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The other day I was told of a bit of a horror story involving a film student director. Oddly every industry person I’ve spoken to has shared some similar tale of woe.

In this tale, actors had shown up to the shoot to discover nobody was around. The director rocked up nearly an hour late and proceeded to argue with the crew and generally was rude and defensive. Then about halfway through the scene he spat the dummy and left!

This is not the first time I have heard such tales, and it makes me wonder why it is that film schools tend to attract these prima donnas.

Clearly not all film students are like this, but so many are it raises questions about why these people are looking to make movies.

One of the most important lessons Winding City taught me about crews and cast us that you simply can’t let ego dominate. A film is the product of co-operation. Sure, there maybe one or two people driving things, but they need to be able to work well with others to get results.

I do feel that film-making is like writing- it’s not for fame, but the intent to create. Further to that, you aren’t a success if you get into film school. You are a success when you successfully make a film and the cast and crew want to come back and work with you again.

Film school provides experience, resources and contacts. Yet it sounds as if many students take these advantages for granted.

On the other hand, if you really want to make movies, you don’t need to go to school – you just need to make films.

I can only hope that I never make such a performance on set. For me, a set should be a fun place where people feel appreciated and creative. Here’s hoping that I can keep that atmosphere on my next shoot. 🙂

Conan

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It can tale time to flesh out a creative project, especially when you have to work at “repurposing” the project.

I had intended to complete my rewrites of Setting it Straight by now, however I have been a little blocked for the actual story.

I’m also working on casting. At the moment, shock horror, I’ve been toying with the thought of taking on the main part myself, mostly because I’m yet to find an actor who I feel could provide the right “tone.”

The thing is that I kind of don’t know if I’m as good as I might think I am. I haven’t acted professionally since I was 24 or so. I also tend to think it’s a bit up myself.

I could end up choking big time. 🙂

The other consideration is that it would make directing a challenge. While acting I’d be struggling to keep an eye on everything else in the scenes I’d be in.

I think what I will need to do is run my own audition, and be bluntly honest with myself about my ability. I wonder if I know someone who could be an unbiased party who could give me a second opinion.

Here is hoping I hear back from a couple of the actors who contacted me. 🙂

Conan

Yesterday I bought the Dead Like Me movie. Long time followers of my blogging will no doubt remember that I loved the quirky show about Grim Reapers in Seattle that was cruelly cancelled in its prime.

After several years if hard work, the show’s producers got the funds to make a straight to DVD movie with the hopes that it might go the way of Family Guy and be able to reignite interest in the show.

Unfortunately two of the original cast were not available, and the key creatives behind the sharp scripts and production weren’t either.

Sometimes it is best to know when the odds are against you. Yet this movie was still made. While the original cast do their best with a truly awful script and crap storyline, nothing manages to prevent this from feeling horribly awkward to watch and very weakly directed.

In short…

It’s a shit film.

Arrested Development, on the otherhand is proving to live up to the hype. I missed this show when it aired, but I find it to be incredibly fun to watch.

I’ll talk more on it after I gave finished watching season one.

Still kind of in a relationship malaise at the moment. I wonder if all these games and DVDs I’m getting is symptomatic of my feeling a tad empty? Or maybe I’m just a big old consumer. 🙂

See you all later! Have a great day!

Conan

Another day and a chance to relax. Last night I picked up The Sims 3 after having seen it being played. I have always had a thing for the Sims line – as have a lot of gamers.

I suspect it has something to do with being able to control the flow oftge Sims’ lives. Maybe it allows us to live our lives we’d like them to be.

For me it’s more to do with being able to tell interesting stories with a mini cast.

However I didn’t play for too long. I’m still hooked on inFamous. This is quite an impressive game.

It is faithful to the comicbook genre that is its inspiration, with a great backstory that continually unfolds as you play.

