Archive | March, 2012

Next meeting: April 3rd – Shot #4 and planning next project

27 Mar

Our next meeting is booked in and ready for YOU! That’s right, we’re meeting at Madlab on April 4th and you’re invited!

What’s happening at this month’s meeting:

We’ve been doing some experiments and tests to learn more about forced perspective, and we’ll be putting these into proper practice before the meeting; we’ll be filming a short sequence which we’re planning on screening at the meeting, along with some documentary/behind-the-scenes stuff showing how we did the shots. This will be a work in progress as the final edit will take a couple of weeks, but it’s a chance to see what we’ve learned and hopefully learn something! Here’s a little taster from some tests done a couple of weeks ago:

As well as this, we’ll be throwing around some ideas for the next project. If you’re the new to the group, here’s how it works:

  • We get people together who’re interested in learning about special effects
  • We discuss any techniques people want to try out, or specific shots they want to recreate
  • If enough people get on board with an idea, we do it!
A project generally sticks with one technique or ‘shot’ and explores different ways of doing it, but all input and ideas are welcome! The group is all about learning through collaboration and experimentation: bring your ideas, skills and enthusiasm and share them with the group, and we can all make cool stuff!

Things to check out:
Our Facebook group

SSC’s Youtube Channel

Our Vimeo Channel

and our WordPress blog

For more information, email, leave a comment here, or get in touch with Madlab through the usual channels.




Shot #3 – ‘Budge’ – is finally online!

22 Mar

After much pontificating and neglect – and some final tweaks and other work – our 3rd project is finally online! This was our attempt at – among other things – recreating some of the ‘bullet time’ effects made famous by The Matrix films. Specifically, we were trying to recreate the iconic camera moving around frozen action shots, with quite a few less cameras and a lot less money.

We’ll be posting some in-depth write-ups on the effects shots for all of the geeks out there, but in the meantime here’s the short we came up to make the thing more interesting to watch. It’s not perfect and we could have worked forever on it, but this is it. It’s called Budge and we hope you like it!


Dirty Honky (clown) – Alexis Milne
HarleyQuin X (clown) – Sue Fox
Serpaclown (clown) – Richard Shields
Jenny – Jenny Longworth
Joe – Joseph Stacey

Camera Operators:
Pete Smith
Luca Rudlin
Adele Myers
Brant Adam
Aatif Ati Zafar
Kati J├Ągel
Ben Edmundson
Rich Adams

Visual Effects
David Plant
Ben Edmundson

Paul Plowman

Production Assistants
Raj B’jee
Philip Whiteley
Angel Delgado

Written, edited, and directed by Ben Edmundson

Special thanks to everyone else who popped in and kept us company, your presence was valuable! And to all of the people who came to various meetings throughout the process who I’ve forgotten, give me a kick and I’ll add you!

More to come, as well as information on our current project. It’ll be on here soon, I promise!