Babs Do Update – March 2016

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Hi, everybody! Wow! It has been a very busy time over the past months since our last update! We’ve been staying very active on our social media front since we released our film, “The Review – A Fatal Frame Fan Film” on Youtube. With several hundred recorded views and thousands of semi-views and climbing, we’re very glad with the turnout for the episodes so far. Moving forward, we have made a short “Feature Cut” version of the film that is a combination of the regular and “Speed Run” editions of the episodes along with several editing and sound tweaks as well as added visual effects elements. This new version has now been sent to dozens of film festivals across the United States and we are anxious to see which festivals the film makes it into. We’ll be sure to announce which festivals select the film right here on the site as well as our social media channels.

Since the beginning of 2016, we have also begun work on our next project. The film is based on a short film script we wrote during our time in film school. Needless to say, we can’t say too much about it at this point but we can share that it is a horror film and it has a very unique concept. As of now, we’re almost done with the script and we’ve been scouting for locations in our off time. We ideally would like to film it over the course of this summer but that depends on how long casting and pre-production takes as well as determining exactly where we’ll be filming the film, particularly whether it will be in California or Nevada.

Other than that, on the technical side, we’ve been looking at equipment to make the new film. Currently our A-camera is going to be the awesome Sony A7S with the Atomos Shogun 4K. For B and C-camera, we’re wanting a RAW camera of some kind for visual effects purposes. We’ve looked at everything from a Sony FS700 with an Odyssey 7Q recorder to a used RED One MX and the Blackmagic Design Ursa 4.6K. There’s many pros, cons, and trade offs to each one but with NAB 2016 just around the corner, we may just find the right tool for us. Aside from that, the best looking C-camera option right now is the Sony A6300 with its built in 4K and Super 35 sensor, it could easily fit as a little brother to the main A7S setup but the now classic Panasonic GH4 with Metabones Speedbooster isn’t a bad option either. In any case, since this will be our first traditional feature film, we want it to really shine and look its best.

As for our 3D work, there’s still a little bit of work to do on the web series and it’s just about ready to go into production but it’s currently taking a rest so that we can focus on making our first feature. We learned a great deal from making “The Review” and even surprised ourselves with how some things turned out with it, including some of the 3D animation techniques we used for the film. The experience we got out of that one project really showed us a lot of new possibilities for not only the web series but for our future projects as well. It also gave us a chance to practice our social media game which, honestly, is perhaps the most difficult and technical part of the process. There’s a reason why so many people write whole books and articles on the subject, it ain’t easy! So, having said that, we are also going to look into expanding our Youtube channel. Aside from uploading some of our earlier films (check out our Christmas film, “The Christmas Valentine”), we’re not sure what show or shows to do for the channel. The possibilities truly are limitless, but we want to do something fun that we like to do. If you have any suggestions or ideas for things you’d like to see from us, send us an e-mail and let us know!

Admittedly, we have a lot more exciting things and ideas we’d like to share but we have to keep them under wraps…. for now. Keep up with us on our social media and, if you haven’t already seen “The Review” or “The Christmas Valentine”, check out our Youtube channel (link on the front page), and as always, stay tuned for more!

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