Archive for February, 2012

February 26th 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Filmwise:

Mesocafé: I seem to have figured out a way to re-online the film without re-visiting the entire endeavour of replacing the low resolution clips with high definition rushes. I say, “entire”, as there are other elements in the process the rectifying of which will need many a free evening and weekend.

I was meant to spend this weekend inserting into the film the newly onlined green screen clips that Daniel delivered last week. Alas, I haven’t been able to carve out the time.

A pre-shoot promo for a friend..

With the day booked off work, I left my place mid Thursday morning and headed to Edgware Road; needed to visit a bakery in the Arab Quarter for some provisions.

Earlier in the week, I had agreed with a friend that I would spend a few hours with him to create an extended pre-shoot promo for his upcoming feature. Knowing what I now know of post-production, editing has a habit of running overtime. Ergo the need for food.

On arriving to my friend’s home close to Islington, we did away with the niceties of going to the living room, and headed directly to the kitchen; I was famished.

Twelve hours later, I walked out into the cold fresh air of a February night.

I am pleased with the result of our collaboration. My friend has a promo that he can show to potential investors, and I have had the pleasure of working on a new film.

Peace and love,

Ja’far

February 19th 2012

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Filmwise:

Mesocafé: Daniel has delivered the recalibrated and onlined green screen shots. I won’t be able to go through them until I’ve figured out the best route to re-online the film without re-visiting the whole effort.

Cannes documentary: had a quick look at the present cut; found a couple of areas for potentially improving the storytelling element of the film.

Lucky generation..

Sitting at my favourite café in my neck of the woods, with headphones attached to the smartphone, it struck me how fortunate our generation is in having access to so much information and knowledge.

More to the point, thanks to IT development, I was able to enjoy a cup of coffee in happy surroundings whilst doing some translation work that I had saved on my phone.

Peace and love,

Ja’far

February 12th 2012

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Filmwise:

  • Mesocafé: Earlier in the week, Daniel got in touch with a couple of queries about the rushes for the green screen scenes. I have spent this weekend re-checking the files he has to make certain that nothing is amiss. Earlier this evening, Daniel sent me the great news that he’s ploughed through the whole list of scenes. There is one remaining scene which I added to the list yesterday.

New script: This weekend, I finally had the opportunity to read through the whole of the treatment for my next feature. As I have related in the past, this is a romantic comedy the initial outline for which I began scribbling around the time we were in pre-production for Mesocafé, and started a more serious attempt at an outline in the summer of 2009.

Alas, due to the need to think about the best route for addressing the technical glitch with the screener we showed at Raindance in October, I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would have liked with the new script this weekend.

I have a day booked off work at the end of the month that precedes a weekend. Hopefully, I will use those three days off work to get some real traction on the new script.

Finally, I have just watched the BAFTA Awards – so moved by Martin Scorsese’s humility and generousity as he received the fellowship of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Peace and love,

Ja’far

February 5th 2012

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Filmwise:

  • Mesocafé: Daniel has collected the rushes for the green screen shots.
  • Cannes documentary: Having created a viewing cut, I am taking a break from the project to allow for a more objective assessment.

‘So cheap..’

After work at the start of the week, I hopped on the train for the short journey to the West End; I needed my theatre fix.

The play I settled on was one I had read briefly about.

Having opted for a seat at the edge of the front row, I thought it best to stand in the corner, leaning against the edge of the stage; it seemed like a better option than popping up and down for people until the row was full.

“I haven’t heard anything about this,” said a middle-aged gentleman (public school).

“It’s had mixed reviews,” said his female friend.

After settling into my seat at the edge of the front row, I noticed the feet of the aforementioned gentleman come into view on the floor next to me.

“I hope you will excuse my friend; he’s got bad legs!”

“There is nothing wrong with my legs; they’re just long!”

Trying to make conversation, “Do you always take these seats?”

“Yes”, she replied in a friendly tone.

“Well, they’re so cheap”, he added.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far