Finally after 6 months The Face 2010 (The Face: Chapter 4) is online and live. Due to some youtube problems, make sure you watch it on full screen. And please leave comments, its taken a lot of learning to get this product. And for people that are familiar with the original trilogy, you will get even more of a kick, if you havn´t seen them, check them out here.
Finally I have put together this trailer for my short film, after months of hard work, its actually starting to shape up. Just one more shot I need to get and it will be finished for its 25 June release date (as long as Im not feeling too dopey after Amsterdam next week haha)
Enjoy, and please comment and rate if you have YouTube…
This new Face film is by far the cheapest of them all, I have spent the least on this out of any of the others in the series. Come to think of it, I have spent less on this film then any of my films.
This is what the budget consisted of:
£4.50($7.50 AUD) - Hospital Scrub Gown
£7.50 ($12.50 AUD) - Green Screen
£4.00 ($6.70 AUD) – My actor being a Jew*
TOTAL: £15.50 ($24.80 AUD)**
So as you can see only $24.80 AUD, this can be compared with my last film (The Face 3) having a budget of $120 AUD, the thing is this film was a massive failure. I have managed to keep the costs down so much due to the utilization of the new technology that I have aquired. I havent spent any money on red food dye for this one, which is where a lot of the money has gone into previous films, the face 3 had $60 spent on the blood mix, that is half of its entire budget! All the blood in the new one in CG, in fact all of the effects are… apart from a severed arm prop.
My next Face update on monday the 10th of May will go into depth about this and explain why The Face: Chapter 3 failed and how that is changing in the new Face. Stay tuned
*If this offends any Jews, dont take it so personally, Jew is used in the same way that “gay” is these days, its got another meaning in todays society
** This isn’t including a lot of stuff I got for free such as £10 000 worth of proffesional editing and compositing software and £50 worth of costumes and props I won off the website Silly Jokes.
This is a list of some of the programs and plug-ins I have used for this movie in pre and post production, for those people that know a thing or two about filmmaking.
ScreenWriter 6- This I found really useful in creating the script with the proper formatting. It took a while to learn but is a real time saver.
ToonBoom Storyboarder – A useful program for creating storyboard easily, I used this for a couple of shots.
Adobe Premier Pro CS4 – To be honest I dont really think that this program is really neccessary if you have AE but if you cant afford both this is probably the better choice as its a swiss army knife of editing.
Adobe After Effects CS4 - My favourite piece of babe in the world, this program is seriously fucking sweet, endless possibilities with this beauty!
Plugins for AE:
Trapcode Particular – easily the best plug-in for AE, this baby lets you generate some awsome partical simulation, including the meteors and clouds seen in the new Face film.
Trapcode 3D Stroke – A cool plugin which allows for partical tracking with ease, used once in this film for the title “THE END” at the end (duh)
Video-Copilot Twitch – This plug-in is seriously awsome, saves me on several occasions in this film by helping me to distract the audience from some of the films dodgier effects, this plug-in is used for chaotic transitions and stuff like that and a little over used in the film, you will defs notice it!
Video-Copilot Film Magic Pro – Massive time saver, that allowed me to give the film a more proffesional look, basicly making it look as if it filmed with a better camera.
Magic Bullet – This pretty much does the same shit as the above but has some different and some better “camera looks”
Key Light - To tell the truth the chroma keying tool built in with AE is a piece of shit, never gets it right, however this baby allows you to get perfects chroma keys extremly easily. You will see where I have used the Chroma keying!
Boujou - This awsome program is basicly a 3D motion tracker that is completly amazing, it basicly scans a bit of video you have and tracks it, then you select which ones of the generated tracking marker are x,y and z dimensions and it generates a 3D camera for you of the footage that you can then use to track a 3D model perfectly. This program is worth $5000 and has been used in films like Transformers, it is seriously incredible.
Auto-Desk 3Ds Max - This is the software I have used for the 3D model of the exploding car. It is an extremly difficult program to use and incredibly complex. I have learnt a lot using it but still know shit all really. At this stage their are only two 3D effects in the film, however if I get enough time I hope to put more in as I have a lot of ideas, it just takes way too long. The car you can see in the teaser took 2 hours to render and export with my shitty computer! And that was for a 3 second clip! Its incredible how much time it takes. But I hope to develop my skills with this a lot more.
