Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

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This election – vote your conscience!

October 24, 2008

This excellent-quality film voices the heart of a nation seeking the redemption of the priceless values that the United States of America is built upon.*

Stand with me this November as we spread the truth of Jesus Christ and the good values upon which our nation was built.  Your country is waiting for you, for we the people are the flesh of America, and our values the backbone.

This election, vote your conscience.  Cast your vote for what you believe, not what you want.  Your personal decision counts. and each and every vote makes a difference.

Please, stand.

-b

*We are not only built upon the high principles that define our constitution, but upon God, (that is Jesus Christ,) who graciously guided our forefathers in laying the foundations of our once-great America.

P.S. God bless all the Catholic and Protestant Christians who helped lead America to victory and finally becoming an independent nation.  For all their sweat, blood, prayers, and love, that went into the founding of our America.  God bless, always, -b

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Dr. Narendra Singh – 2008 Interview (a new film!)

October 5, 2008

Hey guys!  We now have a new film!  It is an Interview with Dr. Narendra Singh, an Indian evangelist. Great thanks to him for giving up his time so I could interview him! It is highly appreciated, and I hope this video will bless those who view it.

Dr. Narendra Singh – 2008 Interview from Minosa Films on Vimeo.

I edited the film using CyberLink BD Solution PowerDirector Express. The text images were made in Inkscape.

The opening title is too long, I could add music to the intro/end text, and the file size is larger than optimal, but unless it causes problems or I feel highly necessary, I may leave this video as the final version.

I would re-encode it with a greater compression, but may have to do that later (hardware complication.)

Thanks!

-b

P.S. If the video loads too slowly, try turning off HD (hover over the Vimeo video) or let me know via a comment or e-mail!  If it is too difficult for people to view I will endeavor to re-encode it (with some tweaks on the video as well, while I’m at it,) for you.

P.P.S. Sorry, WordPress can’t embed Vimeo videos. 😦 Oh well… 😀
EDIT: fixed it! Check out what dalas verdugo has to say here: http://www.vimeo.com/forums/topic:1221

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Forging ahead

October 2, 2008

There are some tasks I need to forge ahead through:

  • Charles’ Recital
  • Miracle In Gansu (play to DVD)
  • Backup files

And so… working on that…

Prayers for the days ahead, please,

God bless,

-b

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Not sure what to write…

September 28, 2008

Not sure what to write, so here’s some news:

I’m now part of the Morevna Project team. I don’t know all that I’ll be contributing at this point, but I definitely want to get better at my manga (anime) drawing!
The Morevna Project wiki on Synfig.org

Still haven’t resolved all my software (editing) issues. I have been sidetracked on that. Also have a hardware need.

I hope to edit a film some friends and I worked on together. It’s not a Minosa Films production per se, but it will really help me to learn my editing and test out whether or not I really can or cannot edit (at least with this workflow…) And besides that, I will get part one of a film done, gain skills, and make my friends really happy! ;D

Production Plan:

Title Status Scheduled Shoot About
Is This Love? WIP N/A A (very) short film depicting the true sacrifice of love
Family First >Some work has been done N/A A lovely drama short film about a father/daughter turmoil and resolution
Promo
WIP Optional moon shot done
Minosa Films’ very own promotion video!

Hope to get this all worked out… glad for possibilities, wishing for resolutions…

Also, we now have a production forum of sorts.  Check it out here.

Create an account and start posting!  Some sections in this category (of the forum) may eventually be locked for Minosa Films users only – that is, those who I give the password to.

Aaanyhow, thanks for all, and your prayers especially,

We’re gonna make it together!

-b

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YEEES! Video editing is becoming possible

September 14, 2008

YEEEEES!  It’s working!  Praise the Lord! Whoot!  Yahoo!

OK, onto the point:  I have successfully produced a very short video clip from a 720×480 (or was it HD SP?) mpeg2 video file into a final output of a 720×480 mpeg2!  This may sound like “So what?”, so let me explain:

Using Rob Scott’s BunnyHopHop workflow I have used Blender 2.47 to do a minor edit to a 720×480 (or was it HD SP?) mpeg2 file with proxies, exported an excerpt of the video to PNG, optimized an AVS script in AvsP, (find the AviSynth wiki here,) ran it in QuEnc to encode the video to mpeg2, and the final result was a compressed 720×480 video with a/v in sync!

See a screenshot:

Blender, AvsP, QuEnc, and VLC Player

Current video editing workflow: Blender, AvsP, QuEnc, and VLC Player

Praise the Lord!  This is a  big mile marker in my video editing journey!

Now I hope all my editing needs will be met by open source software and Blender, and that BlenderAVC will rise to meet the standards of editing HD in the open source world!

About BlenderAVC:

BlenderAVC is an open-source project to provide the “glue” between Blender’s Sequence Editor and video in the AVCHD format. It provides a way of automating the creation of AviSynth scripts and proxy files so that AVCHD and HDV video can be efficiently edited within Blender.

[from the Open Filmmaking page on BlenderAVC.]

God bless!  I look forward to the journey ahead,

Thanks a million, Rob Scott!!!

-b

P.S. The video I tested was from a number of .tod video files through CyberLink BD: PowerDirector Express and exported to mpeg2.  In future testing I may use other workflows to optimize the time spent/quality.

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Inspiring artwork

August 16, 2008

I have stumbled across some intriguing or otherwise inspring artwork.

For one, I wish to make note to an artist I had previously discovered: Mathias Pedersen, a young, Dutch digital artist.  You can find his website here: http://www.mathiaspedersen.com/home/.  But this time I came across some of his tutorials.  The most facinating of these tutorials is this one:

10 Tips while learning Blender 3D

What I’ll try to, is to give you some general tips you’ll be able to use to work your way up the ladder and become a better Blender artist. Some of these tips are composed primarily of common sense, so you might already have figured out much for yourself.

– [http://www.mathiaspedersen.com/resources/]

These rules can be applied to more areas of life than beginning to learn Blender: they can be applied to much of life.  Besides, now I have a good beginning spot to send eager Blender users ready to learn.  “Read this 10 step outline and get back to me when you are done!” This is a good resource!

Besides that I came across Chaperon Rouge, an animated short by four collaborating students from the French school Supinfocom Arles (made as their graduating movie.)  The style touches upon Final Fantasy and a tad little bit of Miyazaki.  I want to create some 3D films similiar to their style (though my characters may have a different look.)  They used (digital?) paintings and composited the character into them (for at least some of it.)  Bravo!

On a side note, (however, an important one,) this following video has great importance to me.

Don’t Give Up, You Are Loved
Performed by Josh Groban.

Thanks for listening and God bless!

May all our dreams come true… see you on the other side!

-b

P.S. There are other films, etc., I could mention, but I will leave it at that for now.  Thank you, each and every artist out there: you, who have persevered to create what you believe is beautiful…

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…we will make it

August 13, 2008

Work has been done towards filming “Is This Love?”, but due to a location impasse (the location is currently set, but there are issues,) and integral script issues, it may not be soon.

Good news on that, though: longlifejas helped me find the location for “Is This Love?”.  I have contacted a theater actor and he may help us with the film.  So, things are moving foward in a way, but the film may drastically change at any minute.

The first episode of a short film some friends and I worked on I hope get edited sometime.  I also plan to edit the interview with Dr. Narendra Singh and get that online!  Whew.

I was talking to a friend, and I hope to start my own sort of animated journey like Rustboy, and just finished my first sketch for it tonight.

Thanks for listening,

God bless…

-b