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ProductionKelsi and I wrote the story over lunch on 2004/1/29. We shot that night from 19:29-21:58 and got 36min of footage. It's mostly shots of the dog resting. We didn't break any dishes while shooting, but I shattered the vase while I was packing up.
A theme of this festival was 'silent'. The entrants make silent movies and a live band accompanies them at the show. The point of our movie was to film a story that relied completely upon sound effects, and then to present all the sounds in the picture.
EditingI cut the show in several hours with cuisine, an open-source editor. I delivered the picture early the next week, so the band could see it and prepare their music. I produced the title effects over two days on the week of the show.
Screenshot of cuisine's timeline interface editing this show (before I did the audio mix using the show audio)
TitlesThe titles are generated by a Python program that I wrote for this show. It's about 160 lines of code. The program generates all the moves from equations in the code- any 'keyframing' came from trial and error adjustment of expressions like "5*sin(id*4)+(25*f)*sin(30)". I could see the graphics in real time, and see the composited show pretty quickly, too, so I went through hundreds of iterations.
titles.py has a mode where it can render larger than the output frame and then scale down, which is how I antialiased some of the effects.
The fonts are all from Larabie Fonts. I didn't seem to have a program around that would preview a bunch of ttf files that weren't setup as X11 fonts, so I wrote one. The result is less than twice as long as this paragraph, thanks to pygame and SDL.
MusicAs mentioned above, I worked on the movie in silence. After I set the timing, the band Legends & Deeds prepared the music and performed it live at the show. That was the first time I ever heard the soundtrack, and I think it's super. In the movie files above, you hear a recording right from the band's mixer during the live performance. At the end, I crossfade to a room mic to hear the audience.
Software used, beyond what's commonly distributed with Linux
- dvgrab - move DV from camcorder to disk
- libdv - DV decoding and encoding
- cuisine - browse and edit footage, composite titles
- ffmpeg - write VBR mpeg movies from DV
- transcode - write divx movies from DV