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Skillz (boasting time!)

Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 3:40pm

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Simon K Jones

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We need to know what everyone a) likes to do and b) is good at.

Hopefully everyone will be able to do stuff they enjoy, while still filling out all the roles we need. What we need to avoid is having 10 directors all working on the same film, basically. wink

If there's a specific skill area you'd like the film to promote when you use it on your CV, let us know.
Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 5:57pm

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I really couldn't say, I have done some directing and camera work/cinematography. Although I wouldn't call myself skilled in any of these areas. I'm slightly concerned as I have never worked with professionals before, I don't really know what proper procedure is on a film set. In other words I may be the weakest link here. I'm happy to go with what ever you guys feel is best.
Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 6:35pm

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I'd say my specialty is in the writing department. As of right now, I've written 3 feature length screenplays, and am an English major in college. I've also been told I can write realistic dialogue (not sure about that myself), and a drunk friend at a party once told me "Andreas....you....you just.....you're a good writer you know?" But honestly, I don't care what I end up doing. I guess I have to be a wuss and opt out of any hard physical labor, what with the lupus and all.

I'll just be happy to be involved.
Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 8:03pm

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ashman wrote:

I'm slightly concerned as I have never worked with professionals before, I don't really know what proper procedure is on a film set.
I wouldn't worry too much. Few of us have had direct experience on a 'proper' professional movie set.

Sollthar, of course, has masses of experience on his own sets and other productions, and I'm relying on that to help us 'stay on target'. er-no's also done lots of work on pro-productions, but he's also more than familiar with smaller personal projects.

I can't speak for the rest of you chaps, but all of us at FXhome are probably the least experienced in terms of film sets. However, hopefully our experience at handling massive projects (and having learned mistakes the hard way!) will help us bring everything together smoothly.

The shoot itself will hopefully be that perfect combination of professional efficiency, but while still being damn good fun for all concerned.

It's still a way off, though, so I wouldn't worry. We have to get through development and pre-production first. smile

Talking of which, I've got a friend that is an excellent producer, so I'm going to see if she's willing to come on board. As an 'outsider' of sorts, she might be good to keep an eye on the nitty gritty without being affect by all of us getting over-excited. smile

In other words I may be the weakest link here.
Given Between the Lines, I doubt that. smile

Back to the topic at hand -

If I were to take a look at you two, based on what we've seen of your work, I'd probably mark you up like this (feel free to disagree):

Ashman - writing (ideas stage certainly)/cinematography/storyboarding
Waser - writing/acting

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Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 8:38pm

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I´ve never done anything professional, heh. Exciting, yes, professional, no. smile

Difficult to say where my skills are really. I´d say my strengths are in Postproduction and make crap look less crappy. biggrin

On set I´ve now gathered some really basic knowledge in pretty much every department, but I´d say my main strengths there are in anything visual, like camera / light.
And in thinking of ways to make something look slightly more expensive then it actually was.


As I said though, I´ll do anything. I just love shooting. smile
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 1:35am

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I realise I'm not on the list of carefully chosen FXhomers you posted, but I'd love to help if I can! Chances of me making it over for the shoot are pretty slim, but I could be available for pre- and post-production aspects of the project.

Ideas/story, production design, costumes, props, are pre-prod areas I have some experience in, though I'm by no means an expert in any of them. And of course, I'd be happy to help with computer effects work in post, if you would like. I'm a long ways away, but even if I can help a little bit on one of those areas, it would be fun.
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 8:06am

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Great stuff Axeman! I'll add you to the list. smile
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 11:01pm

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Minor skills
Not able to go it alone on any of these skills due to FXhome commitments (and probably lack of experience).
- Concept art & design
- Sculpting
- Construction (will build anything really)
- General creative skills (not when it comes to writing I might add)
- Camera work (I aim to be pretty good with the camera, maybe a camera helper?)

