The Producer’s Report #63
Apr 2009 01

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 166
Number in progress: 19
Number completed: 359

Doom: mooD (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King.
Nathan: “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning” by Smashing Pumkins. This is the song used in the trailer for The Watchmen – I believe it was originally written for the movie Batman & Robin – much more epic on the trailer for the Watchmen, I say. In any case, this is an awesome song. I’m not usually a big Smashing Pumpkins fan, but this one is the bomb.
Phil: “Me Voy” by Julieta Venegas. Because the bouncy sweet melody in this song is stuck in my head. Beware.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #446
Apr 2009 04

I got a lucky break this week.

I’ve been working on a few individual sequences, and one of the sequences had a dozen “easy shots”; -just layering some atmospheric vapor over a series of quick cuts. Mmmm- I haven’t had any of those for a while.

I’m munching on flaxseeds. They are not so delicious.

For the first time I’m really feeling like the end is in sight- an incredible feeling. I’m looking at all these sequences going, “Yeah… yeah! This is doable!”

There’s still the big ending sequence, but I’m going to have some epic help on that one (more on that later!)

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Ian Report #447
Apr 2009 14

Well, we more or less took last week off. I mean, not completely off, but a lil’ bit off.

And it did me good! I’m now more energized than ever to keep going. I was looking at the whole film yesterday, absorbing it, trying to get an idea of where we are- it’s energizing. I’m going to concentrate my energies this week on seeing if I can get a ton of little stuff completed, so I can move onto some big meaty stuff next week.

I’m working on some sequences of the “Space Laser” shooting “Earth”. It’s pretty rad.

Ian Hubert
Writer, Director

The Producer’s Report #64
Apr 2009 18

…and we’re back after a bit of vacation.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 154
Number in progress: 8
Number completed: 371

Doom: Jen Forbes (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles.
Jen: “Oh What a Night” by The Four Seasons. Because “Jersey Boys” is awesome.
Nathan: “Island” by The Phantom Band. This is a beautiful song. You should listen to it.
Phil: “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” by Frank Zappa. Because there is powerful wisdom woven into the lyric of this song.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #448
Apr 2009 20

Nathan Vegdahl rigged up a genius skeleton for a man for me a couple days ago, and I made a cute little gasmask and outfit for him, and put him in the digital Goose cockpit, attaching his hands to the control stick.

This means that now I can have shots where you actually see Jerry inside the cockpit, moving the controls. Sweet! Obviously I won’t want to get the camera TOO close- but it’s still a cool thing to be able to do. I’m going to be going through and doing a bunch of shots where that’s needed, now- For Added Realism™!

Tracy just got me a slide update for a bit of an expository/revelation sequence, and it’s looking great.

Ian Hubert
Writer, Director

The Producer’s Report #65
Apr 2009 23

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 151
Number in progress: 7
Number completed: 373

Doom: 8.5 (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: That Folgers jingle because “It’s the best part of waking up”.
Jen: “Where My Heart Will Take Me” by Russell Watson. Because Star Trek Enterprise is misunderstood.
Nathan: “When that I Was and a Little Tiny Boy (Mistress Mine)” sung by Elvis Costello on the John Harle album “Terror and Magnificence”. Haunting and beautiful.
Phil: “On The Turning Away” by Pink Floyd. This song perfectly delivers from a whisper to a scream, the delicate sound of thunder. I love it. Yeah baby.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #449
Apr 2009 25

What’s funny about this whole process is that, for the past 2 years, I’ve felt like I’m on the edge of a major breakthrough, teetering on the edge of a “major production precipice” and once I reach a certain point everything will just get done- BAM! Like, “Once I get this file complete, the dam will burst, and the movie will be done before I believe it.”

The thing is, I’ve been absolutely convinced of this for years now. Remember; when we were wrapping the shoot, I was telling folks I’d probably have the visual effects done 3 months later, in time for the new year- and I believed it!

Now I look at all we’ve done (and it’s a lot) and am like- wow. Remember, there are almost 400 VFX shots already completed, and the movie is only 100 minutes long, meaning we’re averaging about 4 visual effects shot per minute. That’s nuts! And it only takes one sub-par VFX shot out of all of those to take you out of the movie- so every shot has to be spot on.

I don’t even want to think about how long it would take without this awesome team.

Nate Taylor’s been working on sculpting out the Subject C mesh- it’s looking fantastic. We’re slowly eliminating all of the shots except for the final scene, so when the time comes we can attack it with a fully-formed vengeance! HUZZAH!

Ian Hubert
Writer, Director
28% Pulchritude

The Producer’s Report #66
Apr 2009 29

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 145
Number in progress: 13
Number completed: 380

Doom: -ed [past tense, because we're not]
(calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Mr. Blue Sky” by The Electric Light Orchestra. Because it’s the finished the shot song. Usually when I finish a big sequence, I play this really loud and then my Dad will come downstairs and say, “Well let me see it.”
Jen: “Citizen Soldier” by Three Doors Down. Because it inspired a script that I’m currently working on.
Nathan: “Adagio” from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 (K.488). This is a song of transcendent beauty. I have listened to it hundreds of times and I still get goose bumps when I listen to it. It combines elements of sorrow and hope. It is a perfect marriage of the piano and the orchestra with interweaving melodies and a simplicity that belies its grandeur. Great performances by Murray Parahia and also by Daniel Barenboim. This song can be ruined by pace – it must be played slow or they beauty is shattered. A duration of seven and half minutes or so will tell you that you’re on the right track. There is hardly anything better than this – the Chateau d’Ychem of Mozart adagios – a perfect 100 points. This song is within my reach as a piano player, a dream would be to actually play this with a real symphony orchestra.
Phil: “Phantom Limb” by The Shins. Mike McCoy uses this as a ringtone on his phone. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. It’s another perfectly crafted pop confection.

Cheers,

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