DAY 11: "The Spaceman"

This week has been a slow crawl but we are making progress. Below you will see the spaceship miniature we are using for exterior shots. I still have to attach photorealistic cardboard textures to the scale of the ship. Today I added internal LED lights and have worked out how I will rig it while filming against green screen.

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Below is the animatronic tentacle we are building to match the stop-motion puppet. It is still in the testing phases and when finished will be twice the length. We will wrap it with a black and white striped skin and pull it with levers off camera as it attacks Jordan. This is a crucial element in bridging the live-action and stop-motion elements. Four cables will be used to pull the tentacle in all directions.

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We also just started figuring out a series of complicated stop-motion shots that involve flying through a vortex. We intend to use a black light and layering digital FX on top. This will also be a composite shot where you will see the spaceship flying inside with Jordan.

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DAY 8: "The Spaceman"

Here is a test video of my miniature spaceship corridor. I am using it for my short film "The Spaceman". I will be mixing live action, stop-motion, animatronics and practical fx. The entire miniature is made from foam core, printed photographs, model fire engine parts, and tin foil. It took about 8 hours to build. It will later be filmed with a much nicer camera. This was just a lighting test. 

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DAY 6: "The Spaceman"

I am 99% done with the spaceship cockpit for this months shoot. Tonight I did my final lighting tests and everything is exceeding my expectations. I couldn't have done this without the help of Jay Darden, Dan Reinhard, Jordan Funk and the scraps of old displays from a corporate retailer that will remain nameless for now ( You know who you are). 

I also spent a lot of time this week watching some amazing sci-fi movies and behind the scenes documentaries that have already inspired me to finish a couple difficult transitions I couldn't quite figure out. I intend to use as many practical FX in this movie as possible and can't wait to start filming again. 

Check out these lighting test shots: