Happy April, Kickstarter Family! For those of you in wet climates, we hope your spring has sprung with April showers, umbrellas, and cute rain boots. As the greenery thaws from the winter, enjoy the latest news from the One Per Person newsroom.
RENDERING: CUE ALL THE DRUMMERS IN ALL THE LANDS FOR THE BIGGEST DRUMROLL IN THE HISTORY OF ALL KICKSTARTER UPDATES EVER.........
Brrrrrrruuuuuuuuuummmmmrummmrummmmmmmmrummmmmrummmmrummmmmrummmmmrummmmmrummmmrummmmrummmmrummmmm (our best attempt at spelling out an excitingly suspenseful drumroll using onomatopoeia)........
WE HAVE FIRST-PASS RENDERED EVERY SINGLE SHOT IN THE FILM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL THE SHOTS HAVE BEEN RENDERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine the best dancing gif ever created > insert here.
We were excited last month when we crossed the One Hundred Shot threshold, so you can only imagine our utter THRILL to reach this milestone. EVERY. SINGLE. SHOT. EVERY ONE! There are moments in this film that are truly awe-inspiring, and this moment is one of them. Relish in the moment. Soak up the ecstasy. We are so, so happy to share this news with you. You were literally the first people we wanted to tell as soon as the last shot rolled off the mini-farm. Your contributions started the rendering process, and we are so thankful to be celebrating this victory together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obviously, as we have mentioned in the past, small re-renders will be necessary as we work through tech fixes and other necessary steps, but re-renders should be minimal. We have the mini-farm still at our disposal, as well as artists with remote rendering machines on retainer in case anything pops up.
CUE THE SLOW MOTION POPPING OF CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES, FALLING CONFETTI, and SWELLING CHARIOTS OF FIRE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!! [close eyes as necessary.... no one is looking, we promise.... all our eyes are closed too].
EDITORIAL: Our latest editorial session was a huge success, and we have already scheduled our next one for the beginning of May. We made the announcement to the entire crew, and they are surging forward so we can have as many updated shots as possible.
LIGHTING / TECH QC: We also have happy news to report in the land of Lighting and Tech QC. We have made huge strides, with our team members working 12+ hours a day to wrap up the final tech fixes in a timely manner. In fact, with all the tech solutions we have been finding, we have been able to decrease the inventory of Lighting QC down to just a handful of remaining shots.
COMPOSITING: Now that Rendering has passed their major milestone, Compositing is in the spotlight now! Our new team members have spent the last few weeks adjusting to the pipeline and workflow, but we are extremely pleased with the results we have been seeing from them. Their enthusiasm, excitement, and talent cannot help but shine through in their shots.
Now you may ask: "Now that the first-pass renders are done, how come the movie is not finished? I am drinking champagne here, after all!"
Compositing is the final step after Rendering. Now that we have the raw rendered frames, they needed to go through a polish pass in compositing in order to get everything post-processed and up to snuff. One important part to remember is that a rendered shot is actually many different "elements" that are rendered SEPARATELY.
Take an example shot: In front of the Cheery Chicken restaurant booth, Chuck juggles cups to entertain a little girl.
In basic terms, the rendering for this shot involves rendering:
1. The pier where the restaurant booth sits.
2. The Cheery Chicken restaurant booth.
4. The cups.
5. The little girl.
As you can see, we now have five INDIVIDUAL elements of rendered material for our example shot. So when we say a "shot" is rendered, we actually mean all of the separate pieces for that shot have finished rendering. Of course, there is more technical jargon that goes into each pass and there can even be multiple render passes for single elements, but for the sake of simplicity in this example, we have five individual pieces of rendered material.
Who is going to put the five pieces together? ......COMPOSITING! As you can see, Compositing is necessary. Otherwise, we would have a big bucket of rendered elements and no film. Not to mention, once the compositors put the pieces together, they work their magic to blend the elements and make sure everything fits together seamlessly. For instance, the little girl might look darker than Chuck once we see them side-by-side, so she needs to be brightened so skin tones match.
Our Compositing team is ready to work-Work-WORK to sew these elements together into a beautiful piece of art. We are currently 10% finished with the inventory and looking to fly-Fly-FLY through the rest!
-- Who's there?
-- Compositors Who?
-- COMPOSITORS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE FILM SHOULD CONTACT US!
With a large percentage of the shots in the queue for compositing, we are eager to grow our compositing team and spread the love. If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining, please send them our way. If you are not a compositor but would like to assist in recruiting, please also feel free to contact us! We can provide you with a job description and press packet to distribute on social media, your favorite forums, and any other avenues you may find fruitful.
With excitement and adrenaline rushing through our veins as we work, we always like taking a calm moment to breathe deeply and remember everything that has helped bring us to this moment in the production. We are so thankful to be reaching each milestone and even MORE thankful to have a cheering section that can celebrate with us. Celebrating alone is not NEARLY as satisfying than to celebrate with others, and we would not choose anyone else but YOU. Your loyalty is not only admirable but inspirational. For as happy as we are seeing our own work, we are happiest when we can see that our work and progress excites and brings happiness to you. Thank YOU for being here with us and for celebrating with us at every turn in the road.
This month, we have a special piece of art to showcase.... an audible one! Our incredible composer Jake Walker is continuing to refine the OPP score, but we have a small work-in-progress snippet of one happy moment in the film.
In addition, we have also have another beautiful shot to share of Nancy and Chuck!