Interview: Nathan Taylor
Jan 2008 04

How old are you and why?
I’m 19. I’ve always figured that’s because in 1988 the stork figured it would be a great idea to play a practical joke on my parents. Somehow, they seemed to think this was particularly funny, and named the joke Nathan Hunter Taylor. I still don’t completely understand the punch line, but I don’t think anyone really does.

What got you started in film work?
When I was about 10, I picked up my family VHS recorder and started making movies because I was bored. When I was 11, I saw the Wallace and Gromit short clay animated films, so I started doing clay animation (which I still love), and from there progressed to traditional 2D and CG work.

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First Rough Cut Screened Today
Jan 2008 05

Here’s an actual screen shot of Jen and Josh as Xing Xing and Nebraska, moments before Josh takes a swig of Jerry’s fish head smoothie.

Jen Forbes, Nathan McCoy and I watched the rough cut this morning without Ian who just came down with a nasty case of the flu. I wish he could have been with us to share in our delighted response to the revelation of this epic adventure. It’s a thrill ride. It’s hardcore, funny, riveting and completely entertaining. This viewing included all but a couple scenes, camera audio only, and placeholder text graphics for animation and visual effects. Watching it, my heart soared as I imagined how the missing elements (animation, visual effects, color grading, sound design, music) would integrate with the wonderful story that Ian has created.

The screen shot in this post includes a test run at color grading with emphasis toward a burnt orange caste in the midrange values and pumped up blues in the shadow and highlights to preserve the intensity of Xing’s hair color and her Nalardian eyes. Notably, the film has a projected running time of approximately 112 minutes with credits. Amazing. Excellent. Cool.

I am so pleased to be on this journey with all of you. Let’s collectively wish Ian a quick recovery and God speed as he moves forward on key elements of post-production.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer

p.s. I thought you might enjoy comparing the original source frame to the graded sample above. Please note, this isn’t final grading by any means; just fooling around on a Saturday morning.

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Interview: ian wilmoth
Jan 2008 09

What is your name?
ian m wilmoth

How old are you and why?
31- due to when I was born

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Results of Key Tests are Epic!
Jan 2008 13

Ian gave me this screen shot showing the results of some tests he was running with our keying software. He was very pleased for two reasons. 1) The speed and ease of use of the software and 2) that he was able to achieve such an excellent result (see above). Those of you on the set during shoot days 8 through 10 will remember the effort that Robert and others put into getting the windows clean on our set pieces. Well, the team did an excellent job, but there were still many imperfections in those windows. But just look at the wonderful results above, imperfections and all. This shot is in the Boulderwake cockpit. Nebraska (Josh Truax) is rushing Christopher (Bryan Hanner) to the nearest medical facility. Just look at the lighting. Kudos to Barry Gregg and team.

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer

Interview: Branson Anderson
Jan 2008 15

How old are you and why?
That is nonsense.

What got you started in film work?
I am quite good-looking.

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The Joint Command Tower Unveiled!
Jan 2008 16

Hey all! From what I recall, you guys like seeing stuff. Here’s something that’s… fun to see. I’m going to try compositing it all into the animated shot tomorrow, if I can!

Ian Hubert
Writer, Director, Editor, Animator, Busy Guy

Interview: Geoffery Simmons
Jan 2008 19

How old are you and why?
28 cause I look it! :)

What got you started in film work?
Love of the craft, enjoyment derived from learning, growing and expression.

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Mopeds Rule!
Jan 2008 23

Ian shared these images with me a while ago. It occurred to me after the response to seeing some of the other screen shots, that you might like to see everything we are willing to show (at this time). Duh!

Here’s a screen shot from a 360 degree pan that started on the Joint Command tower (see the January 16th post) and comes around to catch Nebraska (Josh Truax) and Christopher (Bryan Hanner) zipping by on a moped for a wild and fun ride through Pioneer Square. Ian has applied some of his special mojo (graded version above, original frame below) and I must say it looks pretty sweet. Don’t you agree?

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Needless to say, it’s going to be an eye-popping, amazing sequence.

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer

Interview: Wayne Bastrup
Jan 2008 29

How old are you and why?
31. No idea why. Time is cruel.

What got you started in film work?
A degree in drama from the U.W.

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