Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another month passes's another road traveled...

One week remaining for term two of college life, and the crowed goes wild!!!!!!

ok so what does this mean for the D.D.R production team?

The tiny snowball that was an idea half a year ago is now hurdling at incredible speeds down a vast mountain range that is our time restraints of this particular project, we moving with such velocity I would be tempted to call this snow ball a fully fledged avalanche by now.

Scripts completed, location scouting and equipment acquisition is steaming along nicely. all that remains is a few read through with our dear actors, (whom have not even seen the script in full yet-something i must confess I'm very uneasy about.) final adjustments according the set production teams input, then finally if all goes well during the holidays, it's lights camera action!

Now fellow bloggers i must confess i did have some concept images for our alleyway scene that i had planed to upload into the internet today, however it seems in my rush i completely forgot about the transfer equipment, so perhaps next blog will be more successful hey? Anyway enough excuse making, it's journal writing time!

Life as a student living independently is always.... an extremely over the top interesting times i must say so where does this leave time for my film passion? unfortunately not as much as one would hope!
lets see here, i open up Adobe Premiere and i see six projects that all need to be completed within 3 weeks or so, with the exception of one which is due today oh the fun! thank god for Deep forest African world music, thats all i can say! hmm two jobs are offering a cash adjustment, which is always a good incentive, however I'm learning how one must balance life between, college academic projects in preparation for uni life, and the here and now, cash in hand, survival projects which will keep one on their legs for a few more legs just yet, it's difficult to say the lest!

The story of my life, hmm what else needs to be said...
well I'm not to keen on this, but I'll write it anyway, just promise me to keep it quite okay?
Last weekend (excluding the one just past-that was nothing but a fun blur to i guess you could say ten days ago) was a horrible turn of events for me. A few tragedies had befallen some really really close friends of mine. it was quite seriously the stuff of nightmares, which including car crashes, suicides, broken legs and torso, and the abandonment of something beautiful, a good friend just left Tasmania off to WA for a better life, i kinda lost three really important friendships in one weekend, with another's life servilely hanging in the balance. lets just say... I'm done with life's silly games, I hate fate, and karma just isn't fair sometimes. I'm not going to name the victims purely out of respect, and it hurts to much to be thinking of this topic for too long. so yeah.. my life's in ruins right now i guess you cloud say, eh perhaps I've got it lucky? however somewhere i keep getting this thought, it's really disturbing, but... i keep thinking perhaps they got the better end of the deal?...

AAAAAAnnnnnnnnndddd on to other topics, Work, pift whom ever likes it? i know i don't however right now a certain anguish of even greater despise for it has built up in me i guess, for some reason after the group certificates where handed out, and it's time for tax return, my payments where started to getting taxed at the maximum rate, which is practically half my pay!!! Not happy Jan!!! I talked to the taxation office and apparently it's because I've turned 18 two months ago, and my TFN has been slipped up somewhere, anyway a few singing of TFN forms should soon take care of this problem.

Allright that about raps it up i guess, i must be off fellow bloggers! sorry for the mundane read today, i guess for now, it was more of a chance to get some thoughts of mine into written word, the first steps for closure i guess.. anyway can't wait for filming during the holidays! have fun my friends! peace!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The tides of change

Mr Balverdiear, Take a note!

Today on this fine morn on the eve of the 21st at approximately 9:54 I sit here pondering in deep thought, contemplating over the ever evolving challenge our SDI team has undertaken.

It appears Mr Balverdiear that life itself, is not without a sense of irony.
time will tell I guess... time will tell.

This production, this journey, this task our team had once set out to achieve, to answer the ever drifting question of "what is real?" has backfired somewhat, in the sense that actually producing the film has turned into a question more along the lines of "Are you for real?" it appears time restraints have altered the story somewhat.

okay so I hear you all screaming why? how? Are you insane changing the core question right now? here at virtually the end of all things college!

perhaps this answer is between the lines, yes it could be argued changing the purpose of the production at this late stage is a sure fire recipe for disaster, however is not the core idea of this course student adaptability and self directed evolution? why could this statement not reign true for our productions as well?

over the ever tiring advent of scripting our project has grown, matured some could say into a fully developed persona, as with all good youths we traverse the world of change, such is the case of our project. The child at the core of the question has change, taking on the form of " personal reconciliation, redemption, atonement and escape from our challenges in life, as people we all strive that picture perfect lifestyle, however all too often this dream often remains a piece of candy that's dangling just above your head by some universal sentient being, this project it seems has matured into illustrating these obstacles we all face.

On the bright side the scripting is all done, the majority of the pre-production has been completed, and our project seems to maintain on our schedules to plain, their could still be hope for us yet!!!. I feel if a dropped a few pages of our script on here it might just give away the projects progression, however I feel guilty if i don't hmm perhaps in a few days I will be bold enough to post what we've got so far.

And so Mr Balverdiear it is with great regret that i must sign off for now, end dictation please good sir!

" but but sir, were not done yet?"

" I know i know, just time has ran out, the actors are here, and it's time to begin! lights out!"

peace fellow bloggers!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Light- AGH!

College date: 7.7.08 and one hour to many!!!

The SDI project we've decided to undertake is finally starting to shape into a completed package, we can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel!

one problem.

That tunnel is looking really, really small!!!

You see after a nice little gentle yet some how extremely scary wake up call last digital lesson on Tuesday it's become suddenly oh so crystal clear how desperate things are going to be. we've only got around ten weeks left? I can't quite remember so don't quote me on it.
however that time frame paints a fairly pristine picture to m e. this project needs to be filmed and completed. and fast!!!

As a counter measure for this sudden epiphany our group have strategies a benchmark fall back plain, where absolutely everything no matter how far behind we are, has to be completed by a certain date, if not the group is just going to keep this good al tug boat moving, and continue with the next stage.
additionally we've started clocking on double hours. spending every precious minute during class wisely for once, and an average of around 6 extra hours per week at the shouzen (my half shed, half hours I'm renting!) in a week or so were planning entire weekends dedicated to the course!

The group has high hopes of starting the production filming stage during the holidays, a few of the quicker shots, e.g our night club scene will be filmed before hand hopefully.

the following is a rough idea of the time frame we've got to work in.
keep in mind I've included the holidays as part of our production schedule. otherwise the normal time table would consist of 10 weeks, and not our 12

Pre Production

week 21: present week-rough draft scripting-research
week 22: expected rough draft script completion-edit read through of script-journals
week 23: Final edit of script-good copy completed-research
week 24: Location scouting for scenes. script reading with cast.

Production Phase

week 25: Holidays-final cast adjustments-Film oblivion & montage shots
week 26: Holidays-film alleyway & Scene3, Scene 4 conclusion

Post Production

week 27: Post production editing using equipment at the shouzen-adobe premiere CS3 pro
week 28: Final edit-tweaking-start distribution stage-journal
week 29: Project completion deadline. additional support documents & clips


week 30: Repair final report-reflect in journals
week 31: Final report due-journal
week 32: presentation.

The above illustrates the types of limits we've got left to complete the project. I'm confident our group can pull it together just in time, it's all a matter of dedication i guess.

As for the actual project it self, my opinion has been persuaded, i Believe this Production is no longer primed on the " cyberpunk genre" and has rather evolved into surreal " drama" perhaps. as i feel the core of our production is concentrated more around emotions. redemption and reconciliation.

More on this development in my next post.

unfortunately it seems my time here on blogger world has run short.
I hope this post has given some type of insight into our digital project.

much love peoples! peace!
Da fro!