I just published an interview with the 2nd-place winner of the SpyFest film competition, Van Blumreich. His “Imprint” short movie was my favorite from all the films in the competition, it showed real character. I think that the first place winner only won because its style was very Tarantino-ish rather than truly interesting (my opinion). Hopefully, Van will find the finances to turn “Imprint” into a full feature film or maybe employ this idea, on how to turn the web into a new medium. Have a read!


Luis wrote on June 21st, 2007 at 5:44 AM PST:

I think it’s a good idea what you talk about in that forum, but it’s not easy to achieve (finding advertisers, promoting the webisodes without a budget, etc..)

Though maybe the biggest challenge is to find a way to make interesting 5 minutes episodes that still make sense and can then turn into a 2 hour movie. Though it should work. The biggest problem I had with tv shows is that I remember some of them starting very good but then becoming a shit just because they were forced to last too long (for example, I liked the first 4 episodes of Twin Peaks, but the rest was shit. I don’t think I’ve seen any tv show after that one, so maybe things have changed in all these years, though).

Being restricted to a maximum of 120 minutes could be great to tell a good story that you don’t have to artificially keep going just to make money.

michael reed wrote on June 21st, 2007 at 11:33 AM PST:

Thanks for publishing the feature. I’ve downloaded the movie and it’s great. Hopefully, when I’ve given it another watch and digested it a bit more fully, I’ll shoot the director a comment.

Having said that, it’s a shame that you didn’t ask him more questions about the software side of his setup.

I don’t know why this sort of material isn’t generating a greater number of comments on the site. Perhaps, when the new front end is launched, the overall tech orientation of the site will be driven home to people and a wider audience can be attracted. Keep up the good work with these interviews.

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Eugenia wrote on June 21st, 2007 at 11:42 AM PST:

>why this sort of material isn’t generating a greater number of comments

OSNews readers are usually tech nerds. I bet they felt like they walked on the laundry room and there were only dish washers instead of laundry machines there… They will really have to appreciate other kinds of reporting though. By doing osnews for fun, must be fun for us too.

>about the software side of his setup.

Yeah, I forgot about it. I will ask him to comment here about that.

Van Blumreich wrote on June 22nd, 2007 at 12:39 PM PST:

As far as the postproduction process, we edit and lockdown the video on a Quad-Core Mac Pro using Final Cut Studio.

After the video is locked down, it is then sent to my audio guys, who work on PC’s and use different audio programs such as Absynth 4 and Cubase for sound design. I export a down-rezzed MPEG version with timecode for them to look at so that we can communicate better. Once they are done, they export the final audio mix to me (as a .wav or .aiff) and I synch it up in Final Cut Pro and then it’s ready to be sent out via web or DVD.

We received Final Cut Studio 2 during the postproduction process, and I was tempted to use the new Color program and take advantage of Soundtrack Pro’s 5.1 sound, but there just wasn’t enough time. I hope to learn and take advantage of those programs in future projects though.

If you guys have any more technical questions, I’d be happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge.

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