Flora Xia (LFAS - Alumni)

Hive Mind Update 46 CYCLE COMPLETE

Flora Xia (LFAS)
It's done! Despite my inconsistent posting and whatnot I really have this course to thank for the completion of this project. There are a lot of things that I'd like to fix, but it's time to let go of this project now. Here is the finished film for those of you who are interested in watching it https://vimeo.com/222789090 I am happy to have spent my time in the past 3 years in LFAS and butterfly effect, I can only hope to continue to grow in CalArts where I will be pursuing a degree in...Read More...

Hive Mind Update 45

Flora Xia (LFAS)
updates on the new filming things, the next deadline is june 29 yes this guy's leg fell of during filming and i just filmed the rest of the walk scene by balancing him on the broken leg i used my friend's eyes to composite onto the burnt/underneath faceRead More...
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Hive Mind Update 45

Flora Xia (LFAS)
After receiving feedback from the screening from classmates etc I have decided what I am going to do to take this project to completion. classmate feedback -distortion of the voice too much in the beginning -different 'voices' for different characters to distinguish them feedback from Mr. Hofbauer Mr. Hofbauer is a counsellor at my school that previously taught at Vancouver Film School and is also teaching film history in my current film class. I sat down with him for two hours and showed...Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 44

Flora Xia (LFAS)
Just some screenshots of what's happening I guess. Hive was screened on Friday which was kind of cool but it's also not done which is kind of not cool. If you would like to view the version as is please visit this link https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0DCC1K_QaADMVhDY21CdUIxLWcRead More...
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Hive Mind Update 42 (codecs)

Flora Xia (LFAS)
So recently I've been looking into codecs because everything takes forever to render and I want to know what's actually happening in the computer while I'm twiddling my thumbs and stressing about my already limited time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sisvOeZItb0 I watched this brief overview on codecs these are my notes below, but it'll probably make a bit more sense to watch the 8 minute video. I think understanding the process of encoding digital media is vital to being an artist in this...Read More...

Hive Mind Update 41

Flora Xia (LFAS)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByF-ZoJN-u2SRFhNRnB0LVIxYmM/view?usp=sharing (this isn't the most recent render of the project so but it takes too long to export..) I decided to remove the intro bit with the video that I took on the plane because it was too visually different from the rest of the film. I've taken some of DeOndre's comments into consideration and some changes shall be made, esp during the intro bit. Compositing isn't a thing my computer likes very much, compositing also...Read More...

Hive Mind Update 40

Flora Xia (LFAS)
I'm currently working on a UI design for the interface of the Hive. The previous AfterEffects project version had some inconsistencies with the frame rates and the Premiere Pro which resulted in duplicate frames and laggy/jerkiness. I ended up needing to manually adjust frame interpolation within Dragonframe to change timings, and then rendered the dragonframe file as a consolidated 422 hq prores file. Spliting clips and adjusting timing for frame holds within PremierePro was involving too...Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 39

Flora Xia (LFAS)
Here is the first four minutes of Hive Mind, the subtitles/timing are subject to change in the beginning but other than that .. this is what it is. Please let me know what you think! The video from the beginning is something that I filmed on a plane last weekend :) https://drive.google.com/file/...y1KVXE0TkhrZDQ/view?Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 38

Flora Xia (LFAS)
just a quick update with what I'm working on. I've pretty much finished filming and now I'm just working in after effects. I've been continuing to learn from tutorials online and sites like creativecow and the adobe forum. the majority of my set up in the basement has already been packed and we have a friend with a studio who is willing to store them for free. my deadline for completion is currently May 8th. this weekend I will be attending the accepted student event in California Institute...Read More...
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Soviet Montage (Continued)

Flora Xia (LFAS)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SUe0B8QsNFgIQUgxTwUUGbKA8xrGj7UMHZYDbGPbauY/edit This is the final version of the paper that I wrote on the subject of Soviet Film Theory. Recently I have been filming again, and have purchased a proper green-screen setup (which will arrive later this week) that will make filming walk sequences much easier. The run-time is currently around 20 minutes, and this project is turning out to be a lot bigger than I thought it would be. There are many aspects of...Read More...
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Recently I've been interested in film-theory and how editing revolutionized cinema and transformed it from an extension of theatre (before the 20's) to the art form we see today. I looked at Marx Engel's Dialectics of Materialism, some of Stalin's writings/speeches and compared it to Sergei Eisenstein's essays and put his techniques in context of his films. Needless to say, this was a rough draft of the paper (there may be some typos) that I have been working on and it has evolved much...Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 36

