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Simon K Jones
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Back in February we introduced you to the remarkably monikered Captain Amazingly Incredible and the Space Vampires from the Evil Planet, a low-budget indie comedy being made in New Zealand. With principal photography now completed, we sat down with director Karl Burnett to check on progress...
FXhome: Where are you now with the movie?
Karl Burnett: I have finished the rough edit and started compositing. Just working through it shot by shot, scene by scene.
FX: How did you go about casting the movie?
KB: I actually wrote the movie with certain actors in mind so casting wasn't hard at all. Although I did have two people pull out at the last minute, which actually worked in our favour as I just decided to go really insane with the casting. You'll have to wait and see what I mean! Other people such as the gorgeous Bikini Girls I actually organised through Myspace! Go web networking!
FX: How big was the cast/crew?
KB: Relatively small cast and crew. No more than twenty people at a time.
FX: How long was the shoot?
KB: We actually shot the entire film over about five days. We also did a few pickup shots but overall it was bloody fast and we didn't miss any footage. We averaged over 100 set-ups per day! Shooting entirely on greenscreen definitely helped.
FX: In what ways did the greenscreen set make it an easier shoot?
KB: It helped in some ways as we didn't have big lighting changes or location issues. Also all sound is being done in post so that sped up the shooting process.
FX: What was it like as a director shooting without sets?
KB: Actually pretty difficult at times. Trying to imagine what the background looks like every time you rotate the actors, when you'd normally just shift the camera, whilst avoiding line-crosses etc was a real challenge. All turned out great though – only had to flop a couple of shots.
FX: Is there anything you'd do differently now that you've experienced a heavy greenscreen shoot?
KB: I'd do it again only next time hopefully my DOP wouldn't pull out three days before shooting and we'd be able to light the shoot properly. As it stands, I have a lot of masking to do - especially on the wider shots.
FX: We're glad to see that FXhome tattoos are finally taking off in NZ. What's the story behind the excellent product placement?
KB: You'll have to wait and see. Unfortunately it would give away one of the film's gags - something I'm not quite ready to do right now.
FX: What's next for Captain A?
KB: Compositing and effects, dialogue recording, score, sound mix, final cut and release through – hopefully – cinemas. We will be approaching the main international film festivals first.
FX:When can we expect to see some footage or a trailer?
KB: When it's ready!