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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Sunday, February, 27, 2011 6:25 PM
LWSrocks Wrote:There haven't been any updates recently, so what's been going on?

Short answer: work.

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Seriously, though, it's been a little bit bananas recently. Lesley's switched jobs, and I'm hip-deep in lesson planning and assignments at the moment.

That doesn't mean that work isn't happening. We're still roughly on track for our shoot date 3 weeks from now and are looking at acquiring some equipment we need to do the shoot at the quality we want.

The script is going out to our extras this week and we're locking our location, hopefully somewhere that will allow us to practically do a couple of falling stunts we've been looking at doing. With a little luck next weekend we'll have two solid training days.

I've been continuing to work on design for the VFX as well as storyboarding the film since we've got our choreography figured out, but my work has been kind of stalled over the last week because of computer issues (you've probably noticed I haven't been super active in the last couple of weeks for that reason).

That said, I've got a brand new tower being assembled at the moment so that I can do the quality of work I want to do, specifically physics simulations, high-def rendering, lots and lots and lots of raytraced reflections, etc.

We're going out this week to buy more greenscreen for the shoot as well. We're going to have, in total, somewhere around 30' of lateral movement that can happen which is essential for our purposes since we've got a lot of movement and dynamic fighting going on.

Costumes are starting to worry me, frankly. I think I'm going to have to end up spending more on them than I originally intended, which is never fun, but I guess sometimes you just need to suck it up and suffer for your art.

I hope as well to meet with our cinematographer later this week in order to hash out individual shots and polish our storyboards to the point where everybody knows exactly what each shot is going to be.

The short stories are really closely mapped out and I desperately want to be writing them this week, but since I'm taking on another class starting Wed. we'll see how that goes.

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Saturday, March, 05, 2011 11:30 PM
Update time!

Lesley and I had a fantastic choreo session today; we now have the whole flick choreographed. Just a matter now of getting it perfect and up to speed.

Also, all our raw materials are in now for costumes, green screens, props etc. And we shot some video! I hope to have it cut and posted for your enjoyment Sunday.

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on Wednesday, March, 16, 2011 10:32 PM
Whoo! It has been a busy time. Thought I should give you guys an update on what's going on with this project so you don't think we've bailed on it.

Just came from a meeting with Lesley, who is my partner in crime and is playing the villain of the piece, Kadij, and our cinematographer. We spent the evening breaking down the script into shots and storyboards, and I'll post some of these on the blawg and in this thread soon.

We're slated to shoot on Saturday. This is a little nerve-wracking, admittedly, because I'm stressing about some school things--my last placement for teacher's college fell through so I'm scrambling to find a replacement--and our location also fell through, and we're--you guessed it--scrambling to find a replacement. It might end up costing us a bit more (than the "free" we had at the last place) but we might be getting a local creative arts centre's soundstage to shoot in and we're supporting the local arts scene. So that should be all good; and more on that tomorrow.

We've finally got all our extras and crew locked down. From a couple of tentative volunteers and hobbyists, we've now got several extras totally committed to being badass and hot, a professional cinematographer, a professional sound guy, professional makeup, professional lighting, and a fight supervisor who teaches martial arts and stage combat.

Tomorrow, more choreography and fight practise. Friday, more fight practise, finishing props and costumes, and storyboarding. THEN SHOOTING on Saturday. I can't tell ya how excited I am for this one, guys. It's been so much fun, even with real life killing me, and we've got a fantastic team. Totally committed, consummate professionals. I think this is actually going to end up looking as good as I've hoped, and that's a rare thing with these kind of ad-hoc productions.

More updates tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday as we do more. Also, probably pics.

