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June 23, 2007

lsgl: quick cuts

by sven at 4:48 pm

Over the past few days I've been going through my new DV footage... Downloading, selecting the best takes, adding the "lavaman" effect.

I've also tightened up the storyboard. After a lot of frustration and reworking, I think I've got the shape of Act III finalized.

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Act I shows the explorers discovering the distress beacon and deciding to turn it on. With the exception of the last few explosive moments, Act I is very slow-paced and somber.

Act III, on the other hand, is fast-paced and chaotic. The Shoggoth appears, the Elder Things awake and stampede, the explorers get smacked down.

Check out the clip above... I wanted to share a comparison of what the DV footage looks like raw, versus what it looks after I've doctored it with the lavaman effect. (I also wanted to share a sneak-peek at what some of the quick-cuts are going to look like.)

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I'm really pleased with the continuity between the two shots that show Andrew getting knocked to the ground. The poor soul threw himself down on that futon almost 70 times for me! (THANK YOU ANDREW!)

Unfortunately, there's still a lot of good stuff that won't make it into the film. The shot above is particularly difficult to part with... It's got fabulous drama -- but just doesn't fit into the flow of action the way I'd hoped.

Oh well -- at least I can give it a little of the honor it deserves by sharing it on the blog. :-)

posted by sven | June 23, 2007 4:48 PM | categories: let sleeping gods lie