First ADR Session @ Walker Studios
Aug 2009 02

Saturday, August 1st, Nate and I popped in to Walker Studios to see Josh Truax (above) working with Ed Walker (below) and Ian Hubert to replace some troublesome lines of dialogue. When I say troublesome, I mean that the original track recorded during production in August of 2007 has some distracting background noise or spontaneous sound effect that distracts from the performance.

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Ed operates like a professional and the session ran very efficiently. There will be more sessions over the coming weeks with various principal actors. I am looking forward to listening to the edited ADR tracks.

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This is the first picture posted online (that I’m aware of) featuring a Project London t-shirt from our new merchandise store modeled by Nate. Pretty cool.

The Producer’s Report #79 – Rendermatic
Aug 2009 06

Wow! A photo of Nate and Ian sporting cool Project London shirts available at our merch store.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 133
Number in progress: 4
Number completed: 478

Doom: Sephiroth (calculated by Ian)

Projected date for completion of all VFX:
31 December 2009 (based on projected time estimates of all tasks)
24 December 2009 (based on spreadsheet items completed per week)
(Please note these cool dates!)

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Cowboy Bebop”
Jen: “Leverage,” it’s so much fun.
Nathan McCoy: “We’re Going To Be Friends” by The White Stripes. This is one of the nicest songs ever written. It’s unusual that I like it given its niceness. So you should pay attention.
Phil: “Arena” by Todd Rundgren. I’m enjoying this album.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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The Ian Report #462 – Bugs! and Nathans!
Aug 2009 08

Grrr! I hate having to troubleshoot bugs!

You know, when you reach the point where it’s like, “Ah! This should work!” And then, for whatever reason, it doesn’t? And you have to spend hours- sometimes days- figuring out why that is!?

I suppose I’m sounding needlessly pessimistic if I refer to it as “Making it stop not-working” as opposed to “making it work”, but that’s been our experience with Subject C the past few weeks. Nathan Taylor got the model to a point where it should be perfect, but it won’t work on our machines, so he works hard to down-res it, and for some reason some pieces of geometry refuse to down-res. And he and Nathan have to work to figure out why it’s buggin’ out.

All that said, nothing’s really changed this week-

OH! Except for our rendering capabilities! Nathan McCoy has an awesome rendering computer, and we have the render folder synched up on Microsoft’s Live Mesh- (meaning if you add or remove a file in the Render folder it appears or disappears on both of our machines), so normally I would upload a file to be rendered, send him an email, and he would get it rendering when he had a chance after work.

Nathan Vegdahl wrote a python script at the suggestion of the other Nathan (McCoy), that would automatically render out any files places in the synched live mesh folder, and put them back up.

Meaning that I can just drop a .blend file into a folder on my computer, and the rendered frames come back within minutes.

It’s a pretty incredible system, for which I am crazy pumped. It’s already been a huge help.

Also; apparently you can only be in this update if your name is Nathan.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Aug 2009 10

You can earn 15% on sales of Project London Merchandise by referring people to our store from special links that you can post on your facebook, website or myspace page. The first step to earning this money is to sign up at Zazzle.com.

It may look like you are signing up to be a seller, but that is just so you can have an account and become an Associate. Once you are an Associate, there are simple instructions to help you create links for your web pages that will include a special code crediting you with pointing people to our store. You will then be credited with 15% of any sale made during that session.

Instructions:

First sign up at zazzle.com to become a seller. Then choose below what type of link to create and follow the appropriate set of instructions.

TO CREATE A SIMPLE LINK TO THE PROJECT LONDON MERCH STORE

  1. Go to your DASHBOARD You will see three columns, on the right at the bottom of the STORES column,
  2. click on MORE PROMOTION TOOLS. This will take you to the ASSOCIATE CENTER Scan down the middle text column to SIMPLE LINKS and then
  3. click on STORE LINK
  4. In the empty BUILD LINK field, enter “Project_London” (be sure to use the underscore) and
  5. click BUILD LINK The result will be that an HTML link will appear.
  6. Follow the instructions for using the HTML link.

TO EMBED THE COOL PROJECT LONDON MERCH STORE FLASH PANEL ON YOUR SITE

  1. Go to your DASHBOARD You will see three columns, on the right at the bottom of the STORES column,
  2. click on MORE PROMOTION TOOLS. This will take you to the ASSOCIATE CENTER Scan down the left text column to FLASH PANEL and
  3. click on FLASH PANEL Now, scan down the column on the right and
  4. enter “Project_London” in the empty SELLER field and then
  5. click NEXT
  6. In the right column enter “Project London Merch” in the TITLE field
  7. Select SPACE in the SKIN pulldown, then
  8. click on SAVE and
  9. FINISH
  10. Follow the instructions to cut and paste the embed code.

That’s it!

