Man, what a night. Bumped the film over to H.264 in anticipation of downloading The Traveler. Check the file. All my beautifully graded night shots look like they were photographed in a coal mine with a flashlight! What the...!
Spent the hours from 9:00PM until four this morning reworking, re-grading and finally got things straightened out - I think. I was so tired I had trouble staying awake long enough to view the film in its entirety, all 5 minutes 58 seconds of it.
Thanks to all co-workers, friends and family who worked on this project. I hope you all had as much fun as I did.
Good luck to everybody who made it in and to those still struggling to meet the deadline. I feel your pain.
Thread: The Traveler
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10-28-2011 07:53 AM"If they move, kill'em!"
10-29-2011 01:22 PM
10-29-2011 04:47 PM
A little unnerving, huh?
10-30-2011 07:37 PM
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- Sep 2010
Enjoyed your film. What did you use for the train scene.
10-30-2011 08:34 PM
Freaking awesome, i loved this short. It was so alfred hitchcock/twilight zone and those are two of my favs of all time.
But you put your own spin on it, the old guy was great, i'd watch a whole show of him giving people what they deserve,
it was so fun. You went to town on the CGI as always, and even though some of it was not 100% convincing, it was still really inventive
and totally worked. The trains scene, the deaths, very cool.
Here is the one thing I did not like, but I came up with the best solution ever:
I didn't like your color grading, or the overall color scheme of the interior of the diner and the people's clothes. It needed some sort of a "look", something to tie the colors together.
More importantly, the fact that you were doing a 50's throwback... i think you missed the most obvious thing - convert the movie to black and white!
I converted it to black and white in quicktime, then rewatched the film and it makes a HUGE difference. Your film totally feels old school and all the effects even look better because they are more subtle. My 2 cents. Lose the color.
Otherwise, great man!Matt Harris
Director / Composer / Colorist / Motion graphics
DVXFEST ENTRIES: GLASSJAW / CABIN / CLARA / THE SOLUTION / LAKE WICWAS / BACKFIRE
BOUNTY ON A DEAD MAN'S HEAD / VACCINE / NO HORIZON / THE BOATSHED / CLEAR SPACE
10-30-2011 09:17 PM
Interesting idea, Matt. I've watched this on computer monitors, a 40 foot theater screen and on blu-ray on a 52 inch monitor. It looks different on everything. I was happiest on the blu-ray. Maybe black and white is the answer. The colors in the diner were kind of there and a repaint wasn't in the cards, needless to say. To me the color remined me of the original Blob, garish and very fifties. I'll do an alternate B&W version on the Blu-ray disk I make for the cast and crew and see what the reaction is.
Glad you liked our effort and thanks for the review..
Joe, the train scene started out as a photograph of a railroad crossing near my house taken at dusk. I reworked it in Photoshop to make it a night scene. The train and the car are three dimensional CG models inserted into the scene in AfterEffects after they were animated. The biggest challenge was getting the perpective to match the tracks in the photo. The fire and debris was added along with motion blur and some distortion of the car model during the crash. If you don't blink you can see the woman victim inside the car just before the crash. She was shot on greenscreen and insterted into the shot via AfterEffects."If they move, kill'em!"
10-31-2011 04:05 PM
That was a fun one, everything worked for me, especially the style. I really enjoyed it.
10-31-2011 05:07 PM
Definitely a fun film, I enjoyed watching it.
What I liked - classing older film style (though as stated above working that color grade could bring it to a whole new level) I think the main guy did a really good job, very convincing and just a cool character overall. The story in itself was really good, a lot of the sound was very good and synced perfectly. Also, FX stuff is hard to make work and some of yours worked really well.
What I didn't like as much - On the flip side of the FX stuff some wasn't as believable, but there is some forgiveness in that due to timeframe and budget stuff. I didn't like the line of the cop when he asked if she was depressed, sad, glad, mad, bad, rad ;) it rhymed a TAD bit too much, and was too "happy" for me.
Oh also I really liked the titles in the beginning, really helped set the mood.
Overall fun to watch, I think if you looked into B&W or grading it a little more I think it would add a lot, but still a solid piece, good work!