Oct 2009 01

…that’s what Jen Forbes said about tonight’s review of visual effects shots, “Wicked!” Even more wicked is the fact that we have less than a hundred visual effects shots remaining!

Jen reports that Jen Page has finished her ADR sessions. She is working to schedule Josh’s reamaining sessions and to collect and evaluate the few remaining scenes that Dan Andrews is finishing up to determine if we need to schedule sessions with John Fantasia, Andrew Evans and Justin Tracy.

All in all, we are pretty excited about the progress being made.

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 97 WE BROKE A HUNDRED!
Number in progress: 11
Number completed: 520
Percentage remaining: 15.7%

Doom: “Drowning” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Holding your breath under water as long as you can,” it’s a blast.
Jen: “Do You Want to Date my Avatar” by Felicia Day (above)
Nate: “In The Light” by Led Zeppelin. It’s a good darn song.
Phil: “Ten Years Gone” by Led Zeppelin. It’s a darn good song.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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The Ian Report #469 – The Finale!
Oct 2009 04

It’s actually coming together. The entire finale! Finally! The Finale! Is actually coming together!

I’m still riding the wave from Nathan’s involvement a while ago—rendering out all the shots he animated over the months. Nate Taylor’s animating out a few more shots, so hopefully we’ll reach an equilibrium where we’re both animating shots as fast as I can render/composite them.

I think the ending needs more explosions. This is something I feel strongly. The explosions don’t even necessarily need to be motivated—things just exploding is enough.

Also; I’m practicing drawing badgers and moose.

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

Word is Starting to Spread!
Oct 2009 07

Props to Nathan Vegdahl for wearing his Project London shirt in the Durian project team photo! Check it out here. Click on the team photo to see a nice large version of Veggie sporting the unmistakably cool design created by Branson Anderson. Thanks for the plug!

Our friends at Troll in the Corner embedded the “Project London Unleashed!” clip on their site a while back and now, our stats show that they are the number six referrer. Pretty darn cool.

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Thank you to new friends at 3D Tutorial DVDs for the shout out from their site.

If you have a hankering to help us reach people who might be interested in our project, please go to www.facebook.com/ProjectLondon and become a fan. This will make our posts visible to your friends on Facebook. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can subscribe to our monthly email newsletter at www.projectlondonmovie.com and share it with your friends.

Thanks for the help everyone!

Sincerely,

Phil McCoy
Executive Producer
Spiral Productions LLC

Oct 2009 08

Ian, Jen, Bryce and I met to look at the fabulous shots Ian brought in for review. Nate wasn’t able to join us in-person, so we emailed him the data and he produced the stats you see below.

Jen reported that Josh Truax is scheduled for his last ADR session this Saturday. Pretty cool.

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 95
Number in progress: 3
Number completed: 522
Percentage remaining: 15.4%

Doom: “No Doom” (calculated by Phil this week)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Swallow Your Tiny iPod” and taste the tunes!
Jen: “Freak Show Horror Film Festival” in Orlando, Florida. “Echoes” (above), one of Jen’s award winning short films is screening at this festival!
Bryce: “Frost“, the best donut shop ever (in Millcreek).
Nate: “Mother Mother,” what a great little band.
Phil: “A Man From Argentina” by Billy The Vision and the Dancers. Because Nathan Vegdahl (and Ian) recommended it, and it’s a fantastic song. And you should listen to it many times.

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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p.s. Here’s a crazy fun post from Nathan Vegdahl from his location working on the Durian project.

The Ian Report #469 – Whack-a-Mole
Oct 2009 10

So I’ve definitely bit off slightly more than I can chew lately. But only slightly! It’s like a drawn-out game of whack-a-mole. I wrote out a to-do list the other day, glanced at it, then quickly hid it, so as not to be overwhelmed.

But hey! Most of these tasks will be over within the next couple weeks—so just gotta push on till then!

Until that point, I’m just trying to keep up the momentum that’s built up with Project London as well as I can—had kind of a non-crazy-awesome week last week…

Basically, in order to remain really productive, I need to find the ‘hook’—the thing that keeps me interested and crazy excited. Last week I didn’t have that. This week I think I’ve found it—a new sequence that’s more or less ready to be attacked.

So here’s hoping! Nate Taylor’s just finished another shot, and it looks fantastic, so I’ll get on rendering that. Pretty darn pumped!

Peace!

