Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Haunted is very nearly done! Production stills are now available, the movie has its own web page on the site, trailer is coming in a week or so, and the movie will be added on Hallowe'en (31st October 2011).
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Hooray! Just in time for a much deserved holiday, too. My poor Mac won't be getting a break though, it is hard at work number crunching to export the video and encode the MP4 and DVD versions. Should finish overnight, ready to upload tomorrow.
Here's a few extra frame grabs to whet your appetite...
Friday, September 2, 2011
Just taking a quick break from rendering the nearly-finished rough cut of Slave Auction (I need to do some work on the sound and shoot a few quick pickup shots of bidders at the auction, it is coming along nicely).
Anyway, I noticed that over 90% of the people who have bought Amelia's Sunday Spanking and Acquiesce have chosen the MP4 version over the DVD download. So... do you think it is worth us producing the films as DVD downloads? Or should we just produce the MP4 version?
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Both are looking good, but Steve and I both ended up with two pages of notes for fine tuning, and Slave Auction needs finishing the rough cut as well. Steve's got everything he needs to finish hopefully, so that should come along as soon as he has time, but I need to shoot a few inserts and record some more soundtrack stuff as well as editing the last few scenes of the films.
So we're hoping to get the films out on a timescale of a month or so, but we're definitely going to take the time to do it right so don't hold us to that!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Shooting video on set at night requires light. In fact the lighting set-up is so critical, it probably took as much time to create accurately then actually shooting the content.
What our eyes see at night is quite different to what the camera picks up and conveying the correct feeling and atmosphere of a night scene is pretty tricky. It required a moon lit feel with sufficient light on the model to maintain visibility without looking fake.
Is this impossible to shoot? No, but it did require 2 important aspects to the solution. The first is using light weight, battery powered controllable LED lights. These can be placed virtually anywhere with no trailing power leads and full dimmer control. The second part is having the expertise and knowledge of Hywel on set to arrange them in such a way to create the correct feel. It’s a daunting task and taking sufficient time to really get it set-up properly is vital. Once you have them roughly in the correct place and pointing in the right direction, there are a lot of fine tweaks to make including colour correction, diffusion, camera set-up and monitoring the output on a large screen to check the final look. But if you can achieve all of this, the results are very impressive.
I’m about to edit these night time sequences, so hopefully I can do justice to all the hard work Hywel put in.
Friday, July 22, 2011
It stars Ariel, Janey and Katy, all with very different individual characters who meet up for a holiday weekend together in a luxury house which, unbeknown to them, is haunted. We have no less then 7 separate bondage scenes, cool slo-mo footage and filming at night!
Editing is now underway! I'll post more details as it progresses...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
It doesn't matter how many good intentions you have, everything takes longer (and costs more). I've not had time to progress with editing Slave Auction because I've been shooting and editing pics for Restrained Elegance for the last couple of weeks. And, I must admit, because I had a two week holiday for the first time in YEARS.
Gearing up to polish off August's RE updates, may get a chunk of September done as well if I can, then hope to clear my desk and get back to Slave Auction.
In the meantime, some really good news- Steve has just taken a copy of all the footage for Haunted and is going to start editing that. Hopefully we can get a new film released before too much longer!
P.S. at least the new version of Apple's editing software, Final Cut Pro X, has come out. This is a lot of fun to play with so I am really fired up to get down to some editing again as soon as possible!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Still, it usually goes more quickly the further through it you get. I now have the basic soundscape sorted- orchestra and choir, quite dreamy for the more sensual sequences. Katy's character has a fairly brash, blues-y theme, Janey's starts off with a LOUD rock chick but will show her softer side. Ariel gets to be overblown and indignant like a movie trailer with full orchestra (Drama! She'll like that :-)
Just editing an insert showing Janey making music videos of herself... self-referential multi-layers of flashback starting to do my head in, but hopefully it'll all make sense when you see it!
Just managed to get the Restrained Elegance July updates done, freeing up a few days to get started editing Slave Auction. The automated stuff getting the footage in is all done, looking through it all now. The first thing one always has to do when editing is to look through all the raw footage- which for Slave Auction runs to a couple of hours. I'm looking for the best takes, the best angles, beautiful shots but also for shots that didn't really work.
