Sunday, March 29, 2009

Well, I thought I'd finally show off some of what I had for the new cuts of Little Red Riding Hood and Dream House, not only are they both tightened up to more unpretentious lengths and now are having decent sound mixes made that don't sound like someone running a scalpel across a chalk board, but the color correction on both has been redone. Proceeding are old version (top) and new version (bottom) comparisons.

Little Red Riding Hood
Though the old cuts of Little Red Riding Hood were much better received than Dream House, they still have loads of problems. The first cut is better edited but corrected and compressed more poorly and the second cut looks better but has silly music from Ren & Stimpy ruining the mood and sloppier cutting. The color correction on both has always driven me crazy since after I made Dream House. While the film is more over the top, comedic and cartoony than its successor, I chose sickening, Godzilla: Final Wars like color filters for each shot and heavy, heavy contrast and that all looked rather ugly. This new cut still retains the effect of some of the old filters but in a much more subtle fashion and looks far more pleasing to the eye and naturalistic. Nature's colors are far lovelier than anything a computer could make, as you will see here.Dream House
The problems of the original cut of Dream House are many. It was an absolutely relentlessly sloppy film. The original cut's color filters were once again way too over the top and here I've gone for a more naturalistic tone most of the time. The ghost scenes have been recolored even more though to give them a creepier quality (with several others elements as well which you'll see when it all comes together), but everything has been tweaked much more subtly than in the original cut without the over the top contrast. The colors of the raw footage have been enhanced rather then manipulated into being something they're not. Back in 2007 I overdid the color correction to make everything look more "cinematic" but only succeeded in making it look more amateurish in the process. I also made the mistake of correcting the scenes in the bar and with Kate's attempted rape at the end too warmly, I have gone for a much more intimidating, cooler job here. Now let's take a look.
Okay, better get back to work now. The sound is pretty much done for Little Red Riding Hood and getting there for Dream House.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

18 pages of the close to final draft of the Alison in Wonderland script.

These are just 18 pages of scenes so nothing too spoilerish. Included is the scene early on (but not at the beginning) of Alison eating with her cold parents and then seeing the unnamed American President declare himself "President for Life" in the name of national security. Also included is the White Rabbit scene, the first half of the Mad Hatter scene (picture Dave Luce in the role please) and the Dining with the Red Queen and Card Guard execution scenes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

No massive developments lately. Waiting for the relooping and dubbing of some Dream House's dialogue to fall in place and then I'll finish the ADR and sound mixing for both films. Hopefully I'll get my finished scores for both in another few weeks as well.

I'm also permanently quitting film criticism as I can't stand doing it, my writing possibly isn't even that good (nobody seems to give me much support for it) and it's just getting tiresome. I like writing films and making films so much more. It's like a woman I want to have sex with every moment of every day.

I'm starting my own personal business soon to keep myself on the ground in this economy. I'm gonna be a videographer for local bands and earn money doing that for a while.

I'm actually writing a Godzilla movie right now entitled Godzilla: Retribution. It's kind of just for practice, but I'm trying to do what George Romero did with the horror genre to the kaiju eiga genre. I'm about at page 88 and close to Godzilla's rampage through Tokyo, will probably take me days to write as I need to do some research on Tokyo's geography. The Tokyo sequence will be like the fucking Battle of the Pelennor Fields of kaiju eiga, 30 minutes of Godzilla destroying shit, battling the Japanese and American militaries, fighting mecha such as the "Super-Goten" (basically a mix between the Gotengo, Moonlight SY-3 and Super-X) and killing loads of innocent of people.

Also, the script of Alison in Wonderland will posted soon, but not in its entirity. I was debating whether I should or not. There is a lot of stuff I want to keep a surprise for people in the film itself when it comes out, so I'm gonna post snippets to give you an idea of the script itself but not giving away too of the good stuff.