I did several visual effects for this USVA Videocollective production. I don’t have much time these days for being on set, what with two young children these days. Glad to be of some use in postproduction. This is the trailer but you can watch the entire film here at DISEASTER.
This is the accompanying text from the Vimeo site:
A black comedy with fantasy horror elements about an Easter Bunny who returns as a zombie after being shot by a carrot hunter and sprinkled with poison. His family, and especially his hypersensitive son Timmie, try to counter this vengeful freak of nature.
Warning: the makers of this movie had serious fun!
Written and directed by Boki Mekel, director of photography and editing Arno Cupédo, make up and special effects by Walter van der Munnik, visual effects by Joep Veldhuis & Frank Boxman, sound and music by Gijs van Veldhuizen & Bouke Mekel,
starring Jean Paul Oeuf, Jérôme Meijer, Maria Magniet and Joe Veldhuis.
In deze fantastische en grondige herinterpretatie van allerhande Paas- en haasmythes staat de ontworteling van een disfunctionerende familie centraal. Groningstalige gedachtenspinsels van een gehandicapte zoon, over het rustieke plattelandsleven met zijn ouders, leiden een oerhard en absurd wraakverhaal in dat in dertig minuten alle kanten opvliegt.
Teaser of an upcoming USVA videocollective production. Shot in 2008, and pickups in may 2009. This clip was the first sequence shot for the flick.
Basically, the film was conceived and shot in one weekend, except for the pickups.
Postproduction takes a bit more time when you become a dad twice in a row and start your own company
Runtime will be about 9 minutes.
I used a videocopilot tutorial as basis for the visual effects and motion graphics for the titles, done in After Effects.
There’s also been a trailer out there for a while now which I put together with Joep Veldhuis:
This little thingy was created as an entry for brandfighters.com. The crew was comprised of Frank Boxman, Joep Veldhuis, Sebas Nouwen, and cast Thomas Mook and Lotte Taminiau.
It was a baptism of fire for my Canon HG10 and its DOF-adapter. Great to work with actors and dialogue again, and a lot of stuff to take into account next time, when hopefully the DOF-rig is finished and I’ll have more – and more sensitive – lenses as well as a bigger screen for focussing.
I had to film this upside down and mirrored on a small LCD screen, and we didn’t have enough light. It was fun to do this guerrilla-style, effects and all. I wonder what will happen next time.
You could say it’s a little story of fiction, about time travel, sort of. There is more material that ended up one the virtual cutting room floor. Maybe some day, when I’m 80 and in a resthome, I’ll put it all together as one story with appropriate timing. This had to be no longer.
As for the rest of the process, this film is choke-full of visual effects, all done in After Effects. Even the computer screen has fake distortion to match the other shots. Hollar if you need some details as to the visual effects.
The most fun was adding practical effects to sell the effects in postproduction: a leaf blower and a bottle on a string attached to a PVC tube.
When I returned from Amsterdam I eventually ended up with the Video Collective again. First contribution I made was in the postproduction, as editor. I didn’t go for the weekend because I was prepping Het-Ze, I think.
It had to be trimmed down by 8 minutes, so I set out to edit a more understandable and shorter version of Der Günthergang. It was the first of the weekend-films made by the Video Collective and many were to follow. It captures the fun and madness of the collective’s filmmaking.
Here’s some info from the vimeo page:
Der Günthergang is a fantastic, absurdistic and hilarious film about Günther, a bastard son of Hitler, who with his subordinate Heinrich has settled on the island of Westerborkum to build a strong army and torture prisoners. A secret agent goes undercover to undermine this danger, but love tries to ruine his plans. Shot in one weekend in 2005 by students of the usva videocollective on Schiermonnikoog. All spoken words were dubbed in German, even if there was no meaningfull dialoque to be dubbed at all. Many tears of laughter were shed during the making and viewing of this legendary cult classic from Groningen.