The Producer’s Report #59
Mar 2009 05

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 187
Number in progress: 4
Number completed: 338

Doom: bad haircut (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
9 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
14 September 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s music recommendations:
Ian: “Center of the Galaxy” by Half Acre Day.
Jen: “Desire” by Ryan Adams.
Nathan: “Grand Parade” by Reindeer Section. Simple, powerful, beautiful.
Phil: “Life in Technicolor II” by Coldplay. Hammered dulcimer heaven.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #442
Mar 2009 08

Still hard at it! Most all of the easy shots were done towards the beginning of post production, meaning that as we go along the shots are becoming more and more difficult (in general). This is good, and this is bad. It’s good because we’re able to address the difficult shots with the knowledge we’ve already accumulated, but bad because it’s like finishing a marathon sprinting uphill.

I’ve been working on rendering out shots using Ian Wilmoth’s ridiculously detailed model of Icaria’s, the flying restaurant. The level of detail on this thing is incredible. I’ve been working with it for hours and I’m still finding hidden things in nooks and crannies.

Jean-Sébastien Guillemette is a brilliant Blender modeler (one of my biggest inspirations when I was learning the program), and is donating a gorgeous airship for us to use in the film. I can’t wait to render it out. It’ll definitely raise the production value of the Icarias scenes.

I’m going to be meeting with Scott Burnett (the mind overseeing all the music in the film) at some point this week, and I’m quite pumped to hear some more of his ideas and get a dialogue goin’.

So yes! Still hard at it! I cannot wait to see this film.

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #60
Mar 2009 12

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 186
Number in progress: 8
Number completed: 339

Doom: Yes (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
10 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
21 September 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s music recommendations:
Ian: “Only in Dreams” by Weezer. That song rocked junior high so much.
Jen: “Winter” by Tori Amos. Because winter can’t seem to make up its’ mind.
Nathan: “Hypnotize” by System of a Down. Because it rocks very hard.
Phil: “Witch” by The Bird and The Bee. Easily the best song ever for a classic James Bond film that isn’t in a James Bond film. Shirley Bassey watch out.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #443
Mar 2009 15

There’s nothing more fun than seeing a shot of a bunch of folks standing on boards and ladders on a greenscreen stage turn into a shot of a bunch of dudes crawling out of a burning aircraft.

I met with Nathan Vegdahl and Scott Hampson last night, and we watched over all of the footage of the ending scene a couple times, planning out the required visual effects for the big ending finale. Work is slowly getting in motion for that ending sequence—two big shots have been tackled already. I wanted to show you guys footage from the meeting of Nathan and Scott roaring around like monsters, but unfortuntaely my camera was not handy.

A great visual was received from Tracy a couple of days ago; a slide proclaiming the absence of a town.

Some fun stuff!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

They Are a Changin’
Mar 2009 18

I’ve been reading lots of articles like this, and my head is still chewing them over.

I mean- basically what we’re talking about is something that could very effectively (and quickly) kill the film industry as we know it. In every article I read I keep waiting for them to tell us “The Solution”- the way to stop the changes- but so far nobody’s proposed a feasible one. As far as I can tell, file sharing will become easier and easier, and more and more socially acceptable, until we reach a point where the current means of film distribution (and in turn production) are no longer feasible.

And my instinct is to resist that- after all, the industry I grew up wanting to be in could be dying just as I get into it? Because everyone suddenly thinks stealing stuff is OK? It kinda gets me irked.

Filmmaking used to be reserved for the big studios. Sure, you could make a film with your Super 8mm Kodac camera, but anything above that generally became prohibitively expensive (at a feature film length) because of the cost of film stock and processing fees- not to mention all the equipment needed to edit it. And if you wanted your film to be seen by massive amounts of people you needed an outside resource to distribute it. Now, with the revolution of video, filmmaking is possible for most everyone. It really is like Gutenberg’s printing press, because what was once reserved for the Church (Hollywood), was then accessible to most everyone (growing steadily cheaper as the technologies to make books were improved and became more common). The internet now makes distribution more or less free- a process that previously, on a wide scale, generally cost millions of dollars.

But if Hollywood loses it’s competitive edge of “Massive Amounts of Money”, where does that leave us? A future I haven’t really wanted to consider, I guess, until I really think about it.

It’d leave us with hundreds of thousands of people creating independent content, at different levels of quality and entertainment- for the love of the craft. Filmaking finally becomes as much of an art as painting. And just like painting or most any other common medium, the good stuff will stick out above the noise.

It’s important to note, however, that there is not a multi-billion dollar “Painting Industry”.

I actually think this isn’t a half-bad future for film. This is an awesome future for film. It might even be a future I’d be willing to trade my desired career for.

Because the question remains- will it be possible, in this new future, to make money- enough money to support the creation of more films and the creators- off of the films? And how? I’m not optimistic enough to believe that donations would really bring in enough to support a whole film- but we’ll see. I think a complete reimagining of the medium is going to take place in the next few years, one that will be very difficult to anticipate. It could very well result in the end of “the industry”, but overall, in this competitive rich new atmosphere I think the odds are good we’ll be seeing significantly better films.

All said, films-on-the-cheap are definitely going to be on the rise, and I think it’s great that we’re able to ride that wave.

The Producer’s Report #61 (Special Doom)
Mar 2009 19

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 180
Number in progress: 7
Number completed: 345

Doom:

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(calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
12 September 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
29 September 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “PB & J” (Peanut Butter & Jelly). It’s a classic and never dissappoints.
Jen: “Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog” written and directed by Joss Whedon. Because everybody’s a hero in their own way.
Nathan: “Exit Music (For a Film)” by Radiohead. A classic song off a classic album, “OK Computer”. It’s hard to beat the emotional impact of this song. It is truly stellar.
Phil: “Hold On” by Ian Gomm. Pure pop for now people.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #444
Mar 2009 22

187 shots on the wall…
187 shots!
Take one down,
watch it and frown,
187 shots on the wall.

The shots are finished one by one,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The shots are finished one by one,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The little one has such a little key,
I’m guessing an hour but it takes three-
And they all are finished-
in time for the big premiere!

Old Mother Hubbard,
Went to the Cupboard,
To get the VFX shot done.
When she came there,
she pulled out her hair;
and that was another one done.

-Actually, things are going pretty darn well with the Visual Effects shots! It always pleases me when I can look at a sequence I thought I already understood, then look at it a different way, and realize I can add a bunch of richness to the scene because of it. This film is continually turning out cooler than anticipated.

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Hello Planetblender.org!
Mar 2009 24

You may have noticed that we’ve discontinued our use of subjectc.com in favor of this new web site. We invite yout to come visit us here where you will find the latest news and information about our progress to complete and release Project London.

The support of the Blender Community means a lot to us.

Many thanks for Nathan Letwory for connecting our blog posts to planetblender.org.

Sincerely,

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer

The Producer’s Report #62
Mar 2009 26

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 175
Number in progress: 12
Number completed: 350

Doom: 17% (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
9 October 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
18 October 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Goodnight, Travel Well” by The Killers.
Nathan: “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse. Because we’d love to have a couple songs from them for our soundtrack.
Phil: “Revolution” by The Beatles. Because that’s what we’re startin’ here.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)

The Ian Report #445
Mar 2009 31

…I don’t know, Angry Josh, I don’t know.

Probably because my 19 Year Old self who wrote this movie was insane?

Regardless- things move along! I’ve actually hit a patch of very simple shots. I haven’t had any simple shots to do for months now, so it’s been quite a pleasant reprieve from the “One Shot A Day if I’m Lucky” trend I’ve had going. With any luck, come our weekly meeting, there’ll be enough shots completed to make a dent!

It’s been a really long time since I’ve last seen the movie in its entirety, I’m pumped to see it all again, with all of the new completed scenes and such. Awesome.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director