I realize that I should be just finishing Earthkiller. But I spent an hour today making this shot. This shot was one of those things just "tugging" at me that I needed to make.
We had a number of last-minute hiccups on our last day of exterior shooting. Including the fact that on this "Abbey Singer" shot (meaning "the second-to-last shot") the camera kept having write failures.
Incidentally, we've never identified what causes a write failure on the GH1. Note that only since the camera got "hacked" has it had any trouble. And note that it doesn't matter what the temperature is (it was relatively cool when we were outside this day) or if we pop the battery or the SD card. Nobody's got any idea.
Anyway, we also were missing a set piece on this day. So we shot the scene with the big whirleydoomer robot contraption in front of the cast. Keeping the visual effect in front of the live action makes it much easier in post-production because you don't have to rotoscope or "cut out" the people in front of the robot. Robot goes on top. That should be a rule somewhere. Robot goes on top.
Anyway, it may turn out that the shot looks better this way than the way I first thought of it.
|Virginia Logan, Juanita Arias, and Joe Chapman in Android Insurrection.|
I figure that the editor is going to want this complete shot rather than to try to edit without seeing the effect, so we took this wide shot and made a big master composite which will take... 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete.
That sounds like an overnight job to me so I'm going home.