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WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 8
Read Part 7 here.We are getting close to the end - and there will be news about when when we do :) The phantom rough cut The variant of the Question within the giant-screen community is “When will you have a rough cut?” People want to give input, get a sense of the film etc. I can see the disappointed look in people’s eyes when I announce...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 7
Read Part 6 here. Building and designing a plane in midair I’ve had to figure out how to make the film while making it, with only one chance to get it right. It’s like building and designing a plane while flying it. If you don’t get it right the first time, you crash. That’s the heart of the adventure: there’s only one “take” for every major section...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 6
Read Part 5 here. First to market, first to forgotten Again I wondered if this project was simply not meant to be. By this time, I had been at three GSCA conferences. I had seen completed projects, including a few space-related titles, rushed out to market. That proved to be profound experience. Watching a rushed, modestly-budgeted, average-to-poor giant-screen presentation was difficult. “Rushed” still meant two to four...
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  There have been a few valid comments and questions on social media from people who want a simple answer to the question "When" and are frustrated that this series of posts is taking so long to answer that question.I realize the intro in Part 1 does not explain this well enough, so here's full but short explanation vs. the 12,000+ word version. When, for this...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 5
Read Part 4 here. The photographs are the story The next turning point changed everything on the film creatively. First, watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, I realized that dialogue and narration were an obstacle to dealing with the endless majesty of the universe. Kubrick never underestimated his audiences, and 2001 is testament to the power of music and visuals to immerse an audience in a life-changing experience.Additionally,...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 4
Read Part 3 here! Impossible But after talking with James, I went to the IMAX theater at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, which happened to be playing Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005). I had not seen a giant-screen film since I was a kid. I was blown away by the size of the screen, the clarity of the image, the sense of being...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT.3
(read part 2 here) Oh yeah, story I’ve talked about the Question. And about multi-plane animation. But what every filmmaker is supposed to talk about is “story.” It’s the one point about which filmmakers are supposed to have complete clarity with any project…wait for it…except this one.In July 2004, my first idea was to create a one-act play, with two actors talking and images projected behind them....
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT.2
(read part 1 here) A brief history of multi-plane photo-animation Animation is as old as filmmaking itself. It is the same principle as motion picture photography — a series of stills captured or created, one frame at a time, and projected rapidly to creation motion. If fact, it’s much older. Even some prehistoric cave paintings hint at suggesting movement from stills.Hand drawn animation thrived by the 1910s...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT.1
(Part 1 of the long-promised multi-part series covering past, present & future of In Saturn's Rings)  Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.—Ovid For years now, almost with exception, every time I see, e-mail, or talk on the phone a friend, colleague, or family member, sooner or later the Question is asked. The Question is something that hangs in the air — this Question that good...
Welcome to the new site!
At long last, as long promised, we have the new and official website for In Saturn's Rings. Complete with the new official look for the film with a logo built off an actual frame from the film. A huge thank you is due to two amazing volunteers who've donated this entire site to the film, Tia Hidayat and Jamie Lawson. Be sure to check out Tia's company...