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...


Dave said...

Yeah but if He sped up these next six weeks, we might miss out on one of these beautifully written blog posts =[ I'd be sad =[

Besides, you're doing WONDERFULLY Debbie! And inspiring others to do their best always!

It's a joy to know we are in His hands!

Dave said...

And Deb, if you think you're stressin over the movie, you should see me stressin over your Soundtrack!