The Ian Report #507 – Version 14!
Aug 2010 14

(Above: This is a frame grab from the new extended battle scene at “Benny’s Fuel & Repair”)

I remember when we started editing the film, back in the fall of 2007, looking at massive swaths of white text, saying what crazy VFX would be put there later. I remember looking at these spaces, wondering what it would look like when it was done. For a lot of it, I had no idea what it was going to look like. I didn’t even know what the designs would be; I just knew it could be done. (Actually, kinda interesting point, there; very little development had to be done to figure out ‘how to do’ stuff, since even at the writing process nothing was put into the script that I didn’t already know could be fairly easily accomplished (easy in theory, not easy to… you know, actually do. Like. From a time standpoint.))

I still remember my thoughts, and the way I envisioned these sequences playing out when I shot the scenes, and I think it’s interesting to compare the end result to that. In some cases it’s totally spot on, but in most instances the end result is something I never would have anticipated (and usually tons better).

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if we have more shots enhanced with CG than we do non. It’s just absurd, really, and particularly after this last round of edits and things, everything that really doesn’t fit the vibe or feel or look of the film has been minimized, or enhanced, so the whole thing is really a pretty darn immersive experience. I watched it today, trying to get into the mindset of someone who had never seen it before, and I had to smile. It’s a pretty crazy ride.

And there are so many other crazy things going along with it; Caleb Wheeler is wrapping up the prequel novel, and it’s fantastic. He’s putting some finishing touches on the final draft, and I’m crazy pumped to read it. That guy is amazing. Seriously. Branson Anderson has been working on the graphic novel, and we just got the latest mock-up from the printers, and it’s just getting better and better.

So much crazy fun stuff.

Version 14 is so so so close to being done. I can’t wait for everyone to see this film!

Ian Hubert

Writer Director

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