Saturday, June 04, 2005

"Solid" - Post-Production Decisions

During the course of writing the script and planning pre-production, I am finding my time limited more so than I would like. My plans include moving to the Pacific Northwest, selling and repairing my house, continuing the level of sanity achieved after my departure from the Gypsy, and now I am working on the next festival and other related events; this does not allow much time for filmwork. As I look at my script, the effects are minimal, still, they offer a challenge.

If this were a production where I could become more leisurely, I would do all of the effects in camera with filters and double-exposure.

This brings to a tangent on my revolutionary cinematic dream. Lucas created a new way of thinking for cinema and science fiction alike. At that time, it was a milestone; where are the milestones today? They are all in the digital realm, a place that I am not welcome. What is my milestone?

My milestone is my poetic writing style, my visual thinking and my love for the romantic notions of lost art. My love of nostalgia is not the humble longing for the past, it is a revitalization of a dying art, a nearly extinct skill. In my dream, my modest studio would incorporate the first Super 8 optical printer, animation stands, soundstages and sets established for Super 8 and its lighting requirements, and perhaps even motion control. The films would then be produced organically, maybe at a slower pace, but why the rush?

My recent decision has been difficult to me, because it has nothing to do with my dream. I have chosen to shoot only the images in the scene, without effects, without filters, and my editor will render them digitally in post-production. I believe this is a wise decision that will combine both ideals for the greater good. Furthermore, I will incorporate a digital post-production facility in my dream studio. The idea of shooting on film is still alive, and I am not against the digital world; it's just not my bag, Daddy-O!


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