Saturday, September 30, 2006

Delivering Deliverables

We've been talking to Ted Chalmers at Halcyon. We need to come up with an HD 1.77:1 master, from which can be struck Pal and NTSC masters, both in letterbox 2.35:1, 1.77:1 fullscreen, and 1.33:1 fullscreen (sides chopped off). I also wanna figure a way to get a 5.1 M&E onto the HD masters, but we start to have trouble with the track-count on HD (there's only 8 tracks). We could do it if we were using Dolby E, however...
How the heck to you encode into Dolby E? I suspect a license is involved so maybe a day at a re-recording studio is in order...
And for that matter, I really want to do a pass on the dialog tracks with a Cedar DNS1000.
For money, Mitchell and I are doing a music video next month. He's directing and I'm DP/producer-of-some-sort. I'm just glad I ain't directing. We're going to rent the movietube and a couple Zeiss 35mm lenses (probably an 18, 35 or 50mm, and an 85). Mitch likes a shallow depth-of-field. Maybe we'll forgo the 35 or 50mm and get something really long then... Nah, that just won't be that useful.
And then there's this pig from

Thursday, September 28, 2006


For some reason, I'm amused by this picture.

That's Marta fixing Clare's hair, Ato's in the background, and probably me next to the camera.

We're making deliverables for Bloodmask.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hello? Well, finally!

Today we got some screeners of Bloodmask in the mail to some people. I'm working on designing the first week of Estrogenious. And the weather's been great for walking.
If it weren't for I'd never get any pictures of Japanese walruses on their inflatable cellphones.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I have a new favorite website.

Indeed, a million bunnies with a million pancakes couldn't have thought up such a perfect site. Especially after a day of politics. Hampsters. The hampsters say hello. Oh la la la.
I think I figured out my sync issues: quonky DirectX plugins in Samplitude. But now I've "frozen" the objects in tracks and that seems to solve the issue. A DVD is being burned right now. Many will go out next Monday if it works and gets approved and is in sync. . .

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Under Control -- One More Thing

Here's a before and after of a window. We were having trouble with this window strobing, I have no idea why it was strobing, it was only strobing on the DVD copies we were making. But hopefully we have it under control.

Is that the shadow of the camera on Olja's leg? Oh, who knows. I'm desperate to get screener copies out this week. There keeps being just one thing which fouls us up. iDVD seems to be having a little party with sync. I don't really know what's up with that. But hopefully everyone will line up (meaning audio and video) and we can do the last two renders which need to take place before output for screeners (making copies is relatively easy, once the first one is made.)

It's all this one more thing which I've been doing which has kept me for the last few weeks. I really. Really. Really want to be done by now!