Credo: Behind The Scenes Horror

 

Last week it was all rush rush rush and big time pressure as we needed to deliver the master-tape of the new UK version of Credo plus the Special Features for the DVD (details to be announced soon).

We were up against a tight deadline as the film has to be authored and certified in both the UK and Ireland which all takes time and the UK distributor said Feb 20th was the last possible date to supply the tapes.

So in order to do this we had to get our original Credo rushes tapes back from “dead storage”. These are the only copies in existence so they are extremely valuable. Imagine a huge “Raiders of the Lost Ark” style warehouse, hundreds of feet across, thousands of feet deep. Now imagine our tiny cardboard box containing our 90-odd HD tape rushes buried somewhere deep inside the warehouse. It’s called dead storage because it’s not easily accessible, as was proved the case…

Stupidly, for some reason, when we dropped off the box of Credo rushes on the day before Christmas Eve 2007, we didn’t get a reference number. It’s a lesson to us about never doing anything important on the days leading up to Christmas!

The storage place was closed for Christmas and so early in the New Year last year, we contacted the storage place to get a much-needed reference number. But they couldn’t give one to us. It wasn’t on the system. They seemingly had no record of our rushes…

So for all of last year, I honestly thought all the Credo rushes were somehow lost for eternity. But I thought that’s ok, we won’t be needing them for a while, if ever… Until now. Until we were up against a really tight deadline.

Anyway. Finally, tracked down the rushes (big time phew!) and got them transferred to a format we could actually work with – for various reasons, we shot on HD Panasonic Varicam which records at 59.94 fps which means we then had to edit NTSC style at 23.98 fps involving a 3:2 pull-down which makes things really difficult for a PAL 25fps edit. Needless to say, lots of numbers, lots of conversions, lots of technical headaches (see our technical guru Steve Shaw’s website for all this kind of stuff), lots of nights dreaming of frame-rate transfers….

But on top of that, we needed to shoot a new interview for the DVD Special Features as our UK distributor said the original 24 min behind the scenes documentary we made last year all about the 5 Essentials of Horror wasn’t quite enough, so we had to hire kit and arrange an interview at short notice…

Meanwhile, just to add to our stress-load, we were running our first film workshop last Saturday about our experience of making Credo. I had some fantastic flyers printed up to promote the workshop but then discovered that the courier company had mistakenly delivered my flyers to my neighbours house and worse, the neighbour had gone away on a business trip for a few days. So I could see them through the window but couldn’t actually get to them. I did contemplate breaking in but thought that wouldn’t be great for neighbourly relations…

The long and short of it is that it all got finished and delivered on time and everything is sorted. The horror happening behind the scenes had a happy ending.

Now I’ve just got to stop dreaming of number-crunching frame-rate conversions…

 

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~ by female film maker on February 25, 2009.

2 Responses to “Credo: Behind The Scenes Horror”

  1. Damn and i thought i’d had a stressful week. How did the first film workshop go?

    Want to pick your brains at some point about how to get short films out on big screens, if thats ok? A few of my friends and I are shooting one over easter, and are looking at setting up a production company while we are still in uni.

  2. Workshop went really well thanks – really good group of people which made it really enjoyable. So looking forward to the next one.

    Absolutely, would love to have my brains picked about your short film. Let me know what you need and I’ll do my best to answer although I can’t promise that I’ll have the right answer! Just email me at info@altofilms.com or post a message here.

    And definitely set up a production company although it can be a pain with filing annual company returns etc. But then on the plus side, the film’s copyright belongs to the company and thus becomes a valuable asset to the company. But you’re also protected in terms of company law. And the most important thing, you start building a reputation as film-makers and a fan-base – all good for your next film!

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