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February 1st, 2011

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 12:47 pm
This was Midgard Studios' final production, made for the 2004 Port Townsend Film Festival 48 hour film contest (Theme: False truths, Prop: Teabag, Line of dialog: "That's one hog too many."). [livejournal.com profile] vixyish is back, as is [livejournal.com profile] plantae. It was shot at the Burrow on my GL2, which I got too late in my video "career" to be used on any other movies. (Though it did get a lot of use in video production work I did for various groups at the UW.)

We kind of punted on the script for this one. The contest requirements seemed really random and didn't offer much framing help at all. It's just a single gag, though I'm proud that we didn't stretch it out longer than it deserved. The beginning drags a bit, but I'm very happy with the pacing in the later half. It's... much more accessible than our standard output. Well received at the contest screening, where it came in 5th. (Pretty much exactly what it deserved, in my opinion.)

The real triumph of Pencils Down is the scoring. Without that, there wouldn't be the creepy little emotional arc in the second half. We had been using custom background music for some time at this point, but our tools were very limited. This time I asked Janet Allyn, [livejournal.com profile] vixyish's mother, to do it. She had the tools and the experience to crank out exactly what I asked for in only a couple of hours. The result is, while maybe not my favorite, by far our slickest, best-produced piece. We had basically solved all the major production problems at this point -- which explains to those who know me well exactly why this was our last movie.