Sunday, April 24, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dr. Squid's Lab Report List!

Made my first google docs form. Pretty sweet. If you want to sign up for my e-mail list for periodic "Dr. Squid Lab Reports" go here!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Platoon of the Dead - just $9.99

Check it out! Zombies and Tough Tom Stedham for under $10!

Quickie FX shot for TWISTED FATES



So, for TWISTED FATES, I needed a quick shot of a closed-circuit TV monitor in a woman's pantry. Originally I was going to make a tape or DVD of a bit of the footage shot from the other room and actually play it on this little TV.

However, 2 things: one, it's hard to keep reflections of the camera off of a screen in a front-on shot like that, and two, I actually didn't have a decent shot of the two guys - either the woman was in the shot or they were looking the wrong way or at the camera or something.

This was to be a very quick insert shot, so a still image on the screen was going to be fine.

So, I grabbed these two frames: This one, where the guys looked the way I wanted them to...



...and this one, where the background and doorway areas were clear.



I combined them in Photoshop, masking out the woman with the background from the second shot, turning it to black and white and created the frame below:



With the blue background, I was able to use an iMovie plug-in (thanks for pointing it out to me, Victor!) to combine it with my tv monitor shot, resulting in this:



As I said, it's a very quick insert shot, so the lack of movement on the monitor if fine.

As always, so much work for such little details, but they all pay off in the end!

Sandwich!

With Sophia and Jack at a recent shoot for a video short

Monday, April 04, 2011

Triple Yeah!

Got called for Jury Duty, but then my number wasn't on the list, so didn't have to go. Yeah!

Finished my taxes. Double yeah!

Have been busy with shooting and editing a couple of custom video shorts.

Took a family vacation to San Diego for spring break. Legoland, San Diego Zoo and Sea World plus seeing old friends. Good times.

Did some work on TWISTED FATES here and there and am laying groundwork to finish up TRULY DREADFUL TALES by this summer.

Looking forward to going to Crypticon Seattle at the end of May.

And...

In looking for tax-related files, I found the safety glasses I've needed for about a year so I can do a reshoot of an FX shot for EATER!

Triple yeah!!
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