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10 October 2007, 12:18 PM
Hey Everyone,

I've just decided to work openly on my newest project and post updates in here from time to time.

I hope you guys can give me some advices and feedback. This also helps me to record the progress. It's a project for university, so this has to be done anyway.

This is going to be totally new territory for me, since I'm mixing filmed footage with cg the first time of my life.

I'm going to post the story, storyboard and maybe even an animated storyboard soon.

10 October 2007, 05:41 AM

10 October 2007, 09:03 AM
The Story (early draft):
Bugge once was the big attraction of his own circus.
But the premiere of the programme which in invented to revolutionize the world of the circus flopped.
Just a few people came, all of them left the tent after 5 minutes.
They didn't understand his show. Found it boring.
The programme was his lifeblood and it got rejected.
All of his fellow collegues left the circus at the same evening, leaving him with the tent lonely where they ceremonially build it up.

Since then Bugge is still working and training everyday, every hour, for the show.
For the premiere of his life because he still is confident that it will come.

Still he presses play on his old cassette recorder to start the tape. To be reminded of the days when real visitors were murmiring, laughing and applauding. He's addicted to the reaction of the audience, he works - he lives for their reaction.

And still he takes three deep breaths before he climbs the 250 ranks of his selfmade ladder.
Still he carefully secures himself with the elastic rope once he reached the top.
Still he spreads his arms, like a bird spreads it's wings, before he lets himself fall back to the manege.

He knows the flight. Every second he knows how far he has fallen, knows when the rope will tenaciously stop his journey.
And he exactly knows when he has to open his mouth to bite the tartlet.

But at this 250th try, he didn't know that after eating the tartlet he would weight too much for the old rope.

The translation obviously still has it's weak points, I will work on that. Maybe some native speakers can help me out a bit.

What do you think?

edited: spelling | sense etc.

10 October 2007, 10:09 AM
ok, here's an early draft of the storyboard...

what do you think?

10 October 2007, 09:00 AM
hi lehmy,

I just read your story, and i would like to point out something.
Your story is a drama ending in a gag that is not covering the entire load of everything you have set up.
Set up: a man with a dream. He loses everything else but holds on to that dream.
But is it his dream that he is following or is it his lust for attention,
his delusion of grandeur.
That is the issue i was expecting to see resolved. Does he find an audience, does he change in any way to get there or does he die bitterly (and fat).
A man like that will not let a little overweight be the end of his dream/delusion. He will more likely eat less so he doesn't mess up his act and his chance for praise.

Maybe you could lose anything that has nothing to do with the gag if you want to end with it.

He could be practicing in the circus with everyone around, boasting about how good he is and all the applause he will get. His colleagues would like to proof that selfcentered a$$*ole he is wrong but he executes his trick flawlessly time and again, and he is the boss of the circus.
A jealous colleague notices that the boss is getting fatter by each bite and gets an idea.
He praises him and asks him to perform it again and again while shouting bravo bravo!!
But then when he has the perform his trick for the first time in front of an audience he
weighs to much after the bite and hits the floor.
The boss learned his lesson.

The above is just a silly idea but it pays of the things that are set up.
I hope my ranting is somewhat clear.
All the best and good luck with the project.

Oh and nothing i said is true, it is just my opinion ;)

10 October 2007, 09:09 PM
That is an interesting point.

The end is not really a gag. It's meant to be a very sad film... altough I already figured out, that some people will not really get it and probably laugh - that's alright... no actually that's great.

Anyway. He is not really the type of person that would go around and say: Hey look, I am the best... he's not an attention whore. It's just his passion, to do this stuff... but sadly there's noone to watch. So he just trains and trains... but the problem of his sketch is, that it contains this little tartlet with a lot of calories... and he performs this trick atleast 50 times per day... because he wants it so much. And he totally lost everything out of sight - even his own body - because he is so focused on the trick on his passion, that he doesn't even notice that he's gaining weight and will soon lose the ability to do what he lives for.

the story more is about passion... sad ending...

I think I'm going to add a counter between the relax pose, and when he switches the cassette recorder on. He will have some sort of counter thing in his hand - push a button, and you can see that he's performing this trick the 2500th time (or some other number) since title and everything it just temporary.


10 October 2007, 12:11 PM
I finished the early draft of the animatic:

divx avi 40 MB

I am not really sure if i should add some more close up shots of the protagonist. It's just the basic layout though and I am more than willing to change rhytm and order.

critics comments?

