September 21, 2003

Making Movies III

Scott Chaffin most courteously expressed an interest in seeing some of the bad footage I took of Yellow, my boy's stuffed snake--and he repeated it, so I know he's not just being polite. (You can go look, if you don't believe me.) "Me? Polite?" I can hear him say.

So I've exported a quick Quicktime movie of two of the bad scenes--the first one, where everything went wrong, and the one where the shadow is perceptibly moving. The quality is lousy, because it's compressed out the wazoo, but I think the problems are pretty obvious. You can even see the cars going by in the background. The file is about 350K in size.

So here ya go, Scott. Eat some brisket for me, will ya?

Posted by Will Duquette at September 21, 2003 09:07 PM

Scott Chaffin said:

Me? Polite?

I think that's pretty cool. It is amazing how that kind of thing magnifies little things like the sun moving. Thanks for putting up there.

Craig Clarke said:

That's great footage. You can actually see the shadow approaching from a distance, which adds to the "creepiness" factor.

And it looks like you're doing a little ritualistic "snake dance" on the side there, which is cool in its own right.

Will Duquette said:

Hmmm. Cool. Well, that's one word for it. "Mistake" is the word, I'd choose, but your mileage may vary.

If it were just the exposure problem in that first scene, I'd probably use it anyway--you can see something slithering towards, but you can't see it well until it gets close, which makes for a nice opener. I can even accept the cars in the background. But the "snake dance" there on the left, and the way the camera pans erratically to the right, just screw it up for me.

It looks a lot nicer at full resolution and no compression, by the way.