1. During our test shoot for "Witch Creek" in September 2009, we needed a clip from a "live" news broadcast of the San Diego Witch Creek fire of 2007. While there were extant clips available which we could have obtained from local news channels, we couldn't afford to pay for the very expensive licensing fees, and we also wanted to avoid having our hands tied by the complicated agreements that would have been necessary for using it in our production. As a result we decided to "roll our own", and shoot our own "live" broadcast.

    We had initially had a perfect location picked out in which to shoot our scene, but in the 11th hour we had a series of technical issues arise which prevented us from using it, and as a result had to quickly improvise with a new location -- which on short notice had to be the back yard of the principal set. Using two smoke machines and colored lights, we we able to knock out the video we needed in about two hours, giving our director of photography a few hours over night to try and prep the video so that it could be shown on a television set during a scene being shot the next day in a location sixty miles away from the home base of the production.

    Because of the time limitations and the screw up with regard to the originally planned location, the video that ultimately ended up being shown on television was a very simple affair with no color correction, no fire, and only a very quickly thrown together static lower thirds graphic that had been thrown together for the production by the lead actor, Scott Butler. While usable, it was a far cry from what had originally been intended, and subsequently there were problems even getting the video to play on the television for which it had been intended.

    In January of 2013, we returned to this clip with a far greater understanding of compositing, color correction, and production in general, and went to work on trying to realize what we'd actually INTENDED for it to look like in the fall of 2009. Although the lack of a greenscreen certainly complicated the compositing process, we found we were still able to get results that were good enough for the purpose for which the video had originally been designed.

    In this clip we show you the final clip, then take you layer by layer through the steps we took towards creating the "live" news feed from SCN.

    PRODUCED and WRITTEN BY: Neal Hallford & Jana Hallford
    DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / EDITOR: Neal Hallford
    STARRING: Pia Thrasher

    Shot with a Panasonic HVX205A, Redrock M2, and vintage Nikkor Primes.

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  2. This is the first teaser trailer for "Witch Creek", a supernatural horror film being produced by Swords & Circuitry Studios based in San Diego, California. This will be the first dramatic feature produced by our team and represents an amazing collection of talents. The cast and crew are all volunteer, but are all very dedicated and passionate about making the best movie possible for the enjoyment of those who enjoy films in the supernatural/-j-horror genre.

    THE STORY
    Following the death of their daughter Katie (Grace Kaufman) in the Witch Creek fires of 2007, Geoffrey and Anne Greene (Scott Butler, Jennifer Larson) attempt to rebuild their shattered lives. But as the couple are threatened by increasingly terrifying and inexplicable events, Geoffrey begins to question his sanity. Are they both descending into grief-driven delusions about their dead daughter, or have they been cursed by a centuries-old evil that refuses to die?

    THE TEAM
    "Witch Creek is the first dramatic production from Swords & Circuitry Studios, a small filmed entertainment company based in San Diego, California. Originally intended only as an acting demo for the leads, it has developed into a fully-realized independent feature film. financed largely through friends and fans. The cast and crew are all-volunteer, but bring incredible passion and talent to this project. Shooting in locations all over Southern California, it is expected to be ready for release in late 2010. "Witch Creek" is being written, produced, and directed by Neal and Jana Hallford. Original score composed by Jeremy Soule.

    For more information about the movie, please visit our website at witchcreekmovie.com. We also have a fan page for Swords & Circuitry Studios on Facebook, and can be followed on Twitter at @swordscircuitry.

    Thank you!

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