Iron Sky – Day 96
I’m in the office early today after having to take the weekend off due to a very sore throat. While I am not 100% and I have been asleep most of the weekend the show must go on. I came in for a few hours last night and found Mark just about to head out after a long day doing “moon stuff” and Tuomas and Luke continuing on previs for the show. There are so many things that are “gaps” in the edit right now that leaves massive question marks in my opinion as to what the “purpose” behind some shots are that do not tie themselves in with the existing edit currently. This will however change, but it is pushing it to the limit and thankfully the LightWave3D team here at Iron Sky are taking some initiatives to deal with this, some very much could in the end really really help with the flow of several sequences. Time is of course money and that’s always a problem on a lower budget show that has built itself up in many ways as being a VFX extravaganza among other things. There are always limits to what can be done with the time and money left, but when you recognize this sooner than later – they are no longer limits but opportunities to fundamentally make the film better because you go through the process of “killing your babies” as the expression goes in film screen writing. Trick here is those beloved super long (500 freaking frames, 24 second shots?! really…) really don’t do anything for the film but take away from the action rather than add to it and the audience isn’t stupid but they are impatient and they bore fast. Avoiding the trap of certain shots and establishers is key in preventing this. I hope the editors see this as well and do the jobs they are coming here to do so that we can lock down and NAIL really awesome shots that really rock and are useful to them as editors who see the show through different eyes.
Of course it helps if your VFX team is made up of seasoned pros, who in some cases have done a huge amount of editing themselves along with visual FX shot diarrhea abortions on their own projects or others in the past.