Thursday, 22 May 2014

A little something for you...


Tim here. Now that the sound is with Ean and the visuals are with OnSight, Miriam and I are currently working on other background things such as festival submission preparations until our presences are requested.

So, instead of news we thought we'd provide you with some exclusive Selective Listening iPhone wallpapers featuring Harrison & the toys...

iPhone 5:

iPhone 4:




Apologies if you don't have an iPhone, but hopefully they will also work on your screen too!

Monday, 12 May 2014

"We'll sort it in post..."

...that's a phrase that I heard myself saying a few times on-set during the shoot of Selective Listening.

(Hi, Tim here)

I have heard from certain folks in post-production that people use the fact that things can get sorted in post as too much of a buffer. The fact is, that when the sun is going down or you're otherwise pressed for time, it is comforting to know that things can get sorted in post. However – note (from self Editor/Visual Effects Apprentice) to self (Director) – it can save a lot of time and effort to get it right on the day.

To be fair to myself I was aware of this, and the things that we are now having to do in terms of VFX were somewhat unavoidable. Still, I'm having a lot of time to sit and deliberate with myself, currently at 3am on a Sunday night / Monday morning, while ploughing through a few VFX shots.

We are very happy to once again be working with top-notch post-production house OnSight for the colour grade and majority of our visual effects. Miriam and I previously worked with them a few years ago on our short film The Special Effect (click here to view)

The three visual effects I am working on are under my purview because it would have significantly increased the amount of days that we would have needed to be with OnSight and so I resolved to do them myself.

Unfortunately, I'm not au fait with moving visual effects packages such as After Effects (nor am I equipped with them) and so I am having to go through the painful process of altering frames one-by-one in Photoshop for re-importing back into the sequence later on.

To give an example, here is a shot that we had limited time with on the last day of principal photography. We were losing the light, had issues with traffic and I did see the problems that we would later encounter, but picturing how I would resolve it, the call was made to move on.

The issue we had was that our long-suffering puppeteers had to crouch and move at speed behind a hedge. Through no fault of their own, their heads occasionally popped into shot...

...I am therefore having to remove heads and puppets...

...and carefully put the puppet back into the frame...

With this shot and a couple of others with similar issues, I'm currently working my way through approximately 700 frames. 

Off to bed now – more to do tomorrow!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

It's been a while...


Tim here.  It's been a while since we last wrote a blog entry, but that's because we've spent every waking moment editing, re-editing, re-re-editing the film, seeking a quality post-production house with whom to work on the grade and the visual effects, recording sound effects, re-recording certain voice moments, tracking down those who are providing our "additional voices", keeping an eye on what the voices are saying on each of their Twitter accounts and recording one more Smiling Herbert video diary for "Star Wars day". 

Here are some illustrations of what's been going on...

Photos from some of the voice records:

Meanwhile on Twitter:

 Smiling Herbert's "Star Wars day" video diary: