Monday, September 21, 2009

True Colors Shining Through

It's 3:55 a.m. Just two days away from the local premiere of "Continue". Jeff and I have just finished color correcting and adjusting the black and white levels. These corrections are being made specifically for projection. Another series of color and brightness/contrast corrections will need to be made for the DVD and online release.

We've set up a projector and screen at my pad to monitor the color correction. Since we're adjusting for projection, it makes sense that we'd monitor via projection.

Later this evening, we will be working on the final sound mix with Stevie Floyd. This is to ensure the most dynamic presentation of our film's soundtrack. All of these minor adjustments may seem like overkill. But I think they're critical to the overall success of our screening. Correct color balance and contrast is essential to any quality production. Using the waveform monitor, we are able to adjust the contrast (hi's and lows).

So, no sleep until Thursday.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Final Prep

After our premiere in Washington D.C., Jeff and I decided to take a couple weeks off. A little R and R before returning to "Continue". What? Returning? Isn't the film supposed to be finished? Well, yes. Sort of. There are just a few minor changes that still need to be made. First, the credits aren't complete. Second, there are a few shots that require color correction. Third, the audio needs to be balanced. And all of these things need to be finished by September 23rd, the night of our Utah premiere.

The University Hospital Foundation is helping fund a local premiere. Complete with red carpet and food. Jeff is bringing in a projectionist from Sony to ensure that the screening looks flawless. A bad projection can truly ruin a presentation.

This weekend, I'm focusing on finishing the titles. Originally, we had a graphics guy lined up to help, but that hasn't really turned out the way we'd hoped. So, I'm spending Saturday and Sunday putting together some graphics.

Next Wednesday, we will premiere "Continue" for over 200 people. It's a little nerve-racking, but I'm excited about finally showing this labor of love to family, friends and colleagues.

More to come...