Captain’s Log – June 16, 2015

Shoot 11

For me, today was a day of getting work done.  There was a ton to do and doing nothing but answering emails was a stress reliever for me, as I hate having 100+ emails to answer.

A few big notes from this weekend.

1)  The success of this weekend’s shoot was because of the days and days of planning that director Rob Burnett did with Milton Santiago, our DP and Tobias Richter, our VFX guru.  They had the shoot so well planned that they got what they needed with time to spare.  The whole shoot went well and when we had challenges, they were easily solved.  Making a movie is a lot of hard work, and if you aren’t willing to do that work, you won’t get the results you want.  Bravo guys!

2)  Rob and I work great together.  We complemented each other very well.  The couple of times I had notes on the scene and I went to Rob, he either agreed with me or he already had the same note!  Other than that I left him alone and he did a great job.

3)  Mike Spatola and his Make-Up team were awesome.  Their work was every bit as good as our Prelude to Axanar team (a very high bar to reach).  They all know each other and work together, so no surprise there that they mirror each other’s skills so well.

Meanwhile Rob Burnett is working away on the scene we shot this past weekend.  Here are his notes from today:

From Rob:

With my rough cut of Saturday’s shoot now complete, I began sending Tobias Richter the individual shots he’ll need to composite our live-action foreground elements featuring our actors with his own computer-generated environments.

Our scene is composed of two sections…a “walk and talk,” with our actors strolling through a location, where the camera, on a dolly, moves with them as they walk, and stationary “lock-off” shots, where the camera doesn’t move, after they’ve stopped walking and planted themselves in one place.

As the lock-off shots are easier, and need less time to composite, Tobias asked me to send him those first. As you can imagine, I’m extremely excited to see what I get back from him.

And your obligatory Bridge shot….




  • Stephen Herbert says:

    “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”
    ― Johannes Brahms

  • Rick Newton says:

    Got It! The additional “alcove” is a single person incoming transporter pad!