What I've been up to...
Your contributions to The Spaceman are already at work because I just put in an order for another version of the alien monster and a separate tentacle to animate with. The talented puppet maker Richard Whillock did an amazing job on the first guy and now (Thanks to you!) I can afford to have a second puppet with a meaner (attack mode) expression and stance. This will add more depth and character to an already mean looking dude. Plus, I ordered a separate tentacle to animate with for those scenes where it isn’t necessary to have the entire puppet in the shot.
I spent three days drawing 83 storyboard frames for the fight sequence at the end of the movie. By doing this I have been able to separate my shooting schedule into the most efficient components and fully understand this important scene. I hope to film 2 nights in Forest Ranch, CA with Jordan, 1 night with green screen, 1 night with animatronics, and 1 day on location in Fern Canyon. I will then piece it together with the stop-motion puppet.
Last week I completed three Visual FX shots that have already added a lot to the overall feel of production. I mixed stop-motion, sets, and After FX enhancements to bring these three shots to life. One is of a wall opening to reveal the spaceship, one of a control panel while shooting through a vortex, and the last one is a transitioning shot into outer space.
I ran into a little snag with my animatronic tentacle but luckily found a great resource in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts website. With the help of some friends I am working through those little kinks to get it working on time.
FERN CANYON ESTABLISHING SHOTS
I just got back into town a few hours ago from a trip to Fern Canyon and the Redwoods in Northern California. I was able to scout out some great locations for filming next month and even captured some awesome establishing shots for the alien planet. In case you've never heard of Fern Canyon, it was used in Jurassic Park 2 and you can see a couple photos in the picture above. It truly feels like a movie set there!
THE END OF THE SPACESHIP COCKPIT
Finally - Thursday night Jordan and I are filming the last of the spaceship cockpit set that currently takes over 80% of my garage/studio space. We will film the last shots needed and also try to cover anything else we can possibly think of for editing purposes. I will then tear down the set and reuse what materials I can for another spaceship scene. Once my studio is clear, it will be converted into a miniature forest to animate the alien monster on.
That’s it for now! I will try to post an update on here at least once a month. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again and I'll talk to you soon.