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The Disposable Film Festival 2012 in PlayStation Home

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Published on Mar 31, 2012

Here's a little trailer I put together for the Disposable Film Festival in PlayStation Home. Heading into this, I wanted to create something that was visually striking and a little experimental, to try and capture the feel of the festival itself.

The decision to put the lead character into black and white was actually made late in production. Wanting to convey an initial feeling of isolation and loneliness, I thought that simply having the avatar watching the world whiz by would do the trick. The plan had always been to shoot the avatar on green screen and then match it to background plates.

During production, I realized two things: I needed a good ending, and the use of greenscreen gave me total freedom for what to do with the avatar. Fading him from black and white to color seemed a worthy bit of symbolism, so I added that effect.

My ever-patient cast was shot individually on green screen and then composited into the theater, and one crowd shot was added to the end.

The first version of this featured the 2011 Disposable Film Festival poster and a 29-second runtime. GlassWalls at Sony asked me to get the text up on screen for more time, so I simply slowed down the second music track by one second and made a couple of adjustments to the edits.

I'm very fond of this video, because it breaks out of the normal machinima-shooting conventions and shows how compositing can be used to present a virtual world in new and unexpected ways.

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