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The Lab Has Moved August 3, 2009

Posted by William J. Meyer in Jack's Post-Production.
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I’m a sentimental guy. So when I moved this past weekend, it occurred to me how production on The House That Jack Built had just gotten underway days after moving into my (then) new flat. Last week I literally finished tweaking the sound mix (and outputting uncompressed scene files) mere hours before moving out. Memories of the film and that apartment will be inseparable.

So long, little guy. Be brave.

-William, Director


Color Grade For Download July 23, 2009

Posted by William J. Meyer in Jack's Extras, Jack's Post-Production.
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I am a color grading beginner, but it is an aspect of filmmaking I find fascinating. This project was my first serious exposure to the craft. I’ve just uploaded a color grade to Coloruser, a great resource for users of Apple’s color grading software aptly called…Color.

Other than sharing grades, members also discuss related grading and correction topics in the forums such as art and workflow.

“Secrets” is a grade used in The House That Jack Built to express despair.

In the Primaries I used violet shadows, cyan midtones, and purply highlights. In the Secondaries I used blue midtones, violet highlights, and removed some blue from the highlights to try and preserve bright whites.

Click here to get the grade.

-William, Director

Grooming May 21, 2009

Posted by William J. Meyer in Jack's Post-Production.
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You know when a momma cat, with her eyes half-closed, licks the forehead of her kitten so hard that the poor thing gets tossed around the kitty crib? Yeah, like that. Adorable.

Since the LA showing I’ve been trimming the cut, tightening the screws just a little; got it down to 34 minutes. Last night I used Mocha AE to improve a track that I wasn’t happy with (on which previously I had used AE’s built-in tracker). I also tweaked the light wrap on the shot above and, most importantly, cleaned up the visual effects in the final few shots, plus-ing them a bit, for that little extra sumthin’ sumthin’.

And tomorrow I get to show people. :)

-William, Director