Moral choices are well handled too. Being a comicbook setting, the choices are black and white, but the interesting element is that when they arise the game freezes while the protagonist outlines the actions he can take and the likely consequences of his decision.

And being a comicbook, these pop up all the time. It gives the feeling that every choice and action carries weight within the game.

Now most if this is smoke and mirrors -it mostly has a mechanical effect on what powers become available, but it is handled well. There are also a good number of different missions that keep things from getting too repetitive.

The other cool element is that all the collectibles have a payoff. Either they give you more raw power or provide a voice recording that develops the backstory. And there are a good number of these.

On top of all this there are random events that just keep the world from
feeling mechanical. Television reports based on your actions as well as wider events, people who will run up to you and ask you to chase down thieves, walking into firefights between cops and gangs.. The game has a great feel to it.

Well that’s all for now. I am walking into town to look at some specials, maybe grab lunch. See y’all later.

Conan

I found my earphones! Ended up that they fell down behind my bed. *blush*

So I am now walking into work listening to the Skins soundtrack -among other albums.

It’s interesting walking in to work blogging on my iPhone while listening to music. We had a discussion at work yesterday about the new Star Trek movie, and the challenge to the design team that modern technology held for the original series devices.

After all, why have Tricorders the way they were in the original series- bulky tape recorder boxes compared to modern devices which have incredible usability and capability in comparison.

It presents an interesting thought about the future of technology. A few years ago Henley told me he felt humanity had reached a technology peak. Well that has been sufficiently disproven.

Speaking of technology, I started playing inFamous. Omg! That is one awesome game. The game is incredibly open, but what really makes it work is that something as simple as crossing the city is full of stunts and things to do.

The presentation is superb. Two thumbs up on that game. 🙂

Nick, Sarah and I also watched the first few episodes of Angel last night. Nick made a good point that the series has really held up well ten years later.

It’s still funny, creepy and relevant. Go Joss!

Although reading about the canon sixth series comics has made me realise how the series lost its way and fell to Whedon melodrama.

I love Joss’ work, but sometimes he gets too dark and can lose “the magic” so to speak. He usually comes out the other end fine, but I don’t always agree that the journey he takes needed to be taken.

Killing well liked characters is a great twist until it becomes expected. Then you need to find a new trick before going back to it.

Nathan Fillion says on the Dr Horrible commentary “it’s Joss! Somebody is going to die. Deal with it.” as if that’s a good thing.

When it gets to the point of being a trope if the writer it loses its effect and just becomes mean spirited.

To be blunt, I still feel that in Angel, when it happens to a certain character it felt like a death for the sake of a death. In other words, it was crap.

I get it, you want to get the audience feeling kicked in the teeth – but Joss, dude, pick your moments more sparingly. It gets to the point where I no longer want to invest in a character because someone is guaranteed to die.

Anyhoop, nearly at work. I’ll catch you all later! 🙂

Conan

Well it has been some time since I last updated this blog. Mostly due to a lot of work. I’ve been slaving away to organise this web show – of which we finally got our first shoot done! Yay! Only 15 odd more shoots to go, I estimate.

I would love to be wrong, but it’s hard to know. One of the problems with volunteer shoots is that people rarely make volunteer work their priority. You’re not being paid, so it’s hard to commit time when other things arise.

Which means I have to be organised well ahead of time to ensure that I can get all the cast together. I’d love to be able to find funding – but between writing scripts, arranging shoots, discussing lighting, ensuring that art is being designed and working my own job, it can get pretty difficult to find the time to look for funding.

I had searched out a number of likely leads – but because our show is not technically a film, and because it isn’t innately “New Zealand” in content other than being shot in Wellington… well none of the grants I could find would apply. Meaning… no money up front.

The other option is to approach retailers and companies – but I have nothing to show them yet. It’s in my plan to have press packages made once the first episode has been edited and produced. Then we’d send these to all the major newspapers and television stations – solicited of course, and I have a couple of contacts in the industry that might be able to help me figure out how to get that info – and use that package as a way of approaching businesses to offer them advertising on the site.

Which means I need someone who knows how to figure out pricing for advertising…

Oh, the many things to think about.

Anyhoop – the actual shoot itself went very well. We finished ahead of schedule and even managed to shoot an extra scene! The footage is great and we’re hoping it all comes together nicely. I’m really proud of the cast and crew – they have made me believe that this show really is going to get completed. Yay us!

In other news, I managed to track down two friends from the past thanks to the power of facebook. One is a guy who was my best friend in secondary school. We had a rather vocal and nasty falling out. I’ve sent him a message apologising for my foolishness in those years and offering to get back in touch. I fear he still is a bit… anti. Even though it has been near to sixteen years since we last spoke!

The other friend, I kind of forget what happened. I think I just drifted away.

This is a common theme in my life – a have a lot of friends who I just lost contact with.

Margie brought home some videos of her family, which she is planning to edit, and it made me realise how little record there is of my past. But it also reminded me of how different my childhood was from others.

In many ways, I spent a lot of my childhood waiting for something to happen. I rarely took action, and I was often talked out of any of my plans. I wanted to write, Mum’s support was tantamount to “you can do that when you’re older, you should be thinking about a real career.”

I was told to take up sports, when I showed an interest in fencing- “we can’t afford the gear, you will have to find something else.” The same went for my other extracirricular activities – except I managed to do Film Club, which was a lot of fun.

Of course I’m also to blame. I would often give up on things. I’d lose heart, or not really know what I was doing – and I wouldn’t ask for help. I think I just stopped feeling that anyone would come to help me. I don’t know for sure. It was something that I was having trouble with – committing to things.

With all the unrest and confusion of being a teenager, along with the confusion of my sexuality in an era where there was very little support and a mother who outright said one day ‘I can handle you wearing a dress in a play, as long as you don’t turn gay’ I guess I was feeling very isolated.

Not to mention my best friend was telling me it was unnatural – just when I was developing a confused crush on him. *sigh*

Oddly this all ties back. I don’t so much regret my past – it’s done, not much you can do to change it. But I sometimes wish I could do it again with the knowledge I have now – see if I could change myself more than the world around me.

But it also ties in with now. Here I am taking on a MAJOR project and I’m feeling a little alone again. See, I have people offering to help, but I’m not very good at pushing for things or getting them to follow up on things to make it easier on me. Which means when I can’t lock in dates or get people together in one go – it gets me overwhelmed. On top of that, this current script is a bitch to slog through because I have had to dramatically rewrite the entire thing.

I actually want to not be working at TCL, and just be at home writing. I want to be writing full time, because then I can get through this and it is what makes me happy.

I want to have the funding so that I can afford to leave my job and do this full time – lead into a professional career.

But I also fear that I’m not really that good. That I’m riding on a fantasy. Where does that leave me? Never happy in any other job, and just wanting to go to sleep.

I wonder how many people find themselves in that position? Sometimes I just don’t feel like I think like anyone else around me – and that there is some “thing” I don’t get.

That isolation again.

I wonder how I would have turned out if I had been born ten years later than I was. Would I have been a better person? More confident in my abilities?

Would I have been as caring as I am?

When I was in my teens, I was waiting for something. It never happened. When I took action, my life fell apart. I left home in less than favourable circumstances, I lost my best friend and I lived in a roach infested apartment for about a year, where nothing happened.

I’m now thirty-four, the oldest friend I have is from about 1995 – and I’m not sure we are what I would term as best friends. Right now, I am feeling a little isolated again. Sure I have a lot of friends – but none that I feel are as close as to be what I would term “best friend.”

I don’t really have a friend who comes around every week and who I keep constant contact with about my life and his/her life.

I’m now thirty-four and I’m thinking about how I’m unlikely to ever have a family of my own. Unlikely to find anyone to be in a partnership with… and at this point I worry I will be very much alone when I’m old and in some retirement home.

It’s tough to keep your chin up when in this state. I don’t want to go back to work on Monday. I want to make this show I’m developing really work. I fear I have placed so much of my future happiness on its success. And I fear that my feelings of isolation will drive me to sabotage it if I don’t keep an eye out.

Maybe the reason I’m trying to reconnect with my old best friend is out of some naive hope that I can really bury that part of my past. Because the feelings linger still. I need to just lay it to rest.

I need to also find a way out of this cocoon I’m building for myself too. I need to stop making myself isolated.

Sorry for being so downer here – it’s what has been on my mind recently. It will pass, I’m sure.

All the best for the holidays…

Conan

I love the 48 hours challenge. For the last few years I have really wanted to be involved, but time and work often got in the way until last year when I finally got the opportunity to work with Gino and his team to create a movie.

As I noted back then, it was an enjoyable and exciting experience that cemented in me the knowledge that creating films was what I wanted to do – and was something I had a knack for.

This year due to Gino and Viv’s new bundle of joy, Rebel Faction was not able to make a return appearance, but Margie was entering the competition again and I was keen to sign up.

A couple of my friends entered this year, but the benefit of Margie’s team was that it was a small crew. While larger teams can be a bit more sophisticated with their films, I feel that individuals involved miss out on benefiting from the full experience.

We went with the name Tuk Tuk Inferno for our team after Margie suggested it (inspired by a truly bizarre chase sequence in Ong Bak) and both Ming and I (who were given the roles of Producers) loved it.

I feel that our key goal this year was to keep everything simple. We wanted to enjoy the weekend, learn new skills and give everyone an opportunity to provide positive input into our production.

Following the experience last year with Rebel Faction, it was important to me to keep everyone focused and organised. Fortunately, all of our team members were on the same page with this.

To this end, I had secretly decided that I would ensure that everyone got at least six hours sleep each night. This was vital to me, as a good night’s sleep produces better results the following day.

Friday

Unfortunately a serious anxiety based illness from work had me laid up on the couch at home on the Friday – and I was worried I would be too ill to do the challenge. Fortunately my new work is very understanding and let me take the day off to rest up.

About 7:03pm I got the word – our genre was Time Travel, the character was Kerry Post, a perfectionist, the prop was a brush and the line was “wait a minute…”

I was initially panicked. Time Travel? That’s not really a genre at all. Worst, it’s possibly the crappest genre for a short film because you don’t really have a lot of screen time to tell a story without risking being too obtuse. I immediately started wracking my brain for ideas to suggest.

I txted Lynn and Kent – who had agreed to help out with acting in the film – and they were almost about to not come over. But when I informed them of the genre – they were in the car and on their way.

Once Ming, Margie and her Dad arrived we sat down and began brainstorming. We ran a gamut of ideas and initially closed in on a concept that was challenging but viable. When Lynn and Kent showed up we shared our ideas and kept working away.

It was at this point that I felt it was important to keep everyone focused – A lot of good ideas were coming out, but I wanted us to have a script written by midnight at the latest. To this end, Margie and I reiterated that we wanted to keep the story simple. We had a maximum of seven minutes. I pointed out that a 48 hour film should be like a short story – it doesn’t need complex layers, it just needs to focus on one or maybe two key ideas and stick with those. We chose to focus on a romance story and a theme of a day-in-the-life.

Margie noted down scenes as we hashed out a quasi-treatment of the film, noting down amusing dialogue that people came up with and such. Then while Margie and Ming worked on setting things up for the next day, I wrote the script in the next forty-five minutes.

Once the initial script was written, I read it out to Margie and Ming, making changes as they suggested them – by the way Celtx is a brilliant piece of software for scriptwriters.

We went to bed around 11:30pm pleased with our script and having arranged for everyone to meet at our place by 8:30am.

