TETHER, Awesome new series.


Corridor Digital has to be one of my favorite Youtube teams.  From Frozen Crossing, to their silly smaller videos, these guys have been a huge inspiration into my production and writing of City 7.

That being said, they have this new project, and I think it is worth sharing.

[youtube:http://youtu.be/qo2iiqYFKBk%5D

These guys are pretty damn cool, and on my list of Tubers I would love to work with in the future, please like and share their stuff 🙂

-TheGrav

 

City 7, The Movie.


Crunch time wrapped up sometime last week, and what I have really learned is, I have a lot more to learn!  But I so far have some good friends that are fairly willing teachers!  A lot goes into a movie, after the script is written, the props are designed and the cast is decided upon.

Editing is a huge job, and hopefully I will only become more of an asset as time goes on!  However our movie has been officially released!

-TheGrav

Making a Zombie movie…


As many of you know a few months ago… about 6 or so, a group of friends and I set out to make a zombie movie.  Picking the Action/Horror genre, not only seemed pretty damn fun but also got us into a spotlight inside the small film scene.  Ever since we started the project we have tried to chronicle whats been going on throughout the process through a series of Video Blogs on YouTube.

Being that this film is a side project it has dragged a bit, and our original release date passed us by.  However that doesn’t mean we have given up!  We are nearing the end of the road with our first project under the Digital Raven name, and we have already begun to talk about out next few projects.  Here are both our trailers, and hopefully we will be able to make our new deadline which is to release by the end of the month!

One.

[youtube:http://youtu.be/j9O9CB18YzQ%5D

And Trailer two.

[youtube:http://youtu.be/YpgnAnkHZc8%5D

Please check out our channel to see our other videos, get some cool sneak peeks, and of course to follow our future projects!

As we move into our next project, which is a reboot of an old StarCraft 2 Video, I will be following my custom, prop, and set design progress both on Worldcrafter.Wordpress.com and our Digital Raven YouTube Channel!

Please be sure to follow both!

-TheGrav

Divide by zero…


My free time has become a black hole, sucking in an ever growing job list of personal and professional projects.  This is part of what has led me to slack a bit on my blog, but since almost everything I do has some connection to the art and design world, I figured it is probably a good idea to show case what goes on all around me, that I don’t consider “personal” work.

I regret that my #sketchaday and Lain projects have fallen to the wayside, but they are still there and when I can snatch a rare hour or two to work I am.

City 7 has developed a bit of a following, and at present that following is almost strictly confined to Facebook and YouTube, but not for long.  Last week I began working on http://www.city7themovie.com, and pretty quickly discovered that I needed to pick a direction.

City 7, Web-designI decided, based on the slowly growing fan-base on FB, to go with more of a community based design vs. the typical Marvel new movie design that has a few trailers and not much else.

This is the skeleton of the site so far, and even though there is not mush there, I have already started to build upon some major foundations.  First off, even if I don’t end up utilizing it, I laid most of the site out with .php.  I find that this always me a bit more ease when it comes time to change, move, or modify an aspect.  Also if I ever get a heavy enough fan-base or lots of traffic.. well I don’t have to redo the plumbing. 🙂

Deciding on elements and pages was important too, what are some of the things are fan going to want to know?  One of the things I learned from the actors, as well as from our pre-production indiegogo campaign, is that a lot of people want to know more about this world.  How does it work?  Who lives it in?  Is there more to the story?

We also had a huge turn-out of amazing actors and extras, a lot of which are interested in seeing what is coming next, working with us, and getting more involved with promoting the movie.  (In fact Pia Thrasher, the actress that played Scout, has already blogged about us on her own wordpress.)  We also allowed our extras and actors to snap photos, as long as it didn’t interfere with filming or get in the way, and we know there are hundreds of great shots floating around.

With all this in hand, the site began to structure itself.  We need a home page, for breaking news(although in the future News may have it’s own page) and trailers.  Background and Character guides, to help people that didn’t read the script or pick my brain on set.  And a Forum for our Actors, Extras, Crews, and fans to connect on, share stories, ask questions, and swap pictures.

Sometimes that is the hard stuff, other times it is the easy stuff as in this case, and the hard part is getting to flow.  I don’t mean work, I can make it work, pretty easily too.  But how do I build up a site that is easy to use, informative, and fun to look at?  Well Art and Design is my answer.

City 7 Movie Still, GhostNext step I took was to look through some of our movie stills and see if there was a good, gritty, dark feeling, still I could snag to use as a background.  Now we shot everything with good lights, and at the highest quality, the gritty and dark bit is a lot easier to do in post production.

Just like with normal art work stuff it is possible to mess most things up, it is very hard to make them better without redoing them completely.  So what I need to do now is get it tweaked just the way I like it and then make it a nice background for the trailer window to sit in.

For now this is as far as I have made it!  However our trailer is out.. so I have a very real deadline!

-TheGrav

Crazy YouTube time!


After a weekend of resting in Morro Bay, I got right back to work and working on the movie last night.  With just 4 Days until we start principal photography we are keeping with our blistering schedule!

Our 3rd Webcast should be up later today, however as is my practice I decided I need to jump on over to YouTube and see what has been happening in the world of online videos, and I found a few gems… Not sure how AndrewFilms managed to slip under my notice until now, but these videos are very entertaining, especially if you are a huge video game geek.

Then of course we have some of my old favorites, like FreddieW and CorridorDigital, these guys are amazing, and a must watch for us geeks:

Its good to know who and what are out there as you are making shorts and playing around with full time projects, anyway more soon along with an update on some of our zombie posters!

-TheGrav

Tinie, a review…


Music is one area I find inspiration.  If I were to sum up how I see life it would be: “Art + Music = Life”.

I am on an almost endless quest to find new music to code to, to paint to, to drive to…  Metal, Punk and Hardcore are my normal fall backs for most music I enjoy.  As a former bassist and later lead screamer in the So Cal Hardcore indie scene,  it is not that surprising that these are my favorites.  But I also have a deep and old appreciation for Rap and Jungle, which have probably led to my preference towards Dubstep when I am working long hours.

I am a bit of an Audiophile, but in my own way, and I am by no means a standard to which the music industry should set itself.  With that said, here is my review of Tinie Tempah‘s Disc-Overy.  In case you are from the States, never use YouTube and have been living under a rock, I present Exhibit A:

So how did I find this guy?  Well A few months ago I was on UKFDubstep adding random songs to build a work playlist, this is something I do often.  Well to make my playlists more random every few songs I stop working and take a second to look through what YouTube has linked to the song I am listening too.  Then I add a few of those.  I found this guy, listened to as much of his stuff as I could, and then tried to hunt his CD down state-side.  Didn’t happen.

Well work, both at my job, and freelance, got REALLY busy so I lost track of my search for a bit.  Earlier this month however I ordered Tinie’s CD through Amazon.com, tossed it into my car stereo when it arrived, and have had it on repeat for the last few days on my commute.  What I really like about this guy is how he mixes different forms of music that I am interested in.  This is by no means limited to just this artist, I honestly find that a lot of British and European Musicians mix different genres of music in away that I find interesting.

This album is a little bit more rap intensive than I would normally feature in a work play-list, but I honestly do find it very inspiring and great to work(and drive) too.  I recommend Tinie Tempah to anyone that likes Rap, Dubstep, Jungle, or if you are just looking for something new and different.

More later.

-TheGrav