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Old 17-12-2009, 16:01   #1
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YouTube sci fi video leads to Hollywood film contract

Anyone else curious about this new project.

A producer from Uruguay who uploaded a short film to YouTube in November 2009 has been offered a $30m (Ł18.6m) contract to make a Hollywood film.

The movie will be sponsored by director Sam Raimi, whose credits include the Spiderman and Evil Dead films.



More details below too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8417789.stm?ls
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Old 17-12-2009, 16:37   #2
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Never heard of it till now, but the short film is quite impressive, so good luck to him!

I find stories like this quite uplifting. Fresh, independent talent getting discovered is always a plus in my book. We need more of it.

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Reminds of District 9 in a way.
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Can't see the vid here, but is it the one that was basically a live action Half Life?

That was really cool
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Old 17-12-2009, 16:53   #5
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Whatever film is produced from the deal wont have anything to do with the above video apparently, he was picked up purely on the strength of the youtube vid - and yes, the District 9 effect as well.
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Old 17-12-2009, 18:06   #6
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Can't see the vid here, but is it the one that was basically a live action Half Life?

That was really cool

Not the same one, but he has also got an offer from Hollywood, so good news from him as well
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Old 17-12-2009, 18:11   #7
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Its very impressive.
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Ruairi Robinson, this guy urgently needs to get some studio taking interest as well. Still one of the best shorts I have ever seen:

The Silent City



First would be extending this story so we finally know what's going on...
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A budget of $300??? It looks like $20 million!!! (and only that low because of the running time).
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Old 17-12-2009, 21:59   #10
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On a similar tip, this guy Philip Bloom caught the eye of Lucasfilm by shooting film-like images on a Digital SLR camera! They flew him over to show 'em exactly how it's done!

from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

www.philipbloom.co.uk



©2009 PhilipBloom.co.uk


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That's the thing isn't it. Now they are starting to put video recording capability onto DSLRs you can get a level of quality out of video that would otherwise require video/film cameras 5 times the size.

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Might have a go myself lol.
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On a similar tip, this guy Philip Bloom caught the eye of Lucasfilm by shooting film-like images on a Digital SLR camera! They flew him over to show 'em exactly how it's done!

from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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©2009 PhilipBloom.co.uk

Where's the mystery? Surely it's out of the box functionality? I don't get what George Lucas needed showing.
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Its not out of the box on my SLR. Looks to me its frame by frame capture, rather than just pressing a precording button. 24fps, individually captured by the guy
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His blog article explains most of it.
http://philipbloom.co.uk/2009/12/12/...d-canon-dslrs/
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Ruairi Robinson, this guy urgently needs to get some studio taking interest as well. Still one of the best shorts I have ever seen:

The Silent City



First would be extending this story so we finally know what's going on...
Spoilt by ***** dialogue and acting.

Now this is a short...

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I know Philip.

He proliferated and made a great art of shallow-depth-of-field for hi-definition video cameras in the mass / prosumer / broadcast market. His stuff is great, sort of like a hybrid still life -movie theme.

A lot of video cameras can't get the hollywood SDOF look with their small chips, so 35mm adapters were born to allow us to use Nikon and other primes. He's pretty much the authority on the subject owning loads of adapters. He's also very talented and got a great eye.

I guess LF were needing his consultant skills and his work had caught their eye.
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His blog article explains most of it.
http://philipbloom.co.uk/2009/12/12/...d-canon-dslrs/
Still none the wiser. DSLRS do HD video now don't they?
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Yeah they do. The Canon that the vid was shot on does. So yeah, quite odd for Lucas to fly him out there to demo the kit, but there you go!
I figured he had a basic DSLR and had shot the film on a rolling shutter like stop motion! Oh well....
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Wow, that's an incredible short film - looked like a $50 million Hollywood blockbuster to me!
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