Just stumbled across this in the iPhone app store. Hitchcock is a “mobile storyboarding” app - you take photos on your iPhone and then drop in camera moves, stand-ins and audio. You can even set timings for the shots, so you can experiment with pacing. At £11.99, it’s a little pricey, but it looks like it could save a hell of a lot of time. My draughtsmanship isn’t great,...
Chopping and Changing
Well, with a magazine deadline week and two days of editing out of the way, I finally have some time to sit down and blog. The first two days of the edit were… a little fraught. It turns out that Wilmot’s old Macbook, while fine for cutting SD video, really struggles with HD. And when I say “really”, I mean “20-hour rendering times”. A few tweaks brought the...
Went to see District 9 yesterday - good stuff. Neill Blomkamp’s one to watch out for - and I suspect James Cameron will be kicking himself come the end of the year. 14 years and $300 million to make Avatar, and Blomkamp’s snuck in with a truly epochal sci-fi movie that only cost $30 million to produce. Not that you’d know it from looking at the screen; the visuals are very...
Our zombie, Lea, has blogged some more about Baby Steps and her other current projects here. I find myself playing the waiting game at the moment; Baby Steps is in the can, but we won’t be sitting down to edit it until the weekend. Of course, my natural response is Oh Sweet Jesus We’re Going To Miss The Deadline, but there’s plenty of time to cut it together yet. And on the plus...
Well, Baby Steps is in the can - the shoot went pretty smoothly, on the whole. Our star Lea blogs about her experience of being made over as a zombie here - luckily I’d given her the zombie contacts earlier in the week so she could practice with them; even so, she was suffering for the first hour of shooting (sorry, Lea!). Something to bear in mind in future. Things over-ran by a couple of...