So, how can we see the film? I did not see any links to where it can be watched in the article.
I love your comment in the article about never feeling rushed to a shot. You were able to capture exactly what you wanted and never compromised. That is truly rare! I think that better performances are what gives films their magic and being rushed always seems to suck those special moments from the set. The new technology really is creating different ways of filming. I had a friend in the industry tell me that I needed to have a minimum of 7 crew members to get anything of quality. But, pairing down to the bare minimum is the only way I could every know what I could do without... and the answer is, I can do without a lot. Hat tip to you for completing this feature film on such a limited budget! Nice work.
A great read! I have been doing a similar form of shooting recently and it is nice to another filmmaker embracing the idea that less is more. I also find that less crew = less distraction for the actors allowing them to be more present during the filming.
Just an FYI, you do not need "Apple Motion" to do the moving of individual storyboard characters. Simply insert a placeholder with only a background and then add your characters one-at-a-time on top of the background placeholder. Just be sure your characters have the background set to "none" in the inspector and also be sure they are placed on top of the background layer. You can then move the positions of each character that you add individually without all the messing around in Motion. Cheers!
An easy way to get a flickering light is to use a fluorescent starter unit like the GE FS-2. They run around $2 each. If you have any old fluorescent units lying around, they likely have a starter you can use. Basically, the starter is wired into the hot side of a cord and the light will flicker randomly. If you use three of these flicker cords in conjunction with some steady non-flickering lights, it approximates a fire pretty well. WAY cheaper than the other options out there. Just remember that you have to use incandescent lights for it to work properly. LEDs do not work for this. There are several videos showing how to build this online. Just search for "fluorescent starter flicker light" on google. Hope someone finds this information useful. Cheers!
While I applaud the amazing technology and see how it could be extremely useful for blockbuster super hero features or other SFX heavy applications. However, as I was watching the video, I could not help but cringe. Where is the "art" in unlimited coverage, focus, reframing and frame rate options?? Undoubtedly this will appeal to studios that want absolute control over every frame, but I cannot help but think that there is a whole generation of filmmakers that will lose touch the organic traits that make cinema so magical. Not having absolute control is precisely what allows the creativity to flow and the magic to happen.