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Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 11:32 AM
http://www.dvxuser6.com/uploaded/23237/1254962505.jpg

Tagline:
'Depredation - Replication - Integration'

Written/Shot/Directed/Edited by Michael Anthony Horrigan
Score by Herman Witkam http://www.herman-witkam.com (http://www.herman-witkam.com/)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 11:32 AM
Aug 04/2009: 3rd draft of the script is complete. Still plenty of tweaking to do.
Aug 05/2009: Herman Witkam has read the script and agreed to score the film.
Aug 08/2009: The final draft of the script is near complete. I'm going to run it by a few writers and get their opinions first. It's come a long way from the early draft. Now I'm working on a tagline and thinking over some casting choices.
Aug 19/2009: Went to the location and shot some footage. Pulled some frames and posted them below. Thinking of shooting with natural light, as what's seen in the grabs.
Aug 27/2009: Made a few slight changes to the script today. I wanted to step away from it for a couple of weeks and give it a fresh look. The changes allowed me to give the main character more purpose. I think I'm finished. Just waiting for some feedback.
Sept 29/2009: Looks like this one may not happen. Too many issues with the location and getting all the actors on board. If I can manage to swing it I'll shoot a new idea that I had. I just have to shoot it soon before I move. :)
I shot an opening for it while I get things organized. Grabs are in the next post below.
Oct 07/2009: Going with the new idea. Shooting this week. Added new poster.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 11:33 AM
Grabs graded and taken from the opening 40 seconds.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc2.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc3.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Glass.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/EYE.jpg

MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 11:33 AM
And you never know...

ZazaCast
08-04-2009, 11:36 AM
COOL! Looking forward to it!

KOHR
08-04-2009, 11:37 AM
Nice... glad to see you in the fray. I've always enjoyed your previous work. Good luck :thumbsup:

Larry Rutledge
08-04-2009, 11:45 AM
Excellent ... looking forward to it.

My first story idea required a motel like the one in your poster ... I've always thought those made great locations for horror and thriller films.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 11:50 AM
Thanks, guys! I'm really looking forward to shooting this one. Should be a lot of fun.

Mike Manning
08-04-2009, 11:50 AM
Here we go!

Brandon Rice
08-04-2009, 12:00 PM
Looking forward to this!

Tom Marshall
08-04-2009, 12:21 PM
Hey Mike, welcome to the fest... and congrats on winning first place... :beer:

Troy Ruff
08-04-2009, 12:51 PM
Looks good, I like the Motel movies :)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 01:00 PM
Hey Mike, welcome to the fest... and congrats on winning first place... :beer:
LOL! You know that I've never placed in the top 3 right? :huh:
Bottom of the finals here I come!! If I'm lucky.
:thumbsup:

John LaBonney
08-04-2009, 01:52 PM
Good script Mike, you definitely have the chops to pull this one off. Looking forward to it.

Zim
08-04-2009, 03:42 PM
Awesome!!! I know you will come up with something good.

Tom Marshall
08-04-2009, 04:02 PM
LOL! You know that I've never placed in the top 3 right? :huh:
Bottom of the finals here I come!! If I'm lucky.
:thumbsup:

You're kidding??? You've never placed top 3??? :huh:

Maximus
08-04-2009, 04:08 PM
You're kidding??? You've never placed top 3??? :huh:

This'll be the one! :thumbsup:

Great poster, Mike. If that's your location, you got a winner. Good luck!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 04:09 PM
Good script Mike, you definitely have the chops to pull this one off. Looking forward to it.

Awesome!!! I know you will come up with something good.Thanks, guys!



You're kidding??? You've never placed top 3??? :huh:Nope. Closest I came was around 5th place in All Hallows Fest. Been in the finals a bunch of times though.

See, nothing to worry about! :D


This'll be the one! :thumbsup:

Great poster, Mike. If that's your location, you got a winner. Good luck!Thanks! Working out the details now.

AmyO
08-04-2009, 06:49 PM
Great looking hotel. You always come up with the coolest locations, I have to say. Looking forward to it, Michael!

tmnt
08-04-2009, 08:02 PM
Go Mike!

~jai~
08-04-2009, 08:27 PM
Love the poster! The movie should be better! Can't wait!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-04-2009, 09:15 PM
Thanks again for all the well wishes, gang. Nice to be back in the swing of things.

Mike

Sprocketboy
08-04-2009, 09:39 PM
Nice poster design. The warm lights against the blue motel paint and dark sky really sells it. If that is actually your location... I'm already hooked.

ramsaur
08-05-2009, 12:28 AM
Looking forward to it Mike*! Best of luck!

Brian Parker
08-05-2009, 12:47 AM
Welcome back MAH! Looking good. I'll definitely be following this one closely!

Simon Höfer
08-05-2009, 03:17 AM
Welcome to the fest man! Looking forward to your entry, as always! :)

Richard J. Johnson
08-05-2009, 07:03 AM
Damn you Horrigan. and your excellent film making skills. Now I have to go even harder.:happy:

welcome back

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-05-2009, 09:45 AM
Much thanks all around! Hope to see some of you guys jump into the fray.

And Ramsaur, it's Mike. :)

ramsaur
08-05-2009, 03:01 PM
woops, thinking someone else but good luck MAH!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-05-2009, 06:35 PM
The great Herman Witkam has read the script and jumped on board!

http://www.herman-witkam.com (http://www.herman-witkam.com/)
http://www.witkamsound.com (http://www.witkamsound.com/)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2079846/

I'm very excited to have him scoring this project for me.

:2vrolijk_08:

MAH

Marlon Ladd
08-06-2009, 07:47 AM
Yeah, Mike!!! Hey, where's that hotel? Cool local. I'm having location envy again. Get ready though, because I'm jumping in this one myself.

Rodney V. Smith
08-06-2009, 08:19 AM
About time you got this up. Welcome back dude.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-06-2009, 01:17 PM
Thanks, guys. Nice to be back.

Good luck with your entries.

Mike

Susanne G.
08-06-2009, 01:52 PM
Hi Mike,

I love your poster - love all the details in it - the old styling doors, the nice 50's chairs - the whole architectual composition is very nice looking and the light and the colours are fantanstic.

The poster gives me the idea that the mood of the film could be a bit humourous/ironic to the monster theme?!

All the best

Susanne

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-06-2009, 08:58 PM
The poster gives me the idea that the mood of the film could be a bit humourous/ironic to the monster theme?!

To be honest, that's far from the case. :)
I can see how you might derive that from the photo though.

Mike

Tim Joy
08-07-2009, 09:13 AM
M.A.H. do comedy? Not in a million years would I expect that. Glad to see you in here. I feel it... this is your time for a top 3 spot. BRING IT!!! Good luck.

