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JustAnotherBox
02-16-2006, 10:41 PM
I just put my latest short film called "Just Another Box" online. I used Lightwave 3D for the FX of a 30 minute short film about a new pilot who gets his first flying job transporting a restless corpse in a cessna during the monsoon. It's a black comedy that's a 65 meg Quicktime, so you'll need a broadband connection.

You can see it at: http://www.apocalypso.tv/ (http://www.apocalypso.tv/)

Enjoy! :)

AugieBenDoggie
02-17-2006, 06:09 PM
Awsome short! Job well done! I know time was a major facter for this production, but in my opinion, the camera work in first half of the movie inside the hanger could have been planned out a little bit better. Some camera cuts seemed to go on too long, and some of the wide shots seemed to have been done with a normal lense. I realize you used a XL-2 for the shooting, but did you use just one lense for the whole thing?

The part where the plane dives down, and clips the ground could have been done differently, or at a slower pace in my opinion.

Anyway, awsome job though! Keep up the great work!

JustAnotherBox
02-17-2006, 08:23 PM
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed watching :)

We used a Canon XL-2 with both the stock lens and the Wide lens. It may not be apparent but that Wide lens holds up really well without distorting until you get down to the extreme wide end of the ring so we pushed it as wide as we could get it before it began to fisheye. No one in the cast or crew had ever done an FX film before so I lost some time explaining why something had to be shot a certain way to all come together in post.

The coverage on that hangar scene was only one layer because we only had 6 hours to bag over 8 minutes of finished on-screen footage. As we were shooting and watching the time tick away fast, I had to toss the shotlist again and again and rework the entire scene on the fly in my head to make sure we left that night with a complete scene that would at least cut end to end without any jump cuts. I got used to choosing the most practical of all options that sacrificed the darling ideas to get the film done before the time and money completely disappeared.

This was a proof of concept short, I'm in Tucson so explaining CG for a feature doesn't sound very plausible to local investors. That's why I had to show it could be done at all before I could get people interested in doing something with a reasonably low budget. The next project is a lot more ambitious (UFOs/Lights Over Phoenix) so the CG will remian relatively simple so I can do the feature by myself. Doing your own CG is a huge advantage for a filmmaker on a shoestring budget.

AugieBenDoggie
02-17-2006, 11:11 PM
Ah, I see. Shooting on the fly is no fun as I have had to do that for 2 very short films. Both shorts were only 3 min, and I only had a couple of hours with the cast, before they had a bowling tournament to make that night ( on both occasions ). Talk about bad luck.

I wish you had a larger version available to view for your film.

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