Kvibe Productions have hired 6 interns, 5 of which are from New Jersey City University (NJCU). They’ll be working with Kvibe for 3 months and will decide if they would like to stay with Kvibe Productions for a longer term commitment.
Three of the interns have said they are committed to Kvibe even after their internship because they have learned so much within a couple months from learning avid, being on set, producing a film, working with Red Cameras, DSLRS, aesthetics of filmmaking, and much more. Because of their commitment, Kvibe has a vested interest in their careers and are helping those future employees to become official at Kvibe.
As the result, we would guide the interns as much as possible and steer them in the right direction. As we moved through that process, the interns had to come up with a short film concept and script. Kvibe did their best to steer them in the right direction rather than run and gun without a plan. The interns were required to pre-visualize the scene, storyboard, scout locations, test cameras and lenses, and figure out all the logistics they can think of. The most challenging part is finding the balance of guiding and directing them. It was only right for Kvibe to watch over them and have them go through the painful mistakes they encountered.
Some examples of their mistakes of creating their own perfect storm.
1) They were late to their own film including their cast by 1 hour.
2) Upon arriving to the gas station location, they did not assess that there was going to be any business. Cars would roll in and take 5-10 minutes to refill their car. Then more cars would line up. When the lot was empty, they were able to take the shot, however, because they did not practice the shot, they missed it and struck out 4 times.
3) They did not do enough camera testing and understand what was needed. The cinematographer should have had an understanding of photography basics, but had no idea. Kvibe had to jump into the mix to help them with their photography.
4) The direction skills were unprofessional. Being a director, you need to have all the answers, rather than ask the questions. Their needs to be empathy and that was not there. Actress wasted many hours of being idle because the production was not ready at all. That’s usually blamed on the producer and director
5) In the storyboard, all shots were written out, but wasn’t even used. I don’t remember them looking at the shot list once and staying on track with what was happening. The AD was very new to the position and did not push the crew hard enough to get things done.
Those are a few examples and there are much more on the mistakes that the students made for themselves. If you can think of any mistake, they made it. The most important thing now is to assess and to find solutions to why they made those mistakes. Is it laziness, perception, poor teaching from the school, or no work ethics?
Filmmakers who are hungry are more than eager to spend many many sleepless nights to get things right and to learn as quick as possible. These students do not have that mindset yet. Until they do, it will take them many years to get them to a better spot in their careers. Kvibe only hopes that students who do intern with Kvibe Productions understand that we don’t make “your career”, we only guide your career and it’s up to you to take advantage of the guidance with the work we bring into the company.
Kvibe Productions is delivering a written out documentation of the Red workflow with Redcine-X Pro and Avid Media Composer 6. We think this is one of the best workflows for Red as of now since we think AMA is not ready for Red footage yet.
Please leave us comments or questions of our workflow. We are here to help!
Redcine-X Pro and Avid MC6 workflow
1) Create New Project in Avid with appropriate name
2) Create Bins called DNxHD36, DNxHD175, Pull Down List 36
3) Go to Redcine-X and import all .r3d files by selecting folder
4) Select all clips and ensure it is “Center Crop” (tool side and scroll all the way down)
5) Export via DNxHD36 to Avid Project > Project name > Converted DNxHD36
6) After exported, move MXF files to the Avid Mediafiles > MXF > 1 (or any number you choose)
7) Go to Avid and import the AAF files into the DNxHD36 BIN
8) Then import additional Metadata by selecting all clips > File > Import > ALE file
9) Start Editing
10) After locked edit, we need to re-link to desired final quality. Within Avid, we will relink to DNxHD175 or something better. Create a bin called “Decompose”
11) Duplicate the edited sequence and move it into the Decompose Bin
12) Right click on sequence then click on Decompose
13) Create new sequence
14) Select all new clips and drag it into the timeline of the new sequence
15) Rename Sequence to “Pulldown List 175” (or whichever final format you are trying to go online)
16) Select the new sequence > tools > Output EDL
15) Go to the EDL manager window and ensure it is File _16
16) Click on “Get Sequence”
17) Save As to the Avid Project
18) Color grade footage in Red Cine-X
19) Export to DNxHD 175 or another format
20)Move MXF files to Avid Mediafiles
21) Go to Avid, import new MXF files from “MEDIA TOOLS” into the DNxHD175 Bin
22) Highlight all and import the ALE file
23) Go to Original Rough Sequence and change clip color to source
24) Highlight all DNxHD 175 clips to another color by going to Bin > Clip Color
25) Go to original sequence > right click > Relink
26) New relink sequence should appear as with new color indicating it is the new clips
27) Render out final output.
