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'Summertime Killer' production blog

Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 3:43pm

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I've always been a little sceptical of making these sorts of "I'm making this film, i'll keep you informed" threads because of there lack of any real content. However, I'm making this because i now have something to showcase.

On Saturday 7th July 2007, my new film entered Principal Photography. "Revenge Vendetta" as it was known was almost shot entirely on one day with only three people. It is a signicficantly reduced version of a much larger action film I had planned to make. As with all these large projects, trust is everything, and it turned out I couldn't rely on everyone. So, instead of abandoning the project completely, I decided to shoot the opening scene and nothing else.

If you look hard enough, you'll find that i posted an extract of the first draft of the script in a seperate thread. That extract was the opening scene of "Revenge Vendetta" and very little has changed from that version to the version which was used on Saturday.

Put simply, "Revenge Vendetta" (or as its new name "Summertime Killer") is a tense interrogation scene between two hitmen, one of whom has betrayed the boss; Sam. Since it's only one scene, i don't want to give away the story but i shall leak this screenshots of the footage to you.

Please note, this pictures and merely screenshots and the footage has not been graded yet (i shall be employing Composite Lab Pro for that).

It was shot on a Panasonic NV GS500 and is my first real project using this camera.

Enjoy!















Leave comments if you wish.

I'm now editing it together. I shall probably finish editing next weekend, so i suspect to have an internet release a month.

AE
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 4:22pm

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It looks good and I like the idea of the scene you filmed. What just irks the hell out of me is the way the guy in the first picture is holding the gun. It looks very unnatural.

But on the flipside, I love the second picture.
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 4:43pm

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It looks like it will be very cool. I am looking forward to this. But I agree with Frosty, the way he holds the gun is unnatural looking. But other than that, it looks well done.
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 5:02pm

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That guy in the first pic is me and yes, i am not acustomed to firearms. Ofcourse, it might just be the shot making me look bad. I should also point at that at this point in the film, my character is purposely missing his target (i.e. firing warning shots).

Here's another:


Any better?

AE
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 5:19pm

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Yes, that does look better. I think what makes it look awkward is the stiff shoulders of the coat.
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 5:33pm

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Yeah that does look better, must be the padding in the shoulders of the jacket.
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 6:12pm

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ok so I was bored, alright really bored heh. Anyway I thought I'd show you something I quickly whipped up. Looks a good film, would like to watch it on release. Keep us updated smile



Added was: Muzzle flash image, gun smoke, gun blowback, muzzle glow, muzzle reflection on table, face and arm.

Good luck!
Posted: Mon, 9th Jul 2007, 6:16pm

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Lol mattio, his finger hasn't even pulled back the trigger.

But this looks like it will be a good film AE, I hope all goes well.
Posted: Tue, 10th Jul 2007, 7:45am

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Very nice, Mattio.

I shall also be animating the slide so it's useful to see how other people would have it. That's a pretty big muzzle flash though.

Incase you were wondering, yes, the film (or at least the Director's Cut of the film) will feature the Luis Bacalov song 'Summertime Killer' from the Kill Bill 2 soundtrack.

AE
Posted: Tue, 10th Jul 2007, 8:28am

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If you're gonna add a muzzle flash you might as well drag that sucker into your NLE and grade and letterbox it...

Posted: Tue, 10th Jul 2007, 3:29pm

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argh ben, how could I forget? razz great finishing touches, like your grading especially. Vegas ftw!
Posted: Tue, 10th Jul 2007, 7:49pm

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Can we try and keep this on Topic. I'd hate to see this thread burn in a flame war.

Thanks Ben, you did a good job of grading. It was also helpful to see in Letterbox. I'm not sure how i'm going to grade it yet (whether to make it match mood or not). The good thing about the Panasonic GS500 is that footage already has quite alot of depth to it and so shouldn't need too much grading.

We had problems with inconsistant lighting on the day so i'll have to get a consistancy between footage to make it match. We tried to do our best but natural light is always tempramental (sp?).

Keep your comment/questions/feedback coming

AE
Posted: Tue, 10th Jul 2007, 7:58pm

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Oh.. yeah sorry.

Looks pretty cool not many good hitman movies out there.
Posted: Thu, 12th Jul 2007, 9:08am

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UPDATE:
Well, last night, i finished the first cut of the film. At the moment, it stands at 19 mins but without any closing credits. I've decided on the music that shall feature in the 'Director's Cut' (most likely the only cut). Despite this, i may need a composer for some custom work to go in the middle of the film. I also bought composite lab Pro yesterday so i can began grading the film.

AE
Posted: Thu, 12th Jul 2007, 1:09pm

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I'm looking forward to this AE, it looks great, even without the VFX and grading. Good luck with postproduction.

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Posted: Fri, 13th Jul 2007, 4:23pm

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UPDATE:
I've had Compositelab Pro for a day of two now, so i've graded the first minute or so of the film, in which one of the characters wakes up.

I liked the green light produces by sunlight coming through the curtains so i increased the saturation, contrast and mucked about with the colour balance to increase reds too.

Here's a pic of the original footage:


And here's the graded version. At first, i thought it was a little to bright but then it is meant to be a bit blinding. The idea is that the character is dazzled by the light so shuts the curtains quick. This means it's only very bright for a second or two:


I'll post some more pics of the graded footage as soon as i finish it.

