Day 1: Progress on Blood Diamonds
Blood Diamonds is a song that William Steffey wrote in 2014. I offered to work with him on a music video for the song and I’ve been working on it on-and-off (mostly off) this whole time. I created a CG robot character called Theo, animated him and integrated him with the footage. I also did some animated text for the chorus sequences.
The video still needs work. We came up with a story and filmed it, but it’s too linear and slow moving for a music video. Also, in the time since I started, Steffey formed a band (Boolean Knife), so we want to integrate the band into the video. One way we’re doing this is to add footage of the band members playing into the background of the chorus footage. To help break up the linear timing, I decided to also cut to band footage during the storytelling part of the video.
I used the music to determine where the band footage would go. Today’s task is to trim and move the narrative shots around to make sense with the breaks. I also decided to add another shot with Theo. I still have to animate that and maybe shoot some background footage. (Did I mention the locations are are all pretty nearby? It’s nice to live in a good looking neighborhood.) Moving the footage shouldn’t take much time, so I should be able to get a lot done on the Theo shot today. There’s a decent amount of work still to be done on the choruses, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
For those of you kind enough to jump in early and help me with my progress, I’m sharing an early draft of Blood Diamonds. As always, I welcome your feedback. Does it move too slow? Is anything not made clear enough? Do you find Theo convincing or not? These are the kind of things I’d like to know. I’ve looked at this so many times, that it’s hard to notice some of these things.
Your friend, Maux
8:30 p.m. update:
I moved the footage. It took a little longer than I anticipated, but the real reason I didn’t get more done (apart from this being Day 1 and I’m out of practice with deadlines) is that I had a phone interview for a job! It went well and I’ll be going in to the office on Monday for a proper, in-person interview. Very exciting. I took a long walk after the phone interview and then I had some follow-up emails to write.
The day’s not over, and I plan to put in another hour or two. Clean up a few jarring cuts in the video and then maybe spend some time on Cinema 4D. The job, if i get it, will change my 30 day plan. So will the outstanding Mochimochi Land project that I forgot to allow time for. I have a meeting on that tomorrow, but I’ll wait until after my job interview to make any changes to the schedule.