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.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

OSCARS BUILD UP

Well, the Oscars are in less than a week and I doubt I will have seen all the nominees by this Sunday. That won't stop me from partaking in this year's Oscar sweepstake. Forms are coming in thick and fast from NATW and Planet Earth boys...Young & Lost Club are keeping their predictions clost to their chest and as last year's winners they are certainly the ones to beat!

If anyone has any tips or inside knowledge please feel free to post here and help me out!

I saw The White Ribbon yesterday which was a strange film to watch in the middle of the day given it was beautifully sunny outside but that didn't hinder my being engrossed in the curious and creepy goings on of an early 20th century German farming village for 2 and a half hours! I will have to see A Prophet next considering I've predicted that to win Best Foreign Film - but don't tell anybody!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

BERLINALE

The Berlin Film Festival is defntly the most efficiently organized film festival in the world! Well, I dunno, I haven't visited them all so I can't really say that but regardless - I was able to visit the EFM this weekend (European Film Market) which is hosted every year at the Berlinale.

Thanks to a friend at Focus Features I also got to see Noah Baumbach's new film Greenberg. It was a slightly odd mix of mumblecore and toned down Ben Stiller brilliance that seemed to go down very well at the festival. While mumblecore starlet Greta Gerwig shone in her most high profile role - I was a little dissappointed at the lack of screen time for Rhys Ifans - who showed up looking supremely dapper in spite of sporting some kind of strange ginger mohican!

On to the real reason for the visit to Berlin which was of course the NATW documentary (First Days) and interesting some sales agents in viewing the latest version. I was really lucky to be invited to share some space with Olivier Kaempfer who was there with his company Parkville Pictures and their various projects, and so had a nice base for my day at the EFM which included streaming the first half of Chelsea's FA Cup tie (don't tell anyone!), enjoying a surprisingly tasty sandwich and cake and seeing the market in full flow. A scary place by anyone's standards! One overheard hallway conversation went something like:
'Listen - you're gonna have to add a zero to that figure or we're taking it to Lionsgate' and another: 'she's a real sleeping giant that one', 'yeah she's a lioness ready to explode.'

Unfortunately I didn't find out who was being referred to in the latter conversation but I did get to meet some peeps from very nice sales agents who seemed genuinely interested in viewing the doc. We will have to wait and see what happens over the coming weeks but for now it's back to rewatching the film and preparing it for post production....

Oscars soon! My invite hasn't arrived yet wierdly.