I am finally emerging from the deep, dark and secluded throes of post-production for Suburban Cowboy. I had promised to bring updates, but with little money and even less hours in a day I found it very hard. Sorry about that.
With about 2-3 weeks left for 5.1 mix and a final color session/film grain… I am proud to announce that the hand drawn animated title sequence for the film has been selected to compete at SXSW for Excellence in Title Design Competition.
Our tiny film (relatively speaking) will be going up against films and television shows such as Spectre, Avengers Age of Ultron,Crimson Peak and Daredevil. It is quite an honor and I couldn’t be happier for Zsombor Huszka, who brought them to life.
Every few weeks I say that I will get back on the blogging horse, but I keep failing you. I have good reasons though – I am in post-production on two films. One of them, Suburban Cowboy, is my first as a director. Three graphic novels are in production… And I’m still trying to get the word out about R.E.M. and Harbor Moon. So, things have been a bit hectic lately – which is a good thing.
Today I wanted to share an animation test/character progression and design for a music video that is in production. It is being done by Zsombor Huszka…
Some of you may have heard or even tried virtual reality. A week ago I was fortunate enough to shoot a virtual reality show for Dirty South, in association with RED and NextVR. Two shows in fact, one from the crowd’s POV and one from inside the DJ booth. This is part of the awesome-ness that is available to me working with someone like Dirty South. Things like this just don’t present themselves otherwise.
If you haven’t experienced virtual reality, it is almost impossible for me to describe. It’s a far greater experience than 3D, which I don’t particularly enjoy. It is a fully immersive visual experience. When I first tried the Oculus Rift I had the immediate thought – the future is here. It was astounding. And we are bringing you the first electronic music experience in VR… with two of the greatest at what they do – RED and NextVR. I can’t wait to share this…
If you’ve been following, over the last 9 months I produced the film With You, which is also the name of Dirty South’s upcoming album. The film is based on the album and exists as an extension of the music – but is most definitely not a music video. It is a narrative, 38 minutes in length (the album is 53 minutes).
We shot in Los Angeles in February/March of this year and it came out this past Tuesday, exclusively on iTunes. That same day it shot to #1, leap frogging films by Pixar, Disney and some other massive companies. It has a lot to do with Dirty South’s fan base, the excellent buzz/reviews the film and music have been getting, and the low price ($2.99). That means a lot, because if you do the math – hundreds of thousands of short films get made each year, only 365 even have a shot at being #1, with most #1’s holding the spot for a length of time. I’m proud of the work we did on this and in the short amount of time it took to shoot and turnaround. It was his first directorial effort on anything but a music video and there was a lot of moving pieces. He dove right into a complicated shoot with a complicated post. And we already have our next few projects lined up… you’ve seen a lot of the rumblings here… stay tuned!
We are hard at work on an animatic for the opening scene from my next animated film, Orient City: The Dark Ronin Chronicles. Zsombor is killing it and the animatic itself is actually done. He even took a few frames and finished them so they are the ‘final’ cells from the film (you’ll see them in due time). He did a pass of sound, then I did a pass of sound… now Dragan has to do a pass of sound and mix it.
Then, we need to add the music. Dragan has some ideas he’s working with – but the general concept is Ennio Morricone with an oriental twist. Like Once Upon a Time in the West meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It will be epic – like the movie itself.
In laying down sounds, Zsombor put some drums to the video. When I cringed and Dragan almost threw up, he was a bit poopy. He really loved his weak-ass drums. Then Dragan broke these out and cheered him up…
I recently returned from a trip to London, where I was in post on the music video for Unbreakable, the first single off of Dirty South‘s new album, With You.
Most people assume we are out partying, hitting clubs and picking up models with other world class DJ’s. These are the same people that think I walk red carpets and that movie sets are a big party. The reality is that we were in the hotel room or at the ATM offices editing about 12-14 hours a day… I’m not complaining, because this is what I love. I just happened to travel across the Atlantic to do my job in London, which is pretty cool.
Headphones straight from David Guetta
Now entering London…
The RE Hotel, the least friendly place in the city. And that’s saying a lot.
A Ping Pong battleground just steps from the hotel
Our tube station during this trip
Nando’s – we need some Portugese Chicken in the US
Zsombor’s artwork for City of Dreams about to go up in the ATM offices