pages are dedicated to the Indie filmmakers around the world who,
against all odds, endeavour to create their own movies with low
budgets and inexpensive equipment. My aim is to share what I have
learnt and what I am still learning in this amazing craft. I wish
all my visitors a warm welcome, and to bookmark these pages and
return regularly. Sometimes there may be no updates. If there
isn't, then give me a hurry up by sending me a message via Facebook.
Blind" - in Film Projects
Blind" began as a single test video (below) and
moved to a short film idea. As the short film developed
it was soon taking on a life of its own. The screenplay
under went a radical change as more and more story elements
in the Bush" Sketchup Animation - in 3D for Video Projects
experiment to see if a detailed model could be made
in Sketchup then have the camera animated in such a
way that short clips could be used in a movie to represent
several outdoor shots without having to resort to finding
a location. More
3 November 2012
Chronos Project Screenplay - in Script Projects
Chronos Project" (pic below) is a screenplay I
wrote where The Dirty Dozen meets Groundhog Day. It
is about six condemned soldiers who are trained to do
a mission, little realizing that their mission is part
of a scientific experiment in time manipulation. Full
details for this project are on Amazon
Studios where it is available for public scrutiny
and comments Click
3 November 2012
Video for a Film Editing Course in 2009 - in Film Projects
was a fun editing exercise I undertook at SIT (Southland
Insititute of Technology as part of a Diploma of Digital
Film. All the clips, music and voice footage was supplied,
while I added sound effects and a few other visual enhancements.
31 October 2012
942 ex-NZR Locomotive Video - in Film Projects
not the way to video a moving train from a moving vehicle
Sunday 21 October I became one of the elite group of
people known as Train Chasing Nutters. I've got admit
the leap frogging with other TCNs to get a good vantage
point to watch a golden oldie locomotive KA 942, was
actually quite fun. Being the passenger was even a lot
better as I was able to get some great shots.
There is something about steam locomotives that diesel
doesn't have; the romanticism of a past age, steam,
smoke, and lots of moving parts. :)
Taking video from a moving vehicle is a learned art
and I'm going to build a rig that keeps the camera steady.
In all it was a great day. Chasing the train was, in
my mind, a lot more fun than going for a ride in it...
Been there, done that, when I was a kid :)
Raw footage with sound removed as I didn't have a external
microphone and a windsock. See who was parked up for
a looksee... at the end of the video.
23 October 2012
Chase'Video - in Film Projects
the film projects page here
to reflect the site's new image. Added a new current
project as the one I intended to work on has been put
on hold. The new project "Ripley" is a comedy/action.
is a short video, "The Chase" I did for a
course in 2010. It was shot on miniDV tape with a JVC
handycam. The brief was to film a chase scene. Dialogue
was an option. The movie was edited in Adobe Premiere,
with a tweak or two. Music was put together in Music
2000 from various sound bites.
20 October 2012
"Movie Props You Can Build" Update - Prop Projects
did a writing course this year and that, and other commitments
meant I had less time for video projects. Now the course
is over I'm back into my projects and will hopefully
have a clear run from now on.
My book "Movie Props You Can Build" was
one of the projects
on hold. I'm just adding a couple of Photoshop Tutorials
and it will be ready for sale. There will be 3 versions:
softcover print, Kindle ebook, and downloadable PDF.
The Kindle and PDF versions will cost the same, but
a purchase of the Kindle edition will entitle the purchaser
to a PDF copy to download as the PDF will have the printable
plans. PDF purchasers will also get a Kindle version.
All purchasers will get free access to the Photoshop
files to download.
"Movie Props You Can Build" is the
first in a series of prop making
books that I have planned. I will update this page as
the project develops.
SketchUp is a great tool for 3D modeling itís built
in texture mapping feature is not really up to the gaming
standards of 3D Studio Max or Ultimate Unwrap3D where
the UV map needs to be laid out over one or several
following technique is the culmination of several attempts,
all which have to some degree been successful.
tutorial presumes the user has intermediate to skilled
use of SketchUp and understands the concept of UV mapping
Driveby Animation in Sketchup - in 3D for Video Projects
following pictures shows a simple 3D scene, the camera
views of 3 scenes, and the resulting animation of the
camera transitions between the scenes. In all to create
10 seconds of video animation. The photos for the textures
were taken on a lightly overcast day when the shadows
were at a minimum. Several photos were taken of each
building as straight on as I could get them. The Models
were built from the photos and textures applied within
Sketchup. The vehicle is a 3D model I made for VBS2,
a military simulator. more
are the mainstay of any movie. In fact without props
most movies would be flat and lifeless. In my upcoming
short “The Alien that Probed Me” I need
several props. Although I could purchase most of them,
my budget is next to zero, so the next best thing
is to create them myself. The advantage of this is
that these props can be used over and over again.
So the investment in creating your own props is well
worth the time and effort. Another thing is that you
can always hire your props out to other indie film
makers. Now, that is a cool way to help finance your
next budget movie.more