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This is actually very personal to me. And the more I think about it, the more proud I am for doing something that may never come about.
I talked about this in my recent blogs, but now, I want to talk about what I feel after that event. I’ve been thinking a lot if Francis Ford Coppola would ever look at my work after handing him my business card. Maybe one day he would type in the address to my website and be amazed…. or maybe he never will. But regardless of that, deep down in my heart, I felt it was an opportunity to seize. If I hadn’t done anything, I would have felt miserable of myself for not trying my best. But fortunately, I did and now we let fate take its course.
The point of this blog is to be inspired to do what you can, without hurting others, to take your career to the next level. There will be a lot of risks and the things you fear most will be confronted. I believe when facing those challenges ahead of you, you will be able to overcome those challenges with a lot of hard work, practice, persistence, and confidence. If Francis never calls me, then that’s ok. But I took the leap to reach out to him and gave it a shot for him to see my work. It wasn’t some event that wouldn’t be appropriate to speak to him, but it was a networking and educational event. So if he doesn’t look at it, then its not meant to be. There will be many other people and many other opportunities, but most of all, I’m very much prepared for those opportunities to reach another level.
With that being said, time is wasted when waiting for the “opportunity”. Kvibe Productions is producing a film called “Whitlock Asylum” produced by Me, Vito LaBruno, David Henehan, and Chris Wilcox. I will be directing the film and we can assure you that this film will take its course to higher levels in the film industry.
I’m part of the production crew back stage of this 1 amazing week of events. Tons of GREAT material, insight, advice, and just pure amazing entrepreneurs that registered for this event. First off, the production is amazing. We use a company called LMG to assist us with the stage production. There are many different vendors who are participating in this event, but the Ernst & Young production crew are fully responsible for this Ernst & Young event (well that’s obvious). But being apart of this event and seeing the millions of dollars to produce this event is just an amazing experience.
The problems we had on the first day (behind the scenes) were worked out. After I got through that phase, I was able to look over other members work to soak in the knowledge that can be overwhelming. We are twittering, face booking, linkedin’ing, post daily sessions, cutting highlights on the spot, quoting speakers by the minutes, on going interviews, and more that I’m not even aware of behind the scenes.
Anyone who walks into these ballrooms or to this event, will think this is a BIG event. But any average Joe wouldn’t think it would cost millions to produce this! The equipment are just overwhelming. Trucks and trucks of equipment and large amount of crew members.
Then there are evening events from dinners to concerts. While these events happen, they are setting up the evening events. It’s just an amazing experience and it makes me even more knowledgeable on the films I want to produce and market to the world.
To see what the largest gathering of entrepreneurs around the world, go to www.ey.com/sgf and see these amazing speakers talk about their lives, startups, and inspiration mentoring other entrepreneurs.
It’s hard enough to get a script done, rather to get a good “concept” done. Now that you have a script all completed, what’s next? Pre-production to make the film? Say you got the money to make the film. What will you do after that? Are you going to sell it? Submit to film festivals and hope they play it? And then once they play it? What’s next?
My point is that just like life, you need to plan your projects. Buying expensive equipment without knowing what you’re going to do with it besides the understanding that you are going to “try” to make a movie is not logical thinking at all. It just means you dream to become one without the hard work involved. Many filmmakers are like that, more so just overall entertainers, and at the end of the day lose out on time and money.
Having a successful project is a simple concept. Make the film, sell the film, make lots of money, and win awards. How to get to that point is the challenge!
I’ve been in entertainment for over 10 years and I’ve met very very successful people. They all have similar stories of how they made their dreams come true. They worked hard and were extremely strategic with their plans. They all say to me and this is what I’ve always known since I was a kid….”if you have something valuable that others want, then you will have a successful project.”
Interpret it however you like, but if you as a person holds no value in a particular profession, nobody will want to hire you. So with film, if you don’t have a valuable product, nobody will want to buy it. So plan carefully and ensure that your projects hold value and you know how to sell it once it’s completed.