Week 2 for The Paperboy

Live Action Team:

Week 2 has been very successful so far. Me and the rest of the live action team headed out to find props and were successful in finding clocks for the film. We still need to find the “magic crystal” and prop swords. For the prop swords, we were thinking about contacting some of the team members for the CCAD Larping Team and asking them if we could borrow some of their foam swords and shields.

For Thursdays class me and the team will hopefully head out again and gather up all of the final props we need for the film.

Camera Equipment:

Luckily getting our camera equipment was very easy. Members of the team checked out the Canon EOS 7d from the Library for 3 weeks and one of the directors of animation, (Josh Hakim)’s roommate is letting us borrow his Canon EOS 5d Mark III.

Finalizing Shots:

This week the live action team sat down and we all collaborated in creating the thumbnails for the film. We’ve all given Katy Frick the role of creating the final look for the thumbnails and Cameron, Sean, and myself will sit down and finalize the shots.

Style:

After discussing with Cameron on his thoughts of how the film will look, I’ve decided to go with a look similar to “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” the movie. I feel that the shots chosen for this film are perfect for the style that we are going for. This includes a lot of fast cuts, specific symmetrical placing of actors, and how the camera cuts to different scenes. Here’s an awesome example of how the director, Edgar Wright, switched from live action to animation:

(skip to 0:54 if you’d like)

I also did a little research on Edgar Wright and found this pretty cool interview of him discussing the film as a whole.

Sound design:

Like I’ve mentioned before, Tommy and I have taken on the role of creating the overall sound of the video. Because of work schedules and classes it’s been pretty difficult finding a time to work together to create the sound. Hopefully we’ll have the sound for the first animation sequence done by Thursday morning but we will definitely have everything finalized by Thursday night. We will begin working on the soundtrack after the sound for the animation scenes are completed so the animators can animate!

To Do list:

  • Finalize storyboards
  • Have a table talk with the actors
  • Practice shots with the cameras (and possibly actors)
  • Gather props and etc.
  • Start sounds
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