by Peter Rasmussen

Stolen Life Rough-Cut

Posted by Peter Rasmussen on March 6, 2007

Sunday 2006-1-22
Hi to everyone at Southeast Scapers. I have to apologise for the images of Claudia taking so long. All I can say is that the journalist who has the video is always incredibly busy. He did manage to get a disc to me last week but there was a format problem or some kind of file error that meant nothing on my system could read it. So we will try again! But we are on the case. It will happen. But I’m not sure when that will be. So in the mean time I’ll let you all know what stage we are at.

Literally as I write the computer is capturing frames from the Machinima format to video. We now have about a third of the rough cut in the can. We’re moving through the rough cut stage pretty quickly so we can get a sense of how the whole thing’s working before getting down to adjustments and refinements. There’s a great temptation to show off stuff as soon as it’s done. But Jackie Turnure, the director and I know that it’s important for us to refine it as much as we can before we show it around for feed back because that first viewing reaction is so valuable and only comes once from each person. Having said that we are hoping to have at least part of Stolen Life ready for Southeast Scapers to premiere at Dragoncon.

It’s quite intense getting scene after scene out, every day every day. A friend asked me if I was happy. I said I was as happy as a marathon runner.

Sometimes starting out in a scene at first it can seem like it’s just going to tell part of the story without being so special. I’ll “walk” the camera around in the virtual environment to find a decent shot and stumble over an angle I didn’t realise would work as well as it does. Then with something as slight as a change of timing in the dialogue extra significance can emerge and before you know it it’s an “A” scene, something to look forward to next time you view the cut. Even though every element of the film has been “constructed” it’s a real voyage of discovery to see what will emerge.

Seeing news reports of the “Stardust” mission bringing comet particles back from near Jupiter I couldn’t help thinking of the great recording session we had in Utah where the capsule landed.

It continually amazes me that even though Chris Jones and Claudia Black have never met, their chemistry is excellent. I can only put it down to how sophisticated their understanding of the story and the characters is. Even though it’s essentially a drama you get some surprisingly delicious humour between the characters.

There are a few months more of the rough-cut to go. As soon as we have clips or news or anything we’ll let everyone know.

If you haven’t already visited the site it’s at:

Thanks again to everyone for your enthusiasm and patience.

Peter Rasmussen
Nanoflix Productions

Stolen Life is a feature length Machinima movie starring Claudia Black of Stargate and Farscape and Chris Jones of Tex Murphy.


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