DarkElastic
08-07-2009, 09:16 AM
After the obvious problems you had in the last Fest, I wish you nothing but success in this one.
And if you are anywhere near Sudbury on your travels, give me a shout and we will meet up to discuss film?

Rodney V. Smith
08-07-2009, 09:32 AM
Mike COULD do comeday. He's a really funny guy. Him and that evil, evil eye of his...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-07-2009, 09:46 AM
M.A.H. do comedy? Not in a million years would I expect that. Glad to see you in here. I feel it... this is your time for a top 3 spot. BRING IT!!! Good luck.Thanks for the vote of confidence, Tim.
The first real movie that I ever made was a comedy for SpyFest.
And I did just make this a little while ago. :thumbsup:

RONALD (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showpost.php?p=1665099&postcount=1)

Check it out, Tim. Just keep in mind that I had no crew whatsoever and did everything from the writing right down to the sound design, that and it was for a local 48 hour festival so time wasn't on my side. Would have worked for Monster Fest actually. :)
I would like to hear what you think of it.


After the obvious problems you had in the last Fest, I wish you nothing but success in this one.
And if you are anywhere near Sudbury on your travels, give me a shout and we will meet up to discuss film?Much appreciated.
Same to you if you ever come to Ottawa.


Mike COULD do comeday. He's a really funny guy. Him and that evil, evil eye of his...I should just point the camera at myself and enter that footage. :evil:

Geoff_R
08-07-2009, 05:53 PM
Mike, looking forward to what you do here. Setup looks intriguing for sure.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-07-2009, 07:21 PM
Mike, looking forward to what you do here. Setup looks intriguing for sure.
Thanks, Geoff. I'm going for more creepy as apposed to anything else with this one. Hopefully I can pull it off. :thumbsup:

Mike Manning
08-07-2009, 07:25 PM
CFTFB was one of my faves from last year... I still have it saved on my Apple TV. I have high expectations for you, so don't disappoint!

...or I'll have your head!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-08-2009, 07:12 AM
CFTFB was one of my faves from last year... I still have it saved on my Apple TV. I have high expectations for you, so don't disappoint!

...or I'll have your head!No pressure! :eek:


Nice compliment. Thanks, Mike. :thumbup:
I'll do my best.

Updated post #2 (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showpost.php?p=1707716&postcount=2).

MAH

Lawsuit_Boy
08-08-2009, 12:28 PM
I love the connotations that the photo/poster conjures up inside my noggin. Can't wait to see more from this one!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-09-2009, 07:08 AM
Thanks!

Came up with a tagline...

'Together at last'

TMerry
08-11-2009, 10:48 AM
Yes, that is an interesting thing about the image for your poster, it could easily take on different meanings depending on the title of your film and its Tagline.

Ie: Sunset lovers of Springville
or
The possession in room 27

Looking forward to see what you do with this.
This is my first online fest, so I'm not sure what to
expect.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-11-2009, 08:59 PM
Thanks. Hope you enjoy it. :evil:

Edgen
08-11-2009, 11:43 PM
sweet! lookin' forward to seeing your film Michael!

/j

erich
08-12-2009, 06:20 AM
great concept, awesome poster, looking forward to seeing it

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-12-2009, 09:26 PM
Thanks for the interest, guys! Much appreciated. :thumbsup:

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-14-2009, 10:59 AM
Going to meet with the Motel owner early next week.
He's had some bad filming experiences in the past and wants some sort of assurance that I won't bother his clientele. :)

Hopefully he'll play ball.

MAH

Mike Manning
08-14-2009, 11:23 AM
Why can't you bother his clientele?

Zim
08-14-2009, 04:41 PM
If you want to shoot in central Illinois this is a nice hotel

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/zimvg/DSC_0192.jpg

Rodney V. Smith
08-15-2009, 11:51 AM
Going to meet with the Motel owner early next week.
He's had some bad filming experiences in the past and wants some sort of assurance that I won't bother his clientele. :)

Hopefully he'll play ball.

MAH

Crossing fingers for you dude. Just take along a DVD of your work and be sure to take a picture of his face when you explain how small your "crew" is. Good luck.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-16-2009, 12:42 PM
Crossing fingers for you dude. Just take along a DVD of your work and be sure to take a picture of his face when you explain how small your "crew" is. Good luck.You mean just little old me? :)

Yah, I told him that it would be a VERY small production. He still seemed antsy. Going to see him soon.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-16-2009, 09:02 PM
LOL! Some moron went through all the films with ratings and gave them a one star rating to drop their averages.

Someone needs to get a life. :)

Mark Harris
08-16-2009, 10:56 PM
Hey, how did you make out with the motel? We've had the same hard time getting one here in NYC, because I think everyone is afraid we're making porn...

TMerry
08-17-2009, 02:13 AM
LOL! Some moron went through all the films with ratings and gave them a one star rating to drop their averages.
)

Hmmm, there's only one film on the forum that still has 5 stars.
I guess they liked that one the best ;-)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-17-2009, 06:52 AM
Hmmm, there's only one film on the forum that still has 5 stars.
I guess they liked that one the best ;-)In their defense, that thread wasn't around when the others were rated down.

Mark, I'll let you know. I'll be dropping by either today or tomorrow. I think that might be his concern. :laugh:

Gohanto
08-17-2009, 07:50 AM
because I think everyone is afraid we're making porn...

Well, if you go that route, make sure you've got your soundtrack well covered with proper Foley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeo5dGh8bnU
:cheesy:

TMerry
08-17-2009, 01:34 PM
In their defense, that thread wasn't around when the others were rated down.


Oh, Michael I didn't mean to sound as if was making any assumptions, just a observation. :-)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-17-2009, 01:36 PM
Oh, Michael I didn't mean to sound as if was making any assumptions, just a observation. :-)
No problem at all. I'm sure it was them. :evil:




Kidding. :laugh:

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-19-2009, 07:35 AM
I'm off to the motel later today. I'll report back with what the owner says and maybe snag a few pics as well. I'll put those up tonight.

MAH

Marlon Ladd
08-19-2009, 07:38 AM
Good luck!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-19-2009, 12:20 PM
Here are a few frames I pulled from some scout footage today.


Bedside lamp.
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/bedside_lamp.jpg



Bathroom floor.
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/bathroom_floor.jpg



Corner chair.
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/chair.jpg



Reflection of lamp in the TV.
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Reflection.jpg


The owner was unfortunately absent during my visit. They did allow me to go in and shoot the room a little.
I'll have to talk to him on the phone further and see if he's game. Small little cramped room, but I liked it. :)

MAH

Rodney V. Smith
08-19-2009, 12:24 PM
Sounds like you need a Zaza Slider in there :wink:

Looks perfect for your needs though.

