Hi everyone! It's October already! It's been silent on the blog for a bit, but it's not because there's nothing going on! Here are the results of our camera/fx tests that we shot 2 weeks ago. We're trying to define the look and feel of the film before production begins. I also needed to do some proof of concept fx work for the floating multibodies. Click on the links below to launch sample video (or right click and select save-as) of our work..
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hey all, short post...just wanted to share the highlight of my day..was at Weapons Specialists today to review with Ryder, my armorer, his recommendations for guns and gear...while there I got to fire my first gun ever!! Some guys have fired hunting rifles and stuff, but I got to fire an assault rifle. It was a real rush! Will post photos tomorrow...
Also, I went to Home Depot with Harrison and Shane, my assistant producer and prop guy respectively, and bought a ton of stuff for one of our sets - the interior of our dropship..We'll have a photo documentary of building that soon...
hey all ...my buddy Ryder from TWS is down in Miami working on the Miami Vice movie (...so cool...), but we managed to catch up on the phone yesterday. I'll be going in to NYC next week to check out the awesome array of weapons and gear he's put together for our futuristic military team..from Ryder's own lips: "It may be set 50 years in the future, but one thing's definitely the same: the shotgun will continue to be the best for close- quarters infiltration." sweeeet...
Since Harrison came on board as the producer's assistant, we're beginning to really burn ahead...Casting stuff should be finalized soon..Thanks all for submitting headshots and resumes! In the next week, I'll be sorting through the over 300 submissions we've received!!
Cooooool! I just got these photo updates from Brian, the prop designer..take a look...
In the film, the Homeland Security officers of Division 9 are equipped with Multibody orbs that provide a number of supplementary functions like surveillance and covering fire from elevated positions..these gloves are what the officers use to control and program the Multibodies...
Brian's done an awesome job of creating in real life what I've put down on paper..Brian, you rock!!
I met today with Shane and Harrison to plan the construction of the dropship interior. As you may have seen in the CGI section, the exterior of the ship will be created in pixels while the interior scene is a real set..We drafted some blue prints of how it will look and are doing a Home Depot run next week..building takes place the day after that..we'll definitely have a photo session of that construction too just like we did with the green screen...
This set's been bothering me in the back of my mind for a while..it was great to finalize it's construction today!
Here's a scan of our notes for some visuals! The idea here is to construct the interior of the dropship to match the dimensions of a U Haul truck so that when we film the soldiers jumping out of the CGI dropship, they'll actually be leaping out of a U Haul..the we'll composite in the digital ship...Are you not entertained!!!
ugh, sick of separating posts by subject!! here are quick notes:
Camera Tests - DP and I are doing some camera tests next week, I should also have some digital "treatments" I've been experimenting with to define and refine the look of the film..you'll see what I mean by gritty and dark...It actually kinda looks like Battlestar...But of course the DP (whose bio I'll post soon!) may just step in and say, "No, no, no.." :)
Locations - still looking for a sweet locker room..any gym owners want to volunteer?
Actors - great casting response, but still need an Asian male lead actor, a bodybuilder, and female model to play the sexbot!!
Knight Driver, otherwise known as Brian, is making all of the props for the film. These include gadgets and gear that our soldiers (and one combat mech) wear..
One of the coolest thing Brian's doing is building the Multibodies!! Multibodies are 9 inch in diameter spheres that accompany the soldiers on their missions. Covered with lenses for surveillance, they also have a detachable gun unit and ammunition reservoir. Check out the great photos in the Props section!
Based in Connecticut, Brian is awesome at what he does! I highly recommend this guy!!
I just added a bunch of photos in the Props section! Take a look!!
All the soldier gear is being supplied by The Weapons Specialists, located in NYC...The guys supply real guns, non-firing replicas, and all sort of other cool stuff! Their last big project was War of the Worlds which was shot in NY and NJ!! Check it out the gear for Division 9...
Niiiiice!! You may have seen the P90 in the Stargate series, Alias, or the cool anime series, Gunslinger Girl.
The gang at The Weapons Specialists in New York City are providing the weapons and armor for the soldiers of Division 7! These P90s are non-firing replicas.
The Weapons Specialists also rent out real guns (weapons handler required), missile launchers, knives, and basically everything you need for a cool movie!!