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Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Whangarei teams?

in reply to dramamike:

Thanks dramamike! Pretty impressive film that won that year though.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Whangarei teams?

in reply to Robstar Rapper:

Thanks Robstar, I hadn't really thought of going solo. That's an idea. Actually though, I've had enough of running 48 hours teams. If I was going to do something like that, I'd put that effort into a different project. I really love the competition though, so I liked the idea of helping with another team. Especially a team of young or inexperienced people that could get the most benefit from an old hand. And yeah, could be a good way to find collaborators in my area. We'll see. Might actually hook up with a team in Auckland, if nothing local turns up.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Whangarei teams?

Anyone in Whangarei thinking of entering a team in the competition? I could be able to help. I lead a team that won the competition in 2012 and came runner up in 2014 and have made lots of other short films. I moved to Whangarei from Wellington this year and I'd be keen to help out locally if there was a new team or school team that wanted some kind of mentoring or technical advice. Also, I'd quite like to get to know people up here whose talents I can exploit for my own films!

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

The Wire vs Breaking Bad

in reply to Captain Woodrow .F Call:

Yeah, I think I must have seen some of that, which is what made me think of the 4:3 issue. I guess a lot of old shows are like that. Funny how our taste for aspect ratio changes. Seems to be getting wider and wider lately. Do you think one day we'll just be watching a thin line, so wide that you have to turn your head to see from one side to the other?

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

The Wire vs Breaking Bad

in reply to Captain Woodrow .F Call:

Ah, you're so wrong! Rant with exclamation marks!!! Give me Breaking Bad any day. It's some of the greatest TV I've seen. To be fair, I didn't watch all of The Wire. I really tried to like it, but it just seemed too miserable and boring. Maybe I should give it a third go. On the other hand, it's in 4:3! Remember that!?

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

I'm already so excited I feel like throwing up.

Apart from the usual wanting to finish on time and have heaps of fun I want to find the best ways to exploit the talents of my team. In previous years I've just loved seeing people having a chance to do great work that only they could do. Also, I always want to get something surprising in to the film.
My nightmare is cocking something up that means we don't get the film done in time and letting everyone down.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

New Star Wars trailer

in reply to c0ina:

I feel kind of the same. I've gone from 'Oh no, the guy who made those awful, awful Star Trek films can't possibly get Star Wars right' to having 'a new hope' (if you will).

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

FCPX help!

I agree with tarlen. You're only really going to know how long it's going to take if you test properly. You can't trust anything you read about how long it's going to take. Do a proper test, just as tarlen suggests, then you'll have a much better idea.
One other thing to note is that many cameras record in a format that isn't the easiest for the computer/editing system to work with, which can slow down the editing and rendering time, depending on your system. I've used canon dslrs and sony video cameras and before I start editing I transcode the footage to a format more friendly for the editing system. In my case I use Cineform Neoscene, which you have to buy, but there are others which I think are free. Doing that cut my export time on a 7 minute video with effects from about 45 minutes to under 20, and allowed the system to preview effects in real time much better while editing. If you've got a really powerful system, this might not apply to you, but otherwise it's good to know. I'm not a Mac guy either, so I don't really know what the situation is with those machines.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Basic Mic for under $100?

in reply to clang:

Some DSLRs do have poor audio, but it sounds like the 600d is pretty okay. Now that I think of it, when we used the 550d, there was a bit of a hiss, but I ended up just filtering it out (probably on the final mix, in one go) quite successfully, which was much easier than syncing a whole lot of files. So yeah, I'm with you, clang. At least test the simple option, Ellen.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Basic Mic for under $100?

Hi Ellen,
I really recommend recording sound directly on your camera, if you can, so you don't have to sync it up later. That's just one extra step in post production you really don't need, when you're already fighting the clock. How bad is the 600d audio? We shot our 2012 film on a 550d. We used a shotgun mic plugged via xlr in to a tascam recorder that was outputting to the camera at the same time as recording. I was expecting to use the files recorded on the tascam, but in the end the audio on the camera was fine and it saved a lot of time to use it, rather than syncing separate files. Could you use the Zoom H1 in a similar way, kind of as a preamp for an external mic? There are lots of $120 to $150 non xlr shotgun (ish) mics for sale on trademe, although I'm not sure they'd give much better audio than the zoom mics. Could you just connect the zoom's output to the camera via a long cable? With any long unbalanced audio cable you run the risk of a noisy signal, but it might be worth testing.
Have you thought about adapters that might improve the sound, like Beachtek type adapters?
As a first year entrant, it might be worth considering trying to get hold of a video camera that has better audio capability, even if it's an older camera. Sound is always the first thing to go wrong. It's tricky to get right and it is awful when it's wrong. I'd prioritize it over the camera, if you have that option.
I know I'm not really answering your question and suggesting a whole lot of gear you probably don't have, but the simpler you make the sound recording process, the better.
Do you know about MagicLantern? It's a third party bit of software you can put on many canon DSLRs which allows audio monitoring and control that the camera doesn't come with. It's brilliant and it's free! I used to use it a lot. I don't know if it's right for you, but you might want to look in to it.
Using multiple iPhone gizmos and lav mics sounds like a nightmare. I reckon keep it simple. We've only ever used a single mic on a boom plugged straight in to the camera and we've done pretty well.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Wellington City Finalists and Nominees

in reply to dramamike:

Didn't quite crack the national win for Wellington again, but we had a good go at it. Strong Wellington representation at the grand finals this year and we are very happy to come away as runner up after that line up of diverse and impressive films.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Who sculpted the original Apee?

Who sculpted the original Apee, the award statue of the competition? They're cool.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

City Finalist films in the screening room

in reply to Chewforwarda:

That was a highly entertaining film. I was really impressed with your film on Wellington finals night. Loved your actors performances, especially in the 'nah, nah, nah...' scene. Hilarious. Amazing work from a school team. Normally, an extended fart joke would put me right off, but your film cracked me right up throughout. Awesome special fx too!

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

GRAND FINALISTS and NOMINEES 2014

Wuhoo! Congratulations finalists and wildcards! I just booked my tickets to Auckland and I can't wait to see all these films! All this big talk promises an awesome grand final. I hope lots of the other Wellington teams come up, so we can all party together.

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.

Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Christchurch City Finalists + Award Nominees 2014

Have a great night, Christchurch people!

2014| Noise and Pictures | Rubble | Co-writer, Director, co-D.O.P., editor.
2013| Noise and Pictures |Gift-Wrapped| Director, co-writer, co-D.O.P., editor.
2012| Noise and Pictures | Brains? | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2011| Noise and Pictures | Super Self Me | Director, co-writer, D.O.P., editor.
2010| Noise and Pictures | Bottle o' Love Director, D.O.P., editor, music.
2008| Naked Pictures | Merely Players | Actor
2007| Naked Pictures | Happy Valley | Actor
2007| ??????? | Fear it, Want it, touch it. | Editor
2004| The Hilariafia | This Topia | 2nd D.O.P.