Here's an example- a lovely framing of Ariel in the mirror, about to get flogged:
As a standalone, this is a lovely shot- good enough to open the film with, I initially thought. Unfortunately, because the shot doesn't show enough content of the room to reveal where Ariel actually is, when you cut to any of the rest of the footage we have of that scene, it gives unpleasant "jump" (for techies, the mirror causes a line cross for Ariel when you cut to another angle. If you flop the shot, it causes a line cross for the rest of the room geography).
I'm still attached to the shot, it is a lovely one, but I'm not sure it will even make it to the rough cut.
What I'm doing now is adding the latest batch of Audio Network music to my hard drive. These most awesome people supply the huge music library on which all our RE and ES productions depend. 564 CDs worth at present time, to be exact! Waiting for the latest batch of 11 DVDs to copy over suddenly made me realise I should blog :-)
With big productions where the music is scored afterwards, it is common to edit first, then fine tune the music to the movie. For small productions, using music which is fixed, we often work the other way around. Dramatic moments in the film work so much better if they come along with a crescendo in the music, so much so that it is worth stretching and trimming the scene to make sure the most important bits happen in time to the music.
So before editing a rough cut, I usually like to have a clear idea of what my soundtrack is going to be. So this morning's job (after copying all the new DVDs) is to audition dozens of tracks and decide which ones "feel" right for a couple of key scenes. That will give me a theme or two for the movie, and also set the overall musical style.
Which leads me to wonder... what SHOULD the musical style be? I sort of imagine the Slave Auction story being a bit retro, even though it is clearly set in modern times it has a lot of look and feel of the 1950's about it already. Should the music emphasise that? Should I go with classical and orchestral music, or something a bit more intimate feeling? I don't think I want anything pop/rock/indie feeling, but maybe solo piano would be a good timeless way to begin? I've not done much with Jazz, maybe some classic-era Jazz would sit well?
So excuse me, must turn up the volume and listen to a few dozen music tracks along with some of the shots and see what floats my boat!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Just added a page for Slave Auction, with links to a first teaser trailer and some production stills.
The trailer is just a bit of fun, very quickly cut together using iMovie's built-in "trailer" feature, but it gives you some idea of what the film is going to be about!
I'll keep you posted on the movie's progress through post production here on the blog.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
We just got back from a week-long location shoot in Norfolk. We did the shooting for our next two Elegance Studios videos: the Slave Auction idea we've been discussing, and Ariel Anderssen's "Haunted" script (which as you might expect has lots of sexy damsels in distress in a haunted house).
I'll let you know more about these projects as they start to come together (shooting the footage is really just the beginning of the film making- we've got a long way to go from the scenes and shots we filmed to make a finished movie, the editing is likely to take me a few months). But for now, here's a teaser photo or two...
Thursday, April 14, 2011
For our next feature I'm planning on doing a much more developed Slave Auction theme, building on the storyline ideas we've shot for Restrained Elegance for Fi and Amy's slave auction and for Hannah Claydon's Chat Room Tease video.
I know a lot of people have asked for Slave Auction requests - I'd love to hear some of your ideas! Especially if you can describe a few spectacular visual ideas that you'd like to see us film as part of a feature-length exploration of the idea of beautiful slavegirls put up for auction!
It's going to have to have a modern setting for the main part (the location we have booked for the shoot is a Regency house but with modern interior decor) although I'm thinking maybe we could have a few historical flashbacks to the earlier days of Honest Omar's establishment...
Please let us know what you'd like to see!
We're up and running on the new server and everything seems to be working much faster- so I've reactivated DVD downloads. Whoop!
Just go to finish editing the May updates for Restrained Elegance then I can get to work on writing the script for our next Elegance Studios feature- a slave auction storyline. Why not post and tell us what you'd like to see happen?
Friday, April 8, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Launch day, and launch day technical issues. Tech support say that the issues which affected my final test downloads yesterday are best fixed by moving us to a much more powerful server, which they are in the process of doing. It seems that MP4 downloads are working, but slowly. DVD ZIP files are cutting off. So until the server move is done (hopefully in the next few days) I have temporarily removed the DVD download options.
If you find that the MP4 files are too slow to allow your download to complete, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see if I can upload to another location temporarily.
Very sorry for the teething troubles, hopefully will all be sorted by a move to a newer server with fewer shared users etc.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Well, it was cutting it a bit close, but I've finally finished the trailer for Amelia's Sunday Spanking, so the site will be ready for tomorrow's official launch day (which is also the 10th Anniversary of Restrained Elegance). Whoop!
