Posts Tagged ‘trailer’
With today’s release of Star Wars on Blu-Ray, I thought it would be a proper time to revisit a project of mine that is very close to my heart: Star Wars Episode Zero.
During one winter break while I was still in college, my buddy showed me these lightsaber battles that people were making in their backyard. I was completely in awe of the effect; not so much the production or story. Once I learned how to create the lightsaber effect, the possibilities of what we could accomplish took a life of it’s own. It became a year-long labor of love, in which we explored every which way we could to push our fan film to the next level: custom wardrobe, fight choreography, epic locations, and of course… new lightsabers and lightsaber battles!
The next winter break I spent entirely in the “cave”. After finalizing every frame of the trailer, we locked the edit, and then it was time to get to the effects. There is an estimated 30 seconds of lightsaber footage in the film, and at 30 frames per second, that’s a total of 900 frames of rotoscoping! Not to mention a few scenes with multiple lightsabers and complex masking when lightsabers move behind people/objects.
As many times as I’ve watched this, it still brings back all the great memories we had creating it. I consider this project moviemaking at it’s purest; driven by a passion to create the Star Wars universe in all of it’s detail, researching, writing, building, shooting, editing to exhaustion, and not getting paid for it (in fact, our main expense was the fabric for the customized wardrobe)!
How do we make the lightsaber spin in someone’s hand? How do we push what’s possible with new lightsaber styles? How can I create the hologram effect? How do I composite a moon in the background of our Palace of Fine Arts shot? These are the some of the challenges we gave ourselves and tackled in the making of this fan film.
Next time, I’ll revisit the “Making Of” and “Outtakes” clip and share with you the experience of creating Episode Zero. For now, please enjoy…
Great news about the progress of the short film I edited, Project Arbiter: the new trailer to this concept film has just been uploaded!
Mike has been keeping the crew updated on the progress of the film after the edit was locked. It’s exciting to finally see the visual effects, score, and color grading come into play. I knew it was going to look good, but I’m still blown away by the production value that is coming to life.
Mike did an awesome job cutting this one together. Also, hats off to Jesse, VFX supervisor.
Click play; you won’t regret it. It’s ALIIIIIVE!!!
Here’s my latest project: a 30-second tv spot for the upcoming movie, Australia. They provide all of the elements for you to create your tv spot. I saw this as a great opportunity to focus on my editing techniques, and all other contestants have the same footage to work with (although they say you can add your own original elements, i can’t picture using anything other than their own footage for the tv spot).
After downloading the huge .zip file that included all of the media elements, I was a bit disappointed to find that the bundle was a bit poorly assembled. They only include two different theatrical trailers for footage; so there are no “handles” on clips to allow for a more flexible edit. Essentially, you are left with the task to turn a already edited two-minute theatrical trailer and turn it into a clean TV spot. It really felt more like a challenge to see how well you can “clean and fix”, as opposed to how well you can “create.” Not only did they not provide any additional raw footage, but the music they provided was also direct from the trailer edit, full with volume changes!
Still, I was stoked to work with professional, high-budget epic movie footage, and I’ve always been a fan of good trailers (anybody ever heard of the Golden Trailer Awards?). After meticulously piecing together all the dialogue clips with the corresponding video clips, piecing and marking the various sound effects, and cutting and smoothing down the trailer music, I was ready to edit. Lately, I’ve made it a habit to be very, very organized with all of my clips and sequences because it is so easy to get lost as the project gets bigger.
The biggest obstacle I came up against: 30 seconds! It is quite the task to try to sell a movie in 30 seconds. It made me think of commercials I saw of other movies I wanted to watch; all I remember, is that they would just go by way too fast. But, I edited until my eyes burned, and I’m happy with what I pulled together in just a few nights. In the end, I came up with three different TV spots.
#1: “In A World” – I like to call this edit “in a world” because it has the typical makings of an epic movie trailer… you know how you get introduced into a preview and the narrator voice starts off with “in a world…. blah blah blah”. Then it continues with the slow build-up, the budding romance, and then BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, all the eye candy to try to entice you into wanting to watch the movie in the theaters.
#2: “Storytime” – Slower paced, more story-oriented.
#3: “Objection” (Scored by Peter DeLeon) – I was trying to figure out how to make my entry stand out while having it still look/feel commercial. I figured the best approach is to have an original score. I sent the footage of edit #1, without any music, to my good friend Peter, to see what he could come up with. When I listened to his track, I was thought, “Wow… this is a very different feel.” I liked it, but he scored something that felt more like a thriller/suspense, and so I had to create another edit with new footage and different dialogue to try to fit it.