HAPPIEST OF HAPPY NEW YEARS TO OUR KICKSTARTER FAMILY! With 2016 in full swing, we thought now would be the perfect post-holiday update with our BIG BIG BIG BIG news and goals of the impending year!
COMPOSITING: Compositing has moved LEAPS AND BOUNDS in the past few months. As mentioned in our last update, we were able to bring some additional compositors with decades of experience in their back pockets, and they graciously spent their holidays plugging away in order to complete passes on ALL....OF.....THE......SHOTS. 100% OF THE SHOTS. YES, ALL OF THEM!
YES. EVERY SINGLE SHOT HAS MOVED THROUGH THE QUEUE. NOT ONCE....BUT TWICE! With only one more round of notes to go, we expect compositing to wrap in the NEXT. FEW. WEEKS.
COLOR TIMING: With yet ANOTHER department on the cusp of finishing, we have begun the preparations for our LAST ARTISTIC DEPARTMENT. You read properly, lads and ladies, we have reached the END OF THE LINE. We have found a fantastic colorist that has worked on all the recent blockbusters who will be joining OPP for our finishing session.
For those of you unfamiliar with color timing (also called "color grading"), the colorist is a singular artist who will be the final touch on all the shots in the film. With so many artists compositing all over the world, small but inevitable inconsistencies arise since everyone is using a different type of monitor where the colors can look ever-so-slightly different.
The colorist brings ALL the shots into his suite, and he will sit live with the directors to unify any of these small discrepancies and ensure the piece is absolutely spotless. You can think of the colorist like the master chef in a restaurant kitchen. Before the plate (our film) goes to the diner, the head chef always takes a look to provide consistency to every single dish served that evening. He is the last stop before the presentation. There may be many chefs in the kitchen, but there is one master chef who sees everything come together.
We have a meeting planned at the end of this month to assess any particular preparations needed and also to determine a weekend where both directors and the producer will meet in Los Angeles and join the colorist in his suite!
KICKSTARTER: You? Yes, you! YOU have an update section now! With the film finally wrapping up, we are starting to prepare all the fun goodies for our lovely audience, YOU! All tiers are being prepared, such as the pre-production art packet, the personalized DVD openers, and the maquette statues. We have just finished the animation, lighting, and compositing on all the personalized DVD introductions, and we will be completing our first full draft of the layout for the pre-production art packet at the end of this month. We are so thrilled to finally be at this stage, packaging up your well-deserved Thank You gifts for being our fabulous OPP family so that the mail out can coincide with the conclusion of the film once color timing finishes.
How could we possibly need anyone else with the film so tantalizingly close to the finish line? Well, we do! As we strategize for the festival circuit, we are assembling the best think tank Kickstarter can offer as we map out our strongest and most efficient run through the hundreds of available festivals for entry. If you have festival experience and intel to share, we welcome you with listening ears and open arms! We all want OPP to go far and wide after completion!
Beginning the New Year is so full of fresh potential, and we can see the year already bursting forth with opportunity for One Per Person as we close in on these final departments and look to the next stage of life for this film in the festivals. Your love, support, and faith in this journey has only strengthened the potential of the film. We continually thank you again for all you have so graciously offered in 2015 and for the tremendous value you add every day to our efforts in delivering a worthy and high quality piece.
We are so full of excitement; we feel just like this little girl Kara!