Ben Carland | Director/Filmmaker

Ben Carland | Director/Filmmaker

Official (and personal) website for the filmmaker Ben Carland.

Finish(ing) Line Pt2

So it's summer now, apparently. May just flew by in a whirlwind of travel, ADR and VFX. ADR for SHADOWS went fantastic (thanks, cast and crew!) and is now being prepped for the final mix of the film. VFX have taken a bit longer than expected but there's been a lot more DIY R&D involved as well as some additional shots to add to the fun. It's been kind of startling to see how much software has improved since the last time I dealt with this much workflow (Sol in 2011). Elements that once gave me nightmares to deal with are now surprisingly easy - and dare I say - fun to work on. Motion tracking in particular used to be the bane of my existence but now it's so straightforward and efficient that it's kind of cathartic. Almost like solving math equations in school that you know you know how to solve. (Yes I said that and yes I must be a nerd.)

Color correction for the film has also been surprisingly smooth. Technical bugs that have plagued me on other projects have been few and far between on SHADOWS. I feel like most software might actually be to the point where workflows actually work for rather than against filmmakers. Almost all my time on Shadows has been spent addressing creative choices rather than bugs and that's fantastic. Let's hope that's a trend that continues!

Anyway, VFX for SHADOWS are about 85% completed and color correction at 95%. Once that's all set I can start diving into the final music and sound design mixes. The big hurdles are all done - now it's just a matter of dealing with the devils in the details. (A few frame grabs from coloring and VFX below.)