ZazaCast
08-19-2009, 12:56 PM
Sounds like you need a Zaza Slider in there :wink:


:) Order in the next 5 minutes and you'll receive absolutely nothing extra for free! Don't hesitate...call now...operators are standing by.

:grin:

Matt Sconce
08-19-2009, 02:34 PM
Great bathroom floor..creepyness

Marlon Ladd
08-19-2009, 03:22 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if we all had producers to secure locations for us? One day. . ..but until then:

MARLON
"Hi, I'm Marlon Ladd and I'm a local independent
filmmaker. I'm doing a short film for an online
competition and I was wondering. . .."

OWNER
(Interrupts)
Oh, you're a filmmaker? Really??

MARLON
Yep!

OWNER
Where you from?

MARLON
From here, born and raised.

OWNER
So, what kind a film are ya' doin'?

MARLON
It's actually a horror flick and I just wanted
to see if I could check out your place and
maybe use it for the film.

OWNER
Well, sure. I think that'd be okay.

OR

MARLON
"Hi, I'm Marlon Ladd and I'm a local independent
filmmaker. I'm doing a short film for an online
competition and I was wondering. . .."

OWNER
Hell naw, boa'! Now get ur azz of my property
before I start shooting.

Rodney V. Smith
08-19-2009, 05:09 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if we all had producers to secure locations for us? One day. . ..but until then:

MARLON
"Hi, I'm Marlon Ladd and I'm a local independent
filmmaker. I'm doing a short film for an online
competition and I was wondering. . .."

OWNER
Hell naw, boa'! Now get ur azz of my property
before I start shooting.

Sounds like you were riding along with me when I went location scouting in Georgia...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-20-2009, 07:24 AM
Yah, as small as it is I kind of like the atmosphere there. I can't use my cheap wide angle, it bows the crap out of everything. Maybe if I had a good one.

I'll have to see what I can do. I might go with natural lighting for a more gritty look as well. Like what you see in the grabs.

And I'll manage to squeeze my dolly under the bed. :thumbsup:

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/bedside_lamp.jpg

Marlon Ladd
08-20-2009, 07:34 AM
Sounds like you were riding along with me when I went location scouting in Georgia...
LOL! That's no good.

Marlon Ladd
08-20-2009, 07:37 AM
Yah, as small as it is I kind of like the atmosphere there. I can't use my cheap wide angle, it bows the crap out of everything. Maybe if I had a good one.

I'll have to see what I can do. I might go with natural lighting for a more gritty look as well. Like what you see in the grabs.

And I'll manage to squeeze my dolly under the bed. :thumbsup:

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/bedside_lamp.jpg
I think the natural lighting look is the way to go and fill that place up with some haze and maybe have a little light (moon light) peeking in through the window. Very creepy.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-20-2009, 08:00 AM
I think the natural lighting look is the way to go and fill that place up with some haze and maybe have a little light (moon light) peeking in through the window. Very creepy.You read my mind. :thumbsup:

Any ideas on wide angles? My cheap wide angle lens bows the crap out of everything. I'm assuming the expensive ones work a little better. :huh:

Marlon Ladd
08-20-2009, 11:19 AM
You read my mind. :thumbsup:

Any ideas on wide angles? My cheap wide angle lens bows the crap out of everything. I'm assuming the expensive ones work a little better. :huh:
Hmmmm. Are you shooting with the hv20?? I have a wide that kind of does the same thing. You could get creative with the wide shots, like from the ceiling or for the room, if you could back all the way to the bathroom. I'd think about what shots you really need the wide for because I see alot CU and compelling MCU shots. Can you do a screen shot of the bowing from that lens? I'm thinking that may give an eerie effect here that could be useful.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-20-2009, 12:25 PM
I don't think I rolled any footage with it on. I'll check and get back to you.

Marlon Ladd
08-20-2009, 01:03 PM
Cool.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-21-2009, 08:16 AM
I don't have an example of my own but it looks like this.
Only worse since my lens is cheap. Even more bowing distortion.

http://activerain.com/image_store/uploads/3/2/4/4/7/ar120784754474423.jpg

TMerry
08-21-2009, 08:52 AM
Marlon,
try instead using the term Supernatural Thriller,
the term "Horror film" sets off the red flags
with anyone who is not " "Horror-friendly" ",
trust me ;-)

-Tommy


Wouldn't it be nice if we all had producers to secure locations for us? One day. . ..but until then:

MARLON
"Hi, I'm Marlon Ladd and I'm a local independent
filmmaker. I'm doing a short film for an online
competition and I was wondering. . .."

OWNER
(Interrupts)
Oh, you're a filmmaker? Really??

MARLON
Yep!

OWNER
Where you from?

MARLON
From here, born and raised.

OWNER
So, what kind a film are ya' doin'?

MARLON
It's actually a horror flick and I just wanted
to see if I could check out your place and
maybe use it for the film.

OWNER
Well, sure. I think that'd be okay.

OR

MARLON
"Hi, I'm Marlon Ladd and I'm a local independent
filmmaker. I'm doing a short film for an online
competition and I was wondering. . .."

OWNER
Hell naw, boa'! Now get ur azz of my property
before I start shooting.

Denis Haineault
08-21-2009, 11:07 AM
Michael,

short of hunting for a different lens, I would think that AE or Motion (or whatever you're using) can do some lens distortion removal -- don't know if they're any good at it though.

In a pinch, you could shoot a grid pattern (to have a clear sample of the distortion), and use that to apply a correction to your footage (as a series of stills) through a Photoshop batch job.

I don't own PS, but I'm certain this can be done.

Of course, nothing beats getting it right in-camera :)

Marlon Ladd
08-21-2009, 11:10 AM
Hey, not a bad idea, Tommy! LOL. Definitely makes it sound alot cooler for sho.' I like that. Luckily I haven't had the problem of getting turned down yet (knock on wood), but there's always the next time.

Hey, Mike, I don't see a pic or a link.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-21-2009, 12:09 PM
Weird? The pic is there.

Thanks, guys. I think AE or Photoshop could probably fix the distortion (as mentioned) but I don't know if it's worth the hassle. I may just go without the wide angle on this one.

Hmmmm..... not sure.

TMerry
08-21-2009, 12:31 PM
If it wasn't for the fact that picky filmmakers are the majority of the ones that will be voting on it, I would leave the Bowing in there, its adds to the disturbed creepiness of it all IMHO :-)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-21-2009, 12:55 PM
If it wasn't for the fact that picky filmmakers are the majority of the ones that will be voting on it, I would leave the Bowing in there, its adds to the disturbed creepiness of it all IMHO :-)True.
But I've lost points for that crappy lens in the past. :)

I'll either get a better one or make do without it.

