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    Oct 24, 2017, 6:48 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #801

    Crazy good is not the word: crazy cool is
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    Oct 30, 2017, 10:00 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #802

    What Joberg said. Exciting stuff.
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    Nov 1, 2017, 5:08 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #803

    YO guys!!!

    Ok, so the filming of the live action parts ended, and it's been pretty hectic!
    We rented two Blackmagic Ursa cameras, some lights and (VERY EXPENSIVE) Canon prime lenses for one week, so we had to film everything in just 7 days. We were filming for 13-14hrs a day, and in the evenings I was working with Stipan on the Matte paintings so I hardly got any sleep. But hey, who's complaining? WE'RE MAKING OUR MOVIE, WOHOOO!!!

    Here's the new Production Diary No.11 which covers the filming:




    You probably noticed an ATM machine. I built it for the filming, and I wanted to show you the process as usual.

    I made the base from the back sides of two computer monitors, and a cardboard tube sawed in half for the sides.



    I gave some texture to the sides and painted them silver. Obviously I was aiming for the VidPhon design. And the keypad is made from an old telephone, hahahah...



    For a moment in the film we see the insides as well, so I screwed in the parts from and old printer, and tons of random wires. I rather like it... Who knows how the insides of an ATM machine look anyway?



    And here I did the same thing as with the Condom dispenser a few years ago. I inserted the computer monitor inside the ATM machine, and designed the footage to be played on the screen. Actually @Mike J. gave me that idea a long time ago. Thanks Mike



    And here it is on the set, with a couple of original Bladerunner stickers, and some inappropriate graffiti



    Dino and me are flying to Brussels today for a week, and after that we'll get right back to the filming.
    If someone's near and want's to show us a good beer place send me a PM!

    Thanks and see you soooooon!
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    Nov 1, 2017, 5:08 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #804

    Love it. So funny at the end.

    The projection staff looks excellent too.
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    Nov 1, 2017, 6:31 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #805

    I won't be in Brussels, but you should definitely check out the Moeder Lambic and Monk bars! So many tasty beers... So little time...
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    Nov 1, 2017, 8:35 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #806

    Great vid and update; you guys rock!!! As a Belgian/Canadian, you should go to the café "Mort Subite" in the heart of Brussels...by the way, "Mort Subite" means sudden death but great beers to taste!
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    Nov 1, 2017, 12:21 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #807

    I always wonder how lighting a scene works in very small, confined spaces so I really enjoyed seeing some of your solutions here (in the video). The windshield reflections idea in particular was pretty impressive.

    I also tend to think people are very funny when suffering sleep-deprived giddiness! Thanks for making your video updates both enormously informative and genuinely entertaining.

    And now, if you'll excuse me, I must be "leaving in the city" soon.
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    Nov 1, 2017, 7:21 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #808

    Love the production diary – and congratulations on wrapping live-action shooting!

    Nice shirts, too ; )
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    Nov 2, 2017, 5:12 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #809

    really teaching videos!!!
    thanks a lot for sharing these parts of the making.
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    Dec 14, 2017, 4:05 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #810

    Helooooooooooo dear friends!!!!!!

    So for the last month we've been editing the film on and off.
    By now everything we filmed is thrown on the timeline and we have the rough cut (minus the sfx miniature shots of course as they are not filmed yet). So now the plan is to further polish the scenes, trim the unnecessary stuff, start working on the sound, and our composer Tim will be soon coming for preliminary music sessions.

    Dino is actually editing most of the time, I find it waaaay too boring. We just consult and review what he did every few hours. And in the meantime I work on much cooler and exciting stuff!!! For example:



    BAM! This baby arrived a week ago! I introduce to you Ditogear Motion Control Evolution slider. It has 3 axis of movement: slide, pan and tilt, and also a separate servo that can be used for zoom or focus ( that's the one on the lens). It comes with a program through which you can control it, precisely record all movement, and it can then replay it for you as many times as you want.

    Here's a test I did to find out just how precise it is and will the footage match after many passes:



    I must say it works surprisingly well, and the best thing is we can now make AMAZING CAMERA MOVES like that one! This just blows my old "Redneck Motion Control" out of the water! (if you spotted occasional "jumps", that's due to the wrong framerate I had on the camera, not the sliders fault)

    OK, the other toy we bought is the 3d printer! Now, I was veeeery suspicious of 3d printers as the last time I checked they were all pretty expensive and the print quality was not that impressive to me. Turned out I wasn't checking them that often. The prices dropped insanely and I found the printer called Ender 3d for just 160$. That's not a bad price at all, and the print quality is actually pretty good for that price.



    Since I'm going to use it to detail the miniature buildings I began to model all kinds of air conditioning units and other "rooftop" assets. Here's four different AC units I built:



    No need for them to be very detailed as the printer couldn't handle the resolution at the scale I need. It's a half-inch grid behind these printed units, so you can guess the size (around 1cm):



    I print them in batches to produce many of them quickly, and I vary the sizes a bit to give it some diversity. Around 1hr printing time for a batch like this:



    Here's some huge fans. I actually googled building rooftops and drew inspiration from there. There's all kinds of beautiful shapes on the rooftops!



    And so I'm slowly building an archive of assets, and if I'll need some more during miniature making I can easily just print another batch.





    So after all these years of prehistoric work conditions we finally arrived to the future, hahaha! 3d printers, motion control sliders, and oh... CNC machine is also on the way and it will help me cut millions of tiny windows on the next and final set of buildings that we'll make prior to filming.

