Saturday, September 30, 2006

On the WYSIWYG Page

The What You See Is What You Get Film Festival in San Francisco, CA has posted their competing films on their site. Check them out here.
The Oath of Desormeau: "Two families in Post-Napoleonic France are bound by a ring and a promise."

Friday, September 29, 2006

"If We Shadows Have Offended..."

My Favorite Line:

"This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad."

-Theseus, The Duke of Athens on Nick Bottom's attempts to move the audience to tears in his poor, melodramatic performance as "Pyramus." Act V, Scene i
Also, The Oath of Desormeau's David Attebury appears this weekend in McLennan Community College Theatre's (Waco, TX) Second "Six by Six" play festival. McLennan is my alma mater, and also where I met Santry Rush.

We were both in this production of Midsummer, though we are not pictured here.

Monday, September 18, 2006

More Great News!

The Oath of Desormeau has been accepted into the What You See is What You Get Film Festival (WYSIWYG) in San Francisco, CA! Our film will be screened on Oct. 20th between 3:30 and 5:00pm. We are very excited and honored to be a part of this festival! Thanks to everyone who has made this possible!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Well, besides classes and "Midsummer" rehearsal, I spent the last two weeks trying to figure out the best way to deinterlace the titles for The Oath of Desormeau, yet interlace the film. If I interlaced the whole thing, the titles looked good, but the movie looked like BBC Narnia. If I deinterlaced the whole thing, the movie looked more like film, but the titles were all pixelated. I have been using compressor and setting it to deinterlace, and I realized that this, in addition to not anti-aliasing, was a huge contributor to having pixelated titles.

So, today I went into Final Cut Pro 5 and dragged the deinterlacing filter onto half of the clips in the film. I then realized that this was making everything blurry and out of focus. Upon further inspection, I realized that I had deinterlaced the odd fields, when I needed to deinterlace the even ones. So, then I reset the deinterlace filter to "even" and dragged it on to every clip in the second half of the film; then went back and changed all the odds to evens.

The film is now exporting to an MPEG-2 in Apple Compressor so that I can put it on DVD...again. It's due to be finished in 5 hours. When it is done, I will burn it on a DVD and see how it looks. If it doesn't work, I have to try something else. This is why it's taken two weeks.

Monday, September 4, 2006

America vs. China

This post is dedicated to Paige Ryan and whoever looked at my blog the other day from China.

This week in your American Church Bulletin:

1. Counting it Loss:
The Diety Diet: The Scriptural guide to losing 50+ lbs.
Join us afterword for potluck dinner.

2. Today's Sermon: Loving yourself so that you can love your neighbor.

3. Next Week's Sermon: "Coping with Life."

4. Available in the Bookstore:
The Official 2007 "Crossways Community Church" T-shirts. Church Mission Statement on Back: "Because EMOTIONAL Experience is the Best Teacher."

5. Also be sure to purchase a Christian fish.
Turn your suburban, escalade, or hummer into a powerful witness for Christ for only $4.99.

Special Announcement: Next month marks the thirtieth anniversary of our church. Let's get the Pastor something nice for his game room.

This week in their Chinese Church Announcements:

1. Daily Bread:
Praying through [the latest] famine.

2. Today's Sermon: Loving your Enemies.

3. Next Week's Sermon: "To Die is Gain."

4. Available for Pick-up:
Nine Official 1988 "Crossways Community Church" T-shirts (Patches available.).

5. Also pick-up the latest leaflet:
"How to Witness to Your Executioner."*
Note: Please destroy after memorizing.

Special Announcement: This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the end of "The Proletariat Cultural Revolution," during which our first pastor was arrested. Pray for us as we attempt to sneak letters to his cell.
*Note: Seriously, many Chinese Christians have been taught how to share the Gospel with their prison guards and executioners.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Logo Title

I submitted to another film festival today. After a week of classes, rehearsals, and sound and color tweaking, I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my wife and daughter. In the meantime, I wanted to provide a glimpse of the title changes that I have mentioned in previous blogs:
The film title/logo as seen in the opening and closing credits.