Since Tuesday is Halloween, lets talk about this creepy trailer I shot for The Haunting of Hill House in 2015:
I really liked the way this one turned out - my brother, Robert, was directing this show and everything fell into place just so that he had the set finished when it was time to shoot the video content.
This being before I had my Ronin-M, I borrowed Jose's slider to shoot this piece.
The thing that's really cool about this one is that everything in this video is an "in camera" practical effect. Everything from the rocking chair, to the slamming doors to the creepy reflection in the picture that doesn't show up anywhere else (did you catch it? Go ahead and rewatch - look around 6 or 7 seconds) is all done in the room on camera.
There are no post/computer visual effects in this piece.
The reasoning there was that while we could have added some spooky things in post, as an advert for a spooky show, it made sense to show the audience things that that they could or would see in the space, rather than just trying to scare them especially because the set was done enough in the time to shoot.
Sometimes simple is better than complex or even "over-produced", in today's blog post I'm going to break down what went into teaser trailer I made for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. So if you haven't seen it yet - check it out:
Pretty cool right? Sure its not "amazing" by any means, but its eye catching, and it gets your attention. And I made the whole thing in Adobe After Effects in about an hour - it was pretty simple - let me show you:
So as I said when I started this blog, most what I'll be writing about will be my own projects and what I'm working on. Behind the scenes, editing updates, etc. However, I also wanted to write about other things from time to time, such as what TV, movies, and other entertainment I'm currently enjoying, and anything else that comes to mind.
So, for this week's blog post, I'm going to be talking about what new shows I've been enjoying. I guess its kind of a review? I'm not sure I ever want to get into the "review business" but sometimes its worth talking about these things, right?
So far from the new series that have premiered this season I've watched, Star Trek: Discovery, The Orville, Me Myself and I, and The Good Doctor.
So before I go down the sci-fi rabbit hole (as many of you know, I am a huge fan of good scifi and can talk about it forever) lets look at The Good Doctor. (If you want to jump down to my thoughts on the scifi just keep scrolling, you won't miss it!)
I've linked the websites for each show to their poster/graphic below if you want to check them out.
Okay, so I guess I'm not so great at "once a week" - but I'm trying, and last week doesn't even properly count because I was sick for most of it, so if it didn't happen in the world of Fallout 4 it may as well have not happened lol.
Side note, I had forgotten how much fun that game is.
Back into the world of film and video production, besides some of the "normal" at the office, I have finished (mostly) my full edit of Titus Andronicus, just waiting for a few notes back on the edit and then its done. So hopefully I'll be able to share some of those scenes with you all before too long.
After I wrapped up the majority of the work on Titus, I dove into another project that had been sitting on the back burner for a while...
Thomas Meek is an independent filmmaker living and working in Houston, TX