Plug-ins for 3Ds: (these plugins have not been used yet but the scenes I am working on that I hope I will get finished in time feature them)
FumeFX – This plug-in is an epic way of generating fire and smoke in 3Ds max with ease and realism, it can be seen in the film Kick-Ass when Big-Daddy is on fire.
RayFire Tool - This is an insane plugin that allows you to easily destroy objects you create such as a building. It can be seen put to good use in these two films
So their you have it, I hope it gave you some insight into all this stuff I have been raping my brain with and the many hours I am putting into this film. In the next Update I will tell you about the films Budget and what I spent money on..
So here are two screenshots of the face 4 (still in early stages) as promised.
NewTitle.. for those that missed it in the last post
I told you they were explosive haha
So their you have it, the first two real screenshots, and you can see the new face title screen in my last face 4 post. So you may be wondering a few things, so here are the answers:
Is this movie set in England? This movie is infact set in England, Walton/Kingston on Thames to be exact!
Is that Eddie running away from that Explosion and if so how if he is died in the first one? Yes its true Eddie is back! The film was originally called “The Survivor”which is a pretty good hint but as you can see he hasn’t escaped death… yet
What the hell are causing these explosions? If you were super observitant, you would have noticed that their is something clearly coming from out of the sky that is causing these explosions… I wont go into anymore detail but this film is on a far more epic scale then the past films.
(if your a filmmaker) how are you doing these effects!?! To achieve these awsome effects I have been following a lot of tutorials on the net and studying about the whole process a lot. I have also been using proffesional software such as: Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After Effects, Trapcode Particular Plug-in, Autodesk 3Ds Studio Max, RayFire, Action Essential 2, Twitch Plugin and Boujou. So as you can guess most of the time that is being spent on this project is actually forcing myself to learn these extremely complex mofo’s. So i hope its worth it.
So I hope that this answered all of your questions and adds some hype. As for when it will be finished and released to Youtube I am not entirely sure really because it is all taking a lot longer then expected, however it must be finished befor I have left for Australia in Late June because all I will have after that is my laptop which wont have the processing power for any of the vfx composites, so I hope i get it done by then. At this stage I am still learning so things are moving rather slowly but I hope they pick up the pace.
Also, as for a trailer to this film, I am excited to say that (when it is at the stage that it is ready…) the trailer will be finally featuring the Film Trailer Voice Over Guy to add to this franchises nod towards cleshay.
This review starts off with a big context setting for my feelings behind the review and kind of aimed at people that know the franchise to some degree. Enjoy!
The Final Destination franchise is one of my fave horror franchises out their, hell i’d even say fave’s in any genre! The idea was so original for a horror movie! Pure genious not even having a killer in it and employing the audience as a surrogate investigator as you try and work out how the next victim dies to see them get completly messed up in some way completley different! I would even go as far as making a series of short films because of how much I like this franchise except maybe mix it up a bit by adding a elements of the Ring in their or something… oh wait i already did that (the Face).
In Final Destination 2 I was extremly impressed when they managed to extend the story even further by making the people that become the victims in that caused by the events of the first ones, i.e. the first one called an outward ripple effecting how other people were meant to die (the film explains it better). Not only that they even brought back two of the character from the first one. They then even came up with the great idea that New Life Will Stop Death i.e. a pregaz chick giving birth when she was meant to die giving birth f’s up the whole design (and they even put a twist on that later in it), this in the end stops the death. Going back to Final Destination 1 the way that they think they can stop it is by saving someone screwing up deaths design but later work out this doesnt work so they get killed. Which is what made it even smarter in the second one because they worked their way around this.
Moving onto Final Destination 3 (dont worry their is eventually my review for the 4th one, just gotta set the context of this rant for ya). Story-wise they really screwed this up, not only did they not extend or continue the story like the second one did, but they didnt even bring back any of the characters (lyk the Candy Man guy that knows how to stop death somehow) and they even went back to “The Way to stop deaths design is to save someone next in line”, this is stupid because we already know this doesnt work from the first one!! Why would it work now??! Also Two people survived in the second one! couldnt they have brought them back!!!! Any way this film made up for it with awsome vfx’s, deaths, some solid acting and ofcourse the unforgettable roller coaster disaster which ever1 has to admit is a great idea that everyone is scared of to some degree!
