Tuesday, March 31, 2009

yay! more production photos

On set

Jono testing out the set, making sure everything's in order before filming

Shots from the film

ahoy hoy. just another production photo i meant to put up but...er..forgot. editing's going ok, hope to have another test rendered out soon to put up. am trying to remember to test every decision i have to make so that it covers all the bases in terms of coursework (have to remember the film is still going through ECA even if it's my project!), it just gets tiring,.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Doritos ad (2008)

this is WELL overdue, but this is the advert for the doritos competition in 2008. unfortunately due to some massive technical issues we missed the deadline (lesson learnt for the future). The main reason i'm posting this now actually is that doing this was the initial inspiration for the work i'm currently doing, including 'For Your Convenience' - drawing directly onto things makes such a big change from the usual types of animation, i think it could become something integral to the way I work (which is what my tutors said I was lacking - 'what makes a dan castro film?')

as usual, thanks to everyone that helped. copyright dan castro 2009 etc. etc.


Production Photos

So here, at long last, are some of the few production photos from on the set of the Toilet project, currently under the working title "For Your Convenience". quality's a little low on some, but it was just to document the extreme lengths i will go to to avoid doing walk cycles.

Getting down and dirty. there were pubes inches from my head. not mine.

Performing some intricate surgery on sinkhands

Director of Photography Mr Jono Burgess hard at work

just checking my DP is doing his job correctly

I do have to thank mr burgess once again for his unflinching willingness to sit down and press a button all day, but it was certainly made easier with him there.

with this project supposedly being a window to test some ideas for my grad film, i'm not sure where this will lead me...but something certainly feels like it's brewing.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Day Three of Shoot Over

So yesterday was the third day of shooting the Toilet film that I haven't come up with a decent title for yet. We started later than on days one and two, but that worked for us as myself and my 'director of photography' (jono sat staring at a laptop) were both getting a bit tired with early starts and standing/sitting around all day.

The shoot went well, as it did on day 2...there were some light issues as I wanted to use natural light alongside the toilets actual lights as much as possible, and not use artificial studio lights - i felt this would make it slightly more realistic, albeit at the cost of a bit of flicker. I enjoy the 'purist' side of that, in the sense that I'm not actually using artificial things, it feels more...rough, but it the right way. Donald Holwill pointed out that if that's my view, that's a sacrifice i'll have to make, and I think it's ok really.

I edited some of the footage together very briefly from day one and did a quick test with some digital footage too...so here it is.

As I say this is very rough in terms of editing and digital work, but i've turned down some of the flicker and adjusted the white balance on a couple of images. Also, I might add, with music over it, it completely changes the atmosphere...at the moment I'm thinking of using 'I surrendaa' by Mozambique-based band Empty Boat, one of the two rights-managed albums we were given as part of entry to the LIAF competition.

Will keep updating with production photos and other bits and bobs as soon as I get them sorted.

Monday, March 23, 2009

toilet time

today was the first day of shooting for the film i'm working on for the London International Animation Festival/PooP productions competition in may. I think there'll be three days of shooting, as today took one day and there are 3 shots (there are only 2 cuts in the whole film) - the 'narrative' is following a line around a toilet drawing images and telling little bits of information about how we in the western world have the ability to wash our hands, but 10% of us choose not to after going to the toilet. I'll post up some production photos and the development drawings as soon as I get them together - took a few today.

we're having problems with the light, as working in a toilet that is lit by both natural light and indoor lights is proving annoying - there's a huge amount of flicker in the images, but once i've edited it together i'll try and get rid of some of that. according to my production schedule i'm slightly with a bird in hand at the moment, so i'll try and keep the pace up!