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so I had my new script and had prop complications, then I wrote a new script about a security guard fighting chavs… people instantly thought Harry Brown but it’s much more based on DEAD MANS SHOES.. The script was too violent and too much work for the time I have… So my new scripts underway but here are some shots from “The Security guard with a baseball bat that kills chavs film” (because it was untitled)

T.S.G.W.A.B.B.T.K.C film is set in a film noir kind of city that has been inspired by the GAME Max Payne. An action Film Noir about a serial killer security guard

Also thinking about using it as my “projects” screen on my DVD menu

Keep an eye out for more soon

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anything to increase productivity is a bonus, I would do anything you can just to increase your work productivity. Doing work quickly and efficently is really important, reason I bought a small laptop.

Incase you haven’t been there already, get on ebay, the amount of items I’ve found that help with my films on ebay are uncountable, there’s thousands of products I could buy and use. Some people are still under the impression ebay isn’t safe or worried about getting a cheap product, but all you have to do is check seller feedback.

Anyhoo, got this tiny laptop off ebay for £120, I really just need it for a quick internet connection and to run my script writing programs + microsoft word, etc so I can do all my film paper work.

Part of my HND course is my DVD, which is actually my graded unit.. My graded unit also ties in with my web presence which is actually where this blog comes in… Anyway, creating a DVD interface is one thing, but what I really want to do is create a DVD interface that’s simple but it makes people wants to look at it.

I did this before by creating a DVD menu with my sunset images

The nice images were the first draft but they didn’t move so it wasn’t entertaining enough.

Then I got the Hurt Locker on DVD and the menu blew me away. If you watch the hurt locker you will see all the high speed footage they got. Well the menu is basically still images or high speed footage that’s rotoscoped and then turned from 2D in to 3D layers and the layers are spread apart in Z space to give a 3D look.

Basically in English it’s like moving through a scene that’s frozen in time. I decided to mimic this effect for my DVD by using screens from my latest film RECON.

Still a work in progress but you get the idea.. Still keeping the Information page with the sunsets but hopefully I’ll be able to turn those in to a virtual 3D photo as well

The main idea is to create a menu that people want to watch… I found myself watching the Hurt Locker DVD menu a few times and skipping to different sections to see different video. That’s what really inspired me, the fact that the DVD menu kept you watching it. I want to create a DVD menu that will keep people watching too.

Other than that I still want to keep the menu simple.. Very simple titles and very simple layout so it’s easy to navigate but the video is what will make it interesting

Because the banking situation is a pain in the ass my paypal still works flawlessly, I’m not the type to sit still so I’ve reordered props from a different airsoft shop… But could be soon running in to some big problems considering items are being shipped from Hong Kong…

Problems again as being alone against the clock. Likewise I’m extremely worried about the time it will take to get through customes and the price. The nature of my film’s action, I need action props I’ve mostly ordered clothing off this site, night vision goggles, rifle scope and helmet. Some of the most important things but if I can’t get them on time I have to start thinking about a plan C

Plan C being I have to put my sniper script on hold until the summer holidays and film a completely different easier film just to pass my college course.

Ambition is something that’s got me in to trouble a lot this year, it’s something you gamble with and if it pays off you come out miles ahead, if it doesn’t it can screw up everything. Since December I’ve had some pretty bad luck with my ambition. The problem with it is you have to rely on other people that don’t share the same ambition or enthusiasm as you do and they or other factors (like the bank, shipping etc) also put a hold on your production and can screw things up. So it doesn’t always pay off.

I’ll be EXTREMELY frustrated if I have to go to plan C… mainly because of the time I’ve put in to my film and the fact I’ve spent over £700 just for the props and I might not even be able to film it as a college project. The thought is severely worrying.

Just in case worst comes to worst and I can’t actually film it I’m writing a short script just now, a really short drama that will be really easy to film just so I can pass my course.

Could be experiencing a massive set back with my film. Something that’s holding up my film production is RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), and it’s holding my production up on a monumental scale! I have no idea what they’re doing I have £400 available for buying these props but the payments aren’t going through.. I’ve made 3 recent payments, none of which are showing up on my bank statements, one of them is a paypal payment on vital pieces of clothing that’s pending.

