Film Concept Ideas.

An idea for a short entered my mind last Saturday night. A spark of inspiration flourished. But to make this idea appear on screen, I knew i had to figure out if i could make it happen. So, I grabbed my brother and shoved hime in front of the lens and created a small scenario I could play with in the editor.

The basic idea, was a contact lens that when the user touches something, effectively just named that object. For instance, you touch a house, the word house appears! Simple, but something fun to try out!

So my first thought is, well, tracking. Im going to have to track my footage to attach the text, to what we’re seeing. Now I know, I’ll need some high contrast detail to give the tracker the easiest points to track. Now I’m shooting various places outside my front door, so, not the worst detail.Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 16.04.27.png

For the job I’m using HitFilm Ultimate 2 – They’re actually now on their 4th instalment of the software, definitely check them out – It has a built in native tracker, but also has Mocha, attached to the program too which is a massive help for more detailed camera solves.

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Now, for still handheld shots, it was relatively easy to track. The software had little to no struggle tracking the shots I gave it. But i did, have one long shot, where the ‘character’ starts walking around just poking things, seeing the information pop as he goes.
This was a struggle for me and the software to track. The camera moved in the scene way to much, so it was basically impossible for the software, both the native tracker and mocha, to solve the track.

Im really excited to develop this idea, and see if i can complete a rough concept, to put into an actual short film.
In retrospect, I think to further the idea. I’ll actually do the effect from the point-of-view of the character, so we are seeing the effect through their eyes not ours. And also, keep in mind more what the software I have to hand, can handle.

I’ll keep you update, with it’s progress!

Josh @ InitialPictures

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Project 336: A Filmmaking Initiative

PROJECT 336 is a Film-making initiative setup by Initial Pictures Founder, Josh Castree.
The project exists as a two week – 336 hours – rolling production. During the two weeks, an entire short film will be created. Starting with a script, moving on to pre-production; Storyboarding, producing. Then shooting and editing the film. All working to release the film on the 14th day.

The content will be consistent and always original. This will challenge the creators in all aspects of film. Writing. Editing. Cinematography. Acting. To strive to come up with completely new material and content.

The final aim of this setup, is the eventual situation of having two films released each month.

Its existence enables creators to produce their own content, what ever they need or want, and is run for and by, the creators involved.

 

The first run of this project is due to start soon. Keep checking back, to see whats created!

Josh @ initialPictures

The 50mm f/1.8 STM – Test

So I recently bought the newest, 50mm Canon Lens. Its predecessor, aptly named the ‘Nifty Fifty’, for its light weight, affordable and great quality images.
This generation has been fitted with more metallic parts and a step motor, which results in a quieter autofocus.

Heres what I managed to get out of the lens with my 550d.

I was blown away with the lens and what it allows you to do. With some fiddling with my camera settings, I managed to get some really nice images.
Keep in mind the 550d has a crop sensor so in reality Im not getting a true 50mm image. Im getting something closer to what the 85mm delivers.

Definitely, worth the purchase whether you’re a photographer or a film-maker. Quality and affordable.