With the first two Elegance Studios films out the door and ready to release, our thoughts are now turning to new productions. We have a week-long shoot booked at a splendid country house location in a couple of months' time, and since it is a house we've shot at before, we're thinking of shooting one or two feature-length Elegance Studios videos along with some shorter Restrained Elegance videos and photosets.
Front runners thus far are a haunted house ghost story with lots of sexy girls menaced by the ghosts (which Ariel has been working on) and a three-girl slave auction showing the girls' path from freedom to sexual slavery (which Hywel is developing). Steve's also got his writer's hat on and is thinking about what to develop after that. We're also thinking about what our next spanking project should be.
So don't be shy- post a comment and let us know what you think of our first two films, and what storylines and fantasies you'd like to see us tackle for our next feature film production!
So... the cart should be active, the trailers ready, the site live... all we need now is you!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I've added Elegance Studios to our links system, so the site now has some links pages. It is a little clunky at the moment... for various arcane technical reasons, I can either have a webpage with a lot of blank space at the bottom, or a scrollbar in the middle of the web page. I've chosen the former. A neater solution may be found eventually!
Surfnet tech have fixed the FTP problem, so I have been able to upload the Amelia's Sunday Spanking ZIP file containing the DVD version. Acquiesce is encoding now and I will be uploading it in the next few days. Then a little more prettification and thinking about site navigation...
Friday, March 4, 2011
Anyway, tech support are looking into it.
I hope it will not delay the launch- I guess we can get started with the MP4s and upload the DVD images when the issues are sorted. Hopefully that will be before launch day, not after!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Learnt a lot from making this film, hopefully you will all enjoy it and we'll know what to look out for a bit more next time... stuff like blank expanses of white wall (which you simply don't see in Hollywood movies). Interesting how much difference the product design makes to the overall "feel" of scenes.
We're planning to launch Elegance Studios properly in April - we're looking like we'll get there, barring major snags! Yay!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Learned some valuable lessons shooting this time. The main one is that shooting complicated scenes is just better with more crew. Since Amelia and I are a real-life couple living together, the original pure concept was that we'd shoot everything on our own.
It turns out that just leaving the camera rolling is trickier than it sounds. Either you have the monitor pointed towards you- in which case you can't help but look at it, and you end up with some very strange looks to camera which break the intimacy of the scene or... you have the monitors turned away from you and THIS happens:
This was MEANT to be Amelia's face-cam. Not Hywel's back-cam. Of course, when I composed the shot, I thought I'd be standing further to the left. D'Oh. Fortunately, the bum-cam got a great view of all the action, and Amelia kicked and wailed enough to from out behind me for quite a few of the strokes :-)
Nonetheless, there's a good reason why we've been tending to have more crew to shoot video for the last year or two! The ideal is probably a camera operator, a sound recordist and a director, so that's what we're hoping to have on most of our video shoots this year!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It was quite a learning curve making the jump from filming inside a studio where you have complete control, to working outside on location against all the elements. We had a lot of fun trying out some new techniques and shooting sufficient content to produce a full length film.
Next step is to finalise the edit. I'm about 99% there, so it's almost ready!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Well, we have a domain name, a few web pages with no actual movies and a shopping cart with no products. What is going on?
Elegance Studios is the fetish film production house "spin off" from the people who bring you RestrainedElegance.com. We're shooting longer movies than we can for RE, and branching out a bit with what we shoot (which is an excuse for Amelia Jane Rutherford to get spanked more often, which I'm sure you'll agree is a good thing).
We're working on two projects for launch day- a metal bondage movie called Acquiesce, directed by Steve, and a spanking movie called Amelia's Sunday Spanking, directed by Amelia and Hywel.
Acquiesce is mostly shot and mostly edited. Steve and I need to pick up a few extra shots to link some scenes together. Steve's put together a trailer and some stills so I'll be putting together the web pages for Acquiesce soon. Here's a frame to whet your appetite:
Amelia's Sunday Spanking is missing its final episode, which we're hoping to shoot in the next couple of weeks, then edit together with the earlier sequences. Here's a frame:
We've got other films in the pipeline already, but I'd probably better get on and do some editing (and some website graphics for that matter) before getting too enthusiastic about shooting more!
We are a new fetish film company creating bondage, spanking and fetish movies. We’ve got experience producing shorter films (on RestrainedElegance.com for example) and we’re very keen to turn our hands to producing the very best DVD-length kinky movies for your viewing pleasure! This blog is to let you know some of the things we are working on- check back for news about shoots, previews, production stills, trailers, and much more!