Finally moving onto the 4th installment, or The Final Destination 3D as its known. My first complaint I came across (as i saw this on dvd) was that the film didnt even give you the option for it to be in 3D, even though the cover said FINAL DESTIATION 3-Fu**ing-D! So i soldiered on as i love this franchise and saw this worst opening death sequence from all of them continued with more shit deaths all of which were spoiled by the fuc#n movie trailer anyway! and i really do mean all of them! All of the effects in this film looked so cheezy as well, cant understand how they thought they were acceptable!
More over, after all the shitty deaths and visuals, they also added terrible acting and even added the most “original” idea yet for them to escape death…. stop the next person in line!! which we have known doesnt work in the last 3 movies!! who do they think we are! It didnt add anything original to the franchise and soley relied on the fact it was in 3D which isnt even offered on the dvd i watched! terrible!
So not only am I pissed off it was so shit but also the film has ruined the franchise and obviously their is no way another one will ever be made again because of its epic faliure both critically and commercially! So thank you very much who ever the director and writer is of this film! you officially fucked up my fave franchise in film!! ..but this made me think, who is the director behind the chronic dissapointment… I was suprised to find that the director was in fact the very same director of…. Final Destination 2! can this be possible! my fave one of them all was directed by the worst of them all as well, where did he go wrong? it must be the writer… the studio fucking it up right? or am i just being overprotective of this “great” director.
Moving on, I honestly reckon that this franchise could still have hope if ithey actually got some good writers onto it that could write a script for one with a completly fresh and different take on it all! I can think of a few just off the top of my head:
Make one set a few centuries ago.. in cowboy times or some shit
Make on set a few centuries in the future… in space or some shit
Make one that goes more into detail of what the premonitions are and explain it a bit.. lyk they have something religious about it lyk they are prophits or some shit!
I Dont know! but their are so many better ideas then the shit i got, so i hope to god it continues but maybe get some one hectic lyk Zac Snyder (300, Watchmen), or Tim Burton or that dude that rebooted batman to do it… joking i know that would never ever happen, but you know what i mean, i will still hold my breath for another Final Destination 2…….
As promised I am posting all the info Im willing on the new Face flick that I am working on. Also you will notice a couple of comparitive screenshots in this post of the upcoming film. I do realize these shots aren’t exciting live action shots, but their will be a post tomorow with some so you can look forward to that…
The reason why this shitty franchise is being milked that much further is just basicly because its already got a established (yet small) fan base so its kind of easier for me, but also because I love making them! Also this film is kind of a project for me to learn all this new software I have (After effects, Boujou, Acid, 3Ds Max) and prepare a half descent film for my AFTRS uni app. So its really not to be taken to seriously, but I assure you that their is a couple of big twists and turns in this one. Also you may be wondering how its even possible for me to do without Steph (the main character in the series played by Stephanie David) and the answer to that is that she is involved in some way and I will just say that its not necessarily the end of the franchise either mwahhahahah… yeah im really bored at work so forgive how gay I am in these blogs. Another thing that is worth saying about this new film is that in some ways it is in fact a reboot, dont get me wrong it does continue the story so fans wont be dissapointed but it is also being made to be seen by a person unfamiliar to the story so far, thus making it possible for me to put it in some festivals when its finished where as I couldnt with the last sequals.
As for its name, it actually isn’t necessarily The Face: Resurection, its kind of just what Im calling it for now because its got to do with resurections and the fourth alien film was called Alien Resurection..
Below is the new Face title, as you can see it is alot smarter then the original (below it).
The New Face Title!
Old Face Title
Lastly, I have a new and updated Knotted films intro sequence and you can see the difference below.
I know in screenshot comparison these two dont look a whole lot different compared to the Face title, but when you see this new one in action you will see what I mean..
So in my next post, tomorow.. if i can be bothered.. their will be a bit more story details and some actual live action screenshots so look forward to that. If you havent seen any of the faces and would like to catch up you can watch them from the links below…