The Producer’s Report #76 – Amazing Shots Completed!
Jul 2009 01

Scott Gwin joined us for the first half of our meeting to review our post-production work flow and talk about 3:2 pulldown (thanks Scott!). He also got to see a large collection of newly completed visual effects shots go into the timeline. Ian and company are creating epic images and we continue to be excited and amazed by what we are seeing.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 147
Number in progress: 5
Number completed: 449

Doom: 2i (upper field first)
(calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
28 February 2010 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
4 January 2010 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Henry Weinhard Rootbeer with French Vanilla Ice Cream in a mug”
Jen: “Charlie Wilson’s War” a brilliantly written screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.
Veggie: “Brad Senne” a musician that tends to make calm acoustic guitar music. Another independent artist and you can get his music on magnatune.com.
Nathan: “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse. This could be the only thing besides our movie that will eat your planet.
Phil: “Seven of Sundays” by Curt Smith. Curt did this on a solo outing from Tears for Fears. It’s a beautiful song with a sweet lilting melody and a hint of melancholy; perfect for hot summer evenings when you are ready to chill.

Cheers,

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

The Producer’s Report #74 – The In Crowd
Jul 2009 02

Today’s meeting is currently in progress even as I write this. We have a crowd of people trying to squeeze into the edit suite to review this week’s work; Veggie, Bryce, Jen, Ed, Ian, Nate and yours truly.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 102
Number in progress: 7
Number completed: 424

Doom: 41%. (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
5 February 2010 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
8 December 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Mudslingers of Milkyway” by Bela Fleck. Because it’s awesome. It’s good working music. It’s good midnight music. It’s good walking at noon music.
Veggie: “Big Buck Bunny” by The Blender Institute. Because I made it and I want more people to see it.
Bryce: “www.lollyphile.com” they make small batch gourmet lollipops. I recomment the Absynth lollipop. But the maple-bacon lollipop isn’t bad either. It’s made with real Vermont Maple Syrup with chunks of bacon. [Editors note: Bacon goes with everything.]
Ed: “Cinebarre” in Mountlake Terrace. They have a great facility for dinner and a movie without screaming kids. Nice.
Jen: “Flying Saucer Pizza” in Redmond. Because they show old sci-fi B movies, serve great pizza and have a genuine UFO hanging on the wall.
Nathan: “Fix You” by Coldplay. Because, “I was listening to it in the car on the way to this meeting and it was great.”
Phil: “Feel It (In The Air Tonight)” by Naturally 7. I heard this on NPR the other day and it knocked me down.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #458
Jul 2009 07

The shoot last Monday, as previously noted, went swimmingly! Everyone on set was incredible, and I can’t wait to start putting all the footage together, first thing tomorrow.

Jen Forbes logged all the footage on Friday, Phil’s capturing it, Nathan McCoy is labeling all the audio clips, and I’m going to be syncing/editing it all over this next week- excellent!

Nate Taylor’s finalizing the Subject C model- adding some giant claw hand things and veins and things. It’s pretty grotesque.

Peter Kovacs is still working on a replica of the lot; I’m CRAZY excited to see how it’s turning out.

Paul Spooner just made a totally incredible leather chair for the cockpit. A DIGITAL leather chair. I wish I could sit in it.

Nathan Vegdahl’s animating more crazy ending shots for the crazy ending battle. It’s crazy. I’m just blown away every time I see it. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: this ending is going to be so much more insanely awesome than I ever thought.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Jul 2009 09

Tonight we are updating the master visual effects tracking spreadsheet. Ian and Nathan Vegdahl have broken out the final battle into a wonderful choreography with details around each shot so that we need to update our original numbers. That means our numbers below are going to go up and our projected VFX completion dates are going to jump around for a while. We still hope to make exceptional headway this summer to bring the dates back into November of ’09. We’ll see what happens. Fingers crossed.

Note: We are pulling for Adventure Star Pictures entry in the 2009 48-Hour Film Festival. Jen Forbes and Barry Gregg are at the festival awards ceremony and screening tonight. Check out their amazing entry (above). I recommend clicking through to Vimeo so you can watch it in pristine high definition.

Now back to our report:

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 164
Number in progress: 6
Number completed: 429

Doom: Keying Artifacts (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
1 March 2010 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
2 January 2010 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Suicide Medicine” by Rocky Votolato. Because I hear Nathan McCoy listens to our recommendations and I think he will like this.
Veggie: “Moon” a very contemplative science fiction film.
Nathan: “When the Tigers Broke Free” by Pink Floyd. Because Roger Waters just can’t get over it.
Phil: “Galacticon” by Heliocentric. Scott Burnett turned me on to these guys. They make awesome music and we are talking to them about using some of their tracks in Project London. Check ‘em out.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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The Ian Report #459
Jul 2009 11

I’m working on a pretty fun shot. A robot suit kneels down and opens up its cockpit, a pilot climbs inside, the cockpit closes again, and the pilot begins controlling the suit. It’s a combination of a lot of different elements; a robot I made years ago, and rigged and animated recently by Nathan Vegdahl, a cockpit designed and modeled by Paul Spooner, an acting performance from Josh Truax, which was filmed by Barry Gregg, and a bunch of crazy compositing work. …These are the types of shots that remind me why I love CG.

