Nelson Nunez Lays PA Out on the Cutting Room Floor

August 31st, 2010

Since principle filming has been completed, our editor Nelson Nunez has been extremely hard at work making sure Mike Chance’s vision of Project Arbiter comes to fruition. Nelson did a fantastic job with this week’s blog post and we could not be more proud. Here’s what Nelson had to say about the entire editing process:

Project Arbiter was the most ambitious editing project I’ve had the pleasure to tackle. I wrote about my experience being an on-set editor (including the joy of dealing with RED RAW!) in a previous post you …

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2010 San Diego Comic Con Visit

August 27th, 2010

As I arrived at the location, the energy was palpable. Excitement and joy was everywhere. No, I’m not talking about the Project Arbiter set, I’m talking about COMIC CON 2010!

It was my second year attending the famed convention of everything and anything related to popular comic book culture. There were the usual …

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Post Update 01: August marks the official start of VFX!

August 12th, 2010

PA Fans – you’ve asked for it and so shall you receive… I will be posting periodic post production updates with key details, exclusive photos, and video clips.

I know you all feel it – like infusing a man with the ability to turn invisible, we did the unthinkable and captured something truly remarkable during the production of Project Arbiter.  Now for the incredible – to uncloak and turn him visible once again for all to see.  This month, August, marks the official start of our visual effects team’s journey …

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From Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Production Designer Traci Hays

August 10th, 2010

One of the most difficult tasks of any period production is the art direction. Traci Hays was given the unbelievably challenging duty of creating the environment of Project Arbiter. She assembled an amazing team dedicated to creating a chaotic and violent template for the visual crew to shoot. Here is what Traci had to say…

Note: Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them!

With half of the production design team in Northern Californian and the other half in Southern California, we collectively worked together to create …

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Memoirs of Mike: Part 3 – Into the Blue

August 8th, 2010

"Into the Blue" Lex Cassar (Arbiter) / p: Erik Danford

The Return: Left Hand Man Studios in San Jose, California

On May 22nd and 23rd, we all got to see the wonderful sight of Lex donning the Arbiter suit once again, but this time he stepped into an unfamiliar place.  For two days a chroma key blue backdrop was our set and the Arbiter flying through a digital sky was our …

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Memoirs of Mike: Part 2 – Dig In, We Got Incoming

June 18th, 2010

“Quiet on the set, rolling camera A, B, sound speed, mark it!” Slate cracks and two EXPLOSIONS ERUPT – cam B covers the action from a bloodied vehicle gun port and cam A ramps from real-time to slow-motion with the push of a button.

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Memoirs of Mike: Part 1 – Prepare for Take-off

June 7th, 2010

The dust settles as production wraps.  It’s an entangled feeling of amazement and bittersweet excitement as the Project Arbiter team transitions from the battlefields of principal photography to the trenches of post production… The endless abyss of possibilities, yet there is light and its coming fast.

Hi everyone!  Mike Chance here – writer and director of Project Arbiter.  So many things to share with you, our fans…  Before I get ahead of myself and talk about where PA is headed, I want to share with you my experiences on set in …

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Jason Beckwith and the RED.

May 13th, 2010

Director of Photography, Jason Beckwith, operates his personal Red camera on Gaffer Ken Martini’s PD-1 dolly. Jason chose to purchase a Red Camera due to its high resolution, 12-bit color space, and Raw image workflow. Named ‘Celeste’, the Red camera provided the bulk of the footage shot for the short, with the additional B unit footage provided by Scott Miller and his Red named ‘Dunsmore’. Both cameras worked wonderfully through the entire production, with the only draw back being the well documented, lengthy boot time. Both cameras …

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Hold on to your Lugers… Heinrich and Reiner!!!

May 11th, 2010

PRODUCTION has just WRAPPED!  The raw footage from the RED One camera is now in the hands of our post production team.  Special thanks to Michele Beckwith for the awesome stills of Bill Charlton playing Colonel Heinrich and Tim Coyne as doctor Ernst von Reiner!

Bill Charlton as Colonel Heinrich … p: Michele Beckwith

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Production kicks off for Project Arbiter Film: a genre bending WW2 adventure!

May 4th, 2010

Last weekend was the official start of production for Project Arbiter.

Project Arbiter Takes Flight – B-25 on location in San Martin, CA … p: Michele Beckwith

Soft morning light lit the San Martin airfield as crew began to arrive and greet each other. Before long the set was bustling with groggy eyes and bad bed hair clamoring for coffee and wheat bagels. We began to unload equipment and setup shop around the parked B-25. A beautiful plane, but very …

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