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Stefan Kluge, 2011-09-04
Tim Baumann, one of the few Open Source Filmmakers, just released three different sounddesign version of his 93 minutes feature film Valkaama in HD under a Creative Commons BY-SA license. Valkaama was an impressive project & Tim also did some detailed Free Culture research, you can grab a copy of his diploma "Open Source Film Geschäftsmodelle".
"By making these files available we are now officially ending the Valkaama project. It has been a great time working on Valkaama and a great experience being part of the first to create and share Open Source feature films. The website will stay of course online and I will be monitoring the website's forum occasionally to keep it free of spam and to answer comments or questions.
So from our side this is a goodbye. We hope you enjoy(ed) watching the movie and if you haven't downloaded it yet you can get the DVD or your HD copy here.
Over and out :)
Tim & The Valkaama Team"
Stefan Kluge in Biker's Soul, 2009-11-20
I'll try to get at a cleric involved in every future film project of mine, since our Open Source road trip documentary „Biker's Soul” has been blessed from the beginning, while our sci-fi feature film „The Last Drug” is giving me nightmares for years now.
It's completed and going straight to the pressroom. The netrelease under a Creative Commons license will follow in early 2010 - as soon as I come up with a sponsor. Meanwhile, let me share some production details:
CameraI have been using the Sony PDX10P for 3 films now. It's a 1/3" chip 3CCD handycam - technically outdated, but still in use in a certain niche, last time I saw it was in Long Way Round. I can still recommend it for productions like these - it's extremely robust, tiny & handy and has a great full automatic mode, which I almost always used, since it's so reliable. Colors are good, sharpness is okay for SD and auto focus is fast and precise with some faults at extreme back light.
What I don't like anymore is SD resolution: I'm missing the sharpness, the possibility for jump cuts, keying and motion stabilisation. Another drawback is the bad low light capability - if you are gonzo filming on a trip like this there are always low light situations where you just can't pull out a video light. If you are on a tight budget and you can live with these limitations: the camera sells for under $1000 on eBay - I found it always better to buy outdated professional equipment than the newest consumer stuff for the same price.
For my next road trip documentary I'm thinking about experimenting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Not a dedicated video camera, but I have the feeling, that you can achieve extremely interesting esthetics, that will work excellent in a gonzo style documentary.
Color CorrectionI did the color correction in Adobe Premiere and all it took was a correction of the RGB curves. Maybe some saturation adjustments here and there.
My 63 minutes project file was very unstable after I put those effects on every clip. More than 20 crashes a day was quite common - I was hoping CS4 would be more stable, but I have to admit that my editing workstation is an antique 2GB Dual Core E6600. My new system is about to arrive, now that I finished the post production, how stupid is that.
After rendering I'm running every frame through a Photoshop Action as well, using the new "vibrant" adjustment to desaturate everything but the skin tones. My color correction school was this: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction. I don't like the writing style but I learned a lot.
EditingI like Adobe Premiere. Quite unstable when you max out your system, but it perfectly fits my workflow: SD capture here, HD capture there, this codec here, that codec there, drag in some internet files, edit in photoshop and throw it back in a second, create some minor animations - it always works the way you expect it. I'll stick to Premiere.
In January I'll get back to our feature film production The Last Drug. I learned quite a lot with this documentary - although I didn't expected to. I hope this will help me getting The Last Drug done - I certainly feel the urge to get my hands on it again.
Jesus, this text reads like shit. I'm just to tired to write a proper english right now.
Stefan Kluge, 2009-10-04
We will be at the Netaudio Berlin-Festival to show a preview of our Open Source Science-Fiction Feature Film The Last Drug on Saturday, 10th. Expect some great acts from all over Europe on the festival - I can't wait to see disrupt from my favorite Dub label Jahtari performing.
We will beginn our screening on Saturday at 1:30 PM at the "Back Door Room" with our short Autobahn 38 (in English). The Last Drug will start at 2 PM (in German). Our Open Source Road Movie Route 66 will be shown at the "Smokers Lounge" (in English).
Stefan Kluge, 2009-08-26
Animator Nina Paley turned into a Free Culture activist after she was harassed by a major label, releasing her feature length animation film „Sita Sings the Blues” last year.
Nina just released the complete sources under Creative Commons by-sa!
Stefan Kluge, 2009-08-06
On Saturday there will be a Creative Commons Day in Hamburg, Germany, with films, lectures, presentations, live music & party.
The event was organised by the Pirate Party, which also did a nice Open Source open air film festival in Hamburg last year - we received some great feedback back then.
„Route 66” will be screened at 2 pm - admission will be free. Sounds like a nice event, I'll try to be there at the after party.