Archives For Special Effects

Mikayla House was a vital actor to the production of Avarice, but the weird part is that you never actually see her face in the film! Since the main character plays two roles, someone had to stand in and hold down the role of the opposite character that Haley Parker was playing. Who better to do that than our energetic and enthusiastic actress Mikayla House!

Her contribution to Avarice should not go unnoticed, as she was in the majority of scenes with Haley during several days of shooting. So although we never get to see her beautiful face shine in the film, we wanted to highlight her work and share our doppleganger with you! Continue Reading…

Have you ever been introduced to a celebrity and found that there is a very thin line between being a fan and being a stalker? Well, I have. And I’m not really sure how it happened.

I’ve recently been introduced to the world of comic conventions where we have been going to promote our films, and I have gotten to know a lot of really interesting people there, most of whom are super awesome fans of the fantasy/science fiction world. So I am hoping that my experience will fall on understanding ears. Or maybe the world will forever think I’m insane.

Not sure which one… Continue Reading…

Directing actors is one thing. But how do you direct a character that isn’t actually there? In Avarice, one of the main characters was the Light, a fairy type light that befriends the Girl in the beginning of the film. I had never directed a film when I started this project, and I certainly had never dealt with directing something that wasn’t even there, so there were a lot of things I wish I had known before going into it.

These are some little tidbits that I learned along the way that might help someone who is filming something similar: Continue Reading…

If you’ve worked with me you know I like to do as much in camera as possible. The computer has it’s uses, but digital effects will always lack the complexity and randomness of organic, live-action special effects. Think I’m a bit of a dinosaur? Check out the behind the scenes features on any J.J. Abrams or Guillermo del Toro film.

Needing to add light glints to a number of props in our short-film Avarice, the initial thought was to use Adobe AfterEffects and some manner of plugin, perhaps Red Giant Software’s Starglow (part of the Trapcode Suite). While this would have worked, it would have looked computer generated…AKA fake.

What was our solution? Continue Reading…