Well, I finally saw superman returns yesterday at 9:30 am at the pre-screening at Silver City Polo Park. There were people from work there at 6:30 am to make sure they had good seats. lol.
I have to say, that the movie didn’t suck as much as I had thought it might. It was entertaining, but definately on the long side. Cutting RK probably was smart, since if it was in, I don’t think a crazy si-fi opening wouldn’t really fit with the rest of the film. It just sucks that 80% of the shots that I worked on were RK. Such is life. They also cut the FB sequence, which I didn’t know about. I only had one simple shot in there but the guys in BC put a lot of work into those few shots and they looked great. It’ll be interesting to see if they ever make the light of day. sigh.
After a premiere or when i’m doing a presentation, people always ask me what it feels like to see your work on the big screen. I remember the first time I had a 1 frame slide projected for the original Spiderman Premiere when I worked at a-channel. That was really cool. I was totally psyched for that slide, but I had only spent about a day working on it, and it was probably up there for a good 30 minutes or so before the film. Having worked on Superman Returns for about a year and a half on and off, and see most of your shots pass by in less than 2 or 3 seconds is a different experince. The only word I can find to describe it is “fleeting”. You see your shots flash by, and in those 50 frames or less i’m trying to see any errors, see what they did in the grading process, see if it looks real when projected, and boom it’s gone. All that work gone in a flash.
The only way I’ve found to deal with this, is realize that it’s not really film that is the end result of your work. The result is you growing as a person, and hopfully becoming a better human being while being put through the trials and tribulations which is the visual effects process. I think I’ve come out ahead in this process, but who the fuck knows. lol. On to the next one…