Saturday, September 13, 2014

Locations

A lot of the action in Cold Dark Mirror happens in the Old Library, a sprawling and abandoned collection of bookshelves and forgotten books:



I have several locations that crop up multiple times like this in the film,  identical shots but at different times.  I used this shot in three places in the film as an establishing shot which serves to link the scenes together and bring them into the same location context. 

At the beginning, and throughout the film, the tone is dark and the action takes place at night.  Nightmares and monsters crawl around at night, so it sets the mood and tone of the film.  Towards the end of the film, I use the same scene but in the morning, to signify a new day has dawned and that the nightmares and monsters that hide in the darkness may not have such as strong a hold as they seem to in the dark.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Cold Dark Mirror - Characters - Lydia

Lydia

A young Witch-Hunter, Lydia was orphaned when her Worldstream was attacked by the Voidic Order, surviving due to her own natural abilities in the Craft. She was discovered by Acheron who took her under his protection and guidance; her abilities and confidence have grown under his guidance though she is still deeply haunted by her experiences and fears. Together with her Cat Familiar, Callista, she tracks and captures lost Spirits in order to return them to their proper Worldstreams.

Cold Dark Mirror - Characters - Immacula


Immacula

The Immacula are dark Spririts bound to the evil desires of their masters by the strongest form of compulsion. They obey their masters, but will not hesitate to turn on them if the opportunity arises. This particular Immacula is bound to the Timeshadow, as a sort of spirit familiar.

Cold Dark Mirror is almost finished filming...

Yup.. it's been a while since I updated this blog again...  ofc I've been busy working on Cold Dark Mirror... and the good news is that I'm almost finished!


Just a few more shots left to animate and then music and sound effects, and it'll be time for another release.  This time I'm looking at a direct to VOD / streaming release on VHX and Vimeo, and spreading the word through Google ads, maybe some film festivals if I can find a couple good ones to enter. 

The idea is to have it ready by Halloween... don't know how realistic that is but it'll be close...



Archon Defender continues to pick up momentum, check out the digitally remastered version on Google Play today if you haven't already.

And in other news, the second film set in the world of Archon Defender,  Origin: A Call to Minds,  is finally getting a release along side Archon on VOD, look for it on Google Play and Itunes in early 2015.


 Dr. Monacle's console gets dusted off from the Rocketmen vs Robots days.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The new M Dot Strange film "I Am Nightmare" is finished, and if you pre-ordered (like me then you've got a sneak peek at it before it's impending release date. M Dot Strange delivers another twisted masterpiece, this time more family friendly but at the same time dark and twisted, if that's at all possible... ... and it is, and M Dot pulls off another Uberected offering, upping the game for other filmmakers to follow. The Nightmare creatures with their comedic top hats and 'boing boing' sounds are a particularly notable touch, creepy like the creature in The Thing, but at the same time comical. Gonna have to step up my game after watching this one.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Modeling sets and characters over the holidays

I've been busy over the holidays modeling sets and characters which I had not gotten around to building yet, some of these are only in a few shots as well, but they still have to have enough attention to detail to fit in with the other parts of the film.

The Grand Hall of Craftminster, seat of the Alchemic Council

Getting a mesh driven by an armature to clone properly in Blender is a bit of a trick...
...but I got it to work ;)


Today was "spiral stairs" day, made easy thanks to the Array modifier in Blender



I'll we working on a few more sets over the next couple days then it's back into production again.