I am amazed the change to myself that has happened in the last two weeks.
Not long ago, I was having such trouble sleeping I could not rest my eyes until the sun had fully passed the horizon, and they would stay closed until well after that ball of gas was on the way back down.
Now I have started falling asleep at regular hours and waking up early. The idea of working best at night is a myth. I am happier, more active, get FAR more done in the same amount of time awake. It is such an interesting feeling to know that you have read an entire book before 1600, a time in which you often were waking up not two weeks ago.
It is amazing what waking up early and doing some simple warm-up exercises (stretches, squats) has done for my state of being. I’m more creative, driven, and most importantly: Happy.
I swear… Avid is like an abusive girlfriend. Some days she is all “Oh, I live you” and acts exactly how you expect with a pleasant challenge. Other days she is manipulative, nothing is going the way it usually does, and then JUST as your about to quit… Flips the switch again. Ugh.
Long story shirt I have been incredibly, stupidly, busy. This is a good thing. It really is. I have recently been doing some roto work that has been some of the most artistically rewarding if my career thus far. 11 shots in 6 days wasn’t ideal, but it was a great challenge. Now to recharge, and start working in the next one!
Yesterday, I went in to help a friend with a project, I don’t want to say too much but I’ll just say that it was something he had someone else do and I was re-doing.
He left me to get started and went out to get a cigarette. I quickly finished the shot and went put to meet up with him and chat about other work he wanted to get done.
The look on his face was one of worry, since he assumed something was wrong and though I may not be able to get the work completed. His expression soon became priceless when I told him I was actually finished.
In late 2012 myself, my good friend/producer Chuck some other colleagues and a few actors all got together and over two shooting days we shot a short film titled IMPACT. I don’t want to divulge too much information about it yet, but I can safely say I am proud of it!
You may be wondering why a 5 minute short film has taken over a year to complete? Well, that is simple. We had/have no money, nor a deadline. We are taking our time with this to make it the best it can be. Audio has been the real hangup, something so important we needed to find just the right person for the job. It took us awhile and we finally found someone who we feel will be a good fit for the project.
This past week I went into the colour suite and did some work on the short, trying to dial in the look of the film. Now, these are just a first pass and not indicative of the final look of the film; but I feel they are a good example of the feel of the short we will be going for.
Hello all! So, Project Monday, as an experiment, is finished.
However, I don’t think I’m done with this tumblr I feel that this is best served as a blog, a way to explain my thoughts on things, update everyone on new projects and the like. In the new year, I will begin posting every monday again, HOWEVER: It will rarely have video content.
I don’t know exactly what this will become, if anything. but I’m excited to find out with you!
So, this week I grabbed most of what I have created and put on this blog over the past two years and compiled it into a short retrospective. It was interesting to go through my old photos and really explore how I have greown and changed.
I won’t speak too much here. But the embed is below. share it with your friends if you like!
Greetings all! So, I recently got an email from Tumblr informing me that Project Monday has been around for two years. That is almost ten percent of my entire time on this earth has been devoted to this blog. Wow.
Sure I missed weeks, and in some cases months, but I have grown so, so much over the course of this blog. I held it very tight to my chest, it has helped me blossom as a filmmaker and really helped me try out concepts and techniques I otherwise would not have had a chance at experiencing, at least not at this point in my career. And, as I look back, I can feel myself growing stagnant. The spark behind Project Monday, that drive to create just… isn’t there any more. The philosophies and techniques I learned while doing this has been, to be truly honest, life changing, but I feel that it is time to have a shift in focus.
With this in mind I feel that trying to make something every week, almost entirely on my own (though, recently, often with help of a good friend or two), just is not helping me grow as much as it once was. Is this the end of Project Monday? Not quite. Just a… Shift of priorities.
From now on, Project Monday will no longer be weekly. It will not be anything, really. I am going to try for bi-weekly. this will give me much more time to plan, shoot and edit the pieces. Bring the projects from “I’m proud of this for being made in X days” like CONNECTED to “I am proud of this.”