Marlon Ladd
08-21-2009, 02:08 PM
Okay, maybe I'll be able to see the pic from the home cpu.

Lawsuit_Boy
08-24-2009, 10:13 AM
Weird? The pic is there.

Thanks, guys. I think AE or Photoshop could probably fix the distortion (as mentioned) but I don't know if it's worth the hassle. I may just go without the wide angle on this one.

Hmmmm..... not sure.

Either zoom in a little more (unless this is a prime lens) or find an advantage to using it! Don't be afraid to distort the image if you feel like it can work to the film's benefit.

If it won't help, ditch it. No reason for it to cause headaches.

Marlon Ladd
08-24-2009, 02:25 PM
I say use it. I think it'll add to the mood.

ZazaCast
08-24-2009, 03:14 PM
Well you just can't use it now...or people will think you just settled for a crappy lens.
If you do you'll lose points for sure!:D

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-24-2009, 08:56 PM
No big deal.

I'll play around with it and see if it works for the odd shot once zoomed in a bit.
If all else fails... I'll make some sort of 'artistic vision' claim and be in the clear. :happy:

MAH

majikfraug
08-24-2009, 10:41 PM
Yeah, AE can fix it, but it's so beautifully broken :)
I like it as is, but then, it's not my movie...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-25-2009, 06:35 AM
Can someone walk me through how AE can fix it? Just in case I go that route.

Thanks.

Sprocketboy
08-25-2009, 07:20 PM
Can someone walk me through how AE can fix it? Just in case I go that route.

CS3 is required (me thinks).

http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/help.html?content=WS3878526689cb91655866c1103a9d3c 597-7b7e.html

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-25-2009, 08:29 PM
CS3 is required (me thinks).

http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/help.html?content=WS3878526689cb91655866c1103a9d3c 597-7b7e.html
Glad I own it. :)

Thanks so much. I really appreciate the link. :thumbup:

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-27-2009, 08:48 AM
Made a few slight changes to the script today. I wanted to step away from it for a couple of weeks and give it a fresh look. The changes allowed me to give the main character more purpose. I think I'm finished.

Just waiting for some feedback.

Now on to more casting, prop work, and looking for a good makeup artist.

MAH

Marlon Ladd
08-27-2009, 03:53 PM
Cool.

Lawsuit_Boy
08-27-2009, 06:22 PM
Glad it's moving along swiftly! It's always refreshing to set the piece down for a while and come back to it. Things just pop that you may have missed before.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-28-2009, 07:31 AM
Glad it's moving along swiftly! It's always refreshing to set the piece down for a while and come back to it. Things just pop that you may have missed before.That's exactly what happened. Things just became clearer after some time away. Hopefully I'll have time to do that with the edit as well. :)

Lawsuit_Boy
08-28-2009, 07:34 AM
That's exactly what happened. Things just became clearer after some time away. Hopefully I'll have time to do that with the edit as well. :)

Yes, that would be quite nice. :thumbsup:

Arturo Sanchez
08-29-2009, 06:43 PM
Looking good. Can't wait

Michael Anthony Horrigan
08-31-2009, 09:49 AM
Thanks, guys.

Hope to get this one shot in Sept.

Giving me time to play with the edit and get things the way I want them.

MAH

ZazaCast
09-03-2009, 02:47 PM
How goes the battle? All set for the shoot this month?

Marlon Ladd
09-03-2009, 03:25 PM
BTW zaza - your banner's pretty sweet.

ZazaCast
09-03-2009, 03:31 PM
BTW zaza - your banner's pretty sweet.

Don't look too closely....:zombie_smiley:

Mark Johnson
09-03-2009, 04:12 PM
Go Horrigan ... Go Horrigan .... no, seriously .... GO :)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-03-2009, 08:18 PM
Go Horrigan ... Go Horrigan .... no, seriously .... GO :)GO? As in... leave? :)

Just doing some casting. I have half the cast locked and ready. Need some auditions for a couple more.

:beer:

Marlon Ladd
09-04-2009, 07:49 AM
Don't look too closely....:zombie_smiley:
Oh sh*t!!! Too late!

ConspiracyPenguin
09-05-2009, 12:49 PM
I always love your stuff, Mike. Your style is one that, time after time, makes me interested. I can't wait to see what you put together for this one.

Rodney V. Smith
09-10-2009, 10:40 PM
Fully agree with Penguin. We ALWAYS want to see what you come up with Mike. Love your storytelling style.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-11-2009, 07:24 AM
I appreciate that, guys.

I'm in the middle of buying/selling houses. Not much time for anything else at the moment. Moving mid October.

I'm still hoping to fit this in though. :beer:

MAH

Zim
09-13-2009, 06:56 AM
Good luck. I'm sitting this fest out again.

Rodney V. Smith
09-25-2009, 10:12 AM
Donde esta amigo?

TMerry
09-25-2009, 05:27 PM
Updates???? ;-)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-25-2009, 09:17 PM
I just sold my house. Bought a new one a month or two ago.
Moving in about 3 weeks and trying to fit in a short film.

I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can


MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-25-2009, 11:11 PM
These grabs are from a different project that I may or may not do for Monster Fest. I've played with them a bit but they still need some grading.
Almost every grab was taken from a moving shot. All shot in 100% natural light. What you see is what's lighting the entire room, nothing else.
I like the graininess that's starting to come out. As you can probably notice, I boosted the saturation levels as well.


http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2001.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2002.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2003.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2004.jpg

All grabs were taken from the opening 40 seconds.

MAH

jasonthewho
09-26-2009, 06:07 AM
I like the wide shot. This just your HV20, as per usual?

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-26-2009, 08:19 AM
I like the wide shot. This just your HV20, as per usual?You tell me. :)

Kidding! Yah, just the HV20.

Rodney V. Smith
09-26-2009, 08:53 AM
I'd love to see the GH1 in your hands Mike.

Sprocketboy
09-26-2009, 09:24 AM
Hey. If it still works its not broken. As far as I'm concern the HV20 is doing a great job at telling Mike's stories.

Rodney V. Smith
09-26-2009, 09:31 AM
Hey. If it still works its not broken. As far as I'm concern the HV20 is doing a great job at telling Mike's stories.

Definitely, but with the lowlight sensitivity of the GH1, I'd really be interested in seeing what new perspectives it would offer up to him. Curiousity is all..

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-26-2009, 10:14 AM
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2001.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2002.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2003.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2004.jpg


Thanks, guys. For low light the HV20 holds up fairly well. It's no GH1 but it's all I have. :) I would love to play with the GH1.:2vrolijk_08:

I need to find someone who is really good with curves and grading. I think a lot more 'umph!' could be drawn out of these images in the right hands. Any takers?

