We pretty much got one more day of filming, but I'm in no hurry to get it, usually I'm pretty frantic but I've got so much editing to do I'm pretty focused on that right now, I'd rather wait for the weather to clear up a little bit more before we tackle it.
Since I've kind of figured out how to add in so many cool things during post production I've really just been trying to make things as crazy as possible, but it's very time consuming. People have to remember I have no training to do this, I didn't go to school, I didn't read even so much as read a manuel, most of this comes from trial and error. I work on something for 2 hours, then watch it and say, "Okay that didn't work BUT if I do it THIS way..." then that's another 2 hours fixing it and making it better. I'm sometimes up 'till 7 in the morning doing this, sometimes when I have to work at 11 the next day. Not a day goes by when I don't edit, it's a constant job and it never stops.
You know, I've tried having ppl help me, people say, "I WANNA HELP" and I say sure, but they usually only last a week, I say, "Hey, did you add that blood in yet?" and they say "Uhhh...not yet..." two months go by and nothing, so I sigh and go back to it myself. Folks aren't willing to work 10 hours a week, giving up their free time for such a monotous task, they THINK they are, but they don't realize how difficult this is until they try it, there is nothing easy about this. But it's all good, this is what I do!
I've had a few screenings with some friends by my house of some of this stuff and ppl are just flipping for it, I get asked if some of this CG stuff is dummies...people don't notice things that I've done in the shots....I get a lot of hooting and hollaring and freaking out. It's probably been the coolest early response I've gotten from a movie so far!
So here's some of the post production pics...some of this is from the clips above...some are new! They'll be more to come!
Oh and don't judge these until you've watched them in action on youtube, because stills don't do them justice, a lot of times they don't really sell until you've seen them in action. Also, I know there's a stigma against CG, believe me I know. If I could do everything in the world by prothestics I would, but it can take half an hour to set up one prothestic shot and I sometimes only have 2 hours in an entire day to film, so hooking up 6 zombies for a oneshot take is just unrealistic, however, doing it like this...I can have six zombies all losing their heads in one shot. I've never been a fan of making things look realistic anyway...I'm all about style....verisimilitude. I used to try to explain my outlook towards effects to some ppl....about how the EFFECT of an effect was more important than whether or not it looked true to life. One day I heard Hitchock said how he hated realistic visuals...about he was more interested in making things look STYLISTIC into of realistic and that fit perfectly with what I've been struggling to explain, not that I'm comparing myself to Hitch, but having things look crazy and neat and interesting is more important than making things look true to life.
This pic is interesting (some folks will recognize this from the arrow split clip from above) because this zombie isn't THAT zombie. If you can dig it. I took a zombie...but we already had him getting killed...so I put a different face on him. It messes with ppl when they watch it because it's so quick and it just looks wild. But the arrow in the shot was added in...I put an entirely different face on the dude, then chopped it in half...all in one shot. I thought it came out great.
This is just cool because that arrow is fake. Again this is a sweeping shot...so I had to keep the arrow in the proper perspective. Half the time the arrows in the movie are added in...other times they're real arrows...I've tried to get ppl if they can guess which is which but they never can so I guess I did pretty good.
Like I said folks have a big problem with CG..but the question is...if I zombie gets shot do I just add in a muzzle flash and have the zombie fall? Or would you reather see the muzzle flash and a hunk of the head explodes using CG? Here for instance I blew a hole in her head...you can actually SEE the tree back there through the hole!
Here's a few more just for fun!