October 21, 2015
Constellations was always going to be a VFX based project, ever since having the initial meeting with King No-One about creating their next 3 videos. As well as making videos for people we are friends with, we also – as a company – wanted to push ourselves and do things out of our comfort zone. Which is exactly what we did.
Jack (Mr. Special Effects himself) and I proceeded to put together what we could, in the run up to this shoot, but it is always very difficult to balance the corporate work with the really creative stuff; so inevitably, the ideas for this project were in our heads, not on paper. As with pretty much everything film related, time is always running out.
We managed to film the whole music video in one day, with a small but more than capable 5-man team. Everything usually takes a little bit longer than you anticipate, but everything ran really smoothly. KNO are a very easy group to get along with, and easy enough to boss around!
It’s when the project came into the post production phase that we struggled a little bit; not to say that putting the video together was the easy part, but creating and applying graphics was a very hard task indeed. Let’s just say for around 2 weeks Jack and I had very little sleep.
When others would leave at a respectable time, we would spend a good 10 minutes on Justeat.com ordering the same double pepperoni, double cheese 14” deep pan (Jack), and whatever I was having, then knuckle down for an unhealthy night staring at a screen through bleary eyes.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom, we did have our ‘eureka’ moments, and we also had fun doing it. It is also amazing to see what a small crew can achieve on a very low budget, and of course we learned a lot about the disciplines in GFX and we will continue to improve in this field. One thing we would say though: don’t use too many track points on a green screen, you’ll have to spend hours masking it out – won’t you Jack?