I've wanted to get some video of the preproduction process up for a while, but I frankly would rather spend my time working on the movie instead of cutting behind-the-scenes footage. So you'll get a featurette sometime after principle photography :P

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Wednesday, March, 16, 2011 11:48 PM
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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Tuesday, April, 05, 2011 12:25 AM
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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Monday, May, 09, 2011 11:16 PM
Just a note--I have been out of town finishing school and have just gotten a bit of time to get back to work on Morphology. The constraints of being a full-time student (and moving every few weeks) kind of put a damper on things but I wanted to mention that the project is not only not dead but seriously moving forward. Spent the day today on choreography and props. Practising one stunt had me fall from a greater hight than I had planned. Lesley may have taken a hook kick to the face. This is not your grandpappy's Tron, ladies and gents. Shit gets real.

I'm going to attempt to rehydrate, and ice myself, because tomorrow we do it all again. And then the next day. And pretty much every day or second day until May 21, which is when we shoot.

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Monday, May, 09, 2011 11:23 PM
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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Sunday, May, 15, 2011 12:15 AM

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Sunday, May, 15, 2011 2:48 AM
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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Sunday, May, 15, 2011 10:19 AM
LWSrocks2 Wrote:Pretty cool! Although there were a few tiny glitches with the Identity Disk. So I can see you're going with the official toys as your props, rather than something else?

Yeah, I said something to that effect in the video description:

A couple of things that I've learned while doing this: one, mottled paint makes for a mottled effect (see the example with the outer ring of the disc). Two, even lighting is key, and these tests were both done with just fluorescent overheads and ambient lighting. Even lighting from all sides will ensure that the colour I'm keying out is even and doesn't get those jenky edges you see from time to time.

For the discs, we did decide to go with the official toys. We played with the idea of making our own from scratch, then we considered doing something totally different (a kind of hybrid of the Tron 2.0 discs and the Legacy disc), then we started playing with the official toys and they were light and fun and seemed like they'd work best for our costuming needs as well as as props.

Other stuff, like Niko's baton, Kadij's sword, and the costumes, as well as stuff like the Black Guards' staffs and other assorted props are all original.

I'm noticing (now that it's not 3AM) that the actual glow of the glow is a little (read: a lot) fainter than I originally thought. Will have to experiment to make sure that the glow actually glows noticeably, rather than just being colour replacement. Other stuff I noticed (taken from the video description) that still needs work:

The effect colours still need work, too. I need to find some HD screencaps to get some good samples of core and glow colours. Once I establish a palette the effect can get more consistent and closer to what we see in the movie.

This, I think, is key to selling the effect, and I think it'll help work out the problems I'm having with getting it to look just like the effect in the movie.

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Sunday, May, 15, 2011 11:28 PM
glow effect ain't bad at all for a first try and proof of concept.

the youtube vid only goes up to 480p, was the source footage higher than this?
the higher the res you can film the stuff, it'll get easier with keying

if i can offer up another idea for ya: using some tracking markers.
if you're going to cover over the rims of the discs with the glow anyhow, why not?
once you got a decent track, you could use it to add a thicker mask to the matte.

only other thing i can say, no matter how good anything is shot you're gonna get stuck doing some roto work and hoo boy does it friggin blow.

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Monday, May, 16, 2011 1:02 AM
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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Monday, May, 16, 2011 10:25 AM
binaryzero Wrote:glow effect ain't bad at all for a first try and proof of concept.

the youtube vid only goes up to 480p, was the source footage higher than this?
the higher the res you can film the stuff, it'll get easier with keying

The source footage was 720p. Kind of jenky 720p though. We're shooting in 1080p, though.

binaryzero Wrote:if i can offer up another idea for ya: using some tracking markers.
if you're going to cover over the rims of the discs with the glow anyhow, why not?
once you got a decent track, you could use it to add a thicker mask to the matte.

I've been playing with this a bit, actually. We'll see how those tests go.

binaryzero Wrote:only other thing i can say, no matter how good anything is shot you're gonna get stuck doing some roto work and hoo boy does it friggin blow.

Yeah, at the very least, there's a certain amount of garbage matting that has to be done and that's a pain in the ass. Between track markers on the greenscreen and cleaning up the lines for keying, there will be a fair bit of roto work, I have no doubt. The plan is to try and minimize that, though, and avoid it completely when I can get away with it. Having one guy doing post on this project will suck a little.

binaryzero Wrote:great to see you haven't given up!

