RMM General Meeting Notes – October 25, 2012

Start Time: 6:33PM
Total in Attendance: 22
Location: RCTV

Individual around the room

Reminder about membership

$25 a year, free events or reduced price on fees

Qualify for reduced rate on RCTV membership ($60 for both)

Upcoming Events:
Mind2Movie 2013 – 72 Hour Film Competition
Thursday, January 17 – Sunday, January 20
www.rochestermoviemakers.org has last year’s films for viewing. Early registration going on now ($25 for members/$40 for non-members to sign up). Mike Boas passed around flyers for event to hang up

RMM Executive Board Meetings

Next meeting is November 8, 2012 at 6:00pm at Little Theater Cafe

RMM Writers Workshop
Next meetings – Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Then goes back to bi-weekly schedule

Rochester Film Lab
Next meeting – Wednesday, November 21, 2012 (Animatus Studios)
Contact Mike Boas (mike AT rochestermoviemakers DOT com) or visit www.rochesterfilmlab.org  for more information or to be added to mailing list

RMM General Meeting
Next Meeting – Thursday, November 29, 2012 (RCTV)

Upcoming Projects:
John from RCTV – Sitcom
Needs co-writers, director, lighting, and camera
Trying to get five 15-20 minute episodes
Left early; did not receive contact information

Alicia Hill – For You, Anything (feature film)
Shoot is scheduled for the teaser
Lighting and camera help is needed
Abh4uproductions AT gmail DOT com

Werewolf House – The Romantics
Shooting on November 18
Need old lady to act
Contact Stan Main (stan AT rochestermoviemakers DOT org)

Patrick Jaouen – rough cut of project
Would like advice on the rough cut
Stan suggested going to next Rochester Film Lab


Noel Bastien – www.keepindievisible.com
Started by Rich Angell and John Maggio
Goal: to save art house theaters after mandatory digital projector conversion

Mary Wilkins – shared her experiences at Maine Media Workshops and VSW classes. Shot on film – $25 to shoot three minutes; $30 for Kodak to develop roll of film


6:56pm – 7:10pm

Mike Boas – “Magic Burros and Graying Hair: Rotoscoping with After Effects (and Flash)”
Discussed using rotoscoping (drawing around objects) tools for 3.14 and Bury My Heart with Tonawanda using Adobe Flash and Adobe After Effects

Brief Takeaways –

After Effects – draw circles from Adjustment menu and push it over the object using key frames, create softer edges using feather tool with masks, can change modes to see the different effects, can use two masks at once to cancel out space (which is easier for movement)

Flash – better to use (sometimes) because different shapes can be painted more easily than with After Effects circles, export lower resolution shots into Flash to work quicker, use key frames to move objects, can export back into After Effects, PNG files are a good export format because they contain the alpha channels in them.

General – keep playing around with things until you find what you like, fantasy shots can “suspend reality” and not have to be perfect or plausibly done, and online forums or free tutorials are helpful when stuck – http://www.lynda.com/, http://creativecow.com/,  http://www.videocopilot.net/, and www.youtube.com.

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