Grandma Moon Speaks: Timbre and Duration

Topics Covered: Timbre Duration Spectrum and Envelope Rhythm After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music – Aldous Huxley Sounds are complex waves: It is this complexity that gives us so much variety. Otherwise everything would sound like the ring tones from the first mobile phones! Question to ask yourself: If […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Noise and Dithering

Topics Covered: What is Noise? Signal to Noise Ratio Dithering Color Banding I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise? – Federico Fellini Noise is unwanted information in a signal. A fly in your soup is […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Color Bit Depth, Middle Grey and White Balance of the Human Eye

Topics Covered: Color Bit Depth Middle Grey Whiteness and White Balance Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions – Pablo Picasso We have already seen that the color space of the eye, as defined by the CIE 1931 XYZ color space, estimates about 10 million colors for our vision. The word size required […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Angle of View and Aspect Ratio

Topics Covered: The Angle of View of the Eye The Sensor Size of the Eye The Aspect Ratio of the Eye The Crop Factor (35mm equivalent) of the Eye The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands – Benjamin Franklin Put together, the horizontal angle of view of both eyes […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Eye Geometry

Topics Covered: The Emsley model of the Eye The Focal Length the Eye The Total Retinal Area of the Eye The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough – Ralph Waldo Emerson The problem with drawing the geometry of the human […]

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: The Human Eye – Part III

Topics Covered: How the Cones produce color The visible spectrum Defining Color Space The CIE XYZ 1931 color space It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture – Benjamin Franklin Humans normally have three kinds of cones. They […]

What is Filmmaking? [Part Two]

In this part, I will cover prep, production and post. 2. Pre-production, or Prep The stages involved under prep are not always in this order, and not all of them are necessary depending on the type of film that you are making; but here they are: Storyboarding Location Hunting, Images/Data/Research Information and Database management Communication […]

VIII: The Impossible Post

Post production on The Impossible Murder took one year. First it went to a post-house (I won’t name them) who promised to do the editing, VFX, grading and sound mixing for a reasonable fee. After paying them a hefty advance, I learnt their editor was doing multiple jobs at the same time. The editing took […]