Saturday

Again, organisation came to the fore. We knew we wanted to have all the principle photography and rough edit done on the Saturday. Keeping to our motto of keeping things simple, the plan was to make a kind of Sapphire and Steel/Doctor Who kind of show where most of the effects were editing cuts and sound effects – along with some lighting.

People started gathering in the morning, and we took stock of our equipment, planned our locations – wisely sticking to two locations. Once all the cast and crew were assembled, we ran the team through the script again taking notes when people suggested alterations.

It was cool how, with such a small team of 10 or so people, everyone had the opportunity to suggest ideas and give input on the film.

We all piled into cars and headed over to the restaurant where a good portion of our story was going to take place.

This was when we came across a hiccup – the restaurant was not laid out the way any of us remembered it. Whoops!

We started shooting, after replanning scenes to suit the location, when it quickly became apparent that something wasn’t working for Margie, who was the director. It was time for me to step up to the producer role and we went away to talk in private about her concerns.

It turned out that Margie was having trouble linking the scenes we had shot together. While I, who was thinking like an editor, was piecing everything together, Margie needed to have things link a little more closely. We talked about this and I stressed that it was important to me that Margie makes the film her way – and that we could just go back and reshoot if we needed to. It was my job to remind her of how much time we had the restaurant for, but she should just choose how to shoot the film.

We came back and Margie went back to the script and replanned the shoots to suit how she envisioned the film. I pointed out where I could edit in footage we had already shot – meaning that we were able to get moving.

It ended up that this worked to our advantage – because we had shot two scenes with a key character facing the wrong way for our story to work!

We took a break for Nandos, then went back to shooting – with everyone putting in an incredible amount of effort and energy to deliver. Special mention has to go to Sharon – an actress I sourced through advertising on the 48 hours forums – she was a real trooper, providing lighting help and make-up, and willingly having a door slammed in her face about six to eight times. (It ended up that her father had used to play the same prank by pretending he had been hit in the face by a door when she was a kid, so she was very skilled at making it look convincing.) Also, Sharon was amazing when it came to direction. When Margie told her what needed to be done in a scene, Sharon would deliver it first hit!

I should also credit Anton for being amazingly still in a shot when we needed it to look like time had frozen. He was impressive.

We finally wrapped up that location with about thirty minutes before the restaurant was due to open. Everyone piled into cars and headed back to our place for the rest of the shoot.

Once again, planning was our friend. While the team sorted out gear, some pick-up shots and dinner, I was transferring all the restaurant footage onto computer and began the early stages of our rough cut.

After dinner, we shot the final scenes – where all our cast showed that they could be genuine and convincing actors. There is a scene with Sharon and Kent that is genuinely touching and felt *real* – Margie and I are both really proud of the work those two did in that scene.

Once everyone had left, I finished transferring footage and built a rough timeline of the scenes we wanted. Margie, Ming and I then sat down and cut the hour and half of footage down to a more manageable length and decided to head to bed around midnight.

Sunday

When I got up at 7:30ish, I immediately went online to hunt out sound effects and check up on the legality of using music loops from Garageband.

I then started working on the editing.

I had decided early on that I wanted to show that while iMovie is a basic commercial editing suite for home use, it could be used to make genuinely good films. After all, the Cannes Film Festival 2004 hit, Tarnation, was made for $218 and edited with iMovie…

In regards to that, iMovie is an incredibly easy tool to use, and I soon had a good cut of the film with music and sound effects all ready by around 10:30pm. Jon came around to shoot a short pick up sequence, which we slipped into the edit, I tweaked a few scenes and added some sound effects for our time-stop white-outs – then it was time to render the film and transfer it back to tape.

We finally had a complete movie ready by 2:30pm. I was surprised. It wasn’t an ambitious piece, but it was something I was proud of.

Around 4-4:30pm, Margie and Ming departed to hand in the tape, and I chilled out for the rest of the day – pleased as punch.

