Three Video Catchup
May 14th, 2008

Posted by Graham

Hey all, thought I’d fill you in on some of the video we missed talking about recently.

Firstly, the Uwe Boll video. The actual shooting of this video was pretty much exactly the same as other similar videos (WGA, Max Effect, etc). Essentially it was setting the green screen and the lights, and then letting people do their lines.

Impressively, Morgan managed to do that one big line all in one go. As with everyone, his ability to remember lines has improved greatly since, say, Season 1.

The GTA IV Trailer took a lot more effort. The step-o-meter on my mobile phone tells me I walked 14,000 steps that afternoon. We basically just walked around lower downtown Victoria looking for interesting backgrounds to shoot against. James drove us around and carried all our goofy hats for us. More importantly he told when I was about to walk backwards into something. The real trick was all the shots of Paul walking towards the camera, to get them as close to one another as possible. I think I did pretty well, considering it was handheld. The rest was fixed in post.

We totally lucked out to get the shot of the boat at the beginning. Victoria’s industrial port (such as it is) isn’t really something we can get to, so finding a boat like that, and somewhere we could shoot was a huge boon for us. Apparently that dock isn’t supposed to be public access, but the gate was wide open so… guerrilla film making ftw.

Finally the most recent video, Son of a Bitch. All I have in the way of pictures is some toothpaste in our kitchen sink. The video was actually shot over a couple different days, due to scheduling conflicts. In fact, the bits with Matt and I were shot on Sunday morning, then re-shot on Sunday night, just before Matt had to go out. This meant that the shot of me reading the Cardboard Man comic book (which you guys noticed, right?) I had to shoot by myself.

Shooting it all in little bits meant Matt could concentrate on the delivery (which he nailed) rather than remembering lines. For the fast-forwarded footage, Matt just went nuts with various props and hats and the like. Look for an extended outtakes segment on the Season 5 DVD.

Finally, there’s some photos I wanted to share of a can of Coke Zero that Matt exploded by leaving in the freezer. Smooth move, dude.


3 Comments »

  1. With regards to the greenscreen: why not just pick a wall in your apartment and throw on a layer of paint? For my place, as long as I agree to repaint it with their “neutral tones” before I leave, they don’t care what I do to the walls.

    Also, it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who freezes sodapop.

    Comment by Hawkaris — May 14, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  2. Because our walls are textured, but don’t worry. We have a much better plan. Just you wait.

    Comment by Graham — May 15, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  3. Yeah… sometimes when you leave an entire case of soda in the freezer, you wake up the next morning to find it all over the kitchen because they exploded with enough force to blow open the freezer door…

    on a related note, putting the can in ice water + salt gets it cold in about a minute…

    Comment by Korri — May 17, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

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