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Tuesday
Mar082016

A Trip to Unicorn Island

Scott Winn

Dec 2015

This was an exciting project to be a part of. Some behind the scenes of the Red Carpet Premiere can be seen here:

One of the challenges to documentary filming verses controlled production is the wilderness it has to be shot in. Compared with the changes in lighting to be dealt with in a regular project, documentary has thousands of different room tones and locations to match. Every space, outdoor, indoor, in cars, on stage, in hallways, all require their own consistency. The raw clips from the cameras come in with all their own flavoring. My job is to tie all that together so the audience's eyes travel smoothly over every cut. That variety is sometimes difficult to piece together. It's a long process comparing clips from the same locations at different points in the timeline to unlock the look of each space. Some cameras have a tendancy to take skin tones very yellow or green so there's that to contend with as well. Alltogether, I'm very proud of what I was able to pull off, and more than that, grateful that I got to be included in this. 

Here are some before and after clips from the film with some commentary on the process. Not sure how I feel about my voice over, but it'll have to do. Time is pretty limited. I haven't had a chance to write a post like this in a while. 

Mostly I really wanted to write a few words about this project because it was such a huge endeavor for everyone involved, and such a great success. I'm glad I could be part of the process. 

 

Wednesday
Jul172013

Tuberculosis: Behind the Numbers

This is a short documentary piece about TB survivor Bart Willems of Cape Town South Africa. I consider myself pretty lucky to have been contacted by Visual Epidemiology about this one. 

The interesting part of the story is that he recently broke the South African record for free diving. In his own words,

“It wasn't my clear intention to break it but I was going to see how far I could swim with one breath. So I took the biggest breath I've ever taken and submerged myself underwater.”

He came up at 114 meters setting a new record and breaking through his own limitations from the disease. Here's the clip from youtube of his dive.

 Here are a few before and after stills to show the grade. Its a subtle change but tied the whole thing together nicely.

Wednesday
Jun272012

Still I Strive

I just recently finished coloring this beautiful story about children in a Cambodian orphanage and their journey to perform before the royal family. This was a touching project to work on. Cambodia has suffered a cripplingly violent past. There are many orphans. Working on something so important is pretty humbling.

This project was colored on a limited budget. The director told me that since it was documentary it didn't need to be perfect. Mainly he just wanted the night segments to be visable and for the narrative portions to be as polished as I could get them in such a short amount of time. But as I started working through the images I was struck by how good the story was. I couldn't see the subtitels or hear the audio, but I could feel it. So I went ahead and did as much extra matching and polishing as time would allow. Its at that level where I forget what I'm doing and just focus in on the work. When its that good, you can't not make it your best work.

The trailer below was cut before I worked on it, so I've included some stills to show how I got things looking. This was really special to be a part of. I don't think I can take much credit for polishing something that already shines.







Here's the Trailer: