The Producer’s Report #83 – Epic Progress!
Sep 2009 03

Oh wow. Breath. In. Out. I saw some amazing stuff tonight. For those of you who remember Jerry on the roof throwing a wrench… Ian finished the shot where the wrench goes into the engine intake of a Joint Command Police Lifter. It’s epic. And that was only one of a slug of shots that Ian and team completed. The shot of the beam satellite destroying the mesospheric barrier shield is among those finished shots… so very hardcore cool. Bottom line, so much progress has been made that reels 4 and 5 are ready for final review before they are turned over to sound design. Reel 2 only has one more shot to complete it! This is a good week my friends.

By the way, it’s important to note that the number of finished shots below is really not accurate. We don’t actually know how many visual effects shots there are, except that there are a lot. We started tracking and measuring our progress sometime after a number of shots were completed. Ian thinks that we are at 90% completion of VFX if you add in what was done before we started tracking it all. Very cool!

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 114
Number in progress: 8
Number completed: 498
Percentage remaining: 19.7%

Doom: “Apathy” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Do your best.”
Nathan: “Fred Jones Pt. 2″ by Ben Folds. Poignant & Beautiful. On my “best ever” playlist.
Phil: “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone from The Mission soundtrack. There are only a few pieces this beautiful.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #466 – SUBJECT C WORKS!
Sep 2009 07

After 3 or 4 months of trying to get the mesh downrezed and all that, we finally have a win! Nate Taylor successfully got us all the Subject C bits so that Nathan Vegdahl could sit down and, for 3 long days, do nothing but normal map the high-res geometry onto a lower-res version model! Piece by piece! For all of the hundred pieces! Glorious, but incredibly painstaking!

Thanks to both of you!

Vegdahl’s currently going through and making all the “gummy bits” (the flesh) on Subject C deform/bend properly when it moves—another painstaking process, but fortunately not one that will take quite so long!

I was able to finish up a huge chunk of all the pieces that are left to do besides the final scene. It’s my goal to have everything but the ending battle done ASAP, so that I can focus on it 100% (although at some point I need to go in and make the opening sequence really rock).

Thanks again to everyone! Things are lookin’ good!

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #84 – Breaking 500!
Sep 2009 12

This week marks the finish of Nathan Vegdahl’s major contribution of time on this project. Nathan (or Veggie as some of us call him) spent the last three months and more working full time on supremely cool animation elements. His final efforts were focused on fine tuning the Subject C rig for the final battle scenes. Thank you Veggie! Have fun with your family, friends and working on the Durian project.

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 113
(Note: We don’t understand how we got to 113 after completing 3 things as we were at 114 last week. We must have added 2 additional last week after saying that we had 114 remaining. Seems weird. In any case, 113 is correct so that’s where we’re at.)
Number in progress: 6
Number completed: 501 (We’ve crashed through the 500 ceiling!)
Percentage remaining: 19.2%

Doom: “A Silhouette of Doom” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Morricone”
Nathan: “Silence” by Delirium. Sarah McLachlan guest stars on this quintessential Delirium track. This is great techno for y’all.
Phil: “100,000 Fireflies” by The Magnetic Fields. Charming.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #467 – Aaaaa!
Sep 2009 14

So! Subject C is all rigged and awesome by Vegdahl, (including his eye, created by Paul Spooner). I’m doing a texturing pass, exploring with UV unwrapping for the first time. It gives me so much more control than I’m used to—and takes so much longer (there are, like, 100 pieces that make up Subject C, and they all have to be unwrapped, textured, and tweaked). The bumpmaps are looking sublime.

Nate Taylor did a test animation, getting used to animating Arizona- and it looks RAD! I’m quite pumped to take on the rest of the ending scene with him.

Vegdahl’s back down in Portland, preceding his trip back to Amsterdam to work on the Blender Institute project Durian (which will be awesome).

So yes! Overall, things are crazy in progress! I can’t wait to start rendering out the stockpiled animation!

Aaaaa!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Before and After: JC Fleet Command & Control
Sep 2009 15

Here’s a shot of the Joint Command, Fleet Command & Control center featuring actors John Fantasia, Andrew David Evans and Karen McCoy (Above: R to L). This shot is particularly stunning when you consider the original footage below.

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There are now quite a number of ways you can connect with Project London:

1. Newsletter: We hope that you will encourage friends to sign up.
2. Facebook: www.facebook.com/ProjectLondon. Please “LIKE” the page.
3. Project London logo merchandise: We are offering an Associates Program.

We are cooking up some fun plans for viral marketing that you can participate in and get your name in the film credits. As soon as we work out the details, we’ll let you know.

Thanks for your support. We are looking forward to bringing you a film that will literally eat your planet.

Sincerely,

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer
Spiral Productions LLC

p.s. If you are a member of the cast and crew, don’t forget to keep your contact information current. Send contact info updates to phil at projectlondonmovie dot com.

p.p.s. We are looking for help with sound design and foley. Please contact me immediately (dirt@subjectc.com) if you are interested in helping in this area. Thank you!

The Producer’s Report #85 – Subject C Animation Begins
Sep 2009 17

Ian showed us the first rendered shot of Subject C tonight. Very, very nice. Also, the following reels are ready for the producer review: 4, 5 and 6. All of the visual effects in these reels have been completed! Jen and Ed are making progress on ADR. Wayne Bastrup was in last Thursday evening to complete dialogue replacement for his scenes. Yeah!

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 111
Number in progress: 4
Number completed: 504
Percentage remaining: 18.6%

Doom: “5.2%” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Swimming in a pool of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck”
Jen: “Everlasting God” by Lincoln Brewster.
Nathan: “Grow, Grow, Grow” by P.J. Harvey. It’s a very mysterious song.
Phil: “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap. Nice.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #467 – All Systems Go!
Sep 2009 20

So the render farm and everything are up and running, and things are actually rendering! With increasing speed! I’m now rendering and compositing shot after shot of Arizona battling Subject C. This has been a crazy rad team effort, and seeing all of these pieces fit together is a blast.

The ending sequence will be awesome! And this is not a word I use lightly! (Okay—it is a word I use lightly… but it will be awesome regardless!) Definitely the best CG sequence I’ve ever had the privilege of being involved in.

Yes.

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Ian Report #468 – Quite a good week!
Sep 2009 25

Running in a billion different directions at once, trying to get settled in in a new home in Bellevue (it’s quite nice), and living life. I’m all for it!

I got a good half dozen of the Nathan-Vegdahl-Animated™ shots for the finale rendered and composited, all of which look pretty darn legit (including several involving a giant photo-realistic CG shipping crate, created by Paul Spooner!).

The render farm is working quite well, when I’m not messing it up! (Does this happen more frequently than I’d care to admit? Absolutely! Is it still a really good system? Heck yes!)

We’re probably going to be going through reviewing some reels for final review at some point in the near future—always a fun time! Once the reels get locked down we can hand them off to the audio guys so they can make them crazy epic!

And that is that! I wanna see if I can finish all the visuals before my birthday; that would be awesome. Yes. Yes.

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #86 – It’s Intense, Man.
Sep 2009 27

It’s been an intense and busy week for all of us, but the results of the labor are amazing. More scenes from the climactic end battle have been animated and they are completely awesome. I can say no more.

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 105
Number in progress: 3
Number completed: 512
Percentage remaining: 17.4%

Doom: “and Gloom” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Disneyland”
Phil: “Relator” by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson. I didn’t expect that this partnership would be great, but it is. Their stuff is quite enchanting.

Cheers,

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