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Project Overview

Post-Apocalyptic Short Film

This Post-Apocalyptic Short film has been made as a University project. The film is based in Canberra, and revolves around Asad, the protagonist. Asad wakes up to find himself in a terrifying situation as he comes to know that he has slept for a little longer than he had imagined. And somehow strange things have happened in the neighborhood, as there seems to be a monumental military conflict that had taken place. He travels around the devastated and deserted city of Canberra, in a state of agony and shock. In search of hope, he drives all the way up to Mount Ainslie and witnesses the whole city in a ruinous landscape. All hope is not lost as the movie turns towards its climax, there may just be other survivors left.

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Equipment

Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 5d Mark II, Canon 750D, Rhino Slider

Role

Storyboarding, Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Design




Pre-Production

01. Storyboard

After doing some initial location scouts, the first major work requred in the Pre-production phase was to complete storyboards for the film. I sketched the detailed storyboards with real-time locations, as well as covered camera angles, props (if any), camera movements and equipments required for each scene. The detailed storyboarding helped me immensely in scheduling the time-frame required for the film.

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02. Moodboard

The Moodboard helped me decide the direction I'd take for the visual outlook of the film. Several feature films of the same genre as well as concept arts depicting the theme of Post-Apocalyptic world was included in the Moodboard.

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Production

03. Shooting

The Shooting took almost 4 weeks to complete, and over one and half hour of raw footage was shot for the purpose of this film. Several lighting set ups were tried and tested before shooting for the indoor scenes. Portable green screen was also used for a couple of sequences, which would have composited elements in them during the Post-production phase.

Post-Production

04. Final Outcome

The Post-Production phase invovled coloration, editing, sound as well as visual effects (VFX). The most-used technique for the visual effects was Rotoscoping. Apart from the extensive usage of Rotoscoping, I also explored the methods of compositing 3d models into real-time footage using 3d tracking techniques. I have only used this once in my film, where the tank model was used using a 3rd party plugin intergrating 3d models into After Effects.


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05. VFX Breakdown

The following side-by-side comparison shows the Original foot,ages on the left, and the final Film on the right with all the VFX.
All the detailed progress on this film can be found on my Online Blog.

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