So… If all goes to plan… I will see you all here in two weeks.
Alright! So, in the vein of trying to take this blog more seriously, I bit off more than I could chew. Oops?
So, this was the result of having a small idea and executing it, which is what I really want this blog to be about.
I’m fairly happy with it, some roto things I’m not happy with, and stuff like that but whatever; next week’sProject Monday will most likely be this same film, but with colour correction and sound design (ciuld not get to them. This week was busy aside from making this film)
Hey all! So, I WAS going to do some cinematography tests but, instead, I decided to release some photo’s from a live show, the album release part of a local band called this Ship. Enjoy! You can see more of these photo’s here: http://500px.com/DavidFulde
Greetings all! today I have a special post! As some of you know, I’ve been working on two larger projects, both of which are nearing the end of post production.
One of these is called IMPACT; which is following the trials of three friends after a post-societal event
The second of these projects is called STATIC, the synopsis of which is "When wayward son William has his first turn with the family time machine, he discovers a strange and dazzling future. As he encounters an obstacle to his mission, he begins to worry if he will make it home, or be lost forever."
And today, we have a special Project Monday, which is the release of the trailer!
We shot this back in October, it was written by both myself and my good friend Jenna Graham; who also came up with the story and produced it!
It stars Bill Ogilvie and Khalela Perrault, who both came in at the 11th hour and kicked some serious ass!
Shot by the wonderful Jeff Knox, with special help on set by
Ryan McKinnon, Adam Gravelle, Sam Coleman, Adam Bonner, and Maria Psaila.
thank you SO much to everyone involved! I’m excited for everyone to see this!
Greetings! this week, to ease myself into Project Monday after that short hiatus, I made something simple. I decided to work a little on my 3D tracking skills, this week, and shoot something simple, my roommate hugh catching and then throwing a frisbee, then some computer magic and….
David “Next week, might have something special” fulde
Greetings all! so, for this wek, it was literally a matter of grabbing my Roommate and heading outside and shooting random stuff like this (Using me variable ND filter :D AKA two polarizer filters on top of eachother) and I took my favourite shot and made this.
There was not planning to make this (dumb) it was all conceived within the compositor. I’ve been wanting to try this type of thing for awhile and it’s great that I can actually try it now! (Also, ignore the quick and dirty colour job, ha ha)
Here are the results of a small compositing test I did. Nothing big. I WAS going to do something much, much more complicated but it did not work out (I’m not as talented a roto artist as I thought >_> ). This I knocked out in ~4 hours or so.
Dexterity 3.0, the newest, and probably last, in the “Dexterity” series. This is by far the best of the bunch thanks to Matt Inkpen’s cinematography and direction. Oh, I didn’t mention that this is the first Project Monday to not be directed by me? Oh yeah. That’s a thing. Without further Ado…
Click through and watch in HD!
Now, this is the first time I’ve ever bought music for a short as well, which was totally worth it I think! Be sure to let me know your thoughts down below
Greetins all! So, this week I WAS going to make a walkthrough of my “INTENSE”photo set but then I re-discovered glitch art
One or two of these are actually very personal. The first image more so than anything else (A poem I wrote awhile back is embedded in the image, along with playing with the code)
the second image has the first draft of a script copy/pasted into it a few times. As you can see, some of these turned out better than others. It was fun and I can see myself using techniques similar to these in the future. It is great fun!
no photo-editing programs were used to make any of these
MY THOUGHTS: first off, it is what it is. It was created in 3 days and it was my first time trying to replace a phone screen and I did a bunch wrong while shooting.
I had the idea on Friday and had to release it today so the FX are rushed. There is a lot I would do differently given more time, and I might (Probably won’t ) go back to it on a later date. I like the idea of the story, kind of ripping off Watch Dogs though, ha ha. If given more time I would have shot a bit more, as well as (obviously) fixed the VFX. Right now they are more ‘heavy proof of concept’ rather than finished product. I’m not UNhappy with this short; but I’m not jumping up and down over it either.