AE
Posted: Sat, 28th Jul 2007, 8:14pm

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UPDATE:

It's been a while, so i thought i'd update this thread. Last time, i told you of my efforts to grade the film. Today, i'm still grading it; it's taken longer than expected because the uneven lighting we had on the day of the shoot. Fortunately, i've been able to break the monotony of constantly grading crosscuts by working on some of the effects shots in the middle of the film.

This included making a 3D knife that one of our characters throws. We pan and knife flies past camera in slow-motion. This shot is coming together and has now been graded (though this pic doesn't show it):



I've also had to deal with the firing of our pistol. Our prop was a gas blowback pistol but it wasn't working right and instead of blowing the slide back, the gas tended to explode out of every gap in the gun. Therefore, i've hand animated it. Since this pic was taken, i've added muzzle smoke and a glow on the jacket where the flash would illuminate the arm...oh and graded it ofcourse.



And lastly, i'm plodding through the numerous shots in which one of our characters smokes. No, he wasn't allowed to smoke on the actually day so we've been adding it latter. I filmed a real cigarette burning (using a rather interesting setup involved pliers, black cloth and a skybox box) then fought with compositelab to get a good key. Luckily i did i i've discovered that the 'Hard Light' composite mode works best for my footage. Again, this pic still needs grading:



So, that's where i'm at. I reckon by the end of next week, all the grading will be done and i can concentrate on the dubbing and audio mixing of the film (luckily the film's audio isn't too complex).

I'll update you with more pics when the grading and the effects are done.

AE
Posted: Thu, 2nd Aug 2007, 9:04am

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That trailer was really good! biggrin Well done- have you changed the name of the project? I seem to remember one similar to this but with a different name- something like' vengeance' or something. Anyhoo- great job!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Aug 2007, 5:24pm

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Yes, it was originally called 'Revenge Vendetta' and was intented to be a 40-60mins actioner. However, not everything went smoothly and i had to cancel the project...or rather shrink it down.

This film is the opening scene to 'Revenge Vendetta' (although slightly lengthened). I felt i should change the name from 'Revenge Vendetta' because, while it sounds nice, revenge and vendetta really mean the same thing.

At the time, i was listening to the Kill Bill 2 soundtrack and the Luis Bacalov track 'Summertime Killer' fitted in with the film in several places as well as the main themes of the movie...so i changed the name.

AE
Posted: Sun, 12th Aug 2007, 1:42pm

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UPDATE:
As many of you may already know, i released a teaser trailer a few days ago (on August 1st) to promote the film. A release date of the September 1st has been set and everything is shaping up nicely.

The Trailer again, if you missed it (shameless advertising i know...):
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7aTXronjlSQ

The film is practically finished, albeit with copyrighted music. However, with the expert talent of Jorn Lavoll, who has offered to do some custom music for the film, this should be remedied if not in time for the september 1st release at least for the DVD release.

Yesterday, i had the cast and crew over and we (all 3 of us) had a premiere of the film. I am pleased to say that they thoroughly enjoyed it and were pleased to have been a part of it. This means ofcourse that i haven't wasted my summer. Hopefully all of you will like the film just as much.

Now that the film is mostly complete, i can post some more screenshots to tantalise you all (NOTE: I've reduced the resolution of these shots):



















Enjoy the pics!

I'll post again when the DVD features are finished.

AE
Posted: Sun, 12th Aug 2007, 3:29pm

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did you re-do or colour correct the curtains? They look good!
Posted: Sun, 12th Aug 2007, 4:05pm

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Thanks cool

The light-rays through the curtains bit happens twice in the film (both times with different sets of curtains). This is the second time, the other pic showed the first.

AE
Posted: Sat, 15th Sep 2007, 7:18am

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UPDATE:

After a short wait while fxhome moved offices, 'Summertime Killer' has finally been approved and submitted to the fxhome cinema:

http://fxhome.com/cinema/view/2878/summertime-killer-%28director%27s-cut%29

Details:-
Format: .wmv
Size: 70.67Mb
Duration: 19m 55s
Resolution: 524x288
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround (hopefully)

The music on the 'theatrical/DVD version' is almost done. Just one last track to nail. This is the version that will be distributed to you all when you buy the DVD. The DVD will contain a high-quality version of the film as well as special features including:

 Audio Commentary by Scott Tanner, Chris Williams & Tom Dodsworth
 'The Making of Summertime Killer' Documentary
 Two Outtakes Reels (Censored and Uncensored)
 Summertime Killer Trailer

as well as having animated menus, scene selection and so on.

I look foward to your comments and thank you for your support. Now, go. watch and comments once more!

AE

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Posted: Sat, 15th Sep 2007, 7:37am

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Uhh, Avenging Eagle, I suggest you edit your post as soon as possible! (there's a word in there that shouldn't be completely spelled)

About the movie though, I've watched about half of it and I'll finish the rest tomorrow, expect a review by me in a day or two.
Posted: Sat, 15th Sep 2007, 8:59am

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Sorry about that, it was ripped from the myspace bulletin i posted.

AE