MAH

Rodney V. Smith
09-26-2009, 10:44 AM
Thanks, guys. For low light the HV20 holds up fairly well. It's no GH1 but it's all I have. :) I would love to play with the GH1.:2vrolijk_08:

I need to find someone who is really good with curves and grading. I think a lot more 'umph!' could be drawn out of these images in the right hands. Any takers?

MAH

I'd like to give it a shot.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-26-2009, 11:34 AM
I'd like to give it a shot.
And you have mail... :beer:

Herman Witkam
09-26-2009, 12:03 PM
The grabs are looking great :beer:

John LaBonney
09-26-2009, 03:14 PM
Grabs look good Mike. Good luck with this one.

Marlon Ladd
09-26-2009, 08:06 PM
Yeah, for natural light and that little lamp, that looks really good. That HV20 is still doin' its thing.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-26-2009, 11:35 PM
The grabs are looking great :beer:
Thanks! I'll let you know if I go through with this one. :thumbup:


Grabs look good Mike. Good luck with this one.Thanks! Sorry to see that you're out this time around.


Yeah, for natural light and that little lamp, that looks really good. That HV20 is still doin' its thing.Yup. The fish tank actually cast quite a bit of light as well. The exposure was tricky to figure out, still not sure if I nailed it. I really need an external monitor.

Denis Haineault
09-28-2009, 08:40 AM
Is that the same musical box from a previous short? I forget the title...the one with the jealous boyfriend.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-28-2009, 08:46 AM
Is that the same musical box from a previous short? I forget the title...the one with the jealous boyfriend.
Nope. That one had a material skirt and no jewelry drawers.

If I go through with this movie it won't be about the music box though. Although it will obviously appear in a scene. :beer:

Lawsuit_Boy
09-28-2009, 02:22 PM
Really like those grabs, Mike. I love the soft, warm, and grainy quality.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-28-2009, 06:44 PM
Really like those grabs, Mike. I love the soft, warm, and grainy quality.Thanks.

I wanted to keep the feel of a kids room and keep the colour fairly saturated.

MAH

ramsaur
09-29-2009, 02:02 PM
Grabs look good MAH, and for the HV20 it self. I never got around to ordering any lenses/adapters for mine. But all looks good, best of luck! And what's this with a GH1? got one? My Lisa film was shot on the Rebel t1i

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-29-2009, 04:09 PM
Grabs look good MAH, and for the HV20 it self. I never got around to ordering any lenses/adapters for mine. But all looks good, best of luck! And what's this with a GH1? got one? My Lisa film was shot on the Rebel t1i
Thanks. No adapters for mine either.

The GH1 thing was just Rodney teasing me.
Not really... :)

I would love to try one though. The footage from it looks amazing.
My little HV20 will have to do for now...

MAH

Rodney V. Smith
09-29-2009, 06:04 PM
Michael is the master of the HV20. He spanks that camera something HARD.

ramsaur
09-29-2009, 07:18 PM
Thanks. No adapters for mine either.

Nice man! Looks good. The HV20 can really turn you upside down and do some good work for you. Although I think I have an older version, saw someone with one yesterday and had more cooler controls than what mine has.

PaPa
09-29-2009, 07:30 PM
had a crack at one for fun :)

original on top

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2004.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4439/ballerinag.jpg

used curve adjustment only in all channels. Brought more green into the darks, raised reds in mids, brough blue's up in lows and yellows up in highs. And a small S curve in the RGB

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-29-2009, 09:25 PM
Nice man! Looks good. The HV20 can really turn you upside down and do some good work for you. Although I think I have an older version, saw someone with one yesterday and had more cooler controls than what mine has.I have an original model myself. :)
Maybe you saw the HV30?


Michael is the master of the HV20. He spanks that camera something HARD.
Thanks, man. :)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-29-2009, 09:26 PM
had a crack at one for fun :)

original on top

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2004.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4439/ballerinag.jpg

used curve adjustment only in all channels. Brought more green into the darks, raised reds in mids, brough blue's up in lows and yellows up in highs. And a small S curve in the RGBThat exactly what I want! I'm going to try this. If I have a problem I may PM you for a walkthrough. Thanks!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-30-2009, 10:34 PM
Some new CC comparisons. First pick is the old, second is the new.
Following some of PaPa's hints.
Seems to work well with the brightly lit footage, not so great with the dark stuff. Gets real noisy. Any ideas? I like the new change in the pic below though. Vastly improved.

Mike



OLD
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2004.jpg



NEW
http://morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/WTCB/music.jpg

I think I like PaPa's results better though.

MAH

Rodney V. Smith
09-30-2009, 10:39 PM
That's the thing I;ve found with Color Correction. If you have excellent source of light in your shot you have so much more latitude in terms of what you can pull off. Colorista loves light and turns the darkly lit scene into a close approximation of mud. Takes a deft touch and patience to get the results you need... consistently.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
09-30-2009, 10:41 PM
I think PaPa nailed it. I just sent him a PM.
Maybe he can walk me through it, or take over and be my Colourist. :)

TMerry
09-30-2009, 10:47 PM
That's the thing I;ve found with Color Correction. If you have excellent source of light in your shot you have so much more latitude in terms of what you can pull off. Colorista loves light and turns the darkly lit scene into a close approximation of mud. Takes a deft touch and patience to get the results you need... consistently.

I just took a one day class in color correction for FCP, seems the more you know... the less you know... you know? ;-)

I like the direction you are heading with the example grabs!
Crisp black mirror.

Marlon Ladd
10-01-2009, 07:01 AM
Dangit! I'm at work and can't see the pics!!!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-01-2009, 07:15 AM
Dangit! I'm at work and can't see the pics!!!
Same pics as before, just some different treatments. :)

Marlon Ladd
10-01-2009, 08:16 AM
Okay, I'll be able to look at them when I get home. Also, I won't be able to send the pics until then. Hey, I've got Red Giant Magic Bullet II, but haven't looked at it yet. The first magic bullet was real cool. Know anything about this one?

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-01-2009, 08:47 AM
Not really. I'm no expert in this area at all. I'm currently talking about having someone else do mine. :)

I just want to see what I can do with yours. Try some different things.
Since yours are shot outside there's a lot of range there, very bright pics.

Marlon Ladd
10-01-2009, 09:21 AM
I gotcha.' Well, I'll send you those pics later. Keep experimenting (if you have time) and once I get a little further along in the editing I'm going to play around with it as well. I want a very distinctive look for this one. Just haven't fully decided what that is yet.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-05-2009, 09:19 AM
More grading while I wait for another member to work their magic.


