This is the short, seen as the progression of light and shadow mixed with color. (how it’s made)This project has been sleeping on my hard-drive for far two (years) long. One night, I had a dream.  When I woke up, I wrote a script and started shooting two months later with borrowed equipment, great friends for actors and grips, and absolutely no idea what I was doing.  Today, I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I did decide that I would let my project go so it could finally see the light of day.  Coming soon to the collective consciousness of the internet - to sleep, perchance to dream.

This is the short, seen as the progression of light and shadow mixed with color. (how it’s made)

This project has been sleeping on my hard-drive for far two (years) long. One night, I had a dream.  When I woke up, I wrote a script and started shooting two months later with borrowed equipment, great friends for actors and grips, and absolutely no idea what I was doing.  Today, I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I did decide that I would let my project go so it could finally see the light of day.  Coming soon to the collective consciousness of the internet - to sleep, perchance to dream.

Hometown Screening - June 8, 8PM

The film will have another screening in my hometown of Johnson City, TN.  It will be presented at the Central Church on Wednesday, June 8 right after the evening’s study (which starts at 7PM).  The presentation of the film should start around 8:15 and last 15 minutes.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and feel free to come check out the bible study beforehand.  Huge thank you to the church for their willingness to host this.  Should be a great event!  Hope to see you there!

-paul

Premiere Showing - May 15, 1PM

The official premiere will be at the Parkway Church on Sunday, May 15 in conjunction with the monthly fellowship potluck.  The showing will take place around 1 PM.

This is a special place to the film as not only half of the movie was shot on the property in the woods, but lead actor Clay Johnson ministers for the church while Linnie and I both attend.  The church was very supportive of our filmmaking, and I’d like them to be able to see it first.

I look forward to seeing you there, contact me at paulh1989@hotmail.com with any questions.  Guests are quite welcome, so bring them along.

Again I express my gratitude to everyone who made this film possible.

-paul herrin

VFX Quarterlies Show

The visual effects quarterlies show is on the last day of the quarter, March 15, downtown Savannah in the Arnold Hall auditorium at 8PM.  There will be a special screening of the film as a part of the showcase.  It will not be in its completed form, but it’s on its way.  We’re looking at an official premiere in May.

One more visual effects shot, and a couple minor tweaks on the rest, and I’ll be finished.
Also, this weekend we shot some plates on the greenscreen stage for the grad theory class project, “Arena”: a computer generated short about an advanced virtual training system.  Live action shots at the end, where the character’s “de-rez” that I’ll be doing some interesting compositing with particle elements and some intense light effects with the help of our dear old friend the bash script.  Additionally, just picked up some freelance work on a commercial, doing set extensions and compositing on a couple shots of a homemade stairway to heaven.  Airs March 1st, so I’m gettin’ on it.  Good stuff.
On a side note, after about 10 years, I just found out that “Optimize Stills” button for some video compression codecs isn’t for making your still frames look better.  Don’t press that button.

One more visual effects shot, and a couple minor tweaks on the rest, and I’ll be finished.

Also, this weekend we shot some plates on the greenscreen stage for the grad theory class project, “Arena”: a computer generated short about an advanced virtual training system.  Live action shots at the end, where the character’s “de-rez” that I’ll be doing some interesting compositing with particle elements and some intense light effects with the help of our dear old friend the bash script.  Additionally, just picked up some freelance work on a commercial, doing set extensions and compositing on a couple shots of a homemade stairway to heaven.  Airs March 1st, so I’m gettin’ on it.  Good stuff.

On a side note, after about 10 years, I just found out that “Optimize Stills” button for some video compression codecs isn’t for making your still frames look better.  Don’t press that button.

finishing up a couple more shots.  the entire film is now cut together… i like it.  couple more shots to do, then some colour grading.

finishing up a couple more shots.  the entire film is now cut together… i like it.  couple more shots to do, then some colour grading.

Thats a Wrap!

This morning downtown we shot in the Savannah Theatre, which was the last scene we needed.  In and out in less than a couple hours.  I’ve already ingested the footage and made a cut this afternoon, and I really like how it’s all fitting together.  I’m very thankful to everyone who has helped me so far!  The entire edit should be pretty well locked by Monday for Midterms, and will include 4 completed visual effects shots.  That leaves only two more shots… well, except a possible third one I’ve been considering for a surprise ending… :)  In either case, I still need to take some ‘2nd unit’ plate photography for the closing shot.  Very excited, very busy!

Moving along.
I worked on this shot this weekend, and I’m very pleased with it.  About 15 hours of work with extensive rotoscoping and compositing.  I’m going to go in later and re-conform this shot to 4K…  Got some really nice, spiritual caustic effects controlling the depth of field, as if you’re underwater.  Whilst in this ‘dream sequence’, he is actually (in the “real” world) underwater, and that’s really starting to come across in a visceral way, so I like that.

Moving along.

I worked on this shot this weekend, and I’m very pleased with it.  About 15 hours of work with extensive rotoscoping and compositing.  I’m going to go in later and re-conform this shot to 4K…  Got some really nice, spiritual caustic effects controlling the depth of field, as if you’re underwater.  Whilst in this ‘dream sequence’, he is actually (in the “real” world) underwater, and that’s really starting to come across in a visceral way, so I like that.

Jeremy sneaking in a late night snack before his big shoot tomorrow morning…

Jeremy sneaking in a late night snack before his big shoot tomorrow morning…