Flora Xia (LFAS)
After a few weeks of writing applications and taking a break from filming I've finally started again. The current edit has 14-15 minutes of stop-motion. I'm having some regrets in response to some things that I've done/not done. The main topic of my findings this week is the importance of joints. Joints of the armatures, and joints/transitions of the storyline/film. The characters I've built w Meisen have weak joints that slip and cause the characters to collapse mid-shot which is very...Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 35

Flora Xia (LFAS)
https://vimeo.com/193135294 Here is the current trailer for the film. There are some final things to be changed with the audio, but this visually represents some of the best of this project. It's been an extremely busy past two weeks 1. I presented Hive Mind to the Principles Vice Principles and Superintendents of the Langley school district on the 23rd 2. Posting the work online and getting feedback from a variety of sources 3. Turning 18 and re-evaluating my entire existence 5. Interviews...Read More...

Hive Mind Update 32

Flora Xia (LFAS)
As you can see I have begun compositing a background for the trailer I've edited. If you want to see the footage that I have created so far (rough edit no special fx) here is the link https://www.dropbox.com/s/twzj3w8w2uab9yr/hivemind.m4v?dl=0 I've been watching A LOT of youtube tutorials and it's been a steep learning curve but IT'S OK I'm going to surviveRead More...
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Hive Mind Update 31

Flora Xia (LFAS)
I've recently been working on teaching myself how to use Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe After Effects for the purposes of editing and post VFX. I have created the first draft of my edit. This is a track Jacob created half a year ago for this film I'm thinking of using it as the soundtrack https://clyp.it/s2qsm5cf I have around 8-9 scenes that need AE (After Effects). I've created thumbnail sketches for each of them. I'm going to do some re-stylizing of the slides at the beginning of the film...Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 30

Flora Xia (LFAS)
Hello again. I've been busy with a portfolio class for the past two weeks but it's really helped me flush out some of the scenes i'm not too sure about for the film. I regularly update on instagram.com/hivemind107 if anyone is interested in seeing more photos. Here's some concept art of the factory below is the text I copied onto the page. It's not meant to be read, it's just there for textural/compositional purposes. The Hive the hive is an artificial intelligence that governs the colony.Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 28

Flora Xia (LFAS)
In Utero test shots so like inside the egg n stuff I did this with a broken laptop screen. There were several sheets inside it that distorted the light in a very interesting way and it made it feel like liquid. I also used a red plastic folder as a gel to diffuse the light to give it that pink-fleshy tone.Read More...
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Hive Mind Update 27

Flora Xia (LFAS)
hello detail shot of a panel of the hive more behind the scenes thing thangs So this is actually the inside of an espresso machine but don't tell because you're supposed to think it's the heart of an artificial intelligence that controls the fate of an entire species screenshots from the end scene where the character must save the Hive screenshots from the birth scene The building caretaker left me this jewellery dresser and I've converted it into a set. My skills of animating have...Read More...
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Hive Mind #7

Flora Xia (LFAS)
Hello so it's been a while but we've been working extremely hard in the past few weeks. We finished building the city and the Hive/artificial intelligence. We also decided that this interplanetary colonization is 'New China' or Neo China because then our aesthetic would make a lot more sense, overall it doesn't change the plot a lot. Yesterday we also discussed the style in which we want to film this. Our main sources of inspiration are More (1998) And Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel. We...Read More...

Hive Mind #6 - Vlogging

Flora Xia (LFAS)
I have started vlogging the process of this project's creation. I will try to keep each clip around 5 minutes long to keep things concise. https://vimeo.com/148255917Read More...

Hive Mind #5

Flora Xia (LFAS)
Yesterday was the first official day of beginning this film. This is trash that I've hoarded for around a year for the sake of this very project. Do you ever just find a bag of spare rocks Yesterday we focused on developing the ideas surrounding the infrastructure of the city. We also decided on the biome that this story would take place in. Jacob and I have noticed a rather 'traditional' trend in science-fiction in which any Alien planet that is habitable is also extremely exotic. For the...Read More...
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