Close to Home
This commercial was shot on the USF St. Petersburg, Florida, campus. Recorded in high definition, it was distributed into the nearby downtown movie theater for pre-film advertising. Featuring a look at campus life using real USF students, student government helped with the casting and booking of all the talent. Shot in one day at locations all over campus and on downtown streets. The most complicated scene was the dorm room, since it was in a new building still under construction.
Close to Home
Hopes Breakfast Introduction
Telling the brief story of the Habitat mission, this video was used to set the stage for their annual fund raising kickoff event. We built this using extra b-roll footage from producing the full length video. Teaser clips of interview audio along with a poignant music track make this very effective.
Shot in the break area kitchen here at CMR the biggest problem we had was getting our talent to look like she couldn’t dance.
This makes car pooling look attractive for more reasons than just saving money. Scouting sites is always more critical when shooting with location sound. We thought we had this one nailed an a little used side street. Well… first there was the lawn service and their leaf blowers, then the shoot ran into the lunch hour and everyone left the building in the background and kept driving by us to se what was going on rather than heading out the other direction.
In this convention video, we used our trademark multiple camera time lapse technique to show the erection of the acres of tents in this huge outdoor exhibit in Orlando next to Universal Studios.
We start with two 21 stories up on the hotel roof. Then used two more on the ground that we coordinated with the construction of key or unique tent types. After shooting for two days we went back and edited the multiple source tapes into this video which was shown a day later as the opening video for the keynote function. It got a standing ovation from the international audience. We also shot detail video of unique tents requested by the association and later provided those on DVD for on IFAI website as educational tools.
Panel Home Construction
This simple one camera time lapse shows a small crew building a house in just a few days. A fast job is even faster, making this a useful sales tool. One camera moved to locations on the construction site with the most action lets us see the process from start to finish. Notice the small group watching the work. That was the contractor/builder and architect. They forgot about the filming and watched for quite a while from that spot until we told them that they’d look like they weren’t doing anything while all the activity happened around them.
The Love of Learning
To educate parents who are considering this school we went into the classroom. By using very little location equipment and utilizing as much natural light as possible we minimized disruption and let the children be natural. Since they were not actors, speaking roles were not scripted, just interviewed and directed to speak from the heart.
All the expertise that we have gained and the facility we’ve built combine to make CMR Studios the perfect resource in Tampa Bay for independent film production and post. Ideally the filmmaker brings us in early in the process so we can assist with pre-production and shooting. We can help avoid the common pitfalls of lower budget films right from the start. But you can also bring your project to us after it’s underway for us to finalize the finishing touches, fix problems and bring your vision to the screen.
Often budget minded directors have already done a rough-cut edit on their laptop with Final Cut. Since we’re using Final Cut Studio 2 HD we can import the edit as a starting point, saving time and money. Our comfortable suites give you plenty room to work.
Once we’re done we can master your DVD for festival applications, shopping for a distributor or direct sale. You also walk with the whole film on a hard drive with the session files, timelines, M&E and final output, ready for film transfer when you make your deal.
Funny… nobody saw that boom mic or light stand when you were shooting the scene! We can get rid of them. Or you may need high-end special effects and wire removal on those stunts to make them real. We do that and more in Shake. For example, using the green screen hard cyc on our insert stage you can do special effects or even add people to scenes.
Of course you shot in HD but you want a “film look” as well. Color correction is more important in movies than anywhere. We also have the plug-ins to select the film stock you want to emulate.
Special effects require special attention when it comes to sound. Often it requires creating a sound that doesn’t even exist in real life. Combining Foley with our extensive library of sound effects as well as acquiring new sounds we can create a unique signature for you.
Problems with dialogue are common even in big budget films. It get’s compounded on smaller budgets where the audio is sometimes the last consideration on set. Partial scenes, single actors and even complete replacement are all jobs we’ve tackled.
Great sound comes from attention to detail. Proper sound effect placement and ambience along with musical score that fits the film and punctuates action are elements that make a film succeed. We bring decades of sound recording experience to your film.
CMR Studios in St. Petersburg has been awarded a contract for post production services on “Descansos,” a independent film featuring Gary Busey, Charles Durning, and supermodel Cindy Taylor. The film takes its name from a Spanish word – Descansos – which means “resting places.” It tells the story of a man compelled to rid the world of roadside memorials to victims of traffic accidents. He ends up trapped on a remote island where he must face his inner fears and conflicts after he meets a mysterious woman who tends one of those crosses. The film is being finished in one of CMR Studios’ Final Cut HD suites by senior editor Rich Roddman. Work includes the final edit, color correction and compositing the special effects. Mike Weber is overseeing the dialogue replacement, sound effects, Foley and the final mix of the audio track in their ProTools audio suite. Produced by Gulf+Atlantic Films, written and directed by J. Michael Kipikash the film was shot entirely in the Tampa area. The production team includes LA Based composer Don James and Midwest based effects house Dimension-X. Since the project collaborators are geographically separated they are utilizing a web-based workflow, sharing the digital video and audio files over the internet as they are completed. CMR has also been providing compressions of the trailers in Macromedia Flash and the new Apple H.264 codecs for superior quality in online video viewing by distributors and film festival organizers.