The last couple of weeks, I’ve been purging and cleaning our house of lots of odd junk that’s been accumulated over the years. At the bottom of an old filing cabinet, I came across some of my old notebooks that I used to keep track of shot tasks and notes while working at Frantic Films. I guess I threw out the majority of them, but I kept notes for Superman Returns, Across The Universe, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, and A-Team.
I’m not really sure if anyone is going to find the contents of these interesting, but it’s a peek into the insane and nit-picky details and decisions that get made on a daily basis. Most of the information is kind of cryptic, since I’m guessing nobody, including myself remembers what shot 219_024 was, and I write a lot of stuff in shorthand (like CC for colour correction etc)
In any case, It’s kind of cool look down memory lane, at least for myself… My favourite gem in here? the BIG BOLD “FILM IS LIES @ 24fps!” written on the side of one page in obvious frustration If anyone is considering getting into Visual Effects, this is a good glimpse into the attention to detail that’s needed to bring a shot to final. Pages and Pages of “tweak this” “Test this” “Fix this” “This is broken”… I also kept track of my hours on some shots in there, which is a bit revealing.
They’re all saved as PDF’s for your viewing pleasure If anyone has any questions, let me know, and I’ll do my best to answer.Superman Returns & Across the Universe VFX Notes
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D VFX Notes
A-Team VFX Notes