Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Keeping busy

July 29, 2009

This past week has been pretty awesome. I’ve spent the last several days on a variety of different projects. Here is the latest:

Saturday, a friend needed somebody to run a camera for him at the Civic Center. 1st-8th graders were performing versions of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin. It was pretty fun, I hadn’t seen either in a long time, and after hearing all the music I really wanted to go back and see them, especially Aladdin. I also got to work with a pretty cool guy who has been in the video business for a long time.

Sunday, my beautiful wife had a family portrait session, so I tagged along with the new XH-A1. We met a group of about 16 at the lake and found some really neat settings. It was a very new experience for two reasons. First, that’s the largest group we’ve ever worked with outside of a wedding; second, one of them was on crutches, which limited the shooting locations. That was a fun shoot, especially because Alida’s former student set it up, and she knew exactly what she wanted.

Monday, I did a shoot for another contest. This one deserves it’s own post, because the subject matter is a bit more complex, so I’ll give more information later. For now I’ll just say the shoot had to do with a dog, arthritis, and some really cool machines. I won’t post anything from the actual contest until we have it done and entered, but I can post something with the same flavor. While I was filming, there was a dachshund in the next room doing some physical rehab to recover from some surgery. Check it out:

And finally, Tuesday we finished the “21 Film Project” video! I’ll be posting that video here after the July 31st deadline. In the coming weeks we’ll find out if it makes it to the finals. If it does, they will have a screening on August 22nd and announce the winners. Wish us luck!

That’s what I’ve been up to lately. I’ll have some material up soon to prove it!

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HD Test

June 24, 2009

I’ve been wanting to shoot in HD for a while, but haven’t really taken the time to sit down and do it. I’m still experimenting with all of the different settings on both the camera and the computer. There’s so much information out there, and it’s hard to absorb all at once.

Today Alida had an engagement photo shoot with a really fun couple, and I tagged along to film. While we roamed around I saw a really cool lamp post with the bulb busted out, and the sun setting behind it. I got a nice rack focus and used that as my tester for quality.

Here’s the video. Turn on HD mode and enlarge for the full effect:

The song is “Bohemian Sunset” by Jazzanova, in case you were wondering.

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. Stay tuned for more HD tests, and for the “Behind the Scenes” engagement shoot from tonight.

Zombie Movie

June 8, 2009

Right now I have a lot of projects in front of me, but the one that I am the most excited about is the zombie movie.  It will be a series of short “webisodes” that will be collected into a short film in the end. Here’s the main idea:

The zombie apocalypse has happened, and zombies are now commonplace. Unlike their movie counterparts, zombies are not brain-hungry monsters breaking into abandoned buildings to eat you alive. They don’t even turn you into a zombie if they bite you, it just hurts like hell. They are more like raccoons, getting into the trash and pissing everybody off. One man gets it in his head that zombies and people should be able to coexist, so he wrangles himself a zombie and reintroduces him to society. This movie will follow the zombies rise and fall.

I have 8 episodes roughed out, with 8 more probably needed to complete the idea. The first episode has been storyboarded by pencil-magician Scott Powers of webdisaster.net. Here’s a taste:

Check back for more Zombified updates!

Karma Animatic

June 8, 2009

This project is short enough that it probably didn’t need an animated storyboard, but I get impatient. Not only will this help me to set up my shots when it comes time to film, but it will satisfy my desire to see and hear it, instead of just reading it on paper. I should probably also add that this video contains some naughty language. Viewer beware!

Other than my bad voice-over, what do you think? I’ll give updates when I get the shoot scheduled.

Why are you here?

June 8, 2009

Hello everybody, and welcome to the main hub of my creative process.

This blog will hopefully serve multiple purposes. First of all, I hope to entertain you with a collection of things that I do, either for work or for play. And secondly I hope to keep people informed and interested in my different creative endeavors. Here are some examples of things that may show up in the very near future:

  • Links to videos I do for the Herald & Review newspaper. Since the ol’ H&R relies on advertising sitting next to videos on the site, I cannot embed the videos directly onto my blog. That’s a drag, but as long as you don’t mind, I’ll send you over there. Check around whenever you feel like it: www.herald-review.com
  • Links to different projects I do with www.troupedynamic.com, an extremely talented group of silly makers. I highly reccomend checking their site out.
  • Updates on personal projects.  I am currently working on two scripts. One involves zombies, and one involves an unlikely pimp. Check often for pre-production updates, storyboard art, script snippets, and even some animatics (animated storyboards)!
  • And finally, this will serve as a showing place for finished products.

So hopefully that’s enough to keep you interested for now. I’ll also probably ramble on about different projects. I shoot weddings and events, so I may share some of that, and link to my wife’s website (www.alidaduff.com) to share her work.  On top of the video work which is my main passion, I am also a musician. I may feel the need to share that also.

So that’s enough about me. What about you? Who are you, what brought you here, and what’s going to (hopefully) bring you back?