The Final Cut - ‘Mylo, The Last Aufwader’

I was inspired by many sources including films, books and music for this production. Whilst filming I came across ‘Latchkey’s Lament’ (Troy Nixey, 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5qivpYWj28. Since my production partner and I had plenty of footage, we set about some tests with green screen and special effects, and it became apparent we had the technology to re-engineer the original proposal of this film. Originally the protagonist was going to be quite a mystery, with only glimpses of a hand or costume in the odd shot, with the main handheld POV implied as the vision through his own eyes. We held another 2 days shooting with more green screen so that we could go all out with fantasy and magic and have Mylo less of a mystery, and more the visual focus of the moving image like the character in ‘Latchkey’s Lament’. We hope this allows full engagement, and for the audience to fall in love with Mylo as much as we have. I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with my brother Simon. We found ourselves getting involved with each other’s designated roles and we are looking forward to making a second production together.

The feeling came over me and I could not get past this for weeks, “There must be some stop motion with shells like in An Cailleach Bheara (Naomi Wilson, 2007)”… So another shoot happened today with the Nikon D300.

The feeling came over me and I could not get past this for weeks, “There must be some stop motion with shells like in An Cailleach Bheara (Naomi Wilson, 2007)”… So another shoot happened today with the Nikon D300.

A couple of shots documenting some time lapse from yesterday, and some close ups to create a replica pair of my eyes to pop into the mask eye holes.

Production Update - Final Shoot
The final shoot was just a few scenes with green screen, both outdoor with natural light, and also a few clips upstairs in the attic (the aufwader’s lair) to finalise his spell at an alter.
To re-cap: All filming is complete; a rough cut is currently being transformed into a second cut; I have my best man on green screen keying and special effects; and I have tonight and tomorrow to record any last foley sound, record the written voice over narrative, and create a mix of these with the audio recorded on location. We will then come together Tuesday to combine our efforts, and finalise the cut. I have also found the perfect music extract and have contacted Cyan Worlds for copyright permission.

Production Update - Final Shoot

The final shoot was just a few scenes with green screen, both outdoor with natural light, and also a few clips upstairs in the attic (the aufwader’s lair) to finalise his spell at an alter.

To re-cap: All filming is complete; a rough cut is currently being transformed into a second cut; I have my best man on green screen keying and special effects; and I have tonight and tomorrow to record any last foley sound, record the written voice over narrative, and create a mix of these with the audio recorded on location. We will then come together Tuesday to combine our efforts, and finalise the cut. I have also found the perfect music extract and have contacted Cyan Worlds for copyright permission.

Production Update - Timelapse

I chose the Sony Z7 for all the movie filming and got my hands on a Nikon D300 for the time lapse sequences. We drove out to the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Kent, and set the camera and tripod up in a lay by in the pitch black using only a torch and good faith. Once shooting had begun and our eyes adjusted, we noticed two horses right next to us just the other side of a fence. A long exposure picked up the light pollution nicely. I also did some sunrise and sunset, and a white half moon traveling across a dusk sky in my back garden.

Cailleach Bheara (Naomi Wilson, 2007)

FMP2 Influences

Visual Influences for the imagery of Final Major Project 2

Home (Leigh-on-Sea), the illustrations by Robin Jarvis, Hoggle from Labyrinth (Henson, 1986), Cailleach Bheara, Naomi Wilson (2007).

Musical Influences for the score of Final Major Project 2

Enya, Clannad, Bat for Lashes, Vangelis, Angelo Badalamenti, and various sea shanties. 

Production Update

Filming happened down both Old Leigh beach and Two Tree Island, and the following week the green screen work was filmed upstairs in the attic of my flat in Maidstone. With a first rough cut of the footage, and some post production tests complete, the next stage is to write the voice over for the film. Once that is written a tighter edit will be achieved to the rhythm of the words, accompanied by a gentle score.

The narrative is greatly inspired by the story of The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis, and with a story I love so much, it seems so wrong to change it. I am keeping the origin and the folklore of these fisherfolk called Aufwaders, and decided our mystery protagonist is the last of this tribe. The main Aufwader in the book set in Whitby, is female and called Nelda. She tells of the fatal story of the Aufwaders; When Oona, a witch-doctor of the tribe, fell in love with a Fisherman and gave birth to a cross breed child, the Lords of the Deep were so angry that they killed the Fisherman and Oona committed suicide. Cheated of revenge the Lords of the Deep lay a curse on the Aufwaders that would have every female die in child birth. In my video piece, we meet the the last of the Aufwaders, an old chap named Mylo. He is a caretaker of sorts, residing in the bushes next to the marshes of Leigh-on-Sea.

Hansel and Gretel (2007)Yim Pil-sung
A secret door…

Hansel and Gretel (2007)Yim Pil-sung

A secret door…