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August 12, 2011

We started our first audio post-production for film class this morning, many topics were the same as the topics we learnt we out audio communication class, However there were also come interesting parts that I found it very useful and I even had a feeling like I might be able to bring it up and use it later on for my next projects. Dan Pavelin, the professor showed us a short clip from a movie ‘Jerry Maguire’ the scene where Tom cruise is quitting is job and Rene Zellweger decides to go with him (same clip we were shown in our intro to film class or film analysis class..I can’t remember) right after the walked out of the frame, the director chose to add the sound of an elevator in and once we hear it is closed, everyone in that office id rushing back to work. I don’t know if other people find this interesting or not but for me this is totally smart! It’s epic! I was like… how come I never thought of this technique before? In one shot the audience get to understand it all that they have already left the floor. You add a little extra sound in which is all can be done very quickly in post but at the same time you save perhaps a half day working on set and as well as your budget. I’M SO USING IT! (if it happens to suit my project though). Anyways.. then we moved to Motion cap. (Actually before that we had a short break for our snack time, thanks for arranging it. It really did help us a lot J). Well, motion cap was nice, looked fun and interesting. It was a good experience although I don’t really fancy much about technology since I’m already bad at them but this was cool, worth watching and learning. Followed by a visual effect class was a brain crash for me. Actually I think I make it sounds too bad when I put it in this way, the class was fine though. I just didn’t get much of them. I only got the ideas that there are many types of CG (if I didn’t mistaken it). For the directing workshop III we were introduced to some…machines. One of them was amazing it allowed us to transform out footage from one medium to another, says from a DVtape to DVD without having to capture or burn or anything. The machine just does it all for us. After that we got to played some scene.. did some shooting and switching. It was cool.

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August 12, 2011

So today was the first full-day study of this trip, unlike yesterday where we had the free morning section for the Chapman University and the Old Town Orange tour. We started off with a producing presentation class where I had to face with tons of numbers and charges on the papers that were provided by the instructor. I have to admit that I’m not so good at this but still most of the information I received was considered as very useful. For example we got to check out the worldwide gross and as well as the 2010 box office performance for six major studios, basically this course focus mainly on how can we make money out of this business. One of the method she showed us is to make a deal with the producer: you ask for a very little amount of money (around 30 billion dollars, she said nowadays it’s nothing) but then once the movie starts to make profit, a very first dollar and so on will be completely yours. To be honest, I admit that this class gives us pretty good advises and techniques but I find it might be a little bit hard to apply it to myself since most of the techniques were to basically make a hardcore Hollywood type of film which is not really my style at all. Yet, it was nice getting to know the information she gave. Later on we went straight to a marketing class and I’m not going to lie, it was very hard for me to stay concentrate. The instructor was really nice but for me he seemed to move on kinda fast, plus he mostly mentions on the elements that based on TV channels (I don’t really watch TV that much I guess) besides, I was starving already. So… pass. After lunch we got a directing workshop II, it was pretty much like an acting class we had back in Thailand but I think it was because of the atmosphere here, the setting and all, made it much easier for us not to lose our focus. I was very impressed on how the instructors manage to get us work on really fast without pushing us or forcing us to act out.

 

Btw, I ended up my birthday watching cowboys vs. aliens.. and Bryan if you are reading this, I’m sure we both agree that this movie is really is a legend.