SK2: Shootin’ Update – WRAPPED!
Holy Bollocks on a Stick. As I sit here on the upper deck of the SK Citadel, the final rushes from this weekend’s shoot are digitising in front of me.
It’s been a long slog but we finally got there.
With any luck we should have the entire episode edited at least into an ‘assembly’ form by the end of this week. One of the good things about the shoot having been so drawn out is that it has allowed us to edit the existing footage together between filming days. This has been of great benefit as it allows us to assess how the film is coming together as we shoot. And so far, so good.
Now that the film is in the can, it is evident that there is a great deal of post-production that lay before us. Editing the episode together is one thing, but that is merely the first stage of post. Before any visual effects can be applied the film must have picture lock-off. ie: a Final Cut. Then it undergoes a picture grade which can be a lengthy process as most times the director will never be really satisfied with an initial grade (fussy bastard). As a result, the entire episode may undergo several grades.
Once the grade is approved, we can get stuck into the visual effects. This is where most of the post-production time will be spent. SK2 will feature substantially more lightsabers than SK1. This is both a highly cool and highly stupid move on behalf of our writer/director. Cool because hey, lightsabers are cool and you can never have too many of them. Stupid because every frame of lightsaber effect must be manually rotoscoped. ie: drawn in. So our poor bastards down in the rotoscoping department sure have their work cut out for them. Ah well, they’re adults. They knew what the job entailed when they signed up for it…suckers.
So in the meantime, keep checking your KNIGHT MOVES Blog to find out how the post-production is coming along. We hope to have the episode complete sometime in the first quarter of 2009. Trust us: it’ll be worth the wait…