Friday, April 2, 2010

And it begins...

Welcome! My name is Ben Morris, and I’m editing a student film at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. The film is called THE BAYOU BLUES, and it’s UNCSA’s first hybrid project incorporating traditional, hand-animated elements and characters into a live-action world.

BAYOU is about an old Cajun street musician named Leon who plays a magical accordion that releases free-spirited animated creatures between notes. When a greasy profiteer named Lester gets his hands on the accordion, he releases an animated swamp that takes over his house and threatens to spread through his neighborhood. Leon and his teenage grandson Maurice must find Lester, get rid of the swamp, and get the accordion back.

Because of the animated elements and visual effects requirements of the picture, the film is being shot on RED’s RED ONE camera. This is a unique project here at UNCSA where a standard film-to-digibeta workflow has dominated for years. The school is starting to move in the direction of tapeless digital workflows, but BAYOU is an anomaly (for the time being) and will hopefully lead the school into the future of digital post.

I elected to cut the film in Avid Media Composer. This is a first at our school. Avid is the platform required for third-year film projects, and our one previous RED-based project elected to use Final Cut Pro to edit their film. Avid and RED is an unexplored world here at UNCSA, and our team is very excited to be breaking new ground.

This blog is a record of the process of bringing BAYOU to life, from pre-production to post-production, finishing, and projection. We’re doing a lot of stuff new to us as student filmmakers, and I’ll be keeping track of it all on

A UNCSA School of Filmmaking Student Production
Produced by Josh Dove
Production Designer: Sam Ogden
Director of Photography: Eric Androvich
Edited by Ben Morris
VFX Team : Eric Barker, Brett Price, and Andrew Brzozowski
Written, Animated, and Directed by Nathan Connelly

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