Sunday, September 18, 2016

48 hours - Team Super Furious Ninja Dragon

A crazy weekend in Invercargill, New Zealand with even crazier people - making a 5 minute film for the 48 hours film competition. I got to help Steve Woller with Art Department and it was my breakout debut performance as a STUNT SHADOW twice!

My wife Tracy did crew catering.

Later, I'll add more about the craziness of the crew and a link to the film once its on the competition website.

UPDATE 8 October 2016

The Loom of Doctor Flowers by Super Furious Ninja Dragon has made the Dunedin City Finals in the following categories.

The B-Team - Nic Bathgate, James Elworthy
Paddle Pops - Ruby Harris
Studio GIblets - Phil Davison

Stephen Lawrenson from Bus of The Undead
Grant McNaughton from The DandyLions
Nathan Kennedy from Super Furious Ninja Dragon
Harrison Kennedy from Paddle Pops
Phillip Schlup from Studio Giblets

Maggie Watts from Super Furious Ninja Dragon
Ola Szukiel from The DandyLions
Jemma Osten from Bus of The Undead

Begged Borrowed Stolen - Josh Wallace, Paul Green
Woof Bloody Woof - Bruno Willis
The DandyLions - Matilda McAndrew, Ola Szukiel
Studio Giblets - Phil Davison
Super Furious Ninja Dragon - James Wilkinson

Maddie Jones - Hot Chili
James Quested - Arrested Developers
Abe Baillie- Paddle Pops
Harriet Love - The Happy Little Peas
Derek Smith - Begged Borrowed Stolen

Arrested Developers
Bus of The Undead
Go Go All The Time
Begged Borrowed Stolen

The DandyLions - Matilda Macandrew David Prime
Super Furious Ninja Dragon - Matt Inns
The B-Team - Stu Mackenzie, James Elworthy, Nic Bathgate
Paddle Pops - Elliot Blyth
Studio Giblets - Phil Davison

Super Furious Ninja Dragon - Maggie Watts
Bus of The Undead

Symmetery by Go Go All The Time
Bronads by Arrested Developers

Encore Une Fois by Studio Giblets
Kit-astrophy by Paddle Pops
SYD by Cat in a River

Dead Meat by Team Super Best Friends
SYD by Cat in a River

The ‘C’ Word by Begged Borrowed Stolen
The Loom of Doctor Flowers by Super Furious Ninja Dragon
Encore Une Fois by Studio Giblets

Breathe by Hot Chili
The Lamentable Tragedy of Charlie Flower by The DandyLions
SYD by Cat in a River
Gaspodes Paradise by Woof Bloody Woof
The Kintters Nightmare by Balclootha

Announced on the Night

Announced on the Night

UPDATE 16 October 2016

The Loom of Doctor Flowers by Super Furious Ninja Dragon won the Dunedin City Finals last night taking out City winner with Best Film. And also got Best Art Direction  (Steven Woller), Best Cinematography  (James Wilkinson) and Best Actress and Best Makeup (Maggie Pirie).

And prize for City winner is

The Glorious APEE Statue + Certificate
$300 Cash Grant Courtesy of Wingnut Films
$300 Cash Grant Courtesy of NZFC
15" Pavilion Core I7 Notebook (valued at $1998) courtesy of HP

The Making Of The Loom of Doctor Flowers


Dr Flowers - Nathan Kennedy
Elsa - Maggie Watts

Directed by - Matt Inns
Produced by - Steve Woller & Matt Inns
Story by - Steve Woller, Matt Inns, Storm Reece, Sharon Reece, Rachel Kinsella
Director of Photography - James Wilkinson
Production Designer - Steve Woller
Production Co-ordinator - Rachel Kinsella
Production Assistant - Sharon Reece
Art Dept Assist - Mike Peters, Vicky Smit, Rachel Kinsella
Makeup Designer - Maggie Watts
Unit - Tracy Peters
Gaffer - Mei Ling Au
Assistant Camera - Iris Shao Wen

Monday, September 5, 2016

Lee Yeung & Lustre Effects Studio's Animatronic Gorilla

This mighty fine work on an Animatronic Gorilla popped up on The Stan Winston School Forum. It is by Lee Yeung of Beijing & Lustre Effects Studio.

