific in the script. He wanted this energetic, stomping, pumping tune there, and you completely defied that.

A: Sorry Aaron. That is one of my proudest achievement's, that moment in this film, and honestly, not just in this film, just in everything I've done. When I first saw that inserted in that place, it really felt like we were on to something. I think it did an excellent job of framing the film in a way were your expectations are different. I'd seen a rough edit of that with an Elvis Costello song, and it becomes a different film, it becomes a familiar 'oh it's about a college.' This took it in to a place were it felt unfamiliar...
NPR: Trent Reznor: Iconoclast To Icon, Via Oscar

Making It Simpler and Easier
Michael Madaville attended the Directors Guild of America's DGA Digital Day, which is an exhibit of new technologies and techniques. He's impressed by how much easier it is getting to shoot difficult scenes and setups:
One saying often said in the Film Industry is that, if you want to go it alone in creativity (versus collaboration), then “buy yourself a paint set.” Whether we like it or not, that cheap paint set is becoming all it takes to make a movie.
BigHollywood: We Live In a Digital Heyday

Studying Painting can improve your Color Grading
Patrick Inhofer at the Tao of Color Grading talks about how studying traditional arts can help improve your skills; and also recommends some books and resources for Color Grading instruction as well. the same manner that photographers have been doing digital color grading 10 years longer than those of us on the video side, traditional artists have been studying light, dark, color, contrast for dozens of decades longer than those of us in the world of moving images.
TaoofColor: Do You See The Symmetry? The Painter, The Colorist and An 80 Year Old Book

RED Scarlet - soon?
Matthew Jeppsen at FreshDV digests the latest information from RED (posted on the RED User Forum) and reads the tea leaves. He also considers the state of the EPIC-S (previously the Scarlet.)
For those that are counting, this is the third NAB show that Red will be showing an unfinished Scarlet camera, and specs have officially changed several times since then. If we’re going by Red’s track record, I’d fully expect EPIC-S specs and ship deadlines to change again before the end of summer timeframe, but we shall see. 
FreshDVRED Pre-NAB Updates

Indie Film Budgets Decreasing
Nate & Kelly is an independent feature attempting to raise $25,000 through Kickstarter to get underway.
What was a $2.5 million budget just a couple years ago is now a $250,000 budget because of the tight economy, the dearth of investors, and the incredible advances in filmmaking technology. 
Producer Michael Barnard talks about the state of independent movies, ever diminishing budgets, as well as this project.

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