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    My two first semester films. Both of them on silent and shot on a Bolex Deluxe. It's the only time I've gotten to shoot on film so far due to covid, and we didn't even get to edit it by actually cutting the film and had to work with digital prints.



    This first film here (I posted it awhile back, I think) was challenging to shoot because it's all outdoors and the thing about video is dealing with the brightness of the sky. Even with digital it's very tricky to not blow it out, and it's inconsistent. Some of the shots here ended up washed out, not only because it was insanely bright during filming, but also because I reading the wrong part of the light meter when I had the High Slide in. A high slide is a little metal slide with some small holes that you use when you're outside and it's so bright your light meter registers off the scale, so several shots end up over exposed.






    This second film took a lot more planning. For those who have never shot on film before, it is INSANELY hard to shoot interiors. Kind of the opposite problem as shooting exteriors during the day is the total absense of light. To properly expose a small room with light you need at least 1600 lumens, but closer to 2000 lumens. The average LED lightbulbs fall between 250-500 lumens. I was going for a chiaroscuro effect for much of this film (strong contrast between light and dark) so to achieve that effect I bought a 1000 lumen bulb (which at ten feet away barely registered on the light meter at all, so I typically had to keep the light within 5 feet of my actor) and black cardstock and taped it around the shade of my snake lamp, effectively making a really big shade to keep the light directed and strong...basically ghetto barn doors.






    Some shots are definitely too dark and you can only bring them up so much in post before they get extremely grainy with film. I cheated with certain shots due to only having the ability to film so much. We only had 6 minutes of film on two reels and the film had to be 2-3 minutes long so there isn't much room for error or extra takes or coverage shots. Some shots I planned didn't turn out so well in execution, others turned out pretty good. But these films are really about learning from your mistakes anyways and I definitely learned a lot making this film. And my friend's daughter who is in this still hasn't watched it because she's afraid it'll be real embarrassing. She did fine! If there's anything embarrassing, it's my shitty acting while filming myself in my second semester film from last year!
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    Over the next few weeks I'll be dropping what...5 films? 6? I've lost count! (Interesting fact I spent 2 hours trying to fix a rendering glitch during THE LAST SHOT, and it's a beauty!)


    ASSIGNMENT: In groups of five, compile a list of words. Then each member films those words, either as literal, symbolic, metaphorical, or abstract as we want. Then we pooled together all of our footage and we had to create our own 3-5min film from it. Despite having the same footage all of our films should be quite different. For our shooting we all opted to compared and contrast nature with urban, natural vs artificial, and the like.

    --Words List--



    1. Consumption
    2. Destruction
    3. Flight
    4. Landscape/Cityscape
    5. Lights
    6. Reflections
    7. Rough
    8. Smooth
    9. Tendril
    10. Texture
    11. Water
    12. Wind


    Filmed by Me, Andrea, Julia, Kai & Miles


    Music is a medley I mixed of Silent Hill music as composed by the great Akira Yamaoka ft. "Fear of the Dark" (Silent Hill), "White Noiz" (Silent Hill 2), "Forest" (Silent Hill 2), "Black Fairy" (Silent Hill 2), "World of Madness" (Silent Hill 2), "Noone Love You" (Silent Hill 2), "Heaven's Night" (Silent Hill 2), "Day of Night" (Silent Hill 2), and "Breeze in Monochrome Night" (Silent Hill 3)

    NOTE - DESIGNED FOR HEADPHONES. Wear headphones for optimal experience.

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    Not a school project. I just noticed this falcon outside. It seemed to have already had it's fill of the seagull though. I'd have loved to have gotten some footage of it eating.

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    It's about that time of the semester when I start dropping all my films. I have this one now, and I'll have another one to drop Friday. Then I'll have my final two coming next week. It's been a very busy term!








    Assignment: Create a video portrait of a person or place that is 3-5mins long (I went a little over!), with a strong focus on sound. I chose to film my 8-month old niece. While I got plenty of great footage, ultimately a lot of great stuff went on the cutting room floor. My original assembly cut was over 18 minutes long, taken from about two hours of video. My rough cut got that down to about 5:15. However, there was nearly two minutes of footage I really wanted to include so I cut myself out another 35 seconds, deleted a few clips, and managed to squeeze the best of it in to 5:10...5:25 with the little outro I added. All in all I think this came together almost perfectly.

