Thursday 5 September 2013

Plot Device

Red Giant Films: Plot Device

THE PLOT: A young filmmaker obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.

Director: Seth Worley
Executive Producer: Aharon Rabinowitz

Making of Plot Device
At Red Giant, we understand the challenges of creating a high quality film at an affordable price. Plot Device is a nine minute short film directed by Seth Worley, and executive produced by Red Giant’s own Aharon Rabinowitz. Aharon and Seth co-wrote the film, working together in close collaboration throughout the project.

Plot Device was created to demonstrate firsthand the high caliber work that can be created when using Magic Bullet Suite 11. The movie was created by Seth with a budget of $10,000, a lot of ingenuity in stretching those dollars, and price-conscious VFX software from Red Giant. (see below for how to film of Plot Device)

Red Giant Films: original films, behind the scenes, film-related tutorials
FYI: The other two short films offered here, "Order Up: and "Form 17" are worth a look.

Final Word
What? They made this film for ten grand? Holy cow. I look at the budgets of a few of the films I have seen this year: Elysium: $98 million; Iron Man 3: $200 million; Man of Steel: $225 million; Pacific Rim: $190 million. Ten grand? Does that even pay for the Starbucks of the crew? Ha, ha. This is pretty impressive. Your regular Dick and/or Jane could conceivably make a film of a professional quality. In fact, I have discovered all sorts of "short films" on YouTube which are anything but amateurish. Gee, it's tempting to think I might still be able to go after my Oscar.


Google video search: "short film"

Google video search: "sci-fi short film"

Wikipedia: Red Giant Software
Red Giant Software sells digital video plug-ins for compositing software and NLEs such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Nuke and Sony Vegas.

Two of their best-known products are the Magic Bullet Suite (a plug-in for After Effects made to make digital video look more like film) and Knoll Light Factory (a plug-in containing light and spark effects).

The plug-ins Red Giant sells have been used in many feature films, music videos, national TV commercials & shows. These include Grindhouse, The Aviator, Day After Tomorrow, Vanilla Sky, Hellboy, Spy Kids 3D, Double Dare, Nike commercials, Good Eats, ESPN, Disney, CNN, Good Morning America, Cher videos, FooFighter videos, and MTV shows.

official web site: Red Giant
About Us: At Red Giant, we make tools, films and training to enrich the community of filmmakers and motion designers. For our own award-winning short films, we create new software to fill our needs. Then we make those products available for everyone else, helping artists create the perfect look that matches their story. Red Giant develops tools that make the filmmaking process faster, more secure, more accurate and just more fun. For over 10 years, we have built software for motion design, color correction, visual effects and photography that is used for everything from major motion pictures to worldwide television programming to web production.

Red Giant TV Episode #57: Behind the Scenes of Plot Device
In this action packed episode of Red Giant TV, we'll take you behind the scenes of our new film Plot Device. You'll hear directly from the cast and crew about filming, color correction, compositing, and visual FX, and you'll learn how the powerful tools in Magic Bullet suite 11 helped them create the film on a very limited timescale and budget.

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