Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Doings and Goings On

I could be working on a script. I could be doing some rotoscoping. I don't like doing either so I'm writing on this blog.
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Via Chance Shirley, Ron Brinkmann on FCP X. Ron points out that Apple trashed Shake, which was a pretty important compositing program 'till they bought it and decided they didn't want it anymore. I bet the makers of Nuke and AfterEffects are pretty happy about that decision.
So Apple may be bringing the "pro" part of Final Cut Pro to an "end of life" in the product development cycle. Which is very good news to Avid and Adobe.
Hey, I actually edited a feature on a... Cube? Sphere? D-Vision? I don't even remember what it was. It was on a PC and it was a real bear to operate, that's for sure.
So, where am I going with this? I have no idea. It's a good thing I didn't get that dual six-core Mac I was talking about.
The Philadelphia Desert in Earthkiller. Matte painting by Joe Chapman.
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Boy, on the movie Earthkiller we're having quite a hard time with our bluescreens. For some reason they're really hard to key. They look like they're correctly exposed. The GH1 is hacked so it's operating at 30Mb/s, so theoretically it should work better. But we're just having a bear of a time with these keys.
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Today I eliminated one or maybe two characters from the screenplay of Earthwar. Just think of the money that will save on lunches.

13 comments:

joe said...

who's your matte painting guy - Dylan Cole?

Andrew Bellware said...

My matte painting dude is very very sexy!

Chance Shirley said...

That frame is so awesome! I want to see more.

Andrew Bellware said...

Well very soon you will be able to see more!
Did I mention that Joe Chapman did the matte painting?

Chance Shirley said...

You did mention Mr. Chapman. And I'm impressed with his work. But the whole frame... the city in the distance, the approaching guys walking toward the camera, and the hand sticking up in the foreground... it's great.

Andrew Bellware said...

Well thanks!
It was all luck.

joe said...

man, that's one hell of a long walk for some scrap metal. times must be really tough in Old Philadelphia. although, it's good that they're getting some exercise.

Andrew Bellware said...
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Andrew Bellware said...

Meh. Every once in a while you find a decommissioned android. That'll pay the rent for a month.
We should really go out to the desert on our next movie, shouldn't we?
Why don't any of us have an RV?

Mackey said...

Regardless of FCP X and where Apple takes it, FCP 7 is still going to be relevant for the next several years. Dual-size core Mac wouldn't have hurt. :)

Andrew Bellware said...

FCP 7 is getting slightly creaky. Having to use NeoScene to make Quicktimes seems a bit old-fashioned. And I have a dual quad-core, so I'm not THAT far behind. But if we do switch over to Premiere we'll probably go to the Windows side just because it's so much cheaper. Well, maybe a thousand bucks cheaper. Maybe.
I dunno. Sigh.

Mackey said...

I guess for me, I've just never liked Premiere. At all. At least in comparison. Edited a great project in it, but for the most part would have preferred working Final Cut.

Andrew Bellware said...

I've found that training people who've worked in FCP or Premiere to work in the other program has been fairly easy. Except for some issues with the way projects are managed file-wise, the programs seem pretty similar to me.
I did have a while where Premiere was terrible as far as file crashes for me. Nowadays FCP only crashes a couple times per day. ;-)