This is an actual album apparently.
Did I mention there's a fuckload of compositing work in this 12 minute short?
First, every shot with my pumpkin guy requires--at the least--me to fill in the holes we made so the actor could see. They're tiny drill-bit sized holes, but visible nonetheless. Damn you, hi definition.
So I gotta motion track each hole, then clone a section very near to the hole, and parent that to the motion tracks. Fun.
THEN...in most of the shots with my pumpkin guy you can see the actor's hair in the top of the pumpkin. That's trickier because he turns his head at times and the angle he looks down changes. So creating a fill and just motion tracking the hole doesn't work. I had the crazy hope that tracking position, angle and scale would help me out.
But what's really killing me right now is that we were running out of time toward the end so I was cutting corners to get it shot. Time to pay the piper on those.
I have a shot where an actor is dead on the ground. He has a big gaping hole in his skull. However, the actor in question told me five minutes before we were to apply some blood that he cannot do that because--and I quote--"Blood will ruin my highlights."
I try not to judge. But he's had the script for 6 weeks. The hole in the head was there the entire time. A little heads up?
The thing is, I only wanted a ring around the area on his head because we have a prosthetic head with a gaping hole. If I have a ring of blood on his hair I can see clearly where to composite the hole.
What happens is that the character's girl runs near the scene, sees something in the distance and then zooms her camera to it to get a better look. And see her dead boyfriend on the ground with the hole in his head.
With time I would have put the camera on a tripod, shot the actor on the ground and zoomed in, and then added motion to it later. Then I would have put the prosthetic in and shot that in the same position.
What instead happened is that I had to rush, so I just shot the shot handheld, then also shot a handheld of the prosthetic. I was also immensely exhausted by this time and shaking like a fucking epileptic.
Now I'm having to frame by frame the hole in his head--and you see, I'm also zooming in toward the body at the beginning, so I have to try to make the zoom on the hole look the same. Also the camera blurs as it zooms, and in erratic patters, so I have to keyframe a blur on every frame to try to match the original blur.
I have been working on one fifteen second clip for 7 hours now. It's still not rock solid.
Later today I'm meeting the actor to get a few shots I missed in a random woods near me. Hopefully I can make it match.
Then Friday I'm going to L.A. until Tuesday.