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Where have I Been Hiding?

December 5, 2011

For My final Year I’ve set up a new blog for all my super awesome work and you can find it here

Its going to B A busy year

October 6, 2011

Oh hi Phil hows it going? oh whats that? my idea for the project? bloody hell I’d barely thought about it now you mention it but I do have a little idea bobbing around in my old noggin.

Over the summer I’ve been watching alot of Youtube subscriptions over the summer (e.g. Epic Meal Time, Mega64, Smosh) where they release videos on a weekly basis, and it got me thinking perhaps I should go viral. My idea consists of myself starting a new Youtube channel and releasing a new video every week.

Despite this idea I’m still rather foggy on what the videos would be that I would release.

Professional Project: Video

May 4, 2011

This is the final edit of my film I was entering into the Cannes Film Festival

Professional Project: Evaulation

May 4, 2011

For my professional project I had decided that seen as one I day I want to work in the film production industry, I felt that I should look into doing some kind of video production work for this brief. After Phil had brought several different ideas forward for us to choose from I felt none of these were suitable for me, so I started looking for something that not only I would enjoy working on but was productive to the area I was planning on building a portfolio for.  I searched about the Internet for jobs or apprenticeships that were available during the timeframe until I came across the idea of entering a film into a film festival.

I mentioned the idea to Phil and Bob to see if they thought it would be suitable for the criteria, and they told me as long as I put the work in it would be fine. From searching for film festivals none of them seemed to be based around the time of the project, until I discovered that the Cannes film festival was running just after the crit for the project and after browsing its short film site I found that the deadline for entering a film was in April which gave me plenty of time to come up with an idea film it and enter the festival, and would also give me some time afterwards to help some of my other classmates with their projects too.

When thinking of an idea for my short I felt it would be best if a made a dramatic piece rather than a comedic piece as I feel with a lot of my past work some of my ‘funny’ ideas tend to be improvised, and as I was certain I wanted to remain behind the camera for this project and bring in professionals to star in it, it would be much easier to write something serious and have them use their emotions rather than having them cracking jokes.

After I came up with the idea of basing the idea on a break-up (something I felt everybody could relate to) I started to search for actors to star in my piece. As I was unsure where to find actors for my project apart from at the university itself I asked Juno who had, had previous experience working with actors before. He pointed me in the direction of the website www.starnow.com which was like an online social network filled people based in all kinds of media ranging from behind the camera works like directors through to Models. I promptly signed up to the site and posted my roles I needed to cast, and within a few days I had received over 20 responses from people wanting to appear in my short. They ranged from professionals (Two of them had appeared in one of the Harry Potter films) down to people just starting out (One male actor rendition of a scene from The Shining was a personal favourite of Dom and mines). In the end I chose to work with Jordan and Caitlin as I felt they were both well suited to the roles I had written.

Once I sent them copies of the script I began planning out my scenes with Dom as he was helping out on the production and was drawing my storyboards for me too.  About just under a week before I was due to start filming my project I came up with an idea to help take my story in a different direction and what I felt would help to develop my storyline better. I had decided to add the male characters conscience as a physical role to help show what was going through the actors head at the time when he would originally be alone on scene which I had decided may of came across as dull. So I wrote out a new draft of the script and sent it off to my actors I then was faced with a problem as it was just days before I was preparing to start filming and as I couldn’t afford to put filming back at all I had to quickly find an actor to fill the role. In the end I chose to cast Juno in the film as he had the kind of look I wanted to put across as Jordan’s conscience and he also he did have a small amount of previous acting experience.

Filming at the beach went by without ay trouble as we filmed in the morning before the area got too busy for us to work (although we did develop a small group watching us film the acting scenes at the beach) and filming at my house was no trouble too putting me slightly ahead of schedule. Editing my project was pretty straight forward as I made sure I had enough takes of each scene making it easy to cover over any errors that were made, the only thing that took some time to sort was the sound from shooting at the beach. As we had filmed down by the water the mic had picked up the sound of the sea making the background noisy rather overpowering, but after browsing the internet for what to do about it I discovered it was easily sorted my exporting my audio to Soundbooth to reduce the background noise before re-exporting it back onto Premiere Pro and linking it back up with the video footage.

