Once every couple of weeks, the RCSparks Studio has the privilege of posting an Article written specifically for us by one of our Senior Members and most experienced RC video production crew. Well this week is a special treat as ROBSCORC does a great write up for the viewers and visitors – discussing his process of production.. Enjoy my friends!
“The ART of an RC Movie” Written by RobscoRC
As an RC producer I’m always looking for something new and exciting to capture the interests, and inspire others in the amazing hobby turned lifestyle known as remote control. What your about to read is an inside look at the creation of “Monster Suicide: Nothing Left”.
The idea behind the short film came months before any camera started rolling. Sitting on my couch on youtube watching video after video and thinking, whats something that none of these video’s have? Whats the one thing I can do that nobody has seen? The answer was simple, and by the time I realized it I was astonished at how obvious it was. What I had to do was the simplest form of film making. Creating a story.
Months go by sitting at a computer with a blank screen waiting for an outline to show itself. Thoughts of epic journeys, adventures, drama and suspense. Thinking about all the movies I loved watching as a kid while trying to imagine how an RC movie could have the same feeling. Soon a story started to form itself, a lone creature looking for another of its kind, giving up hope and ending it all far to soon.
The idea was stuck in my head waiting to explode. Easter weekend 2011 was the date. Its time to start planning. The concept was simple, the execution was not. It relied on breaking two expensive machines, but only at just the right time. To soon, or to late and the project was a loss. I spent a few days in front of the computer plotting out each shot, creating a basic script breakdown with every aspect of the movie listed. Rearranging and twisting, figuring out what to shoot first, and how to shoot it.
Next came story boards. I had to know what the movie was going to look like before we got out there. Three pages later and it was on paper. The benefit was more then I could have known. I showed them to my extremely supportive girlfriend, she thought I was crazy but at least she knew what I wanted.
Cameras rolling, nitro burning, dirt flying.. Shot after shot, every hard landing making my stomach turn. Don’t break yet, hold in there. 5 hours pass by and we are done. Back to the house to see what I have. Its a bloody gold mine..
Editing, probably the hardest part of any short film. Piecing it together with the help of my script breakdown, mixing and matching shot by shot. Working with the music, getting every hit, every beat to have meaning, creating emotion was the hardest part. If I wasn’t able to make the audience feel something for these mechanical monsters then I had failed. I wasn’t going to fail. All night I worked. 2 am, 3am, 4am… Finished.
When something like this is finished you don’t upload it right away, you watch it. Over and over, I must have watched it 30 times, inspecting, criticizing. Where did I go wrong, what did I get right? I couldn’t think anymore. Just hit the button… Upload
I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I do, but most of all I hope you enjoy the wonderful world of RC. Thanks for reading, now get out there and make a video.