In march of this year we had the opportunity to work on a great short piece entitled “IMPACT”. Hectic Films lead the production with an amazing crew that did everything from pre-production to creating the props of “IMPACT”. Blare Media of Fresno lead the RED ONE camera into battle, with Ian and Justin McAleece at the helm. The two cinematographers did a great job using the tools around them to make nice artistic shots and the feeling of the dramatic “IMPACT” real.
CineScope Media came on board to have Jason Sanders Direct and Edit the short. Directing was easy because of the great cast and crew. Working alongside Rickey Bird jr.; who also played the lead; made the job easier to direct as the two have been working together for years. Editing was a different task.
Once in post, there were a few scenes that needed some work. The “Prison” scenes all needed some sort of keying or rotoscoping. A green screen was keyed out and replaced with a jail background. The “Mugshot” scene had a light switch in the BG that needed to be removed and the whole color needed to be toned down to a drab color. The “Judge” scene with N.L. Belardes was also modified. We added the american flag, and the “In God We Trust” lettering above his head. One of the smallest tricks was the “Casket” scene. It was done by having the adorable Mychael Bird lay down on a dog bed in a living room. Next we laid track around her and shot straight down on the dolly with a pass over her “Still” body. Then took a trip to ABOUT CASKETS and the amazing staff there let us take footage of a casket door closing. came back to the office, opened the comp in After Effects, rotoscope, add shadow, and viola! Another nice subtle effect was the “Line up” scene where the men lined up are reflected in the dirty glass. I will try to make a short video on the that effect and more used in the video.
The Poem was written twenty-six years ago by Rickey Bird. He wrote it after having a dream about the same situation happening to his son, Rickey Bird jr. (of Hectic Films). The poem has been waiting for the opportunity to make it onto a screen, and now, the time has come.
Thanks to everyone for helping make a great video.
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