Close to RAW.
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Sequence%2004.jpg



GRADING
http://morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/WTCB/music.jpg



More CURVE.
http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc.jpg

The last two are fairly close but the last one just has a tad more pop! I like that one.



And here are a couple more that use the same curve as the last pic above. Including one new grab for comparison since it's not as dark.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc2.jpg

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc3.jpg

The bigger question is if I can get this done in time. We'll see.
I move in about 10 days and have yet to pack. :Drogar-Shock(DBG):

If I can't get the actors in line within that time (10 days) I will have to re-shoot everything since I'm using my house as the location. Silly, I know.

MAH

Sprocketboy
10-05-2009, 09:41 AM
The last thing I would be doing while moving is making a movie. Its insane - but possible. As for grading, the shot with "more curve" is best. Its subtle, but it pops the image out without making your highlights get too bright. Once they are too bright... its video time and the illusion of film is gone. The ballerina's shoulder is getting close to blowing out.

The fish tank in the darkness is very nice. The orange pieces inside match well with the warm lighting. A fish tank is a neat prop for lighting a scene. I may steal that one day.

Rodney V. Smith
10-05-2009, 10:41 AM
Mike: you're an insane person.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-05-2009, 11:03 AM
The last thing I would be doing while moving is making a movie. Its insane - but possible. As for grading, the shot with "more curve" is best. Its subtle, but it pops the image out without making your highlights get too bright. Once they are too bright... its video time and the illusion of film is gone. The ballerina's shoulder is getting close to blowing out.

The fish tank in the darkness is very nice. The orange pieces inside match well with the warm lighting. A fish tank is a neat prop for lighting a scene. I may steal that one day.
Yah, it's a very busy time but I did write the move into the script. :)
The tank is great. If I had a better camera for lowlight I think it would capture some of the shimmering effect a little better. Great prop indeed! :)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-05-2009, 11:03 AM
Mike: you're an insane person.
Have you been talking to my wife? :huh:

ZazaCast
10-05-2009, 11:07 AM
I will have to re-shoot everything since I'm using my house as the location. Silly, I know.

MAH

I hope you redecorate your bedroom in the new place...aren't you a little old for this kind of thing? :happy:

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-05-2009, 11:13 AM
I hope you redecorate your bedroom in the new place...aren't you a little old for this kind of thing? :happy:
Hey! It keeps me young. :happy:


My six year old wanted a cat for her birthday. We already have a dog so I talked her down to a couple of fish.
They're better actors.

Now I've had all the family pets in my DVXuser short films. :)

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 06:49 AM
UPDATE: Looks like I'm going to try and squeeze this in before I move.
Shooting is now set for Thursday and Friday night.
Hopefully everything else falls into place along the way.

I've already shot the opening scene, sans actors. Unless you count the fish. :)
I plan on going with natural light as I did in the grabs I posted. Hopefully it works out. It should surely speed up the process a bit and allow me some time to focus on other things.

MAH

Marlon Ladd
10-07-2009, 08:41 AM
UPDATE: Looks like I'm going to try and squeeze this in before I move.
Shooting is now set for Thursday and Friday night.
Hopefully everything else falls into place along the way.

I've already shot the opening scene, sans actors. Unless you count the fish. :)
I plan on going with natural light as I did in the grabs I posted. Hopefully it works out. It should surely speed up the process a bit and allow me some time to focus on other things.

MAH
Great!!!! Let me know if I can help in any way.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 03:53 PM
Thanks. I've got the house half packed so it should be fun to maneuver around. :)
It's do or die Thursday and Friday night. If I don't get everything shot then I'm going to have to scrap it. I think I can do it though...


MAH

Marlon Ladd
10-07-2009, 03:59 PM
You can do it. Don't scrap it no matter what.

Hey, you're in trouble btw! I saw where you cc'd some shots for somebody else. Where's mine?!!! I actually think I decided on a look though. I'll send you a grab or two in a bit.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 04:28 PM
You can do it. Don't scrap it no matter what.

Hey, you're in trouble btw! I saw where you cc'd some shots for somebody else. Where's mine?!!! I actually think I decided on a look though. I'll send you a grab or two in a bit.LOL! I did one of yours, remember? :)
I do owe you a couple though. Send me your CC work and I'll see if I should even bother. I'll probably love what you've done.
Looking forward to seeing them. :thumbup:

cinealma
10-07-2009, 04:35 PM
Mr. Horrigan, you know I'm a fan. I hope you can get this shot. I love the vibe in the shot of the room with the aquarium in it.

You can do it!


John G.

Rodney V. Smith
10-07-2009, 04:43 PM
Yeah, no giving up. You can do it Mike. If anyone of us can pull this kind of thing off: it's you.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 06:50 PM
Thanks guys! I'll do my best.
Updated the thread with a new title (Thanks, Jason!) and a new poster.

MAH

Rodney V. Smith
10-07-2009, 06:54 PM
I like the new poster. Funkadafied. The dot on the R is a little weird though.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 07:35 PM
I like the new poster. Funkadafied. The dot on the R is a little weird though.
It is isn't it. :happy:

Glad you like it.

MAH

ZazaCast
10-07-2009, 09:29 PM
:huh::huh:

O.K., what happened to the Hotel....this is a completely different film...yes?

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 09:35 PM
:huh::huh:

O.K., what happened to the Hotel....this is a completely different film...yes?
You haven't been keeping up with the updates in post #2 have you. :)

Yah, I had to drop the other one for a multitude of reasons. Had a breakthrough with a new script and managed to get all my ducks in a row.
I should be able to pull it off.

ZazaCast
10-07-2009, 09:37 PM
Alright then...good luck!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-07-2009, 09:43 PM
Alright then...good luck!
Thanks!

Are you officially out now? No last minute entry? There's still time....
Not much, I know.

ZazaCast
10-07-2009, 09:47 PM
Thanks!

Are you officially out now? No last minute entry? There's still time....
Not much, I know.

Well I was working on a little idea I liked to call, " Untitled Mummy Hooker Project"...but thought enough was enough...you know, with the Mangina and all?

Plus...it's hard to find a good mummy bobble-head!:happy:

Rodney V. Smith
10-07-2009, 10:00 PM
Abandoned scripts and replacements seem to be the underlying theme of this fest...

Sprocketboy
10-08-2009, 12:30 AM
I"m glad your putting your film into motion. I thought the house move was going to put damper on your plans.

Marlon Ladd
10-08-2009, 08:15 AM
I see you finally managed to put some work in, poster, title and all (nice!). Now get to filming!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-08-2009, 10:09 PM
I just want to thank fellow member; Denis Haineault, for coming out and lending a hand tonight. I've been doing nothing but looking over what we shot tonight and I'm REALLY happy thus far. I was shooting with nothing but existing practical lights around the house and so far so good.

He was great at lending a hand anywhere that was needed. Much appreciated!
Hopefully we'll wrap things up tomorrow.

Cheers,

MAH

Sprocketboy
10-08-2009, 10:36 PM
That sounds cool. There's a lot you can do with practicals if you are wise DP. And, there is no better genre to pull off that type of lighting. I'm sure it will have a unique, moody look to it. I know you will pull off commendable job. You haven't let me down yet.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-08-2009, 11:00 PM
That sounds cool. There's a lot you can do with practicals if you are wise DP. And, there is no better genre to pull off that type of lighting. I'm sure it will have a unique, moody look to it. I know you will pull off commendable job. You haven't let me down yet.

Thanks!

Here's a grab from tonight. Still playing with the grading.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Glass.jpg

Marlon Ladd
10-09-2009, 08:05 AM
Can't see the grab (at work again), but will check it out tonight. Glad to see you got some filming done!! This competition is gonna' be SICK with competition.

Denis Haineault
10-09-2009, 09:06 AM
Big thanks to Mike for having me over.

I really enjoyed meeting you and Ian (the dude in front if the camera). I always get a kick out of watching the director/actor interaction during a shoot, and for the first time, I got to see it live as opposed to the bonus material on a DVD :)

Looking forward to seeing the end result.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-09-2009, 01:08 PM
My pleasure. Hopefully you can make it out tonight.
One scene that we shot will have to be redone. Didn't come out as well as I wanted.
Won't take too long though and I can shoot it with just the lead if need be.

Everything else was perfect. :thumbup:

MAH

Denis Haineault
10-09-2009, 02:01 PM
Yup, I'll be there. I'll aim for 6:00'ish

Marlon Ladd
10-09-2009, 04:36 PM
Yup, I'll be there. I'll aim for 6:00'ish
Denis, glad to see you helping Mike out. He's got skills and too often (like most of us here) ends up having to do most, if not all of the work himself. Appreciatcha' man.

ZazaCast
10-09-2009, 06:17 PM
Denis, glad to see you helping Mike out. He's got skills and too often (like most of us here) ends up having to do most, if not all of the work himself. Appreciatcha' man.

What he said.... I wish there were more people like you in my area.
:beer:

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-09-2009, 10:33 PM
Denis was great! We got it wrapped tonight. I may need one or two more shots... maybe. I'll have to see what comes of the edit.

I know a local guy who may be able to do the two SFX shots I need but if anyone here is interested please let me know ASAP! A PM would be fine.

I'm tired. :)

I'm moving this week so I'm pretty much screwed if I need to go back and shoot too much. :nads:

TMerry
10-09-2009, 11:45 PM
Great to hear Michael! Love the new poster and word concept ;-)

EditPhish
10-09-2009, 11:52 PM
Congrats on the wrap!

Denis Haineault
10-10-2009, 06:54 AM
I enjoy helping out, and am starting to get a feel for how things flow, so I can be more productive later on when lending a hand. But Mike is the one doing the real work.


What he said.... I wish there were more people like you in my area.
:beer:

Yipes ! Your area would see a dramatic increase in weirdness...trust me.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-10-2009, 07:26 AM
I enjoy helping out, and am starting to get a feel for how things flow, so I can be more productive later on when lending a hand. But Mike is the one doing the real work.

Thanks, Denis! You were a big help though. Just having an extra pair of hands to grab a cable or hold the boom is far more than I usually have. :thumbup:
Not sure if you learned anything.... maybe what NOT to do. :D

Mike

Denis Haineault
10-10-2009, 07:58 AM
...Not sure if you learned anything.... maybe what NOT to do. :D

Mike

When we got Jen's voice, I told her to make sure not to make noise with the script pages as she read the lines. She looked at me with a "I've done this before you know".

There were no rocks in your kitchen for me to crawl under.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-10-2009, 07:59 AM
When we got Jen's voice, I told her to make sure not to make noise with the script pages as she read the lines. She looked at me with a "I've done this before you know".

There were no rocks in your kitchen for me to crawl under.
LOL! :grin:

Edit: What I meant by 'what NOT to do' is to not make the same mistakes that I do. :)

Denis Haineault
10-10-2009, 08:39 AM
LOL! :grin:

Edit: What I meant by 'what NOT to do' is to not make the same mistakes that I do. :)

If by mistakes you mean actually making movies (you), as opposed to just talk about making movies (me), then I aspire to making the same mistakes. :)

Marlon Ladd
10-10-2009, 12:07 PM
The new grab is sah-weeeet. I'm not gonna' let you get away with this though. You gotta' put up at least a couple more.

Rodney V. Smith
10-10-2009, 02:40 PM
Marlons rules for grabs: everyone must put up at least 5 screen grabs

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-10-2009, 07:06 PM
K, last one... :)

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/EYE.jpg

Playing with curves a bit too much maybe.

MAH

Zim
10-10-2009, 08:56 PM
Looking forward to seeing your film Mike.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-11-2009, 09:14 AM
Looking forward to seeing your film Mike.
Thanks.

I went to turn on my Mac today and it didn't power up. :Drogar-Shock(DBG):
Checked the power bar and tried again... nothing.
Wiggled the plug and it started up. It wasn't in all the way.

Scared the shit out of me.

MAH

Sprocketboy
10-11-2009, 09:41 AM
You just accounted my worse nightmare with a perfectly happy ending.

EditPhish
10-11-2009, 10:42 AM
Thanks.

I went to turn on my Mac today and it didn't power up. :Drogar-Shock(DBG):
Checked the power bar and tried again... nothing.
Wiggled the plug and it started up. It wasn't in all the way.

Scared the shi* out of me.

MAH

Now THERE'S a horror movie!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-11-2009, 10:12 PM
UPDATE: Got the first couples of minutes done, roughly half the movie. Most of the sound design for the opening as well. Now off to edit the second half.

Then to Herman for his magic touch while hopefully some FX shots are being worked on simultaneously.

PS - Packing blows!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Full edit now complete. Just have to polish the back end.
Came in well under time, around 4 minutes to be exact.

Getting the keys to the new house tomorrow so I'll be busy cleaning/fixing it up this week. I'll let this sit for a bit and then go back again with fresh eyes.

I'll be making make some changes in the flow before handing it over for Scoring/FX.
I just need it to sit for a bit first and then fix the minor details that start to nag at me.

