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Captain Amazingly Incredible: The Shoot

Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 9:51am

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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!

Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 10:33am

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This is going to be great! The costumes are just fantastic, and if the film is as funny as the title i think you got yourself a blockbuster wink

can't wait to see some more of it!
Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 12:27pm

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Looks very neat! Ill have to check it out!
Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 1:36pm

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Andreas wrote:

This is going to be great! The costumes are just fantastic, and if the film is as funny as the title i think you got yourself a blockbuster wink

can't wait to see some more of it!
We hope so! Then we can start on the sequel! lol.
Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 3:12pm

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Whoa, I hadn't heard anything about this before, but this sounds like an awesome project. Good luck, and I can't wait!

I'm always willing to help out with compositing if you guys need it! wink
Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 3:15pm

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For anybody that missed the original article, here's a link:

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27661

It's particularly interesting to compare the early costume fittings with the final designs - quite an improvement!
Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 3:35pm

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Yeah the costumes are definitely much improved. It's always good to see people making their own costumes.
Posted: Tue, 24th Apr 2007, 4:03pm

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Looks really cool smile Looking forward to it!
Posted: Wed, 25th Apr 2007, 1:27am

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Oh man, I didn't realize how bad the old costume looked, the new one is a HUGE improvement, I am really looking forward to this!
Posted: Wed, 25th Apr 2007, 2:16am

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SlothPaladin wrote:

Oh man, I didn't realize how bad the old costume looked, the new one is a HUGE improvement, I am really looking forward to this!
Was always the same costume - just hadn't been fitted yet in the earlier photos. Kathryn at Costume Magic did a great job - the Captain's nemesis costume is truly something to behold!
Posted: Wed, 25th Apr 2007, 10:59am

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Why am I the first one who's mentioned that last pic? If she's in this movie, then You can count on me watching razz
Posted: Wed, 25th Apr 2007, 8:48pm

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I still can't wait for this movie, it looks really fun.
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 2:20am

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Bryce007 wrote:

Why am I the first one who's mentioned that last pic? If she's in this movie, then You can count on me watching razz
Yeah, what the hell? Are you all blind? razz
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 7:46am

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reminds me of orgazmo. Except it's not porn related.
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 8:03am

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Evman wrote:

Bryce007 wrote:

Why am I the first one who's mentioned that last pic? If she's in this movie, then You can count on me watching razz
Yeah, what the hell? Are you all blind? razz
I was surprised that it took so long for people to mention that photo. wink
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 8:26am

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Tarn wrote:

Evman wrote:

Bryce007 wrote:

Why am I the first one who's mentioned that last pic? If she's in this movie, then You can count on me watching razz
Yeah, what the hell? Are you all blind? razz
I was surprised that it took so long for people to mention that photo. wink
Don't worry all, she's in it wink
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Nice stuff
Posted: Wed, 24th Feb 2010, 9:16pm

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Well, it's been a LONG time (yes, it really has taken three years) but the film is FINISHED. Working on the artwork for the final DVD now. I'm also tossing about the idea of releasing the film for FREE but ONLY on the FXHome site... what does everyone think?
Posted: Wed, 24th Feb 2010, 9:37pm

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I like it.
Posted: Wed, 24th Feb 2010, 11:49pm

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Seconded! Go for it.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 12:49am

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Heh, no I want to pay for it. The more I pay, the better!
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 3:03am

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Rating: +1

Put mine on Pooky's tab.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 3:59am

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I put my tab on your tab since I'm a minor in the USA, though.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 4:04am

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The internet has no borders, friend. smile
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 4:21am

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Rating: +1

Yeah, well... you... your mom doesn't, either!
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 7:48am

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Okay, okay... it was a dumb question. Hahaha.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 9:08am

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Pooky wrote:

I put my tab on your tab since I'm a minor in the USA, though.
No you ain't. Unless you've been lying about your age all these years.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 3:53pm

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Or location lol
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 4:00pm

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Rockfilmers wrote:

Or location lol
I don't know, I've always wondered how he got his hands on MW2 and Mass Effect...
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 7:16pm

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FXhome Dude wrote:

Rockfilmers wrote:

Or location lol
I don't know, I've always wondered how he got his hands on MW2 and Mass Effect...
He went to the store and bought it. Its easy if you have money. Try it sometime.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 7:37pm

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He went to the store and bought it. Its easy if you have money. Try it sometime.
If he is indeed a minor he couldn't do that in the US. M rated games don't go to minors (under 17). Considering he said he was a minor in the US, he couldn't buy either of those games. Canada is different though I imagine. And for the record I prefer to do my shopping online...
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 9:18pm

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I'm a 20 year old Canadian, which means I can drink and buy Mature rated games in Canada. Drinking age is 21 in the US, so I'd be a minor in the US... unless for some reason your drinking age isn't the same as the age you stop being a minor... which would be strange. razz
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 9:23pm

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Pooky wrote:

I'm a 20 year old Canadian, which means I can drink and buy Mature rated games in Canada. Drinking age is 21 in the US, so I'd be a minor in the US... unless for some reason your drinking age isn't the same as the age you stop being a minor... which would be strange. razz
Technically you have to be 18 or younger in the US to be a minor. Plus, I can buy M rated games but I'm younger than 18.
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 10:09pm

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Ah but how old do you have to be to be a miner?
Posted: Thu, 25th Feb 2010, 10:14pm

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Captain Amazingly Incredi wrote:

Ah but how old do you have to be to be a miner?
I guess it depends on what you're mining. razz
Posted: Fri, 26th Feb 2010, 12:29am

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National age of legal adulthood independence (or otherwise not being a minor) is 18. The drinking age, which is a states issue and not a national one, can vary from state-to-state, but its pretty universally 21 in all 50 states.

Every few years Louisianna switches it back to 18 (which is, IMO, too young for Americans- just propagates even younger underage drinkers) but they get all kinds of sh!t for it and the national government stops paying for their highways........and they switch it back. And then again. And so on. smile

So, yeah. National legal age: 18. Drinking age: Could be anything, it's states rights. But for now it's 21. People put up a fuss every now and then, but its really not that big of a deal. The younger we get with it, the more reckless I tend to think things become. I mean, obviously. smile
Posted: Fri, 26th Feb 2010, 1:22am

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In the US, you're a minor if you're under 18.

If you're 18 or over, you're liable, in most cases, to pay taxes, sign up for Selective Service (a faux draft initiative), attend jury duty and vote. You know, all the legal things you're obligated to do as a citizen. At least here.
Posted: Fri, 26th Feb 2010, 12:57pm

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So, I'm not a minor, and my vote goes for releasing the film for free on FXhome.com.