    I was thinking.. is the 3d printer kinda lazy? It it all going to just lose it's charm now??? And then, after thinking reeealy hard, I realized: WHO CARES!?! JUST GET THIS FILM OVER AND DONE WITH!
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    Dec 14, 2017, 4:31 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #811

    Ah... Three axis motion control. Now you've gone full ILM.

    SB
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    Dec 14, 2017, 5:09 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #812

    Looking crazy as usual.
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    Dec 14, 2017, 7:32 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #813

    Aw, man! I love that motion control test footage, and I'm delighted to see that you got a 3D printer, and that you're getting good results from it right away. I love all the new, printed building details!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing what you can do with all these new, wonderful toys tools.


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    Dec 15, 2017, 5:09 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #814

    Very, very impressive. As for the use of a printer, I think it's just another tool for the artist to handle. You're handling it extremely well.
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    Dec 16, 2017, 1:40 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #815

    Great update; love the new tools and the results
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    Dec 16, 2017, 7:52 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #816

    you guys are amazing
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    Dec 29, 2017, 12:11 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #817

    HO HO HOOOOOO!!

    You didn't think I'll actually miss my holiday card, did you?
    It took me a while to think of something funny, but with all the Star Wars news all over the place I remembered the good old SW Holiday Special, hahhaa...

    So here's to a great year, 2017! We had loads of good times working on the film, learned tons of new stuff, and had an amazing campaign!
    I hope you guys had an awesome year too, and that 2018 will be even more awesome for all of us!!!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE SLICE TEAM!


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    Dec 29, 2017, 3:13 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #818

    Thank you and a Happy Holiday/New Year for you and your team
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    Dec 29, 2017, 7:13 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #819

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and can't wait to see more you got for us all.
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    Feb 7, 2018, 5:06 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #820

    Somehow missed this thread until Monday. Just went through the whole thing with no spoilers and all I can say is:





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    Feb 8, 2018, 8:50 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #821

    Gordon Gekko said: View Post
    Somehow missed this thread until Monday.
    Hahahaha! Thanks Gordon. Must be quite a task to go through it all! Love the GIFs
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    Mar 16, 2018, 3:48 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #822

    Yooooooooooo guys! What's up?

    We had a busy period with boring commercial work that screwed up our chi, but we're getting back on track!
    I got a new toy in the meantime, the one I wanted for a long time - a CNC machine!!!!



    It's called the OX and it's made by a great UK company named Ooznest. This particular model is 100x150 cm big, and it's around 1500£ which is pretty cheap for this kind of machine. I sent them an email about our project, and we even got a discount - which just goes to prove how cool they are.

    Ok, so after a long but enjoyable assembly I was faced with the problem: how the hell does one use this thing? And it was by far one of the hardest things I had to learn in a long time. First you have to prepare the graphic you want to cut in vectors. For that I used Adobe Illustrator but I had to learn it first as I never used it before. I'm a RASTER kind of guy! Then, you import the vectors into another program where you tell it to use that vectors as a cutting path, and you set up the depths of the cut, speed, and so on.. Of course finding a decent program and learning it was a pain in the a**. (I chose Vectric Aspire in the end and it's pretty intuitive and works good).
    And then you import that new file into yet another program that communicates with the machine itself, and you're ready for cutting.

    But that's only the digital part of the process.

    Then there's the physical part: learning how each material behaves when you cut it. What speeds to use? Why is the plastic melting when I cut it? Will the bit break if I go faster? And so on and so on...... Now after a month or two of playing with it, it all works just fine. But man, it was a nightmare when you're at the beginning and you don't even know where to start...

    So anyway - I will use the CNC to make new and final set of buildings for the miniature city! I call them "buildings 3.0". And the way the machine really helps is by cutting tons of these little windows that the light will shine through.



    You can also see a layer of shallow lines. That's just some kind of panneling to give more texture to the building. And for that I invented this wonderful contraption:



    It's a ball point pen and it just pushes in these lines in the soft plastic. The ink doesn't bother me as it will all be painted anyway.
    The CNC cuts out all the parts of the building too, and all that's left is to assemble it.



    I detailed it with 3D printed parts, and some good old random junk.



    Primed, of course:



    And after some weathering, here's the beauty shots:







    I really like the quality of this one.. It looks more professional then the old ones, and these windows give it a real sense of scale. It would be impossible to cut them out by hand.
    It does take some time to prepare the graphics and cut list, but the advantage is that once I do it - I can cut out as many copies as I want quickly. So for the price of one I can get three buildings for example! And if I change the scale and rotate them differently in the shot no one will know they are the same.

    Ok guys, I hope you like it.
    New updates very soon!

    Chiao!
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    Mar 16, 2018, 6:28 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #823

    As always, turned out really great. I just love how you take the time to learn something new to help better the project even more.
    I don't think I could have learned that machine. I have a hard enough time getting a regular printer to work right most the time. Like after putting a puzzle together, ended up missing a piece, so wanted to print out the area and line it up to the missing part. I must have had to print it about 10 times to get it right.
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    Mar 16, 2018, 8:44 PM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #824

    Wow, so much awesomeness!
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    Mar 18, 2018, 7:08 AM - Re: Blade Runner SUSHI BAR + SLICE OF LIFE making of #825

    Total Awesomeness! You guys ROCK!

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