Making student films you’re on a ridiculously tight schedule (since it’s supposed to be easy and small scale) everything has to be completed by the end of April, which seems like a long time but when you’re actually filming something the scale of my project it’s really not.

No props no film is the bottom line, I have no idea what’s going on but I hope it’s cleared up soon. There’s also another product on the list of things I bought that isn’t related to my film but considering my psychological mindset towards it, it’s something I can’t live without and missing it makes me seriously depressed so I hope my packages come tomorrow and I seriously hope there was no problem with RBS and I hope it’s all just postal workers being lazy because they just had their Easter holiday.. Being the only holiday I actually hate

quick post because I’m a busy student and got things to do…

You may or may not know my knew film’s being filmed in 2 – 3 weeks so just now I’m running tests with all the props and looking for the style of the movie. This also proves useful with other college work I have… I’m making a DVD and wanted a cool DVD interface, if you have The Hurt Locker on DVD you know the DVD menu is AWESOME! so I’m copying that look… These screens are TESTS for my film, but being used in my DVD menu

Anyhoo, this being my big end of year film, I’ve spend a massive amount of money on props and costumes because I really want to try and reach a broadcast quality that you don’t find in student films (especially student action movies)

A LOT MORE TO COME

Enjoy

Script, budgets, locations, casting, props, meetings, equipment and the list goes on.. so got my Recon script about snipers that I’m rewriting some dialogue, just contacted all my actors and people involved with production scheduling meetings.

Couple of things this week has in store besides a massive amount of meetings, got about 3 meetings this week, if not more.. but my budget also came through £985 budget for my film. Hey if you want it to look good you got to be willing to spend the cash.

So equipment, although I’ve already spent £3k on equipment so far I’m dishing out £400, likewise props and costume I’m guessing will take up £300 – 400 that’s pretty much of it all gone..

Spending this amount of money is EXTREMELY HARD! unbelievably so! You have no idea how much it pains me to spend £900 within a few days, especially when the money has just gone in to my bank acount… :*(((((

So call sheets something I’m working on, who’s doing what, when and where.. Scheduling everything, probably one of the most important things, I’m meeting with actors, going over lines, and blocking, scene mood and reaction. Fine tuning the storyboard and adding in shots, planning my visual FX

but the big one and the PAIN of everything to come FILMING ON AN ISLAND… A small sucluded island off the coast of Edinburgh, Cramond island, have to wait for the tide to go down to get there… filming then wait for the tide to go down to get back..

the reason I chose this island beside the fact it is secluded.. Military bunkers… but it also means I have to rewrite the script since I’ll have no acess to cars, also means I might need to bring lights and a generator which means walking across a mile with all this equipment could be a massive strain. Then again Michael Bay did film in the desert with his crew walking over massive sand dunes in blazing heat carrying 10x heavier equipment.. This is film making and got to do this kind of thing.

It’s my biggest project yet and as time winds down to the shoot week everything becomes more intense but I have no doubt it will all be worth it in the end.

Something I’ve been pondering over for a long time and after seeing recent advances in computer game technology and stories (TOM CLANCY – SPLINTER CELL) I think it’s pretty inevitable I’ll be filming something of this kind of genre in the future.

Got to give praise to the Splinter Cell franchise, the story that unfolds over a large series of games that started in 2002 and the story line’s turned personal. It’s a great step for gaming series and one that makes Sam Fisher possibly the strongest computer game character evers created.

Splinter Cell Double Agent being one of the best games I’ve ever played, also giving the feeling and intensity of a movie it did lead me to come up with stealth movie ideas at the time about car thieves. The story for conviction now has taken a larger than life kind of feel and Sam Fisher turning in to some kind of one man army, which is exactly the sort of thing I really enjoy.

I do get a lot of game inspiration probably just as much as from movies. Inspiration for my movie “Recon” about a sniper and a spotter was heavily inspired by Battle Field Bad Company 2… well the whole recon part was, and the fact that Sniping is a type of soldier everyone seems to love.