Afterthoughts and Thanks

Ultimately, I learned a lot over the 48 hour experience this year. The first thing is to have trust in your team, and make sure that you make them just as passionate as you are about your project.

I think everyone in our team felt like they were integral to the creative process. We were fairly fluid in how we handled roles – really focusing on the film itself.

Time Management is central – but it isn’t just about time spent making the film, it is also about making sure a good amount of time is spent *not* on making the film. When our team was working on the film, they were putting everything into it. By ensuring that they had some down time, we ended up making sure that the time spent filming, editing and planning was used efficiently and productively.

Pick an idea, stick with it and make sure everyone is satisfied – I hear about so many teams who brainstorm and compromise in a hurry to get done, and some teams who spend forever throwing ideas around. It clearly helps to have a producer/director sitting with the script-writers and telling them when it is time to just start writing the story. Both years I have worked on we have had producers step in and say to the writers when they should start just sticking to an idea. Part of this is about spotting when an idea is just going to go bad before it goes bad.

Keep it simple. There are some impressive and complex films made during 48 hours – but these tend to come from experienced professionals. And sometimes they don’t win. Looking at what has won in the past, I knew that simple concepts work best. You only have seven minutes at the most – You can either explore a single concept and do it well, or try to show all your ideas and kind of lose the audience. I hope that our film this year was simple enough, but interesting enough.

Remember that it is about having fun as much as being in a competition. I think this is where our team really shone. Everyone was kept involved with the process and free to provide input. We all just wanted to have a great weekend – and I believe we did. 🙂

I want to thank everyone who worked on our team and helped us out. It was a really enjoyable experience this year and has further influenced me to ensure that I get off my tush and get TWC made! 🙂

Love and Huggles

Conan

Well Winnie is up to it again – claiming to be above political showboating by being a political showboat. As many had predicted, the recent police raids have set off a storm of political huffing and puffing across the country.
The thing is that while the Maori party is trying to decry racist actions on behalf of the police and government, the evidence on the ground is rather light. It seems to be a case of trying to pre-empt any backlash that may arise.
What they haven’t counted on is Winston Peter’s ability to spot the political hot topics that mainstream New Zealand is concerned about and then exploit it to gain their support. Darn it if he hasn’t hit upon a formula and knows how to use it.
Some of what he has said has a certain agreeability to it – and his Maori heritage wont be hurting his cause either. Here is Winston standing before White Middle Class New Zealand saying “look, I learnt to join the group and be a New Zealander first. I understand you.”
His party may look dire in the polls – but this is not uncommon for NZ First. What the Maori Party needs to learn is to play the MMP game the way Winston does. He’s a survivor and knows how to negotiate to keep in parliament.
Personally, I find him an odious man – but I do think that he’s got it right. This is not about racism, but rather it is about generating a new kind of racism.
What I don’t agree with is his view that there shouldn’t be a Maori Party. I feel that Maori have genuine issues culturally and historically, and we live in a country where certain promises were made by the founders of our nation. The Maori need to have someone who represents their concerns in parliament. But they need leaders who will negotiate and talk. Not stand up and threaten or demand. The Maori Party could benefit from finding some allies to help build a future for Maori that is inclusive with the rest of the country.
Winston is no stranger to playing the racism game in politics – if Pita and Turia think they can win by taking on his comments, then they seriously have underestimated his understanding of politics. Their current statements are feeding seperatist thinking and worrying a large number of New Zealanders. Winston Peters knows this and is willing to manipulate it to get his party back in the spotlight.
Rather than targetting the police, Winston Peters or Government – maybe they need to look at how Tame Iti and friends have damaged Maori Mana. Regardless of their guilt, Tame Iti and his friends actions were stupid enough to stir up a hornets nest of trouble that has lowered views of Maori activists and environmentalists across the country. Hell, more people marched for Destiny Chruch’s anti Civil Union protests than for the Urewera 17.
That should be concerning. Most New Zealanders want resolution, regardless of race. For that to happen, we all need to stop going to the knee-jerk reactions and start thinking about how to help each other and compromise. The Maori Party is in the position to start the move to reconciliation – but for that to happen they need to stop trying to play the racism argument at every opportunity, and start thinking about how Maori interests can unify with the rest of the nation rather than work against it.
This can be aided by working to educate NON-Maori in Maori culture. Learning to communicate why such issues as the Foreshore and Seabed aren’t necessarily a threat to non-Maori. Show how money from treaty settlements have helped Iwi become a part of the nation – for example, my boss is involved with several groups that have wisely invested money to generate Maori owned and operated businesses that benefit both Iwi and the country.
Conan