Please give us feedback on how this works for you.
Are our instructions accurate and clear?
Thanks for your help! Good luck!

The Producer’s Report #80 – Project London Newsletter Kick Off
Aug 2009 13

We are very pleased to have kicked off our monthly email newsletter. If you aren’t on the email list, head over to the movie home page and enter your email address. And do us a favor if you don’t mind, encourage your friends to sign up for the newsletter, too. Thank you!

One of the coolest things in the newsletter was the announcement that you can earn 15% on sales of Project London merchandise. Click here for simple instructions.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 133 (we actually finished 1, but we added 1)
Number in progress: 11
Number completed: 479
Percentage remaining: 23%

Doom: Eating Broken Shards of Glass (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “The Future!” Imagine the dental care advances!
Jen: “Archer’s Theme” by Dennis McCarthy from the Star Trek Enterprise soundtrack.
Nathan: “Tipitina” by Professional Longhair. This is awesome New Orleans Blues Piano. Enjoy.
Phil: “I Choose Noise” by Hybrid. I totally dig this powerhouse sound.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #463 – Scott Burnett and ADR
Aug 2009 18

I had a meeting with Scott Burnett regarding music yesterday—always a good time! There are so many scenes that are going to benefit from a good soundtrack, and so many that are going to be stronger without them, and it’s just a blast exploring our options.

Can I just say a word about Scott Burnett’s name? This is a question for everyone who reads this: what’s up with the double “T” in the English language? We don’t actually say the second T at all… it doesn’t mean we emphasize the first T any more than we would have anyways- what’s the point (besides awesomeness?). The fact that both his first and last name end with double-Ts I find interesting, and most mysterious!

Having finished another major slew of shots (all the Arizona cockpit shots (thus far), I’ll admit I’m having a wee bit of trouble getting momentum up for the next assault, so I think I’m gonna step back and work on a totally different part of the film. I’m jumping to the middle, and finishing up the last few FX shots we have in some reels that are keeping them from total picture lock, which means we’ll be able to let the audio guys attack ‘em!

Ra ra ra!

I just attended (somewhat briefly) an ADR session with Jen Page and Geoffery Simmons—what a blast seeing those two again! The session went extremely well, and it’s always a good feeling fixing problem scenes so quickly. Thanks Ed, Geoffery, and Jen!

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #81 – ADR Session #2
Aug 2009 20

Ed Walker has engineered another ADR session. This time attended by Roberta Roshau-Jauregui, Jen Page, and Geoffrey Simmons. The session went great reports Jen Forbes, “We got all of Geoffrey’s ADR done (that we know of) and most of Jen’s (however, we found a few lines after she left).”

Both Jen (xing) and Geoffery (Benin) were extremely impressed with how the film is looking. “#@(!-ing amazing… I’m sorry, there is just no other word for it,” said Jen Page.

Work on visual effects continues and here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 122
Number in progress: 13
Number completed: 490
Percentage remaining: 21.6%

Doom: Expired Tabs (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Fluids, Rest, and Asprin”
Nathan: “Clearly Departed ” by DeVotchKa. Just a good song.
Phil: “Choke” by Hybrid. A full body slam of sound.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #464 – Subject C!
Aug 2009 22

I think the picture basically speaks for itself, but in case it’s ambiguous, the Subject C mesh will be the one to bring about our demise.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #82 – Canada’s Film is Cool!
Aug 2009 27

At our meeting tonight, Ian showed us the film for Canada’s exposition scene and it really looks great. Remember the scene of ultimate chaos filmed on the green screen stage at Victory Studios? It’s in the film! I repeat, it’s in the film! And it is hardcore cool. Thank you Tracy Yee Ming Leong for the cool graphics!

Work on visual effects continues and here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 122
Number in progress: 12
Number completed: 490
Percentage remaining: 21.5%

Wow, it didn’t really change much this week. But stuff is happening, people. Just so you know.

Doom: “You don’t have to be afraid of this, you just have to be afraid of the future.” A statement by Nathan McCoy overheard by Ian at tonight’s meeeting. (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Diving in head-first”
Jen: “Mmmbop” by Hansen. Because it’s a catchy tune.
Nathan: “She Loves Me” by Black Lab. Just a good song from a band I had never heard of until just recently when a friend recommended them. Alt Rock. Good stuff.
Phil: “Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes. These guys sound great.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #465 – A Tale of Two Scotts, A Nate and a Bunch of Exposition
Aug 2009 29

A Good Week.

I met with Scott Gwinn yesterday, and we discussed many things, including ways to harness his technological genius for insane Project London schemes.

Also: Brilliant Subject C Solution from Nate Taylor: Fact or Fiction? Stay tuned.

Also: Scott Hill got back to me with a totally rad concept for a small controller screen.

Also: I finished up a bunch o’ the exposition scene, in glorious ‘horribly-glorious-o-vision”.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director