2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. It looks like I’ve really been slacking off this year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 520 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Film Stock Test

After my fail with the monopod, I went back out with my tripod and shot some more footage to try color grading. I am far more satisfied with the results I got this time. I suppose this just reinforced something that I already knew, stabilization is essential!

Some of the shots look a little soft, I think the reason for that is the cheap 2x teleconverter that I had on. Looks like another lesson learned.

Warp Stabilizer Doesn’t Always Work

I recently found some film stock LUTs online that I wanted to tryout, so I went to a park down the road and took a few test shots. The problem is that I wanted to travel light, so I just took my monopod.

When I got back I saw how shaky my footage was, so I dropped a warp stabilizer on it… and it still looked like crap! Sure the motion is gone, but the motion BLUR is still there.

In summary, lesson learned. Next time I’m taking my tripod.

Another Side Project

ScreenshotI recently started developing an open source 3d compositing application. I know this sounds like a lot, and it is, but I’m working on it as a hobby project to further develop my programming experience. I am after all a Computer Science major.

The project is hosted on source forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/ez3d/). I will be writing technical updates on the source forge site, and more feature based updates on this blog.

So, here goes nothing…

Short Story Format

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve started writing my story ideas as short stories before moving them over to screenplay format. It has been working surprisingly well. I think the reason is that I’m worrying less about the logistics of how I’ll turn something into a film, and I’m just thinking about how to write a good story. Here’s hoping that my current idea does translate easily to film when I finish it.

I have been working on my short psychological thriller script “Photographs” for several months now. While I have made several breakthroughs I keep on getting demotivated and find my mind wandering to other story ideas.

To fight this I decided to start writing short stories, just to get the ideas out of my head so that I can concentrate on writing my screenplay. It seems to have worked too. I have had several moments working on my second project where I suddenly realized what I was doing wrong with my screenplay.

Anyways, if you’re interested in reading some of my stuff I created a profile on a writing site called Protagonize.