I generally like to have all of my sets and props built before beginning filming, but in an attempt to get something done for SMS, and show my undying love for the Visual Haiku Challenge , I started filming Unearthed with only three of my six sets built. Hell, I haven't even finished storyboarding a few of the main sequences :P I'm thinking this may be a better way to work, though, especially on longer shorts (oxymoron!). I'm getting a lot of positive feedback on the clip and its helped to rejuvenate me a bit. I'll be striking the alley set and preparing the cafe set for filming in the next few days. The cafe scene leads directly into a 2-D sequence (Herbie unlocks the book and sees its story) which I haven't even started on yet
This is the first time I've tackled anything really 'action-y', fast-paced, and I definitely let the music guide me, based most of my timing on it in fact. I used a yardstick to gauge the light that I moved at the end of the alley, particularly effective on the long shot, the Dutch angle. The whole shebang was lit with miniature lights, I ended up getting a few more sets at clearance from the Christmas village reject bin, hooray for me. Its a hell of a lot easier to move puppet-sized lights around, just inches from the set, to try different setups, than it is to move people-sized lighting. Worked for this scene, dark and moody. For the blood on the cobbles, I just painted that right on with crimson acrylic paint, made sure to go over the whole thing on every frame so it would stay 'wet'.
Hmmmmm.......I know there's more but I think I'm out of gas for now :) Questions? Ask away, always!