A Model Solution: The Release Cut

…I just finished printing the release cut from our 48 Hour Film, A Model Solution.

I spent some time today learning how to use LiveType to make the end credits, and while I had the timeline open, I trimmed some scenes to make them less boring. (Yes, although I attribute some of it to exhaustion, I did find that I was consistently going to sleep during the same portion of the film each time I watched it — literally!)

So it’s a little tighter (although still nearly 9 minutes rather than 7) and the sound design is much cleaner (although it could stand to have another 8 hours spent on it to add the polish it deserves), and I like it enough now to allow it to be seen by others.

The film will be seen by an audience on Oct 1st in Second Life and on Livestream. I know my team is excited about it. I think we’ll have fun there.

—v

48 Hour Film Completed

…on this date I turned in the first 48 Hour Film I’ve completed in several years. (Not because I’ve been failing all this time, but because I have been ineligible to compete for about 5 years as the City Producer for San Jose.)

This is also the first film I’ve submitted that I produced, directed, and edited.

I’m coming to know myself as adept at directing, and although editing is not the primary top skill I possess in the craft, I certainly can do it, and today I reached a new height in my ability to work on a project. Most of today in fact, was spent cutting the scenes required to make the film, and assembling them so that they make sense and have something resembling a decent sound mix.

On the sound mix front, I think maybe I missed the mark, but with a little work later, I can get a release cut of this film that will present decent sound design.

I feel powerful right now — I took this on and although we got to the finish line late and with a film that’s longer than the specification, I’m pleased with it. So is the team.

—v

The San Jose 48 Hour Film Project Highlights

…on this date we hold the highlights and awards for the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project in San Jose.

The show is in the Theatre on San Pedro, and we have about 80 people in the house for the show.

Tonight we’ll have a chance to honor Christian Pizzirani who wrote and directed the excellent “Oh Negative” as his cast will win nice awards and he’ll be recognized as the creator of the winning ArtShots entry from the past year.

We’ll also have a chance to recognize Patrick Crowley and Gianze Perez for their work on Dead Weight Man and for their contribution to the event through social media.

The big winners on this night are R-Cubed which seemed to be nominated for virtually everything, Moonlight which will bring Richard Lopez awards for cinematography and editing, and Give Me A Sign which will win award for Best Film.

A good night.