Saturday, 31 October 2009


And it's finished. My boxing film, now titled 'Grit' is complete. It's been a crazy dash to try and master After Effects and get it all done in such a short space of time but in the end I'm pleased with how it went. There were a few shots that, if I'd had more time, I would have liked to tweak but I feel that overall I learnt a great deal about composition and staging and trying to get the maximum amount of story out of just a few shapes and lines.
The film got good feedback from my tutors at our review and I hope that my Sound Designer George was happy with what I did with his soundtrack.
I've included a mixture of stills below from different stages of the film: from storyboard to finished frames to an interesting visualisation of how my soundtrack looked. I hope they give at least a small sense of how it all came together.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Cherry wins in Chicago

One of the films I worked on last year 'Cherry on the Cake' directed by Hyebin Lee has just won the Golden Plaque for Best Student Short Film at the Chicago International Film Festival. The film was selected for its: 'striking storyline, Moving metaphors and indelible imagery.'

The film is also being screened this weekend at the London Film Festival so if you're around go and check it out!

Congratulations Hyebin! :)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Round One

Production of my short film is now fully underway. I would have liked a few more days to settle on an overall look for the film but the process of finding it whilst working is bringing up some interesting results. I've included a rough concept for a shot in the film to show the slightly angular look I've been working on, followed by a mid-way image to show the multiple layers of charcoal and paint that are being used. The last image is an 'almost' completed still.. A former student from the NFTS has been in last week to teach me how to use After Effects so I'm still getting to grips with 3D levels and how to use the cameras to create a greater sense of depth so fingers crossed.

Till next time, I hope to have a few more shots done by tomorrow.

Saturday, 3 October 2009