Also inspiration from Modern Warfare 2… Although I’ve lost complete respect for IW because of their greed I did like the idea of not actually seeing one characters face and that character being niether good nor bad… Leading for some interesting character development. Well that was me but from MW2 I did borrow the idea of never seeing the snipers face, taken from character in MW2 “Ghost”

The main idea behind the Sniper character is that you don’t know him and you don’t feel any empathy.. You don’t like him because he’s heartless but you do like him because he’s efficient. There’s something about not showing the characters face and only showing his eyes that’s good. When the character does decide to f*** orders and go in, you enjoy it… because through the script he obeys the rules making him heartless, you don’t like him.

I’ve talking about this character development before, not liking a cool character but loving it when he comes together with the good guy.

Anyhoo, getting a little side tracked but I do have plans for a stealth action thriller

Recently watched a video selling a DVD about how to sucseed in your interviews…

No idea how much they were selling it for… while the info given in the sample I watched was good info it was common sense… “be confident”, “don’t be negative about other employers or people you worked with”.

All this info I’ve heard before, even the product shot of the DVD includes titles like “negotiating salaries” the DVD will tell you never to mention a number, always wait for the interviewer to say a number first.. divert questions if he asks, do anything just as long as you don’t be the first to say a number..

I know this because ALL this info from this DVD comes directly out of something I’ve read in the past, something actually taught by my tutor… Although it’s all true, the information this DVD gives is available for FREE online. Can’t remember what the guys name is but there’s a buisness man that did publish all this stuff.

What really annoys me about this DVD is the info it gives is worded almost exactly the same.. they could have at least had a little play on words to atleast make it sound different. Instead of “be confident” (which is also probably one of the most obvious things) they could have said don’t be shy, don’t hold back.. Be fearless! Trust yourself, be self-sufficient, be positive.. which is my way of ripping it directly from the DVD.. it’s exactly the same, worded differently

I’m not saying the info on the DVD is bad, it’s fantastic information (from what I’ve seen) but a lot of it is common sense and a lot of what I saw was taught to me from another source (can’t remember what it’s called though)

I mean the main point here is look out for these Sheep in Wolf clothing… it’s good info, but it’s been compiled by a group of people that really just want to take money out of your pocket so it’s far from the best. I would actually tend to avoid DVDs… Books are far more sufficient and adequate to get you the info you need easily. I don’t think I’d be fooled in to thinking a DVD is better than a book.. ebook maybe better, but DVDs are very linear and they’re really just shallow with no real depth.. Chances are if this DVD was adapted in to a book it would fill up about 10 pages.. Where as proper books about this subject would give you over 100 pages of detailed explanations and examples.

Sometimes you get DVDs or audio CDs that accompany books, these are great because it provides you with a bonus.. just these DVDs claiming to give you knowledge are just shallow. They will give you so much less..

*This doesn’t just apply for interview techniques, perhaps the most I’ve seen and the biggest scams come in the form of fitness DVDs, the majority of the info is already online… the majority of the info is already in books, DVDs are a waste unless they’re a bonus

Not that I’m a criminal, talking about film and I film a lot of action… I’m an action person, usually means I use weapons… Cheap guns (as film makers know) come in the form of replicas or airsoft..

unfortunately in the UK we’re tight on gun control, even on toys.. it adds more bureautic red tape to an already dodgy area of film making.. having said that there are a few benefits to the VCR act..

Bad points obviously being that I can’t buy realistic looking guns, film does have a defence against the ban but the amount of tape I would have to go through just to qualify as a company so I could buy the weapons is ridiculous.

Luckily I’m able to buy weapons that are 50% bright colours, the good thing about this is that I work with VFX.. meaning in post production I can just change the colour of the gun to black. Problem for other student film makers that don’t have access or the knowledge of VFX that I have is they can’t… and by that they’re EXTREMELY limited by this act.

One thing that I’m strongly against is the limitation of other peoples work, and for the students that do want to create action films they’re severely limited to resources.

I’ve got after effects so I change the colour of the gun in post production, but even this is a pain in the ass… going through every single clip with the bright coloured weapon and changing the colour is a pain that takes up a lot of post production time and this costs more (provided you’re hiring facilities or freelance workers as many students do)

Still, I am glad I’m able to get a hold of replica weapons at all