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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Free lens flare transitions, HD




Next in the free download set...

This multi-element flare was made for when you need colour, detail, range and an organic / analogue feel to a lens flare. Great for compositing over shots and transitions you can speed it up for another great look. I've used the slowest original speed here so you can ramp up the speeds and do what you like. Another tip is to recolour them, to blue for example. There are 3 in this set. They were filmed with a plastic lens, hence the very grungy feel to them.

Free HD download herehttp://www.mediafire.com/download.php?um2drzbmtlrg9ka

Or go to the whole archive of lens flares and light leaks here.

If you are super kind and get something out of using these then please donate a small amount and I can do some more -

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free Lens Flare clips to download, in HD

After the success of the light leak downloads I thought I'd do something similar, but with a different look to it. So I present my lens flares and crystals clips for you to download and use.

What are these?
These are short high definition clips for use by editors and compositors. They work with any editing package as they are just video clips. So use them in Final Cut, Premiere, Sony Vegas - however I am delivering them as Quicktimes. By layering them over your images, using a compositing style such as 'screen' you add colour and interest.

What's different about these?
I use these kinds of clips a lot in my work. There are a lot of them online already so I've tried to do something different. Firstly, I've tried to have a slower, more elegant style to these. Secondly, I've made sure they are in the top HD ProRes quality where possible. If I have to compress I've used as little compression as possible.

There are a few variations in each clip, so chop them up, speed them up, reverse them - whatever you like. I've uploaded them at standard speed to give you the most options in your edit as possible. I will add more over the next few weeks via blog posts - but will update this page also.

Are they free?
Yes, free to use and download etc. If you want to do me a favour - that would be great. Cheers. A few suggestions.



Clip One: Light facets



These bursts of light pan across the screen, spankling as they go. Created by effectively using a glass crystal as a lens directly on the camera, they offer blinding light, mixed with refracting spectrums. There are 8 versions in this one clip. One even 'maxes out' to white making it ideal to use as a transition or dissolve. To keep under a 200MB limit I had to compress this as the highest possible quality H264.

Download here (157MB) - http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?53qb6b31aj9ik12


Clip Two: Multi-faceted flares



This multi-element flare was made for when you need colour, detail, range and an organic / analogue feel to a lens flare. Great for compositing over shots and transitions you can speed it up for another great look. I've used the slowest original speed here so you can ramp up the speeds and do what you like. Another tip is to recolour them, to blue for example. There are 3 in this set. They were filmed with a plastic lens, hence the very grungy feel to them. To keep under a 200MB limit I had to compress this as the highest possible quality H264.

Download here (98MB) - http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?um2drzbmtlrg9ka


IF YOU LIKE THESE, THEN CHECK OUT MY LIGHT LEAK DOWNLOADS HERE.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

BAFTA nominated adapted scripts

This morning, the nominations for the BAFTAs have been released. This post is about the nominations for the best adapted screenplay. I thought all the nominations were really engaging films - something I can't say every year if I am honest - and they are also a selection that contains a lot of variety. Variety in terms of final film and genre but also in terms of the original source material. But one common element that links all the source materials is that they would all probably be described as 'difficult' to adapt.

Here is the list with IMDB links...

ARGO - Chris Terrio
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
LIFE OF PI - David Magee
LINCOLN - Tony Kushner
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK - David O. Russell

A little more detail and the trickiness involved with the adaptation...

Argo is adapted from an article but based on true events - events recent enough for lots of people to remember perhaps.
Lincoln is from a book but based, of course, on historical events - but events so famous that everyone knows about it (no chance to sneak in a twist at the end here, or is there?)
Life of Pi is from a novel about a boy in a lifeboat with only a tiger for company - not much chance for dialogue perhaps.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is set in a flooding swamp but is based on a one act stage play! Is there enough material to work with for a feature film? (Cheeky personal link here as this is the first feature from producer Josh Penn who I met in Cannes in 2011).
Silver Linings Playbook was adapted from a novel, whose message was that love isn't like a Hollywood film, so a big fat self-contradiction there then.

What I like about the solution (in fantastically general terms) that all these writers used was that they weren't afraid to do these adaptations in a direct and simple manner. Now, just to be clear, I've only done a very small amount of adaptations but I know its tough. I'm not saying these are easy to do at all.

However sometimes, as writers, we want our adaptations to be as original as the source material, yet  these film don't rely on gimmicks or super-complex structural solutions. Instead they aren't afraid to tell stories in a linear order, to use narration / voice overs and to employ classic story structures. Some writing critics may frown upon some of these techniques and call them simplistic. I disagree. Here they are powerfully used. They let the original material shine through. They are transparent techniques.

This is why, I believe, they are all good adaptations. They put the material at the heart.