Major skills
These are things I think I intend to get really in to with this project.
- Matte painting
- Producing & organising
- Funding
- Insurance
- Timeline
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 8:18am

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Minor skills
- Concept art & design
- Acting (I love to act, but would only want a small role, so that I can concentrate on other areas too)
- Storyboarding (mostly in terms of shot design. Somebody else would need to prettify them!)

Major skills
- Editing
- Writing & ideas
- Camerawork (always enjoyed and been good at it, and should be very familiar with the HVX by shooting time)
- Producing & organising (though not the money side!)
- Behind-the-scenes (happy to be on-camera host/presenter/narrator etc, though not sure anybody else would want me to be!)

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Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 9:52am

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Heh, "Boasting Time" then:

Just got an email from 20th century fox who actually watched the film through.
Apparently, my skills in "lighting", "montage" "ecoupage" and "camerawork" equal multi million dollar productions or even surpass them.
Though the lame B Movie Hollywood story doesn't work without starpower, heh, but still! The mail is full of amazing compliments.
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 7:10pm

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Minor skills
- Art & Design
- Finding talent
- Boom op
- Pro Tools
- Contacts
- Equipment (I have quite a bit (access too))

Major skills
- Directing, working with actors, bouncing ideas and colloborating.
- Cinematography, blocking and working for 'the edit'.
- Editing, style, control, substance and speed.
- Creation of ideas, interpretation of shots.
- Filming nips.


I also have a pool of other people who can do a variety of roles, sound recording/mixing, composing, producing, running, assisting, steadicam, camera.

Would this be budgetted at all? I ask because although we love to live in a world where some things can be made for free and on limited resources, a bit of sponduli here and there can make the world of difference? What kind of shizzle we thinking?

Should be super good hot fun.
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 7:39pm

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I dont have to many film related skills but I could probably contribute something in the following areas;

Music,
Extra,
3D... stuff,
Building... stuff,
Carrying... stuff,
Cooking... food,
Driving,
and most importantly making T fool,
Posted: Mon, 2nd Apr 2007, 2:50pm

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Minor skills
- Acting (similiar to Tarn.)

Major skills
- Compositing/Roto.
- 3D Effects.
- General Creativity.

Anything Composite based would be good for my CV as that's the area my career appears to be going in at the moment.

-Hybrid.
Posted: Tue, 10th Apr 2007, 5:42am

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Minor Skills
- Acting (similar to Tarn and Hybrid)
- Concept art (I love to create things, and draw things, even if I'm maybe not that good at it)
- Writing

Major Skills
- Directing
- Cinematography (quite a lot of people have been saying this lately)
- Editing, Digital Grading, VFX, Sound FX
- Inventing stuff on the set (might change story, dialouge or action)
- Pacing in editing (matching actions on-screen with music provided)
Posted: Thu, 19th Apr 2007, 6:43pm

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Having no film or acting experience, and I'm not going to pretend I have any; I don't see myself in front of the camera at all, nor filming. However every set needs people to gather props, move lighting and so forth, so I imagine I'll just be a general runner, and help out as much as possible smile

I would however like to get involved in the post production, if the opportunity arises, since I've been working here at FXhome for 5+ years and not actually used our software (or any other software) in a non-test environment. Maybe come up with some concepts for grading should we wish to produce some sort of "look" for the film. I'd like to hope my unique experience having coded the majority of filters for VisionLab I might come up with something cool.
Posted: Wed, 25th Apr 2007, 11:00am

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Look who has joined you!

Major and Minor Skills depending on whos juding
- Construction
- Rotoscoping
- Matte painting
- Standing around
- Ideas & Story
- Discovering problems in the end
- And I'm a pretty good bartender!

I can also provide mastering in the end on digis, hdsr/hdcam and random post-stuff.
Posted: Wed, 2nd May 2007, 11:04am

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Hmmmm, is being amazingly great at bossing people about a skill i wonder? If it is, that's my number one.

