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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(P.S. life is better in HD)
We just got back from an MTV shoot. It was a great learning experience. It was fun working out at California City Studios, a huge film lot with multiple sets in the Mojave desert. It’s always a blast working with Gail and Russell, (the owners of California City Studios) they are always so accommodating.
We had a good time, and it was a long four day shoot. It started in Mojave AeroSpace port and ended in Santa Clarita. The show we worked on will be out soon and i will post more pics once the episode it is out. Until then, here is a picture of me sitting on 1300 boxes that were used for a “stunt”.
NEW Revolution Home Theater Commercial
Check out the Newest Revolution Home Theatre Commercial. It is going to air on February 2nd, at 9pm. The spot is geared towards “LOST”.
We had a lot fun making the “LOST” inspired commercial. John Walker and Chris O’Donnell of Revolution Home Theater are big fans of the show as well. They called me early this week and asked if we could shoot something for the premiere. We knocked it out in two days total, including editing. It was shot on the RED ONE in 4K, and edited in FCP and final touches in After Effects. Some of Andrew Kramers’ “Optical Flares” can be seen as well.
It plays a little weird and dark on YouTube. You can also check it out my site:CineScopeMedia.com/commercials.html
Let me know what you think of the spot.