Quantum Stumble: A HitFilm Community Collaborative Short Film

FilmSensei
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Yesterday (Saturday, February 27, 2021) during my weekly livestream, @solosamuraiwhatchef brought up the idea of creating a collaborative short film or trailer within the HitFilm community. The idea would be to start by creating a script, @DafterThings mentioned that he had a base script that he would be willing to provide for the cause. Then, volunteers from the HitFilm community would film, edit, and add VFX to their scene which would be all put together into a single short film project. Other people watching the livestream who expressed an interest in participating included @tddavis and @spydurhank.

Since it was Chris' idea, if he wants to take the lead, I would be happy to be involved. If Chris doesn't, I am happy to coordinate. Who would be interested in participating in something like this?

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  • DafterThings
    DafterThings Website User Posts: 948 Enthusiast

    I think it'd be really interesting not just to see what the community can come up with but how it would all work.

    There was a suggestion that it be written so people could film their own scene separately and then have them all stitched together. The script I had in mind doesn't really suit that but I'd be happy to try and write something or contribute to a joint/team effort.

    Maybe a scene in a control room, a scene with a pilot (perhaps a dog fight?), drop off an assassin/sniper on the ground (maybe a Halo jump?) and then the sniper taking out the target. Not particularly original but none of the characters would ever have to be in the same place.

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    Sounds cool, if I could have stop motion in it I'm (most likely) in!

  • premiere_studios
    premiere_studios Website User Posts: 112 Enthusiast

    I might be able to do a small VFX piece of it

  • GrayMotion
    GrayMotion Website User Posts: 1,538 Enthusiast

    @DafterThings

    Maybe a scene in a control room, a scene with a pilot (perhaps a dog fight?), drop off an assassin/sniper on the ground (maybe a Halo jump?) and then the sniper taking out the target.

    Sounds like a Call of Duty scene 😉

  • DafterThings
    DafterThings Website User Posts: 948 Enthusiast

    In my head it was either ScI-Fi (which does allow a little more freedom on the FX) or CoD-a-like. 😀

    Another idea is a connection of stories or some object or portal (Quantum Leap style) which jumps the view from one person to another. Just throwing these out there if the scenes are going to be created remotely.

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    @DafterThings Like a multiverse?

    Sci-Fi, Cod, or Quantum leap all sound good

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Moderator, Website User, Ambassador Posts: 2,942 Ambassador

    @DafterThings These sound like great ideas!

  • tddavis
    tddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,798 Moderator
    edited March 1

    I was thinking of a portal thingy ala Rick & Morty so a participant could film themselves doing something, open a portal and step in at the end of their clip then the next person steps out of the same portal effect (a shared asset) into a different location/ universe does their part the rinse repeat the portal thing. Gives everyone latitude to sort shape their own universe Star Wars/Star Trek/LOTR/Tardis whatever their bent is. But the other ideas are better.

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast
    edited February 28

    @tddavis That sounds cool too.

    A protagonist going through different universes and struggling to get home.

    The character changes in each one (multiverses) to hide that it's a stitched together story, the beginning scene person also does the ending scene when the protagonist gets home to show that that is it's homeworld.

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Moderator, Website User, Ambassador Posts: 2,942 Ambassador

    It sounds like a parody of the television show Quantum Leap may be a great way to make this happen. What do you guys think?

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast
  • premiere_studios
    premiere_studios Website User Posts: 112 Enthusiast

    I'm up for whatever

    of the topic some of the stuff i've made are these


  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast
  • DafterThings
    DafterThings Website User Posts: 948 Enthusiast

    ... and it wouldn't matter if it was live action, CGI, stop motion or anything.

    Dimension Rift is available in Express so that could be the common portal. The style of the rift wouldn't matter either so people can have a good play. The premise wouldn't have to be elaborate: Scientists have found a way to access the multiverse and send a willing volunteer knowing they won't look or sound the same after each jump. They know the multiverse forms a circle so, keep jumping, and you'll eventually end up back where you started. It then doesn't matter how many people want to create a scene/story.

    Might need to think about continuity. Could just wing it or explain they won't remember previous jumps until they're finally back in the home world?

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    @DafterThings Could we get that guy who scored your Batman film to score this?

    We could call it something related to:

    A. Getting back

    B. The Multiverse/Portals

    C. Just something that sounds cool

  • tddavis
    tddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,798 Moderator

    @georgefilmltd Might steal from Tolkien and use 'There and Back Again: A Portal Adventure?"🤣

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    @tddavis or rip off star wars and call it "Infinite Power" 😂

  • tddavis
    tddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,798 Moderator

    Wasn't that Unlimited Power that Palpatine said when he started throwing lightning at Mace Windu?

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    @tddavis Then I guess we have one option! :)

    Should we use this forum to see who's in, then make a messaging group on the forum for this project?

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Moderator, Website User, Ambassador Posts: 2,942 Ambassador

    @georgefilmltd I think that is a good idea. I should probably put together some basic rules and then see who would be interested in participating.

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 19,571 Ambassador
    edited March 1

    Sounds like I need to finish up the Quantum Leap "Leaping" effects I started on and never finished. The blue glow on the leaper is basic these days, as is the electrical arcs on the figure (heck we don't even have to freeze frame like the show), but getting the "vortex" correct - matching the back lighting animation - has been hard to get looking right.

    (Incidentally I was working on this effect because I want to do a title sequence for a Doctor Who/Quantum Leap mashup. "TARDIS Leap."

    "Theorizing it was possible to traverse Time and Relative Dimensions in Space within one's lifetime the Doctor stepped into the Tardis Leap accelerator...and vanished. He awoke..." *Skipping ahead * "His only companions, Susan, Ian, Barbara, Steven, Dodo, Polly...(increasingly long list of names). ..Yaz and Al..."

  • FilmSensei
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  • tddavis
    tddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,798 Moderator
    edited March 1

    @Triem23 Yes, do finish that. While using a preset effect would be the most efficient way to use a shared asset for the portals, I think a custom effect put up on the cloud and a download link shared via DM would also work, and give a much more polished look to the piece. But I am good either way... and if someone wants to come up with a creative reason why the effect appears different in their piece that could work too. Like say, an anime universe.

  • tddavis
    tddavis Moderator, Website User Posts: 4,798 Moderator

    Actually, that approach to have one person doing the portal effect on all clips is far more efficient than sharing an effect! Great idea.

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    @FilmSensei Should we have a google form later on saying what dimension your scene takes place in? And if we have duplicates, just work it out with the two?

  • apyorick
    apyorick Website User Posts: 53 Enthusiast

    This is a great idea! I'd love to do a segment in 2D animation (maybe even with the character arriving in 2D space?...). As to title, you could go with something "similar" to Quantum Leap like "Random State" or such.

  • DafterThings
    DafterThings Website User Posts: 948 Enthusiast
    edited March 1

    OK. I have something written. Not sure about the first and last frames though, Quantum Leap is something a little different from a portal/rift effect.

    My opening frame is our man kneeling on the ground. My closing frame is him waving. Is that going to be OK Jay or should they enter and exit the scene as if they were coming through a portal?

    <2min.45s at the moment though so will need some trimming>

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Moderator, Website User, Ambassador Posts: 2,942 Ambassador

    @DafterThings In the show Quantum Leap, at the beginning of any given episode, he materializes freeze frame style, and at the end he dematerializes frame frame style. So your beginning and ending are fine.

    @apyorick That is a great idea for a segment, and also a great idea for a title.

    @georgefilmltd I am thinking that there will not be enough participants to worry about duplicate stories, settings, etc, but if it gets too big, then maybe a short description might be in order.

    Also, I think setting a standard aspect ratio would probably be in order. Should we go with a television (16:9) or movie (1.85:1) ratio? I think 1080 is the best resolution regardless.

  • georgefilmltd
    georgefilmltd Website User Posts: 452 Enthusiast

    @FilmSensei Sounds good,

    We could upscale it to 2k (after 1080 render) If uploaded on YouTube

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