In honesty; I work in a largely studio based environment and within live tv so it is a very different animal (meow). But in terms of studio lighting (if we shoot in or on a set) I know my stuff...

generally at work I work as a live tv director (which in fairness is more to do with being able to make tough decisions under pressure and communicate what we are doing to an immediate team of up to ten people)
Everyday I am responsible for camera line up...ie. making sure white is white and black is black and that nothing is burnt out or crushed and theres just the right amount of RGB. However I use a wave form monitor to make sure this is all perfecto. A typical set/studio shot would use this way of "lining up" cameras and not just resorting to a white balance and exposure and doing it by eye. Eg, they did a shite job of camera line up on the recent BBC jane Eyre. However from watching Ashman's film "Between the Lines" (which was fantastic btw) I was amazed...i mean truly amazed by how good the pictures were (especially as they were filmed predominantly outside) Then I discovered it was down to the grading using fxhomey stuff...who needs camera line up when you can do this....however I am a believer in getting the best picture first time and then perfecting the image in post-prod.
Also, location sound recording...I have dabbled with this at work and had some fab tips from some fantastic sound guys. And again, possible access to some nice mics and recording gear.

Also, editing...love it, plain and simple. Have access to Avid adrenaline edit suites etc....ok...done.
Posted: Wed, 2nd May 2007, 12:48pm

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I've talked to Michelle and explained how it currently looks, seeing the shortfilm gets more and more ambitious. cool

She has similar experience to myself and she's definately interested in helping, if she has something to do that's challenging for her.
Her main skills are in design, camera work, DoP work, makeup and editing.


Though we both agree, that basically we'd need to work out what jobs even are available and what exactly they include to decide wheter that's something interesting or not.



Is there any schedule to when that "job casting" will be happening and what exact jobs you want to occupy?
Posted: Wed, 2nd May 2007, 12:53pm

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That should all be clarified over the next 2 weeks.
Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 7:13pm

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Heya, I'm just getting the hang of this site but here goes...

I can offer professional (broadcast tv and short film) experience of;
Art Direction/Production Design
Production Management
Stand-by Props and Art
Set design, construction and dressing
Prop construction & buying
Production Runner
and I do a mean slate!

...and live event/theatre experience of;
Make-up (especially casualty & prothetics)
Costume design & construction
Wardrobe & dresser
Set dressing
Prop graphics (signs, books etc)

Mainly I like a happy set so I'll muck in anywhere I can help and
I don't mind making the tea!
Posted: Thu, 24th May 2007, 11:57pm

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I can offer the experience and expertise of a producer and sound recordist/mixer as well as another couple of roles, they won't want much, perhaps covering their costs etc, all of this depends on budget as well, as I can slip some companies a small amount and come out with 30,000£ worth of sound equipment for £100 or so for a couple of days, same with some other things... etc etc

As you know, but yeah, will pop on chat and if you need to catch me you know my numbers/contacts etc.
Posted: Fri, 10th Aug 2007, 8:49pm

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Hey all,
Just met up with the guys in LA,
Hoping to be home in time for the Fx Home project!
My skills are pretty minimal!! I make a great cup of tea thats about it!! LOL!! Na Ill help where ever is needed.
See you in a few months!!
Adam.
Posted: Wed, 15th Aug 2007, 1:30am

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Adam is the entertainer! Whenever we can get bored we can just set him on fire and enjoy the warmth. Because I'm pretty sure we'll be filming this in erm.. December?

Is that your plan Josh? IS THAT WHAT YOU WANTED?
Posted: Wed, 15th Aug 2007, 8:00am

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Excellent. biggrin

Sorry about the wait guys, what with various work and non-work commitments that script has had to sit on the back burner. After this coming weekend that shouldn't be the case anymore, though, so there will hopefully be an update soon.
Posted: Thu, 13th Sep 2007, 9:45am

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mmmm I can do (or at least have fun doing) foley sounds and some music ala Sonic Fire Pro.

Or if you need stock footage of beaches biggrin