Bumping along…

Happy New Year!

I’m close to finishing the tough shots. But my hard drives are acting suspiciously–including a brand-newish backup drive. After a few weeks, when replacement drives come in, I hope to start the smaller shots and finish the film!


Quick update: working on a series of feathers-on-the-wind shots. Feathers that move forward, backwards, towards and away…

After I output the different shots (I need lots of these shots), I’ll composite them. When those are finished, I’ll move to the Beautiful Young Woman effects.

And then things will be very close to the finish line (on my end) before the film is handed off for color grading, sound mix, scoring.

Peek at Shot

revealReverseThought it would be fun to see the composite I’m working on now, so I shot it on my phone in this video.

  • The top is the original footage. It couldn’t be used as is; too gentrified looking to be a forgotten, mysterious wood.
  • The little inset is the roto of Miranda I’m working on.
  • The bottom shot is the rough composite. It uses a scratch roto I made of Miranda, so I could see how she’d interact in the wood.

You can see the roto is well on its way, and that the “wood” is built. After the elements are combined and the composite refined, the shot will be complete. Then just one major shot’s left, plus several small ones.

Another shot

The “Meadow” shot was completed a while back. And now another key VFX composite is about 70% complete. I was worried it would take much longer. But I’m surprised how quickly these shots are being completed these days. Relocating to the chapel has everything to do with it. It’s quiet, cozy and warm–and there’s no internet plugged in there.

Only one or two more big composite shots are left. Then several small shots remain–those should move quickly.


The last replacement components for my computer and post setup arrived in the mail the other day. This means as soon as I can find a spot in the house (everything is uprooted now because of the flood) to set up temporary shop, I can get going on “Wood” again!


Just a quick update. Sadly, on August 13, a connector on a toilet water line in a bathroom adjoining my studio flooded busted, and the studio flooded. I lost my sound isolation room, and the studio is completely gutted.

It’s been a very stressful time; the original film footage, computer, external hard drives, film keepsakes and paperwork, monitoring equipment, piano, and hand-written music manuscripts were exposed to 4-5″ of water. Fortunately, my film and music projects seem intact, but until I resume work on the projects, I won’t be completely at ease. I’m in the process of figuring out how to reinstate what I had in the studio before. So there’s been a long period of inactivity on the film and music front since the flood.

The timing of the flood is particularly frustrating, because I’d finally gotten past the biggest challenges and speed bumps of the film, and was on the way to the finish line. Hope things get put together quickly so I can move forward again.