Currently Reading: Promethean: The Created
Currently Playing: Nothing yet.

Mood: Worried about the state of the country…

So tonight was when our heat was playing at the Paramount. *whew* It was a bit nerve wracking. There were a number of really interesting films, and some really not so good films.

All in all, it seems that everyone had a lot of fun making their movies – some will be forever burned into my mind (Supertran, I’m looking at you…) and others were somewhat forgettable.

We were fortunate enough to have a very slick but very pointless “horror” flick before our movie, so the comedy of Hypochondriacs – the Walking Goldmines really hit a mark. People laughed and it seemed that the entire theatre applauded at the end of our film. In fact I got the sneaking suspicion that we got the loudest applause of all the films that played. But that could have been my imagination.

The presenter certainly liked it and made a comment that it had something for everyone – and we got more raucous applause when we were asked to stand up. 🙂 So fingers crossed that we at least make it to the top 40 films to be chosen before the finals.

The film really managed to stand up well against the competition, and I was pleased with it – although I can see where we need to improve some things. Hopefully Project TWC will help us develop the necessary skills to up our game. 😀

It was hard to vote for films I liked – there were a number of great movies to choose from. I ended up choosing Supertran – for being a memorable GBLT entry, and for being kind of funny in parts. (That moustache did make him look hot…) My other choice was Oh Illium… which was an atrocious film but very funny. And there was a kind of hot guy in it. LOL!

I probably should have voted for Homekill, but the revenge seeking hedgehog was likely to get a lot of votes anyway… 😀

So yay! Here’s hoping that all went well, and that we get to the next stage!

Love and Huggles

Conan

Currently Reading: iMovie HD the Missing Manual
Currently Playing: Exalted: Nexus of the Sun
Mood: All warm and fuzzy!

It has been on the books for some time – I was planning to eventually upgrade to a new computer. An iMac to be exact.

Well the high from doing the 48hour Film Challenge has ended up being the unexpected instigator of change. I went looking at video cameras and realised that I would also need some serious hardware to do even semi-decent editing. Thus when I looked at the monthly cost to upgrade my computer and get a camera, it was an easy decision. 🙂

So here I am typing on Uriel, my new iMac computer. It is a very sexy little machine (and the free ipod nano was a great surprise to get. 🙂 )

Now I’ve downloaded the powerful Celtx software that I used to help plan out the scenes and shots for the weekend, and I will be saving up for Final Cut Express… The plan is to practice and prepare for application to the Film School next year. I want to work on a few personal projects first and further develop my understanding of media before I apply.

Also it will mean that I’m more prepared for next years 48 hour challenge, which I will definitely be intending to participate in. 😀

On that note, I’m working on a web-project concept (gotta love Macs) which would be a monthly 5-6 minute episodic series based in Wellington. The current concept is about 12-15 episodes… but I need to think a little more on it. I’ll be inviting friends and the like who are keen to get some movie-making practice in with a little web project. 🙂

I’ll reveal more once I have the concept further developed. 😀

Love and Huggles

Conan

Currently Reading: Manual of Exalted Power: The Lunars
Currently Playing: Exalted: Nexus of the Sun
Mood: All fired up!

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