The Ian Report #454
Jun 2009 03

This week [last week] was fairly uneventful- I’ve been working on storyboarding the ending battle, and I’ve basically wrapped that up. Nathan Vegdahl and I did a lot of jumping around the backyard with sticks going, “RA! I’m Subject C! Stab stab stab!”, choreographing the ending battle and trying to think of crazy ideas.

Storyboards are an awesome (decent) means of communicating ideas visually, so the first couple pages I drew were really detailed, to show every bit of action, and were taking me far too long to draw. Eventually we realized that, since Nathan was going to be animating all those bits (or at least coming up with the rough blocking), they didn’t need to be as detailed- since Nathan helped me choreograph it all in the first place.

Subject C is nearing completion! We have a method enacted that allows multiple people to work on him individually, and we can put him all together whenever we want- meaning more progress is indeed being made! Nate Taylor’s working on finishing up the sculpting work on his exoskeleton, and Nathan’s just about done with rigging.

We’re going to be doing a reshoot of some of the ending bits, and Phil and I are heading out in a couple minutes on a prop run at the Boeing Surplus Store, to see what mysteries it may hold. Wish us luck!

And now- back to work!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #71
Jun 2009 04

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 121
Number in progress: 11
Number completed: 404

Doom: Math. (calculated by Ian)

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

Kudos to Phil Rogan for completing the “Fist” shot. Thank you!

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “The Happy Birthday Song” by Anon. Because it’s statistically likely it’s somebody’s birthday today.
Jen: “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. We all want to be part of someone else’s world sometime. It’s a very deep song.
Bryce (Jen’s best friend): “Teddysbiggerburgers.com” because they serve the best burger I’ve ever had. Specifically the bacon bleu cheese.
Nathan: “Exploder” by Audioslave. Because this songs really moves.
Phil: “One Step Ahead” by Split Enz. Classic. And excellent.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #455
Jun 2009 07

Holy cow, it’s gonna be nice to have a movie that doesn’t end anti-climatically. If anything, I think the ending is going to be disproportionately good compared to the rest of the film- I don’t think this is bad!

These things happen in waves; as we go through each sequence, it takes time to get all the pieces and files and models and everything from everyone all put together. Slowly an equilibrium is reached, where the assembly line’s really working, and stuff really starts getting churned out. It’s usually at this point things get kicked into an even higher gear from the sheer awesomeitude of seeing everything come together so quick- this is a great place to be, and we’re not there quite yet.

So just what are some of these pieces that are slowly coming together?

Peter Kovacs is creating a 3d replica of the lot, based on a bunch of reference pictures and footage we shot- this is awesome, as before I was just assuming we’d have to play it by ear on a shot-by-shot basis, using various background stills (and limiting our POV options to my height or lower).

Nathan is going through and animating a ton of crazy awesome shots of Arizona and Subject C- getting them ready for the day when we can finalize the texture and start rendering these puppies!

I’m working on compositing various greenscreen shots we did for the ending, and making the crazy robot control arms Nebraska uses when he controls the big robot exosuit- sitting in a cockpit being worked on by Paul Spooner.

Plans are also underway to shoot a few more additional elements somewhere in the near future, so we’re tracking down old costume pieces, and random props. It’s gonna be a blast.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Jen Page interview at “Troll in the Corner”
Jun 2009 08

Check this out; Jen’s work in The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is getting some recognition at Troll in the Corner. She even got a chance to plug Project London. Thanks, Jen! It’s a great interview and also included are amazing pictures of Jen’s stunning work space at WotC.

Visit Our New Friends at “Troll in the Corner”
Jun 2009 12

Troll in the Corner just posted a feature story on Project London. Check it out! Digg it, etc. Thank you!

The Ian Report #456
Jun 2009 15

This is a short period of Dolldrums- working on tons of mini objectives which, while easier to complete (though, in typical fashion, almost always more complex than anticipated!), make it difficult to amass any kind of momentum- not to mention that I’m going to have to step out for a week because I get to be a counselor at a local camp (an awesome thing to do, but not the ideal timing for it)…

That said, Vegdahl’s still animating, Kovacs is still creating a 3d replica of the lot (I have NO idea how- he’s still explaining the techy bits to me. All I know is it’s awesome), and I’m still compositing! So just gotta keep trekken’!

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #72: Subject C is Doom
Jun 2009 18

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 113
Number in progress: 10
Number completed: 413

Doom: Subject C. (calculated by Ian)

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

Kudos to Ed Walker and Dan Andrews for moving a lot of audio through the pipeline!

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “The Show Must Go On” by Queen. Because because.
Jen: “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. CSI New York. It’s my all time favorite CSI.
Bryce (Jen’s best friend): I’m recommending “The Slackers” because they are the best modern Ska band.
Nathan: “Top Yourself” by Raconteurs. Because it is blues like blues should be.
Phil: “Whispering Wind” by Moby. Smooth. Atmospheric. Hypnotic. A tasty little chill pill.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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The Ian Report #457
Jun 2009 21

I’m about 10 minutes away from heading out for my annual bout as a camp counselor- I’ll be gone all this week, but progress shall continue!

We had a showing yesterday of the film as it currently stands, and it was great (Also? Nathan McCoy brought us all coffee from Starbucks. What a guy? What a guy!). I’ve never felt so good about the distribution possibilities for this film- even with all the missing pieces it’s starting to look like a whole movie. I think it also helped that we had some new eyes watching it. It’s hard to get as excited watching it when we’ve all seen the movie a dozen times already, and someone seeing it with fresh eyes reminds us all why we’re making the film.

Oh wow.

Wow!

My wart just exploded.

So yes! I’ll talk to all of you again in a week! It should be glorious.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #73 – Veggie!
Jun 2009 25

Ian is off being a camp counselor this week so Nate and I took the opportunity to meet Nathan “Veggie” Vegdahl for coffee at Tully’s. Nate spent some time showing Veggie our progress tracking system that helps us predict our finish date for visual effects. If you ever have a moment, you should ask Nate about this tool. It is truly amazing.

Moment of silence: Michael Jackson and Farrah have passed on. We honor their art and send condolences to their families.

Doom: Subject C. (calculated by Ian)

The particularly cool sketch (above) was first introduced last week and I felt it was worth posting again this week.

This week’s recommendations:
Veggie: “A Man From Argentina” by Billy The Vision and the Dancers. Because they make great music, they give it away (their record label is called, “Love Will Pay The Bills”), and then they make their money at their shows. Cool.
Nathan: “Welcome to the Machine” by Pink Floyd. This was the first sort of epic song that I can remember. When we were younger (living with our parents), my brother had a decent stereo and used to play this song over and over at volume levels designed to make your ears bleed. It was great and it’s now permanently embedded on my psyche.
Phil: “Eyes” by Rogue Wave. I love the acoustic beauty.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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Day 22: Nebraska Battles Subject C!
Jun 2009 29

An epic day of hardcore film making! Josh performed as Nebraska battling Subject C, seen here with orange hair in Barry Gregg’s photo. Ian directed Josh through a highly choreagraphed fight sequence with the planet eating monster and then we moved the shoot into the sweltering heat of the attic at the Richard’s house (Nate and Laurie’s home). We filmed a new scene here that is quite fun.

Thank you everyone for a great day making art.

Ian Hubert, Writer Director
Josh Truax, Nebraska Higgins
Barry Gregg, Director of Photography
Jen Forbes, Assistant Director
Michael Gonya, Camera Assistant
Brien Houston, Grip
Nathaniel Peirson, Grip
Laurie McCoy, Craft Services