Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Six Weeks and Counting

November 1 is my self-imposed deadline to have the film finished.  That is six weeks from yesterday.  IF I can stay focused (and that is a BIG IF these days) that is definitely possible. 

I've been putting off working on the sound and color/lighting.  I need Clinton to fix the sound because I have NO ear for that and he is the resident expert.  Plus, when I did look at the sound controls I started to hyperventilate. The lighting is just as intimidating and there is A LOT of fixing involved there, especially as I had issues with the camera getting dark during filming and I may even have to attempt a frame by frame fix.  NOT exciting.

So, I've been playing with the titles and credits.  I know that if the folks at Pinnacle could have seen how I started out they would cry.   

I worked on the titles in a new document so that I could play around and not mess up the film itself.   I tried to pull a still shot from a video.  Somehow I managed to accomplish this, although now I can't seem to find that part of the software again...  I typed the title and thought I had it set onto the still shot.  I went down to the storyboard, hit playback and watched the video itself, then the title with a black background, then the still shot.  I laughed hysterically, saved what I had and came back to it another day.

The next time I braved this portion of the film I managed to figure out how to get the title onto the picture AND copy and paste it into the film.  Success!  A very small success, but still a success.

I started working on the credits which, naturally, will be about 1000 times longer than the title.  I wanted to be able to type all the info in and have it scroll down like, you know, a REAL movie.  It was not happening.  I finally thought, "I'm just going to have to type one page at a time, then cut and paste it into the film.  *sigh*  Bummer."  So I got started.

As I'm adding lines to the credits suddenly I see some little boxes on the left side I'd not noticed before.  I ran my cursor over them to see what they were.  One of them came up with the caption "roll."  

Roll?  ROLL?  Are ya kidding me?  Whoo-hoo! 

So, now I'll have moderately professional looking credits.  Yay me! 

God gives you exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.  "Just enough light for the step I'm on," but not "enough rope to hang myself."  He is always on time, rarely early. 

Now if He could speed up the next six weeks...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Feel Bad About My Nose...

I'm about 97% finished with the rough edit.  Hurray for progress!  This entails having cut and pasted the scenes and clips where I want them.  I have a couple of small scenes to add to the mix but then I will begin serious work on titles, credits, transitions, voice overs, soundtrack, and serious adjustments on lighting and sound. 

I messed around with some of the title stuff the other day.  I'm glad I can exit the program without saving the changes.  Somehow in all my messing I screwed up the first two scenes, but they are fine now.  WHEW!

I have SO MUCH to learn about film making.  Sound.  Lighting.  Better equipment.  I'm a little aggravated in that I may have a dud in my Kodak Zi8 camera.  On several shots it just got dark.  I'll probably be having a conversation with the Kodak people soon. 

One major thing I will need to work on is camera angles.  I truly believe we could not have found a less-flattering angle for my scenes.  (Loooooong story here.  Let it suffice to say that from now on I will trust my instincts and be a little more insistent.)  I mean, I knew my nose was not small, but did I really have to showcase it?  It takes up a full half of the frame, and my hair takes up the other half.

Okay, so I'm exaggerating here.  But not much.

This is part of the reason I didn't want to act in this film. Seeing myself (and hearing myself) on film is on my list of Least Favorite Things.   But, all things considered, it's time for me to get over it and move on.  It is what it is.

Some scenes play back much better on film than they did live, and vice verse.  I was pleasantly surprised at some of the line readings, but some things I thought were terrific fell flat.  Such is the job of the editor to fix all of that. 

Oh.  Wait.  That's me.

(By the way, my title is in homage to Nora Ephron's book, "I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.")  :)