Sunday, 31 October 2010

POST COMPLETE

After four days of Post at Splice last week all the post work is now complete on the documentary. I have to say a big thanks to Splice who have been amazing to work with. Here is a picture from the sound mixing studio which has the most colourful mixing desk ever. Nag, the dubbing mixer, showed me how it looks in test mode where all the lights come on and flash different colours! Amazing.

Now that post is complete we still need to export the film onto an HD Master and also for downloadable digital files and for DVD, which will be done this week.

Exciting times.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

COLOUR GRADING

Started grading (colour correction) at Splice TV in east London yesterday.

Here is a pic of the studio. This suite apparently costs a cool £100,000 on its own. Worth every penny though, the control you have over the image is incredible.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

POST

The film is finished and I am going into the post production studio to begin grading (color correcting) tomorrow. Very much looking forward to it - I'm sure we are going to make it look great. Next week is Audio Mixing and Online.

I will post some pictures from inside the studio.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Initial Designs

Here are some of the first design ideas we had for the DVD cover. We wanted to play around with using a strong colour as a background and compare that to a straight black background. Also we tried out a couple of different images and different ways of placing the text. In the end I think Joe (the graphic designer) has done a great job of playing with the text of the title and laying it out and also choosing a font that work really well.


The designs are going great and we are going to do some bags and TShirts also - budget permitting.

Thoughts welcome.




Ben

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

DIY DISTRIBUTION

I wanted this blog, as well as being a space to keep you updated on the making of the documentary and the latest on Noah And The Whale, also to be a useful resource for people thinkning about making a music film or going down the indie film route. With that in mind here is a great article from the NY Times this weekend profiling a few examples of Indie/D.I.Y distributors that are bridging the gap between music and film releases and also shining a light on how to succesfully take niche films to their dedicated audiences.

One of the distribs Range Life even takes their films on tour around America in their van! What could be more fun!?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/movies/22indie.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&src=twt&twt=nytimesmovies

NME ANNOUNCEMENT

I was happy to see that the NME has got wind of the documentary coming out as you can see in this article. I hope the doc will give fans enough great material to tide them over till the release of the 3rd album next year. (I'm sure it will). We are planning two discs for the release now so it will be jam packed with extras.

To clarify the release date. We don't have an exact date yet but the plan is for it to be available November/December this year. Also you will be able to pre-buy it in advance so follow twitter: @firstdaysmovie to keep updated.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

DESIGNS

At the moment we are designing the cover artwork, dvd jacket, dvd Menus and the Webpage. They are all looking really cool and coming together nicely.

Here are the layouts of the DVD sleeves for my last short films. I am lucky to have the same designer Joe Maduma working on cover art for the doc and I am sure it will come out great. I will post some work in progress stuff for you to see when we have it.


Wednesday, 4 August 2010

POST & DISTRIBUTION

Post production is moving into full swing on the documentary. I aim to keep this blog updated with all the developments of post and all the stages of distribution for anyone interested in Noah And The Whale/filmmaking/music docs. Hopefully it will be a useful resource for anyone looking to make their own music documentery in the future.

Currently the website for the film is being constructed, we are designing the dvd packaging, menus and planning some amazing extras! There is still the small matter of color grading the film itself and doing the sound mix which should be done over the next few weeks. I will have news of a preview screening and hopefully a nice trailer to share over the coming weeks too.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

OSCARS RESULTS

So the results are in. I spent the whole of Monday attempting not to see any news reports so as not to ruin the fun of watching the highlights show on Sky that evening.

Young & Lost Club did very well again (I think they have an inside source!) but I managed to tie them for 1st place. I went for Gabourey Sidibe from Precious over Sandra Bullock for best actress. Oh well.