There are some cool tasks just about to be wrapped up- I’m really interested to see what this next week holds!

We’re on the cusp of rendering a couple shots, which I think will be a big milestone for the ending scene; the first render of Subject C and Arizona. Once we’ve done that, the ball is crazy rolling!

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #77 – Talk of ADR and more Amazing Shots delivered!
Jul 2009 23

Ed Walker joined us tonight to start planning our ADR activity. Ian delivered some more amazing shots. Wow. Just amazing. Nathan Vegdahl is under the weather and couldn’t make the meeting. We hope you are feeling better soon, Veggie!

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 157
Number in progress: 8
Number completed: 454

Doom: 18.4% (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
09 February 2010 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
04 January 2010 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Open face PB and J’s,” because it’s ok to live on the dangerous side.
Jen: “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson. I’m hoping I won’t have to wait a lifetime for my moment.
Ed: “Fix the crack.” [Editor’s note: Ed noticed the huge crack on the wall in the dining room where we meet. It is a huge crack and should be fixed.]
Nathan: “Minerva” by the Deftones. Because it is so evocative.
Phil: “I’m on a Boat” by Incredibad (edited version, clean). This is fun. Pure summertime fun.

Cheers,

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

The Search Engines Seem to Like Us
Jul 2009 24

Every now and then Nate or Ian, or yours truly will test the search engines to see where Project London falls in a routine search. Our project typically shows up in the top three listings on Google, Yahoo or Bing. This morning I recieved an email from Ian stating that he ran the test today and Google displayed Project London as number one for the first time. This is so cool.

I am totally digging the fact that we can see the ways that people have been searching for Project London and Google is keeping track of it too. Life is good.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer
Spiral Productions LLC

The Ian Report #460
Jul 2009 24

Huge shout-out this week to Nate Taylor! He’s finished modeling Subject C for the final ending battle! Taylor’s been with us since the beginning of post, devoting crazy amounts of time to the project while also going to college and living life- this film is going to be so much better because of his contributions.

I’ve been working on a lot of repetitive stuff, lately; various types of VFX shots that are repeated over the course of the film. For example, we have a good forty or more shots in the Joint Command control room, all of which have to be tracked, keyed, and have all the monitors replaced with our own content.

Peter Kovacs has been working on assembling a 3d version of the location of the ending battle, using a ton of tricks I’m unfamiliar with. It’s really interesting seeing the techniques he’s whipping out. Very talented guy.

I just started work on putting the new footage of Josh Truax (filmed at the recent reshoot) into the CG cockpit made by Paul Spooner for the ending battle- they incorporate really well, and I’m pumped to keep working on the shots (which is good, because there are 20 or so).

After looking through the ending sequence last night, I realized that, with a couple of exceptions, every single shot requires some sort of visual effect added. Just dozens and dozens of shots- some simple, some really complex. When I was writing the script I had no idea. I figured, “Eh, it’ll be a dozen CG shots of the ending battle or something”- incredible.

So once again I must thank all the people helping in all these tasks as we swiftly move towards completion!

Thank you all!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #78 – Great shots / ADR Kickoff Saturday
Jul 2009 30

Veggie was back with us tonight as we reviewed a new collection of epic shots of Nebraska inside the Arizona Exosuit battling Subject C. I’m not going to lie to you, the shots that Ian and the post-production are cranking out are knock down amazing. I can say no more. Jen reports that ADR at “Walker” studios begins this Saturday. Josh Truax will be at the mic. Thanks for all your efforts everyone!

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 142
Number in progress: 13
Number completed: 469

Doom: Hungry, Hungry Sharks (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
21 January 2010 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
29 December 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Swimming after midnight”
Jen: “Stargate Universe” premieres September 2.
Nathan Vegdahl: “Project Durian” in particular, I recommend pre-ordering the DVD! Find it here. If you buy the DVD prior to September 15, you get your name in the credits.
Nathan McCoy: “Slaves and Bulldozers” by Soundgarden. Classic Soundgarden. This song has it all. Pumping bass line. Driving drums. Crazy grunge guitar line – a-melodic transforms to melodic. Driving lyrics. Buying lies and stealing jokes and laughing every time I choke – biding all the time you took. Now I know why you’ve been taken Now I know why you’ve been taken Now I know why you’ve been taken Now I know why you’ve been taken.
Phil: “Project Durian” because I am totally grateful for the support we receive from our friends at Blender.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #461 – 104º Farenheit
Jul 2009 31

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to sit in 104 degree Farenheit weather and make CG robots and aliens punch each other.

For me and Vegdahl, this was that time.

And we sweat. Out of our pores. And wished we had fans.

Nate Taylor sent in the modeled version of Subject C―it’s incredibly awesome. Unfortunately, it crashes our computers, so he’s going through a process to shrink the file-size a bit.

I’m sitting here at our weekly update meeting, and we were just able to check off 13 shots for this last weeks work―no small feat! If we can just do that 10 more weeks in a row… the movie will be done!

I will really enjoy this movie being done!

We will all really enjoy this movie being done!

Done done done.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director