All posts by Ben

I am a writer, filmmaker, and programmer from Wichita, KS.

Interview 23

This film was originally written and shot the weekend of June 13th for a 24-hour film race. After the race I re-wrote parts of the film and we re-shot it to come up with this final version.

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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…