Friday, June 29, 2018

The Most Important Blog Ever


Just kidding. Nothing special about this blog, but I'm running out of titles for my blogs. That's what happens when you doing a fairly regular blog for--it's hard to believe--13 years. Hard to believe it, especially when you consider I have another 6 or 7 blogs also, which I don't update near as regular as this.

I have a pretty close to done version of The Fountain segment for ttory2. Sent a link to the composer so he can start getting ideas.

I had showed it a couple of times to Zig, and to a couple of other people, looking to see if they noticed any of the glaring(to me) continuity errors. For the most part they didn't. But there's a background that Stewie noticed that I noticed for sure, and feel like people might catch it.

So I spent, no shit, eight hours on what amounts to 9 seconds of screen time to remove and replace that background.

Normally it might not take that long, but it's a medium close-up. Hell, I was going to just describe it but I'll upload a video in just a second to show you.

But here's the problem:
You see that building outside the window? Shouldn't be there. The exterior we shot doesn't match this interior because, well, they're different locations...

So here's what I did:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/p01YwDCM37k


The reason it took so long is because he's moving. So I have to mask his head and move the mask frame by frame. And because his head is turning too, the shape is changing constantly. So I have about 50 nodes, and I have to move each of them to follow him.

I tend to keyframe every 3 frames or so, then go back in between and adjust the points that aren't following close enough. It's VERY time consuming.

But I think it came out nicely. It helps that the background behind him is bright and so is the scene I used, so it matched well.

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So here's my current idea that I'm contemplating. I don't know whether it's a good idea financially, but it appeals to the creator in me.

After we debut the movie, the question always moves to am I going to make physical copies? People do still like them, and I still do also.

Problem is, dvd still outsells blu ray. It boggles my mind. It's like after dvds came out, if you heard someone say "I still like VHS better." No, it looks like shit compared to dvd, and dvd looks like shit compared to blu ray.

But I was thinking...I could add some extra bonus to a blu ray. What if I put ttory 1 AND 2 on a blu ray with the making ofs and commentaries?

BUT THERE'S MORE!

What if, just for fun, I put "VHS" versions of the movies on there also? I can degrade them in a way that makes them look like real VHS--not with those shitty filters, I've found some proper techniques that really look amazing. So you can watch these movies and pretend you're back in high school and you just rented some crappy B-movie horror flicks like we used to love to do.

BUT THERE'S MORE!

What if I put 3D versions of both films on the blu also? Yeah, I can fit it all. It'll be tight, but I can get them on there. It will be the red/blue 3D, not the other one. This would obviously be more of a novelty, and I won't be able to put glasses in with them--the buyer would have to have them.

But that's a lot of shit to have on a blu ray, so maybe I'd get more sales. I probably would print 300-500 copies. I wouldn't be giving them free to any cast/crew, I can tell u that. I would sell them for cost to them if they want.

These are things I'm mulling over. I'm still mulling over doing a GOH dvd. Hell, I made it already. If I had an extra $500 I'd just print some up now, but I won't have that money 'til I start getting some Ttory 2 recouped...

And that's scaring the shit out of me, honestly.  A-zon's new pay scheme is going to kill me. If we don't hit the bonus, I AM going to lose money. I jammed some numbers, and if we did the same exact numbers we did on ttory1(roughly 5 million minutes) and we didn't get the bonus, I'd earn $5K. That's half of what I spent on ttory2.

That would hurt, and I can assure you that it would be the last movie I made unless someone came and gave me money to shoot something else, with at least SOME crew.

These are the things that try to keep me up at night.

ALSO: Realized I forgot to include two actors in the credits. Their parts are minor, but still, I never forget people...so I had to add them to the front and back credits in After Effects. Then I reopened Premiere and told it to re-render the sequence, and it keeps crashing. Unknown Error.

Fucking Premiere, man. I have to do a workaround to make it render that section. Fuckin' A, man.


1 comment:

Steve Pattee said...

Oh man, I love that Blu-ray idea.