MAH

Tom Marshall
10-13-2009, 01:01 AM
Hey Mike, good to hear that you're done with the edit and it's on track. At least one of us will have an entry... :beer:

Sarah Daly
10-13-2009, 02:40 AM
Lovin the grabs - can't wait to see this!

Denis Haineault
10-13-2009, 10:28 AM
Glad to see you've completed the edit. Completing this while preparing for a move is quite something.

I tip my virtual bald-spot hiding hat to you

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-13-2009, 09:09 PM
Thanks guys and girl. :)

The edit is not done yet, just the rough template. Although the first half is pretty solid.
I was too bust today cleaning up the house I'm about to move into this week. Tomorrow I'll be patching and painting.

I hope to get back to the edit Sunday night.

Cheers,

MAH

Marlon Ladd
10-15-2009, 08:06 AM
Man, you gotta' wait until Sunday? Will you even have enough energy to edit then? It's amazing that all of us are even getting films done this time around. It seems everybody has alot goin' on these past couple of months. We should all get a prize for just finishing - and to think me and Rodney were talking about trying to do 2. Yeah, right!

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-17-2009, 09:39 PM
All moved in.
Just a bit more unpacking and tidying up left to do.
I should have my Mac up and running tomorrow night. Then I'm off to finish the edit and work on the sound design a little more.

MAH

Rodney V. Smith
10-17-2009, 10:00 PM
welcome back Mike. Don;t you know you;re supposed to set your computer up the very FIRST thing? Even before you set up a desk...

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-17-2009, 10:09 PM
welcome back Mike. Don;t you know you;re supposed to set your computer up the very FIRST thing? Even before you set up a desk...
Too busy turning my six year old daughters room into a pink princess mess. :)

Geoff_R
10-19-2009, 12:08 AM
Anthony,

Looking forward to this one. I've been enjoying the films you've made here. What genre would you say this project would fall into?

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-20-2009, 12:26 PM
Anthony,

Looking forward to this one. I've been enjoying the films you've made here. What genre would you say this project would fall into?
Thanks, Geoff. I would put it under Sci-Fi.
Hoping to get back at it tonight.

MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-20-2009, 10:03 PM
Picture lock!

Busted my ass on it the last few hours after my daughter went to bed. Rendering now and then it's off to Herman for his magic touch.
I can't wait to hear what he comes up with for this one.

Now, if I can get the someone to do the 3 SFX shots needed, I'm in.

MAH

sfoster
10-22-2009, 03:21 PM
I'm just finally making my rounds to see all the threads and I must say, you have some interesting grabs! I can't wait to see it.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-22-2009, 05:09 PM
Thanks! Good luck in the fest. I've commented in most of the threads but may have missed yours. I remember something about a RED not RED camera. :)

I'll pop by later and see what you're up to.

MAH

Tom Marshall
10-22-2009, 09:20 PM
Picture lock!

Busted my ass on it the last few hours after my daughter went to bed. Rendering now and then it's off to Herman for his magic touch.
I can't wait to hear what he comes up with for this one.

Now, if I can get the someone to do the 3 SFX shots needed, I'm in.

MAH

What SFX shots are you looking to do?

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-23-2009, 09:53 PM
Thanks, Tom. Sent you a PM.

I've been getting some help with the VFX and I couldn't be happier. It's really starting to take shape. :)

Doing some more sound design to go along with it.

MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-24-2009, 04:03 PM
Got some VFX shots back from Justin. WOW! :eek:

For the people who have seen MAHLEN (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=171941) you know how talented he is.
I'm extremely pleased with what I'm seeing so far.

MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-24-2009, 09:07 PM
During the last Fest that I entered (TwilightFest) I did a bit of a breakdown as to how I made the short from beginning to end.
For those that might be interested I'm going to do a bit of the same for this one.

I'll start with the gear. Nothing fancy...

Shot the entire thing with the little Canon HV20. No adapters, stock.
Homemade dolly got a real workout this Fest.
Rented a sennheiser boom mic.
No lights for this one, just used practicals sitting around the house.
Pissy broken tri-pod. I should really get a new one. :)

As most shorts start mine blossomed with a simple idea. Since I was running into problems with my original concept I decided to run with this new one.
I really just wanted to get another short under my belt so I made some changes in order to make it happen.

So I got down to putting my ideas on paper and rounded up a small cast. I also found a great child actress that was really good to work with.
She was a real trooper and listened quite well. Ian was also quick to jump in which I really appreciated.

Now here's a brief breakdown for each of the grabs that I posted.


The first was a dolly shot. The room was lit with nothing but what you see. Just the light of the fish tank and the small lamp on the bookshelf.
There is also very little light coming in from the hallway in this shot. If memory serves I was locked at around 1/48 F2.6 in cinemode.

Staged the room exactly as I needed which took some time. Slow dolly in.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc2.jpg




This shot was lit as it was in the opening shot. Nothing more than the lamp above it.
Repositioned the dolly, adjusted the exposure a bit and took the shot.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc.jpg




Moved in closer. I wanted close to the same angle as the shot before it, just a bit of the ballerina in the reflection.
As you can deduce from the two shots, she's turning.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/pics/cc3.jpg




This shot was lit by a tall standing 60w lamp in the room, some noise pattern light from a flat screen LCD and possibly some scattered light from the adjacent kitchen.
We may have moved the lamp closer for this shot, I can't recall. Hand-held and zoomed in quite a bit for some DOF.
The hand and glass is fairly sharp while he remains quite out of focus for this shot, as does the table.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/Glass.jpg




This was a tripod shot with the identical lighting conditions as the previous shot above.
Save that his positioning was closer to the the light being cast from the kitchen. I may have added a small table lamp.
I'll have to ask Denis, he was a big help and might remember. Locked down the shot and grabbed focus.

http://www.morecowbellpictures.com/Pics/EYE.jpg

More to come later.

MAH

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-27-2009, 09:47 AM
A DVXFest wouldn't be the same for me if there wasn't some last minute madness. :eek:

The last VFX shot needs to be done and I need help as Justin is swamped with his own problems. Looking for help and sending out a few PM's.

I have a backup plan but that requires a different shot entirely. I'll shoot that today.

Not to worry Herman, the new shot (if needed) would just replace the final shot in the film that you have. :)

Breathe... Breathe...

Edgen
10-27-2009, 11:21 AM
i hate computers....

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-27-2009, 11:34 AM
i hate computers....
It's a love/hate relationship for me. I love to hate them.

:badputer:

Tom Marshall
10-27-2009, 03:24 PM
i hate computers....

What happened to your computer??

Michael Anthony Horrigan
10-27-2009, 06:33 PM
I think he's back up and running. At least I hope he is. :)

Herman is going to finish scoring my movie soon as well. Things are starting to fall into place.

MAH