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #89
Oct 2009 15

Ian showed us some pretty hardcore battle scenes today, all of them wonderfully amped up with explosions and scintillating visual effects. Jen reports that Josh did come in last Saturday to complete his last session of ADR. Ed and Dan are working to finish scrubbing audio for a small number of remaining scenes by the end of October. Then we’ll be able to resume ADR again.

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 89
Number in progress: 6
Number completed: 528
Percentage remaining: 14.4% (LESS THAN 15%!!)

Doom: “Look out! The chandelier!” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “PB & J with chocolate” because, how can you not like peanut butter and jelly, Jen Forbes.
Jen: “Fly Film Making” because getting everything written, shot, cut in a weekend is the only way to make a movie. If you have time, then it will take time.
Bryce: “Rx Bandits” because they’re amazing.
Nate: “The Nurse Who Loved Me” by A Perfect Circle. This song falls into the Mellow Gold and Madness categories. The singer has a fractured relationship with reality. The music has a solid relationship with your ears.
Phil: “Olias of Sunhillow” by Jon Anderson. Still one of the most beautiful and moving albums of all time.

Cheers,

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

The Ian Report #470 – I think my face exploded.
Oct 2009 19

I think my face exploded. Or imploded. Ohhhhh sinuses.

Still in the middle of the finale, although I’m explanding to see if I can keep up momentum on the ending whilst also addressing small problem shots throughout the rest of the film.

I’m currently sitting in a Starbucks at 5am, writing this update, responding to emails, and revising some interview responses. Also, via the power of the internet™, I’m watching a rawther complex shot render on Nathan McCoy’s machine, as the frames are popped out one by one; a fun thing to be able to do in realtime.

-Ohp! 2 more frames are done!

This week I posted a short blurb on facebook. Something like, “This movie will be awesome!” and I got a bunch of responses from folks- most of whom had worked on the film in one form or another over the years. Actors and extras, prop makers, soundtrack composers, demolition enthusiasts, family, friends (all!) It really made it start to sink in: this has been a pretty incredible journey, and we’ve all gained a lot of allies along the way.

Awesome.

Ian Hubert
Writer Director

The Producer’s Report #90 – Maritime Mayhem!
Oct 2009 23

Captain Doug Pine, who plays Captain Doug Pine, skipper of Icaria’s floating restaurant in Project London (seen above with actor, Geoffery Simmons) and Captain Doug Pine in real life, a real ships captain, was witness to a mutiny on the high seas just a few days ago. The story of his experience is unbelievable, but completely true. You can read all about it here. Captain Doug is now safe with his wife, updating his Facebook profile and planning next steps. For that we are all thankful!

Here are this weeks stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 84
Number in progress: 6
Number completed: 534
Percentage remaining: 13.6%

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

This week’s recommendation: The U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Resource Center

Cheers,

Phil McCoy, Executive Producer
on behalf of Nathan McCoy (left), Producer and Phil McCoy (right)
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The Producer’s Report #91 – Lots of Activity
Oct 2009 29

The Blender Conference finished up last weekend in Amsterdam. Two of Project London’s top animators were in attendance; Dolf Veenvliet and Nathan Vegdahl. We contributed a 90 second trailer featuring a new song by Half Acre Day, Multiply, that we hope to include in the movie. Nathan and Dolf both reported that the trailer, which featured a bunch of crazy story elements and some eye-popping CG, was very warmly received. You can see this trailer if you happen to be at the Blender Party on November 7, in Osaka, Japan.

On other fronts, our usual Thursday post-production meetings are now moving to Saturdays from here on out. So look for this post to appear sometime Saturday morning instead of the usual Thursday evening time frame.

Here are the stats.

Status of Visual Effects (VFX) Shots:
Number remaining: 81
Number in progress: 10
Number completed: 537
Percentage remaining: 13.1% (LESS THAN 15%!!)

Doom: “Oh no!” (calculated by Ian)

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

This week’s recommendations:
Ian: “Wear your seatbelts!”
Jen: “Barry Gregg” because there is no one else I would rather have DP a movie.
Bryce: “Woot.com” because they’re amazing. One day. One deal.
Nate: “Spirit of the Radio” by Rush. Yes, I like Rush. “Spirit of the Radio” is classic Rush. Classic nerd rock.
Phil: “Dreamer” by Supertramp. No explanation required.

Cheers,

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