    I didn't want to add any music originally, but the problem with recording a baby when its parents are cooking, cleaning, working from home, is that getting clean audio whenever I'm recording was nigh impossible. I had to trim around so much unwanted noise, use audio effects to drown out faucets and dishwashers. Also, when you're recording at any opportune moment...sometimes you forget to switch on your shotgun mic and that great footage has zero sound. So I had to string together a little montage for music to cover up the bad audio. I didn't want to choose some kids music or anything cliche, so I opted for Images pour orchestra II, Iberia, by Claude Debussy. It's one of my favourite pieces and the segment I took offers some complement to beauty with some playfulness. And the little Aurora riff at the end, considering that's her namesake, well I had to do that. Don't you copyright strike me for that, YouTube!
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    Here is my mini-doc production




    Assignment: Create a 3-5 minute doc (we went a little over that!) where the primary purpose is to interview someone. We had to stage the interview, light it ourselves. The only real drawback here is our sound. My partner's job was to get the sound equipment from the school, a recording, lavalier microphones, and a boom mic, since I'm several cities away and it's easier for them. They had issues, and then the order was wrong, and really I think they dropped the ball on actually picking it up and kept putting it off or forgetting to do it. Our sound guy had a pretty decent microphone and it's much better than in camera sound, but if we had of had lavalier mics and a boom it could sound so much better. Also the person doing the picture edit took too long so between our sound editor and me doing all the colour grading as cinematographer, we had less than 48 hours to do our post-production. All in all it still turned out pretty good considering what we had to work with. All I know is that if we get a low mark it ain't got anything to do with me! I think the picture edit would have gone better if we'd prepared for the interview more. The interview ended up going for like 80 minutes for a 5 minute film. So sifting through all for the meat couldn't have been easy. If the director was on top of the production we'd have conducted a tight 20 minutes interview so editing would be easier. Oh well...that's all part of the learning experience for everyone at the school.
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    Here is the first film from my second semester. I actually finished it a few weeks ago. I was the film editor. We just finished shooting what I'm considering my first actual movie that I director with actors and a small crew. It'll likely be about two weeks until my editor is finished with it.






    ASSIGNMENT: Create a video about someone missing someone else. We cannot use dialogue, and we cannot use text to inform the audience of the story, character, or meaning.

    We literally had no turnover time for this assignment. We were given the assignment and we had to have a script or outline done in 5 days and have a production meeting with the professor after a week, then we had 7 days to make changes, film, and then do the picture and sound edit.
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    Some screencaps from the first film I directed. I made the costume, which was surprising difficult to make it look just right.



















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    Here is the film I directed


    A Moored






    ASSIGNMENT: Person A loves Person B, but person B doesn't know. We can only use two locations, two actors, and we cannot use dialogue.
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    Well, it's about that time I start uploading films again. We filmed two interviews and a bunch of b-roll for our interview with Doc of Doc's Leathers in Toronto. I am director of photography/camera operator for the project. This is an unedited snippet at the start of our second day of interviews. This interview shot will really pop once I colour correct it.




    We have one more day of interview to shot with someone else. Then it's just a matter of editing down like 2 hours or so of interview into 10-12 minutes. That sounds harder than it will be. He rambled a bit and repeated some stuff between both days. I'd say of the 2 hours we can easily toss 40 minutes of it. Then we'll have to find a good narrative line.

    But we think we will have enough material to make a longer cut of like 25-30 minutes so that we can submit it to some festivals.
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    Good stuff, Matt. I'll check these out later today.

    Can I go Armand White on them after I watch them

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    Let's get a little crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fernandito View Post
    Good stuff, Matt. I'll check these out later today.

    Can I go Armand White on them after I watch them

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    I expect nothing but exultation and boundless praise.
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    I put together a little sample of what the colour correction on our documentary footage will look like once we're picture locked. This is just adjusting the luminosity and not actually adjusting the colour itself and it looks much better already. It's not perfect because it's just an example. In the last 15 seconds you can see the effect of the two masks I put on, to dim the green bankers lamp that is blown out, and the mask to brighten up Doc's face behind the counter. The doc will be totally done in two weeks. The director/editor are just wrapping up the final stages of the edit.

    (it might not play due to it being unlisted so you'll have to click watch on YouTube)



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    I made a mock credits sequence for film tech class using B-Roll footage from our documentary.

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    After two months of work, here is our short documentary!

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    Congratulations, Matt! I know you guys have been working hard on it.
    A NEW GAME BEGINS

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