Giving up isn't an option

LWSrocks2:So will it be streamable on YouTube or downloadable?

Both.

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on Wednesday, May, 18, 2011 9:21 AM

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on Wednesday, May, 18, 2011 1:35 PM
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on Wednesday, May, 18, 2011 10:32 PM
pbbbbbbt one forward pratfall and she's all D:

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RE: Morphology: a TRON fan film

on Thursday, May, 19, 2011 10:14 AM
binaryzero Wrote:pbbbbbbt one forward pratfall and she's all D:

man if i went through the laundry list of stunts i've had to do that could result in pain or death.

anyhow the blog updates are great and i like how you're getting costumes done on the cheap,
the interim guard costume idea is just fanastic as a 1.5 model.

Yeah, I've been giving her crap constantly because I spend most of the movie taking hits and doing falls that would shatter her and she's being a total wuss about her couple of falls. Difference between coming from a martial arts background and coming from a swordhandling background, I suppose.

Glad you're digging the blog and the guard, I hope to have some more pics and updates by the end of the weekend!

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on Saturday, May, 21, 2011 7:55 PM
This is going to be a bit of a "meet the cast & crew" post, so if that does not appeal at all, keep movin'

Well, we had a 5 hour production meeting today, with myself, Lesley, our actors Greg, Flynn (who is doubling as our lead makeup artist), and Luc; our cinematographer Amber, and our AD/script supervisor Bonnie. Missing but not forgotten were our grips, including Chris, our lead lighting guy, and our sound guy/boom mic operator.

Spectacularly successful, although some technical malfunctions means that we might not have photos, which is too bad. Our shot list is finally done, rehearsals were great, Luc is totally into being a product of the system. Greg's as-yet-unnamed character is going be be badass. He's really getting into his character, right down to emulating body language and posture. And Flynn is just the hotness. Period. She's going to make a great program, and while she's never seen Tron of any kind, chose makeup exactly like Gem's for her character. Imagine Gem, but more obviously one of the bad guys, and a redheaded Aussie.

Also managed to get a test of Lesley's prosthetic makeup done today, although it wasn't quite as definitive as I'd hoped--we'll need to do another makeup test, with proper footage, on her between now and the shoot. The prosthetics I made for her were rush jobs, although they worked well enough for what they were. Not to mention I need makeup tests done on me as well. Even with a browner base skin tone than the others, I will still need some of the pink leeched out of it using makeup so that the glow effects work properly. You can see some glow artifacting on my fingertips in the effects test video; some white base will add the pallour that I need for the character and also prevent that from happening.

I tell ya, I am never doing a project without an AD ever again. Bonnie is just making my life. She's so on the ball, keeps us crazy artists (especially those of us who were partying until 4 AM the night before *sheepish cough*) on the straight and narrow. And she not only speaks the language of efficiency but manages to also communicate on an artistic level. Pure. Genius.

Amber works as a semi-professional cinematographer, which means that she brings a level of professionalism and technical ability to the production we otherwise wouldn't have had. Watching her manipulate the camera and set up shots is brilliant, and I can't wait to shoot so I can see her capture the stuff. She's never done so much green-screen work on one production, though, and has never had the benefit of someone who can do a decent matchmove, or a worked with a VFX artist who doesn't do CGI sets like a half-baked Photoshop job, so she and I are butting heads occasionally on just how dynamic some shots can be. Fortunately, I think we've come to an understanding on it and the shot list and storyboards are really reflecting how we're starting to communicate.

I spent part of the day taking measurements and doing preliminary costume fittings. They were all champs about being groped by a dude with a measuring tape, and their full helmets have been built up in skeletal form awaiting their finish. The rest of the costumes are now coming along nicely, and Flynn's costume has taken on a small degree of complexity that makes it more visually interesting on its own rather than just being interesting because it's on her.

There'll be more on the blog later, but that's what we're up to for now

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on Saturday, May, 21, 2011 9:28 PM
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on Monday, May, 23, 2011 8:32 PM
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