This all went by perfectly fine and I was ready to upload it to the Cannes site several days before the deadline. This is when my problems began. On Friday April 8th I began uploading my film to the site, and after leaving it all day it had only got to 36%, this didn’t seem a concern at the time as I felt although it was uploading very slowly it would be done in time. The next time I came back to it, it was at 80% but after that and leaving it for hours it just stayed at that percentage not moving anymore, so I emailed the Cannes help address to see what I should do, they responded with saying as there was a high amount of traffic on the site uploads weren’t working as they should so they would email me when to upload it to the site. This was on Monday the day before the deadline. I check my email almost every hour looking for a reply until on the Tuesday I finally got one. I quickly got my film uploading to the site as I knew how close to the deadline it was, It seemed to upload rather quickly and before I knew it, it was on the site and I got an email confirming its upload. It wasn’t until the next day I saw I had received another email from them saying my film wasn’t successful at being entered to the festival due to me uploading the film after the deadline. I had to admit I felt cheated by the site as I did as they told me to do and waited for their response. I emailed them back explaining that I had waited until they told me to upload and even though that was on the Tuesday the site didn’t specify what time the deadline was. I never received a response to this email.

After this major setback with my project I felt it was important for me to pick up some extra work helping some of my classmates. So I did so work for Dom writing a script of dialogue for him and also filming the scenes for him to draw over, and also some work for Juno appearing in his film a well as some behind the scenes work too.

When looking back at my experience during this project I cannot help but feel a slight bit disappointed, as I put a lot of work into this project knowing how important it was for my course and also for the experience, only to be let down by a faulty website.  Despite this I am happy with the work I have came out with as an end product and in a way it has set me up for work in the media business as at some point during my career I am bound to be disappointed but as the morale from my short tells the audience everything will work out ok in the end, I kind of feel these words couldn’t be more true.

Professional Project: Work for Dom

May 4, 2011

After Dommi had problem with his animation he told me I wouldn’t be needing me to make sound effects for the animation. Instead he asked me to write a script for him to read as a reason to what happened to his animation. He told what had to be included and told me to make it amusing. This is what I came up with

Ello Newgrounds folk the mighty Dommi Fresh here coming in your ear and eyeholes right now. Now i know some of you out there are going to think im making some pussy ass excuse here but fuck it this is my first time and i want you to know how troublesome it was de-flowering myself.
First things first you need to know im no animator, apart from a few little things i’ve tried this is my first drawn animation piece, but i can draw so it cant be too hard right?
How wrong was i.
Who would of thought that making an animation would take such a long time. The filming part for me to work over was done quickly enough, but deciding to draw each frame at 24fps was a rookie mistake to the point that the first scene which was about 5 seconds long took 2 weeks to draw. Im not saying my animation took a long time to do but while i work i tend to watch something on tv while i work. Here is a short list of some of the things i watched while working
Arrested development series 1-3, Deadwood series 1, I.T. Crowd series 1-3, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Viva La Bam Series 1, Lord of war, American Dad series 1-3
And also my friend Sam falling asleep while i work about 40 times! Problems came round like the burning sensation when i urinate. My usually reliable Wacom tablet decided to not work for me once my mac updated so that took time to sort out. Also my mac is rather temperamental since i spilt lemsip on it and it will only work if i keep it plugged in at all times which i cant deal with. But in my most fucking retardedness last night after i finished the final frame of my animation and gave a cheeky little fist pump into the air i managed to knock the power lead out of my mac turning it off and thus losing all the work i had done today.
So here i am writing this super awesome excuse speech to you hell im not even writing this as im in the shower crying eating my faecal matter so this is sam here. Hello. But back to my story. Seen as its not complete this a rough synopsis of my animation short:
the story is tank man is walking through a waste land and sees something at the top of a pile of rubble, so he climbs up to the top but falls through a hole he’s falling and falling until he hits ground.
when he gets up he see’s a statue of the castle crashers then takes off his helmet to reveal he is pico!!! Bet you didnt see that twist coming. That’ll go down in history bitches!!!
Yea so thats my story of heartache, its a sad one i know but please dear newgrounds people please see it in you heart to give me a prize. I dont even want first prize, id just be happy with a prize which can help me buy some bad ass cowboy boots. So i’ve gone on enough now here is the world exclusive first look at Dommi- Fresh’s first animation!!!

