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NightCast Diaries

Posted: Thu, 5th May 2005, 11:47am

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Sollthar

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I thought why not submit the NightCast diaries onto fxhome, so everyone can enjoy the production insights.

I will permanently update the links with the newest diary coming every 14 days until we start shooting in august this year! So check back every once in a while!


Diary01 - Introduction
Diary02 - Casting
Diary03 - Visual Concept
Diary04 - MakeUp Effects
more coming


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Posted: Thu, 5th May 2005, 2:17pm

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Cool, just saw nr. 3 and will soon watch nr. 4

You talk about HD in the diary, what camera are you using?

Anyway, very cool and professional. I won't rate it until I've seen it all, but I think it's going to be a 5.
Posted: Thu, 5th May 2005, 3:13pm

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Thanks for taking the time and effort in doing these. Its good to get an insight into the workings of film producing. Both interesting and iformative, I look forward to seeing more in the future.
Posted: Thu, 5th May 2005, 3:38pm

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Thanks! We'll keep doing them up to the shoot.

We'll be shooting with the HDR-FX1. Most likely with a different lens though. I'm sure there'll be a diary about that at one point. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 6th May 2005, 12:12am

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My favorite one so far was the visual effects one. Are you planning to put your diaries on the dvd that the film gets released on?
Posted: Fri, 6th May 2005, 6:29am

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Yeah. The diaries and much much more.
Posted: Fri, 6th May 2005, 8:23pm

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I don't know how I can't give this a 5. These are all so great and give so much insight into filmmaking. All of us can learn a lot from these. Thanks for posting them! Nightcast looks awesome!
Posted: Sat, 7th May 2005, 5:43pm

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I've chatted with you once over the msn ( the Brazilian guy ). I just would like to congrat you for your work. I wish you good luck in your big project.
Posted: Sun, 8th May 2005, 12:05pm

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Nice, and good luck to you.

If I might add one little thing, I found it a bit annoying with the repeating music all the time while you talk, I understand you are proud of it, but I for one would think it would be a tad better to tone down the music.

Might I ask what the budget for this is ?
Posted: Sun, 8th May 2005, 12:53pm

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Thanks for the input. I'll try to tone down the music a bit in the following diaries!


The final cash budget for the film turns out to be somewhere around 40'000 at the moment. This is subject to change slightly.
Posted: Thu, 12th May 2005, 4:54pm

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I have just a few questions and comments--

1) what do you plan on using for editing, compositing, and other effects? I've seen on fxhome that you mention premiere, but is that what you find satisfies your feature film needs? As for compositing and other effects, what are you using? I'm a heavy user of adobe products (premiere, after effects pro, photoshop) and also use 3DS Max, so my question is mainly out of curiosity. Do you plan to use fxhome products at all?

2) not to be too critical, but I noticed that the keying and matting in the video diaries is pretty sloppy, at times parts of people's hands or shoulders disappear. Maybe it looks worse because of the compression, but I imagine it would actually be more prominent in high quality.

3) How many cameras do you plan on using in any given shot

thanks

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Posted: Thu, 12th May 2005, 5:55pm

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Hey rypcat

1) We will most likely edit with Premiere or Final Cut HD. What we use for compositing, we don't know yet. It was intended to use Chromanator, but it isn't sure if it will be ready in time with the features we need. If not, we'll switch to another application.

2) I know. The greenscreen we used wasn't lit correctly and chromy has quite a hard time getting a good key. I must admit, I didn't play around with the key for too long, since the diaries aren't really about the looks of the interview keying. smile
(It's worst in the first diary, but it got better with the others)

3) We'll use one single camera and will plan out shot for shot. That way we will put all the necessary effort and time into each and every setup.


You're welcome. smile
Posted: Thu, 12th May 2005, 6:48pm

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Thanks Marco

I actually haven't used chromanator much so I don't know how it compares, but if you use premiere I do recommend after effects pro, because you get good integration between programs and it has comes with keylight, a great chroma keyer. Although, if you're thinking of using FCP that indicates you have use macs, and premiere pro doesn't exist for the mac platform (I use macs almost exclusively, and have found this frustrating. Luckily, it's really easy to transfer adobe projects and files between systems)

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Posted: Thu, 12th May 2005, 6:52pm

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I have a mac and a pc, but I prefer doing my editing work on the mac. So yeah, I'm quite frustrated too that Premiere has been discontinued. sad
Posted: Thu, 12th May 2005, 6:56pm

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Sollthar wrote:

I have a mac and a pc, but I prefer doing my editing work on the mac. So yeah, I'm quite frustrated too that Premiere has been discontinued. sad
Have no fear. Final Cut Pro is superior to Premiere... so it's not needed on the Mac platform. Move to FCP Sollthar... hehe wink biggrin
Posted: Sat, 14th May 2005, 10:44pm

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Hopefully it is superior! I just ordered a copy of FCP... I went with the times. biggrin



Heh, I smell enviers when I look at the votes... cool
Posted: Tue, 17th May 2005, 7:02pm

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Oh yeah Final Cut looks set to save my life. After a shall we say "slightly devastating error" I'll need it. Best editing suite I ever used. Makes premiere look like a geriatric otter.

Just noticed I'm replying three days after the last post. Ah well.
Posted: Tue, 17th May 2005, 7:04pm

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Haven't got my copy yet. But it should arrive soon. Can't wait to play around with it. Never really used it yet. cool