I did all this in typically working five hours a week, a combination of family duties (which I don’t mind) and having to work overtime (which wiped out four months of evenings and weekends – I’ll leave you to guess whether I minded that or not) perhaps restricted the amount of progress I could have made.
Not having any proper management tool (e.g. Hansoft) I had planned out every shot before hand and put these all into a spreadsheet. With editing changes and the fact that I discovered a whole new way of editing cameras (the camera cutter) in Maya, the spreadsheet went out of the window completely. Now my timelines are completely screwed up with shot 140, followed by shot 20, followed by shot 10 etc. I decided to let my premier timeline be my main source of planning.
The spreadsheet was soon replaced by just writing things down as a) it was quicker and b) I couldn’t open up Excel when I had Maya and Premier running together (of course I could have just closed down Spotify to free up some more memory).
- assembling the final edit with sound
- post production
When do I want to do this by? Well I’ve planted this bee in my bonnet to have it done by March 5th 2011. The deadline for Cannes is March 11th 2011.
Is this achievable?
Fig 4. Believe it or not we actually planned this out in May 2009. Of course we planned a ninety second trailer, not a five minute short film.
Before I can go onto thinking about the feature and how to get it funded I need to finish up the project. The best chance I can think of getting any significant funding is by having a short film to be proud of doing well in major festivals, Cannes being possibly the biggest one to get into.
Okay deep breath, here we go…