2016 in review: Good friends and family members passed away. New family members and friends were born. Rest in peace to the ones who are now gone. Welcome little ones. :-)
In terms of work and art, 2016 had me do the following:
- Filmed several theatre performances
- Finished post-production on "GT Academy: Middle East Edition"
- Choreographed a bar brawl for a music video
- Acted as a zombie in a promo for Amazon's "Fear the Walking Dead"
- Produced two music videos, one of which I also directed
- Graduated from film school
- Finished production on my graduation film.
- Shot and produced numerous showreel scenes for actors
- Bought loads of new equipment including URSA Mini 4.6K camera.
- Trip to Amsterdam for IBC trade show.
- Trip to Spain (first time) which revived my passion for photography
- Improved my color correction skills
- Improved my Photoshop skills
- Took the time to read more books again and still refuse to buy a Kindle ;)
Here's to 2017. Looking forward to new exciting projects.
A last cold day of filming in 2016 is now complete. Looking forward to directing new exciting projects in 2017.
I've been spending the holiday season assembling my URSA Mini 4.6K, testing it and pre-producing my last filming session of 2016. On Friday, December 30th we have a showreel scene planned for three actor friends of mine. Below the photos is one of the test shots I did to which I applied a quick color grade.
UPDATE: I took the time to practice my colour grading skills and decided to update the grading of this video with a proper grade. I recommend the updated version here.
I just watched "Suicide Squad" and I couldn't help but notice that yet again, there was this same menace, that we keep seeing over and over again in blockbuster films that deal with the supernatural, be they Marvel, DC, Transformers or whatever other company that is set out to make a film about the destruction of the planet. It's always this tornado light beam, twisting and collecting debris. Ot it's a portal for spaceships. Or it's a huge shield that is hovering above earth. Something that's basically loading and almost exploding if it wasn't for super heroes saving the day one second before it's too late. Creating this race-against-time in a film is an old technique of storytelling and I really enjoy the suspense of it. Urging the protagonist to act quickly or else something really terrible will happen makes for some rapid and suspenseful storytelling. But please come up with something new, will ya'? Below are a few screenshots I took from some films in order to show you what I mean. I would post more examples, except for the fact that I'd be taking screenshots for the rest of my life. :-)
You've all seen this menace in films. Can you name further films that come to mind with the same destructive, loading light beam? "Star Wars" doesn't count. The Death Star is excused.