VERY special thanks to James Raymond for designing the UI of everything, as well as Chuck McLearn for starring and voicing :)
David ‘I’ll show the sound design stuff on Wed’ Fulde
Why there was no PM last week (Or: thoughts on writing my first feature)
Greetings all! I thought that, this week, I’d post a normal blogpost which I have not done for a very long time. “But why David?” you may be wondering, or maybe, ”What’s your excuse this time?” maybe even “How’d you get so fly?” (Probably not the latter, though.) I can answer all of these (Except the last one) with two words! Feature Script (and, in answer to the last question: Natural blond hair)
In 8 days I went from “Fade In” to “Fade out” on my first ever feature script. Is it terrible? Yes! But it’s the first draft of my first script of this length. but this post is not about how terrible it is; this post is about what I learned writing in such an atypical way to my usual process.
Here is how my usual process goes.
Delete halfway through
Delete 3/4’s of the way through
New, new outline
New, new, new outline
Get obsessed about re-writes before I’m done the first page
Leave the script alone for 6 months
Pick it up again, see it as terrible, and start the script again, finishing the first draft.
This is known as the IODeNeDeNeDeNeBeGeBLeP technique.
Then, if I’m lucky, 2 years later I’ll have a 5 page script (Or, if I’m really lucky, 1 year). Trying to write a feature script was a lot different. I knew that I could not tackle it the same way I had been tackling shorts before. Now, I do not regard myself as a writer, So take everything that I say with a grain of salt.
The idea started when I was in the mood to write, but had no inspiration. I dug out some of my old notebooks, and began leafing through them. I found an old Idea I had discarded and decided to pursue it. the prospect of writing out an outline was not a great one. I wanted to just get straight to writing story so I did something I’ve never tried before. I wrote the protagonists diary, as it would read over the course of the film. At this point, I did not know if the film would be a feature, a short, or somthing inbetween. I just wrote until the story reached a natural conclusion. I did something that I’ve never been able to do before during this process. something that I’ve always had trouble with; Ignoring what I’ve written and not allowing myself to be filtered.
It became quite clear early on that this story was destined to be a feature. And it became quite obvious to me that I could not just jump back in the pages I’ve written and redo things like I’m used to. I just had to power through until the Protagonist’s diary was done. this was a big step for me as, without fail, I am hyper-critical of my own work and will burn out before page 2 or 3 with rewrites.
When the protagonist’s diary was done, I took a few days away from it and then digitized it; rewrote everything I had written in the notebook and put it into a google docs folder (One document for each day in the diary). This is when I could tighten things up, and make it more cohesive. I left this alone for a few days: Only touching on bits of the story that had to do with the setting, and not necessarily the plot (what state the world is in and why. the fun stuff!)
When it came time to actually sit down in front of Final Draft and start writing is when it really hit me that my old method would not work. I would be dilly dallying and the script would never get past page ten. So I broke every instinct I had, thanks to the practice I had writing the protagonists diary/outlining the story and just powered through.
Eight days later, I wrote the words Fade Out and the script was done. Now, there are logical inaccuracies, how I imagined a character when I started the script had changed by the end of the script, how different characters knew each other changed etc. etc. etc. but, for the first time, I got past my insecurities and just plowed through until the script was done. Now, once I take a break for a few days to help my brain take a bit of a break and separate ’writing’ from ‘rewriting’, I can go back and fix all fo these mixups, and fix any break in the story etc.
People always say: “Just write, don’t revise. Just write until it’s done.”, and that is a very difficult thing for me to do, tackling a feature has really helped me get past that sort of block in my mind that tells me to not proceed, and to fix what I have already written.
Will anything come of the feature? Probably not. It’s my first time tackling something this long, but is still an accomplishment badge I can attach to my cub-scout sash of life.
David “Next week will be a real Project Monday” Fulde