"I'm Lee. Lustre Effects Studio went into operation in the Summer of 2015. It was formed immediately after a gathering with a group of young artists and professionals. This is due to our common belief that we should do the things we love provided they are magical and fun-filled.

We faced a lot of problems in the beginning. Luckily enough, we discovered from the internet the forums of Stan Winston School Of Character Arts, where we gained inspirations, knowledge and technical know-how.

Our workshop is made up of a passionate staff. We gathered all possible resources to research and learned by trial and error to finally give birth to our first production of the animatronic gorilla.

Why the gorilla and not anything else is because through the process of making it helped us to strengthen not only our skills but our will as well. We had to overcome difficulties, just to name a few, the complexities of the skin, the thickness of hair and installing an animatronic device to make it look awesome and cool.

The animatronic gorilla has yet to be perfected. But it is a work that bears witness to our keen efforts. It is only the first step. We will move forward to give our gorilla companions and build other fascinating creatures to share with you.

Our studio is an open-ended workshop. We will only be too happy to communicate and interact with you all. On behalf of my teammates, I would like to thank you all to let us share our story. Do the things you love. Just go for it.



You can learn more about this Animatronic Gorilla and how it was made here on Lee's original forum post.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Wes Anderson Collection The Grand Budapest Hotel

On a recent trip to Dunedin I finally bought a copy of The Wes Anderson Collection: Grand Budapest Hotel from the University Bookshop. What a treat of a book.

Published in 2015 by Abrams and written by Matt Zoller Seitz it is packed with interviews, behind the scenes photos and is worth every cent. I saw the film last year and loved it.

Abrams specialise in publishing Art books and have a website.

Wes Anderson assembled a great crew to work on the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film employs a lot of old school visual tricks and makes great use of miniatures. I really like this film comedy.

Walter O. Koenig wrote in his review on Amazon:

"The author of this new book Matt Zoller Seitz, also published "The Wes Anderson Collection" which covers the first seven Wes Anderson Films. I own the book and all the films and greatly enjoyed reading the informative book. This new book follows the same format, but instead of covering a film in 35-45 pages, we have 256 pages about "The Grand Budapest Hotel" only. Lavishly illustrated with many photographs, stills, production drawings and illustrations by Max Dalton, this book is very informative, not only about the latest Wes Anderson film, but also his method of working, research, sources and filming. A lot can be learned about the world of Wes Anderson by reading this book.

The book is divided into three sections, "The Idea of Europe", "The Snow-Globe Version" and the "At The Algonquin Hotel". Each section begins with an interview of Wes Anderson by Matt Zoller Seitz. The first interview concentrates on the characters and the actors, the second on the making of the film and the third on the sources of the film, in particular the works of author Stefan Zweig. That said, many other subjects also come up in the three interviews. They make for interesting reading.

There are also interviews of Ralph Fiennes, who played Gutave H. the main character in the movie, cinematographer Robert Yeoman, Production Designer Adam Stockhausen, Costume Designer Milena Canonero and several others. Each one of these are interesting to read and we learns more about Anderson's well thought out meticulous style and manner of working.

Interspersed are many photographs from the film as well as reference photographs from other films such as "The Shop Around the Corner", "Amadeus", "The Red Shoes" and many others. There are vignettes of the careers of Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and other actors. There is a whole section on the role of the narrator in this and other films such as "Barry Lyndon", "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Big Lebowski". There are also some pages of the script, the building of the model of the Hotel, excerpts from the writings of Stefan Zweig and most fascinating to me how certain scenes were shot. In short this is a gold mine of information about the film.

A well written and informative essay by Ali Arikan "Worlds of Yesterday" offers one of the most interesting interpretations of the film I have read, and of its structure and meaning.

The book is well printed and bound as books published by Abrams usually are!

My guess is that you will do what I did when I finished the book and that is to watch the movie again."

Some other useful links

Berton Pierce a film model maker shot this video while working on miniatures for the film.