It seemed kind of pointless to update the blog for the past few months. All free time was spent working on the visual effects list and cutting Swerve.
Days blur in to weeks, weeks blur in to months, workflows are a messy learning curve of confusing trial by error message… you can’t blog about the visual effects process because
a) You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re making it up as you go along
B) it’s just really boring and tedious
But now… now you’ve cut the film… and now you’ve finished the VFX… now the end is in sight…. it’s almost a film!
Now you have time to blog about all the action packed hours sitting at your desk in front of computers… as those computers tested your patience… you tested their technical abilities… and all of it pushed you to the limit of sanity!
Effects Shot Workflow: I had to break every scene down in to mini-scenes to work out the effects shots workflow… and label them accordingly with bad words!
Animating key frames … A good way to miss weeks of your life!
Sound FX: It doesn’t matter how good something looks if it sounds shit… but stuff that looks shit… looks better if it sounds good!?
Edit. Sleep. Edit. Repeat.
OUT OF MEMORY: It’s really annoying when you spend hours working on an effect shot but don’t have the memory to actually render it out and watch it.
Immediate Panic… followed by realisation that you forgot to turn on your hard drive… AGAIN!?
Wait… your hard drive is on!? RESUME PANIC!!!!!!
Time remapping… I’m in over my head.
WORST ERROR MESSAGE EVER: I never did find out what that strange situation was!?
Light Reflection Masks… So Many Light Reflection Masks!
Muzzle flashes… so many muzzle flashes!!!
Memory… so much memory!!!!
It’s starting to look like a film!?
Storyboards Vs Actual Shot: It’s easy to doodle it with a red pen… not as easy when you’re doing it in post!?
Moire… You bastard!
A Real Editor: Having a real editor at your desk is not nice. They change your stuff around and question why you’ve done things certain ways… like you knew what you were doing in the first place!? You didn’t! But that’s how you do things now!?
It’s so nearly a film now!
Oh good… technical outputs and really long conversations about that stuff!
Technical shit… I don’t care anymore… is it a film yet!?