(Non-Trek) Films You/We Done Did

Discussion in 'Fan Productions' started by Maurice, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    I saw Admiral Archer post a recent piece of work (link) and thought it might be fun to have a thread for posting films those of us here have done which are not Trek or not "fanfilms" per se, regardless of if they're short subject, quick sight gags, goofy animations, behind the scenes stuff, or even industrials.

    I'll kick it off with a short spot I did in 2010 for a software company to promote their first iPad game. It was really silly and made in basically two days, including fabricating the sock-puppets (what better than sock-puppets for a touch screen?). The background was thin card with graffiti drawn on it. The developer didn't really know how to use it after paying for it, just dropping it a few places on social media, but it was fun to make.


    Who's next?
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
    JE Smith, Bixby and Admiral Archer like this.
  2. YJAGG

    YJAGG Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2013
    Location:
    Baltimore, MD
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018
    JE Smith likes this.
  3. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Your link is megabroken, @YJAGG, and points to the IMDB page and not YouTube. I fixed it below, but perhaps you ought to fit it in your own post.


     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018
    Bixby likes this.
  4. Bixby

    Bixby Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2011
    Location:
    Canada
    I was part of this film's art team a long time ago, still a professional highlight as it went on to nab quite a few prizes and established its director. It's about 20 minutes and has a bit of dark humour, so be warned...
     
    Maurice likes this.
  5. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    I love Sylvain Chomet! Les triplettes de Belleville is a favorite. Tell me/us more about what you did on La vieille dame et les pigeons.


    My first pro paid video gig was to create a 10-minute animated sales demo for a paint and animation package called Art & Film Director (Atari ST and Apple IIGS), using the actual software to demonstrate itself. Originally released in Europe as two separate packages, in the US they were bundled and published by EPYX.

    Here's the publisher logo sequence from that video, from the original source animation data run through an emulator.

    And here's a dump of the whole video from VHS, very poor quality and rather dark, but you can see the entire thing. The aspect ratio is a tad off.

    I've recently worked out the process of re-capturting the animations via emulator at HD resolution, so every blocky pixel will be pristine (it will be literally 5x the original size)!
     
  6. Bixby

    Bixby Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2011
    Location:
    Canada
    On la vieille Dame et les Pigeons (or the Old Lady and the Pigeons, Chomet's first film as a director), Sylvain himself did the animation in rough for the entire film. I was on the team that had to redraw the old Lady character in "clean" lines (I say clean but he had actually wanted a fake sketchy rough line style very similar to Disney's 60s and 70s features like the Aristocats, Robin Hood and 101 Dalmatians), and to complete the animation.
    I'd estimate I had a hand in 90-95% of all scenes with the Old Lady character...

    And Maurice, if you like Chomet's work you should be happy to know he'll be beginning a new production in early 2019- don't know when it'll be released.
     
    Admiral Archer and YJAGG like this.
  7. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Neat.

    That sure took a dark turn... but then what else did I expect. :D
     
  8. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Admiral Archer likes this.
  9. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Here's an oddball one I did a not that long back.


    It's based on an old TWA joke and more than a little bawdy, so I hope it's not offensive to anyone.

    I've done 18 or so videos for this group, but there was one period where they didn't have time to schedule a shoot, so I suggested I could do a video using four dolls of the singers made by a fan as simple marionettes. "Simple" my arse. Finding all the imagery needed to pul this off was a nightmare. It was one of the toughest edits I ever did.
     
    JE Smith, jespah and Daddy Todd like this.
  10. Daddy Todd

    Daddy Todd Fleet Captain Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Absolutely brilliant, Maurice! Huge Kinseys fan, and somehow I’d never seen that.

    Thanks for posting!
     
  11. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Hey thanks. For some reason they just dropped that one out there with little fanfare and not tied to any event so it got very little attention, whereas "Worry" got like 120K views in a week because the release was timed properly.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  12. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    Earlier this year I was hired by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus to create a video using footage shot by their members while touring the south in 2017. This video ran on the two big projection screens in Davies Symphony Hall during the intermission of the show (which featured 500 singers at its peak).

    The video...

    ...and it on the screens in the symphony hall...
    [​IMG]

    This is the full-length cut they put out on social media. A 20% shorter edit was screened at the live performance because the footage of Reverend Caldwell was used in a different presentation at the live show.

    It was both a technical and an editorial challenge:

    A technical challenge because the footage varied in resolution, frame rate and orientation (pun intended) I ended up having to standardize all the clips to 30 fps and resize them as necessary for a 1080p project. Further complicating matters, many of the clips were flat out unusable because they were shaky or too short or—frustratingly—would end right in the middle of the last fucking note of a song! I also had to figure out how to sync audio from one performance across clips from another. (Oh, and then I had to figure out how to use the—hate it—vertical video, which, if you scale it to fit the vertical height of the output frame, only occupies a third of the horizontal space. Augh. In one case where I had multiple shots of the same moments I was able to arrange three vertical clips into a triptych. Elsewhere I didn't want to do the overdone gimmick of having the same footage blown up and out of focus in the background, so instead I found some stock footage of sparkling sequins and applied the color from the footage to that so the sequins matched the palette of the footage it was framing without being distracting.)

    An editorial challenge because I had to figure out how to portray a slice of "life on the road", figure out how to use many still photos, and—most important—find a narrative thread in all this. I had to figure out how create a flow with peaks and valleys so we'd go from something serious to something fun and back and then end on a big finish.​

    I got a "that exceeded our expectations" from the Chorus, which was very nice. And it was fun to see it with a live audience. :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
    Sir Rhosis and Daddy Todd like this.
  13. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    @Admiral Archer has been posting his "The Adventures of Tom Morrow!" shorts in a thread here (link), but I am mirroring them here because they fit the topic and so they don't go below the fold. :)



    SYNOPSIS:
    Tom Morrow was a kid on Earth when he was abducted from the year 1998 by an alien spaceship. When he grew up, he hijacked the ship and kicked the aliens out, opting to search for his home planet. Along the way, Tom has discovered CHARL-E, a busted up old robot that he reprogrammed himself. Together, Tom and CHARL-E have many misadventures and must overcome many obstacles in order to find their way home.
     
    JE Smith and Admiral Archer like this.
  14. Admiral Archer

    Admiral Archer Captain Captain

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2009
    Thanks to Maurice for keeping my videos in circulation! I unfortunately just got out of a week in the hospital, followed by nearly two weeks of recovery. While I do not wish to disclose the nature of my situation, I wanted to say that Tom Morrow episode three is currently on hold until I am fully recovered. I apologize for the inconvinience. In the meantime, lets see what other original video shorts exist out there! :)
     
  15. Maurice

    Maurice Fact Trekker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Location:
    One ferry ride from Starfleet HQ
    @Daddy Todd might like this.

    I found this while cleaning out some folders of old footage and elements. It was a test to see how easily I could replicate the stutter effect used in the Wang Chung "Everybody Have FunTonight" music video using footage I happened to have laying around. It was surprisingly easy.



     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
  16. Daddy Todd

    Daddy Todd Fleet Captain Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Oh cool!

    Also, amazingly distracting. And possibly cluster-headache inducing.:guffaw:

    But cool!
     
  17. JE Smith

    JE Smith Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2015
    Location:
    Dallas
    Pretty happy with this superhero comedy I did a few years back:


    And more recently, this really weird horror/SF hybrid could be said to have some Trek influences...
     
    YJAGG likes this.