Professional Project: Emails

May 4, 2011

This is the emails that i sent and recieved from/to the Cannes website about the problem with uploading to the website. It seemed as though it was mainly an automated service hence why their messages seem so vague. I have included the dates and times of their responses as it helps to explain the reason why my film is not in the festival ( I will be explaining this in my evaluation).

To whom it may concern,
I seem to be experiencing problems with the upload of my film ‘Alone’. Although the status bar was only at 80% the uploaded was saying my film had been uploaded. But now when I log back in to check the quality of my film it is not there and the part where the Java section would be it just says none. Is there any way you would be able to help me.

Thank You For Your Time

Sam Grierson

From: <sfcsupport@festival-cannes.fr>
Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: The Upload of my film
To: Sam Grierson samcgrierson@gmail.com

Dear SFC User,

thank you for your E-Mail.

If you have a problem with your film upload: because of the registration deadline the upload capacity can be reached and the traffic to

our server can effect your upload. But don’t worry – this does not effect your registration to the SFC2011. You will definitely be able

to upload/reupload your film.
We will put you on our upload list and get back to you WITHIN the NEXT 24 hours to inform you about the best time to re-upload.

Please wait for this email!
Thank you very much for your consideration.

For any other issues we will contact you individually.

Your SFC Support Team

From: <sfcsupport@festival-cannes.fr>
Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM
Subject: SFC 2011 | Reupload
To: Sam Grierson  samcgrierson@gmail.com

Dear SFC User,

thank you for your patience. You can now re-upload your file. 

Just login to SFC again – click on the button “UPLOAD MY MOVIE” again and select your movie file.

Do not worry about the upload deadline – of course you are registered for the SFC 2011!

Please not: Your file is not completed until the upload window message appears: “1 files  – upload completed”. Do not close the upload window before you see this message.

After upload: Please check your uploaded film online. To see your file please log in again to your SFC account after 12 hours. Please also click to the end of your file to see if it was uploaded completely.

In case of an error please send us a DVD soonest. The deadline for sending us a DVD is April 17th!

Please send it to:

reelport GmbH

c/o Short Film Corner

Annie Dörfle

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring 7-9

50672 Cologne

Germany

Best, Your SFC Support Team

From: <sfc2011@festival-cannes.fr>
Date: 2011/4/12
Subject: Short Film Corner 2011 – Upload
To: Sam Grierson samcgrierson@gmail.com

Title Original/Original Title : ALONE
TRACKING NUMBER : SFC11-17978

Your film has successfully been uploaded!

Your registration will be definitely validated once your film will be viewed (by email).

We remind you that you are solely responsible of the film upload quality. In order to minimize errors, please go on www.shortfilmcorner.com (with your login & password) under the tab “Upload / view my film”

You must answer to the following questions. Please note, this step is crucial in order to assure the best quality of your film upload.

Thanks & see you soon!

Short Film Corner – Festival de Cannes
3, rue amélie
75007 Paris
tel: +33(0)1 53 59 61 00
sfc2011@festival-cannes.fr
www.shortfilmcorner.com

From: <sfc2011@festival-cannes.fr>
Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 5:24 AM
Subject: Short Film Corner
To: Sam Grierson samcgrierson@gmail.com

Short Film Corner 2011 – Registration cancellation

We are sorry to inform that your film has not been retained with the 2011 Short Film Corner as the film was uploaded after the deadline.

Please note, your registration will be refunded quickly (on the same credit card used for the payment).

Original Title  : ALONE
Length          : 5 mn
TRACKING NUMBER : SFC11-17978

Submission Contact: Sam GRIERSON

If you have already made requests for Festival de Cannes accreditation online through your Short Film Corner registration, we will automatically cancel these.

We thank you for your understanding,

Best regards,

Short Film Corner – Festival de Cannes
tel: +33(0)1 53 59 61 00
sfc2011@festival-cannes.fr / www.shortfilmcorner.com

I did email them once after this asking why it had been cancelled as I uploaded it as soon as I was told to but I never recieved a reply.

Professional Project: Invoice

May 4, 2011

To create my invoice i just used a simple invoice template on Microsoft Word.

Invoice: Alone- Sam Grierson