More Changes

The new HD version of Nudged became available via Amazon Video on June 1st. Amazon Video is a higher level platform than previously and it has required us to upgrade our previous films also. Thus, there are now HD versions of Impasse, Healer and Hat for Tad now available from Amazon Video. Each has Closed Captioning as well.

The best way to search Amazon.com for all of these films is to enter film’s name and publication date: Nudged 2015, Impasse 2011, Healer 2007 and Hat for Tad 2006.

Below are a few stills from these films.

Impasse Scene 1 1920x1080
Healer 1200x1600 Hat for Tad 1200x1600 6-13-16

New Colors of Summer

I have been interested in color effects for awhile. The next film will have some interesting use of color. Not sure just what yet, but something to make the visual component more compelling and aid in communicating the mood of the story. Towards that end, I’ve been playing with Nudged to see if I can find a color pallet I like.

Nudged in it’s original release form has fairly bright and balanced colors with skin tones that are full and rich. See the photo below. The film, Mr. Turner, is based on the life of the painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner, and the filmmakers used the colors of his paintings for the palette of the film. I used an idea from Mr. Turner for color balancing in Nudged. Turner (the painter) used warm yellow in his highlights and a blue teal in the shadows. These were Turner’s two complementary colors. I used these two colors with my color grading software to adjust the color in many scenes.

Release

Nudged as originally released in May 2015

One film that has attracted me for it’s use of color has been The Illusionist. For The Illusionist they sought to imitate an early color process called Autochrome. The Autochrome photographic process created pictures that had a limited color palette with increased dark areas and a sort of warm sepia tint. This process lacks the ability to capture reds and saturated blues, but it produces nice shades of pink and violet, as well as prominent orange and pale cyan colors. Images are also pixelated due to the nature of the process resulting in a soft focus effect. I did not want to make the images in Nudged fuzzy but I did try an experiment to tint Nudged to sort of match The Illusionist. The result of this is below.

Autochrome

Attempt to simulate the Autochrome color process

The above image has a slight pink/orange cast to it. That’s about all I could do to approximate an Autochrome image. Attempts to produce deeper blacks and match the coloration of an Autochrome image just never worked out.

The final experiment was to simulate the “bleach bypass” used when developing film. This process, with film, results in deeper blacks, muted colors and over exposed skies. One can simulate this process by making a B&W copy of the color digital file and then laying that B&W copy on top of the color original. By varying the transparency of the B&W copy, the degree of color can be varied. I used about 30% transparency and achieved an effect that has less intense colors and a slight push towards blue.

B&W

Nudged with simulated Bleach Bypass process

First Anniversary

Nudged was released one year ago today. I though today would be a good moment for an update on where we’ve been.

  • The premiere was at the Corral Theater on Thursday, May 14, 2015 and May 15 was the official release date.
  • Following on the heels of the Memorial Day Flood two weeks later, Nudged was shown at a fund raiser for flood relief.
  • Nudged was shown at the Lantex Theater in Llano in September and at the Odeon Theater in Mason in October.
  • Nudged has been entered in 19 film festivals (mainly in Texas). So far no one has invited us to participate and we are waiting on 6 to make their decision.
  • Nudged is available for purchase or rental from Amazon Video.

I am grateful to the actors, crew and community members who supported this production. Nudged shows off our village of Wimberley and tells an interesting story. Many more people will discover our Hill Country gem in the coming year.

Panoramic photo of premiere

Audience at the premiere of Nudged

 

Nudged Shown at the Odeon Theater

Odeon Nudged on marquee

There we are. Another showing of Nudged at a classic Texas movie house has been completed. The people in Mason were welcoming and delightful. The evening weather was so perfect. There is absolutely nothing as wonderful as the high Hill Country in Autumn.

While Dianne and I were there we stayed at the Tres Lunas Resort. The photograph below is the lobby area of this totally fabulous place. It is between Mason and Fredericksburg and the view just goes on for miles and miles. Thank you to Donna and Craig Conlee for being super hosts.

Tres Lunas lobby

Craig makes chuck wagon biscuits in a frying pan using a yeast starter that is over 100 years old. They are so soooo good. We brought some home.

Odeon ver 2 2015

If you look closely you can see Dianne standing way over on the left.