The Force Awakens Homage

We are getting excited about the imminent release of “The Force Awakens”! So much so that we at Aesop Media decided to celebrate by bringing together a group of like minded (geek minded) friends to create our own homage to the Mythology that defines our generation. This is just a sneak preview though. You won’t believe how long it takes to rotoscope these frames but we’re enjoying the process and really excited about how it’s looking.

At Aesop Media, we believe in continually growing our skill and experience. What better way to hone our editing, animation and SFX skills than to create a lightsaber duel?

This will be a lightsaber duel with a difference.

I guarantee you’ll not have seen what’s been done here before.

Stay tuned!

Okay, Sorry about blacking out the action but I don’t want to reveal the unique difference this duel has to others you may have seen in the movies or in other fanfilms. You’ll just have to wait till we finish the whole sequence. Till then..here’s some behind the scenes stuff.

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Jill and Esther work out how to turn the lightsaber on for Kai (who was unable to unlock its secrets for 3 whole days)

Crew resets for close ups. Hing as director/camera operator, Patto as gaffer, Ella on smoke, Photos by Ben Connolly

Crew resets for close ups. Hing as director/camera operator, Patto as gaffer, Ella on smoke, Photos by Ben Connolly

Darth Stu clashes with all his hatred!

Darth Stu clashes with all his hatred!

Jedi and Sith face-off!

Jedi and Sith face-off!

Darth Stu sets position for focus while staying in Sith character...such a professional!

Darth Stu sets position for focus while staying in Sith character…such a professional!

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Rotoscoping (frame by frame alteration) is tedious work but totally worth it!

I've seen lasers added to shots without thought to practical lighting. Every laser bolt in our scene creates light that must reflect off real objects. It adds to the realism of the shot

I’ve seen lasers added to shots without thought to practical lighting. Every laser bolt in our scene creates light that must reflect off real objects. It adds to the realism of the shot

Yondo

We were approached by the Yondo crew to produce promotional “User Story” videos for their product. Yondo is a powerful web platform that enables users to record, stream, market and sell videos online in subscription or user rent transactions.

We LOVED this project!

The very nature of this product seems to attract, energetic, enterprising and most of all…interesting people….People with stories and expertise. People with passion and plans. People who are leaders in their field and want to share their wealth of knowledge. In short, this project gave us the opportunity to sample (in a very short time) a plethora of “Potent” individuals and take a piece of them with us! Our only regret is that the final videos, by necessity, can only skim the surface of their human stories.

Flora Mythica

“Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.”
Italo Calvino

2015 has been a big year for Aesop Media but chief among the projects we’ve taken on has to be the year-long collaboration with floral artist – Marco Appelfeller. Every weekend for the past 12 months we worked hard to bring together the elements needed to create magical, epic scenes from Myth and Fairytales depicted in Floral Art, to be published by the Belgian publishing house Stichting-Kunstboek, reknowned for their, high end art and photography books.

The publishers required us to make and photograph at least 60 different floral art pieces with behind the scenes photos and information as well so every week we would  have to organise the creation of at least 2 (often 3 or 4) floral art pieces to make the deadline. We researched Greek Myths, Shakespeare, Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and more for stories that we felt could be depicted by floral art in a way that people would respond to in a reminiscent way.

We wanted the Floral pieces to be actively part of the scenes rather than just decorations and we wanted the scenes to come alive with action and emotion as well. We spent days in op shops, flower suppliers, gardens and other places to find the materials, we approached friends and family (and many bewildered strangers) to pose as models for us. We scoured the countryside for suitable locations but we also had fun doing it.

It is not often we get to create from scratch. To build on nothing more than a dream and a reminiscent vision of our childhood. To be able to indulge our purely creative instincts while meeting new and interesting people was a pleasure we hope to continue some day!

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