11.26.2008

Unearthed - Lafayette Cemetery

I've dressed the cemetery set with the finishing touches....All I have left to do is rig the gate with a bit of wire, so Herbie can knock it over and step on and over it, and also rig the statue's severed head with a bit of wire so Herbie can roll it over (it will be lying face-down)...
Ive also decided to simplify the storyboards to save myself some time....not that Ive actually storyboarded, heh.....only in my head....but Ive changed my vision of the scene, shall we say? Originally I planned to have a handful of ghosts appear all at once....Herbie would walk through a couple of them, oblivious...(he's not very sensitive, sort of thugish, a trait I've tried to enforce with the character, his destructive nature, ie knocking the gate over or later, breaking the finger off of the statue....and....well....with the murder and all, ha)....anyways, the original plan wouldve been a nightmare to greenscreen and I need to get moving on this short so Ive re-edited in me head...now the ghosts will appear after Herbie passes their respective tombs, on the way to the path between the angels (which will have been revealed to him in the 2-D sequence which plays itself out in the book during the cafe scene)...

I sculpted a couple of name plates for the tombs, Wilcox and Legrasse, both from Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu", also a nod to my Monster Month characters...

The walls are recycled from the gate sequence, ditto the tree....the first ghost will appear from around this corner after Herbie has passed...

...and another will appear down this little grave's alcove....the tombstone here is a repainted action figure accessory, I think from a Buffy toy....

The path between the angel's tombs is littered with bits of the broken statue, including its missing arm....the missing wing is behind the statue in the underbrush that Herbie will pass through at the end of the shot...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

11.08.2008

Unearthed - The Cemetery Gates


Well , I'm back to plugging away at Unearthed.....just before Monster Month started, I had filmed and slightly edited the gate sequence...I'll be finishing that up and then going full-steam-ahead with the rest of the cemetery shoot...
Working on the pumpkin/mossman clip, I learned a little trick to help me with my greenscreening....I dont really have enough space to do greenscreening proper, my table/set is too close to the screen, my lighting is not consistent enough, etc. But I've discovered that I can manipulate video effects in Sony Vegas to help it out a bit....see, Vegas renders effects in the order that you stack them....so what I can do is, lay down an extremely saturated version of the clip, amp that green up as high-chroma as I can stand.....then remove the green with the chromakeyer.....then tack on another saturation effect, this time to desaturate the clip back to its original coloring....this helps me to get a more consistent "green" going, which reduces the halo and flicker on my set, yay...

11.04.2008

British Invasion 2 - The Catherine Tate Show

Let me start by explaining a bit about the viewing habits of the Lady and I....we have a tendency to latch onto certain actors/writers/directors who truly speak to us, usually by making us laugh or by enthralling us with beautiful characters, well performed or well written. Once we are under the spell of said artist, we then seek out everything we can find on that person, gorge ourselves on their work :) We are nothing if not loyal...

Months ago, I worte about Torchwood and Doctor Who....the doctors companion in the fourth series was played fabulously by Catherine Tate....the Lady and I both fell in love with the ginger actress, so when we found out she had a comedic background, in fact had her own sketch comedy show, we were very excited.....in the show, she plays a plethora of zany characters, spewing catchphrases with impeccable timing....of course Netflix has the first 2 series', and we've just seen them....and they are excellent....this woman makes me laugh like a buffoon....I don't know what it is, she just cracks me up....her comedic timing is nothing short of genius....go check her out....


Am I bovvered?

11.01.2008

Happy Halloween from the Ghost with the Most!


Happy Halloween everyone! We had a fantastic time at last night's first annual Krewe of Boo parade, there were stilt walkers, vampires on horseback, undead dance troupes (very Thriller!)....more on that later....for now though, the Mossman clip is finally posted over on "Lurline's" blog....her hunt for the Tree Beast will resume next year, Monster Month 2009 (aw, c'mon, it'll be here before you know it :::)