10 October 2007, 07:40 AM
I had to rewrite some parts of the story because I found out that there is a fantastic burger king ad which contains elements of my film...

So he's not going to bungee jump and bite the tart... will post the rewritten story and storyboard soon.

In the meantime: some modeling WIP's attached.

01 January 2008, 08:51 AM

long time no update.

The project is still alive... more than ever to be exact.

I found an actor in the local theatre
who would play Bugge.

Then I rented a room in our university and build the set together with a friend.

I test filmed all of the scenes on friday, which was really important.
Then on Saturday I filmed with the real actor. During the night from saturday to sunday I made an editing draft... and some keying test and I noticed that the bluescreen was way too dark. So I had to refilm as many scenes as possible in a 1 1/2 hour timeframe on sunday again.

Right now I'm building all the sets in 3dsmax... will start with compositing soon.

Here are some photos:
building the bluescreen
bluescreen from the front... it was huuuuuge... couldn't roll it out completely... it was around 20 metres long.
some filming with the awful camera...
the most important thing on the set :) food.
set overview... not easy to organize all these things...

fans and matresses for the "falling" scenes
I figured out that these muffin papers would be a real help when it comes to telling the story... I bought around 300 of them and spilled them all over the set.
complete set with ladder and light...
Lighting wasn't too easy... If you're coming from a 3d package and are used to have an infinite amount of lights it's not really easy to adjust to the reality.
I had two fill lights which could die every second... and no replacement.
And for the top lights I had 3 lights... one died on the first shooting day and could be replaced... It was thrilling :)

01 January 2008, 11:57 AM
Hi, lehmi
I've watched your animatic, thats quite good, but I agree with Fiber.
I think you should build up more about the story, you have to make your audience care about this character, maybe you could make some flashback about his previous life, so we know better about him. You have to make a momentum, when you have it, then you'll get more impact.

Keep up the good work and have fun with it!

01 January 2008, 12:37 PM
Thank you very much for your comment.

Building the sets was a lot of work, but it was fun too.
Today I began to light the scenes and now it really starts to shape.

I'm really enjoying it at the moment. I built the whole tent with ropes and metal bars, pillars and everything. And since it's one big set and not just made of little bits I'm really free to place the camera and play with the lighting.

Yes you both are right.
I already figured out that I have to add some sort of flashback. Maybe some old newspaper headlines with photos... or greetings cards from the circus that show the young bugge, happy and convinced he's doing the right thing.

Since I shot with my skinny friend on friday I've got a lot to choose from :)

here are some viewport screenshots:

Stills from the compositing coming soon.


01 January 2008, 02:22 PM
great stuff! thread is saved for regular visits :)

01 January 2008, 01:44 PM
I was rendering the intro during the last 3 days.

On the second day it stopped... all the harddrives in my server were full. Those 32 bit half HD RPF files take a lot of place. (30 MB per frame...)
So I had to cut some holes into the floppy bay of the tower, buy a fifth hard drive (500 gb ;) )and install it. Everything went smooth... rendering is done now.

here are two WIP.
I will replace this flying intro with one that starts either with a closeup of a newspaper, or with a big advert board.



I just threw these together as a small test. Especially the sign looks out of place. No Color correction yet. film grain is missing.

Is it realistic to blur the sign once it comes into view, when the dof area is set to infinite in order to see the tent?

Gonna post it as a small video soon.

02 February 2008, 04:07 PM
well... I know it's quite unusual to do something like this in the middle of a project... but I have to show some stuff in university:

All WIP... please give me critics:


It's three shots of the movie - a breakdown of the compositing.
Music is from Stilk ( )

I've got quite some problems with the bluescreen and shadows... will post soon.

03 March 2008, 12:21 PM
things got really busy during the last weeks.

I could edit a real trailer. Gonna post it together with some pictures soon.

There's one issue I have to solve before I can finish the final film though... the shadows are getting keyed out in two of my shots...

check back for the final trailer!

02 February 2009, 09:43 PM
hey after I finished the trailer I had to stop working on it for more than 6 months.
Due to other tasks that I had to finish for University I couldn't invest as much time into it as I wanted to. But I could also write quite a big Documentation about the process of making this film and generally about bluescreens.

I will soon post some stills of the film as I am getting close to actually finishing it.

02 February 2009, 10:39 PM
Yeah, it's been a while :P Looking forward to the rest of the work ;)

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