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Justin Oakley

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Justin Oakley last won the day on May 14 2018

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  1. Yeah... I know. I figured it was a long shot. I just had one question. This is the only place I come to, filmmaking wise. Aside from various Facebook groups of course.
  2. Can we post or discuss questions regarding acting and other misc regarding film and television? I just had a (hopefully) quick question but I don’t want to get booted.
  3. Hello, I am shooting a 32nd commercial for a friend of mine who owns a business. His secretary sent me the requirements and submission information for the TV station. I have two questions 1) what is a “slate”, in the context of commercial submission? I know what a slate is, and I have one...the kind most filmmakers are familiar with. But I’m pretty sure this a different kind of slate. On the form I have it says the slate must include name, ISCI code, and length. I’m just wondering what they are looking for exactly. Do I just create something like a title with this information and stick it before the two seconds of black at the beginning of the commercial? Is “slate” just another name for a title page? 2) I looked up ISCI code (because I had no idea what it was), and from what I understand this is something that I would create personally…a unique, alphanumerical identifier for the commercial. In my Google search, I saw it described as having four letters and four numbers. But the example provided in the email was just 5 numbers. If anybody has personal experience with this, a little insight would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks guys!
  4. Do you use their color tools as well or just the stock conversion?
  5. Totally makes sense. I dont think I have an experienced enough eye to appreciate different filmstock looks. Oh, the Fujifilm-whatever stock looks so good! Etc. Completely lost on me...like wines. You could put a $10 wine and a $500 one in front of me and I wouldnt be able to tell you the difference. I was wondering about this film convert thing because it costs enough money for me to want to research it. And from the few tutorials Ive seen on it, it has color correction/grading tools that I already use in other NLEs...so it seems kind of redundant for the price.
  6. Can somebody please explain this add on/plugin...or whatever it is? I get the basic concept, but I cant really find any good info on WHY one should use this over using the color grading tools that come with whatever NLE one uses. So it allows you to create a certain look of a certain film stock, using the color profile of your camera and some fancy math wizardry. Great! But I like color grading with my current NLE. And I have LUTs (should I choose to use them). And the software has a film grain effect. So what makes this filmconvert plug in so great? Is it a lazy way to color grade? Is it comparable to slapping a LUT on the image? Any insight would be great...especially personal experience using it.
  7. I wouldnt even know how to go about doing that. Its at the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd...and I live in North Carolina. I havent been to one either. There are two local theaters here and I asked yesterday if I could possibly test the DCP file there. Hopefully they let me.
  8. God I hope so. I really hate the idea of creating a somewhat watchable micro short and then having it look like trash in front of an audience. I had a Blu-ray and a DCP made...since it will be screened in an actual theater.
  9. Its been a couple months but if I remember correctly, since I deleted it from YouTube pretty much right after, it looked ok. Not as good as Vimeo. But not as crappy as it did on the tv.
  10. Whats up. Hopefully I can articulate this properly. Ok, so I made a micro short. It looked good when edited and color graded. I uploaded it to Vimeo...still looked good. When I watch it on my phone or MacBook, I like what I see. Theres no real color or contrast difference when viewing from these. So I uploaded the film to my YouTube channel so I could watch it on my tv. It looked like total CRAP. In addition to this gross, kind of muddy look, the colors look more desaturated, contrast looks off, dark areas looked wicked dark, etc. again...really gray and desaturated. So I kept jacking with the color settings on my tv to get it looking as sharp as possible...with a color at least damn close to how it looks on my computer and smartphone. In my mind, its the tv that is messed up since my image looks good on two other machines. But heres the thing that really confuses me, I can watch movies and shows on my tv and they look normal. Where is the disconnect here? Ok, so the film was selected for a film fest and will be screened during the shorts block. Fantastic! I had a couple Blu-rays made. I got them in today and popped one into the player. It looks slightly better than the YouTube video did. Colors still look...meh. Again, more desaturated than I would like. Is there something I need to do to my tv screen or what? It HAS to be the tv screen right?
  11. Thanks for the replies, guys. I am filling out a form online for a company that does this service. I do have a question regarding audio though. For audio output, can I select 5.1? Or should I keep it in stereo?
  12. I have Resolve Studio as well. But Ive only used it to tool around with color grading test clips. I just stick with FCPX because its really intuitive and smooth with Mac. I just dont have the time to be jacking around with this thing and figuring stuff out. I need this stuff done by March.
  13. Ummmm...for this guy, not likely. I use a MacBook Pro and Im only now just finding my groove on FCPX. No way in hell I can buy more software and learn this process.
  14. Hello, I have a question because Im stuck and I.e. never really dealt with having DCPs made. I recently had a micro short (about 1:43 in length) accepted to be screened at a film festival. The director contacted me and informed me that they would need DCP format to play at the theater. Can I get a point in the right direction as far as RELIABLE companies or someone who can do these for a reasonable price? I know the process takes a certain technical skill set, but Im really not in a position to pay a fortune for a short that is a little longer than a tv commercial. Just doing a quick Google search I found a few companies that do this stuff, but I have no way of knowing how good they are, or if the price is too steep or what. One of them advertised three dollars per minute With a $100 set up charge...or something. Is this typical? Do short films usually get a little bit of a break or anything? Just looking for help fro some of you who may have experience with this stuff. Thanks!
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