Team MITCIT, 2005, 5 min.
Participant (no prizes!) in the "48 Hours" film-making competition, New
= "Write, Shoot, Cut, Survive": 48 hours to make a movie. John Calder rounded up a team from "Manukau Institute of
echnology Computer and Information
Technology" er um call it "MITCIT". Come
7pm on a Friday night 15 May 2005, we received this mission ...
- Genre = "Film Noir"
- Must include a character named "Bodil de Resny" described as an "Animal Lover"
- Must include line of dialogue: "Please don't do that".
- Must include prop: a banana.
- Additional draw for a sponsor prize if a red scarf is featured.
We filmed mostly in one classroom (NR220 for those
who know MIT) using the project
to try out the bluescreen technique with a blue bedsheet. Graphics whizz Ian
Lopez created the backgrounds to composite in. The result highlights both
the potential this has in accessible production with mini-DV, but also the difficulties.
Lighting technique, choice of screen material and room layout are critical.
We had trouble with sound. Our usual microphone was unavailable so we had
to change mics at the last minute - always a recipe for problems. This version
is fixed-up after the competiton by calling the actors back for some post-dubbing.
Camera is Canon MVX25i (known in the USA market as "Optura 40"). Great media
camera: results projected on the big screen in a commercial cinema in my opinion
looked good and close to equalling the movies using pro 3-chip cameras.