Now that I've got myself a new computer, new HitFilm software and a few VFX toys, I found the hole in my wallet crying out for something to show for it. "Don't let me go in vaaain..." my hard earned cash seemed to yell out to me, as if from the other side. After all, historically speaking, my biggest flaw has been being tall on dreaming and short on action. What to do?
Under the clever guise of a birthday party (Do they do those for 25 year olds?) I have gathered a group of my friends who are into video stuff or just into trying fun things. We have plans to assemble this Saturday to film and produce as many action effect shorts as possible. So exciting!
As a warm up, I grabbed my little brother (you may recognize him from the Ring Bearer's Mission video) and shot this video yesterday for the facebook group to try and hype them up about the capabilities. It was rushed, and the exposure is out of whack and I couldn't even finish it, but considering I only was able to spend about 4 hours on this total? It makes me happy to see how quickly you can get results, even when you are still learning. http://youtu.be/pU1euiFdwp4
This is going to be my first big filming with a large group of friends thing, so I'm trying to be as prepared as possible. Here's my current strategy on that:
I'm breaking down all the effect shots down ahead of time so I don't forget something and end up with a mess in post
I'm trying to figure out what props I'll need and secure them ahead of time
My wife has very graciously offered to cook us up a meal and some snacks and if that doesn't work out (She's pregnant; things can change quick!) I'll be ordering pizza to make sure everyone stays happy
Any thing I'm missing? How about you guys; do you have any cool stories (or even cautionary tales!) about filming with a bunch of friends? Let's hear 'em!